Tag:Andre Johnson
Posted on: December 20, 2010 9:49 am
Edited on: December 20, 2010 1:07 pm

Finnegan vs. Johnson Round 2

Posted by Andy Benoit

Not a lot of attention was paid to the Texans-Titans game (and rightfully so – both teams are essentially out of playoff contention). But Sunday’s action gave us Cortland Finnegan vs. Andre Johnson Round 2. How did it go?

Johnson was targeted 12 times. He caught six passes for 58 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown. And he threw zero punches.
“The NFL really came down hard on us this week with a lot of conference calls, just making sure we represented the NFL well this week,” Finnegan told the Tennessean. “That’s big for the kids and also for the NFL, and we both knew that. We just wanted a good football game.”

Finnegan and Johnson were both fined $25,000 for their fight in Week 12. 

 “I just wanted to play a good football game.,” Finnegan said. “Unfortunately, I gave up a touchdown vs. him, but he’s one of those elite receivers. You want to hold him in check but it’s tough.”

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Posted on: December 19, 2010 12:27 pm

Cowher could be looking at a trio of teams

Bill Cowher apparently is looking at three teams (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If former Steelers coach Bill Cowher wants to return to the sidelines, the Giants, the Dolphins and the Texans are the clubs he’d like to take over.

That’s according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, via Pro Football Talk.

Two of those clubs raise an interesting quandary. New York is still in the playoff hunt, so it seems rather silly to think that Tom Coughlin would be in danger of getting fired. Miami hasn’t had a fabulous season, but Tony Sparano has only been on board for three seasons, and he hadn’t appeared to be on any hot-seat list (yet, you have to wonder if the prospect of getting Cowher would inch Sparano toward the unemployment line).

The Texans move would actually make sense. If the Texans don’t make the postseason – and they most likely won’t – coach Gary Kubiak probably should be relieved of his job.

With plenty of firepower on offense (QB Matt Schaub, WR Andre Johnson and RB Arian Foster) and with Cowher’s background as a tenacious defensive coach, the hiring of Cowher seemingly would be a very good move for an organization that still has never made the playoffs.

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Posted on: December 16, 2010 11:17 am
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Posted on: December 16, 2010 11:16 am

Finnegan says he'll 'apologize' to Johnson Sunday

Posted by Will Brinson

This weekend marks the second time this year that Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan meet on the football field. The first time they saw each other, Johnson did his best Rocky impersonation, delivering a slew of blows to a helmet-less Finnegan before both players were ejected (and eventually fined $25,000 each).

But unfortunately for all the masochists wanting to see more fights on the football field, it probably won't be happening. Finnegan said he won't retaliate.

"It's not going to happen," Finnegan said via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. "I am more concerned about us winning a football game than anything right now. We haven't done that in awhile, and that is one thing we need to get back to doing. Retaliation is for the birds."

In fact, Finnegan is so contrite that he even plans to apologize to Johnson (presumably for years of egging him on in the hopes that one day he'd finally snap like he did).

"Regardless if I'm right or wrong, I am going to apologize to get this off my heart," Finnegan said.

Now, let's not go painting the guy who said he wants to be the dirtiest player in the NFL in too angelic a light just yet. After all, the emotions displayed before the game starts are entirely different than what gets thrown around during the game -- it's the "heat of battle" and whatnot.

Of course, if Johnson plays like he has the last two weeks (149 yards against Philadelphia, 140 yards and two TDs against Baltimore), he'll be the one apologizing.

Just for a legal beatdown this time around.

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Posted on: December 5, 2010 2:12 pm

Casserly: NFL to 'review' roughness fine schedule

Posted by Will Brinson

After Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan were fined $25,000 a piece for their respective roles in a fight that erupted during the Texans-Titans matchup in Week 12, many people wondered why they weren't suspended for the behavior.

Or, at the very least, fined more than that for such boorish bar-brawl behavior.

CBS Sports Charley Casserly said on The NFL Today that the fines, according to the NFL, fall right in line with the league's policy on unnecessary roughness penalties, but the league is going to review that policy in the offseason.

"I talked to Ray Anderson, NFL VP of Football Operations, and he told me the reason they were both fined the same is that they were both repeat offenders," Casserly said. "The reason the fines weren't more than that, he said is this -- the policy of the NFL is that they want to dramatically escalate fines. They warn the players first like they did with the hits on defenseless players this year.

"In the offseason, they're going review the fine schedule for all unnecessary roughness penalties."

What this means for people wondering why there wasn't a larger punishment directed towards Finnegan and Johnson is that the NFL didn't want to randomly assign a fine for fighting/unnecessary roughness simply because helmets were removed and blows were thrown. That would open up a discussion-worthy can of worms relating to exactly how fines are assigned -- if they're randomly thrown about, the speed with which people clamor to claim conspiracy on who's fined and for what amount.

