While situations such as Florida State’s are nearly always red flags, a team (such as New Mexico State) being thrilled with their bowl assignment doesn’t always give us the green light. For some teams, just making a bowl game is the goal, often to the point that winning it becomes secondary. For others, winning it is central to viewing the season as a success. Often it’s a matter of emphasis.
In the Steelers’ 22-20 Thanksgiving night loss to the hated AFC North rival Ravens in 2013, Tomlin stepped figuratively out of bounds by literally sneaking off the sidelines. While Jones was in the middle of returning a punt 73 yards that could have gone the distance for Baltimore, Tomlin seemed to intentionally get in the way as Jones got tripped up.
Remember, it wasn’t that long ago that the 49ers, once the gold standard in the league along with the Giants, reached for Jim Tomsula, then Chip Kelly, in back-to-back years, after they botched the end of Jim Harbaugh’s tenure. They might be back on track now … maybe.
Trust them to get back on track at your own risk.
Giants vs. Redskins on Thanksgiving night — both before and during the game — was not what the NFL hoped it would be when the league scheduled the game months ago. New York’s surprisingly terrible season had the team out of postseason contention even before its 20-10 loss Thursday. At least Washington is alive in the NFC playoff picture as a possible wild card.