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Posted on: September 8, 2010 2:42 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 2:48 pm
 

Givin' Em the Business: Preseason Edition

Posted by Will Brinson

Givin Em the Business recognizes all the people that annoyed us from the week that was in football. Feel free to provide nominations either in the comments or by yelling at us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) .


Rank Who Why

1

Albert Haynesworth
If Haynesworth's offseason performance were judged on the same merits that we judge actual play on the actual football field, he would absolutely justify his $100 million salary. Instead, he's simply the most obnoxious figure in the NFL since we last left real football. Think about: he gets paid 9 (NINE!) figures and yet he still whined about the fact that he had to change positions in a new defense, he still couldn't pass a physical that every other TV reporter in the D.C. area could and he even tried to pretend like he was sick of the 'B.S.' and just wanted to play football. To top it all off: he's still  on the trading block. 

2

Brett Favre
Were we to do a retroactive "Givin' 'Em the Business" column for the past five or so offseasons, Favre would probably rank No. 1 every time. He managed to lock the entire world in for a full day of rehashing "Favre's Greatest Hits" even when he didn't retire, he made us watch helicopter cams follow an SUV down the highway O.J. Simpson style, and he forced several of his teammates to travel from Minnesota to Mississippi just to get a commitment from him. In fact, it's a testament to just how horrible Haynesworth has been that Favre, even though he forced us to suffer yet another wishy-washy media nightmare this season, somehow didn't win this "award."

3

Darrelle Revis
Somehow, someway, Revis managed to eclipse all the crap that the Jets have produced during the offseason (and it's a lot) en route to holding out up until the very last minute for a deal that wasn't really what he wanted. Look, I get that as a young superstar someone would want to get paid now and not worry about injury derailing a serious boatload of cash from being delivered to his house, but you signed a contract when you became a working professional/adult. Deal with it like you were one.

4

T.Ocho
Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco have complained recently that they don't get fair treatment from the media, because they're vilified even though they've done nothing wrong. That's actually a very salient point, but that doesn't excuse the two of them having three reality television shows between them. The Versus one, which will debut in October, actually might end up being awesome, but at that point in time, we'll have seen enough insanity flowing out Cincinnati that it's all but certain the whole "zany wideout" thing will be played out. And if the Bengals are actually winning, it'll only get worse. On the bright side, we're less than a week away from one of them getting fined for a hysterical touchdown celebration. 

5

Looming Lockout
Really, this should be first overall: remember that we're discussing a large group of really rich men fighting with a smaller group of even richer men about who will be getting more richer in the future. All of this comes directly from the pocket of the fan, and if the lockout happens (as it certainly appears it will), the only people that will be really  harmed are fans. And that's fairly criminal. The only good news is that it seems pretty likely (at least I think so) that this could end like Revis' deal where we see a last-minute cave. Unfortunately, that will probably mean no preseason.

6

Tony Dungy
Yup, that's right. I'm gonna be the guy ripping Tony Dungy, who just happens to seem like one of the nicest human beings on the planet. My beef? Him sticking his nose where it doesn't necessarily belong. Look, it's swell that he's an "ambassador" for the league and everything, but that doesn't mean that every single one of his beliefs are correct. For instance, if Rex Ryan wants to tell his players to get a &#%$%$ snack on their $%$^ing time away from the field, in my opinion he can sure as $%^@ do so.

7

Tim Tebow
My reaction to Tebow is quite similar to my reaction to the preseason: "I don't hate it, but, MAN, does it get old quickly." Tebow was all we talked about this offseason in terms of rookies, even though he pretty clearly won't be the "guy" in Denver for some time. I'm actually optimistic that he'll eventually be good, but that doesn't mean I want to sit in the stands in Jacksonville on Sunday amid a ton of people wearing Gator jerseys while they (as Andy pointed out) wonder when Tebow will get in the dang game!   

8

Matt Leinart
Honestly, Leinart's situation is more humorous than anything else. Imagine being really bad at your job (and overpaid, to boot) and then imagine walking into your boss' office and demanding that you -- yes, you of the awful performance thus far in multiple years on the job -- get a promotion. Your boss would laugh in your face and probably fire you. Oh, wait. That's what the Cardinals did with Leinart. 

9

The Jets
Yeah, yeah, yeah. The Jets are kind of on here twice. I wasn't going to include them as a team (mainly because "Hard Knocks" has been so freaking awesome) until Antonio Cromartie decided the Jets were the "Miami Heat of football." And Mark Sanchez (who's like totally my podcast BFF) decided to add that they're building a "dream team." Come on, people. Look, their coach is brash, angry, loud and hysterical. And he inspires confidence. That's swell. But this team shouldn't have even made the playoffs last year! DO NOT CROWN THEM. THEY WILL BE WHO WE DID NOT REALIZE THAT THEY WOULD BE. Or something.

