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Week 7 NFL MUST WIN Games for Head Coaches and Teams – 13 NFL Head Coaches and Teams Facing MUST WIN Games in Week 7

Week 7 NFL MUST WIN Games for Head Coaches and Teams

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Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons – Bucs head coach Greg Schiano is entering a critical phase of his NFL head coaching career because in two years in Tampa Schiano’s win/loss record is….

7 – 14

…..and there is a limit to how long the owners of the Bucs are going to allow things to fester and spiral-down before they cut Schiano loose and try to stem the losses before they threaten the future of the franchise.

Now sitting on an 0 – 5 start to the 2013 NFL season the Bucs and Greg Schiano need a WIN and this Sunday’s game at Atlanta against a team in the Falcons that also need a WIN badly could be one of Schiano’s last chances for a win because of what the Bucs have coming up next after Atlanta:

Carolina Panthers
At Seattle Seahawks
Miami Dolphins
Atlanta Falcons
At Detroit Lions
At Carolina Panthers
Buffalo Bills
San Francisco 49ers
At St. Louis Rams
At New Orleans Saints

If the Bucs lose to the Falcons and move to 0 – 6 then Tampa may be looking at a 4 or 5 win season in 2013 and we can only wonder if Greg Schiano can survive a 4 or 5 win season in Tampa with most of the issues that have caused problems this season….except for Josh Freeman…..just returning in 2014 if Schiano is back as the head coach.

YES…..Atlanta is a MUST WIN Game for Greg Schiano and the Bucs.

 

Mike Smith, Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The Atlanta Falcons have been decimated with injuries in 2013 but even with all those injuries there is little that can explain the Falcons….

1 – 4

….start to this season and IF Atlanta is going to get things rolling this season then they MUST beat the Tampa Bay Bucs on Sunday especially because of the five games Atlanta has on deck:

At Arizona Cardinals
At Carolina Panthers
Seattle Seahawks
At Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New Orleans Saints

Even with Mike Smith winning 56 games in his first five seasons with the Falcons Smith is under a lot of pressure to KEEP WINNING by the ownership of the Atlanta Falcons and a losing season in 2013 and a Falcons team that didn’t make the Playoffs in 2014 would surely be the end of Mike Smith’s tenure as the head coach in Atlanta.

 

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Jim Schwartz, Detroit Lions vs. Cincinnati Bengals – Jim Schwartz and his Lions are off to a very good….

4 – 2

…start to the 2013 NFL season BUT Schwartz MUST lead Detroit to the Playoffs this season or his NFL head coaching career….at least with the Lions….will be finished.

With a game against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 8 looming which will likely be a team that will be desperate for a win the Lions MUST beat the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 7 to keep the momentum rolling this season.

 

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Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills – Joe Philbin got the 3 – 0 start to the 2013 season that he and the Dolphins had to have but after two straight losses to New Orleans and Baltimore unless Joe Philbin wants to return to the Hot Seat then he and his football team MUST BEAT the Buffalo Bills at home on Sunday especially with AFC East division member New England on the verge of getting off to a 6 – 1 start which a 3 – 3 Dolphins team would have a hard time catching unless Miami could beat New England in Foxboro in their next game in Week 8.

No doubt, the Miami Dolphins are playing better football than they did last season but with these games coming up….

At New England Patriots
Cincinnati Bengals
At Tampa Bay Buccaneers
San Diego Chargers
Carolina Panthers

….a win against the Bills in Week 7 would give the Dolphins a chance to gain some ground or at worst stand-pat but a loss in this spot could do serious damage to Miami’s hopes for a Playoff appearance something Joe Philbin really needs in his second year on the job with the Dolphins.

 

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Rex Ryan, New York Jets vs. New England Patriots – Week 7 of the 2013 NFL season may be Waterloo, Gettysburg and the Battle of the Bulge all wrapped into one for Jets head coach Rex Ryan because now at…

3 – 3

….on the season and with AFC East division foe the New England Patriots coming to town this is a game that very simply….

Rex Ryan and the New York Jets CANNOT LOSE…..PERIOD.

With a pretty tough slate of games for the New York Jets still remaining in 2013….

