Yes, I'm still not happy about it- BTW, scratch Lovie Smith off the list- signed on as Tampa's coach. An NO NO NO to McDaniels. Anyone can look like an offensive genius if they have Tom Brady as quarterback.
From Don Banks, SI "-- Cleveland's sacking of Rob Chudzinski after a mere year in the big corner office reportedly had several root causes, and just fed into the perception of the Browns organization as Chaos Central in the NFL. But if Cleveland could have gotten more production (or health) out of the three-headed quarterback combination of Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell, Chudzinski probably would have received the Browns' more standard two-year coaching commitment (see Chris Palmer, Eric Mangini and Pat Shurmur)."
Resident Tolkien fanatic checking in. Way, way better than Unexpected Journey. Plot & action don't drag nearly as much. 100% faithful to the book- no, but we've come to expect that.
Orlando Bloom fans are going to love it- as he has a very prominent role in the movie- building on the stuff elves can do. Very close to what Tolkien envisioned about elves being able to take on 30 orcs at once. Smaug may well be the best CGI dragon in the history of film. Suitably evil- dragons in Tolkien's mythology aren't just dumb fire breathing critters with wings.
Yes stretching it out to three movies will leave you hanging- but still A-, and up there wth LOTR "The Two Towers" in overall satisfaction.