first_imgFormer Kerry star and RTE pundit Pat Spillane has again used his weekly column in the Sunday World to ridicule the tactics employed by Donegal – describing them as ‘Caveman tactics’. Spillane also scoffed at the suggestion that Jim McGuinness, Kiernan McGeeney and Malachy O’Rourke are innovative coaches, saying the defensive systems they employ are anything but innovative.“I’m afraid I don’t get this modern day approach to Gaelic football. “And I simply don’t accept that GAA coaches such as Jimmy McGuinness, Paul Grimley, Kieran McGeeney and Malachy O’Rourke are particularly innovative by adopting these tactics.“They smack of caveman tactics. Simply flooding your defence with extra players and making it more difficult for the opposition to score is just about the laziest ‘innovation’ one could dream up!Spillane said Gaelic Football should revolve around the star players on both sides, and was saddened by the sight of Jamie Clarke and Michael Murphy performing defensive duties during their recent All-Ireland quarter-final clash at Croke Park.“The sight of two of the game’s best forwards, Michael Murphy and Jamie Clarke, running back to take up defensive duties was a sad sight. “It is akin to Brian Cody asking Henry Shefflin to play as a sweeper or getting Messi and Ronaldo to slot in as full backs!Spillane acknowledged that his stance on defensive football was similar to the on-going crusade Paul Kimmage has against doping in cycling.However, he says he won’t stop being critical of the defensive systems being employed because he believes it’s having a damaging effect on the sport.Spillane also believes Dublin will have too much for Donegal when the two face off on August 31st in one of the most highly anticipated and intriguing fixtures the GAA has seen for years.Spillane feels Dublin are on an upward trajectory and that Donegal are in decline, despite winning a third Ulster title in three years. “Donegal are better than they were last year, but they’re a pale shadow of the side that won the All-Ireland in 2012, plus that side in 2012 was much more attack minded that season than it is now.“The much-anticipated All-Ireland semi-final between Dublin and Donegal will be intriguing.“But the two teams are on a different trajectory; Donegal are in decline while Dublin haven’t yet reached their peak.“And I think it will be case of never the twain shall meet! SPILLANE LAUNCHES YET ANOTHER BLISTERING ATTACK ON DONEGAL was last modified: August 20th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Caveman tacticscriticaldonegalJim McGuinnessnewsPat SpillaneSportlast_img read more

LISTEN Michael Floyd Cardinals wide receiver

first_imgLISTEN: Michael Floyd, Cardinals wide receiver Top Stories Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires At 6-foot-3 and 225-pounds with good speed, Floyd certainly has the look of a go-to receiver.But the production hasn’t quite been there, and Floyd’s failure to establish himself led to some speculation that the Cardinals might be looking to trade him. The wideout was aware of the rumors, but said the chatter did not effect him.“Being a player, you can’t let it bother you,” he said. “I think, mentally, if you let it get to you a lot of things can happen, negativity.”Instead, Floyd said he just works even harder, controlling what he can control. If all goes according to plan, that will lead to him having a big 2015. For Floyd, who said he has plenty he would like to accomplish during his career, that would be a welcome situation.“I just always, since I was young, (wanted) to be the best player that I could possibly be, and putting in the work each and every day,” he said. “But also learning at the same time. Larry has a lot under his belt, and you can’t do nothing but learn from someone like that.“Watching other guys around the league, too, big guys like me, you can learn a lot from them because they experience a lot more and being a vet guy and having that experience, (me) being four years in you can take that into your own game and kind of implement onto the field.” – / 16 “Because they want me to be successful and they count on me and they expect me to make plays when they come my way, and I expect myself to make them, too.”You don’t have to look too hard to find reasons that are beyond Floyd’s control to help explain his down year. The team’s issues at quarterback, where injuries ravaged the position, were a factor. Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton, Ryan Lindley and Logan Thomas combined to throw 97 passes Floyd’s way, with Palmer and Lindley being the only two to complete more than half of them. Stanton, who threw a team-high 45 passes to No. 15, connected on just 40 percent of the throws. Then again, as anyone who watched the Cardinals last year would tell you, there were also certainly times where it seemed as though Floyd could have made a play only to come up short. Now 25 and entering his fourth NFL season after being taken 13th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, it would seem to be the right time for the former Notre Dame star to put it all together and become the player Arizona thought he would be, possibly supplanting legend and future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald as the team’s top option in the passing game.center_img Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Michael Floyd knows his 2014 season was not as good as his 2013 campaign. He caught 18 fewer passes, gained 200 fewer yards and, while he scored one more touchdown, his year was generally viewed as a disappointment. “I think last year wasn’t as good as my first year with [Bruce Arians],” he told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday. “A lot of things come into play with that, but I usually look at myself individually and I think some of the stuff that I did was inconsistent, but I heard B.A. say that and I take that as a challenge to myself to be a better player and make plays for this offense and this team. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more