Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: September 9, 2019 (Pt. 2)

Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: September 9, 2019 (Pt. 2)


ROSTER. IT WAS JOHNNY HOLTON WHO GOT A LOT OF PLAYING TIME EARLY IN THE GAME. IT SEEMED TO BE THAT WAS THE TRADE-OFF. YOU ALWAYS RUN THE RISK OF GETTING LOCKED. WE DON’T KNOW IF YOU WILL BE GOOD OR NOT? HOW ABOUT IF HE IS? SOMETIMES YOU RUN THE RISK OF THAT. THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED HERE. I THINK THEY GAMBLED A LITTLE BIT THAT THEY COULD KEEP HIM AROUND FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS. AND MAKE HIM ACTIVE IN A FEW WEEKS. WHEN THEY NEEDED HIM. YOU LOSE HIM AND NOW YOU HOPE HE DOES NOT TURN INTO A SUPERSTAR. THAT IS THE WAY IT GOES. THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS. WE DID NOT SEE MUCH FROM BUD DUPREE LAST NIGHT OR ANYBODY DEFENSIVELY. THEY GOT NO PRESSURE ON TOM BRADY. BILL BELICHICK TOOK TJ WATT OUT OF THE GAME. THERE WAS QUICK RELEASES AND NO CHANCE THE DEFENSIVE LINE, WHICH I THOUGHT DID NOT PLAY WELL, AND YOU GIVE BRADY A RHYTHM. I THINK THE BIGGEST THING ABOUT IT, READY AND BELICHICK ARE PLAYING AT A DIFFERENT LEVEL . THEY ARE PLAYING A DIFFERENT GAME THAN EVERYBODY ELSE. THE MORE THAT I WATCH THEM PLAY, HAVE YOU SEEN ANY OF THESE NFL NETWORK DOCUMENTARIES? DO YOUR JOB. THE MORE I WATCH THOSE THINGS, THE MORE I REALIZE, IT MAY ACTUALLY BE A FLUKE WHEN THE PATRIOTS LOSE. THEY ARE SO FAR AHEAD OF EVERYBODY ELSE. IN EVERY CATEGORY. WHEN IT COMES TO PREPARATION, FILM STUDY, KNOWING WHAT THEY NEED TO DO. ALL OF THAT OTHER STUFF. BETWEEN BRADY AND BELICHICK, THEY ARE PLAYING A DIFFERENT GAME. THEY CERTAINLY ARE. BRADY LOOKS YOUNGER THAN HE HAS EVER LOOKED. HE IS 42. WE HAVE A LOT OF CALLS. I ALWAYS ENJOY YOU TOGETHER. WHAT I WANT TO ASK YOU, THEY HAVE BEEN TALKING ON THE NETWORKS TODAY ABOUT HIM KICKING A FIELD GOAL. WAS HE TRYING TO AVOID THE SHUTOUT? WHAT WAS THE POINT? I THOUGHT IT WAS A CONSERVATIVE APPROACH TO A CONSERVATIVE GAME PLAN. MIKE TOMLIN SAID HE WAS LOOKING FOR POSITIVITY. YOU ARE LOOKING TO WIN A FOOTBALL GAME. IF YOU WIN, AND YOU SCORE A TOUCHDOWN, THEORETICALLY YOU ARE STILL IN THE GAME. I WOULD NOT HAVE FELT COMFORTABLE. ABOUT THREE POINTS DID NOTHING. IT WAS WIPED OUT A COUPLE OF MINUTES LATER. THE LARGER ISSUE IS THAT RIGHT THERE. THEY GAVE UP A TOUCHDOWN RIGHT AFTER. IT WAS EARLY ENOUGH. I DID NOT LOVE IT BUT NOT HATE IT EITHER. IF YOU DO THAT, AND YOU GET A STOP AND SCORE A TOUCHDOWN IT IS 20-10. IF YOU GO FOR IT AND MISS IT, I KNOW THEY ARE BACKED UP IN THEIR OWN AND A ZONE. IF YOU SCORE YOU ARE DOWN 20-7. I DON’T HAVE THAT MUCH OF A PROBLEM GOING FOR POINTS. I FELT LIKE EVENTUALLY YOU WILL GET A FIELD GOAL ANYWAY. IF YOU KICK A FIELD GOAL, THREE TOUCHDOWNS AND YOU ARE BACK. REPOSSESSION GAME WAS STILL A THREE POSITION GAME. