Revis ready to return to action for Jets

Darrelle RevisIt looks like the Jets will have Darrelle Revis back on the field this week.

Coach Rex Ryan started his Wednesday media session by announcing that Revis has been cleared for full contact and that he would be practicing fully on Thursday for the first time since suffering a concussion in Week One against the Bills. Assuming there isn’t any setback in the next two days, it’s a good bet that Revis will be lining up opposite the Dolphins on Sunday.

“There’s only one Darrelle Revis. It’s hard not to smile when he’s out there,” Ryan said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

We’re guessing that Joe Philbin, Ryan Tannehill and Brian Hartline are a little less enthused by the news. Read more…

2012 NFL predictions, Week 1 picks

Well, we made it.  It’s been a long seven months since the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, it’s been even longer since my 49ers won a game, but WE MADE IT! Football started on Wednesday, but for most of us this long agonizing time where we have to resort to baseball (yawn) to get us through the dog days of Summer are over and on Sunday and Monday we get back to what really matters, FOOTBALL!

If you are like me, then for the next twenty-two Sundays you are absolutely booked and for legitimate reason and I wish you all good luck that your team is alive those twenty-two weeks, and I actually mean it if you are a 49er fan.

I have a couple predictions for the 2012 season and I make my Week 1 picks which will surely be wrong.

Tim Tebow will NOT become the starting Quarterback for the New York Jets unless there is an injury to Mark Sanchez.  A lot of the media pundits, experts, my friends, and random weirdos (seriously homeless guy on San Marcos Blvd. stop yelling “Tebow” at me!) on the street have been yelling for Tebow to start possibly week 3….of the Preseason, but that hasn’t happened yet and although the offense looks abismal I believe that Rex Ryan and the Jets will stick with Sanchez the whole year barring injury. So hide all your Te-bowners until the Jets offensive line pulls a “Remember the Titans” and allows their QB to get hurt for Sunshine aka Tim Tebow.

The Indianapolis Colts will make the playoffs.  I know, I know, it’s preseason, but damn did Andrew Luck look good.  How can I a guy with this much hype come into the season possibly being underrated?  He has the least amount of pressure for a #1 pick that is supposed to be the best Quarterback prospect since John Elway or ever.  Yet, RG3 has more pressure playing for the Redskins, after they gave up a shit-ton of picks and play in the NFC East, Ryan Tannehill has a huge spotlight on him after being featured in Hard Knocks*, there is the Saints Bountygate, Tim Tebow/Mark Sanchez, the media’s love for Russel Wilson because he’s so tiny and everyone is electrified by him — get over it.  Everyone seems to forget about Mr. Luck, he handles him self correctly, he’s pro-ready, and he’s got the weirdest voice for a white guy.  The Colts upgraded at the coaching staff and on defense, and even though he’ll be throwing to Austin Collie if he still has a brain and an old Reggie Wayne, this team is in a weak AFC South where he can play the Titans and Jaguars four times this year, the AFC is wide open for them to sneak in. Read more…

This week’s caption contest celebrates Tim Tebow and fatherhood

I’ve never birthed a child.

Let me rephrase.

I’ve never borne a child, or fathered a child, or whatever it is guys do when they’re in love or having unprotected sex with a perfect stranger.

Regardless, somehow, some way, this picture of Tim Tebow holding someone’s newborn child surfaced on the internet, with most reports poking fun that the former Heisman Trophy winner doesn’t know how to properly hold a baby, despite the fact that he’s reportedly circumcised several on his various missions to the Philippines.According to most reports, Timothy Richard Tebow has done none of those things either.  Yet he’s still the most popular football player in America today, perhaps for that very reason.

Either way, what we’re left with is a picture of Tebow holding what appears to be the only human being on the planet unhappy to be in his presence.  The nerve of that baby!  What’s the kid thinking?

What I present you with this time around, dearest readers, is another healthy caption contest.  Come up with the most creative caption to this week’s photo and receive one limited edition, Tim Tebow autographed foreskin and an unopened box of Pampers. Read the captions here…




2012 NFL teams with quarterback issues

Blaine Gabbert

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On any given NFL roster, you will find a little over fifty players, and out of those fifty players, you can typically expect three quarterbacks. Assuming an NFL roster is precisely 52 strong, quarterbacks amount to roughly 6% of a roster. During this past offseason, polled a bevy of current players to compile a list of the elite 100 players in the league today. On that list, there were 13 quarterbacks to be found. That’s 13%, which is more than double (I hope you could have done that math without my assistance). There is no more visible position in the modern National Football League than that of quarterback. More than ever, the league is particularly pass happy. Many commentators would agree that a team’s chances to win a Super Bowl are next to nil without an elite gunslinger under center. Of course, not every team has an elite QB to start. Some teams still don’t know is indeed going to start, even though the season is only weeks away.

Here are five of those teams.

