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Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:31 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2012 4:42 pm
 

Pick-Six Podcast: Mangold on NYJ, Peyton, Sanchez

Mangold talks about Sanchez, Peyton, the Jets and the Pro Bowl. (Getty Images)

By Will Brinson & Ryan Wilson

In the latest edition of the Pick-Six Podcast, Jets center Nick Mangold joins the show to talk about Mark Sanchez, people ripping on Mark Sanchez, the Jets locker room problems, Peyton Manning possibly joining the Jets, what he thinks of this Super Bowl matchup, his work with Proctor & Gamble/Play 60 at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii and much more.

We also break down Greg Schiano going to Rutgers, wrap up the coaching carousel, and talk some more about where Peyton Manning will end up, because, really, what else is going on?

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Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:26 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2012 5:10 pm
 

Revis: Jets issues 'real deep,' Ryan didn't know

Revis said the Jets problems run "real deep." (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Were the Jets not already known as the Jets, their problems over the last few months might seem surprising. But what do you expect when the inmates are running the asylum?

And that's exactly what's been going on in New York. Just ask cornerback Darrelle Revis, who said from the Pro Bowl in Honolulu that the Jets problems are "real deep" and that Rex Ryan wasn't really aware of how bad things got.


"When we come in there in OTAs, just have a player meeting," Revis told the NFL Network in Hawaii, via Rich Cimini of ESPN New York. "The leaders need to step up, talk to everybody in the building and say, 'Hey, man, this is our goal this year. This is what we need to accomplish.' Let's not get into the bickering or the frustrations, because it brings a team down."

It's particularly shocking to hear that Ryan wasn't aware of just how bad things got. After all, Santonio Holmes took things public not once, but twice, during the season.

"Basically, he didn't know a lot of things that were going on behind the scenes," Revis said. "It was just so much stuff. I'm really not going to get into it because some of the stuff is real deep, but he didn't know a lot of the things. He wanted people to say things to him. But obviously it didn't come out. It came out on the field."

Look, the Jets under Ryan are a prime example of a team that gelled perfectly for two seasons with a potentially dangerous formula. Said formula became combustable during the 2011 season and, along with some deterioration of talent at various positions as well as regression to the mean, resulted in the Jets missing the playoffs.

Everyone knows that winning cures most problems. So the Jets could be fine. On the other hand, losing manages to exacerbate those same problems. Which means if Ryan doesn't clean up the locker room in 2012, this same scenario could play out again.

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Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:44 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2012 5:25 pm
 

Irsay, Peyton issue statement: No 'hard feelings'

Manning and Irsay released a joint statement on Friday. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Last night we chronicled the third step in the Jim Irsay-Peyton Manning semi-feud that began out of an interview Manning did on Monday. Irsay called him a politician and Manning responded by clarifying his comments and backing away from the center of the storm.

Now the two have, quite oddly, issued a joint statement. (You'll remember these from the halcyon days of the lockout.)


"We would like to dispel any misperception that there might be any hard feelings between us," Manning and Irsay said in a joint statement released by the team. "Since 1998, we have enjoyed a great relationship, based upon mutual respect and trust. We have always been able to talk and address matters we’ve faced over the years, not just as owner and player, but as friends.

"We had a long talk today and we want to assure Colts fans everywhere that we are both committed to maintaining our close relationship and to working together through any challenges the future may bring."

Now, without applying an ill-fitting metaphor, doesn't this kind of sound like parents addressing kids right before a divorce? ("We still love each other, but ...")

The Manning Saga

Maybe it is -- if during the long talk Manning and Irsay basically acknowledged that Peyton's going elsewhere, there's a good chance they've found some resolution to their issues. Or maybe Irsay doesn't know if he's paying Peyton or not quite yet; it just seems obvious that he won't.

Regardless, while this is a weird move, it's also a smart one: the NFL media is descending on Indianapolis in three days and the timing of Irsay's barbs on Twitter were terrible, particularly given how omnipresent he'll have to be with the NFL's biggest party going down in his city for the next seven days.

