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Posted on: January 3, 2011 12:28 am
Edited on: January 3, 2011 11:08 am
 

Adams meeting with Fisher Monday to decide fate

Posted by Will Brinson

"Black Monday" inspires plenty of fear in NFL coaches who didn't make the playoffs. And although you can't imagine Jeff Fisher of the Titans is "scared," there's certainly reason for him to be concerned with his job security.

That's because Fisher will, according to a report from FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, meet with owner Bud Adams and other senior officials of the Titans organization to discuss Fisher's future with the team.

RELATED: COACHING HOT SEAT TRACKER

Fisher is the longest-tenured coach in the NFL right now, and the only coach in Titans history, but there are plenty of people who believe he'll be gone from Tennessee next season. That's primarily because Adams remains so infatuated with Vince Young that he's willing to overlook just how little the former Texas star has progressed (both on- and off the field) since being drafted in the first round by Tennessee.

Adams said earlier this year that he expected Fisher and Young to work things out, but given the things that Fisher's said publicly about Young since the quarterback walked out on the locker room, that seems pretty unlikely.

If Fisher were to become a coaching free agent, it seems logical that he'd be sought-after, although coaching jobs appear to be filling up a little more quickly than they did a few weeks ago.

Then again, it wasn't too long ago that the Titans looked like one of the best teams in the NFL, so it's worth noting that things change quickly.

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Posted on: January 2, 2011 6:33 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2011 7:21 pm
 

NFL Coaching Hot Seat Tracker: Black Monday

Black Monday is upon us, and that means plenty of coaching changes. We've organized all the NFL teams into a semi-draft order (yes, we know the Raiders don't have that pick and yes, this could change, but it puts the bad teams up top!) to give you an idea of who's been fired, who might be fired, how much job security they have, and potential candidates in different cities. See someone you think SHOULD be on the hot seat or a candidate for a certain job we missed? Let us know in the comments.  

RELATED: BLACK MONDAY/TUESDAY RUMOR MILL ROUND-UP

Team Coach Job Security Candidates



Ron Rivera

Rivera lands a 4-year, $11.2 million deal reportedly
The Panthers announced on Tuesday that Ron Rivera will be the organization's fourth head coach .



John Fox

Fox HIRED!
It seemed like the Broncos might go with someone that was familiar with their organization, but ultimately, they opted for experience and Fox , who they believe can help the defense and the team turnaround quickly.



Chan Gailey

Safe
The Bills were terrible in 2010, but they never gave up and routinely came close to upsetting better teams. Also, no one else wants the gig.



Marvin Lewis

RE-SIGNED!
Lewis called himself "unemployed" and he seems as good as gone but then there was a report that he'll return with Cincy in 2011 . Then there was a report he wouldn't. Now he's back, officially .



Ken Wisenhunt

Safe ... for now
Hard to imagine the Cards would dump Whiz until they give him a shot with another real quarterback. Cowher thinks Kevin Kolb lands here.



Jim Harbaugh

HIRED!
After much speculation as to where Jim Harbaugh would land, he finally ended up signing a $25 million, 5-year deal with the Niners .



Jason Garrett

HIRED!
Garrett was named the full-time Dallas head coach on Thursday at a lengthy press conference in Cowboys Stadium.



Gary Kubiak

NOT FIRED!
Kubiak is safe but the entire defensive staff has been canned , and now the Wade Phillips for DC speculation begins.



Pat Shurmur

Pat Shurmur HIRED!
Shurmur bolted St. Louis for Cleveland and it appears Mike Holmgren really wanted someone familiar with his West Coast offense.



Jim Schwartz

Safe
Lions won four straight to close the season; Schwartz has to be a hero in Detroit at this point.



Pete Carroll

Safe
NFC West title locked Carroll in and even with the Seahawks ugly loss to the Bears, it's hard to question what he did in his first season.



Jeff Fisher

OFFICIALLY BACK! DONE
In a surprising move, Fisher and Tennessee are parting ways. Now, the Titans will have to replace their head coach and their starting QB.



Mike Shanahan

Needing a QB
Dan Snyder letting Shanny run the team so him getting booted is a long shot. QB situation is a bit of a nightmare though.



