In highly relevant to LGM news, my father told me that Trent Richardson made his debut for the Saskatchewan Roughriders this week. He was pretty good, getting 52 yards in 9 carries. I hope he does well. Although it was sometimes misread, I never had anything against Richardson — when I invoked “Trent Richardson” I was making fun of late-period Mike Holmgren and Ryan Grigson and old fart sportswriters. He had talent and may well have been better in the NFL had he not been drafted by one of the most dysfunctional organizations in North American professional sports and traded to one that isn’t a lot better.
Meanwhile, for hottest take of this NFL season, a strong contender has to be Mike Lombardi’s assertion that Doug Pederson “might be less qualified to coach a team than anyone I’ve ever seen in my 30-plus years in the NFL.” It’s not just that his ex ante credentials were similar to those of his mentor Andy Reid, a top 5 NFL coach (granting that, yes, “the clever game plans and the general readiness of the entire roster comes with a price. Usually, that price is two spent timeouts early in the third quarter. But sometimes it is too-clever-by-half play calls in critical situations.”) It’s that Lombardi said this after Pederson had taken over the Eagles after Chip Kelly had left them with Fletcher Cox, Zach Ertz, and $500 in Nike Store gift cards, and improved them from 22nd to 5th in DVOA. They’re #2 so far this year. But, yes, Philadelphia would have been better off hiring a real BLUE CHIPPER like Josh McDaniels or Matt Patricia or Steve Belichick or Eric Trump.
Enjoy your Sunday and happy Yankee Elimination Day — I’m looking forward to the rematch of the 28-3 Bowl.