I concur!on3m@n@rmy said:Good description of seeding Merckxx.
I recall a decade ago when Indianapolis (then lead by Peyton Manning) had to play at New England a few times in a row. There was the same uproar about it being unfair. Until in the following seasons we found New England playing at Indy a few times. My point is that over time things balance out. I won't be at all surprised if next season, and after, we'll see the Patriots at the Broncos a few times. I haven't looked back at pre-PM Denver's schedule, but it wouldn't surprise me if the Patriots took a few trips there during those times.
As to players getting preferential treatment, that's how it is in all sports. Does it ruin the sport? Change the outcome of games? I don't think very much in football. A few plays here or there though, yes.
As to Harbaugh, there's a swell of 49er fans out there happy he's gone. Not because he was mean to idiot players and tough on them. That's a false impression. A lot of fans are upset that he didn't get rid of a few of them. While getting rid of other quality players. Not saying Kaeprnick is a bust, he's not. But in retrospect one has to wonder how Alex Smith would have continued on in that system he was playing so well in. There's also a perception that Harbaugh inherited a lot of the excellent players he had, and inherited a team that was just heading into very favorable salary cap numbers.
Which brings up Mike Singletary. While he didn't take them to the playoffs, he was a much better HC than Erickson and Nolan who preceded him, and drafted many of the players Harbaugh used. There's also talk that Singletary learned a lot as HC of SF and inside circles say he's very aware of the mistakes he made. The Fritz Pollard Alliance is high on Singletary, after Mike spent 2014 as a senior advisor to NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent, consulting on a variety of football matters. I seriously doubt the 49ers would bring him back, but is Singletary the next HC of the Chicago Bears? If I were the team I'd at the very least interview him, and seriously consider him as much as Rex Ryan or Mike Shanahan. Singletary's no-nonsense coaching style may be just what a sloppy Bears team needs.