New York Jets legend Joe Namath doesn’t mince words on his old club trading for Tim Tebow from the Denver Broncos. “I think it stinks,” says the Pro Football Hall of Famer.
“I do not agree with this situation,” Namath said. “I can’t agree with it. I just think it’s a publicity stunt. I really think it’s wrong. I can’t go for it.”
“That’s not a pat on the back. That’s a slap in the face…If I were there, I’d be pissed off about. But still go to work and try to make things work. But not be happy about it.”
Donald Trump, the billionaire mogul who flirted with a run at the U.S. presidency, has a definitive opinion on almost everything. No surprise then that The Donald knows exactly where Peyton Manning should go next.
The star of NBC’s The Apprentice would “love to see” Manning sign with the Miami Dolphins, Trump said Thursday while touting his $150 million purchase of The Doral Resort in Miami, according to the New York Daily News:
First of all (Dolphins owner) Steve Ross is a very good friend of mine,” Trump bellowed before a roomful of reporters and TV cameras at the WGC Cadillac Championship, where Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy were fighting it out in the first round.
“He’s a member of my club in Palm Beach and I think Peyton would be great for Miami. It would be a fantastic thing for this area.
Trump’s endorsement of the Dolphins over his hometown New York Jets didn’t go over well with the paper. Trump’s buddies with Jets owner Woody Johnson. The Jets are said to be one of the dozen or so NFL clubs pursuing the ex-Indianapolis Colts QB — despite the presence of starter Mark Sanchez. Trump “betrayed” his pal Johnson’s Jets when he touted the Dolphins, said the Daily News.
The Super Bowl XLVI champion New York Giants publicly mocked three beaten rivals — the New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets as they celebrated at raucous victory rallies in New York and New Jersey Tuesday.
The Giants beat all three clubs on their way to the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl championship this season. Running back Brandon Jacobs also took a shot at Pats quarterback Tom Brady’s wife Gisele Bundchen for popping off about her hubby’s receivers dropping his passes:
“She just needs to continue to be cute and shut up.”
Giants co-owner Steve Tisch boasted his team had cancelled the “Brady Bunch.” He also took a swipe at “America’s Team” in Dallas after a ticker tape parade down New York’s Canyon of Heroes attended by nearly 1 million people:
“There’s a group of guys in Dallas that call themselves ‘America’s Team,’ but looking out at all of you and the millions of people in the streets [Tuesday], we’re ‘America’s Dream.”
During a pep rally at MetLife Stadium shared between the Giants and Jets, Justin Tuck reminded Rex Ryan the Jets are still little brothers to Big Blue:
“You can be sure of whose house it is.”
Jacobs is the most outspoken Giant. After the Giants 21-17 win over the Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, he boasted the Giants had “decapitated” the powerful Pats dynasty of Brady and coach Bill Belichick:
“We decapitated them. They can’t wear that crown no more.”
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ESPN reporter Suzy Kolber has spoken publicly for the first time about former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath’s attempt to kiss her on live television.
“I felt like, ‘uh-oh,’ Joe is in trouble here and let’s get him out of it,” says Kolber in an interview for an HBO documentary on Namath that will air Saturday. “Get him off the air as quickly as possible.”
Kolber said she hadn’t spoken about the incident before because “I knew he wanted it to go away.”
The sideline incident occurred during a December 2003 game between the Jets and New England Patriots at Giants Stadium. Namath was among several former Jets being honored at the Saturday night game aired by ESPN.
She said in the documentary: “When we first started talking and he was slow and deliberate in his speech, what was going through my head was, ‘Maybe it’s just really cold.’ And none of the executives in the truck were alarmed either because nobody said (to) stop … The direction in my earpiece was, ‘keep going.’
Reflecting on the incident years later, Kolber said, “I think the way I felt about it at the time was that he’s a really good guy having a bad moment that happened to be captured on national television.”
Namath called Kolber days later to apologize and said “he felt humiliated.” Namath has said the entire episode made him realize he needed to address his drinking problem.
LaDainian Tomlinson said New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is “pampered” and that turmoil and dissension existed in the locker room all season long, but losing brought out the worst in the team. He made his comments in an interview for Showtime’s “Inside The NFL,” which aired Wednesday night.