This statement should do at least a little bit to quell all the questions about the relationship he has with Manning these days.

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Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:05 am
Edited on: January 27, 2012 2:44 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Roethlisberger and Rooney are going to have a meeting, apparently. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Former Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians left the team under suspicious circumstances: first he was retiring, then he was fired, then he said he "wasn't offered a contract" ... it was all really weird and awkward. And it's not making Ben Roethlisberger happy.

And Roethlisberger, apparently, is going to march right up to Art Rooney II's office and ask him what's going on.

"When I get back, I'm going to go up to Mr. Rooney's office and ask him what he wants from me, what he wants from this offense, because I think that's a viable question for him," Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Thursday in Honolulu. "He's our owner and our boss, so I really would like to know kind of what he wants and where he sees our offense going because I'd like to tell him where I see us going."

Rooney previously cited the points scored by the Steelers in 2011 as an issue with Arians. And the owner has a fair point, as the Steelers only ranked as a top-10 unit once under Arians, which was during his first year in 2007 when they were ninth in the NFL in scoring.

However, Football Outsiders ranks the Steelers as a top-10 unit in DVOA every year of Arians tenure but one. And there's little question that under Arians, the Steelers moved from a traditional ground-and-pound stereotype that people attach to Pittsburgh to a full-on aerial assault.

"We feel like we are really close to being an elite offense," Roethlisberger told the Tribune-Review. "For your leader to be gone is kind of a shocker, but you've got to be ready for whatever the Rooneys and coach [Mike] Tomlin decide it our next step."

Roethlisberger has consistently defended Arians over the past, and the T-R notes that he was taking him to Hawaii as one of his guests for the Pro Bowl until things got murky with his contract situation.

Ben's job is certainly safer. But he's not exactly doing himself any favors with the way he's phrasing his "request" for a meeting with Rooney.

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Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:50 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2012 6:46 pm
 

Dolphins hire Mike Sherman as OC

Sherman's reportedly set to become the Dolphins OC. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Mike Sherman missed out on the Buccaneers job when Tampa hired Greg Schiano of Rutgers, and his consolation prize will be the offensive coordinator position with the Miami Dolphins.

The team officially announced Friday evening that Sherman would take over Miami's offense and that Miami had hired Bengals secondary coach Kevin Coyle to fill the defensive coordinator position.

“I’m excited that Mike Sherman and Kevin Coyle have decided to accept the positions of offensive and defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins, respectively,” said Dolphins coach Joe Philbin in a statement.“They are exactly what I am looking for in terms of leadership, character, and teaching ability. They are both very passionate about the game of football and the players they coach, and that enthusiasm is evident in the meetings rooms and on the field. They are excellent family men and I’m thrilled they are joining the Dolphins’ football family. I can’t wait to get started to work with them.”

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Sherman and Philbin have a long history together, as Sherman originally hired Philbin with the Packers. Sherman was the head coach in Green Bay from 2000-05, and posted a 57-39 record during that time.

He was also offensive coordinator with the Seahawks in 1999 and the Texans in 2007. Sherman's only had two team (1999 Seahawks; 2005 Packers) finish lower than 15th in total offensive yardage and only one team (2005 Packers) finish lower than 12th in points per game in the NFL.

Coyle's been with the Bengals for 11 years. Most recently, he's coaxed some excellent seasons out of Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph, and it warrants noting his work with Pacman Jones as well. The Bengals were ninth in passing yards allowed in 2011 and fourth in net yards allowed per attempt last season as well.

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Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:50 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 11:50 pm
 

Chip Kelly says he never took Buccaneers job

Kelly says he never left the Ducks' side. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Chip Kelly's brief flirtation with the Buccaneers job was just that: brief. Reports emerged on Sunday night that Kelly would take the Tampa Bay gig. But while most of the world was sleeping, the situation was flopped and Kelly bailed.

Unless he didn't; Kelly went on KUJZ in Oregon and said that he never accepted the Bucs gig and that he never "flip-flopped."

"The only decision I ever made was to not accept the job," Kelly said, via Rob Moseley of the Oregon Register-Guard. "I never changed my mind; I never committed to the job and then flip-flopped.

