The Opening – An episode of the pod in the books. First time writing these back to back. Heyooooo, maybe I am getting some mojo back. Sundays during football season just hit different. I love flipping on Redzone and hearing the magic words “SEVEN HOURS OF COMMERCIAL FREE FOOTBALL STARTS NOW!” This Sunday, I flipped on my favorite channel while hanging with my two little knuckleheads as the wife was working. It was fatherhood heaven.

Hotard Huddle Podcast – Ep45 releases this Friday. Tune in on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Anchor, etc. Listen to all episodes by going to podcast/videos tab.

As per usual, start this off with the Weekly Picks.

  • Cowboys (-4) Win
  • Saints (-7) Loss
  • Chiefs (-6.5) Win
  • Seahawks (+2.5) Win
  • Ravens (even) Win

Season Record: 9-11…Two weeks in a row with winning records after starting 2-8. Heyoooooo.

Sean Payton…Do Better. Enough Fluff with Taysom Hill

Oh. Screw it. We are going hot and heavy into Saints Head Coach Sean Payton to start this off. The Saints lost to arguably the worst coach in the NFL and arguably the worst starting quarterback in the NFL and arguably the worst franchise (currently) in the NFL at home.

I am just here to absolute shit on Sean Payton for his continuous bullshit with Taysom Hill. You named Jameis Winston your starting quarterback. Fucking commit to it then you arrogant cunt.

After the game, Jameis took accountability for the loss though he should not have. Sean Payton didn’t because Sean Payton is a piece of shit. “It is what it is.” The whole do your job motto only applies to everyone else and not Sean Payton. We have seen this unfold before. Sean Payton has always been arrogant, but winning masks arrogance. Now you’re 2-2.

Winston threw an absolute dime for a deep touchdown. It was followed up with pulling him only for Taysom Hill to throw a terrible interception. Why? Because Taysom Hill cannot read nor throw like an NFL quarterback. Yet, he continues to line up at quarterback. Normally, it is nothing more than a glorified wildcat offense that the NFL has long figured out. Taysom Hill is no longer the Taysom Hill who plays the position “football.” Because Sean Payton has done what he does best with chess piece players (Reggie Bush, Darren Sproles, even Pierre Thomas)…become overly predictable.

Remember when Tony Sporano was with the Miami Dolphins and used the wildcat offense successfully to stymie DCs until he ran it into the ground? Enter Taysom Hill. The NFL moves quick and figures things out. Despite the two touchdowns, let’s not engage in confirmation bias and scream he didn’t hurt the Saints. Yes he did. Yes he does. Yes he will.

3rd Down Opportunities / Conversions By Year at QB (Wildcat counts)

  • 2018 – 9 plays, 5 1st Downs – (5/9) 55.5%
  • 2019 – 7 plays, 6 1st Downs – (6/7) 85.7%
  • 2020 – 64 plays, 29 1st Downs – (29/64) 45.3%
  • 2021 – 5 plays, 1 1st Down – (1/5) 20.0%

Let’s break that down further to only 3rd and 4 or less, Taysom is currently 1/4 on such situations. Meanwhile, Jameis is 4/7 of such situations. Stop taking the ball out of your QBs hands. Taysom Hill killed two of your final four drives with that interception and a failed 3rd and 2 conversion.

The Saints are currently built on clock control, good defense and situational football. Taysom Hill lacks the ability to make the Saints situationally efficient. Use him as “football,” RB, WR. TE and maybe sprinkle in the wildcat on occasion. But, it’s become way too predictable and ineffective.

Brady v Belichick

I fell for it. I admit it. I fell for the soap opera of reports prior to the homecoming of Tom Brady. I was glued to my TV Sunday night watching it unfold cheering hard for Brady like always. I got wrapped up in the reality TV aspect of it as more and more came out last week. Is there bad blood? What is going to happen? It only added to that feeling when Bill Belichick gave the half hug and no embrace like Josh McDaniels and his former teammates.

Then it was reported that Belichick met Brady in the visitor locker room for a long conversation, essentially squashing the narrative that was spewed all week. I along with many fell for it all. Storylines sell though.

I would also like to put to bed the idea of discrediting Bill Belichick for his career without Brady much of like everyone who hates Brady expected to do, until of course he won. Because fuck you.

Bill Belichick is the GOAT. Tom Brady is the GOAT. The Patriots dynasty is the GOAT. The offense doesn’t get to evolve the way it did over the years without Brady. It doesn’t evolve without Belichick. Save the dumb narrative of discrediting the best coach ever.

Urban Meyer LOL

When they hired him, I laughed. Hindsight is 2020 and here I am still laughing. Now videos and pictures surface of women all over him in a bar. You have enough heat on you as reports continue to say your players and coaches hate that you micromanage because it isn’t college anymore.

I made a prediction that he wouldn’t last entire NFL season prior to the season talking with a friend who is a Jags fan. I still think he is getting canned sooner rather than later. He is an absolute dumpster fire.

Fangio v Harbaugh

Vic Fangio after the Broncos first loss bitched about the Ravens running a play to get the record for most 100 yard rushing games in a row with 43 consecutive games. Harbaugh responded back about the Broncos throwing with 10 seconds left down 16 and sarcastically said he didn’t know there was a 16 point touchdown. It was intercepted by the Ravens.

I don’t care that Fangio went for points. By all means, do it. Records are important and it is one that has spanned over multiple seasons. They ran it with Lamar who scrambled outside, got the record and slid.

The problem is Fangio is salty.

Week 5 Power Rankings

  1. Arizona Cardinals (4-0)
  2. Dallas Cowboys (3-1)
  3. Buffalo Bills (3-1)
  4. Los Angeles Rams (3-1)
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1)
  6. Los Angeles Chargers (3-1)
  7. Green Bay Packers (3-1)
  8. Kansas City Chiefs (2-2)
  9. Cleveland Browns (3-1)
  10. Las Vegas Raiders (3-1)
  11. Baltimore Ravens (3-1)
  12. Seattle Seahawks (2-2)
  13. San Francisco 49ers (2-2)
  14. New Orleans Saints (2-2)
  15. Carolina Panthers (3-1)
  16. Cincinnati Bengals (3-1)
  17. Tennessee Titans (2-2)
  18. Denver Broncos (3-1)
  19. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-3)
  20. New England Patriots (1-3)
  21. Minnesota Vikings (1-3)
  22. Washington Football Team (2-2)
  23. Miami Dolphins (1-3)
  24. Chicago Bears (2-2)
  25. Indianapolis Colts (1-3)
  26. Philadelphia Eagles (1-3)
  27. Detroit Lions (0-4)
  28. New York Giants (1-3)
  29. New York Jets (1-3)
  30. Atlanta Falcons (1-3)
  31. Houston Texans (1-3)
  32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4)

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