Tag:Kerry Rhodes
Posted on: April 26, 2011 11:52 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 11:58 am

Rex ruffles some of Rhodes' feathers

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Only seven more shopping days until Rex Ryan’s autobiography, “Play Like You Mean It” hits bookshelves, and in celebration, a number of tweeters and New York media put out excerpts that might entice you to buy the tome of Rex (who got help from Don Yaeger along the way).

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We point you toward the Newark Star Ledger where some of Ryan’s comments are shared on draft bust Vernon Gholston, the TripGate incident involving strength coach Sal Alosi, and the whole Ines Sainz/Jets incident.

But what got at least one of his former players upset was what Ryan wrote about Kerry Rhodes, now a DB with the Cardinals.

“He was a selfish-ass guy,” Ryan writes. “He wouldn’t work, and he was a Hollywood type, flashy and needing attention. I don’t mind flashy, but your work ethic had better back it up.”

So, how did Rhodes respond on his Twitter account? “Classless!” he wrote.

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Posted on: January 23, 2011 7:43 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2011 9:37 pm

What will we think of Cutler now?

Photo courtesy of Twitpic.

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The condemnation came quick and mercilessly.

@RaheemBrock (Raheem BrockSeahawks DE) “Cutler...wut a sissy! This is the NFC Championship game! Guaranteed if it was brett farve..he would still be in the game!” (and) “Cutler u little siSsy...how does it feel that ur back up's backup is the only 1that can put pts on the board!I bet cutler comes back now!”

Bears QB Jay Cutler was out of the game early in the third quarter with a knee injury, and those in the Twitter world, especially his NFL colleagues, began to brutalize him.

@Jones_Drew32 (Maurice Jones-DrewJaguars RB) “Hey I think the urban meyer rule is effect right now... When the going gets tough........QUIT.. (and) “All I'm saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee... I played the whole season on one...”

Cutler, out with a knee injury that no one had seen him sustain and that kept him on the bench for most of the second half of the Bears 21-14 loss to the Packers, showed no heart. He has no guts. One sweet-looking woman on Twitter – she looks like she makes cookies on the weekends for her children – called him the p-word.

@DBrooks55 (Derrick Brooks – former Buccaneers LB) “BEARS fans I am so SORRY, I have to be crawling and cant get up to come off field,Josh Freeman would not come out, MEDS ARE AVAILABLE

But much of the rancor came from Cutler’s fellow players. Most of them would play on a knee injury – any kind of knee injury – if they had the chance to participate in a conference championship game. Like a certain QB from San Diego.

@DBrooks55: “Knee injury has to be VERY VERY INJURED, if you come out, Philip Rivers p[layed on torn acl now its pick,seriously JAY CUTLER”

Cutler left the field a few seconds early at the end of the first half, and he was one of the last Bears on the field to begin the second half. After one series, he was done for the day.

@kerryrhodes (Kerry RhodesCardinals safety): “Cmon cutler u have to come back. This is the NFC championship if u didn't know.”

I guess the issue now is how his teammates will view him. Is he not tough enough? Did he quit on his teammates?

@Thepresidentcb (Asante SamuelEagles CB) “If he was my teammate I would be looking at him sideways.”

Hell, would his teammates even allow him to dress in the same space as they did after the game?

@ddockett (Darnell Dockett – Cardinals DT) “If I'm on chicago team jay cutler has to wait till me and the team shower get dressed and leave before he comes in the locker room! #FACT”

So, let’s hear from one of Cutler’s teammates. A guy who most likely knows Cutler better than anybody else on Twitter. A guy who watched the Bears offensive line allow an NFL-high 56 sacks behind a mediocre offensive line, a guy who watched Cutler continue to rise from those sacks to take even more punishment.

“A lot of jealous people watching our game on TV when their season is over,” Bears LB Brian Urlacher said when he was told many NFL players were blasting Cutler on Twitter. “Jay was hurt. We don’t question his toughness. He’s tough as hell. He doesn’t bitch, he doesn’t complain when he gets hit.”

Will the comments from his teammates - C Olin Kreutz indicated to reporters he thought Cutler had a torn ligament and that he couldn't believe Cutler came out for the second half at all - change the public’s perception of Cutler? Probably not. If Cutler – who declined after the game to comment on those questioning his toughness – is diagnosed with a torn ACL, will people walk back their words? Doubtful. If he needs major surgery, will people apologize for their snap judgments? No chance.