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"It was nothing more than, I'd like to hear what they had to say."

Well, the Bucs are unlikely to comment on the situation, especially since they "found their man" in Rutgers Greg Schiano. So it's unlikely that Kelly can be proven incorrect. And he did admit that he talked with Tampa Bay, and that he came upon their interest via Oregon's Athletic Director Rob Mullens, who was approached by the Bucs.

"They presented to me what their plan was for Tampa Bay, and it was extremely attractive," Kelly said. "But at the end of the day ... I got into coaching because of the relationships. And the relationships I have with the current coaches on our staff and the players was the underlying reason why I came back."

Kelly also pointed out that the Buccaneers offered him a raise. What he didn't point out is that he absolutely has to say that he never took this job. If he were to say that he took the gig, it'd be an utter disaster for recruiting. His current players would wonder how close he was to leaving, and other coaches would be able to play the possibility about Kelly leaving against him. And they would.

There are ample reports of Kelly taking the job and then bailing that emerged from this whole erstwhile debacle. But neither the Bucs or Kelly have any motivation to confirm them, so it's unlikely that you'll hear any story too different from what Kelly offered on Thursday.

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Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:02 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 10:11 pm
 

Manning doesn't want Irsay talk to get 'personal'

Manning says he doesn't want things to get 'personal' with Jim Irsay. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

It's been an odd week for the Colts leading up to everyone and their brother arriving for the Super Bowl. First, there were Peyton Manning's comments on Monday night about how weird a place Lucas Oil Stadium had become with the changes to the Colts organization, among other things. Jim Irsay didn't like what Manning said, and called the quarterback a "politician" who was "campaigning" in his interview.

Manning has responded, via comments to Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star, and he's taking the high road.

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"At this point, Mr. Irsay and I owe it to each other and to the fans of the organization to handle this appropriately and professionally, and I think we will," Manning told Kravitz on Thursday night. "I've already reached out to Mr. Irsay. I wasn't trying to paint the Colts in a bad light, but it's tough when so many people you've known for so long are suddenly leaving. I feel very close to a lot of these guys and we've done great things together.

"It's hard to watch an old friend clean out his office. That's all I was trying to say."

Manning likely knows his time is done in Indy. He has to. But as with his comments on Monday, he's not stirring up his dirt when it comes to what he thinks the Colts will do with his contract.

"I just want to keep rehabbing and working hard, and when the time is right for Mr. Irsay and I to sit down, I look forward to a healthy conversation about my future," Manning said. "I've worked too hard and have such great respect and have so many great relationships inside the building and out, and it's incredibly important that those remain."

Manning also knows how different his legacy in Indy could be depending on how he exits stage right. Which is why he doesn't want things to get personal.

"I want to separate the personal and the business," Manning told Kravitz. "I've seen it get personal in other situations, and I don't want that to happen here."

A perfect example of this is the Brett Favre saga that went down in Green Bay. Things got personal. Things got ugly. And fans in Green Bay hated Favre after he left.

Manning is a smart dude, and he obviously has a ton of love in his heart for Indianapolis and the Colts organization. But he's also smart. Even if his comments on Monday were "campaigning," they weren't part of any type of negative campaign.

Irsay fired the first salvo and now Manning's walking away. If the Colts owner chooses not to do the same things won't get heated, but they will get awkward.

And it's already gotten personal.

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Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:41 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 1:54 pm
 

Coaching carousel winners and losers

Flynn is one of the big winners from the coaching carousel. (US Presswire)
By Will Brinson

The NFL coaching carousel has come to a close with the Buccaneers and Colts the final two teams across the finish line, hiring coaches on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

Let's take a look at some of the winners and losers from a hectic offseason. Because if we're not firing out knee-jerk reactions, what's the point?

