Daily Grind 12/16

Blues take down Rangers, concerns with Carlos Beltran, McDaniels’ case for another head coaching gig, and a former Mizzou QB is struggling.

The Blues had 0 penalties in a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers Thursday night. This echoes the smart, disciplined hockey that coach Ken Hitchcock preaches. Alex Steen was a +3 and now leads the team with 21 points…what a player.

St. Louis won 40/66 face offs. Several came in the defensive zone, and one led to David Perron’s 1st period goal. Solid effort.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 02:  Carlos Belt...

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With the Colorado Rockies signing Michael Cuddyer, the Cardinals have a clear shot at Carlos Beltran. I want Beltran. He would look great in an outfield with Matt Holiday, Allen Craig, and Jon Jay. Here is my only concern: his effort. Critics have complained about his lackadaisical style of play. Just going through the motions. While his .300 average, 22 homers, and 84 RBI’s look great on paper, don’t forget in 2008, Troy Glaus hit .270, 27 homers, and drove in 99 runs as a Cardinal. Numbers can be deceiving. Nobody was too enthused with his laissez-faire style. Beltran would look good, but a flashy name/game doesn’t get accolades in St. Louis–good baseball does.

DENVER - NOVEMBER 22:  Head coach Josh McDanie...

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I can’t believe the reports of the KC Chiefs’ interest in Josh McDaniels. McDaniels is on the verge of a historically horrendous season. I need not bore you with stats, but the Rams inept offense is scoring 11.8 points per game.

McDaniels would reunite with QB Matt Cassel. He tutored Cassel in 2008 after Tom Brady injured his knee. He set offensive records and led the Patriots to a 10-6 season. Cassel earned a 6 year $62 million contract.

McDaniels’ draft picks are paying off in Denver. We know about Tim Tebow. But McDaniels also drafted Eric Decker (8 TD receptions), and two starting offensive linemen in Zane Beadles and J.D. Walton.

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 25:  Blaine Gabbert ...

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Finally, Blaine Gabbert is just not very good. His primetime coverage has led to national scrutiny. He has a league worst 65.6-passer rating. His inability to read coverage and “feel” pressure is glaring. He still throws off his back foot, thinking he can force balls into coverage. He even has a great running back in Maurice Jones-Drew to relieve pressure, but he just looks lost.

Thanks for reading.

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