10

Vincent Jackson
And by extension, "holdouts in general," although that kind of got covered in Revis' section. Basically, this is annoying because I'm a Philip Rivers fan and there's nothing more annoying than seeing him possibly lose a huge window to make a run at a title because the CBA got blown up, Jackson lost some time in free agency, the Chargers decided to play hardball, and then even maybe/possibly refuse to trade him. It's impossible to find one side where you can say "alright, this is absolutely so-and-so's fault" because both sides have a reasonable case to be made, but seeing every single contract and holdout and discussion of anything football-related circle back to the fact that it might be gone in a year makes me want to pull a Spewell on someone. On the bright side, it's here now!
Posted on: September 8, 2010 11:22 am
 

Cromartie: Jets 'are the Miami Heat of football'

Posted by Will Brinson

If you weren't expecting the Jets to be less obnoxious the night of the "Hard Knocks" finale or slightly humbled as the season gets closer, well, you were wrong. You were also stupid -- as soon as they got Darrelle Revis back, it was obvious they were only going to get cockier.

But Antonio Cromartie has taken it to a new level, unless I'm somehow badly misconstruing the quote he dropped on Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News .

"We're the Miami Heat of football," cornerback Cromartie said.

Cro wasn't the only one smack-talking, either. (Note that we'll examine his statement below.)

"Some people may think if we took a step closer and just got there, that'd be enough," tight end Dustin Keller said. "But it's not at all. This team is basically Super Bowl or bust."

That's not TOO insane. Everyone should be "Super Bowl or bust" before the year in the NFL.

Mark Sanchez' decision to say "We're building a dream team," could be considered a little cooky though.

Okay, so you've heard the other crazy talk, but re: Cro and the Heat, is it a) ridiculous, b) incorrect, c) foolish or d) all of the above?

I'll go with "d" and here's why: for the Jets to be the "Miami Heat of football," they would need a top-three player in the NFL at three-fifths of the 22 positions on the field. Darrelle Revis gives them that at one position. Bart Scott perhaps. Santonio Holmes is a hell of a slot receiver, no question about it. Nick Mangold is an excellent center. Etc, etc.

 Look, I get that they're 1) chock full of big names, 2) riddled with tons of veterans chasing a ring, 3) one of the few favorites to win the championship even though people are really skeptical and 4) universally hated, but all of those things don't combine to overcome the fact that in comparison to the Heat, the Jets lack a significant amount of elite talent to really make a valid comparison.

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 11:11 pm
 

Report: Revis gets $32 million for 1st 2 years

Posted by Will Brinson

Darrelle Revis got a new deal and he's ready to join the Jets and Rex Ryan is not throwing tantrums anymore because his best player is on board -- those are the important things to know about the end of the Revis Holdout Saga.

Also important are the details of Revis' contract; after all, what could the Jets have offered to finally get Revis' camp to cave? Fortunately, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has some reports on just that.

Three of the most important things are 1) Revis gets $32 million over the first two years of his deal (making him higher paid per year than Nnamdi Asomugha), 2) $13.772 million is guaranteed for skill and $13.772 is guaranteed for injury and 3) the voidable three years of his contract for 2014, 2015 and 2016 are contingent on Revis not holding out.

In other words, if he decides he wants ANOTHER contract before this one is up (which isn't that far-fetched, I suppose), those three years remain on the deal, which gives the Jets leverage they hope will keep Revis from wanting more money, which he might considering it's reported that he'll get $13.5 million total for the other two years of the deal.

At that point, he'll have pocked the first $32 million, so it's not that big of a potential dealbreaker, and it's possible/likely the Jets will have given him another contract once the lockout situation is sorted out.

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 5:35 pm
 

Rex Ryan threw 'a tantrum' over Revis' absence

Posted by Will Brinson

Rex Ryan said Monday that the newly-signed Darrelle Revis makes his "job a lot easier". Yes, that's something that deserves a "thanks, Captain Obvious" or "duh" tacked on the end of it.

Still though, it's worth noting that Ryan, for all his talk about the defense being successful sans Revis, understands how important he is, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger 's Jenny Vrentas .

"Our team has no excuses and never would have if Darrelle wouldn't have been here," Ryan said. "But I will say this: It makes our job a lot easier ... we're better coaches now; (secondary coach) Dennis Thurman is a better coach today than he was yesterday."

Ryan added that Revis' "piece of the puzzle" for helping the Jets win "just happens to be much larger" than anyone else's. Which is probably why the Jets coach threw a "tantrum" over Revis' continued absence.