More importantly, though, is the offseason review -- what Anderson's saying there to Casserly is that the NFL would probably like to have nailed both guys with a big fine for their behavior, but the schedule didn't permit it, and, again, if you break schedule once, you're just asking for questions/concerns/conspiracies on why someone got hit up for a specific amount.

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 8:49 am

Jags prepare for Finnegan

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Much has been made this week about the Andre Johnson-Cortland Finnegan fight from last Sunday – the actual bout itself (Johnson won on points), the fairly-benign punishment of $25,000 apiece in fines and no suspensions, and the fact Johnson was mic’d up during the game. But we haven’t head much about what the Titans think about Finnegan – known around the league as an instigator and a dirty player.

Apparently, Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher is OK with Finnegan’s antics.

"I have no issues with how Cortland played in the game on Sunday," Fisher said, via the Florida Times Union. "Cortland Finnegan did not throw a punch, so I have no issues with that. Cortland Finnegan was hit in the face; helmet knocked off, and pushed from behind the play before. So I have no issues with how Cortland responded.

"I have issues with the incident, I think it's bad for football, I think it's bad for the league, and I think it sets a bad example, but I don't have any issues with what Cortland did in the game and how he played."

This week, Finnegan and the Titans will face the Jaguars. Which means Jacksonville will be on the lookout for what many consider to be a “dirty” Tennessee squad. And unlike Steelers WR Hines Ward, who garners respect because he’s physical while not making a mockery of himself during the game, Finnegan has developed a not-so-nice reputation.

"He's chippy, man," Jaguars WR Mike Thomas said. "He is what he is; he's Cortland Finnegan. He just tries whatever he can do to get an edge on you. Get you frustrated. Talk some noise. After the whistle he might try to get a little physical."

But Finnegan has a weakness. As Johnson showed, he’s susceptible to the uppercut. If you can land that on him, it might make for an early night.

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:32 am

Andre Johnson has high ankle sprain

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Earlier tonight, we told you about Texans WR Andre Johnson leaving to go to the locker room in the middle of the second quarter, and now we know why.

According to Nick Scurfield of HoustonTexans.com, Johnson reaggravated his high ankle sprain and took an injection to numb it in the second quarter.

Johnson is scheduled for an MRI on Friday.

He finished with six catches for 149 yards in Houston's 34-24 loss to Philadelphia.

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:14 am

Texans defense will get Kubiak fired

Philadelphia and L. McCoy took advantage of a poor Houston defense (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Texans defense is so bad ….

(How bad is it? the crowd asks)

The Texans defense is so bad that it’s going to keep Houston out of the playoffs for the ninth season in a row and it’s so bad that it’s going to cost coach Gary Kubiak his job (not to mention defensive coordinator Frank Bush).

Look, Houston has the players on offense. Matt Schaub, though he’s a tad underrated, is one of the better quarterbacks in the league. Andre Johnson is perhaps the best receiver. Arian Foster has emerged as the league-leading rusher.

The offense averages 373 yards per game (seventh in the league) and you might remember the Texans opened the season beating the Colts 34-24 in the season-opener, leading all of us to rethink the order of the AFC South.

And we were right. The AFC South is playing out differently than we thought. But that’s because the Jaguars are battling with an average Colts team for the division lead. After tonight’s 34-24 loss to the Eagles, Houston is 5-7 and in last place (behind even Tennessee).

Yes, Schaub wasn’t perfect (22 of 36 for 337 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, plus a late fumble that sealed the game for Philadelphia), but if he had a defense that didn’t allow 417 yards tonight and 24-plus points in 11 of 12 games this year, he’d have more room for error. As it is now, he has none.

That’s because the Texans secondary has played horrendous this year. Coming into tonight, they ranked 31st in the NFL by allowing 286.2 passing yards per game, and Michael Vick threw for 302 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

In a game full of bad defensive moments, the killer occurred on the fourth-quarter Eagles drive that began with 10:10 to play. At that point, Philadelphia had a three-point lead, and if the Texans could simply hold the Eagles to a field goal, they’d still have a chance to win the game.

The Eagles started on their own 28-yard line, but a 40-yard screen pass from Vick to RB LeSean McCoy and a 19-yard pass to TE Brent Celek on a third-and-19 (in which Celek rolled over LB Kevin Bentley to stretch for the first down) brought the ball to the 5-yard line. Two plays later, Vick hit FB Owen Schmitt for the touchdown to make it 34-24.

"I would say we didn't tackle very good, especially in the fourth quarter,” Kubiak told reporters in his postgame presser in what shouldn’t be considered an especially astute observation.

The truth is: when Houston needed its defense the most, it allowed an eight-play, 72-yard drive to put the game out of reach for the Eagles. It’s been a problem all season, and until the defense can improve, Schaub might never, ever see the postseason as a starting quarterback. Kubiak almost certainly will never see one in Houston as a head coach.

It’s a shame.

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