Leslie Frazier

HIRED!
The Vikings didn't wait long -- they announced on Monday that Frazier's "interim" tag would be lifted and he'll be their head coach.



Hue Jackson

Jackson was hired Monday
Cable got the boot and now it looks like Hue Jackson's the favorite to land the coaching gig. Al Davis is involved though, so anything could happen.



Steve Spagnuolo

Such a cold seat
Even without a division title, the turnaround in St. Louis is pretty clear and Spags is safe.



Tony Sparano

EXTENDED!
After the Fins chased Harbaugh  and embarrassed Sparano publicly, they apologized financially by giving him a 2-year extension. How swell.



Jack Del Rio

SAFE!
Del Rio's got one more year, but it's "playoffs or bust" for JDR, according to owner Wayne Weaver.



Norv Turner

Safe for 2011
Front office says Norv's their guy for at least next year. Another disappointing season like 2010 and he could finally get the boot.



Tom Coughlin

SAFE!
Coughlin is confirmed as returning by Giants owner John Mara
Coughlin's in the middle of a playoff fight (thanks to the Bears) and Casserly says he'll be back with a one-year extension .



Raheem Morris

Award-winning?
Losses in late games by the Packers and Giants would get Morris in the playoffs and a pretty good shot at Coach of the Year if he doesn't win anyway.



Jim Caldwell

Safe
As long as Peyton Manning's playing for the Colts, it's hard to see them dumping Caldwell.



Mike McCarthy

Safe
The Packers look like the latest team to go from  "talented team to nearly miss the playoffs" to "white-hot wild card that wins the Super Bowl," so there's no reason to question McCarthy.



Todd Haley

Division champion
Haley's pretty golden in KC, no matter what some people want to say about his ego.



Rex Ryan

In like foot. Er, flint
Back-to-back playoff berths for Ryan mean he's plenty fine.



Andy Reid

Safe
The only question is whether or not Reid will trade Kevin Kolb in the offseason and how long they can keep Vick.



Sean Payton

Safe, duh
He won a Super Bowl two years ago.



Lovie Smith

Surprisingly safe
Did anyone think Lovie was safe heading into 2011? Yet he won the division and the Bears are white-hot. Very impressive year. 



John Harbaugh

Safe
Only thing he has to worry about is whether he has to face his bro once a year or not.



Mike Tomlin

Safe
Clearly, Tomlin's doing alright. 



Mike Smith

Safe
Weird thing is, Smith's not getting nearly enough love as a potential coach of the year candidate.



Bill Belichick

Safe
Retirement is the only way he'll ever get removed from New England. Arguably his greatest coaching job ever. 

Posted on: December 26, 2010 1:38 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2010 6:32 pm
 

Casserly: Titans done with Moss, maybe V.Y.?

Posted by Will Brinson

Jeff Fisher and Vince Young don't love each other. No secret there. But there's been some concern as to how Bud Adams will handle the situation in the offseason, and a building belief that Fisher might bolt if Young's option is picked up and he's stuffed onto the team's roster as the would-be starting quarterback.

CBS Sports' Charley Casserly reported Sunday on The NFL Today that he expects the Titans front office will approach Adams in the offseason and ask him to move on from V.Y.

"Look for the front office to meet with Bud Adams and try to convince him that five years is enough and he should move on with Vince Young and let him go," Casserly said.



The front office is correct here -- Young isn't the guy who won the Rose Bowl for Texas a few years ago and he's shown that significant progression at the quarterback position isn't something the Titans should expect.

But that doesn't mean Adams can shake his mancrush. As for another high-profile member of the Titans, well, things should be easier.

"Last week Randy Moss said he wanted to come back," Casserly said. "Guess what -- he's not coming back. Last week he only played 15-20 plays in the game and he has not shown the Titans the speed and acceleration to separate from the defenders like he had in the past."

You can, however, expect both Moss and the Titans to play nice for the rest of the year. Moss doesn't gain anything by generating a stink off the field, and Tennessee certainly doesn't need another distraction.

Plus, if he does act up, they'll just cut him.

