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Posted on: August 26, 2010 12:51 pm
Edited on: August 26, 2010 1:10 pm

Hard Knocks episode 3 review

Posted by Andy Benoit

Episode 3 of Hard Knocks embodied everything we love about the HBO/NFL Films hit drama. First off, the box score: 24 S-bombs (including a few with the word “bull” before it, which is always funny) and 26 F-bombs. The first F-bomb came from special teams coach Paul Westhoff six minutes in. Best of all, that particular F-bomb was part of a package of vitriolic sarcasm. (When interior linemen were slow off the snap in rushing the punter, Westhoff told them “Take your time – f*** around a little bit more.”). P. Westhoff (US Presswire)

Westhoff wound up being the star of the show – and not just because he finished first in the final F-bomb count. He was brutally honest about wide receiver/special teams gunner David Clowney, essentially saying the fourth-year pro can be a star but that he hasn’t shown anything yet. Of backup punter Timothy Conley, an undrafted second-year player from Idaho who is just trying to make the NFL, Westhoff said, “This time last year, I would have traded him for a night off.” Coaches were impressed with Conley’s improvement this season, but before the episode ended, the young punter joined the list of guys who are now famous for having been cut on Hard Knocks.
A few more highlights from Wednesday night’s show…

---Kris Jenkins gave a speech in the locker room prior to the Panthers game in which he pointed out that the Panthers were his former team and told the second unit players “Don’t embarrass us”. Is that motivating?

---It’s surprising how willing the coaches are to differentiate between the first-string and second-string players. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine didn’t make the first unit watch film of the second half of the Giants game because he didn’t want what they saw to “rub off”. Pettine ripped the second unit throughout the first 10 minutes of the show; Rex Ryan joined in and also ripped the third unit late in the show.

---After a quiet Episode 2, we finally got more Revis jokes. Rex Ryan had his assistant negotiate a fee paid to a magician who was brought in to entertain the players. The magician wanted $3,500. Ryan told his assistant to negotiate down to $2,500. When the assistant reported back that the magician had agreed to $2,500, Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum told her to call Revis.

---We hear that rookie hazing in the NFL is all in good fun. But what was that powder that the veterans were dumping in the face of Brian Jackson?

---Ropati Pitoitua ruptured his Achilles, giving us a fantastic glimpse of the emotional roller coaster that injuries lead to. When Ryan found out about the injury, he dejectedly informed the other coaches and snapped at players. Minutes later, he was jubilant again after Chauncey Washington lit it up on special teams.

---Finally, the treadmill scene: nothing shocking happened, but it was odd to see, from left to right, Mike Tannenbaum, Braylon Edwards, Rex Ryan and Woody Johnson working out on a treadmill. All four were walking. This makes sense with Tannenbaum, Ryan and Johnson…but Braylon Edwards?

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Posted on: August 26, 2010 11:48 am
Edited on: August 26, 2010 12:07 pm

Cowlishaw fully backs off Revis report

Posted by Will Brinson

As we noted yesterday , Tim Cowlishaw was doing his best Darrelle Revis impersonation (quickly backpeddling to get into coverage, natch) on his Darrelle Revis report.

Today, Cowlishaw penned a mea culpa at the Dallas Morning-News indicating that at this point, he "can't say for sure where [the deal] stands for this weekend."D. Revis (US Presswire)

Don't be fooled into thinking anything too mean about Cowlishaw on this one: he admitted that it was him -- and, importantly, not his source -- that was wrong in this instance. There's still a possibility, though, that the deal could go down sometime this weekend, which Cowlishaw hinted at when he wrote that he wished he "could take those 15 words I sent out on Twitter ... Sunday afternoon" and change them to this:

"I think Revis and Jets get contract done sooner rather than later -- probably this week, maybe even Wednesday."

That is, of course, a VASTLY different statement from the scoop-ish manner in which Cowlishaw dropped the original news on Sunday.

Not all of Cowlishaw's post is completely apologetic, though: he spends the last few paragraphs pointing out that he wasn't the "worst kind of wrong" -- as someone who has "missed" a scoop before because something that was supposed to happen didn't happen, I get where he's going there.

