Tag:Will Brinson
Posted on: February 8, 2012 1:52 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2012 3:43 pm

Report: Jets owe Santonio Holmes $15.25 M now

Santonio will hopefully look happier the next time he's in the locker room. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Santonio Holmes was at the center of the disaster that was the Jets 2011 season, repeatedly calling out his offensive line and being blamed for some of the locker room problems. But he's going to remain a Jet for the foreseeable future, as the team now owes him a chunk of guaranteed money for 2011 and 2012.

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We noted back at the beginning of January that Holmes would reportedly be owed an additional $7.5 million of his 2013 contract on the second day of the 2012 league year if he was still on the Jets. As the New York Post reports, since Santonio hasn't been cut as of 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, the Jets now owe the wideout $15.25 million, combining his 2012 and 2013 guaranteed figures.

Turns out, Rex Ryan was serious about Holmes coming back.

The Jets could certainly cut Holmes over the next two years; there's nothing stopping them. But doing so would be throwing more than $15 million down the tubes and stripping their roster of their best skill-position player.

Ryan's team faced an unreal amount of turmoil following the 2011 season, as unnamed members of the team called out Mark Sanchez, Brian Schottenheimer left and running back LaDainian Tomlinson pointed the finger at the wide receiver group for some of the problems. Holmes was at the center of all the internal problems.

If he continues along that path, he'll be an absolute waste of money. If Rex Ryan can straighten him out, then the wide receiver can still live up to the monster contract he signed in the 2011 offseason.

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Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:22 am

Fittest man on Earth Rich Froning talks Crossfit

By Will Brinson

All kinds of athletes and celebrities hang out at Radio Row. One of them this year was Rich Froning, the "Fittest Man in the World." (I was determined to interview him, since I also claim the same title, as you can clearly see from the video playbox below.)

Froning's working with Reebok to prepare for the 2012 Crossfit Games, which take place in July. Crossfit, as far as I understand, is making sure you're in shape across many different sports. Like, you don't want to be a weightlifting monster who can't run 400 yards. And you don't want to be a dude who can run a marathon but can't do a pushup. Etc.

Froning breaks down what it means to be a Crossfit athlete, what kind of exercises he does and what it's like to train on the Empire State Building. (!)

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Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:24 pm

Pick-6 Podcast: One last look at Super Bowl XLVI

Revisiting the week that was in Indianapolis: Super Bowl XLVI. (Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com)

By Will Brinson & Ryan Wilson

The Giants are champs, the Pats are left wondering where it all went wrong, and the 2011 NFL season is officially in the books.

After a whirlwind week of press conferences, Media Day, red-carpet events and, of course, the Super Bowl, we recap our eight days in sunny, temperate Indianapolis (seriously, the only thing better than the weather was the hospitality). 

We start off by talking about the pass -- you know, the one that Wes Welker couldn't pull in and that probably changed the outcome of the game. We also discuss Tom Brady's suddenly tarnished legacy. Somehow, a three-time Super Bowl winner has gone from hero to goat in 20 minutes of uninspiring football (not helping: his supermodel wife blasting the Pats' receivers for not being able to catch). 

And no conversation of Super Bowl week in Indy would be complete without a mention of Peyton Manning and his future, so we hit that too.

Also worth mentioning: we "worked" the Playboy Party Friday night and the highlight of the evening for Brinson was meeting DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. We wish we were making this up.

All right, let's get to this...

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Posted on: February 7, 2012 12:03 pm

Maria Menounos loses bet, wears Giants bikini

Maria Menounos lost a bet and had to wear a Giants bikini in Times Square. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Maria Menounos, "Extra" correspondent, is a huge Patriots fan. (At Media Day, she was booed for her allegiance to New England.) And as the result of a bet she lost with colleague A.J. Calloway, she had to wear a Giants bikini in Times Square on Monday during the coverage of the Giants Super Bowl parade.

Had the Patriots won, Calloway would have to wear a Patriots cheerleader outfit in Times Square instead. Needless to say, everyone but Menounos won this bet.

"I hate bets. I'm never doing this again," Menounos said while dropping the white robe that covered the bikini.

It's pretty impressive that she held up her end of the bet, and we can't imagine that the "Extra" ratings suffered as a result.

"Sorry, but you know what - I love the Pats for fighting to the bitter end. #PATRIOTpride," Menounos tweeted after losing the bet.

Damn you, AC Slater. Damn you. (Getty Images)

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:46 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2012 10:50 pm

Belichick is 'real proud' of 2011 Patriots team

Despite the way the season ended, Belichick is "real proud" of this Pats team. (AP)
By Will Brinson

The way that one game -- or even one play -- changes historical perspective in the NFL is fascinating. Eli Manning can do no wrong right now and Tom Brady can't really do anything right. The Patriots are a team that hasn't won a title in seven years, which might make them chokers.

Giants 21, Patriots 17

But that's not stopping Bill Belichick from expressing that he's "real proud" of this season's Patriots team and all they accomplished.

"[I'm] real proud of them," Belichick said. "I thought they worked hard all year, they competed well all season. We won a lot of games and even the ones we didn’t win, we fought right to the end and played very competitively. We did that last night, just came up a little bit short. I have all the respect in the world for the team and all the players and what they’ve done for over six months.

