Tag:Maurice Jones-Drew
Posted on: July 6, 2011 4:44 pm
 

Hot Routes 7.6.11: MJD losing carries already?

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • Albert Breer of the NFL Network is sitting on the side of the street in New York (like, literally) waiting on lockout-related news. Here's his latest update.
  • SB Nation Atlanta reports that Sean Weatherspoon is going above and beyond what he needs to do during the lockout, getting together with Missouri teammates to workout. I have an unholy amount of love for 'Spoon and I'm hoping it doesn't manifest itself in an ill-advised DPOY pick this preseason.
Posted on: April 13, 2011 1:08 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Hot Routes 4.13.11: Now with even more sabotage



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • CBSSports.com’s own Mike Freeman, who’s been breaking news like crazy lately, writes that the NFL is trying to sabotage the NFLPA’s draft week events. 
  • Will already told you about the arrest of Titans WR Kenny Britt. Now, Britt has been charged with three counts (including eluding an officer, a felony), and his court date is set for April 19.
  • Although Peyton Manning has been awfully quiet about the birth of his twins, the Indy Star did some digging and found out they actually exist. So, an official Mazel Tov to the Manning family.
  • 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh asked an interesting question of QB Alex Smith: does he have baby deer skin or skin like an armadillo? He thinks the latter. I’m not sure I even knew armadillos have skin. I thought they had scales.

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Posted on: April 6, 2011 11:01 am
 

Hot Routes 4.6.11: Mason calls Goodell a joke



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • The long-time team photographer for the Chiefs, Hank Young, has filed a federal lawsuit alleging the team has misused some of his photos. Young, for the record, no longer works for the Chiefs.
  • Somebody smacked the hell out of the fence in front of Donovan McNabb’s Washington-area home, knocking it down. The driver managed to get away, making it a hit-and-run accident. I feel there’s a joke in there somewhere, but I can’t seem to find it.
  • A nice little feature on the judge who will oversee that preliminary injunction hearing today – Susan Nelson.
  • Jaguars QB David Garrard knows that, at some point, Jacksonville is going to draft a QB. And he’s cool with that. Said Garrard: "I know I'm the starting quarterback for this team, so I'm going to continue to go out and prepare like that and work my butt off to make sure this team, this city wins a championship."

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Posted on: April 5, 2011 3:21 pm
Edited on: April 5, 2011 7:36 pm
 

Offseason Checkup: Jacksonville Jaguars

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

 

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On Dec. 12, 2010, the Jaguars were 8-5, and they were just beginning the week of practices that led to a showdown with the Colts that basically was for the AFC South title, a crown Jacksonville never has won. Indianapolis showed up that night and won by 10 points, and the Jaguars never recovered, losing their final three games and missing the playoffs for the third-straight season.

It was a huge disappointment, and you have to wonder about the future of this organization with this coaching staff in place. That is the No. 1 question facing this franchise heading into next year.




1. Avoid late-season slumps
Do you put this on Del Rio? Do you put this on Jacksonville being a bad cold-weather team? Do you put this on late-season injuries to Garrard and Jones-Drew in 2010? It’s hard to know. But after starting 7-5 in 2009 and 8-5 in 2010, the team went on to lose four games and three games, respectively, to end those years on the sourest of notes. We don’t know the answers to the above questions, but somebody might want to figure it out.

2. Defensive everywhere but DT
Though their 2010 first-round pick of DT Tyson Alualu was deemed a little bizarre at the time, the rookie from California had a pretty good year. He should continue to be an anchor in the middle of the defensive line. Now, just about every other position in Jacksonville’s defense needs to be upgraded. Perhaps most important are the defensive ends, who can help lessen the time the Jaguars unremarkable secondary must cover opposing WRs. Former first round pick Derrick Harvey has been a disaster, Jeremy Mincey is barely passable as a starter and Aaron Kampman has had a couple major knee injuries.

3.Quality Wide Recievers
Is Mike Thomas truly a No. 1 guy? He had a nice season last year (66 catches, 820 yards, four TDs) as a second-year player, but how will he fare without Mike Sims-Walker – who simply wasn’t the consistent playmaker the Jaguars needed? That’s a major question for Thomas and WR Jason Hill. If they can’t produce, Jacksonville still has young receivers in Tiquan Underwood and Jarrett Dillard. Jacksonville could feel the need to upgrade this position before next year, but if not, it’s still a talented, albeit mostly unproven, corps at this point.




