Last week Rex Ryan had something to say in regards to an AFC East opponent; ”I don’t know this Channing Crowder. All I know is that he’s all tatted up, so I guess I ought to be nervous about him. The other thing is I think he’s wrong because I do think you win in June. I think you win with your preparation and all that kind of stuff. If I was younger, I’d probably handle him myself.”
Yesterday Crowder rebutted; ”Oh, Lord have mercy. What’s wrong with him? Now he’s talking about preparation? We play them twice this year. If he wants to be prepared, shouldn’t he know the starting middle linebackers of his division rival? ‘He says he’d take care of me if he was younger? I’d have beat the hell out of that big old joker. Or if he really wants to get retro, my daddy or my uncle could have handled him. Don’t get big. Win with preparation? Start watching some tape and learn who your rival is. Come on now.”
I think Channing Crowder might have come out looking better in this exchange. Not to mention, we have seen Channing go head-to-head with larger men than even Rex Ryan. (more…)
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Rex Ryan might want to shut his mouth–he isn’t in Kansas Baltimore anymore and he doesn’t have Ray Lewis and that defense to back him up.
Rex Ryan spoke to the New York media about the boldness of some of his team. On Monday, Kerry Rhodes, via his Twitter account, said, “We will be the best defense in the league this year.” When asked about his thoughts on the tweet Ryan said, “I’m excited about that comment.”
Ryan also stated, “I never came here to kiss Bill Belichick’s rings… I came here to win, let’s put it that way…. I’m certainly not intimidated by New England or anybody else.”
The Patriots host the Bills in week one of the “Greatest Offense Ever Version 2.0 Tour”. Week two they travel to none other than the New York Jets stadium for their first meeting of the season. So, week one the Bills gets to feel the wrath of a hungry Brady who hasn’t seen the field in 12 months. Fun. Then the Jets get to try and slow down the “Greatest Offense Ever” after stating they are “the best defense in the league.”
Over/under Patriots point total week one and two combined: 60
Rex Ryan says he and his New York Jets aren’t intimidated by New England Patriots [NJ.com]
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According to the Browns team website, Cleaveland and former Pats O-Coordinator and New York Jets head coach, Eric Mangini have agreed to a deal that will make him their new head coach. I have not seen any more information regarding years or money but it does look like he will be wearing the head set in Cleaveland.
After a poor 4-12 season, the Browns fired Romeo Crennel, another former Pats coordinator. Ex-Patriot coaches have not been too successful so far in head coaching roles. Crennel and Mangini have been fired from their first gig and Charlie Weiss has not been great at Notre Dame since his recruits have come in. On the other hand, I don’t think Mangini deserved to be fired in New York, if you want to blame someone for the end of the season I would blame Brett Favre.
Onto Mangini’s new gig, he is taking over a team that completely fell apart but he does have some talent their. Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards are play makers and I think Brady Quinn can be a legit QB in this league. It can’t get much worse next year.
P.S. When I was looking for a picture of Mangini I found one of him on Seasame Street with Chad Pennington Laverneaus Coles and Ben Graham…weird.
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File this under reason #414 I hate Boston College.
This just goes to show how much BC has an inflated view of themselves. Coaches interview with other potential employers all the time. You never hear about the AD threatening to fire them if they do so but that is exactly what BC’s AD Gene DiFilippo says he will do.
Who is Coach Jags? Jagodzinski was the Packers’ offensive coordinator in 2006. Last year in his first season he led BC to an 11-3 record. This year the Eagles were 9-5 and lost to Vanderbilt in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl.
Boston College is a stepping stone program.That is what they do not realize or refuse to cope with.
Former Coach Tom O’Brien was at Chestnut Hill from 1996 until 2006 before deciding to take the head spot at NC State. That just goes to show how hard it is to recruit to BC. O’Brien thought that the Wolfpac were a better option.
First O’Brien makes an at best lateral move to NC State and now Jags wants out after 2 seasons. Jags and everybody else knows he is far from the top of the list to get the Jets head position but he is willing to risk his job just to interview. Sounds fishy.
Putting all of this together it seems that Gene DiFilippo might be the true problem here.
From BC’s point of view, wouldn’t you want a guy who NFL teams are looking at to be your head coach? Doesn’t that help recruiting and help to better put BC on the ACC and national radar.
Even if Jags was dishonest about talking to the Jets, this still should not warrant a firing. It only hurts both parties. It sets back the football program which is what BC should be concerned with. There must be a reason for Jags wanting to leave. And even is DiFilippo is just trying to make a point that coaches should not flip jobs the way they do and that BC will not stand for it; there are clearly deeper issues here. And the AD and head coach are not on the same page.
Jagodzinski just finished the 2nd of a 5 season deal worth about a million bucks a year.
