"After reaching out to Coach Cowher's representatives, we were informed tonight that he is not a candidate for the position," Jets spokesman Bruce Speight told the Associated Press on Tuesday night (ESPN).
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
"After reaching out to Coach Cowher's representatives, we were informed tonight that he is not a candidate for the position," Jets spokesman Bruce Speight told the Associated Press on Tuesday night (ESPN).
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
It is not known what demands Cowher has for the job, i.e. money, years, front office positions; but, those issues will be brought up when the two sides meet.
According to ESPN, Cowher wants to have power in deciding who the General Manager will be, and the Jets, apparently. are more than willing to accomidate his desires. ESPN also reports that Cowher may address the situation on Sunday when he goes on the air for CBS's coverage of the Miami Dolphins/Baltimore Ravens Wild Card game.
Other candidates include Giants Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnoulu and former Chargers Head Coach Marty Shottenheimer, whose son, Brian, is the Jets Offensive Coordinator.
Monday, December 29, 2008
6) Jon Gruden: Another coach who worked with Favre in the early 90's, if that is a priority for the Jets front office. If not, the Jets should look at Gruden anyway. He could be in trouble in Tampa Bay after the Buccaneers choked away their season this year and may be in need of a change of scenery. Gruden is the type of guy who would be popular among the Jet fans because of his animated nature, and his desire to win NOW. Gruden does have a Super Bowl to his name but is not known as a guy who will develop a young quarterback.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
If someone walked up to you on August 7 and told you that the Brett Favre would bomb with the New York Jets, and that Chad Pennington would go to Miami and seek and get revenge on the Jets for letting him go, you probably would think this person was a little crazy.
It was not that long ago that New York and New Jersey were giddy over the fact that the Jets had acquired Favre from the Green Bay Packers. Everyone expected Gang Green to finally break the chains of futility and make that oh so improbable Super Bowl appearance. In the end, it is 40 years and counting for Gang Green.
The Jets showed absolutely no heart, no guts, no feeling whatsoever in their 24-17 debacle against the Dolphins Sunday evening. Favre was terrible, underthrowing and overthrowing his receivers. The only time he hit someone in the numbers for a reception it was Dolphins defensive end Phillip Merling who dashed into the end zone to give the Fish a 14-6 lead.
Favre, who earlier in the week sounded like a man resigned to the fact that his career was over, played like it was. He will likely take coach Eric Mangini and his staff with him because it is unacceptable for a team with seven Pro-Bowlers to miss the postseason.
As for Pennington, he was brilliant. The former Jet, haunted his old mates all day long. He hit wide open receivers in the flat, fooled the Jets secondary on several different occasions and was accurate and percise with every throw. Overall, Pennington was 22 of 30 for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Both touchdown throws were beauties. First, he hit Ted Ginn Jr. in the back of the end zone from 27 yards out to give Miami a 7-6 lead. Later, he found Anthony Fasano from 20 yards out to give the Dolphins a 21-17 lead, all but icing the game. Pennington even found ways to shut up the Jet fans who wanted him out for so many years. With the Jets up 17-14, Pennington, from his own 20 yard line, threw a bomb down the middle of the field into the hands of Ginn Jr. for a first down at the Jets 36 yard line. It was a virtuoso performance.
The Dolphins are AFC East champions, and a lot of the credit has to go to Bill Parcells, who was the ultimate puppet master. Not only did he bring in Pennington, but he brought in a virtual unknown in Tony Sparano, who was a tight-ends coach on Parcells' staff in Dallas, to coach the team on the sideline. For once, this Frankenstein project didn't attack its creator; it attacked and destroyed everyone else.
As for the Jets, they have no future. Favre is likely on his way back to Mississippi, so he can think about whether he wants to play again or not. Expect Favre to come back ... in a different uniform in 2009. As for Mangini, he should be fired. As we have seen from teams like the Mets, coaches who have been involved in chokes are doomed for eventual failure. Willie Randolph was a dead duck after the Mets collapse in 2007, but ownership refused to fire him, instead giving Willie a short leash. Randolph was finally fired on June 17 of this year.