"It was like a boyfriend and girlfriend but the parents won't let you get together," Ryan said. "That was kind of how I felt. He wanted to play, I wanted him to play, but for some reason it wasn't happening."

The fact that Ryan not only thew a tantrum but visited Revis in Florida certainly lends plenty of credence to the notion that these contract talks were going nowhere and became rapidly escalated when the Jets realized what would happen to them (L-O-S-E) if they didn't have Revis on the field for Week 1.

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 3:30 pm
 

Revis returns to practice field, finds sarcasm

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A good descriptor piece on the Newark Star Ledger site about what happened when Darrelle Revis finally ended his holdout and took the practice field today.

Apparently, his teammates were all pretty thrilled (which kinda makes sense), and a few bowed to him as he and his entourage (read: the HBO Hard Knocks crew) walked onto the field. A few “Revis Christ’s” were bandied about (great nickname, by the way). They also gave him the “Rudy” clap, though this one was a bit more sarcastic.

They were, in essence, pretty pleased he was back. Can you blame them?

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 11:32 am
Edited on: September 6, 2010 3:20 pm
 

Houshmandzadeh signs with Ravens

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Remember how we posted last night that former Seahawks WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh – he of the $7 million guarantee – likely would end up in Oakland or in Washington. Well, we were close. He’s going to Baltimore.

Adam Schefter of ESPN.com , who’s been on quite a tear the past couple days, is reporting Houshmandzadeh and the Ravens have reached agreement on a one-year deal that will pay him $855,000 (the Seahawks have to pay him the rest of his guaranteed money).

In an interesting twist, Houshmandzadeh will be on the field when New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis takes his first game action of the 2010 season Sept. 13. Anquan Boldin is Baltimore’s top WR, but Houshmandzadeh should fit in fine with reliable WR Derrick Mason and TE Todd Heap. I imagine Houshmandzadeh will take a good chunk of Mark Clayton’s work in those three-receiver packages.

This isn’t the fastest or the youngest WR corps in the NFL, but the Ravens front office has given QB Joe Flacco some pretty good weapons. Houshmandzadeh will add his specialty into the mix, making tough catches across the middle and grabbing receptions that give his team first downs.

UPDATE (1:02 P.M.): According to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post , Clayton is on the trading block now. If the Ravens can't trade him, the plan is to release him.

UPDATE (1:25 p.m.): USA Today caught up with Houshmandzadeh, and the WR said LB Ray Lewis recruited him to the team to help the Ravens win the Super Bowl.

"Ray said, 'If you want to win, this is the place to be,''' Houshmandzadeh told the paper. "The way he is on the field is how he is off the field. Passionate. Our conversation was passionate and insightful.

"I know from competing againt those guys when I was in Cincinnati how it is in Baltimore.''

UPDATE (3:19 p.m.): Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com is reporting the Ravens have traded Clayton to the Rams for late-round draft pick considerations. St. Louis needs some help at WR, and now, the Rams have it. 


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Posted on: September 6, 2010 10:34 am
Edited on: September 6, 2010 11:15 am
 

Hot Routes 9.6.10: Shaking off the Revis hangover

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I hope you were awake late last night to catch the Darrelle Revis saga unfold. I was heading to bed about 12:45 a.m. when I happened to check Twitter one last time. And then all hell broke less. Just because you probably were asleep, here’s what Clark Judge wrote about why the Jets organization was at fault here and here’s what I tapped out about how the organization now truly is a Super Bowl contender.

- This video might get lost in the shuffle today, but credit former Cowboys star and Hall of Famer Dan Hampton for creating some kick-ass analogies. Unfortunately, they’re entirely inappropriate. In doing analysis for Pro Football Weekly’s TV show, he said the Cowboys “think they’re Clint Eastwood. They’re more the Brokeback variety, if you know what I’m talking about.” Then, he said the Vikings “need to go down and hit (New Orleans) harder than Katrina.” All you can say is “Wow.” And “ugh.”

- Buccaneers starting QB Josh Freeman’s sprained thumb has progressed to the point where he can take snaps from center Jeff Faine. He reported no pain while taking the full-speed snap. That’s obviously great news for the Bucs.

- Vikings coach Brad Childress is a little tired of talking about the Vikings backup QB situation. He referred to the constant questioning as discussing, in great detail, Twins catcher Joe Mauer’s backup. It’s not at all the same thing, but whatever.

- Vikings receiver (and migraine sufferer) Percy Harvin declared Sunday that he’s ready to play some football. He also expressed confidence in the plan he’s on that will help him deal with those debilitating migraines.