There was no fabrication of a story, no lying, and no, Cowlishaw didn't report something insane like "Darrelle Revis traded to the Patriots for Logan Mankins" and completely whiff on the story.

But he's still wrong ; there's no two ways about it. The good thing is that he was willing to admit it, which means we can all go back to putting our full attention behind more deserving preseason divas like Brett Favre and Albert Haynesworth.

At least until someone else "scoops" the Revis signing anyway.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 7:57 pm

Cowlishaw backtracking on Revis report

Posted by Will Brinson

Sunday, Tim Cowlishaw, a respected Dallas Morning-News reporter, dropped a tweet-bomb by announcing that a very trusted source told him Darrelle Revis and the Jets would "announce [a] new deal" on Wednesday. He actually said "probably Wednesday" but that's not the important point here, because it is Wednesday and there's no new deal.

Cowlishaw also reported that the Jets and the Revis would meet on Tuesday night; that didn't happen either, provided you believe Woody Johnson, who owns the Jets and stated that things remain "status quo" right now . (Read: no deal.)

Cowlishaw took to Twitter on Wednesday night -- as pointed out by Michael David Smith at Pro Football Talk -- to revise his original statement . Kind of.
Have I said lately I was originally told "wednesday or saturday" on Revis but I shortened it for twitter? Now seems like good time. Now, without saying that Cowlishaw -- or any of the other reports discussing Revis' eventually signing a deal -- are wrong, that's a backtrack.

We tweeted at Cowlishaw to inquire as to the joking nature of the Saturday portion of his statement, but have yet to get a response. After all, he stated on Monday that he was told "Wednesday or Saturday," which, yes, is weird.

In hindsight, Cowlishaw should have originally said "Wednesday or Saturday" in his original tweet; just because it's Twitter doesn't mean that clarity should be sacrificed for brevity.

If Revis and the Jets do announce a deal on Saturday, there'll be a small measure of redemption for Cowlishaw, but the basic fact right now is that the information he originally provided on Sunday was incorrect.

Since, you know, it's Wednesday. The good news is that at least we can stop thinking about the Jets for the next two hours until "Hard Knocks" comes on again.

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 11:35 am

Brady eschews vanilla, rips the Jets

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

This doesn’t have very much relevance to anything, but because it’s got people on the Interwebs buzzing, we’ll let you know what Patriots QB Tom Brady said about the show Hard Knocks – which, in my eyes, has been awesome (both with its colorful language (thank you Rex Ryan) and its complex math problems (thank you Antonio Cromartie)).

Apparently, Brady hasn’t made time to watch HBO on Wednesdays at 10 p.m.

“You know, I haven’t turned it on,” Brady said this morning on WEEI Radio . “I hate the Jets. I refuse to support that show. … I’m sure it’s great TV and I’m glad people are liking it. But that’s something I have no interest in watching. I’d love to say a lot of mean things, too, but I’d rather not do that, either.”

Check out the link above. The question is asked about the 13-minute mark, so you can determine for yourself whether Brady was serious or joking. He didn’t sound like he was joking to me. But either way, his honesty is awesome.

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 10:12 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2010 11:36 pm

Tony Dungy discusses his talk with Rex Ryan

Posted by Will Brinson

As everyone knows, Tony Dungy did not like Rex Ryan's pottymouthing-off on HBO's "Hard Knocks" (again, I'd point out that he should really just watch the censored version and then we could avoid this whole business).

When Ryan found out Dungy wasn't happy -- or that Dungy wouldn't hire him -- he said he'd call Dungy and talk with him. Dungy confirmed and discussed that call during and interview with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth. (And yes: I'm sorry that everything in the world revolves around the Jets and the Vikings too. Nothing I can do to change that though.)

"We talked on the telephone and it was a good conversation," Dungy said. "I told him it wasn't anything personal on him -- they asked me my feelings on profanity and I'm not a big fan of it whether it comes from Rex Ryan or somebody else."