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Posted on: December 22, 2010 10:49 pm
 

Randy Moss: 'I didn't call no radio outlet'

Posted by Will Brinson

There was some speculation recently that Randy Moss might have called into a the 3-Hour Lunch on 104.5 and pretended to be a concerned Titans fan named "Woody" who wanted Jeff Fisher fired.

As Andy pointed out, "Woody" was likely just a prankster with a decent Moss impersonation, and not the rarely gruntled wide receiver. Moss said the same thing on Wednesday.

"First of all that is not me, that is not my MO," Moss said. "I would never do an individual like that. What I do and what I have done speaks for itself. I conduct myself and carry myself as a man, so if there is something I need to say to you I’ll say it to your face. I wouldn’t go through no radios and try and hide and stuff like that."

See, I totally agree -- not only would Moss not say some of the things that Woody said, but if he wanted Fisher fired, he'd just punch the local BBQ retailer come out and say he wasn't happy with his coach.

"The only person who needed to hear it wasn’t me was Coach Fisher," Moss said. "I didn’t call no radio or no radio outlet. It was important for Coach Fisher to hear it from me that it wasn’t me because of all the uproar that people thought it was me."

It probably wasn't Moss. The more and more you listen to the audio, the easier it is to tell the difference between Woody and Moss, particularly in that Woody's pace is too quick for Moss' particular drawl.

But there is an important lesson to learn from this. See how that easy that is Vince Young? Just roll up to Fisher, tell him you didn't do anything wrong and it's all good.

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Posted on: December 17, 2010 6:12 pm
 

Hot Routes 12.17.10: Children's books for all



Posted by Andy Benoit

Former Braves and Falcons player Brian Jordan is a now a children's book author.

Donte Whitner doesn’t mind speaking publicly about his contract situation.

John Fox is approaching his final home game in Carolina.

Players continue to express concern about the outdoor venue for Monday night’s Bears-Vikings game.

It’s the one-year anniversary of Chris Henry’s death.

Tony Romo is engaged to the Ms. Missouri.

Vince Young showed up in the Titans locker room Friday. He didn't speak with Jeff Fisher, though.

Gerald McCoy’s biceps surgery went well.

Asante Samuel, DeSean Jackson and Winston Justice are all questionable for the Eagles-Giants game Sunday.

Rolando McClain will likely be out of the lineup for Oakland again this week.

Percy Harvin’s head is not aching this week.

Headline reads: Brian Urlacher wants to forget about the Patriots game. (Didn’t the entire Bears defense forget about the Patriots game last week?)

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Posted on: December 17, 2010 2:59 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2010 3:39 pm
 

NFL Honorable Mentions: 2010's top stories

CBSSports.com is counting down the top 10 stories in all of sports of 2010. Here are the top 10 stories from the NFL that just barely missed the cut.


10. The Breakout Backs
Honorables
It was a swing year in fantasy football, as the over-valued running back position turned out a pair of new stars in the AFC: undrafted Arian Foster for the Texans and former Broncos seventh-round pick Peyton Hillis. Both players have well over 1,000 yards rushing and rank first and second in touchdown runs (entering Week 15, Foster has 13 and Hillis has 11).

Foster and Hillis share two things in common: a) both got their opportunity because their team’s second-round rookie running back got hurt prior to the season (the Texans lost Ben Tate to an ankle injury and the Browns lost Montario Hardesty to a knee) and b) both have an ideal skill set for their team’s system. Foster, a powerful yet fluid one-cut runner who thrives downhill, is tailored for Houston’s zone-blocking scheme. Hillis, a thundering steamroller who plays strictly north and south, was made for a power scheme.

Another running back who was undrafted and has blossomed unexpectedly in 2010 is New England’s BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The third-year pro is tied with Hillis for second in the league in rushing touchdowns and needs a little over 200 yards in the final three weeks to reach the millennial mark.