The Jets must make a decision and make it as soon as possible on Mangini. The fact remains that this team choked on his watch, and he must pay the price.
After that, the Jets better get a big time head coach, or it could be years and years and years of misery ahead. 41 and counting.
What can the Giants take away from their regular season finale against the Vikings? Nothing, really. The game meant nothing to Big Blue and they played like that, with most of their starters sitting out the contest.
Still, the Giants had a chance to win this game. They grabbed a 16-10 lead in the third quarter when David Carr hit Domenik Hixon in the endbzone from 23 yards out. The Giants built a 19-10 but watched it melt away as Minnesota stormed back in the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Travaris Jackson hit a wide open Bernard Berrian for a 54 yard touchdown to get the Vikings to within 19-17.
The Giants had a chance to put the game away late in the fourth, but John Carney's field goal was wide of the field goalpost, giving Minnesota the ball with great field position.
The Vikings drove the ball methodically to the New York 32 yard line, then settled for a Ryan Longwell field goal to win the game.
The victory gives Minnesota the NFC North division title. As for the Giants, their playoff future is secure as the number one seed in the NFC. The only concern for Big Blue going into the postseason is the fact that they are not going in as hot as they did last year. The Giants have lost three of their last four and will need to address this before playing again in two weeks. This does not bode well.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Here are the final formuli:
Dolphins win against the Jets and they are the division champs. Even if the Patriots beat Buffalo to improve to 11-5, the Dolphins own a better conference record than New England.
If the Jets beat the Dolphins and the Bills beat the Patriots, then the Jets win the AFC East at 10-6.
If the Patriots win against the Bills, and the Jets defeat the Dolphins the Patriots make it to the playoffs at 11-5.
AFC Wild Card Sixth Seed:
The Ravens become the sixth seed if they beat the Jaguars, or the Patriots and Jets lose their games.
The Jets become the wild card if they beat Miami, and Baltimore loses.
The Patriots become the wild card if they beat Buffalo and Baltimore and the Jets lose their respective games.
Broncos and Chargers will square off in an AFC West Title game to determine the division winner. The winner will be the AFC's number four seed and will host the Colts next Saturday night.
The Carolina Panthers clinch the South with a win against the Saints, or a Falcons loss to the Rams on Sunday.
The Atlanta Falcons become division champs if they beat the Rams and the Panthers lose to the Saints on Sunday.
The loser of the NFC South division title will be the automatic number five seed in the NFC at 11-5, which is the best of the wild card records.
The Vikings can clinch the North with a win against the Giants.
If that does not happen and Minnesota loses to the Giants, they have to hope that the Bears lose to the Texans for the Vikings to back into the division title.
If the Vikings lose and the Bears win against the Texans, then the Bears become the NFC North champs and the number three seed in the NFC.
Wild Card number six seed:
The Buccaneers clinch the sixth seed with a win against Oakland and a loss by the Cowboys against the Eagles or losses by the Vikings and Bears.
The Cowboys clinch the sixth seed with a win in Philadelphia and a loss by the Buccaneers or losses by the Bears and Vikings.
The Bears clinch the sixth seed with a win in Houston and losses by the Cowboys and Buccaneers.
The Eagles clinch the sixth seed with a win against the Cowboys and losses by the Bears, or Vikings, and the Buccaneers.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
It will not be a Merry Christmas for coach Eric Mangini and company, who will need to beat the Dolphins and hope and pray that the Patriots and Ravens lose to inferior opponents next Sunday.
It was a classic game between two outstanding ball clubs. I hope both teams find a way to meet up again either in the divisional or championship round of the playoffs because if this game is any indication, America will be in for an all-out brawl.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
The Giants did not get off to a good start in this one. The Panthers had their way with the Giants in the first half, as DeAngelo Williams and Jonahtan Stewart ate up the Giants defense, something we have not seen from any Giant opponent this season. Williams rushed for 103 yards in the game with four touchdowns. Meanwhile, Jake Delhomme was sharp, completing 11 of 18 passes for 185 yards, including a huge 60 yard completion to Mushin Muhammad.
