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Tag:Alex Mack
Posted on: October 1, 2011 9:58 pm
 

Shaun Smith vs. Mack remind us of painful days

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Shaun Smith has been called many names throughout his playing career. He’s been called a loafer, a trash-talker and he’s been called the Hamburglar (you can see why in this piece).

But one thing he’ll insist that he’s not: that is a nutcracker.

That was the accusation made last year by Browns center Alex Mack and 49ers tackle Anthony Davis in back-to-back weeks when they said Smith grabbed … well … um … you see … OK …  their junk (you can see the latter incident in the video below).

"I don't think he should be able to do that," Mack said at the time. "I'm still fired up about it."

And the next week, Davis had this reaction: “He tried to feel me. That’s weird, right?”

Not weird enough, apparently, to pay a fine or be disciplined in any way whatsoever, and now that Smith and the Titans will face Mack and the Browns in Cleveland, the subject of how testy Smith plays has returned.

“You can’t believe everything you hear,” Smith told the Tennessean. “The league sorted it all out -- no fine.”

Grabbing dudes wasn’t the only nefarious activity in which Smith allegedly participated during his Browns career. He supposedly punched teammate Brady Quinn in the face, and less than a year later, he was released by coach Eric Mangini after getting into an altercation with Bryan Cox at practice.

But for Smith these days, everything is cool.

“I was a little bitter when they let me go because of the situation with the new regime, but I look at everything as funny now because (Mangini), and the situation with Brady Quinn, they aren’t there any more either,” Smith said. “So to me, I got the best of it. I got the last laugh at the end of the day.”



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Posted on: January 30, 2011 11:14 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2011 11:16 pm
 

Alex Mack gives us last-minute thrill (VIDEO)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Just when you thought the Pro Bowl was finished – and thank the lord for that – Browns C Alex Mack had one more trick for the viewers who somehow made it to the final minute of the game.

As a reward to you, Mack gave us one of the best last-minute exhibition-game TDs scored by an offensive lineman ever.

You see the replay of what happened in the video below. Notice Mack sprinting down the field immediately after Matt Cassel throws the pass, and then appears to steal the lateral (it looked like it was intended for WR Dwayne Bowe) before plowing over Saints S Roman Harper to score the TD.

Heck of an effort by an offensive linemen having a little fun.



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Category: NFL
Posted on: September 27, 2010 10:28 am
Edited on: September 27, 2010 11:14 am
 

The ugly accusations against Shaun Smith

Posted by Andy Benoit

Chiefs defensive end Shaun Smith developed a reputation for being a loafer while in Cleveland (his game film was behind that). Somehow, the sixth-year pro has managed to take his reputation even lower. 

Smith now has S. Smitha reputation as – what shall we call this? – a grabber. As in, he’s been accused of grabbing opponents…you know, down there.

49ers rookie right tackle Anthony Davis was flagged for a personal foul for going after Smith in the third quarter Sunday. Afterwards, Davis told Matt Maiocco of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, “He tried to feel me. That’s weird, right?”

Yes, Anthony, that is weird. And it was brave of you to talk about it. You did nothing wrong. (Except maybe get the personal foul flag on a crucial third down while trailing 10-3, but even your fiery coach defended you afterwards.)

This is the second week in a row that Smith has been accused of this sort of behavior. Last week, Browns center Alex Mack spoke up. "I don't think he should be able to do that," Mack told The Associated Press the day after the game. "I'm still fired up about it."

Wish we had video or the proper photo here, but in stories like these, the media usually has to settle with a face shot of the accused. Smith at least did us a favor by sort of looking the part.

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Posted on: September 21, 2010 10:04 am
 

Hot Routes 09.21.10: Don't touch me there

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- You can’t like it when a dude grabs your junk in the middle of a football game. Yet, that's exactly what Cleveland C Alex Mack says his former teammate, Chiefs DL Shaun Smith, did during Sunday’s game. “Not cool,” says the all the world’s men. “Not cool at all.” Smith said he didn’t recall doing anything like that.

- Patriots coach Bill Belichick wasn’t a fan of the way Jets DB Eric Smith hit New England WR Wes Welker in the head during Sunday’s game. “I don’t think that’s really what the league is looking for with those kind of plays,” Belichick said. “I can’t imagine that they are. We’ll see what they want to do about it.”

- Titans coach Jeff Fisher expects Vince Young to respond to his benching last Sunday by returning next week and playing better. Fisher said Young doesn’t have to look over his shoulder at backup Kerry Collins, but then again, Fisher showed why Young should look over his shoulder if he plays poorly in a game.