While we’re at it, there’s another Patriots running back who was undrafted and meets “breakout” status for 2010: Danny Woodhead (insert obligatory mention about his 5’7” size here). Woodhead, who was released in the preseason by the Jets, has done a masterful job filling the third down role of Kevin Faulk.  -- Andy Benoit


9. The Slowing Carousel



Labor negotiations have slowed the degree to which coaches have been canned in 2010. Yes, that's a terrifying thought, considering the number of gigs at risk this late in the season coupled with the coaches already fired so far this year. (John Fox and Marvin Lewis are the two most obvious "winners" when it comes to uncertain labor issues helping a coach keep a "good" job.)

In fact, the tides might have turned enough to warrant saying both gentlemen are in a worse position because of the labor strife -- they have to coach out abysmal underachievers and, sadly, hope to find some (ahem) luck at the top of the draft.

It won't matter for that pair of lame ducks, though, because their contracts are running out. On the other end of the spectrum are Wade Phillips, Brad Childress and Josh McDaniels; three coaches whose performance was so putrid that it warranted a midseason change.

Of course, neither of the first two were surprising. In fact, the only shocker involved with Wade and Chilly getting canned was the success that Jason Garrett and Leslie Frazier had afterwards.

Actually, check that -- it's also surprising that McDaniels would hire the same guy who operated the video camera during SpyGate! Which, perhaps, makes it less surprising that Pat Bowlen was less willing to sit around and wait for his newly-minted head coach to mature and suddenly found himself paying not just Mike Shanahan, McD, Eric Studesville but someone else next year. This is outrageously ironic given the lack of success that Mike Singletary (the quintessential interim coach) had in 2010, guiding the 49ers to a sub-.500 record (it seems like a fair guess at this point) in the weakest of the weak divisions, the NFC West.

Singletary said as late as Week 15 that he didn't worry about a) early season performance or b) his job security, and, well, that may say all you need to understand about why he won't land a head coaching job again.

Of course, Lovie Smith is casually guiding his team to a playoff berth and himself towards a blatantly misguided extension from Jerry Angelo, so maybe this would be a good year to take a step back and evaluate whether or not it's worth really judging a particular coach until 2011 gets nearer.

Rest assured, that's exactly what a number of owners will do. -- Will Brinson


8. Revis and the Jets

In this day and age of video games and fantasy football, it takes a special kind of greatness for a cornerback to become THE story in the NFL for an entire summer. Darrelle Revis has this special kind of greatness. As the first true shutdown corner football has seen since Deion Sanders, Revis has been by far the most important player on Rex Ryan’s vaunted defense. Without him, the Jets don’t make their run to the AFC Championship in January ’10, and they don’t enter September ’10 as one of the league’s leading Super Bowl contenders. So it’s no wonder that Revis’ contract holdout captured the headlines this past summer.

Of course, it didn’t hurt that Revis was holding out for a New York market team that happened to be featured on the über-popular HBO reality series Hard Knocks. The Jets training camp became a top 10 story in and of itself simply because we’ve never seen such transparency and personality from an NFL club. And we’ve never seen such star power or controversial new talent. The Jets are developing Mark Sanchez, the game’s first Mexican-American franchise quarterback, before our very eyes. They signed top Q-rating veterans and future Hall of Famers LaDainian Tomlinson and Jason Taylor. And, they unapologetically acquired gifted but questionable stars Braylon Edwards (in ’09), Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie.

All of this goes against the typical nature of the conservative NFL. But this, along with the aforementioned Super Bowl aspirations (which stemmed largely from the boastful Jets themselves, is why Jets regular season games landed in a featured television slot 10 times in 2010, including six in primetime. -- Andy Benoit


7. Looming Lockout

The NFL is the most popular sport in this land. This much is obvious. It doesn’t take a genius to come up with that conclusion, not when advertisers have to spend $20 million per 30-second spot in the Super Bowl (that might be a slight exaggeration) and not when the NFL ratings continue to climb every Thursday night, Sunday night and Monday night.

So, would the NFL owners and the NFL Players Association really be dumb enough to shut down the 2011 season, even partially? Wouldn’t commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith realize that a lockout could potentially kill – or, at the very least, assault – the momentum of popularity? Wouldn’t they realize that sending the 2011 season to whatever dimension the 1994 World Series exists now would be a terrible, terrible move?  