It seems like nobody can really tell if QB David Garrard is worth keeping around, though he actually played pretty good football last season. Meanwhile, there’s no question Jacksonville will hang on tightly to RB Maurice Jones-Drew, who recorded 1,324 yards in 14 games last season and surpassed Tennessee’s Chris Johnson as the AFC South’s best back (his backup, Rashad Jennings, also is quality), and TE Marcedes Lewis proved himself a valuable commodity.

The offense most likely will continue to play conservatively – in part, because of the strength of Jones-Drew and to mask some of Garrard’s inadequacies – but the real test will be the defense. For Jacksonville, it’s the playoffs or bust, and most likely, we won’t know how good this team – or how safe Del Rio – really is until Week 13-17.

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Posted on: February 3, 2011 8:52 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 9:29 am
 

Hot Routes 2.3.11 everything else

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Philadelphia’s decision to promote offensive line coach Luis Castillo to defensive coordinator has stunned plenty of folks.

Maurice Jones-Drew admitted his mistake in spouting off about Jay Cutler.

Sam Bradford got a haircut. Mixed reviews.

Raheem Morris finished second to Bill Belichick in Coach of the Year voting.

Jared Gaither’s people met with the Ravens, but they’re not close on agreeing to a long-term deal at this point.

Take that, NFL! An AP poll reveals that a majority of fans would rather NOT have an 18-game regular season.

One guy who knows quarterbacks pretty well says the Panthers shouldn’t dump Jimmy Clausen just yet.

Jay Cutler wasn’t the only Bear who took a pain injection before the NFC title game. Brian Urlacher got one, as well.

John Elway says it’s not a foregone conclusion that the Broncos will trade Kyle Orton.

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Posted on: January 27, 2011 11:47 am
 

Hot Routes 1.27.11 The Cutler Watch continues

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Would the Panthers really consider drafting a cornerback first overall?

 
Start the protests: Falcons are raising club seat ticket prices in 2011 by four percent.


The NFLPA is taking its case to the television airwaves.


Former Raiders center Jeremy Newberry says the Seahawks offensive linemen are in for a rude awakening given Tom Cable’s intensity.


Michael Vick has certainly been enjoying his return to Hawaii this week. (Everyone who follows him on Twitter knows that.)


The Bears must make a decision about what they want to do with RFA Caleb Hanie. Paying him to be the backup would make the most sense. There might be a team out there foolish enough to give the young guy Charlie Whitehurst type money, but that would require giving up draft picks as well.


TMZ has video of Jay Cutler and his celebrity girlfriend (Kristin Cavallari) walking around Los Angeles. Watch and see if you can spot a limp.


Maurice Jones-Drew apologized for his Cutler tweet. He’s also spending the next four months rehabbing his own knee injury, by the way.


Ben Volin of Palm Beach Post tells Dolphins fans not to get their hopes up for landing Palmer, Orton or Kolb.


A whole bunch of Saints are dealing with offseason surgeries.


The Jets won’t let the Raiders talk to secondary coach Dennis Thurman about the defensive coordinator job in Oakland. Thurman’s name has also been mentioned in Philadelphia.

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Posted on: January 24, 2011 7:30 pm
 

Jones-Drew says he was kidding about Cutler

M. Jones-Drew said he was just kidding about ripping J. Cutler (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You know how Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew ripped Bears QB Jay Cutler on Sunday after Cutler didn’t return to the game following his sprained MCL (I wrote about it here) ?

Well, apparently, Jones-Drew was just kidding around with Cutler.

Wrote Jones-Drew on Sunday: "Hey I think the urban meyer rule is effect right now... When the going gets tough........QUIT..” He also wrote this, “All I'm saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee... I played the whole season on one...”

Said Jones today in an interview with the AP: “I never attacked him, called him soft or a sore loser. I never questioned his toughness. I think people took my joke out of context. I was taking at shot at Florida fans."

I could see how Jones-Drew – who played all season with a torn meniscus in his knee – was joking in that first tweet, but in that second tweet, I’m not so sure.

Of course, Jones-Drew now is getting death threats. Which is utterly ridiculous (not to mention predictable).

"I don't have a problem with people coming back at me," Jones-Drew said. "That interaction makes it fun. But some people took it too far by threatening my life. ... I'm not going to stop tweeting. I've never attacked anyone and never will."

You know, it’s just nice to know that everybody involved is handling this situation in the most mature way possible.

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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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