New York Jets
I’ll be posting more of this in a few minutes, but I wanted to get this posted so that those of you who aren’t on twitter can share in this hilarity.
Here’s what got things going:
Sorry for the different formats. Not all the tweets were showing up on my normal timeline so I had to pull them off my tweetdeck.
All of this stemmed from a Q&A Sherman did 4 hours prior. A fan asked Sherman about who the best CBs in the league were. His list didn’t include Revis. Here’s the entire exchange:
There’s nothing disrespectful there in my opinion, but Revis clearly took offense.
I’ve spent most of my free time over the past couple days scouting the Jets in preparation for this Sunday’s game. They are a tough team to get a handle on. Some weeks they dominate, in other the get dominated. There are some really wide swings in the quality of their play, making it tough to figure out exactly who they are as a team.
Shonn Greene is an under rated runner, but he’s not used well by the Jets offense. Most of his carries are through the A gaps (between the center and guard); at least twice as many carries there as any other gap. While A gap runs tend to get a couple of yards reliably, it’s also the toughest gap to run through for big gains. It shows up in his stats. He’s averages just over 2 yards per rush in the A gaps, but right at 5 yards per rush in the B gaps (between the guard and offensive tackle). By forcing the runs in the center so often, the Jets are actually hurting their own offensive potential.
The passing game is as bad as advertised. Mark Sanchez has been a mess all season, but he also has very little little to work with. Losing Santonio Holmes means that the Jets have very little to work with on the outside. Rookie Stephen Hill should be good with time, but he’s suffering from the usual rookie WR problems.
Watching the game tape, I was quite surprised by Jeremy Kerley. The 5-9 receiver has a bit of Wes Welker in him, and will offer the Seahawks big challenge to try and cover. Perhaps this was why Walter Thurmond was activated early off the PUP list this week.
The offensive line remains the strength of the Jets offense. Nick Mangold is easily one of the best centers in the NFL, but he is currently hobbled by an ankle injury. There should be some concern for Jets fans with the injury. He simply didn’t look the same last week.
Defensively, the Jets aren’t as good as they think they are. Muhammad Wilkerson has been very good, and Quintin Coples is proving to be a very good compliment on the defensive line. Antonio Cromartie has played well, and he has to with Revis out for the year. Mike Devito, the 3rd member of the D line, is also having a good year.
The problem for the Jets is that the the rest of the defense is a collection of players who lack talent or are severely underperforming. The Jets coaches are forced to scheme up pressure and coverages to make up for the fact that individual players aren’t getting it done. When the schemes work, they win (or lose close games to good teams like the Patriots). When the schemes fail, they get get blown out.
The problem that I see, from a Seahawk’s viewpoint, is that the coaches coming up with these schemes are good at what they do. They find ways to bring pressure in a way that lets a guy come in free, without rushing more than 5 guys. They sell an all-out 8 man blitz then drop everyone off and only bring 2. It works, it’s effective, and it’s tough on young QBs and young offensive linemen.
The last couple days haven’t been good for New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez. First, teammates of his came out and criticized his work ethic and ability. That can never be good. Being called “lazy” is never good for one’s reputation.
Today brought people coming to his defense. First a couple offensive linemen, and then the team owner spoke out on behalf of Sanchez. Normally you’d think that was a good thing, but in this case I don’t really think it is. The Owner’s “He’s the first to arrive and last to leave” defense is already being disputed. People coming to his defense might want to stick to the truth, otherwise it only makes thing worse.
Sanchez is now the center of a divided locker room. The Jets front office must now make changes before next season, or face a year in which the off field squabbles hurt the performance on the field. A divided locker room can only lead to bad things for the franchise.
A friend of mine (a Bears fan) started complaining to me that the Seahawks shouldn’t be playing the Bears this Sunday because they shouldn’t have had a home game in the Wild Card round. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Blah, blah, blah. I just rolled my eyes and let it slide.
Who was the only home team to win last weekend? The Seattle Seahawks.
Who was the only division champion to win last weekend? The Seattle Seahawks.
The New Orleans Saints (11-5) had a better record than the Seahawks (7-9). That’s a fact. However, EVERY ROAD TEAM last weekend had a better record than the home team. How come no one made a fuss about that?!
Baltimore (12-4) had a better record than Kansas City (10-6). The New York Jets (11-5) had a better record than Indianapolis (10-6). Green Bay and Philadelphia had the same record (10-6), but if Philadelphia hadn’t won the NFC East, Green Bay would have won a tiebreaker since they had beaten the Eagles in Week 1. Yet I don’t recall hearing any complaints in the media that the Ravens, Jets and Packers weren’t playing at home.
Last week, if the Saints had been given the choice of playing at ANY of the four division champions’ stadiums, they would have chosen Qwest Field. They got the Seahawks, and they were beaten. They didn’t lose the game by committing several turnovers or key penalties or were victimized by any bad calls. The Seahawks outplayed them. Period.
Did the Seahawks enjoy a home field advantage? Absolutely. So did the Chiefs, Colts and Eagles, and they all lost. (more...)