Winners

Matt Flynn: Flynn was already going to get real paid this offseason. But new Fins coach Joe Philbin was his freaking quarterbacks coach. Yeah, the rumor is the Dolphins like Peyton Manning better than Flynn. (Also a rumor: I like steak better than tofu.) But Flynn knows Philbin's system and he certainly has to be more inclined to sign his ridiculously overpriced free-agent contract with a team employing his old coach and his old system right? Even if he's not, he could end up in a bidding war between Stephen Ross and Dan Snyder. That's like a sandwich made of $100 Bills.

Ryan Grigson
: The new Colts general manager still has a long road ahead, and needs to draft well to really get Indy's latest rebuild rolling. But he's got an owner who's setting him up well: his first two decisions (firing Jim Caldwell, hiring Chuck Pagano) mean that the Colts simply need to hire a competent offensive coordinator to groom their No. 1 overall pick and let their defensive-minded coach get to work on installing his scheme. Sound familiar? It should.

Norv Turner: Turner was certainly on the old hot seat when the season ended and somehow he still has a job. It might be loyalty. It might be Philip Rivers' influence. Or it might just be a miracle. Whatever, Turner was a lock to get fired and somehow stuck around San Diego for at least another year.

Steve Spagnuolo: Spags got canned from the Rams job but landed squarely on his feet when he got the Saints defensive coordinator job. They'll contend for Super Bowls over the next few years and as Wilson pointed out, Drew Brees is secretly his best weapon. It's an ideal spot to reload and wait for another head-coaching gig.

Jeff Fisher: Fisher got the quarterback he wants, the personnel power he wants and a big old pile of money when he chose the Rams over the Dolphins.

Jay Cutler: Mike Martz retired and took his seven-step drops behind a shoddy offensive line and no pretense of having a running game with him.

Atlanta Falcons: No offense to Mike Mularkey and Brian VanGorder (as well as his superb mustache) but the ATL just got a major assistant upgrade. Ryan maxed out under Mularkey, and Dirk Koetter loves to go vertical -- having Julio Jones and Roddy White make that an easier task than whoever was catching balls with the Jaguars. And Mike Nolan, quite simply, has a fantastic defensive track record.

Cam Newton/Andy Dalton: The two biggest rookie surprises lucked out big time this offseason as their respective offensive coordinators, Rob Chudzinski and Jay Gruden, didn't move on to theoretically greener pastures. Now Newton and Dalton will each get a full offseason to prepare and should look even better in their second year.

Losers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Even if Greg Schiano is "the guy," and there's a significant number of people who think he is not, they bungled this search. (For the record, I kind of like the Schiano hire, but it's risky.) They fired Raheem Morris quickly but were the last team to get a new coach in place. They whiffed -- publicly -- on Chip Kelly. They interviewed a bunch of old dudes -- Brad Childress, Mike Sherman, Marty Schottenheimer -- who now probably feel used. An unimpressive effort all around and indicative of how attractive this job is.

Rob Ryan: Think of all the people who got interviews this offseason. Everyone got an interview. Except Rex's twin brother. Think running his mouth and losing twice to the Giants because his secondary couldn't defend anyone ended up hurting his chances to get a head coaching job? It absolutely did.

Mike Zimmer: Also a dude who can't catch a break. Or interview well? Whatever, Zimmer finally got some heat for coaching jobs (it's been long enough) and couldn't seal the deal on anything. Hopefully he'll get more looks but this has a "flyover" feel to it in terms of how much interest other teams will have in Zimmer going forward.

Brian Schottenheimer: Schottey Jr. might have landed with the Rams, but he'll likely be under heavy scrutiny from fans and could see a short leash, depending on how Fisher's feeling. The worst part is a year ago, he was a hot name for a head-coaching job and instead the Jets ran him off while managing to air out some of their respective greivances with the rest of the dirty laundry.

Mike Sherman: Sherman was the leader in the clubhouse for the Bucs job ... or so we thought. Now he's reportedly headed to run Miami's offense. That could vault him back up to a head-coaching gig, but considering he found out about his firing from Texas A&M at a recruit's house (!), landing an NFL job just a few months later would've been a major coup.

Peyton Manning: Bill Polian's out, Jim Caldwell's out and the Colts seem hell bent on cleaning house. The logical next move appears to be shipping Manning out of town as well.

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