Of course, they do. But the allure of money to be made and money to be spent keeps the two sides far apart. As the expiration of the CBA comes ever closer in March, the pressure will increase. Goodell said the other day that he thought a deal could be worked out by the end of the postseason, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they go into the spring and summer without a new agreement in place. 

It’d be short-sighted, and it’d be stupid. But it’s also very possible.  

Anybody up to watch a good game of soccer?  -- Josh Katzowitz


6. So Many Second Chances

No, we're not talking about Antonio Cromartie, thanks for asking.



And yeah, maybe that's inappropriate.

But what's the old line? "Shame on me for expecting you to hang out in a terrible situation the first time and shame on you for expecting me to believe that you would legitimately stop putting yourself in terrible situations after getting in trouble the fifth or sixth* time?"

Maybe that's paraphrasing things a bit, but there are only so many chances one individual is afforded, and it seems, all asterisk jokes aside, that Ben Roethlisberger -- in trouble twice -- has maximized his chances. (The motorcycle thing doesn't count in the scope of what we're asked to judge here.)

On the front, Roethlisberger is the classic case of why the personal conduct policy is absolutely necessary -- a young man, wealthy beyond his means, cutting loose above and beyond his scope of responsible behavior in a town that doesn't understand how to handle him. Allegedly.

There's plenty of reason for people to find disgust with him, but it's about second chances here, people.

Is the world supposed to be annoyed with someone who can't fully summon their talent because they're too busy doing whatever they do in Milledgeville, Georgia? Absolutely.

Should the general public become disgusted when whatever behavior a certain talent was involved in leads to legal allegations in the same town? Naturally.

But is it only fair if the same youthful talent -- who heretofore had only developed as a person ON the field -- somehow finds a different, perhaps more mature path and ends up getting judged differently?

Hell yes it is. Hate on second chances all you want, but the eerily parallel dichotomy between Roethlisberger and Vick at least warrant giving pause to the fact that sometimes second chances are only afforded when we want them to be. -- Will Brinson


Haynesworth 5. Coup De Faill

Face it, part of the reason you watch sports is to see the inevitable downfall. It’s why Tigers Woods was so compelling, why you watched Larry Holmes dominate Muhammad Ali, why you followed Michael Jordan when he played minor league baseball. And you watch NFL football (partially) to see the same thing.

Which is why the decline of Albert Haynesworth this year was so noteworthy, why the Vince Young blowup continues to make news, why a backup WR in Randy Moss continues to attract attention.

The downfall of Haynesworth has been the biggest train-wreck of the season. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan deactivated him for four games before deciding to suspend him the rest of the season. Haynesworth has been out of shape, he’s been insubordinate and now he’s out of a job. Thankfully, he can fall back on those tens of millions of dollars.

Young’s downfall was sudden, as quick as it took to walk out of a locker room full of teammates, but depending on Bud Adams’ inclination, he unbelievably might return to the team (surely, coach Jeff Fisher wouldn’t be around any longer if that’s the case). Meanwhile, Moss believes he’ll still get paid big bucks next year, despite a season in which he’s played for three teams and has had his least productive year ever.  

All of it has made for great viewing. -- Josh Katzowitz


4. The McNabb Trade

D. McNabb's five-year deal doesn't seem all that great today (US Presswire).

There are a million different angles a person can take in describing the significance of the Easter Day McNabb trade. For starters, the trade meant the dismissal of the decade-long face of one of the NFL’s most preeminent franchises. Few athletes have ever been as polarizing in a town as McNabb was in The City of Brotherly Love. And no athlete has ever been so polarizing simply by going about his business. McNabb never exhibited a controversial personality, yet his career in Philly was littered with controversy. It required a world of class for McNabb to take it all in stride for 11 years. That classiness was appreciated and returned by the usually-ornery Philly faithful, who gave their former quarterback a standing ovation when he returned to town as a member of the hated Redskins in October.

That’s another key facet of this story: McNabb wasn’t just traded – he was traded to a division rival. Never before had a franchise quarterback been dealt within the division.

