Michael Vick killed dogs; the Eagles welcomed him in. Riley Cooper publicly screamed the n-word; Eagles kept him. Ray Lewis was guilty of obstruction of justice in a murder case that you do not have to look far to realize he had more to do with; Ravens were so put off by this, they built their team around him as their face and leader of the franchise. Ben Roethlisberger was involved in a rape case that led to a civil suit which was “settled”; the Steelers, the NFL bastion of civility, kept him on after a 4-game suspension (even lowered by the NFL from 6). Leonard Little committed a DWI manslaughter and the Rams overlooked it – just as they did when he committed yet another DWI later in his career.
But Michael Sam, committing no crimes, but daring to be himself, an openly gay man, is a distraction. Continue reading
With the constant injuries at wide receiver for the New York Jets, there has been much talk about who they should bring in.
There is the option of the Cleveland Browns Josh Gordon. As the Browns looked like they were just going to start unloading (after the trade of second-year running back, Trent Richardson), many speculated what it would take to get the burgeoning star. For a guy who is one misstep from a year suspension, some felt like a 4th rounder tops would work. But then the Browns started playing well…
Some are still clamoring for the return of fan favorite, Braylon Edwards, something the Jets have resisted due to the lack of his special teams work.
So what can the Jets do? Jump in the time machine and get back Jerricho Cotchery. Continue reading
Woody Johnson and Rex Ryan promised a thorough search for a new General Manager, but it seems most did not realize how extensive it would be.
To make it easy on everyone who wants to know, here is a handy list of every person the Jets have brought to, or have wanted to bring to Florham Park this offseason:
I won’t say it. This Jets team doesn’t deserve it.
A month ago, there was no reason to believe the word should ever be uttered again.
A team that has sputtered, made terrible mistakes, encountered injury after injury, has a lemon of a foundation, and has only been consistent in being awful offensively…they should be dead in the water.
So not a chance – I won’t say the word.
ESPN and Grantland’s Bill Simmons once termed the phrase “Manning Face”, a term of non-endearment towards the Colts’ long time QB. As Malcolm Gladwell once coined its meaning:
“The look of someone who has just faced up to a sobering fact: I am in complete control of this offense. I prepare for games like no other quarterback in the NFL. I am in the best shape of my life. I have done everything I can to succeed—and I’m losing.
In the years since then, Peyton’s brother, Eli, has entered the same elite level of play Gladwell describes, and with it, has developed some of the same faces his brother has.
So in dedication to his latest one, here are the top five Eli Manning Faces on Record:
In consecutive weeks, the Jets have lost their two biggest playmakers: Darrelle Revis and Santonio Holmes.
While the NFL has proven that you can rally from a star player becoming injured, a second star going down on such a flawed team leads most to believe that this will not be happening for the Jets.
If we can all agree that the Jets will not be winning the Super Bowl this year, the best course of action for the Jets is to lose out and get as best of a draft pick as possible in the 2013 draft (hopefully with someone other than Tannenbaum making that pick). With that said, if the Jets are going to win more games this year, here are some Tebow-less ways they will have to adjust to make it possible.