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Florio: Fix the HOF selection system

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Florio: Fix the HOF selection system

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com stops by The McNeil and Spiegel Show Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. on WSCR-AM 670 The Score. He doesnt soft-pedal things on PFT and he didnt this morning, either.

Mike might want to watch his caller ID for a call from Giselle Bunchen aka Mrs. Tom Brady, who fired on critics of her husbands play in Super Bowl. Mike acknowledged that passes like the one to Wes Welker did hit receivers in the hands, but those were not good passes, meaning that the finger was pointed at Brady.

The ball was not accurately thrown and for Welker just to get his hands on the ball, he had to be an acrobat, Mike said, mentioning how the drop by Deion Branch was a ball thrown well behind the wide receiver.

It may not have been as simple as Brady just having a bad day. Brady had an epic run of 16 straight completions from the end of the second quarter into the start of the third, but he was sacked by New York defensive end Justin Tuck, landed hard on his left shoulder, and Bradys accuracy was undermined by that re-injury to his left shoulder, Mike said.

It wont ultimately hurt Brady in Hall of Fame voting but Mike was in no mood to spare the 44-member selection committee for the Hall. He had no problem with the five additions to the Hall plus the one senior selection but pointed to the exclusions of Cris Carter and Bill Parcells as questionable.

Mike was candid about the jerk factor that ran through Carter and Parcells during their careers but was insistent that being a jerk didnt mean you should be excluded from the Hall of Greats. One of Mikes thoughts is that the number of voters should be expanded in order to dilute the hard-core haters who dont vote for someone simply because they dont like the guy.

I think 44 is too few and I think there are some voters in those 44 who dont belong there, Mike said. Im going to keep banging the drum until changes occur.

The Bears will face the Indianapolis Colts in 2012 but Mike didnt have any clear fix yet on whether Peyton Manning would or wouldnt be a Colt by then.

Theres a growing sense that its going to be the Redskins, Mike noted, but said that would require adjusting that offense from Kyle Shanahans Madden approach where the coordinator completely controls the quarterback.

I dont think Peytons going to like that very much.

Bears-Lions prediction: Will special teams continue John Fox's NFC North woes?

Bears-Lions prediction: Will special teams continue John Fox's NFC North woes?

Only three of John Fox’s 12 wins as Bears coach have been against NFC North opponents, while 12 of his 29 losses have come against divisional opponents. 

That’s a recipe for back-to-back-to-back last place finishes in the NFC North. And if the Bears can’t beat an Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers team, why could it beat a Detroit Lions team that has a healthy franchise quarterback?

The positive end of that answer is the Bears do have wins over two playoff teams (Pittsburgh and Carolina) while six of their four losses have been by eight points or fewer. Sunday’s game will probably be close, again (if it’s not, and the Bears are on the losing end of it, it would raise some significant concerns about the state of Fox within the locker room). 

So if the game is decided by one possession or less, this could be the difference: Detroit has one of the best special teams units in the NFL, ranking second in Football Outsiders’ DVOA, while the Bears are 28th by the same measure. 

Getting Sherrick McManis back this week should help solidify Jeff Rodgers’ special teams units, but Jamal Agnew has two punt return scores and is averaging 18.3 yards per return. 

“Tough guy — he’ll return inside and outside,” Rodgers said. “He’s got multiple longer returns against people this year. it’s not just, ‘I had a long return in Week 2 or Week 1,’ and kinda held onto that. he’s been productive in a lot of games. certainly a guy that we’ve gotta do a good job against.”

If the Bears don’t do a good job bottling up Agnew, though, he could be the reason why the game flips to Detroit — or, at least, why the Lions keep the Bears at arm’s length. 

Prediction: Lions 24, Bears 16

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