To be brutally honest, the trade has become a symbol of why the Eagles, counting this year, have eight more playoff appearances than the Redskins since 2000. The Eagles have always parted with veterans a year too soon rather than a year too late. We thought McNabb was an exception to this rule, but sure enough, he has just another testament to it (14 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, completion percentage of 60.0 through Week 14). The 34-year-old was tossed to the bench in mid-December, becoming the latest aging Pro Bowler to come to Washington only to fizzle out.

The Eagles were only comfortable dismissing McNabb because they had their signalcaller of the future already on the roster. Of course, little did they know that signalcaller would be not Kevin Kolb, but Michael Vick, the Comeback Player, MVP candidate and headline story of 2010. -- Andy Benoit


3. The Old Croc Slinger

It was the story everyone loved to pretend to hate: Brett Favre, Brett Favre, Brett Favre, Brett Favre, Brett Favre. Did you get sick of him? Maybe on the surface. But deep down, you were never sick enough to ignore him. And that’s why he stayed in the news.

Favre’s 2010 essentially began and ended in pain. He suffered a gruesome ankle injury in the NFC Championship loss to the Saints and, 11 months later, had his consecutive starts streak end at 297 thanks to a bad shoulder. In between the ankle and shoulder was a thigh, elbow and foot injury. Each injury brought about an additional slew of reports, 99.9 percent of them speculative.

It’s the very concept of speculation that has become the defining characteristic of Favre’s public image. There was speculation about whether he’ll retire or come back. (Once again, 2010 gave us plenty of those stories, too. Remember Favre’s “this is it” texts to teammates during the summer? The workouts at Oak Grove high school? The Brad Childress visits to Mississippi? The more fruitful Jared Allen-Ryan Longwell-Steve Hutchinson surprise visit at the last minute?) There was speculation about his relationship with Brad Childress (it was poor, at best). And, for the first time since his substance abuse issues in the 90s, there was speculation about Favre’s character and private life.

The Jenn Sterger ordeal never took on the life of Tiger Woods’ scandal, but that was only because Favre, for the first time in his career, wasn’t willing to publicly address a topic in his patented stream-of-conscious manner. In the end, Favre admitted to placing calls to Sterger but denied sending lewd photos. The NFL investigated but, with the year winding down, the story seems to be fading away. Oddly enough, it helped Favre that, by the time the Sterger story came out, people had grown tired of hearing his name in the news.



People may have been tired of Favre, but they weren’t sick of him. It’s doubtful that he’ll be part of the top 10 NFL stories of 2011, but it's not inconceivable. The year ahead will still carry speculation about a possible comeback (don’t count on Favre biting this time), speculation about what Favre will do next (a lot of people will say broadcasting, but Favre’s never had that kind of persona) and, perhaps most intriguing of all, speculation about when Favre will return to Lambeau Field to make amends with the fans and accept his number being retired. -- Andy Benoit


2. Injury Du Generation

This space perhaps should have been dedicated solely to Steelers LB James Harrison and James Harrison alone. He’s racked up $125,000 in fines this year after illegal hits on Browns WR Mohammad Massaquoi, Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and Saints QB Drew Brees. He’s also been quoted as saying he’s not trying to injure players, but instead, he’s only trying to hurt them (or was it, he’s trying not to hurt them, but to injure them instead?).  

Either way, it seems like concussions in the NFL have risen (there’s really no way to tell if this is true; only that the diagnosis of concussions might have risen), and in actuality, it seems like every player in the NFL this season has suffered at least one concussion. Even after the Dunta Robinson/DeSean Jackson collision forced the NFL to announce that it was going to enforce the penalties against illegal hits, the concussions have continued.  

But that’s not the scariest part of this whole scenario. The scariest part is what an examination of Chris Henry’s brain found in June. Though he played in the league only five years before he died last season, his brain showed signs of significant brain damage caused by repeated blows to the head.  

While it’s great that people like Chris Nowinski are making a concerted effort to educate the public about the dangers of concussions and continued head injuries, nothing is likely to change. The players don’t want rules-makers messing with the game, they don’t want to change their tackling technique, they just want to hit people and hit people hard. Many fans agree. Which, of course, is easy to do when you’re not the one who is getting smashed on the field every week.