Michaels wanted to make sure that Dungy and Ryan were all good, and it turns out they most certainly are.

"Oh man, we were always okay," Dungy said, eliciting a snicker from Michaels and Collinsworth. "I'm just not okay with the profanity, especially as a leader -- leading a football team or anything, I just don't think it's necessary."

Collinsworth then got on board with Dungy, pointing out that the league kind of "put it on."

"It really was," Dungy replied. "We talked a lot about our image and our players and personal conduct and then to have something like that -- and I had a lot of Jets fans who love Rex Ryan said it was hard to watch, especially with their kids."

Collinsworth's follow-up involved him pointing out that he, many a time, had said something "insane" on the field that he's glad people never heard.

"Oh, we all have said things out there that we wish we could take back," Dungy replied. "That's one of the reasons I never allowed myself to be miked up."

When pressed about whether he "slipped up" out there, Dungy caved and admitted he said something dirty (I'm thinking "dagnabbut"?) once while coaching.

"I did a couple of times, and it's not something you're proud of."

See? You can throw stones in glass houses, kids.
Posted on: August 22, 2010 6:08 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2010 9:34 pm

Twitter War! (Or: Revis deal coming?)

Posted by Will Brinson

The Darrelle Revis saga has been going on just long enough for HBO and the Jets to milk it for all it's worth on "Hard Knocks" dragging.

Lest the world turn complacent and worry about important things like Brett Favre and Albert Haynesworth, Tim Cowlishaw showed up on Twitter Sunday afternoon to drop this bomb:
Revis and Jets announce new deal, probably Wednesday. You heard it here first. "Inside information!" Cowlishaw also added that "This [source] has never been wrong."

As you may or may not realize, Wednesday is "Hard Knocks" day -- which means, although Cowlishaw didn't say so specifically as far as I can tell, there's always the possibility of them announcing the contract mid-show. Which would be both awesome and embarrassing. Awesome in the sense that it would be groundbreaking television and it would absolutely encapsulate the PR-dream/nightmare combo that the Jets have become under Rex Ryan.

It would be embarrassing in the sense that Revis' contract and holdout status would be incredibly undermined -- not to diss HBO here, but if the public and/or the press get even remotely a whiff of the possibility that this was all a stunt to boost

Of course, that's completely null and void if Manish Mehta is correct :
Contrary 2 internet rumor, #Jets & Revis have no plans 2have contract announcement on HBO this wk. Communication lines remain open tho (Aside: I swear I'd read that "internet rumor" was just reserved for disputing the bloggers' claims.)

There are some folks out there that believe Cowlishaw's Twitter account got hacked and -- for whatever reason, I have NO earthly idea -- the hacker decided to report about the Jets and Revis. After all, hackers steal bank account numbers, spam people and probably blog for a living ... not out-scoop New York-area reporters from Dallas.

Fortunately, Bob Glauber of Newsday reports that it's not a hack : Cowlishaw replied to him and called him "Cubby" which, as you can read here, proves that the Top Cat ain't lying.

At any rate, he might be right or he might be wrong, but as the Jets and HBO would prefer, you'll probably have to tune into "Hard Knocks" to find out!

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 5:33 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2010 5:34 pm

Dungy and Ryan bury the (bleeping) hatchet

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After a few days of bickering with each other through the media, Tony Dungy and Jets coach Rex Ryan have settled their differences with a phone call.

Dungy had criticized Ryan’s cursing nature – he did drop 10 F-bombs on the first episode of Hard Knocks - saying it was uncalled for and that he would never hire a coach that acted in such a manner. That drew the ire of Rex’s father, coaching legend Buddy Ryan, and Rex Ryan responded by saying that just because he cusses doesn’t mean he’s a bad person and just because somebody else doesn’t cuss, that doesn’t mean he’s a good person.

Today, they had a phone conversation (I assume there was little to no cursing involved). In fact, Dungy, former Indianapolis and Tampa Bay coach, accepted Ryan’s offer to attend an upcoming New York practice.