At Cincinnati Bengals
New Orleans Saints
At Buffalo Bills
At Baltimore Ravens
Miami Dolphins
Oakland Raiders
At Carolina Panthers
Cleveland Browns
At Miami Dolphins

….IF the Jets fall to 3 – 4 on the season with a loss to the Patriots the least of Rex Ryan’s worries will be Coaches Hot Seat because there will no doubt be people running the Jets organization that will have to start making plans for 2014 and more than likely a 2014 season that would not include Rex Ryan and with that thought….

Coach Hard Rex Ryan!

 

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Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles – The very worst nightmare may be beginning to unfold for Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett who may have to deal with a scenario that includes half of the NFC East division imploding….the Redskins and Giants….and the only team left standing in the Philadelphia Eagles with a first-year head coach in Chip Kelly that could end up beating the Cowboys for the division title which really show what a piss-poor job that Garrett has been doing coaching Jerry Jones’s overpaid and under-coached Dallas Cowboys football team.

With these games coming up next for the Cowboys after the Eagles….

At Detroit
Minnesota
At New Orleans
At New York Giants
Oakland Raiders
At Chicago Bears
Green Bay Packers
At Washington

….a loss in this spot for Garrett and Dallas is something we would call “unfortunate” which would turn into a “Complete Disaster” if the Cowboys turned around and lost to the Detroit Lions also in Week 8.

Coach Hard Jason Garrett…..YOU are coaching for your job….PERIOD.

 

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Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers vs. St. Louis Rams – In his third season on the job coaching the Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera doesn’t have a winning season on the board and he doesn’t have a Playoff appearance on the board and both of those items will have to be corrected in 2013 or very simply Ron Rivera will be out of a job in Charlotte.

On Sunday the Carolina Panthers host the St. Louis Rams at home and now at…

2 – 3

…on the season and with games against Tampa Bay and Atlanta looming Rivera and the Panthers can get on a mini-run of sorts going but they first MUST BEAT the Rams on Sunday.

NO…Ron Rivera’s Panthers dropping to…

2 – 4

…after 6 games would NOT be a good thing for Rivera’s head coaching future in Charlotte.

 

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Gus Bradley, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. San Diego Chargers – One would think that sooner or later the Jacksonville Jaguars will get their first win under first-year head coach Gus Bradley but with a very tough upcoming schedule as one does look ahead it is hard to see a team that the Jaguars will beat in 2013:

San Diego Chargers
San Francisco 49ers
At Tennessee Titans
Arizona Cardinals
At Houston Texans
At Cleveland Browns
Houston Texans
Buffalo Bills
Tennessee Titans
At Indianapolis Colts

Well, the Houston Texans are starting to implode it seems so Jaguars might be able to get at least one win against Houston BUT we can’t imagine the Jags winning any of their other games which makes this Sunday’s home game against the San Diego Chargers do Damn important because with a loss in this spot the Jags record drops to…

0 – 7

…..and would probably send the Jags on the way to 0 – 16 and beyond having the first pick in the 2014 Draft we can’t see how an 0 – 16 record would be very good for Gus Bradley’s future head coaching career.

Coach Hard Gus Bradley!

 

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Mike Munchak, Tennessee Titans vs. San Francisco 49ers – Even with starting QB Jake Locker out for several games the Tennessee Titans still have an opportunity to make some noise in the AFC South division in 2013 BUT they have very little margin for error with the Indianapolis Colts off to such a roaring start to the season.

Week 7 does present an opportunity though for the Titans to pick-up one game on the Colts with Tennessee hosting the 49ers and the Colts hosting Peyton Manning and the Broncos and with a game at St. Louis in Week 8 a win by the Titans in this spot against San Francisco would be mighty sweet indeed.

 

Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens – We rather doubt there is ANY scenario where Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin could lose his job at the end of this season including the Steelers losing their remaining 11 games BUT if Pittsburgh continues its bad play and the Steelers miss the Playoffs for a second consecutive season then Mike Tomlin would enter the 2014 season on the Hot Seat and no doubt under a…

“Playoffs or BUST”

….edict that can be a very tough edict to coach under…just ask Jets head coach Rex Ryan.

The Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday and with the Ravens struggling at bit in 2013 this is the ideal spot for the Steelers to get their season back on track but a loss in this spot would drop Pittsburgh’s record to….