- The Dallas Morning News asks if 13-year veteran Keith Brooking still has it. Apparently, he does. Said Brooking: "I still have it. Sometimes it takes a little more effort to bring it to the surface, but I feel really good."

- Tramaine Brock entered 49ers camp as a safety after earning a signing bonus of $250. Until one day he looked at the Internet and - discovered San Francisco had him listed as cornerback. The rookie free agent longshot made the 53-man squad this weekend (as a cornerback, of course) – not bad for a Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Bellhaven (Bellhaven?!?) standout.

- One last one: Pro Football Talk writes FB Tony Richardson, cut by the Jets on Sunday, could be back with the team as early as today.

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 1:55 am
Edited on: September 6, 2010 2:02 am
 

Now, the Jets truly are Super Bowl contenders

D. Revis, shown here intercepting a pass vs. Oakland, ended a 36-day holdout and should be ready for the season-opener against Baltimore on Sept. 13 (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The signing of Darrelle Revis changes the entire dynamic of the Jets season.

Now that I’ve read that sentence again, I realize that’s a pretty bold statement, because it’s hard to imagine one defensive player affecting his team in that way. But in the case of Revis, it’s true.

With Brett Favre, it’s true. With Peyton Manning, of course it’s true. Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson, Andre Johnson, etc., it’s true.

Revis is the only defensive player in the league who can compare.

Without Revis – the No. 1 defender in the NFL – the Jets were good. Potentially very good. Sure, Mark Sanchez would have to improve on his rookie season. RB Shonn Greene would have to prove right the front office – which allowed Thomas Jones (331 carries, 1,402 yards and 14 TDs last season) to walk – and 31-year-old LaDainian Tomlinson would have to keep rediscovering his 27-year-old speed and arsenal of moves.

WR Braylon Edwards would have to keep making those impressive catches, and two of the best offensive linemen in the NFL – LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson and C Nick Mangold – would have to keep opening holes while keeping Sanchez off his backside.

In fact, after watching the Jets first-team offense blast the Giants first-team defense in the preseason opener, I wrote I thought Rex Ryan’s squad could compete for the Super Bowl.

A quick passage from that blog post:

Ugh, I hate myself for writing something like that based on one measly preseason game in which the team I’m touting lost by 15 points. But the first-team offense, for the most part, looked very good – except when the Jets got to the red zone – and the defense, like last year, looked pretty nasty. They looked like a team that still could be playing in February.

If ….

If, that is, they get back Darrelle Revis. Because without Revis, New York might not be the Super Bowl team coach Rex Ryan thinks they can be. A virtual unknown WR named Victor Cruz made that pretty clear tonight during the Giants 31-16 win against the Jets.


Now, the Jets have their “If” back. And with their “If” in the mix, this team becomes one of the best in the league.

The Jets front seven remains unchanged. Which, when you’re talking about NT Kris Jenkins and Vernon Gholston (who has had a strong preseason) and LB Bart Scott and LB David Harris (sadly, the only one of the Core Four who won’t receive a new contract) is a good thing.

Without Revis, though, the secondary looked awfully thin. Antonio Cromartie is solid No. 2, but Cromartie is no Revis when he's being counted on to be the shutdown CB. Kyle Wilson, a first-round pick out of Boise State who now has lost his starting job, was inexperienced, and the rest of the secondary was the kind of secondary who would allow Victor Cruz, an undrafted rookie free agent playing in his first NFL action, to have a breakout game and catch three touchdown passes.

Now, the question becomes: what kind of shape will Revis be in when he flies to New York on Monday to sign his new contract and begin practice in preparation for the Sept. 13 season-opener against the Ravens?

According to Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News, Revis spent part of his 36-day holdout in South Florida working out with former CB Ty Law. He should be in pretty good shape.

That said, the Jets knew they couldn’t go into the season without their best player. You could see the tension in the face of GM Mark Tannenbaum as this weekly saga played out on HBO’s Hard Knocks. Ryan, even though he was kidding when he went door to door in the season’s first episode looking for Revis and begging him to return to the team, knew he needed Revis in his defense. Ryan was being funny in that scene, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t telling the truth.

That’s why Ryan, in a move straight out of Vikings coach Brad Childress’ playbook, flew to South Florida this weekend to saw howdy to Revis and to add a spark to the contract talks.

Even until the end, Tannenbaum – who said he explored trading for other CBs – wasn’t sure the deal would get done.

"I really wasn't optimistic,” he told reporters in an early Monday morning conference call. “Until it was done, I really didn't think he'd be here."

Yet, here he is. The “If” has returned. The best defensive player in the league – the only one who could have this kind of impact on his squad, one way or the other – is back. And the Super Bowl trophy awaits.

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