Tag:Rex Ryan
Posted on: November 2, 2009 5:04 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2009 5:51 pm

Monday Musings

---Bad situational coaching eats me alive. Rex Ryan is the culprit this week. When his Jets cut the Miami Dolphins' lead to 17-12 Sunday, he decided to go for two with 3:26 in the third quarter. Only a 5-yard penalty changed his mind. He kicked to make it 17-13. So when he scores again to make it 24-19 with 1:35 left in the third, he goes for two again.  Kick the point. The Jets missed, and he was chasing again. Miami scored to make it 30-19 and Tony Sparano did the dumb thing going for two. Kick to make it a 12-point game. His team missed as well. Are these guys dumb? Later, the Jets scored to make it 30-25. Ryan had to go for two then and missed.  So what happens? The Jets got the ball back late, down five.

---When I talked to Matt Schaub last week, I asked him about Andre Johnson. He praised Johnson, but he quickly brought up tight end Owens Daniels. He said having him in the middle of the field helps open up the outside passing game. Not anymore. Daniels is out for the year with a torn ACL in his right knee, which means the Texans have a big void in their offense. Joel Dreessen will replace Daniels, and watch out for rookie James Casey when he gets back from torn meniscus surgery in late November. When you lose a Pro Bowl tight end of that caliber it's tough to replace. Look for the Texans, who lead the NFL in passing yards, to get back to running the ball a little more. The surprise is that Steve Slaton isn't the player doing it. Ryan Moats had a big game last week and will continue to take away carries from Slaton, whose fumbling has been an issue.

---I ripped Brett Favre last week when he had the late-game meltdown against the Steelers, so I have to praise him for the way he played against Green Bay. He threw four touchdown passes and looked comfortable the entire day. He's the best screen-pass quarterback ever. I do mean that as a compliment. By the way, Favre is saying he played with an injured groin. What? How many maladies does this guy have? He was listed as limited with a hip injury. Is a groin the same as a hip? Liars.

---If you're looking for a Defensive Rookie of the Year, Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd has to be it. He has seven interceptions, two Sunday against the Texans. Byrd, the son for former NFL corner Gill Byrd, was a corner in college who has made a nice transition to free safety.  That will happen more and more as the NFL becomes more of a passing league.

----Heard in the Ravens press box Sunday: Former Colts player Bruce Laird saying Joey Porter of the Dolphins would have got it during pre-game warm-ups during Laird's playing days. Hate to tell you, Bruce, but the players are bigger, strong, faster, tougher and better than when you played. Don't romanticize about the old days.

---You have to give to Ted Ginn Jr. He gets demoted as a receiver, taking all kinds of heat in South Florida, and he responds with two kickoff returns for touchdowns of 100 and 101 yards. Take that, he said. He might not be worth the No. 7 overall pick in the draft, but he has talent. And he is open when he does play receiver. He just needs to work on those hands.

---If reports are true that Bucs corner Aqib Talib cursed out coach Raheem Morris when he came in late during the team's trip to London, it doesn't bode well for Morris. There were some who thought Morris was too close to his players when he was named coach, something he had to move away from, and this could be a sign of that. Is Morris in trouble? If the Bucs don't win he could be.

--I've been saying for a while that San Diego receiver Chris Chambers doesn't scare down the field and he was hurting the Chargers offense. San Diego coaches must have agreed. They demoted him Sunday and put Malclm Floyd into the starting lineup. Floyd responded with two catches for 64 yards, a 32-yard average. He has better speed, which should help the San Diego passing game. Then the Chargers cut Chambers. If you can scare down the field, you won't play.

---Nice to see Shawne Merriman still has a pulse. He whipped the Raiders tackles all day Sunday, getting his first two sacks of the season and spent the day in the Oakland backfield. Maybe that groin is getting healed up.

---Maurice Jones-Drew had touchdowns runs of 80 yards and 79 yards against the Titans, becoming the only third player in NFL history with two rushing touchdowns of 75-plus yards. Funny thing is, one of the others came this season when Frank Gore did in on September 20 for the 49ers. The other player was Barry Sanders in 1997.

---So Eric Mangini is safe for now? So says Browns owner Randy Lerner. But what if they don't win again? He's gone. Has to be. Why did he hire him in the first place?


Category: NFL
Tags: Rex Ryan
Posted on: January 21, 2009 1:42 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2009 2:32 pm

Prisco Rants: Confident Ryan brings edge to Jets

At his introductory press conference Wednesday, we saw why Rex Ryan will bring some much-needed passion to the New York Jets.

Ryan, the Jets new coach, joked that with all the cameras in front of him that he thought the new President of the United States might be around.

Then he said he wasn't around, but that the Jets would see him in the next couple of years.

Translation: The Jets will win a Super Bowl and go to the White House for the traditional visit.

That's Ryan. Cocky.

He also said he would bring a nastiness to the Jets, something he instilled in that Baltimore Ravens defense as that unit's coordinator.

That confidence and brash talk is why I like Ryan in this job. The Jets media and their fans will love him.

Quick hits

  • The idiots who vandalized Donovan McNabb's house in Arizona are the reason fans get a bad reputation. Can you get any dumber? What would make you burn his yard? Didn't they realize that a fire was being set? Things burn. Houses burn. People can die. I hope those guys pay a hefty fine and spend a couple of days in jail.
  • With the Jaguars set to hire former Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Mel Tucker as their defensive coordinator, Tucker is expected to have that in title only. The word, as I wrote here last week, is that coach Jack Del Rio will be the team's defensive coordinator. Tucker will coach the secondary, and do the weekly breakdowns, but look for Del Rio to make the defensive calls on Sunday.
  • We hear a lot about the Rooney Rule and its impact on helping black coaches and executives get hired. Mike Tomlin has a chance to become the second black head coach to win a Super Bowl, joining Tony Dungy. But Arizona Cardinals general manager Rod Graves can become the second black general manager to win the Super Bowl if the Cardinals beat Tomlin's Steelers. Jerry Reese was the first when the Giants own the Super Bowl last year. That's progress, folks.
  • I love the hiring of Dom Capers as defensive coordinator in Green Bay. Capers is one of the better defensive minds in football. He was being wasted as a part-time assistant in New England. The Packers will be changing to more of a 3-4 defense, the preferred defense of Capers. But Capers warned it will not be an entire move to the 3-4. If the Packers are to move to a 3-4, they need to find a big-play pass-rushing linebacker in the draft. I really like USC's Brian Cushing. He would be perfect for the Packers.
  • If you're looking for a riser on NFL draft boards, take a look at USC quarterback Mark Sanchez. Some scouts love him, so much so they think he can be a top-15 pick. With Matt Stafford the only other quarterback in the draft with that type of ability, look for Sanchez to see his stock continue to rise. Another riser is USC linebacker Clay Matthews Jr. He might make it into the first round after impressing the first couple of days at the Senior Bowl.
  • The quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl aren't very good. The best of them is Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell. According to scouts, he's played pretty well in the practices. The word is West Virginia quarterback Pat White better give strong consideration to playing receiver. He is small and hasn't looked that good at practices for the South team.
Category: NFL
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