Miami Dolphins
For 17 seasons, this Miami franchise was lucky enough to have one of the game’s all-time greats, Dan Marino, in the prime position. Those days are long gone, and right now the Dolphins are trying to decide between three solid, yet unspectacular quarterbacks. There are three competitors, all of whom represent a different time in the career spectrum. There’s recently acquired veteran David Garrard, who brings an above-average rushing game to the mix. Last year’s starter Matt Moore proved uneven; some games the ball constantly found its way to the end zone, other games it made its being fumbled to the ground. My bet is that rookie Ryan Tannehill, who has been spectacular in training camp and supremely dedicated, may not start week one, but he’ll end the season with the gig.  Read More…

Quinton Coples dominant in debut with Jets


Quinton Coples


On a night of more heralded debuts for the New York Jets, Quinton Coples didn’t garner nearly as much attention.

But maybe he should have.

The first-round pick had five tackles, two for losses, a strip sack and a batted pass in his first game with the Jets.

Coach Rex Ryan said Coples had “a tremendous game,” via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger.

“Some real encouraging things,” Ryan said. “That’s not surprising, but I was happy to see it nonetheless.”

Coaches told Coples to plan to play all four quarters. He didn’t start in the base 3-4 set, but worked with the starters in the four-man front as well as in their 4-3 sub package.

“I did very well,” Coples said.  Read more…

AFC teams that may have turned the corner

Predicting the AFC can be a mundane task. The Patriots, Ravens and Steelers are sure to make the playoffs. Barring some miracle, the Broncos will likely win the AFC West and join the other four. That leaves two spots up for grabs, though, and someone has to take them. These are the three AFC teams that are most likely to make a turnaround from not being in the playoffs to winning a few games and making some noise.

New York Jets: After making it to the AFC Championship in the two years prior, an 8-8 finish for the Jets was something of a surprise. It may have also served as a wake-up call to quarterback Mark Sanchez and the rest of the team; a harsh reminder that all the talent in the world can’t make up for dysfunctional relationships within the locker room.

The most visible change for the team, and one that few people will stop talking about until well after the season is over, is the acquisition of Tim Tebow. Although the organization has stated that he wasn’t brought in to play quarterback, Mark Sanchez has to realize the immense pressure that’s building. For a quarterback who seems to have failed to play to his potential during his short career, the threat – no matter how real it is – of losing his job should jump start his game and, by extension, the rest of the Jets. They’re not going to win the AFC East this year, but they have enough talent to sneak in as a Wild Card and put together a run. Read more here…

Curtis Martin: Saved the best for last

2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement

Running back Curtis Martin, fourth on the all-time rushing list, entered Canton the right way, with a stirring, heartfelt, notes-free speech that was inspiring, moving, and entertaining.

Martin explained that he wasn’t a football fan.  After then-Patriots coach Bill Parcells called Martin to advise the former Pitt Panther that he’d been selected in the third round of the 1995 draft, Martin said, “Oh my gosh, I don’t want to play football.”

Martin said that his pastor at the time put the situation in perspective.  “Curtis, look at it this way,” LeRoy Joseph told Martin.  “Maybe football is just something God is giving you to do all those wonderful things that you say you want to do for other people.”

The man who went on to play for the Patriots and Jets explained that he decided in that moment he would embrace the game.  Martin also said that, on Friday of this week, he finally became a fan of football after hearing 93-year-old Bills owner Ralph Wilson speak passionately about the sport — and after spending time with current and former Hall of Famers. Read more here…

NFL Saturday one-liners

David DeCastro

New York Jets rookie WR Stephen Hill is drawing praise for doing a lot of what he likely will be doing this year: blocking.

Pats WR Donte’ Stallworth returns to New England having “matured as a player, matured as a person.” (Killing a guy while driving a car under the influence tends to do that.)

The goal for getting a new lease in place for the Bills officially has been moved to the end of the year.

When it comes to hairstyles, Dolphins rookies are sporting the modified Cruella deVille.

With WR Antonio Brown and not WR Mike Wallace getting a new contract from the Steelers, Snoop Dogg may need an explanation.

Browns DT Ahtyba Rubin is recovering from a procedure to repair a slight pelvic tear.

Bengals LB Brandon Joiner is on the reserve/did not report list for a good reason; he’s serving a three-year prison sentence in Texas. (Shouldn’t they have traded him to the Lions by now?)

Is Michael Oher finally ready to play left tackle? (With Bryant McKinnieAWOL, it may not matter.)

The Jaguars have released FB Naufahu Tahi. (Brad Childress wants to know why they didn’t they just make him the extra man on the roster.) Read More….

Revis probably won’t re-sign with Jets

Darrelle RevisAccording to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, the relationship between the New York Jets and the agents for cornerback Darrelle Revis is in bad shape and there’s a chance that he won’t re-sign with them when he becomes a free agent in 2013.

