Well papa first off congrats on the win, it was a great game, both teams laid it all on the line and left it all on the field. I am not hanging my head down over the loss. The (slightly) better team on the day won. The difference in the game was your D-line against our O-line.
On the controversial call, while I have been very critical of Popp as a head coach, I don't second guess him on that one. With that wind, and given that Duval had shanked his last punt into it, and given that Stokes was doing pretty well on returns, I'd have gone for the first down as well. I'd have called my O-lineman around me and said we're going for it, it is time for you guys to step up and redeem yourselves.
They didn't, but I still agree with the call itself.
The quote to which you refer is not mine, so it must have been sportsman.
My preference is for Popp to go back to being a fulltime GM and quit playing at being a head coach, but if that came to pass what quality head coach would agree to work under him, now knowing that he's itching to coach himself? It might come down to either Popp being both GM and HC or neither. Time will tell. All I know is that so far Wettenhaul and Larry Smith have not called me offering a job.
And I do agree, Marcus Brady answered all the questions about him. A career backup, he has now shown that he has all the tools to be a quality starter in this league. Frankly, if we had Calvillo in that game on Sunday, I think your margin of victory would have been higher, as he'd have taken more than a few sacks that Brady was able to avoid.