Tag:Gene Smith
Posted on: June 4, 2011 2:36 pm

Hot Routes 6.4.11: Snyder not impressing Congress

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s decision to sue Washington City Paper has attracted the attention of at least one member of Congress. Rep. Steve Cohen – a Democrat from Tennessee – will try again to pass a bill through the House of Representatives that prevents people from filing “strategic lawsuits against public participation.” Which basically means that a rich dude can’t file a meritless lawsuit simply for the purpose of obtaining revenge.
  • This, I believe, qualifies as good news. The Bills players are donating $10,000 to support the help efforts being made in Joplin, Mo. Punter Brian Moorman also said the players are uniting with New Era, which will provide 10,000 pieces of clothing. Hopefully, they’re not all Bills hats.
  • If you’re looking for the top ex-con athletes playing pro sports today, it should be no surprise to you that many of them are football players. From Plaxico Burress to Michael Vick, Forbes.com has you covered. Nice to see a jockey and a darts player (thrower?) in there, as well.
  • Among the newsy items in this transcript of Patriots QB Tom Brady from his charity football game Friday: his surgically-repaired foot feels good; his newest haircut looks good; and he’s confident a solution to the lockout is forthcoming.
  • In case you’ve forgotten about the NFL strike of 1987, CBSSports.com’s own Chuck Finder is here to remind you about how crazy it was.

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Posted on: April 29, 2011 11:18 am

Jags predictably downplay QB controversy

Posted by Andy Benoit

Jack Del Rio said everything you’d expect him to say shortly after his team traded up to draft Blaine Gabbert Thursday night. “Our intention is to have David (Garrard) as our quarterback and have Blaine come in and push David,” he told a group of reporters that included Vito Stellino of the Florida Times Union.

Jags GM Gene Smith, “David is our quarterback. We’ve got Luke McCown behind him. He’s a proven starter."
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Smith’s sentiments about McCown are just plain wrong. There’s a difference between being a proven starter and being a guy who has filled in under center a time or two. And Garrard is not Smith’s quarterback; Garrard is the guy that the previous GM hitched his wagon to before getting fired.

So yes, it’s a quarterback controversy in Jacksonville. But really, the Jags had a controversy beforehand. After all, they had to have realized at some point last season that Garrard isn’t their long-term guy. The difference now is there is a new quarterback in town who makes the controversy an actual competition.

“We’ll have fun. C’mon. That’s part of the deal,’’ Del Rio said. “We all know you guys are going to have fun with it. ... We’ll keep the focus on the team. We have two good young men who are going to be battling. They’re the right kind of guys. Very unselfish.’’

Garrard should understand how this all works. Remember, he’s the guy who beat out former No. 7 overall pick Byron Leftwich.

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Posted on: August 1, 2010 10:56 pm

Tyson Alualu and Jags verbally agree on deal

Tyson Alualu, the Jacksonville Jaguars' 10th overall NFL Draft selection, was one of seven remining unsigned first round draft picks (and one of the three left from the top 10).

But the Jags announced today that Alualu, who is currently in his home state of Hawaii, has verbally agreed to end his four-day holdout.

However, Alualu, according to his agent Rich Zuckerman, hasn't yet agreed to accept the deal, which seems fairly odd. Apparently, the Jags brought a new five-year deal to the rookie on Sunday, and that pushed up the pace of negotiations.
“By this morning there were 24 deals done and still three in front of us that weren’t done. Things happened very fast. This one made too much sense. We’re so happy to have him here," [GM Gene] Smith said.

“Once we got into pads, that’s when you’d really like them to be here and they’d like to be here. I know Tyson’s makeup. He’s got a lot of pride and wants to be with his teammates," he said.
Jacksonville.com has estimates for the deal are $28 million total with something along the lines of $18 million guaranteed.

Jack Del Rio and Smith expect Alualu to hop on a red-eye out of Hawaii and make Monday's practice in J-ville, which should mean he won't be grouchy at all. Fortunately, becoming a multi-millionaire should help curb any jet lag.

-- Will Brinson

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