As for Williams, three of his four touchdowns in the first half gave the Panthers a 21-10 lead before half time. It appeared that the Giants were deflated and might be in store for their third straight defeat, but they rallied. With the score now 20-13, Eli Manning orchestrated a brilliant 13 play 84 yard drive that ate up over eight minutes of the third quarter, ending with a Manning touchdown pass to Kevin Boss to get the Giants to within 21-20.
Still, the Panthers would not be deterred. They answered back when Williams dashed through the Giants defensive line for a 30 yard touchdown to give Carolina a 28-20 lead.
But, don't count out Big Blue. Manning hit Amani Toomer for a 15 yard completion to spot the ball at the Carolina 22 yard line. Manning then hit Boss from 12 yards out to get the ball to the Panthers 5. Brandon Jacobs then took it in from five yards out to get the Giants to within 28-26. Manning next hit Dominec Hixon for the two-point-conversion to tie it at 28.
The Panthers did have a chance to win it in regulation. Delhomme hit Stewart for a 13 yard gain in the flat to move the ball to the Giants 49. Later, Dehomme hit Muhammad for 11 to get the ball to the Giant 37; however, Carolina would stall and had to settle for a 50 yard field goal to try for the win. The kick was long enough, but the cross-winds in Giants Stadium pulled the ball left of the goal post, keeping the game tied and sending both teams and 78,000 crazy fans into overtime.
In OT, Derrick Ward took over. Ward sprinted down the sideline for a 51 yard gain to get the ball to the Carolina 36 yard line, putting the Giants in position to win the game. Ward then had carries of 14 and 17 to get the ball to the Panthers one yard line. Jacobs finished it off as he dived into the end zone for the winning touchdown. 34-28 G-Men!
It was a classic ball game between two outstanding ballclubs. If the Panthers can beat the Saints next week and lock up the number two seed and NFC South, don't be suprised if there is a re-match between these two exactly one month from now in the NFC Championship game.
If we learn anything from this disastrous Jets season it is this: money doesn't always buy happiness. It is well documented that the Jets spent more than $140 million to reshape the franchise in the off-season and shipped out Chad Pennington in favor of Brett Favre. Expectations were high; people wanted a division title and a deep playoff run. Then, after a terrific 8-3 start, the fans were dreaming of the Super Bowl, and a possible matchup with their stadium mates the Giants. That was what it was ... a pipe-dream. The Jets in 2008 are offically dead!
After a dismal and heartless 13-3 loss to the 4-11 Seattle Seahawks, the Jets can kiss their playoff dreams goodbye, because both the Patriots and Dolphins won, making things very difficult for New York. The Jets now have to win against Miami and hope that the Buffalo Bills come up with enough of an effort to beat the Patriots. If that scenerio plays out, the Jets would win the division at 10-6. That is highly unlikely; instead, the same Chad Pennington who was jettisoned in August will come into the Meadowlands looking to capture Miami's first division title since the 1999 season.
Oh the irony. Oh the pain.
The Jets did very little against Seattle. The Seahawks put tremendous pressure on Brett Favre, sacking him four times and forcing two interceptions. Favre was mediocre, underthrowing receivers all day long. The biggest irony of the night came with 1:37 to play, when Favre hit Laverneous Coles down the middle of the field. Coles had it and then dropped it, ending the game and ending the Jets season. It was a microcosm of the relationship between Favre and Coles, which has been an icy one since day one.
As for the Seahawk offense, they were brilliant. Seneca Wallace had all day to throw and never faced any pressure from the Jets defense. He completed 18 of 25 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown. Wallace showed great poise and was accurate with his throws. The games lone touchdown came on a fade by Wallace to tight end John Carlson in the back of the end zone, just before half time, to make it 7-3 Seattle.
Still, blame has to go to Eric Mangini, who continues to look disinterested and bored on the sideline. His play calling comes into question with a fourth and one inside Seattle territory. Mangini decided not to go for it and settled for the three. Later, the Jets faced another fourth down at the Seattle 35. Feeley trotted out to kick a 45 yard field goal to cut the Seattle lead to 10-6, but the Jets were called for a delay of game penalty. Instead of settleing for a 50 yard field goal, Mangini decided to punt, killing New York's chances of getting closer in the game.
