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Posted on: September 2, 2010 2:10 am
 

Hard Knocks review: Episode 4

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After a one-week absence, I’m back with my review of the fourth episode of what has been a very good season of Hard Knocks.

 -The episode begins on a down note. Apparently, nobody has any leadership with this team. It’s a concern for the coaches. This, not surprisingly, will be a theme.

- What a nightmare for Tim Cowlishaw. The Jets front office is talking about his reporting that Darrelle Revis and the Jets would sign a deal. GM Mark Tannenbaum has no idea what anybody is talking about. As a reporter, this is an interesting perspective. Unfortunately for Cowlishaw, we know how this ends.

- It’s hilarious that Mark Sanchez walks into the quarterbacks meeting without a binder to talk about the gameplan for the Redskins games. That’s a rookie mistake for a guy who’s not a rookie any more. Hell, even the guy who’s going to get cut at the end of the show has his binder ready to go. Unless he was set up, and of course, it’s a veteran move by Sanchez to get back at his offensive coordinator by changing his screensaver into something not exactly manly.

- Kellen Clemens’ meeting with Tannenbaum is interesting. Tannenbaum says he wants to cut Clemens’ salary to the minimum but he would guarantee that throughout the year. Also, by the way, Mark Brunell is the No. 2 QB, Tannenbaum says. Responds Clemens, “Here’s a question for you. What if I say I’d rather not?” Tannenbaum without missing a beat: “We’d probably cut you. … Probably sooner than later.”

Ouch.

- Ah, I could tell some stories about Laveranues Coles. Unfortunately, none of them would be all that interesting because he HATED dealing with the media in Cincinnati. As in, he never did it. Interesting to hear how the coaches seem to like to him, especially because Santonio Holmes is suspended for the first four games of the season. But then again, the team just cut Coles. So, that’s kind of weird.

- Wow, FB John Conner just lifted a Panthers special teamer off the ground with a block on kickoff return. As Rex Ryan said, “He knocked the piss out of the guy.” I think if he had the opportunity, Ryan might like to make out with the Terminator.
 
- Jason Taylor seems to have a problem getting to the stadium on time. Not just in the New Meadowlands, but at Hofstra too. The first time, it was a big joke. It wasn’t so funny the second time.

- And what’s up with eating cheeseburgers on the field before practice? The coaching staff is running a real disciplined workout, eh?

- Man, the players just LOVE it when a jackass runs onto the field during practice and the security details rocks the crap out of him. It’s funny, though. Whenever you see somebody disrupt a sporting event, there are always a few level of emotions you feel. No. 1, Hey that’s kind of funny. That guy is just running around out there, isn’t he? No. 2, All right, this guy is kind of getting annoying. When will the game restart? No. 3., He’s not taking off his clothes, is he? No. 4, I wish somebody would hit this guy and get him out of here.”

With the Jets, they fast-forwarded to No. 4 real quickly.

- Uh-oh, so it turns out Rex didn’t like the whole cheeseburger thing at practice. I love after his impassioned speech about being a professional and being a leader, he ends it with, “Now, let’s go eat a g------ snack!”

- Boy, Vladimir Ducasse didn’t look so good in the Redskins game, huh?

- Ugh, it’s brutal to watch these guys’ faces when they realize they’re going to be cut. But that’s cold how Ryan talked to Coles when he was cutting the 32-year-old WR. “We have to have money in place in case (Revis) shows up without a new contract. There’s a great possibility you’ll still be on this football team. But if we have you in the first week, we have to pay the whole season. The way our money is right now, we can’t do that.” Coles takes it well, and I know he’ll be OK. We’ve had chats about finances before, and I know he’s smart with the way he handles his business.

-And that’s the way the show ends. Not my favorite episode of the series, but solid nonetheless. We’ll see what happens in the final cuts next week.

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Posted on: August 31, 2010 12:45 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2010 12:51 pm
 

Kellen Clemens not a happy QB

It seems K. Clemens should make the NYJ roster as the No. 3 QB (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Jets released QB Kevin O’Connell today, and with the pronouncement by coach Rex Ryan that third-stringer Kellen Clemens has “a pretty strong chance” to make the roster, I’ll go out on a limb and say Clemens probably will make the team (I’m a risk-taker, what can I say?).

But if you think that made Clemens’ day, you’d be wrong. Read his quotes in the NY Post and that might give you an idea of how Clemens feels he’s been treated so far this year.

For instance, when the team signed veteran Mark Brunell – who, if Hard Knocks is any indication, does seem to be rather awesome (off the field, at least) – it took Clemens close to a week to wrap his head around the notion.

From the Post:

Clemens, a holdover from the Eric Mangini regime, also admitted he is still stinging from what he perceives as unfair treatment by Ryan this month when the coach named Mark Brunell the No. 2 quarterback just days into training camp.

