Posted on: July 28, 2010 3:07 pm
The Sporting News breaks down the top-eight worst free agent signings this year, and it’s no surprise that the Bengals-Antonio Bryant marriage (and the four-year, $28 million dowry that goes with it) tops the list.
Already, there’s been plenty of talk across the national airwaves today about Terrell Owens and Bryant and Chad Ochocinco – I’ve already done video for CBSSports.com, and radio stations in Albuquerque and Edmonton have been in touch – and in this case, I agree with Mike Florio when he writes, “… (W)ith Bryant potentially the odd man out when the team employs two-receiver sets, it made no sense for the Bengals to pay him so much money so early in free agency. Already rumblings have emerged Bryant could be cut, but with $7.85 million already in hand, it's unlikely Cincinnati will dump him before 2011.”
I still don’t completely understand why the Bengals signed Owens. I don’t know if it’s a problem with Bryant’s knee, though coach Marvin Lewis is adamant that the knee isn’t the reason why Owens was signed. But considering the Bengals signed Bryant instead of Owens earlier this year, there has to be some reason the Cincinnati front office decided to invest in Owens.
Among the moves that also draw the ire of Florio: QB Jake Delhomme to Cleveland, RB LaDainian Tomlinson to the Jets and LB Joey Porter to the Cardinals.
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Posted on: July 6, 2010 9:20 pm
If you’re a football fan, you have to like the attitude of RB Shonn Greene, as captured in this New York Daily New s blog post. You want me to run out of bounds to preserve my body? You want me to shy away from contact to keep myself healthy? Screw you, buddy.
That’s something fans should love. Owners and coaches? Maybe not so much.
With Thomas Jones, who started all 16 regular-season games for New York and gained 1,402 yards with 14 touchdowns on 331 carries last year, moving to Kansas City, it will fall to Greene (and, to a much lesser extent, LaDainian Tomlinson) to take pressure of QB Mark Sanchez.
In order for that to happen, it’d be wise of Greene to try to stay out of the trainer’s room as much as possible. He’s not interested in that approach.
“We don’t run out of bounds,” Greene told the paper. “I’ve been taught that all my life…. I don’t think that’s going to help the way I play by doing that. If I just go out and do what I do, everything else will take care of itself. That’s what I do. I play the game of football. You can’t worry, ‘Oh, what if I do this? What if I run out of bounds?’ No, that’s not the game of football to me. Football is a hard-nosed game.”
Still, isn’t a long career something to consider? Isn’t making it to the end of the season a plus?
“I like his style,” running backs coach Anthony Lynn said. “I don’t want him to change very much at all. He’s going to take some shots, but he also gave a lot of shots. So, I like that attitude he has running the football. He has great body lean -- the guy’s always falling forward for extra yards. But there are a couple times when you have to take a guy on the edge and maybe not so much down the middle because I do want to get him through 16 games.”
“You just make him aware of it. As guys play and run in this league, they get wiser and more aware. It’s something that they learn over time.”
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Posted on: June 21, 2010 9:55 am
Lost in all the commotion surrounding LaDainian Tomlinson and the New York Jets is an answer to the question, With powerful second-year running back Shonn Greene clearly the starter, how will the Jets actually use their new veteran? Jets running back coach Anthony Lynn explained that, "It depends on the flow of the game. If we're better off in our big personnel, Shonn will get more touches. If we go little, like we did last year with Leon (Washington) in our nickel package, L.T. will get more touches. It's all situational."
Wait a minute. Washington was valuable because speed and quickness made him a shifty, elusive threat. The Chargers made Tomlinson available to the Jets because the 31-year-old had lost his speed and quickness. Tomlinson no longer has the lateral agility and burst to create his own space. As a Jet, he’d make much more sense in a Thomas Jones-type role.
Deep down, Lynn knows this. Or at least someone in the Jets organization does. That’s why the team invested a fourth-round pick in USC running back Joe McKnight. The 5’11”, 198-pounder is a classic finesse-based outside speed runner. Last year, Greene lay low as a rookie, and then burst onto the scene late. Don’t be surprised if McKnight does the same thing, only with an emergence taking place as early as October. Tomlinson doesn’t have the raw skills to be a featured weapon these days; his value is strictly in spelling Greene for 6-8 carries a game.