Submitted by Kelso Sturgeon on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 10:55 AM
The National Football League pre-season is here, with teams reporting to training camp in just 10 days, and that means it is time to start putting in some serious work time in order to make the 65 exhibition games a profitable venture. The next two weeks will find this space loaded with insight into how one beats the pre-season-and I mean really beat it and build up one's bankroll for the regular season.
Winning in the pre-season has the same profile of winning when it really counts. It is all a matter of finding edges and exploiting them and today we begin with the important message NFL coaches have sent us in the past. For instance the past tells us Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin takes the pre-season seriously had has gone 16-5 in exhibition games in his five years as the head coach. By the same token, Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt has sent a message that the pre-season means little to him. In his five seasons in Phoenix, his teams have gone 7-13.
Some coaches are simply driven to win in the pre-season because it is alien to their nature to lose while others win because they need to in order to convince fans to buy tickets. Detroit Lions mentor Jim Swartz falls into the latter category. He went 4-0 with the Lions last year and is 10-2 in three seasons in the Motor City.
Regardless of what motivates an NFL coach in August, when the games don't count and are truly exhibition affairs to get ready for the regular season, what a coach has done the past sends a major message to bettors as to what they can expect this time around. Coaches who have won in the past are strong candidates to repeat that performance in 2012.
We have listed below how coaches did in the 2011 pre-season and their overall record in such games. The numbers listed below are straight up records.
Pre-Season Records Of NFL Coaches
|Team||Coach||Last Year||Overall Record|
|Arizona Cardinals||Ken Whisenhunt||2-2||7-13|
|Atlanta Falcons||Mike Smith||0-4||6-10|
|Baltimore Ravens||John Harbaugh||3-1||11-5|
|Buffalo Bills||Chan Gailey||1-3||3-5|
|Carolina Panthers||Ron Rivera||1-3||1-3|
|Chicago Bears||Lovie Smith||2-2||16-17|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Marvin Lewis||1-3||18-19|
|Cleveland Browns||Pat Shurmur||1-3||1-3|
|Dallas Cowboys||Jason Garrett||2-2||2-2|
|Denver Broncos||John Fox||2-2||21-19|
|Detroit Lions||Jim Schwartz||4-0||10-2|
|Green Bay Packers||Mike McCarthy||3-1||12-12|
|Houston Texans||Gary Kubiak||3-1||13-11|
|Indianapolis Colts||Chuck Pagano||1st Year||NR|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||*Mike Mularky||1st Year||3-5|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+Romeo Crennel||1st Year||8-8|
|Miami Dolphins||Joe Philbin||1st Year||NR|
|Minnesota Vikings||Leslie Frazier||2-2||2-2|
|New England Patriots||Bill Belichick||2-2||28-22|
|New Orleans Saints||Joe Vit||1st Year||NR|
|New York Giants||Tom Coughlin||2-2||16-16|
|New York Jets||Rex Ryan||2-2||6-6|
|Oakland Raiders||Dennis Allen||1st Year||NR|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Andy Reid||3-1||21-31|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Mike Tomlin||3-1||16-5|
|San Diego Chargers||Norv Turner||2-2||15-13|
|Seattle Seahawks||Pete Carroll||2-2||3-5|
|San Francisco 49ers||Jim Harbaugh||2-2||2-2|
|St. Louis Rams||Jeff Fisher||1st Year||NA|
|Tampa Bay Bucs||Greg Schiano||1st Year||NR|
|Tennessee Titans||Mike Munchak||3-1||3-1|
|Washington Redskins||Mike Shanahan||3-1||46-22|
*/+--Records compiled as head coaches of other teams.
Temple Makes Major Score With Running Back
The Temple Owls may be in a major rebuilding mode after going 9-4 and beating Wyoming, 37-15, in the New Mexico Bowl, but they recently got a major big-time boost when former Boston College star running back Montel Harris announced he was transferring to the Philadelphia school and would play this season.
Harris, a 5-10 207-pounder with superstar potential, will be eligible to play because he has graduated from Boston College and is taking graduate courses not offer at B.C. Harris rushed for 1,243 yards during the 2010 season and was the pre-season Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, at the beginning of the 2011 season. However, injuries put him on the sidelines for most of last year.
Harris was kicked off the Boston College team in May for what Coach Frank Spaziani said were repeated violations of team rules. Those close to the Eagles program said it had more to do with personality clashes.
Regardless, Harris will start at running back for the Owls this season and that certainly is going to help them as they return to the Big East.
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