“It got out of hand toward the end of the season,” Tomlinson said of the team’s problems, according to a transcript of the interview. “That is why it got out in the media. This is something that happened (in the) third or fourth week of the season, that was going on, and nobody knew about it because the players kept it under wraps. Until we went on that losing streak and guys started to speak up and speak out about certain things.”
In the days immediately after the season, reports of a fractured relationship between Sanchez and wide receiver Santonio Holmes surfaced. Holmes was benched in the fourth quarter of the team’s season-ending loss to the Miami Dolphins after yelling at tackle Wayne Hunter in a huddle; it was the last in a series of blowups by Holmes toward teammates.
Asked about the Sanchez-Holmes relationship, Tomlinson replied: “It is as bad as I’ve ever been around, honestly. And I’ve been around some locker rooms and quarterback-receiver situations and what-not. But it was as bad as I’ve been around. You know it was at the point where I think the players could no longer do anything about it. There was nothing that the players could do. So when it gets to that point there are certain changes that need to happen.
Tomlinson said that coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum created a situation in which the team had no accountability.
“The (Jets organization) created this. This is the type of football team they wanted. Mike Tannenbaum, Rex Ryan are both brash, in-your-face type of style, say whatever you want, just get it done on the field. And then it leads to other things, as guys are calling each other out and saying I’m not getting the ball or whatever it may be,” Tomlinson said.
Holmes, along with fellow receivers Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason, met with former offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer before the team’s Week 5 loss to the New England Patriots to discuss their unhappiness with the offense. A week later, Mason was traded to the Houston Texans.
Regarding Ryan, Tomlinson did add that he while he loved playing for the third-year head coach, he wished he would tone down the predictions.
“I don’t mind every now and again saying we are going to win a championship,” he said. “Maybe at the beginning of the year just saying, ‘Hey, our goal is to win a championship.’ But at the same time every week if you are calling out a team on certain things, I think it puts a little extra on your team. Guys really want to go out there and say, ‘Let’s shut this guy up. Let’s shut these Jets up, just end their season.’”
Tomlinson did not hold back when talking about Sanchez.
“I would say a bit pampered because he has no competition. He has no real threat to say this guy may take my job,” Tomlinson said.
Tomlinson does believe that Sanchez can turn things around in New York and he disputed the claim that Sanchez is lazy.
“The guy is not lazy, guys. He is not a lazy guy. He puts in the time after practice in the film room. He can get it done. He just has to have pieces around him to help him get it done,” Tomlinson said.
Tomlinson is a fan of Holmes’ talent.
“In all seriousness, Santonio, obviously, he is a great player. There are some things that obviously he needs to work on as far as being a leader.”
But Tomlinson did not paint as rosy a picture regarding Holmes’ future with the team.
“Whew, that is a tough one. I would really have to sit down with them and see if they can coexist, honestly. I mean, that is a decision that I really (would) have to make. And if I really feel like they can’t, then you have to make a move.”
Tomlinson reportedly is contemplating retirement after 11 seasons in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers and the Jets.
New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy cancelled his scheduled appearance on ESPN2′s First Take and other shows today, said host Charissa Thompson. The 3rd-string quarterback was supposed to go undergo the so-called “Bristol Car Wash” where a guest appears on multiple shows the same day at ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. headquarters.
McElroy, who won a national title at Alabama, sparked a media storm when he told 97.3 The Zone in Alabama this week the Jets locker room was “definitely not a fun place to be” this season:
“It’s the first time I’ve ever been around extremely selfish individuals. I think that’s maybe the nature of the NFL. But there were people within our locker room that didn’t care whether we won or lost … (as long as) they really had a good game individually. And that’s the disappointing thing.”
The New York Jets season has ended, but the criticism won’t stop. Ripping them has come from two former NFL quarterbacks turned analysts Terry Bradshaw of FOX and Boomer Esiason of CBS. Bradshaw said he would cut Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes. And Esiason said Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez played timidly down the stretch, like a “Chihuahua.”
Bradshaw said he believes the Jets should part with Holmes, after he was blasted by teammates for his lack of effort and attitude.
“I’d cut his butt, send him down the highway, move him on,” Bradshaw told ESPN New York 1050’s the Michael Kay Show. “Why would you put up with it? Because he can run a 4.3 40 and make one-handed catches whenever he feels like it?”