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Hilarity on the part of Ellis. Although this is probably fineable in the Goodell regime… I definitely approve. I heard that Patriots fans were unleashing snow assaults on Tony Siragusa yesterday but ‘Goose’ didn’t have the testicular fortitude to chuck one back.
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Three week seventeen games will be moved from 1:00 p.m. EST to 4:15 p.m. EST.
On CBS, the Dolphins @ Jets game will now have a late-afternoon kickoff. while Jacksonville @ Baltimore has also has been moved to a 4:15 p.m. EST start. On FOX, the Dallas @ Philadelphia game has been moved to 4:15 p.m. EST as well. The Broncos @ Chargers game will be the Sunday night game on NBC.
The Dolphins control their own destiny. They win and they take the division, just one year after going 1-15. The Patriots need to win and either the Dolphins or Ravens lose. The Jets need a victory coupled with a Patriots and or Ravens loss.
The Patriots could potentially be the first team since the new playoff format in 1990 to have 11 wins and not make the playoffs.
The resurgent Chargers earned the right to play for the division title yesterday with help from the faltering Broncos. That’s right, 15 weeks after the Chargers were screwed out of a win against Denver, those same Broncos will travel to San Diego in a re-match for the whole sha-bang.
I don’t think I’ve routed for the Chargers since Natrone Means suited up in the mid-9o’s.
The Cowboys can clinch a playoff birth with a win while the Eagles clinch the wild card with a win against Dallas and losses by Tampa Bay and Chicago.
First, of all this is going to be a heck of a week of games; so much on the line. However, as a Patriots fan, it is awful not controlling your own destiny. The thought of having 11 wins and not making the playoffs is a very difficult one to deal with. A sentiment that Matt Cassel reiterated this morning on the radio.
The AFC West should forfeit their playoff spot to the AFC East. Even the lowly Bills who are 0-5 in the division are 4-0 against the AFC West.
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Posted in NFL, tagged afc west, albert haynesworth, big ben, brandon jacobs, carolina panthers, chad pennington, denver broncos, donovan mcnabb, matt cassel, miami dolphins, new england patriots, new york giants, new york jets, philadelphia eagles, pittsburgh steelers, san diego chargers, tenessee titans, week 15 on December 16, 2008|
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Week 15 ended last night with a convincing win for the Eagles over the lowly Browns. Donovan McNabb has played great since he was benched in Baltimore throwing 7 TDs compared to one int. It also helps that they have found a balance between the run and pass. The eagles are 3-0 in those three games and have put themselves in a position to make the playoffs. In order to do that they need to win out and have Tampa lose to either San Diego or Oakland or have Atlanta lose to Minnesota or St. Louis. Who would have thought that after that tie in Cincinatti? Or the embarrassment in Baltimore?
The Carolina Panthers can win home field advantage in the NFC playoffs if they win in the Meadowlands on Sunday night. That would be huge for a team that finished its home schedule 8-0 on the season. They will be facing a reeling Giants team that has lost two in a row to the ‘Boys and Birds without Plaxico Burress and Brandon Jacobs, but it seems like Jacobs will be back for this one. Crazily enough if the Giants lose this week and the Vikings win, the Week 17 matchup between the Vikings and the Giants would then be for 2nd in the NFC for the all important bye week.
The AFC East continues to intrigue everyone as the Jets, Patriots, and Dolphins are all 9-5. The Jets control their own destiny, if they win out they win the division. The only problem with that is the Jets have to play on the west coast this weekend, traveling to Seattle. On the year they are 0-3 in the western time zone losing to San Diego, Oakland, and San Francisco. In my perfect world the Jets and Dolphins would win this week and then Chad Pennington would march into the Meadowlands and beat the Jets for the division crown on the last day of the season. On a side note, our hearts go out to the Cassel family after his father’s passing last week. What a courageous and inspiring effort from Matt in Oakland on Sunday.
Pittsburgh’s latest 4th quarter (allbeit controversal) has put them in position to play for home field advantage in the AFC playoffs. They will play for it this weekend against the Titans, after Tenessee lost to Houston last week. It won’t be as easy for the Titans either becuase Albert Haynesworth will be out until at least the playoffs. In my eyes this is one of the most impressive regular seasons, Pittsburgh has put together. Here are some of their wins: Baltimore twice, Dallas, Washington, and New England. Most of these wins have come without Willie Parker and with a banged up Big Ben.
Lastly, the AFC West still stinks. The Chargers beat the Chiefs somehow 22-21 to keep their sorry playoff hopes alive while the Broncos are now 0-2 in clinching the division after they got killed in Carolina. Maybe the Bills are exactly what they need, but I would rather it come down to week 17 when the two teams matchup. Please NFL, LET ED HOCHULE DO THE GAME.
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