"He told me his position," Ryan told reporters, including the New York Daily News . "I definitely told him mine."

(Bleeping) good for Rex.

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 9:48 am

Review of Hard Knocks episode 2

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Here were the three things I was looking forward to watching in the second episode of Hard Knocks:

1) How many F-bombs does Rex Ryan drop? How many does he drop in regards to Tony Dungy?

2) I’m interested to see after the Jets secondary’s pitiful performance vs. the Giants, how much Darrelle Revis will factor into the episode?

3) Where FB John Conner, the Terminator, stands in his competition with Tony Richardson.

-The episode opens with audio from the Bruce Springsteen concert before the Meadowlands was demolished. I don’t know, I just don’t get the whole Springsteen thing. I have tons of friends who love him to death. He just doesn’t do it for me. But I admire the passion. Especially because at least three of those fans probably will never talk to me again for having written that.

-Uh-oh, I smell a preview of what’s to come. The Jets are talking about how bad the secondary – and the defense overall – has been during practice. I just wonder if that storyline will continue for the Giants game? Great line by defensive coordinator Mike Pettine: “If we were grading some guys just based on this practice, there’s a bunch of you who’d be (cut). I don’t know if we’d even spend the money on a plane ticket. We’d probably send you home on a bus.”

-RB Joe McKnight sweats a little bit when he’s running his sprints, eh? He’ll be sweating more if he doesn’t start performing better soon. Coaches yell at him, and he acts like a teenager who’s being lectured by his parents. Like he doesn’t give a crap.

-Mark Sanchez is complaining about having to pay 59 cents for extra Ranch dressing for breadsticks from Pizza Hut. “It’s like asking for ketchup at McDonald’s and them making you pay.” This, from a guy who gets $28 million guaranteed on his five-year contract. But then, they cut to Mark Brunell, he of the recent bankruptcy, and you say, “Well hell, maybe being cheap is the way to go.”

-FYI, how cool does Mark Brunell seem? I want him to be MY quarterback mentor.

-Never heard this saying before, but I guess it makes sense on some level. From Marty Schottenheimer, father of Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer: “The one thing I always said about the quarterback. The guy who has a rookie performance at a certain level, if the next year you can get him to play at the same level, you’ve made progress.”

-You didn’t hear much about rookie CB Kyle Wilson, Revis’ replacement, during the Jets-Giants game. I’m interested to hear what the coaches thought of his performance. After all, Rex said Wilson had impressed him the most during practice.

-Holy crap, how many children does Antonio Cromartie have who are between the ages of 2 and 3? I think that’s, like, five of them. I think that’s eight children overall by, what, five different women? And it’s nothing to Cromartie. No shame. Which you kind of have to respect, I guess.

-Wow, Rex doesn’t drop an F-bomb until 26 minutes into the hour. That’s something, all right.

-Shake Weights > Snuggies. I think the Jets are mocking the Shake Weights, but hey, somebody must be buying those things.

-Nick Mangold showing us why Andy and I are so brilliant. We both had him No. 1 in our top-five positional rankings at the center position. I think Kris Jenkins would agree with Andy and me, as well.

-John Conner is supposedly a young Tony Richardson. The old Tony Richardson can’t like hearing that.

-Before the Giants game, Pettine is challenging his defense to play well without Revis. The first-team defense looked good in the first half, though they seemed to have some sympathy after Giants QB Eli Manning had his forehead sliced open.

-It’s crazy the Jets coaches had no idea who Giants WR Victor Cruz was before he killed them with three touchdowns. The sad thing, the coaches say, is that they’re going to have to play with some of those cornerbacks who got burned.

So, the answers to my previewing questions.

1) Only two. Which, frankly, is disappointing and unacceptable.

2) Revis’s name didn’t come up much, but it’s pretty clear the impact his absence had during the preseason game. And how much it could have during the season.

3) It sounds like the coaches are really high on Conner. As in, he might take Richardson’s job.

Overall, a good episode. So far, this is the best season of Hard Knocks we’ve seen in quite a while. Points off for the lack of F-bombs, but still, a strong episode.

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