1 – 5

….and there are not many instances in NFL history of teams starting 1 – 5 making the Playoffs and in Pittsburgh when you miss the Playoffs you will eventually find yourself on the Hot Seat which is where Mike Tomlin will be if he loses on Sunday.

 

Gary Kubiak, Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs – The Houston Texans now look to be in such disarray that it is hard to imagine they are coming off back-to-back Playoff appearances and 10-plus win seasons but such is life in the NFL and especially life in the NFL when you don’t have a quarterback which is the current situation in Houston with Matt Schwab out due to an injury for this week’s game which may indeed be a blessing in disguise since Schwab has already cost the Texans a couple of games in 2013.

Just think a few weeks ago the Houston Texans were…

2 – 1

…and they had the Seattle Seahawks on the ropes in Houston and were ready to move to…

3 – 1

….on the season but a “pick-6” by Schwab led to a loss to Seattle which led to a disaster of a game against the San Francisco 49ers and then a disaster of a game against the St. Louis Rams and the Texans now find themselves at…

2 – 4

….and facing a road game against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.

Question:  Could head coach Gary Kubiak get fired at the end of the season if the Houston Texans complete implode in 2013?

Maybe….but no doubt the pressure on Kubiak will really go up if the Texans lose at Kansas City on Sunday especially with a game against the Indianapolis Colts after a bye week which may be the game that ends the Texans 2013 season at least as it pertains to making into postseason play.

 

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Tom Coughlin, New York Giants vs. Minnesota Vikings

Question:  How many games can Giants head coach Tom Coughlin lose in 2013 and still return as the Giants head coach in 2014?

Answer: 16

Tom Coughlin and his Giants football team can go 0 – 16 in 2013 and Coughlin would return for the 2014 season?

Oh, didn’t you hear?

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The New York Giants….in our opinion….are owned by Socialists borderline Communists that don’t actually care what happens on the field of play because there will always be MORONS lined-up to buy New York Giants tickets whether the team is winning games or not is competitive or not which says as much about the….

MORON New York Giants Fans

….as it does about the Socialists and borderline Communists….in our opinion….that are running the New York Giants football club!

After playing the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night the Giants will have these games left…

At Philadelphia Eagles
Oakland Raiders
Green Bay Packers
Dallas Cowboys
At Washington Redskins
At San Diego Chargers
Seattle Seahawks
At Detroit Lions
Washington Redskins

…..and if the Giants can’t beat the Vikings at home then who will the Giants beat?

Oh….it doesn’t matter because when you have Socialists borderline Communists as your bosses……in our opinion…..you can fall flat on your face and keep your job and if that is America then the American Republic is finished!

 

Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings vs. New York Giants – There is a very good reason that Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier is looking to start just acquired QB Josh Freeman against the New York Giants on Monday night and that reason is that unless the Vikings pick-it-up from their…

1 – 4

….start to the 2013 season then Leslie Frazier will be out of a job coming December unless of course there are Socialists borderline Communists running the Minnesota Vikings as well!

Now at 1 – 4 the Minnesota Vikings are on the verge of being out of the NFC North division race with another loss especially with a division that is shaping up to be one of the best in the NFL with Detroit and Chicago off to fast starts and the perennial NFL power Green Bay starting to get their bearings so a win against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football is VITAL to Leslie Frazier and the Vikings IF the Vikings have designs on making postseason play this season.

With game at Green Bay on Sunday Night Football in Week 8 beating the New York Giants in Week 7 is very simply a….

MUST WIN

…for Leslie Frazier and the Vikings…..PERIOD.

Coaches Hot Seat NFL Quotes of the Day – Friday, October 18, 2013 – Carl Sagan

Coaches Hot Seat NFL Quotes of the Day – Friday, October 18, 2013 – Carl Sagan

“All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value.”

And

“But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.”

And

“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”

And

“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.”

And

“I am often amazed at how much more capability and enthusiasm for science there is among elementary school youngsters than among college students.”

And

“I can find in my undergraduate classes, bright students who do not know that the stars rise and set at night, or even that the Sun is a star.”

And

“If we long to believe that the stars rise and set for us, that we are the reason there is a Universe, does science do us a disservice in deflating our conceits?”

And

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”

And

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.”

And

“Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.”

And

“Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out.”

And

“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.”