Kudos to a job well done by Seattle coach Mike Holmgren whose career comes to an end in Seattle. It is fitting that Holmgren beat his old quarterback Brett Favre in what should be their last game against each other. Holmgren is a class act, and he will be missed.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
The Jets are currently 7-4 in conference, while Miami is 6-4 and New England is 6-5. A Jet win in Seattle does not count as a conference victory since the Seahawks are in the NFC. So, if the above-mentioned scenerio played out, the Jets would be 7-4 against the AFC, while Miami and New England would both be 6-5 going into the final week.
The Jets will have to win against Miami to win that tiebreaker, giving them a 8-4 in confernce record over Miami's 6-6. If Miami should beat the Jets, giving both a 7-5 AFC record, the Dolphins would win the division because they have an edge in victories over common opponents. The Jets lost to San Francisco, Oakland and San Diego. Miami has victories against each of those three teams.
As for New England, if they lose to Arizona, it, too, does not count as an conference loss because the Cards are in the NFC as well. A Patriot win against the Bills will not be enough to clinch a division title since both Miami and New York own a common opponent tie-breaker against the Pats.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
This one covers the improbable victory against the Buffalo Bills from Sunday.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008
1) If the Jets win against Seattle and Miami, they win the AFC East based on a better conference record (8-4) than the New England Patriots, even if New England wins out as well.
2) If the Patriots win out and the Dolphins win out and finish at 11-5, the Jets would be 10-6, or 9-7, and probably out of the playoffs. Both New England and Miami would make the playoffs, with the Dolphins as a divison winner and the Patriots as a wild card. The Patriots make the postseason if Baltimore loses one of its final two games.
3) If the Patriots win out and the Dolphins and Jets split, then the Patriots win the AFC East. The Jets will have to hope that they beat Miami to win that tie-breaker and, further, hope that they have a better conference record than the Baltimore Ravens in order to clinch the sixth seed.
4) If the Patriots and Ravens win out and the Dolphins and Jets split their final two games, then the Jets and Dolphins would miss the playoffs. The Patriots would win the AFC East, and the Ravens would be the sixth seed.
5) If the Dolphins win out and the Ravens win out, and the Jets and Patriots lose at least one game, then both Miami and Baltimore will make the playoffs.
6) If the Dolphins, Ravens and Patriots win out, the Jets are out of the playoffs. The Dolphins win the AFC East, and the Ravens win the wild card over the Patriots, because of a better conference record.
7) If the Jets, Patriots, and Ravens win out, the Dolphins are out of the playoffs. The Jets would win the AFC East, and the Ravens would be the wild card, knocking the Patriots out of the playoffs.
8) If the Jets and Patriots win out, and the Ravens and Dolphins lose at least one game, then the Jets win the AFC East, and the Patriots win the wild card.
9) If the Patriots, Jets and Dolphins all lose a game and finish tied at 10-6, then the Jets win the AFC East, and the Dolphins would have an edge over the Patriots for the wild card. The Dolphins will then have to hope that the Ravens lose their last two games in order to clinch the wild card. If the Ravens finish 10-6 or 11-5, then the Ravens will be the wild card and the Dolphins would be out.
10) If the Patriots lose a game, they are automatically eliminated from the postseason.
11) If the Jets finish 10-6 and win the division based on a three-way tie with the Dolphins and Patriots, then the Denver Broncos would be the number three seed if they, too, finish at 10-6. The Broncos own a head-to-head tie-breaker against the Jets.
In short, don't waste your time buying playoff tickets at this juncture. The AFC East is way too clouded and the chances that the one of these teams will play a home game is quite small.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
As the song "Extreme Ways" goes in it's third stanza, "Then it fell apart, it fell apart." That might be the theme of this the 2008 New York Giants season.
A season that had been full of so much promise for a repeat trip to the Super Bowl on February 1st, looks more destined for golf on Februrary 1st for many of the Giants players. At a time of the year when a team must play its best football, the Giants are not doing that at the moment.
The Cowboys not only beat the Giants, they physically and psyhcologically beat them. Tony Romo, who was beat up all night long by the Giants defense, and even suffered a back injury, toughed it out and played well, throwing for 244 yards and two touchdowns.