Esiason who has defended Sanchez in the past, but not anymore.
“If you watched Mark Sanchez the last month of the season, he was like a Chihuahua standing on Madison Avenue and 36th Street entering the Midtown Tunnel, eyes bigger than you-know-what, and just so shaky,” Esiason told Boston’s 850-AM.
Esiason later told ESPN that the Chihuahua reference had nothing to do with Sanchez’s Mexican-American heritage.
“I chose a small dog that always looks shaken and has big eyes, and doesn’t like big things a Chihuahua,” Esiason said. “It’s a skittish dog, and he’s been a skittish player.”
Esiason also blamed coach Rex Ryan and general manger Mike Tannenbaum for team chemistry that turned toxic.
“I think that Rex Ryan’s ways have come back to haunt him,” Esiason said. “And Mike Tannenbaum has a lot of responsibility in this regard, because they have put a lot of bad guys together in this locker room. There’s a good core of players with the New York Jets. But, unfortunately, all it takes is one guy. And Rex Ryan giving Santonio Holmes the captain’s ‘C’ on the chest was an absolute embarrassment. It’s a slap in the face of all the good guys in that locker room.”
And now, with their disappointing 8-8 season over, the Jets are still getting slapped around.
After Miami Dolphins season finale against the New York Jets on Sunday, the Dolphins will lose one of their long-time stars and one of the NFL’s all-time sack leaders. According to the Miami Herald, defensive end Jason Taylor plans to retire after the 2011 season.
Taylor is the active league leader for career sacks with 139.5 (most in Dolphins history), which only ranks behind Bruce Smith, Reggie White, Kevin Greene, Chris Doleman and Michael Strahan on the all-time list.
Selected in the third round of the 1997 draft by the Dolphins, Taylor played his first 11 seasons with Miami. The 37-year-old also played for the Washington Redskins and Jets, but returned to Miami before the season.
The 2006 Defensive Player of the Year has seven sacks this season to along with one forced fumble.
Braylon Edwards was a big playoff contributor with the New York Jets the past two seasons before signing as a free agent with San Francisco this past offseason. However he won’t be getting an opportunity to help the NFC West-winning 49ers in the playoffs. Edwards, on his official website, braylonedwards.com, announced Tuesday that he’s been waived from the team.
“I was released today by the 49ers due to my injury that required more time to rehab and hasn’t allowed me to re-sync with the offense,” Edwards’ statement read. “I wish the 49ers organization the best of luck during the Playoffs. I will be working hard this off season to strengthen my knee and prepare for the 2012 season. Thanks for your continued support and for being such loyal fans.”
Because of his banged-up knee, Edwards was able to play in only nine games for the 49ers, who finish their 2011 NFL regular season against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. He produced just 15 catches for 181 yards and no touchdowns.
The knowledge of New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan having a fetish for the feet is well documented but this his the first time he has taken his team to the city of Brotherly Love and this is how the fans greeted him. The right foot hits it out of tyne park with the “Rexy thinks I’m sexy.” The Phildelphia Eagles beat the Jets 45-19 to keep an outside shot at the playoffs alive.
Buffalo Bills receiver Stevie Johnson got a little creative with his touchdown celebration in the second quarter against the New York Jets. After giving the Bills a 14-7 lead, Johnson started dancing and then pretended to shoot himself in the leg, clearly mocking Jets receiver Plaxico Burress.
Seconds after acting out the gun incident, Johnson began the second phase of his celebration. He spread his arms to mock Jets receiver Santonio Holmes “flight crew” celebration. After a few steps miming Holmes, Johnson crumpled to the turf, acting out a plane crash.
The NFL has told its game officials to watch closely for concussion symptoms in players. Ten days after San Diego Chargers guard Kris Dielman sustained a head injury against the New York Jets and later suffered a seizure on the team’s flight home, the league’s injury and safety panel issued the directive Wednesday.
“Our game officials will receive concussion awareness training and will remain alert to possible concussions during games,” league spokesman Greg Aiello said. “If an official believes a player may have suffered a concussion, he should take appropriate steps to alert the team and get medical attention for the player.”