Asked by The Post yesterday if he had gotten a fair shot from Ryan, Clemens said sarcastically: "To be the No. 3? Yes. There wasn't much competition for the No. 2 spot."

Widespread belief around the NFL has the Jets, barring the unlikely event of a trade, cutting Clemens at Saturday's roster deadline because Ryan has soured on him and, more importantly, because of the quarterback's 2010 salary.

Clemens is scheduled to earn almost $1.2 million this season. That's more than All-Pro holdout Darrelle Revis' scheduled $1 million salary, and teams rarely, if ever, keep a No. 3 quarterback at a rate that high.


Now, without O’Connell in the picture, that probably means Clemens will stick around the (New) Meadowlands. Unless, of course, the Jets go with only two QBs.

For the record, Clemens is 11 of 16 for 116 yards with no TDs or INTs during the preseason. Brunell is 5 of 13 for 23 yards and no TDs or INTs.

UPDATE (12:46 p.m.):
Just saw a series of Tweets from the Newark Star-Ledger's Jenny Vrentas regarding Clemens. She writes Clemens took a paycut before the season, and that although he drew interest from four other teams in the offseason, "you dance with the girl you came with." Also, Clemens met with Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum Monday night to make sure that, if Clemens makes the team, it would be a positive experience.

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 3:14 pm
 

Ryan confirms Jets' interest in Adalius Thomas

Posted by Will Brinson

Adalius Thomas, currently a free agent after being released by the Patriots, has been a hot name lately -- Calvin Pace is reportedly out for up to six weeks , Jason Taylor is apparently made of string and kitten furr these days and as much love as Vernon Gholston's gotten on "Hard Knocks," Rex Ryan would probably prefer a more reliable option at outside linebacker.

Enter Thomas, who the Jets are interested in talking to/signing/being BFF's with; this is according to Ryan following practice on Sunday.

"I have talked to [Adalius Thomas]." Ryan said, according to Jenny Vrentas of the Star-Ledger . "I would say it would be a possibility. I'm not going to rule that out."

Manish Mehta of the Daily-News notes that Thomas' "arrival is a fait accompli" (which was like the most awesome phrase in the world until Josh Elliott killed it when Brett Favre de-tired this year); Mehta also points out that Ryan also said he wasn't "concerned" that the defense doesn't have Pace or Darrelle Revis.

I mention that last part only because it's about as insane as bringing in Thomas is smart at this point.

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 1:33 pm
 

How is Jason Taylor even still playing football?

Posted by Will Brinson

The news that Calvin Pace could miss up to six weeks is pretty devastating for the Jets -- and Jason Taylor, too, because the 35-year-old is now expected to play "100 percent" of the snaps (instead of 75).

Just the thought of that seems like a stretch -- Taylor's been a great player in the NFL but he's ancient at this point. After reading a recent interview that Taylor did with Dan LeBatard of the Miami Herald (as tweeted by the NY Post 's Bart Hubbuch), the possibility that Taylor could make it through every single play of the first six weeks of the season seems downright impossible.

LeBatard asked Taylor if he had a "lot of stuff on [his] body that doesn't work right" and this was Taylor's response:
"I have a left shoulder that is hanging on by a string. It hurts to swing a golf club. I can't wear flip flops too long because of what is torn in my feet. I've had a bad back for six years. I've probably had six to eight epidural shots. I've popped every finger out. Not just sprained. Dislocated and put back. I can't make a fist with either hand. Hurts to tie my shoes. I have to use shoe horns. Other than that, life is good. And I'm one of the very fortunate healthy ones who has played this game for a long time."
I mean, seriously? What the hell is even doing on a football field? How did he manage to pass a physical? Why is he putting himself through the rigors of a season of the NFL when he a) doesn't need the money and b) could be spending his time complaining about how much it hurts to play golf seven days a week?

Those are the immediate questions that spring to my head when I think about what he's saying -- the more pressing inquiry, though, is how the mess is he supposed to stay healthy if he's playing every single snap for the Jets?

So, yeah, Rex Ryan should probably handle whatever "miscommunication" he's got with Adalius Thomas pretty quickly.

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 11:18 am
Edited on: August 29, 2010 11:18 am
 

Report: Pace out 6 weeks with broken right foot

Posted by Will Brinson

Calvin Pace will miss the Jets' first six games of the season with a broken right foot, according to reports that emerged on Sunday.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News cites a source that says Pace, who injured his foot during last week's preseason game against the Redskins, will be out until Week 7.

That's rough news for the Jets, who, as we mentioned yesterday , expected Pace to be out "a few weeks" -- it was conceivable that Jason Taylor could handle "100 percent" of the snaps (as they'll need him to) for a couple of weeks, but six is a lot to ask.

