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David Aldridge
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Better Safe Than Fired


I would love to see more NFL coaches go for the win. But knowing them a little, to think that they'd gamble the way Shanahan did on the regular is a leap. Big one. Beamon-like. These guys are so conservative, McCain says 'whoa, guy, open it up a little.' Real Chamber of Commerce types. Gruden did it a few years ago against the Redskins, but Gruden is Chucky; he's got issues, as evidenced by the 327 quarterbacks the Bucs have rolled through Tampa in the last year.

When I saw Shanahan hold up two fingers (I knew it wasn't the peace sign), I thought he'd offiically gone insane; I expected him to drop trou next and start signing "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." These guys just don't do that. They have everything charted and analyzed; they know the percentage of times their wives have made tuna casserole on a Thursday since 1973. They all have the raccoon eyes from watching the same Counter Gap play for seven hours. They never take chances.

Expecting them to go for two and the win every weekend is like expecting Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers to collapse.

Wait a minute...

By David Aldridge  |  September 15, 2008; 9:38 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Was David Aldridge drinking when he wrote this piece?

Just wondering...

Posted by: John From SoCal | September 15, 2008 4:32 PM

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