Tag:John Fox
Posted on: August 16, 2010 1:41 pm

Panthers' Smith off PUP, may 'chump proof' arm

Posted by Will Brinson

Steve Smith (the Carolina Panthers version) is one of the most quotable dudes in the NFL. Sometimes he makes people angry with his words -- sometimes he also cheeses them off with his actions, too! -- but for the most part, he's a hysterical dude.

An excellent example of that emerged today, when Smith told the Gaston Gazette 's Steve Reed that he "may have to wear something on [his arm] to keep it 'Chump proof.'"

That's a direct reference to Michael Johnson, the Giants' safety responsible for Smith's original arm-break last season; Smith believes that Johnson nailed him with a cheap shot, causing the break.

Of course, he could also be discussing himself, since he did break it a second time while playing flag football in the offseason ...

Either way, Smith escaped the PUP list and is apparently participating in drills with the Panthers on Monday. Preseason games aren't out of reach, but John Fox wasn't telling whether they were likely or not, so for now we'll leave them at unlikely, meaning Smith will probably make his debut in the Panthers' regular season opener.

Until further notice anyway.

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 10:57 am

Mangini says Browns' job is 'Delhomme's to lose'

Andy and Josh have been ranking the various positions recently , and while the quarterback rankings have yet to come out, I feel reasonably safe in predicting that you won't see the words "Cleveland Browns" anywhere near that particular post. (Unless they go all opposite day on me and drop the "Five Most Boring Quarterback Battles in NFL History" list, in which case, well, what can you do?)

This is relevant because on today's Dan Patrick Show, guest host Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk fame had Eric Mangini on to talk about something that actually matters to Cleveland now : the Browns. And Mangini dropped what has to be considered a relative bombshell -- it would take a "Jake Delhomme in the 2008 Playoffs Against the Arizona Cardinals-Styled Peformance " for Jake Delhomme to not be the Browns starting quarterback come Week One:

"It's really Jake's job to lose, and he did a great job during OTAs," Mangini said. "I couldn't have been happier with him, not just in terms of the way he learned the information but the way he ran the offense."

This seems like pretty good news for Browns' fans, no?

After all, if you're going to sign someone who spent last season [figuratively] murdering the Panthers before getting benched for an unknnown in Matt Moore, and then pay him SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS in the first year of a two-year deal, I suppose it's better to have that money being [figuratively] burned on the field instead of the bench.

(Quick aside: Let us not forget that had John Fox and Marty Hurney turned to Moore sooner, the 'Cats could have potentially made the playoffs and saved them from the awkwardness of playing the role of lame duck this year. But I digress.)

There's even MORE good news from the Mangini interview: Seneca Wallace looked good as well, with Mangini stating that it's "important that Seneca get some reps with the [first-teamers], so that if he goes in he does have some time with the group."

You know, in case Delhomme gets hurt. Or throws six first-half interceptions in the Browns season opener at Tampa Bay .

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 5, 2010 12:07 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2010 12:10 pm

Brad Childress gets a surprise

Minnesota coach B. Childress (US Presswire) A great scene here, as described by the St. Paul Pioneer-Press , with Vikings coach Brad Childress bumping into his son, Andrew, as the Vikings coach was making his way through a handshake line at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

Here’s the lede (it’s simply too good to let slip by):

The uniformed soldier staring back at Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress on the tarmac Friday morning looked similar to the other young men he had met this week during a USO tour of American and NATO military bases.

Then Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Childress started speaking, and Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan went from being the latest stop on a goodwill mission to a surprise homecoming.

"I'm looking him right in the eye and didn't know who the hell he was," Childress said about his son. "He was much thinner. He looked at me with no mustache, no hair, but then I heard his voice and knew it was him.

"It was very emotional. Big hug. Hard to describe."

How cool is that? Childress, of course, is on a USO Tour with Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, Eagles coach Andy Reid and Panthers coach John Fox.

On a personal note: I attended the wedding of my cousin, Dana, this past weekend in Syracuse, N.Y., and the 4th of July was fitting for the couple. Her husband, Scott, has been gone this past year, serving with the Navy in Iraq, and it’s been a trying time for the couple because of the long distance and the less-than-convenient ability to communicate.

I’m not a military guy, but it was inspiring to listen to him and his groomsmen (two couldn’t attend because of military obligations) speak about patriotism and what it means to them to be an American. Such strong young men, much like Andrew Childress and all the Marines with whom he serves.

It goes without saying we all are in debt to the men and women who serve our country. It’s just great Andrew Childress got a chance to get that homecoming half a world away.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 1, 2010 9:38 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2010 9:42 pm

Coaches on a mission, part II

On Wednesday, we told you about the offseason itinerary of Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, Eagles coach Andy Reid, VikiRavens cheerleaders entertain troops (Getty). ngs coach Brad Childress and Panthers coach John Fox.

  They’re traveling to Afghanistan on a USO tour, and on their first day, they flew to Germany, met American soldiers at a hospital, took off for their flight to Afghanistan, hit a bird and returned to Germany for the night.

David Krichavsky, the NFL’s Director of Community Affairs, is trailing the four coaches and writing about what they see and what they do. The latest installment appeared on the Cincinnati Enquirer’s site today.

A funny story from the dispatch:

No recounting of Day 2 of our USO tour would be complete without revisiting Day 1, when our attempted flight to Afghanistan was aborted due to a bird flying into our plane’s engine during takeoff. As noted in the Day 1 blog, Eagles coach Andy Reid quickly became the scapegoat for this quirky accident, largely because he was in the cockpit during takeoff and because of his team’s nickname, “The Birds.”

Coach Reid continued to take significant abuse from the other coaches on Day 2 of the tour, such that anything that went wrong was immediately ascribed to Andy. The story about the bird got even funnier though on Day 2 when a couple of additional details about the incident emerged: 1) Where was the pilot flying our plane from? Philadelphia, of course. 2) What did the co-pilot yell over his headset to the pilot and crew just after we took off and the danger became evident? “Bird Alert! Bird Alert!” Maybe Coach Reid and the Eagles did bring some bad karma to that flight after all.

Somehow, though, the coaches ended the day in Germany once again. At some point, I assume, they’ll head into more hostile territory. Here's hoping the coaches - when they finally reach Afghanistan - don't perform the same routine as the Ravens cheerleaders when they entertained troops in 2002 (pictured above).

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 3:08 pm

Coaches on a mission

In case you’re wondering about the whereabouts of Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, Vikings coach Brad Childress, Panthers coach John Fox and Eagles coach Andy Reid, have no fear. They’re in a safe place. It’s called Afghanistan.

The four coaches are currently on a USO tour to meet troops in the Persian Gulf. The Cincinnati Enquirer as the dispatch from the first day where the coaches took a commercial flight to Frankfurt, Germany and met with injured soldiers.

Sadly, there was a casualty. As the coaches took off from Germany for the Persian Gulf, the plane hit a bird, and the flight was forced returned to Germany for the night. Check it out. It’s an interesting read.

--Josh Katzowitz

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