Dielman was concussed with approximately 12 minutes remaining in the Oct. 23 game, after which he struggled to maintain balance and never came out of the game despite signs of struggle. He finished the game despite the head injury and was not assessed until after the loss to New York.
The Chargers did not mention any injuries following the game and only announced Dielman’s injury shortly before the team boarded a plane for San Diego. Dielman suffered a grand mal seizure near the end of the charter flight, although he was cleared of all long-term complications surrounding the concussion and seizure.
Instead of hiring extra doctors or trainers they’re making guys who are in no way qualified to diagnose concussions check players but the NFL cares about it’s players safety.
The Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals have completed a deal that sends quarterback Carson Palmer to Oakland. The Raiders included the teams 2012 first-round pick and a future pick in the package, according to reports, that could be a 2013 first-round pick, depending on certain conditions.
Fox Sports Jay Glazer cited coach Hue Jackson’s close relationship with Bengals owner Mike Brown as the reason for the deal. Brown had vowed not to honor Palmer’s offseason demand to be moved to another team. Jackson is in his first season as Oakland’s coach but was a Bengals assistant from 2004-06.
Oakland (4-2) is in dire need of a quarterback after Jason Campbell broke a collarbone in Sunday’s victory over the Cleveland Browns. Kyle Boller and rookie Terrelle Pryor are the other quarterbacks on the Raiders roster. Campbell had surgery Monday and will be out at least six weeks.
Acquiring Palmer, 31, isn’t a sure fix for the Raiders. He has yet to play this season and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis refers to him being retired. Plus, critics note that questions were being raised about his arm strength in recent seasons.
Palmer has not been idle. He has been working out in California with former New York Jets quarterback Ken O’Brien, and former Bengals wideout T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
Palmer is signed through 2014, signed in December 2005, which carries a prorated $6.9 million cap hit for the Raiders, who don’t have that much room and might need to dispose of a contract. Palmer is due $11.5 million in 2012, $13 million in 2013 and $14 million in 2014. There is also a $1 million roster bonus the next three seasons.
The New York Jets have ranked near the bottom of the NFL in rushing yards per game this season and had little to do with their 24-6 win over the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football but Shonn Greene did take out a referee blocking his path. Greene gained eight additional yards after first contact with the ref.
Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk has been fined $5,000 by the NFL for removing a microphone from his shoulder pads during a game against the New York Jets. The NFL requires centers or offensive guards to wear microphones.Birk says he tore his microphone off after it came loose and was jabbing his neck. He said because he couldn’t reach it, “I just took it off.”
He says he will appeal the fine, in part because he didn’t know he couldn’t remove the mike. He called it a “misunderstanding.”
Asked if wearing a microphone could provide a competitive advantage for other teams, Birk said, “It’s tough to say.” But he said a lot of the calls sound the same. Birk says this is the first time he’s been fined for removing the microphone
After spending a year with the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins Jason Taylor has a rave review for what he considers to be one of the division’s up-and-coming quarterbacks and it isn’t Mark Sanchez. Taylor has seen both Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne and Jets Sanchez up close, and he feels Henne is more talented. Drawn back to the Dolphins after a surprise call from coach Tony Sparano in the offseason, Taylor has been impressed with Chad Henne’s improvements.
“We need to grow and we need to continue to change, and I think Chad has grown immensely since I left here a year ago,” Taylor told NBC Miami. “I saw a kid in New York, Mark Sanchez, that is young, I don’t think he’s as talented as Chad Henne.”
Henne’s play has improved this season, although the Dolphins are 0-3. Prior to the season, Henne was given responsibility to call audibles at the line of scrimmage. And when fans booed him during a scrimmage, Sparano and Dolphins players were quick to come to his defense.
Taylor also shed light on why he left Miami after 2009, blaming one person: former team adviser Bill Parcells.
“You know I’m very comfortable and confident in saying he’s the reason why I left Miami,” Taylor said. “For whatever reason, Bill and I didn’t see eye to eye or I don’t even know if we had a chance to see eye to eye, because we never really communicated like that. It was just Bill didn’t like me, didn’t want me around or whatever.”
The NFL is embracing the chance of a frosty Super Bowl with their new Super Bowl XLVIII logo. The 2014 logo for Super Bowl XLVIII is to be played in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the shared home of the New York Giants and New York Jets, prominently features a snowflake. It’s set along with an image of George Washington Bridge, which links the host committee states of New York and New Jersey.