“This tempest figures to nix any chance of Revis being a “Jet for life,” as he tweeted in mid-July. Sure, Revis has two years remaining on the deal the Jets gave him in 2010. Between this season and next, he’ll make $14 million, the final seasons of a four-year, $46 million extension,” wrote Cole. “Revis can’t be franchised when this deal is done. So once the 2013 campaign ends, Revis will be 28 and ready to hit the open market. Based on the fractured relationship between the Jets and Revis’ agents, it’s hard to imagine things going well.”

“As a Jets source put it this week, ‘You work on the things you can fix.’ The Jets aren’t working to fix this situation now,” reported Cole.

The problem with the Jets is that they’re not run like a first class organization and Revis should do himself a favor and get out as quickly as he can. Read more here…


NFL players to watch: Running back

Shonn Greene - Buffalo Bills v New York Jets

As the 2012 season approaches optimism is in the air no matter what team you are pulling for, heck even the Dolphins said they should win the AFC this year!  So as we look forward to this season, I am going to share a short list of players that will be better in 2012.

This week we cover the Running Backs!

Shonn Greene, New York Jets – Generally speaking, Greene has been a bit of a disappointment in the fantasy football world the past two seasons.  With that being said, last season was a significant improvement for the stocky back.  The Jets are expected to return to a heavy ground and pound offense under direction of new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.  Add into the equation that Tim Tebow will see snaps in every game, even if it is only in the wildcat (which I highly doubt).  Despite Tebow stealing carries from Greene, this should cause defenses fits and should help Greene out significantly.  Greene has also showed that he is improved in the passing game, so he is not going to come off the field much.  This offense could help Greene put up close to 1,500 all purpose yards.

Roy Helu, Washington Redskins – The Shanahans were extremely frustrating to fantasy owners last year with their handling of the running backs in Washington.  However Helu’s ability is hard to ignore.  The second year back out of Nebraska showed flashes of being a franchise back, compiling 640 rushing yards and 379 receiving yards in sporadic playing time.  This season, if Helu can remain on the field, he should have a highly productive season.  Robert Griffin III and the Shanahan boot game will prevent defenses from over committing, making the stretch game deadly.  A healthy Helu could easily topple the 1,500 all purpose yards mark, and in PPR formats he will be a beast. Read more here…

Jets rookie Demario Davis impresses Revis

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was asked who was making an impression regarding leadership in the locker room, and the All-Pro defender pointed to Demario Davis.
It’s not unusual that a linebacker might take a lead role on a defense, but what makes this unique is that Davis is a rookie, and not only a rookie, but a third-round pick.

But, according to the New York Post, Revis says Davis exemplifies leadership even early in his Jets tenure.

“He’s vocal,” Revis said. “You don’t frown on that. You accept that. He still has a lot of things to learn. But just to have those leadership qualities, you can tell where he came from. You can tell he was a leader in college.”

Santonio Holmes has meltdown at Jets’ practice

Santonio Holmes

Last season Jets receiver Santonio Holmes was widely regarded as a divisive figure in the team’s locker room. A report out of today’s Organized Team Activity suggests that Holmes still needs an attitude adjustment.

Rich Cimini of reports that Holmes was “disgusted” and “bothered” today when he felt that the Jets’ coaches were working him too hard, that Holmes “staged a mini-meltdown” and that he “exchanged words with receivers coach Sanjay Lal.”

After the practice session, Holmes confirmed that he thought the coaches were asking too much of him and that he wanted to ease back into things after missing much of the Jets’ voluntary offseason work while visiting an Air Force base in Germany.

“I was talking to the coach, letting him understand it was too many reps today,” Holmes said. “I’ve been gone for a while, so I can’t be at full tempo like the rest of the guys and where they want us to be at.” Read more here…

Michael Phelps helps Aaron Maybin gain weight

New York Jets v Washington Redskins

Michael Phelps has said that he’s planning to retire from swimming after the Summer Olympics and that means he’ll need to find another career path to fill his days. You might not expect it, but Phelps might have a future as a trainer for NFL players looking to add weight to their frames.
Jets linebacker Aaron Maybin lives near Phelps in Baltimore and spent some time with the swimmer this offseason to get a look at his famous 12,000 calorie a day eating regimen. Maybin wasn’t planning on consuming quite that much, but he was interested in adding some weight to his frame before the 2012 season.
The idea is to get big enough to stay on the field for three downs after making an impact for the Jets as a situational pass rusher last season.

NFL Draft 1st round recap: 3.0

In our third of six NFL Draft first round recaps, we take a quick analyses of picks made by the Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals, and New York Jets. Similar to our two previous draft analyses, some of these picks were great and some picks were just plain puzzling. With that, here is our third 2012 1st round NFL Draft analysis, enjoy!

20. Tennessee Titans-WR Kendall Wright, Baylor

With the 20th selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Titans selected slick Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright. With this pick, the Titans may have changed the outcome of the rest of the first round.

A bit of a shocking selection, I projected the Titans would select Stanford offensive guard David DeCastro, the Browns would pick Wright with the 22nd pick, and there would have been a very slim possibility that the Denver Broncos would have stayed in the first round to draft Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden.

Read more here…