12. Ben Roethlisberger sends Brett Favre the biggest Hillshire Farm’s gourmet sausage and cheese gift basket. This is just what Big Ben needed.
11. Brett Favre finally retires… his cell phone.
10. Dozens of players who have showered beside Favre are called in to identify the suspect’s… uhm… little Favre.
9. Brett Favre’s personal cell phone number is released to the public and Favre receives thousands of pics, an unwanted taste of his own medicine.
8. Brett Favre puts the public shame of his texting to use and finally agrees to be Viagra’s pitchman.
7. Portland Trailblazer Greg Odom and Brett Favre attempt to recruit ten other sports players to put together a nude calendar.
6. Half the NY Jets team cramps up during the game after the players’ wives refuse to allow their husbands to get massages.
5. Brett Favre apologizes to the team and takes them on an ill-advised party boat cruise Lake Minnetonka. The press coverage is understandably negative.
4. DeMarcus Ware unveils his new sack dance against the Vikings – standing over Favre and pretending to snap a picture with a fake phone.
3. Wrangler Jeans unveils a new line of jeans that allows you to photograph your junk through a special opening inside the front pocket.
2. Apple unveils new product: a new camera phone feature that makes your junk appear less flaccid. There’s an app for that.
1. Brett Favre may not have received a happy ending to his massage, but the Green Bay Packers finally get a happy ending to their Brett Favre saga.
Leon Washington will be named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week by the National Football League today.
No big surprise there.
Last Sunday, Washington led the Seahawks to a 27-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers at home. He compiled over 250 yards on only four kickoff returns, including two returned for touchdowns. Both touchdowns occurred in critical moments during the second half of the football game.
As good as Washington was, it is almost unbelievable that he was very close to returning a third kickoff for a touchdown. While trying to make a move on San Diego’s Nate Kaeding, Washington tripped himself up and fell to the ground.
Washington has yet to make a big impact outside of special teams, but he has already been a steal for Seattle’s front office. Seattle traded close to nothing to acquire Washington, who was recovering from a nasty leg injury suffered last season.
Thanks to New York, his acquisition has already won one game for the Seahawks this season. And because he switched teams, Washington is the only player to lead two NFL teams (Jets, Seahawks) in kicks returned for touchdowns.
During Seattle’s pathetic two-year run that included only nine wins, the team desperately needed a playmaker. It could be argued that there was not one player capable of changing the game with a single touch.
It appears the Seahawks have added at least one playmaker this season in Leon Washington.
A trade still seems unlikely, but Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, San Diego Chargers, and Arizona Cardinals have all made offers to acquire T.J. Houshmandzadeh from Seattle.
Regardless of the report, most analysts are still reporting a trade won’t happen; it will be too difficult to move Houshmandzadeh’s $7 million guaranteed salary.
If you’re optimistic, however, it is a good sign that teams have made offers (if the report is accurate). If the Seahawks are truly committed to dumping Housh, trading him would be the best route. By releasing him, the Seahawks are on the hook for millions of dollars and lose their leading receiver from 2009 without compensation.
I’m sure everyone has seen this, but check out the video if you haven’t already.
Eli Manning makes an erroneous read on the play and opts to throw a fade to the end zone, but running back Brandon Jacobs still thinks he will be receiving the ball. Jacobs collides with Manning, loosening his chinstrap and jarring the football loose.
As Manning works quickly to recover the ball floating in the air, Calvin Pace violently hits him from his blindside. The blow knocks Manning’s helmet off and sends him into another defender, where a nasty laceration is delivered.
The three-inch cut on Manning’s forehead required twelve stitches to fix, but Manning did not suffer any other injuries.
Fortunately for the Giants, it appears as if Manning will be okay. But the video is much more dramatic; Manning looks like he could have easily suffered a concussion, a larger laceration, or worse.
Hit the jump to see the video clip.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com posted a nice article yesterday about Seahawks running back Leon Washington.
According to Farnsworth, Leon Washington is working harder than anyone behind the scenes, attempting to return following a horrific leg injury last fall.
It’s after practice that Washington gets down to work, rehabbing the broken right leg that ended his 2009 season and put his promising career not only on hold but in jeopardy.
“There’s a lot going on, it’s just unseen,” Washington said.
Like running up the berm that is adjacent to the outdoor practice fields. Like pushing his 5-foot-8, 203-pound body through a battery of tests and exercises in the indoor practice facility. But instead of everyone seeing his butt-busting efforts, only the eyes of a single trainer are trained on his every move.
“I’m working behind the scenes,” he said with a smile.
According to the rumor mill at ESPN.com, Leon Washington could have a positive impact on Seattle’s running game this year. Of course, that is, assuming he can return to the football field.
The folks over at ESPN.com believe that “given the promise he showed earlier in his career, he could wind up being one of the best bargain pickups this offseason.”
The Seahawks traded fifth- and seventh-round picks (139th and 236th overall) to New York in exchange for Washington during last April’s NFL draft.