The die already has been cast for Cutler. His reputation will suffer. It might follow him for the rest of his career.

People won’t forget this, no matter the reasons he couldn’t play. People still will want to burn his jersey. His career will be tainted by this. It’s unfortunate.

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Posted on: January 7, 2011 2:34 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2011 2:37 pm

Cardinals making change at defensive coordinator

Posted by Andy Benoit

On Thursday, Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken WhisenhunB. Davis (US Presswire) announced that he had fired defensive coordinator Bill Davis.

"I have great respect for Billy as a coach and a friend, but when you go 5-11 you're forced to make some tough decisions, and this is one of them," Whisenhunt said.

Whisenhunt has always had the stomach for changing defensive coordinators. He fired Clancy Prendergast shortly after the Cardinals’ Super Bowl appearance.

The Cardinals defense ranked 31st in yards allowed this past season. But in Davis’ first year, when the team had inside linebacker Karlos Dansby and free safety Antrel Rolle, the Cardinals were 14th in yards.

But, as safety Kerry Rhodes told Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, "Whenever you're the head guy you're going to catch flak. You could see (the firing) coming."

Whisenhunt will likely go outside the organization to find Davis’ replacement. Many believe that his former colleague and current Steelers linebacker coach Keith Butler is the front runner. Upon taking the Cardinals job in ’07, Whisenhunt requested to interview Butler but was denied by the Steeler brass. In ’09 Butler was unable to interview because of hip surgery. (If Whisenhunt surprises by promoting someone from within the organization, expect him to tap secondary coach Teryl Austin.)

Butler is obviously erudite in the 3-4 scheme, which the Cardinals ostensibly prefer (they spent a first-round pick on a true nose tackle, Dan Williams). Whoever gets the job will need more firepower at the outside linebacker position. Joey Porter underachieved as the team’s headlining free agent pickup. His counterpart, Clark Haggans, is only good for about five sacks a year. There is little to no depth behind both guys.

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Posted on: November 20, 2010 9:18 pm

Week 11 injury report analysis Part IV

Posted by Andy Benoit

Cardinals @ Chiefs

Three running backs are questionable for the Cardinals: Beanie Wells (knee), Jason Wright (head) and LaRod Stephens-Howling (hamstring). Defensive backs Greg Toler (foot) and Kerry Rhodes (hand) are also questionable. If they don’t play, then Matt Cassel will just have to find someone else to pick on through the air.

Cassel won’t have TE Tony Moeaki to rely on; the upstart rookie is out after suffering a concussion against Denver. LG Brian Waters also left the Broncos game (groin); his status for Sunday is up in the air. Same goes for RG Ryan Lilja (foot) Starting safety Jon McGraw (knee) remains out, and his backup, Donald Washington (who was a whipping boy last week) is questionable with a calf injury.

Falcons @ Rams

Rookie OLB Sean Weatherspoon (knee) finally had a full week of practice. He’s questionable after missing the past four games. Pass-rushing demon John Abraham, who is playing at a Pro Bowl level this season, is also questionable with a groin. This is not a primetime game, though, so maybe it doesn’t matter if Abraham plays or not. If he does play, he’ll go up against Rams rookie LT Roger Saffold, who practiced all week despite a sore ankle.

Rams wideout Danario Alexander will probably wait one more week to return from his knee injury, though he’s at least listed as questionable.

Buccaneers @ 49ers

The only Buc expected to be out of the lineup is DE Kyle Moore (shoulder). DT Ryan Sims may join him, but neither is a difference-maker individually. Regardless of who plays, Tampa will have trouble with the downhill style of Frank Gore (who, by the way, is probable with a foot).

Niners LT Joe Staley (who is as average as his first name) is out with a fibula. Thus, they’ll rely on sluggish veteran Tony Wragge.

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Posted on: July 21, 2010 11:50 am
Edited on: July 21, 2010 12:00 pm

Kris Jenkins calls ex-teammates 'women'

Kris Jenkins ' appeared in a video interview with Rich Eisen on NFL Network's "Total Access" on Tuesday, and he had words for, well, everyone. His teammates, Jets fans, his ex-teammates and his dietitian, who apparently bakes cookies for a living.