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE TO SUGGEST THE STEELERS WOULD MOVE DOWN THE FIELD CONSISTENT SAY ALL NIGHT. AT THAT POINT IT WAS A THREE TOUCHDOWN GAME. BY KICKING THE FIELD GOAL YOU MADE IT TWO TOUCHDOWNS IN A FIELD GOAL.’S BACK WHAT I AM SAYING IS BY KICKING THE FIELD GOAL, YOU NO LONGER NEED THREE TOUCHDOWNS. YOU COULD HAVE TWO TOUCHDOWNS AND A FIELD GOAL. I STOLEN AGREE. LET’S GO OUT TO TOM AND McMURRAY . I JUST GOT A STATISTIC. I WENT BACK AND LOOKED AT OPENING DAY. SCHEDULE UNDER TOM, I WILL GET YOUR REACTION. YOU DO NOT FACTOR IN THE GAMES AGAINST CLEVELAND OF WHICH THERE WERE FOUR. THE STEELERS OF ONLY WON TWO OPENING DAYS GAMES IN REGULATION TIME DURING MIKE TOMLIN’S 13 OPENING GAMES. ALL RIGHT. YOUR POINT IS? I JUST WANTED TO GET YOUR REACTION. THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO OVERCOME SLOW STARTS. MY POINT IS, LAST YEAR THEY STARTED WITH A TIE IN CLEVELAND WHICH FELT LIKE A LOSS. THEY FOLLOWED UP BUT EVERYONE FELL APART. THEY RESPONDED. I THINK IT IS ONE GAME AND PEOPLE NEED TO REMEMBER THAT. IT WAS AN UGLY GAME. THIS IS WHAT I LEARNED. THE STEELERS, WHO I THOUGHT WERE GETTING CLOSER TO NEW ENGLAND ARE MORE FAR APART. THE GAP IS BIGGER. I THINK THE BIGGEST THING IS THAT STATISTIC MEANS NOTHING. HE SAID THERE IS 13 GAMES. FOUR WERE CLEVELAND, TAKE THOSE OUT OF THE EQUATION. THAT MEANS THERE IS NINE GAMES AND THEY WON FOR. HOW MANY TIMES HAS NEW ENGLAND — LOOK AT THEIR SCHEDULE. TAKE NOTHING AWAY FROM THEM. THEY ARE A TREMENDOUS TEAM. THEY PLAY IN A DIVISION THAT FEATURES MIAMI, BUFFALO AND THE JETS. IN THE NEXT SEVEN WEEKS THEY WILL BE HEAVILY FAVORED. YOU DON’T THINK NEW ENGLAND — HE SAID THEY WILL BE 7- 1. THEY MAY BE SIX THEY MAY BE 6-2. HELLO. LAST NIGHT?WITH THE GAME OUT OF HAND, WHY DIDN’T TOMLIN PULL THE STARTERS? THAT IS A QUESTION THAT ALL NFL TEAMS ASK. AT THAT POINT I COULD SAY THE SAME ABOUT TOM BRADY. IF HE GETS HURT YOU ARE IN TROUBLE. AS FAR AS McDONALD I COULD NOT AGREE MORE. IT IS ONE THING TO HAVE NEW ENGLAND NOT USING THE TIGHT AND. THEY HAVE A WEAPON. I THOUGHT THE GAME PLAN WAS STUPID. IT WAS TERRIBLE. I THOUGHT THE OFFENSE WAS DISJOINTED. THEY DID NOT PLAY TO THEIR STRENGTHS. IF THEY ARE GOING TO BE ONE- DIMENSIONAL AND LET ROETHLISBERGER THROW THE BALL A ZILLION TIMES TO WIN, THEY WILL NOT WIN MANY GAMES. THEY HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THEY DO WELL AND WHAT THEIR IDENTITY IS AND REALLY PLAY. THEY HAVE TO RUN THE BALL BETTER THAN THEY HAVE. JAMES CONNOR HAD LIKE 10 CARRIES. YOU HAVE TO GIVE HIM 20. I DON’T THINK THEY STICK WITH THE RUNNING GAME ENOUGH. I THOUGHT THE TOSS SWEEPS, THEY GOT FOUR YARDS ON THE FIRST ONE. AFTER THAT NEW ENGLAND SET THEM DOWN. YOU HAVE TO RUN STRAIGHT AT THAT TEAM. JUST LIKE THEY RUN STRAIGHT AT YOU FOR THE MOST PART. WE ARE DUE FOR A BREAK. WE WILL TRY TO GET YOUR CALLS NEXT. ON THE IRELAND CONTRACTING

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