The same can't be said for Eli Manning, who was sacked eight times in the game. The once vaunted Giants offensive line was no match for the Cowboys violent pass rush which harrassed Manning all night, not allowing the Super Bowl MVP to do anything. It was also obvious that the Giants missed Brandon Jacobs. Without Jacobs, the Giants rushed for only 72 yards total on the night, with Derrek Ward getting 64 of them.
With the game still scoreless, Romo rolled to his right, back injury and all, and heaved the ball over the head of rookie corner Kenny Phillips into the hands of a wide open Patrick Crayton for the touchdown.
Later, with Dallas up 14-8, Tasard Choice, turned out to be the right choice for the Cowboys, as he dashed right through the Giants defense for a 38 yard touchdown run to give the Cowboys a commanding 20-8 lead.
The Giants fall to 11-3 on the season and are no longer guaranteed home field through the playoffs. They are currently tied with the red hot Carolina Panthers for the number one seed. Both teams square off next week at the Meadowlands in a semi-playoff game. The winner clinches home field advantage throughout. The loser is the number two seed. If the Giants lose and fall to 11-4, and go into their regular season finale against a 10-5 Minnesota Vikings team, a loss to the Vikings would cost the Giants a bye week. The Vikings would be the number two seed, and the Giants will have to play on Wild Card weekend. How the mighty fall fast ... like a stone through water.
Don't get too excited Jet fans; your team is plain vanilla lucky to be 9-5 today. The Jets were well on their way to losing their third straight game, as well as all but flushing their playoff hopes down the toilet, when Bills coach Dick Jouran decided to make one of the dumbest play calls one can make, and J.P. Losman made one of the dumbest plays a quarterback can make. With the game all but wrapped, the Bills faced a second and five at their own 27 yard line with 2:06 to go. All Buffalo had to do was run the ball for a first down, let the clock run to 2:00 and the victory would have been theirs. Instead, Jouran decided to put in a pass play. Losman, in typical Losman fashion, botched the play when he was sacked by Jets saftey Abram Elam, causing Losman to fumble the football. Shaun Ellis picked up the loose ball and stumbled into the end zone for the game winning touchdown.
It was one of the most improbable plays in NFL history; right up there with David Tyree's helment catch in the Super Bowl and Tom Brady's phantom tuck rule performance in 2001 against the Raiders. The Jets had no business winning this football game. In fact, they didn't deserve to win.
Nevertheless, the Bills were the ones who shot themselves in the foot. Other than the fumble, Rossco Parrish returned a punt for a touchdown early in the third quarter, but it was called back becasue of holding penalty against Buffalo. Overall, Buffalo committed four penalties for 33 yards, all of which were drive killing penalties.
The Jets had no answer for Losman, who had all day to throw, and when he connected with a receiver, he managed to pick apart the worst secondary in football. Losman was 24 for 39 on the day for 148 yards with a touchdown and three picks, but two of the those interceptions came in the final 1:30 of the game.
Marshawn Lynch had a huge game for Buffalo, grinding out 127 yards on just 21 carries. Lynch had such a good afternoon, it remains a mystery why he didn't get the ball to end the game. Even Fred Jackson had a big day, running for 31 yards on seven carries, including a touchdown from 11 yards out; he carried eight Jet defenders to the end zone.
Offensively, the Jets were invisible. Brett Favre was awful, completing only 17 passes for 207 yards and two interceptions. He overthrew and underthrew his receivers all day. Still, his receivers didn't help much, not getting open and dropping balls. Thomas Jones did absoultely nothing on the ground, gaining only 78 yards on the day. The only reason the Jets were even close to putting up 31 points was Leon Washington. Washington's 47 yard touchdown before halftime to give the Jets a 21-17 lead was huge for New York.
The Jets are very fortunate to be alive for a division title tonight. This is a soft, vanilla football team that lacks an ounce of toughness. It is a reflection of their coach, who applauded the bad play after the game, and their fans, who didn't show up to support the team. More than half of Giants Stadium was filled with Buffalo Bill fans. Don't be shocked if the Jets lose their last two games in Seattle and home to Miami.