Posted on: October 1, 2011 2:30 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz
Rex Ryan, we all know, is a great trash-talker, but usually, whatever he says has some degree of possibility, some basis in reality. If he says the Jets will win the Super Bowl, you shrug your shoulders and say, “OK, that’s not too outlandish, I suppose.” If he says he’s looking to kick Bill Belichick’s ass, you say, “Well, he’s done it before; maybe he could do it again.”
His brother, Rob Ryan, might be a different story. Since he took over the defensive coordinator position in Dallas, Rob Ryan has become a little more loquacious (well, that’s not necessarily true, but as compared to Cleveland, where he was the defensive coordinator before, more people are listening to him these days).
But when he says the following, it almost defies belief.
When talking about Lions receiver Calvin Johnson -- who will face the Cowboys on Sunday -- Ryan gave the standard remarks about how Johnson is a great receiver. But then he said this:
"We work against better receivers with Miles Austin and Dez Bryant,” Ryan said via the Dallas Morning News. “They are probably two of the premier receivers in football, but this guy is right there. He's almost that good. He's excellent."
OK, so let me get this straight. Calvin Johnson -- who leads the league with six touchdown catches -- is almost as good as Miles Austin and Dez Bryant? Seriously?
According to Ryan, yes, he is being serious.
“I know he's on some touchdown thing like that, whatever,” he said. “[Lions offensive coordinator] Scott Linehan has done this before with great receivers with Randy Moss. If the guy is as good as Randy Moss I'm going to go in there and hide. Thank God he's not, but he's a pretty [expletive] good player."
Man, I’m not sure even Austin and Bryant would say they’re better players than Johnson. Texans receiver Andre Johnson wouldn’t.
"I’m not the best," he said recently. "… There’s a lot of great guys out there, man. I’m a fan of the game. You look at … I’m a big fan of Calvin. Calvin Johnson. Right now, I would probably say he is the best."
I guess we’ll have to wait until this Sunday to see if Megatron compares favorably to Austin and Bryant. I have a feeling he just might.
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Posted on: September 20, 2010 3:20 am
Edited on: September 20, 2010 9:17 am
Posted by Andy Benoit
2. Bad day to be a bad quarterback
***Derek Anderson was benched late in Arizona’s blowout loss at Atlanta. Anderson was 17/31 for 161 yards and two interceptions. Backup Max Hall managed to complete two of his three pass attempts, though one of those completions went to Falcons fifth-round rookie cornerback Domonique Franks.
***Dennis Dixon left Pittsburgh’s win over Tennessee in the second quarter with a left knee injury. The Steelers have three different starting quarterback candidates next week (it’s like a Democratic primary election in Utah, and Ben Roethlisberger is the incumbent Republican candidate). Dixon is one option. Charlie Batch, who was 5/11, 25 yards Sunday is another. And third is Byron Leftwich, who was released earlier in the week but will be re-signed soon (if this was dating instead of football, Leftwich’s friends would be telling him he’s getting played by the Steelers).
***Sticking with the Steelers-Titans game, Jeff Fisher sat Vince Young late in the second half, citing the need to “get a spark” on offense. The Nashville crowd, forgetting last year’s 0-6 start, cheered Collins’ arrival, which means we get to spend the next few days once again wondering about Young’s psyche (If we’re lucky, he’ll publicly pout or get in trouble, which will allow us to also wonder about his maturity).
***Raiders head coach Tom Cable wanted to put a spark into his offense as well, so he pulled the covers off the ridiculous lie that Raider fans had somehow tricked everyone into believing: that Jason Campbell is a quality quarterback. The same problems that plagued Campbell in Washington – indecisiveness in the pocket, slow mechanics and a paralyzing fear of taking chances downfield – are, not surprisingly, plaguing him in Oakland.
3. Here you go, Bears fans
***Jay Cutler was terrific when he got time to throw. And he handled the early pressure from the Cowboys front seven well. Cutler finished 21/29 for 277 yards, three scores and zero interceptions (and for Cutler, a no-pick game is the equivalent of a 550-yard day….so, theoretically, he had 827 yards passing this game). Something Cutler doesn’t get praised for enough is his deep ball, which is probably the most accurate in the game.
***Devin Hester’s touchdown grab in the back corner of the end zone was the type of play that only happens after hours and hours of footwork drills.
***Matt Forte had 10 carries for 29 yards. (Oops, sorry, didn’t mean to include these numbers. I forgot that a positive Bears piece includes pretending that Forte is potentially the next Marshall Faulk.)
***The Bears defense held the Dallas offense to just 13 points.
4. Speaking of the Dallas offense…
5. The Houston Texans
Redskins-Texans Part B: karma, irony or just bad blocking
6. A joke sits out
7. Eagles not saving talk radio after all?
8. Don’t fall in love with the Chiefs
9. J-E-T-S counting heavily on L.T.
10. FOX chickens out
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