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Since I’ve been out of town (again):

Pick of the week is the Broncos over the Browns. I think the line is 4 and a half? More later.

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Let’s start with this:

 

That’s Mike Paulus. He’s a senior in high school this year. He’s also a 4-star quarterback recruit who has verbally committed to the University of North Carolina. He’s universally considered in the top ten at his position and is arguably in the top 2. He ultimately chose Carolina over USC. (Yes, that’s the real “Carolina” and the real “USC” in both cases, not South Carolina.) And it’s not like he’s from Shelby or something–the kid is from New York. (Although to be fair his brother is a point guard at Dook and I think his parents are moving to the area to be closer to both sons. Still.)

He’s the future.

And with that, I’m just not convinced of any reason to continue starting Cam Sexton. Yes, he is a redshirt freshman and the season is lost. However, with Paulus coming to the Hill next season, there’s nothing wrong with him backing up somebody for a season and then seeing if he can compete for the starting job his sophomore year. And if that’s what happens, Joe Dailey or Cam Sexton could start the rest of this year and next.

Dailey does give up the occassional horrendous interception and has some dubious records for that dating back to his tenure at Nebraska. But he’s also the kind of talent that got to start at Nebraska. When he’s been in the game this season the Heels have looked more fluid and more dangerous, mainly because he brings the element of the run. Heel fans need to realize that barring last year the QB scramble has been a UNC mainstay for years with Durant and Curry being true threats to do damage when they tucked the ball. Many of the current Heel players are used to that possibility and would relish its return.

And it isn’t like Sexton is lighting it up. His INTs may not be the eyesores that some of Dailey’s have -but look at the numbers:

Sexton: 48-117 (41%), 738 yards (6.31/A), 4 TD, 8 INT, 91.6 rating

Dailey: 38-62 (61.3%), 339 yards (5.47/A), 1 TD, 4 INT, 99.6 rating

Sexton does have that one insane 33 yard run. Take it away and on his rush attempts he’s average 1 yard per carry compared to Dailey’s 3.4. Sexton hasn’t completed ten passes in a game for three straight starts and his only truly good game came against Furman when his rating for the day was 204.30. It’s easy to forget but Dailey was 24 of 36 in the opener against Rutgers.

Sexton may be the better talent and may even bury Paulus when he gets here. (I doubt it.) But he is not the better QB right now and for a coach trying desparately to save his job, you’d think he’d be going with the marginally better veteran who is at least battle-tested from the Big 12.

Maybe Bunting knows something about his job security I don’t.

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What a choke. Honestly, that was just painful.

Can we stop this “Chicago going 19-0” foolishness now?

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I find it difficult to call for a man’s job. I mean, I have a job. I need it. Most people who have jobs need them. So what I’m saying is: I won’t fill in the title of this post with the word “Fire”.

You might want to use a profanity instead, and I understand that. But I won’t.

So I think what I mean is: Free John Bunting. Let the man go, let him go back to find some success again somewhere else, because it just isn’t happening in Chapel Hill and things are just going to get more painful down the road. We’ve come to a point where there are no more arguments to be made for John Bunting as head coach at UNC based on anything happening on a football field. Yes, he’s been a disciplinarian for off-the-field incidents. Graduation rates and GPAs are where we all want them to be. He’s an alum who loves the university and isn’t ever going to jump for another job, and the powers-that-be made such asses of themselves when Matt Doherty was forced out that there’s an understandable reluctance to go through that again. Perhaps most importantly, his recruiting of players (and even coaches) has been a plus with perhaps his best ever class coming to Chapel Hill next season. (If he can wrap up some loose ends and hold on to the early commits.)

But that’s all off-the-field stuff. The offense is horrid. (More on that later this week I hope.) The defense gets beat up. The team quit at Clemson and hasn’t really played with a lot of fire and passion all year. In retrospect, I’m not so sure that the Rutgers game wasn’t the high-water mark for the Heels this season. (The final score not withstanding, it certainly was not the Furman game.)

A coach can’t be good about everything except what happens on the football field. At some point, he has to be good at that too. And the bottomline is that there is not one argument that can be made from a football perspective in John Bunting’s favor. And that’s very sad.

Someone has to free the man from this ugly, inevitable path. Before the season I’d hoped it would be the Chacos or Edwards or Dailey or McGill. (Or Cignetti.) But it’s obvious now that isn’t going to happen.

It may take the man himself to do it. But this is going to get uglier for everyone before it gets better.

On to UVA and let’s hope for the best. Otherwise, that next week-and-a-half will be dark indeed.

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Titans (Plus 10.5) over Washington

Despite getting burned last week I’m taking another weak team on the road. Still, the Titans are coming off of an emotional victory if there ever was one, defying their status as 19-and-a-half point dogs at Indianapolis and very nearly winning the game. They also seem to be doing a good job of putting Vince Young in position where it isn’t up to him to win-or-lose games.

Just for the record, I also like the under in the Denver-Oakland game. The line is at 36 points and while Denver will probably win big I think it stays under that.

Season to date: 1-1

Last week: I went out of town on Friday–how was I supposed to know Detroit would lose 3/5ths of its starting line AND have Kitna just throw away a cover late? At least it got Bill Simmons too.

Lines: Bodog courtesy of Sportscrew.

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I watch RAW every Monday on TV, but this is my first live show,” said Spurrier. “All these guys are incredible athletes, but I came to see the Nature Boy.”

Every Monday night?! Geezus Coach, how easy is it to beat Tennessee?

Actually, this makes me like Spurrier even more.

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or… “He Can’t Put the Biscuit in the Basket!”

or… “From way downtown…Bang! Er, Bang! <oh, come on thing, please go bang…>”

or…”It’s listed as day-to-day, but then again, aren’t they all? Aren’t they?”

Write your Keith Olbermann joke:

A 30-something office worker of Caribbean descent, Karmabites1 said she struck up an e-mail friendship with Olbermann, whom she admired, and agreed to fly to New York to meet him last May. She says he came to her hotel room and opened a bottle of Merlot which he “spilled all over.” Then, when “sexual activity began [in] less than an hour,” Olbermann had difficulty. “I pretended he knew what he was doing,” the embittered blogger writes. “I adored the guy. I didn’t want him to think he was a dud in bed,” so she faked experiencing ecstasy.

Apparently Olbermann is catching this as a result of a grief blog started by the female participant in the aforementioned tryst and now the New York Post decided they wanted a piece of the action. (Or non-action, as the case may be.)

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