And

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

And

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”

And

“The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.”

And

“The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.”

And

“The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.”

And

“We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.”

and

“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.”

And

“Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.”

And

“The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true. We have a method, and that method helps us to reach not absolute truth, only asymptotic approaches to the truth — never there, just closer and closer, always finding vast new oceans of undiscovered possibilities. Cleverly designed experiments are the key.”

And

“Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever it has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?”

And

“The suppression of uncomfortable ideas may be common in religion and politics, but it is not the path to knowledge; it has no place in the endeavor of science.”

And

“Matter is composed chiefly of nothing.”

And

“Other things being equal, it is better to be smart than to be stupid.”

And

“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.”

And

“Humans are very good at dreaming, although you’d never know it from your television.”

And

“In the fabric of space and in the nature of matter, as in a great work of art, there is, written small, the artist’s signature.”

And

“We on Earth have just awakened to the great oceans of space and time from which we have emerged. We are the legacy of 15 billion years of cosmic evolution. We have a choice: We can enhance life and come to know the universe that made us, or we can squander our 15 billion-year heritage in meaningless self-destruction. What happens in the first second of the next cosmic year depends on what we do, here and now, with our intelligence and our knowledge of the cosmos.”

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“As a boy Kepler had been captured by a vision of cosmic splendour, a harmony of the worlds which he sought so tirelessly all his life. Harmony in this world eluded him. His three laws of planetary motion represent, we now know, a real harmony of the worlds, but to Kepler they were only incidental to his quest for a cosmic system based on the Perfect Solids, a system which, it turns out, existed only in his mind. Yet from his work, we have found that scientific laws pervade all of nature, that the same rules apply on Earth as in the skies, that we can find a resonance, a harmony, between the way we think and the way the world works. When he found that his long cherished beliefs did not agree with the most precise observations, he accepted the uncomfortable facts, he preferred the hard truth to his dearest illusions. That is the heart of science.”

And

“Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar”, every “supreme leader”, every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

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“A scientific colleague tells me about a recent trip to the New Guinea highlands where she visited a stone age culture hardly contacted by Western civilization. They were ignorant of wristwatches, soft drinks, and frozen food. But they knew about Apollo 11. They knew that humans had walked on the Moon. They knew the names of Armstrong and Aldrin and Collins. They wanted to know who was visiting the Moon these days.”

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“Education on the value of free speech and the other freedoms reserved by the Bill of Rights, about what happens when you don’t have them, and about how to exercise and protect them, should be an essential prerequisite for being an American citizen — or indeed a citizen of any nation, the more so to the degree that such rights remain unprotected. If we can’t think for ourselves, if we’re unwilling to question authority, then we’re just putty in the hands of those in power. But if the citizens are educated and form their own opinions, then those in power work for us. In every country, we should be teaching our children the scientific method and the reasons for a Bill of Rights. With it comes a certain decency, humility and community spirit. In the demon-haunted world that we inhabit by virtue of being human, this may be all that stands between us and the enveloping darkness.”

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“When we consider the founders of our nation: Jefferson, Washington, Samuel and John Adams, Madison and Monroe, Benjamin Franklin, Tom Paine and many others; we have before us a list of at least ten and maybe even dozens of great political leaders. They were well educated. Products of the European Enlightenment, they were students of history. They knew human fallibility and weakness and corruptibility. They were fluent in the English language. They wrote their own speeches. They were realistic and practical, and at the same time motivated by high principles. They were not checking the pollsters on what to think this week. They knew what to think. They were comfortable with long-term thinking, planning even further ahead than the next election. They were self-sufficient, not requiring careers as politicians or lobbyists to make a living. They were able to bring out the best in us. They were interested in and, at least two of them, fluent in science. They attempted to set a course for the United States into the far future — not so much by establishing laws as by setting limits on what kinds of laws could be passed. The Constitution and its Bill of Rights have done remarkably well, constituting, despite human weaknesses, a machine able, more often than not, to correct its own trajectory. At that time, there were only about two and a half million citizens of the United States. Today there are about a hundred times more. So if there were ten people of the caliber of Thomas Jefferson then, there ought to be 10 x 100 = 1,000 Thomas Jefferson’s today. Where are they?”

Wikipedia:  Carl Sagan

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