"It’s not about one game or one play or anything, it’s the whole body of work. I really, really enjoyed coaching this team and have a lot of respect for them."

Look, Belichick should be proud of this team. Despite having no vertical offense and having no defense whatsoever, they managed to land the No. 1 seed in the AFC, run the table in the playoffs and get within a play or two of winning their fourth Super Bowl with Belichick running the show.

Earlier in the season, there was an argument to be made that this was Belichick's finest coaching job to date. Suddenly it's not because they couldn't close? That seems odd.

But it's the nature of the beast in the NFL, particularly when the hype machine runs 24/7. Still, you can't fault Belichick for being proud of a team that overachieved despite significant weaknesses, especially when they nearly won another Lombardi Trophy.

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:37 pm

Favre: Retirement 'went a lot smoother' this time

Favre actually sounding retired is worth celebrating. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

When the Patriots Hail Mary landed incomplete on Sunday night, the NFL finished its first Brett Favre-free season in 20 years. Sure there were rumors about his return when the inevitable quarterback injuries surfaced, but it seems like the Old Gunslinger's finally hung up his boots.

And his remarks on a radio interview with 1340 the Fan in Lubbock indicate he's done with the game, as Favre said that even though he started to miss the game once the Super Bowl came around, he was content being retired.

"It went a lot smoother than the previous three or four years," Favre said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com "At the end of last season, I’d said in year’s past that I knew. I really knew this time. I got beat up a little bit physically, but I still felt like I could still do it, but I just felt like it was time. In my situation, unlike some players who retire because they have no choice, either teams don’t want them or injuries have caused them to retire and they just can’t do it.

"For me, I really had never thought I would give out mentally before I gave out physically, but I think that was the case. Mentally, I was just burned out."

So was everyone else -- the constant flip-flopping of Favre in and out of the game wore on everyone.

Favre also added that for the first time, watching the regular season, he "didn't miss it a bit." Obviously, watching people compete for a Super Bowl is a little more difficult to watch for someone as competitive to Favre than is the regular season.

It'll be interesting to see how the next few years for Favre play out. His retirement/de-tirement decisions certainly hurt his legacy in the short term. Once he's removed from the game for several years, there will still be some backlash at No. 4, but we're willing to bet that most people begin to remember all the great stuff he did on the field (and there was a lot of great stuff he did) rather than the last few years that featured so much drama.

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 8:27 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2012 1:15 pm

Knowshon Moreno arrested for DUI

Moreno was reportedly arrested for DUI. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno was pulled over for speeding and arrested for DUI on February 1, according to a Denver district attorney's spokeswoman.

Moreno was pulled over while doing 70 mph in a 45 mph construction zone in a Bentley convertible and an officer smelled alcohol on his breath. Moreno did poorly on the roadside sobriety tests and was taken into detox.

According to the report, cops described Moreno as "very respectful and polite." Of course, when the vanity license plate of the Bentley you're speeding around in while allegedly drinking reads "SAUCED," there's really no other way to behave when the cops bust you.

“We take the incident involving Knowshon Moreno very seriously and are thoroughly reviewing this matter,” the Broncos said in a statement Monday. “Our organization will continue to gather information and closely monitor this issue while the legal process runs its course."

Moreno had a big step-back season in 2011, starting just two games (and playing in eight), while rushing for 179 yards and no touchdowns. He did catch 9 balls for 101 yards and a touchdown, however, before tearing his ACL on November 15.

UPDATE (Feb. 8, 12:12 p.m. ET): Moreno has been charged with drunken driving, careless driving and failure to have proof of insurance. He is due in court March 2.

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 7:21 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2012 2:26 pm

Steelers hire Todd Haley as OC

Haley's taking his old boss' old job in Pittsburgh. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Todd Haley's going to have a new gig in 2012 and it's a pretty good one: he's headed to Pittsburgh to take over as offensive coordinator after Bruce Arians recently "retired" to take the Colts job.

“I am excited about the opportunity to come back home and work for a tremendous organization,” Haley said in a statement. “It is an honor to work with the Rooney family and Coach Tomlin and continue the success that has become synonymous with the Steelers. My father has so many fond memories both from his playing days and his time in the personnel department with the team, and I look forward to helping bring more championships to Pittsburgh and to being a part of one of the storied franchises in the NFL.”

When Haley was head coach of the Chiefs, his team never finished with a passing offense ranked any higher than 25th. And Haley topped out at ranking 18th in passing attempts in his first year in KC.

But while he was with the Cardinals, under former Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, Haley slung the ball around like crazy. Arizona, at the time with Kurt Warner, finished second in passing attempts both seasons and was top 10 in the league in points scored both seasons.

Ben Roethlisberger, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders provide a much closer approximation to those Warner teams than Matt Cassell and Dwayne Bowe do.

We'd heard word that Haley was interviewing with the Cards, but also that Haley didn't want to take anything less than a coordinator job. Pittsburgh gives him a fantastically soft landing spot after a rough tenure with KC.

It also means that both Roethlisberger (unhappy with Arians departure) and Art Rooney (wanting more points) should be happy. So it's a great fit, as long as there aren't any big ego clashes and the Steelers don't bug Haley's cell phone. Allegedly.

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