- A little less high profile than Braylon Edwards’ DWI arrest this morning, but still important to know nonetheless. Ravens assistant offensive line coach Andy Moeller is facing drunken driving charges again. He was stopped just before 1 a.m. Saturday. He was charged with the same offense in May but ultimately was acquitted.

-`At this point, it doesn’t seem like Ken Whisenhunt knows too much about Arizona’s football team. Which is strange because … you know … he’s the coach.

- Raiders coach Tom Cable seems to know who will start at quarterback – either Jason Campbell or Bruce Gradkowski – for Oakland next Sunday. But he said he’s not going to inform the world until Wednesday.

- It’s shocking that a team that kept just two running backs on the initial 53-man roster – and three fullbacks! – is having problems running the ball. Yet, after Ryan Grant’s season-ending injury, that’s exactly where Green Bay finds itself.

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Posted on: July 13, 2010 12:22 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2010 12:18 pm
 

Position rankings: centers

 Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit resume their debate, with today’s focus on centers.

Andy's top five list

5. Matt Birk, Ravens

4. Andre Gurode, Cowboys

3. Alex Mack, Browns
N. Mangold chomping on a burger (Getty)

2. Olin Kreutz, Bears

1. Nick Mangold, Jets


The veteran stability provided by Matt Birk is a big reason the Ravens' young offensive line will be the best in football this season. Birk has always made his teammates better. Gurode can be comically inept in shotgun snaps at times, but opponents never laugh after facing him in the ground game.

Mack amazed me on film as a rookie. He plays with the savoir faire of a 10-year veteran. He sustains well in pass protection despite having questionable strength, which speaks to his well-honed technique. Most importantly, Mack gives the Browns a second source of mobility inside next to left guard Eric Steinbach.

Kreutz is aging, which only makes him meaner. He uses his hands as well as any blocker in the game. I’m part of the rest of the football universe that has decided Mangold is, far and away, the NFL’s best center. The fifth-year pro has no particularly-glaring weakness.

Josh's top five list

5. Jeff Saturday, Colts

4. Olin Kreutz, Bears

3. Andre Gurode, Cowboys

2. Matt Birk, Ravens

1. Nick Mangold, Jets


There’s no reason to argue the pick of Mangold, who only sometimes stuffs his face with a burger (pictured at right). He’s the best center in the NFL, and considering he’s entering only his fifth season, he has plenty of years left. Memo to the New York Jets: you might want to lock up this guy to a long-term deal.

Birk has been around forever, and he, somehow, doesn’t have any weaknesses. His run-blocking – as backs like Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice and Willis McGahee will attest – is some of the best around. Gurode is tough and a punishing run-blocker. You mentioned his shotgun snaps – a fair criticism – but I’ve got another critique. He takes way too many penalties. He had nine of them last year, which led the league. He had six the year before. You know who that doesn’t impress? Albert Haynesworth.

Kreutz, at 33, isn’t quite as good as he was, and he’s coming off Achilles tendon surgery. But you know what I like about him? He can get out in space on sweeps and screen passes, and he can make a block downfield. I LOVE centers who hustle to do that. Saturday has helped keep Peyton Manning upright for the past 192 starts. He’s a four-time Pro Bowler, and although he just turned 35, he’s still one of the best centers in the league.

I don’t mind the Mack selection, but I’m going to need to see him do it for more than one season before he displaces one of the veterans on my list who have been doing it for years. You see, I like my centers like I like my women: old and gritty and, if possible, missing some teeth.

Andy’s rebuttal

And I like MY centers like I like MY women: young, flexible and willing to do anything. That’s why I anticipate the 24-year-old Mack being at least No. 2 on my list by season’s end. But I understand you wanting to see more evidence at this point.

If you like old and gritty, you could have also gone with Kevin Mawae. He’s an unsigned free agent right now – owners might be blackballing him because he heads the NFLPA – but there isn’t a craftier, steadier leader in the game. The Titans will really miss Mawae in 2010. Another gritty veteran worth mentioning is the Giants’ Shaun O’Hara, an outstanding second-level run-blocker.

Two guys who didn’t make our lists were Tampa Bay’s Jeff Faine and St. Louis’s Jason Brown. I point them out because Faine became the league’s highest-paid center in ’08, and Brown became the highest-paid in ’09. Both have been decent, but only decent.

Josh’s final word

We also didn’t talk about Carolina’s Ryan Kalil, who grades out as one of the better pass-blocking centers in the league. I probably would have made him my No. 6 or No. 7 if we had expanded our lists.

Other positions: Safety | Cornerback | 3-4 Scheme Outside Linebacker | Punter  | Kicker | 4-3 Scheme Outside Linebacker | Inside Linebacker  | Defensive Tackle  | Defensive End | Offensive Tackle )

--Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit

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