Keeping in mind that it's entirely possible Rex Ryan sent a team-wide mandate to have his players publicly run their mouths as much as possible leading up to their appearance on HBO's "Hard Knocks," let's parse through it, shall we?

Jenkins, on teammates Darrelle Revis , Nick Mangold and David Harris , all of whom want their contracts reworked in some shape or form:

“Suck it up,” Jenkins quipped. “That’s what you all have been doing so far.”

On that, Jenkins backtracked a little (he was laughing while he said it, I  suppose), by saying what a prankster he was. Although I bet he was at least being a little serous.

He was not joking at all, apparently, when he threw out some words for some former teammates of his, presumably some combination of Kerry Rhodes , Alan Faneca and Thomas Jones :

We’re not here to play games. It’s one thing when you’re on camera and you’re being funny about things. We have great guys who have come in to step up and fill the void of some of these big losses that we have had this [offseason]. Then, in some other cases, we have had some real men come in and step in for the women that we lost. So, we’re going to be OK. Don’t worry about it.”

It's a real shame that the Cardinals (where Rhodes and Faneca landed) aren't playing the Jets this year. Because I'd be willing to be that things would be somewhat heated leading up that little melee.

Jenkins was much, um, nicer to Jets fans, telling them that the team was really gonna try to win! And if they failed that the fans could go get their torches and pitchforks and whatnot:

“If we win, then you get all of your dreams come true,” Jenkins offered. “If we lose, then you all get do what you’ve been doing for a long time, which is talk about us until you basically run us out of the city. So, you’re going to get what you want either way. But we’re going for a Super Bowl, so sit back, enjoy the ride. We’re planning on doing it big. That’s how we’re doing this.

But the best part of the interview had to have been when Jenkins talked about how he's lost 25 pounds in the Jets' weight-losing contest ... because of an all cookie diet

Which means cookies for breakfast and lunch apparently. Do you know a) how awesome that is and b) just how horribly out of shape you have to be in order to eat ONLY COOKIES AND STILL LOSE WEIGHT?

So, yeah, it's a pretty amazing interview and I  suggest watching it -- just like the rest of everything that's happened this offseason, it's just another indicator that "Hard Knocks" will be must-watch television.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 13, 2010 6:46 pm

War of Tweets friendly between Dockett, Rhodes

A few days ago, Darnell Dockett drew a lot of attention for calling out new teammate Kerry Rhodes via Twitter. Rhodes was traveling, and Dockett wrote: “@kerryrhodes u taking all these trips & s***! I hope u getting ready to play some FOOTBALL cuz antrell rolle would be ready.”

Naturally, there was speculation about Dockett and Rhodes’s relationship. Turns out, all is well. At least, that’s what we read into some of their latest Tweets.

Dockett wrote:

“@kerryrhodes -much luv I just want u to bring it! That’s all and We boys but if u don’t bring it, It will be my honor to whip yo ass!! Ok?”

Rhodes responded: “@ddockett so am I and that’s why I was elected captain b4 I would think and all pro and that’s what I’m getting back to. U?”

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 5, 2010 5:33 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2010 5:35 pm

Darnell Dockett minces no words for Kerry Rhodes

On Monday, Cardinals outspoken defensive tackle Darnell Dockett may have set a new standard for biting Tweets. Dockett called out his new Arizona safety Kerry Rhodes.

"@kerryrhodes u taking all these trips & s***! I hope u getting ready to play some FOOTBALL cuz antrell rolle would be ready.  #IMJUSTSAYING."

Dockett was likely responding to a Tweet from earlier by Rhodes:

“2 fill u guys in i liked Grown Ups it was cool! and i have been in the bahamas getting mad love out here from the natives and tourist. FUN!!,” Rhodes wrote.

It’s difficult to tell how much humor – if any – is in Dockett’s Tweet. As a New York Jet, Rhodes gained somewhat of a reputation for being flashy. But Dockett has never been one to harp on teammates for offseason workouts. In recent years, he himself has stayed away from certain team activities in an effort to leverage a new long-term contract. (Though he’s yet to receive the contract, it must be noted that Dockett was a strong presence at team facilities this past offseason.)

--Andy Benoit

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