Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 12/26/11

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Serving Shurmur some humble pie- “That’s the problem in Cleveland. Pat Shurmur is quick to point out his team’s flaws, and talk about how a drop here, or a drop there, or a missed tackle on this drive, or that drive, could’ve changed the game. Rarely do you ever hear Shurmur admit his mistakes in front of the press, and his arrogant ego won’t let him do so. For much of the season it has appeared that Shurmur is in way over his head; taking on the offensive play-calling duties, as well as the head coaching responsibilities. Still, Mike Holmgren has given Shurmur his vote of confidence, stating that he expects Pat to be around for a long – long – time.

Holmgren was on hand for today’s game in Baltimore, and he’s going to have a tough time defending his ol’ buddy Pat after today’s pitiful coaching performance. Shurmur’s shortcomings as a (potential) head coach in the NFL have been clear to everyone but Holmgren. Time-after-time, Shurmur has deflected all the criticism towards his players. All those 4th Quarter collapses have been Colt McCoy’s fault, or the offensive-line’s. Maybe in those other games the players deserve much of the credit, but so has Shurmur. Today, was all Shurmur.” [McQuaid/Browns Gab]

Here’s my question, are the Lions built “the right way” or will they fall back to earth next season- “Schwartz took time to slap hands with the fans after the win, a welcome reward to the faithful for all the down years. “Unless something really strange happens, it’s probably the last home game that we’re going to play this year. So our crowd’s made a big difference. We’ve said a lot about how they don’t just go to the games, they participate in the games. I’d like a few less waves when our offense has the ball when we’re holding the lead and we don’t want to get any penalties, but our crowd’s been great and they deserve to celebrate it and that’s why we stayed out.” [Farrar/Shutdown Corner]

Unreal. “One victory away from an unexpected playoff spot, the Cincinnati Bengals are already immersed in their biggest challenge of the week. No, it’s not getting ready for Baltimore. It’s trying to get somebody to come and watch.

The Bengals (9-6) drew another less-than-capacity crowd for their 23-16 win over Arizona on Saturday that secured only their third winning record in the last 21 years. With a victory on Sunday over Baltimore, they would clinch the final AFC wild-card berth for a chance to win their first playoff game since the 1990 season. Big moment. Will there be another small crowd?

Only 41,273 fans showed up on a sunny, 38-degree afternoon to watch the breakthrough victory Saturday. Paul Brown Stadium was more than one-third empty, and that’s been the norm all season. Players buoyed by the chance to make the playoffs wasted no time lobbying for an audience.” [FS Ohio]

Your latest Tribe rumor- “There’s more than a few reasons why Swisher is a great fit for the Indians. First off, he’s an Ohio native. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Swisher may welcome the chance to play close to home. He’s a firstbaseman who bats both right and left handed, which is what has been on the Indians wish list pretty much since the moment the season ended. The team simply isn’t comfortable with handing the position back to Matt LaPorta, and even if the plan is for Carlos Santana to play more at first, the club needs another player they can count on.

Third – and probably most important – he is a power hitter. Swisher last season hit .260 with 23 homers and 85 RBI. Those number in terms of the Indians would have ranked third in homers, second in runs batted in, and tied for 7th in average. As far as slugging percentage goes, at .449 last season that would have been tied for 6th.” [Loede/92.3 the Fan]

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