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Posted 26 Apr 2013How many DTs can one team draft. 3 years in a row nothing but defense. Say what you want but Its all rex. Idzik didn't have his GM cap on last night. You lose Keller but let Eifert drop to cincy. Looks like rex might get an extension on his contract. Robert Woods or Lacey better be a jet. I'm stunned
Posted 21 Apr 2013Darrelle Revis, the best cornerback in the NFL, has been traded from the Jets to the Tampa Bay Bucs in exchange for multiple draft picks, including the 13th overall in this year's draft. The deal will become official once Revis passes a physical, which is scheduled for later today.
UPDATE: And just like that, it's official. Revis has passed his physical.
Revis, who suffered a torn ACL in week two last season, will provide immediate help to Tampa Bay, which was last in the NFL against the pass in 2012, allowing 297 yards per game. The Bucs play in a division where three of the top 16 passing attacks from 2012 toil – Saints (1st), Falcons (5th), Panthers (16th).
The Jets, who lost half their defense in free agency, now lose the cornerstone of what was one of the league's best defenses from 2009-2012. The ability of Revis to shut down half of the field by himself allowed the Jets to mix blitz packages and confuse QBs in the 2010 and 2011 playoffs, and they beat Carson Palmer and Philip Rivers en route to the 2010 AFC title game (lost to Peyton Manning) and then Peyton Manning and Tom Brady en route to the 2011 AFC title game (lost to Ben Roethlisberger).
The Jets are a team in rebuilding mode. Coming off a second straight disappointing season that ended without a trip to the playoffs, the Jets are going through immense turnover and have needs just about everywhere on offense/defense. The draft picks will help, but this feels like a 4-12 or 5-11 team.
6 years $96 mil
Posted 26 Mar 2013Who ever it is. Hope its not a jet. We can't afford this spotlight.
Former NFL player Scott Fujita has seen enough. He's tired of the bigotry. He wants it to end. He's not alone.
Players like Fujita, along with a coalition of current and former NFL players, and NFL team owners, a music mogul and others, are working diligently to create a safe atmosphere for the day history will happen: when an openly gay man will be a member of an NFL club. People like Fujita -- brave people -- are attempting to make the issue a non-issue for when that day comes.
And there are serious indications that day may come sooner than later. While I've long believed I would not see an openly gay NFL player for decades, that might be wrong.
Based on interviews over the past several weeks with current and former players, I'm told that a current gay NFL player is strongly considering coming out publicly within the next few months -- and after doing so, the player would attempt to continue his career.
I'm told this player feels the time is now for someone to take this step -- despite homophobic remarks from San Francisco 49ers defensive back Chris Culliver and the controversy arising recently at the Indianapolis Scouting combine, when prospects were asked questions about their sexuality.
This player's true concern, I'm told, is not the reaction inside an NFL locker room but outside of it. The player fears he will suffer serious harm from homophobic fans, and that is the only thing preventing him from coming out. My sources will not say who this alleged player is.
There has never been an active openly gay player in a major American team sport, but the information I've gathered on the player in question comes from several current and former players.
"I honestly think the players of the NFL have been ready for an openly gay player for quite some time now," said Fujita, a free agent linebacker who has played for the Chiefs, Cowboys, Saints and Browns. "Trust me, the coming out of a player would create much bigger waves outside the locker room than inside. The way I've seen the conversation around LGBT issues evolve, especially in the past few years, has been encouraging. Guys are more accepting than they used to be. Even those who raise personal objections to homosexuality, some of whom are good friends of mine, would still be able to coexist and accept a gay teammate."
Over the past few days there's been a flurry of activity on the issue including a brief filed by Fujita and others in support of a marriage equality case before the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear oral arguments on California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage. Opponents of the proposition say it discriminates against gay men and women.
To Fujita and others, this is an important case that could have ramifications in the NFL. If the Supreme Court overturns Proposition 8, it would send yet another signal to closeted gay NFL players that the environment is changing for the better.
The brief's supporters are impressive. They include: Giants co-owner Steve Tisch; Demaurice Smith, executive director of the NFLPA; Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo; Marie Tillman, co-founder of the Pat Tillman Foundation; Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jam Records; former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans; Browns center Alex Mack; and NFL players Connor Barwin, D'Qwell Jackson, Tom Crabtree, Eric Winston and Scott Shanle, among others.
There is a feeling among people who have fought this battle for years that a corner is about to be turned. I don't know. While my faith in humanity remains tepid, it's balanced by my faith in people like Fujita.
Posted 21 Jan 2013New England coach Bill Belichick doesn't handle losing all too well, and he blew off CBS' customary postgame interview with the coach of the losing team after the AFC championship game.
CBS analyst Shannon Sharpe wasn't impressed and called him out for it with some harsh comments.
"There's something to be said about being gracious in defeat," Sharpe said on CBS' postgame show. "We've seen the New England Patriots five times in the last 12 years be victorious [in the AFC championship game). We've seen the opposing coaches who lost come out and talk to our Steve Tasker. Coach [Bill] Cowher did it when they lost to them, we saw this last week.
"Bill Belichick makes it real easy for you to root against the Patriots. You can't be a poor sport all the time. You're not going to win all the time, and he does this every time he loses. It's unacceptable.
Those are strong words from Sharpe, but it's tough to argue. There are certain unpleasant commitments that come with being an NFL head coach, and a certain class that should be displayed in defeat. Granting an interview that coaches are expected to give after big playoff losses, including Super Bowls, to a television partner that pays a big percentage of the NFL's bills is part of that.
Instead of Belichick, CBS was given Patriots safety Devin McCourty to talk to after the game. While McCourty handled himself like a professional and praised the Ravens, that's far from a fair trade. Belichick could have stood up and answered fair questions about why he decided to punt at the Ravens' 35-yard line and later the Ravens' 34 in two instances of a very conservative approach, and also how the Patriots mismanaged the clock at the end of the first half and missed out on taking a shot at the end zone before kicking a field goal.
Belichick has a history of acting like this after losses, most notably walking off the field with a second left in Super Bowl XLII against the Giants, a move that made him look like a sore loser. We'll see if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has a fine waiting for Belichick after he stiff-armed CBS following this loss.
I would be mad too after seeing this http://www.youtube.c...h?v=xrqIf7wFQsM
Posted 20 Jan 2013Just couldn't stomach having the pats playing and winning the superbowl again on my birthday. Now all is right in the football world. Being a jets fan now living in New England is tough enough. Especially after this year's debacle. Now I can hold my head up high @ work on tuesday
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