This problem, I fear, will continue until the end of time.  -- Josh Katzowitz


1. First-Place Second Chance



There's a reasonable argument that Michael Vick's current situation is the most compelling redemptive story we've seen in sports.

Ever.

And yeah, I'm sorry that it requires the age-old tripe that is the one-line semi-paragraph to describe what Vick did, but, well, he tortured dogs and somehow returned to the good graces of America. Or at least the majority of America and/or those that buy their Nissans from Woodbury, New Jersey.



That's less than half a joke. Take a step back and look at what Michael Vick did, compare it to what any "sports villain" has done in the past 50 years (versus their redemptive story, natch) and, pretty please, find a comparable. Josh Hamilton is the closest thing there is and even he dealt with sins beyond the level of self-indulgence. That's not to say that we should applaud someone who manages to jerry-rig an engine to drive a broken car more than we should applaud someone who happens to repair the tires on a four-wheel flat.

It's just that if you're going to gauge a level of success by figuring out where someone ends relative to where they started and award bonus points for where they went in between (which, folks, unless you've stopped paying attention for the last several hundred years, is the "American Dream"), then it's very, very difficult to root against Michael Vick.

And also why he was nearly the most compelling story of 2010. -- Will Brinson

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Posted on: December 14, 2010 9:36 pm
 

Mawae isn't impressed with Vince Young

Kevin Mawae, an old teammate of V. Young, said Young lacked leadership (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When a respected former player like Kevin Mawae talks, many people listen. So when he candidly discuess an old teammate, Titans QB Vince Young, Mawae is probably making sense.

Though this isn’t a huge shocker, Mawae intimated to ESPN.com that Young isn’t exactly professional in the way he handles himself. Of course, it’s not a revelation, but you also haven’t seen many of Young’s teammates speak so critically of him (with the exception of Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher).

Reporter Paul Kuharsky asked Mawae about Young’s leadership.

“It might be time for a change of scenery,” Mawae said. “I played with Warren Moon, I played with Vinny Testaverde, I played with Kerry Collins, I played with Chad Pennington, and the one thing all those guys had in common is that they were all field generals and leaders on the field. And there is one name missing that’s very obvious. And there is a difference in those four players versus the one that plays for the Titans.

“... It is disappointing because the kid’s got all the talent in the world and has had an opportunity to step up and hasn’t done so. He’s a great athlete and he wins games. That’s one thing you can never take away from Vince is that he wins ballgames. ... But as far as being the consummate pro like some of the other guys in the league, it’s disappointing that he hasn’t taken that step.”


Disagree? All you have to do is recall how Young left his teammates in the locker room while storming out to his car following an overtime loss to the Redskins. Not what you’d call a chivalrous showing of top-notch leadership.

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Posted on: December 12, 2010 10:43 am
 

Fisher seemingly on shaky ground

Bud Adams has some decisions to make regarding Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Every day, it seems like Titans coach Jeff Fisher is closer and closer to becoming the fourth coach this NFL season to get the pink slip.

While Tennessee owner Bud Adams has been more than loyal to Fisher – even though his teams have had more non-winning seasons than winning seasons in his 16-year tenure – you have to wonder if Adams’ patience is running thin. And if he could, gasp, actually choose to keep QB Vince Young with the squad and get rid of Fisher.

"I am not too happy right now, I'll tell you that," Adams told the Tennessean . "But I think it is too early to talk about it. We have three more games to go and I'll be able to talk a lot better after those three games. We'll go up to the end of the season and then I'll make my decision. I am not very pleased with what has happened here, though. It's not what I had in mind.''

Assuming Tennessee doesn’t make the postseason this year, it’d be the fifth time in the past seven seasons the Titans didn’t earn a playoff berth.

One positive aspect for Fisher: Adams doesn’t hold him responsible for the injuries to Young and backup QB Kerry Collins, and he understands that playing rookie Rusty Smith wasn’t exactly ideal.

"You can't blame (Fisher) when you don't have your key guys playing,” Adams said. “But I have to look at the whole picture and what has been happening since we have been in Nashville, what our record is, where we stand in the league. That is important.''

For the record, Fisher’s record with the team is 141-118.

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