There has been a lot of concern over playing a Super Bowl outdoors in frigid temperatures with a strong chance of icy precipitation. That potential for a chill isn’t keeping Goodell from greeting the design with a warm welcome.
“A little snow would be great for us,” Roger Goodell said. “But whatever comes our way, we’re going to be prepared for it. We’re coming and playing in the winter, and I think that would be great. Some of our most memorable games were played in unusual weather circumstances. Winter and cold are part of football, and snow is also.”
New York Jets thought about replacing cornerback Antonio Cromartie during the abbreviated offseason with now Philadelphia Eagles Nnamdi Asomugha. After a stellar performance on Sunday when he came up with two interceptions in the win over the Jacksonville Jaguars suddenly Cromartie found his voice and told ESPN that he believes he’s a more dynamic player than Asomugha.
“My style of play and his style of play are totally different,” Cromartie said. “I feel I’m more of a playmaker than he is.”
It does help that he faced Jaguars quarterback Luke McCown and has Darrelle Revis playing across the field to make these kind of statements.
New York Jets safety Jim Leonhard is the spokesman for “Athletes Against Stickers.” Sponsored by Farkas Original Eye Black, Leonard somehow keeps a straight face throughout the whole promotion to sell the product.
Every Thursday Sports Grind Entertainment will present you with the Mama Margie’s Major Meltdown. The recipient of this honor goes to Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo whose fourth quarter collapse cost his team a chance Sunday night for a week one win against the New York Jets instead they lost 27-24. Romo was on his way to a great game in the first three quarters, completing 75 percent of his passes to go with two touchdowns but in the fourth his all to fimilar mistakes reared their ugly head once again. It started with a Romo fumble near the goal line then with the game tied at 24 and the chance for a winning drive with 59 seconds left he threw an interception directly to Jets Darrelle Revis, who returned it 20 yards to setup the game winning field goal by former Cowboy Nick Folk. Romo’s mistakes helped the Cowboys lose their first ever game in which they led by 14 or more points in the fourth quarter.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers offered his assessments of this months GQ magazine issue with New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez on the cover and it wasn’t to kind. Rodgers didn’t pass along his evaluation of the cover, which showed Sanchez dressed in a green V-neck sweater and herringbone slacks (pictured HERE), but he expressed disdain for one of the inside pictures of Sanchez.
“Look at this, that’s embarrassing,” Rodgers said while speaking on his weekly radio show on ESPN Milwaukee. “Page 94 of this GQ thing here, that’s terrible.”
The photo to which Rodgers was referring shows Sanchez is the above one showing the Jets main man in sunglasses, white pants, a black tank top and holding a Gucci fur-lined coat over his shoulder.
Former Super Bowl winning quarterback Joe Namath says New York Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress will be “damn lucky” to play all 16 games for his former team this season.
Namath, a marquee player for the Jets four decades ago, said that Burress injury history and two-year absence from football while serving a prison sentence will cost him games. Burress already is dealing with an ankle sprain that forced him to miss an exhibition game.
“I hope he makes All-Pro, but the realistic side of me … The reality is, he’ll be damn lucky if he makes it through the season,” Namath said.
Namath also is skeptical that Burress will be able to establish chemistry with third-year quarterback Mark Sanchez.
“When I see Burress, certainly in the past, and (former Jets wideout Braylon) Edwards, their route running and adjusting, I didn’t like it and I still don’t,” Namath said. “I’ll be surprised if Burress and Sanchez click well and I’ll be even more surprised if Burress, after being laid off for two years and change, is going to make it through the season.”
The Jets offensive line situation is a concern to Namath as well. Longtime reserve Wayne Hunter has taken over at right tackle and backup Robert Turner is sidelined by a broken ankle.
“I’m concerned about the offensive line depth. Who do we have to take the roles of Hunter and Turner? I don’t know,” Namath said.
Namath also noted the offense’s struggles in a 17-3 exhibition win over the New York Giants on Monday.
“I know they’re not as sharp as they want to be,” he said. “For whatever reasons, they’re just not there yet. They’ve got to get better and they know it.”