Vernon Gholston is also considered a possible outside linebacking fill-in, and there remains a strong chance that Adalius Thomas could be mentioned as a replacement for the injured Pace. We discussed this possibility on Saturday , but things are weird between Thomas and the Jets -- expect any awkwardness to get patched up pretty quick with a sudden need for an outside linebacker.

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Posted on: August 28, 2010 2:46 pm
Edited on: August 28, 2010 2:55 pm
 

Pace out few weeks, Thomas won't talk to Jets?

Posted by Will Brinson

Calvin Pace is expected to miss "a few weeks" after leaving the Jets' preseason game against the Redskins, according to Rex Ryan .

That creates a bit of a problem, in that Jason Taylor, who's 35 mind you, is now going to have to play "100 percent" of the snaps, instead of "75 percent."

One possible solution that's been floated out there is the signing of Adalius Thomas, who played with the Ravens under Ryan. However, SI 's Peter King tweets that "Ryan told me Adalius won't call [the Jets] back."

That would seem odd, except for the fact that the Patriots recently released Thomas in a fairly ugly divorce and neither the Ravens nor the Jets swooped in to sign him -- clearly, there's something at odds with Thomas and GMs/coaches in the league.

If that wasn't definite, it certainly is after hearing that he won't even call Rex &$^$ing Ryan back.

Update (2:53): Peter King tweets again, this time to say that he just got off the phone with Thomas and the linebacker told him, "I definitely want to play. [There] must be a miscommunication."

That, obviously, changes everything that we wrote above -- and it may just be that Ryan doesn't want to talk to Thomas about joining the Jets. He had his chance earlier, of course, but at that point in time he thought outside linebacker as a position of strength for his team. Now he might feel differently. And maybe Peter King is playing Cupid.

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Posted on: August 28, 2010 11:48 am
Edited on: August 28, 2010 11:49 am
 

Jets fans are so freaking weird

Posted by Will Brinson

Okay, look, if you press play on this, you're going to be weirded out, because it features a shirtless dude wearing a Jets construction hat, holding a Heineken and screaming "JETS!" for like two minutes before his bearded red-headed buddy shows up in some sort of lingerie. (Yes, I'm already questioning a) why I'm posting this and b) why I watched this, thanks for asking).

There may also be a smatter of NSFW-ish language inside the video, but it's not really too aggressive. Like, you know, having your buddy dress in lingerie while you scream "JETS" and pimp Jets merchandise.

Bottom line: I'm absolutely and completely confused by this and 100 percent freaked out by it, but this is a blog, by Jeebus, and that means we bring you the strangest news from the strangest people in the strangest land on the planet: the interwebs. So basically what I'm saying is, click at your own peril.

Posted on: August 27, 2010 4:32 pm
 

Friday's preseason action: what/why to watch

Posted by Andy Benoit

Four preseason games on the docket tonight – all considered “dress rehearsals” for Week 1. Here’s what/why to watch.

Falcons @ Dolphins

You have brothers Peria and John Jerry squaring off. You have cornerback Benny Sapp’s highly-anticipated Dolphins debut. You have a forecast for rain (which, in Miami this time of year, usually means a downpour).

Strictly football-wise, Dolphins young cornerbacks Vontae Davis and Sean Smith have struggled this preseason. If they have another rough night, you may start to here serious whispers of concern coming out of South Beach.

Redskins @ Jets

There’s always the Haynesworth watch (which is a reason to tune in for the postgame coverage, as well). There’s also the Hard Knocks drinking/gambling game (predicting which plays make it on next week’s episode of Hard Knocks – the payout from this obviously has to wait until Wednesday night, but you can lay the groundwork for it now).

Donovan McNabb is not playing, which means you get to see Rex Grossman square off against Rex Ryan’s defense. Watching Grossman at the line of scrimmage against the swarming Jets will be like watching a rattled foreigner ask for directions in the middle of oncoming traffic. Should be entertaining.

Chargers @ Saints (8:00 ET, CBS)

We’d play the “Drew Brees versus his former team” angle here, but one has to assume Brees’s Super Bowl ring – and San Diego’s lack of Super Bowl rings – makes that rivalry somewhat of a dead issue. Especially in the preseason.

So, instead, we’ll watch this game to once again see how the Charger offense performs without star left tackle Marcus McNeil and wide receiver Vincent Jackson. For most fans, this will also be the first glimpse of first-round rookie running back Ryan Mathews.

Eagles @ Chiefs

Some are saying Matt Cassel has something to prove and a chip on the shoulder and whatever else it is that athletes supposedly find for motivation. Tonight will be Cassel’s truest test thus far in Charlie Weis’ system.

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