- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner25 mins ago
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Among the many accolades associated with D'Brickashaw Ferguson, fashion adviser was likely not on the top of the list for most NFL fans.
As a man who is more than football, the New York Jets left tackle brings some special veteran advice to the team's young players, and it has nothing to do with protecting the blindside of rookie quarterback Geno Smith or the pass rush tendencies of a certain outside linebacker.
On Sunday, Ferguson will make his 125th consecutive start, representing every game played in his eight-year NFL career. But the well-spoken Ferguson is more than just a three-time Pro Bowl selection and one of the best offensive linemen in the league.
He also knows the hassles of being a large man who at times needs to look good.
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner2 days ago
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The media has taken plenty of shots at New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan over the years but for a moment, it seemed literally like someone was taking a shot at him during a press conference.
Towards the end of Ryan's time at the podium, during which he defended quarterback Geno Smith and cornerback Dee Milliner, both high-profile rookies, Ryan began to answer a question about his team starting five players from this past April's NFL Draft. He started by saying that “I understand that we lost a lot of players or whatever,” but he couldn't finish as a hanging speaker used to amplify the microphone in the press conference room suddenly began to crackle. The loud noise sounded like machine gun fire for a brief moment (the video comes from SportsNet New York/SNY).
Ryan jokingly then ducked for cover and several members of the media in the front row also ducked down, uncertain what the sharp noise was or what exactly was happening.
From a ducked position, Ryan grinned then spoke about the machine-gun noises.
“We're on a three-game losing streak, so I understand,” Ryan said with a laugh.
Rex Ryan on Jets’ sideline penalty: ‘I saw that called one other time in all the years I’ve coached’Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner11 days ago
It was one of the more bizarre penalties that New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has ever seen during his coaching career and even 24 hours later, he was still perplexed by the call.
With 7:56 left in the third quarter of a difficult and frustrating 19-3 loss at the suddenly solid Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, the Jets got called for a penalty you don't see often, and Ryan couldn't believe it.
It happened on a Ryan Quigley punt – one of eight he had as Jets offense struggled mightily. Returner Jacoby Jones deftly sidestepped a full body tackle attempt by Jets cornerback Ellis Lankster and headed across the field towards the far sideline where he eventually stepped out after a 37-yard punt return. But along the way, a flag was flung for unsportsmanlike conduct on the Jets bench because a member of the team's staff was inside the sideline's six-foot perimeter.
That area is supposed to be kept clear during a play to allow the officiating crew access up and down the field. Instead, one of the officials had to run around the Jets staff member, which led to the flag. An incredulous Ryan couldn't believe the call when it is announced.
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner12 days ago
The New York Jets were reminded of a memorable play from their past on Sunday, and that isn't necessarily a good thing.
With 7:56 left in the third quarter of a difficult and frustrating 19-3 loss at the suddenly solid Baltimore Ravens, the Jets got called for a penalty eerily similar to one they committed three years earlier, even if it lacked the malicious intent of what became known as “Tripgate.”
The most current version happened on a Ryan Quigley punt – one of eight he had on a day in which the Jets offense struggled mightily. Ravens returner Jacoby Jones deftly sidestepped a full body tackle attempt by Jets cornerback Ellis Lankster and headed across the field towards the far sideline, where he eventually stepped out of bounds after a 37-yard return. But along the way, a flag was flung for unsportsmanlike conduct on the Jets bench because a member of the team's staff was inside the sideline's six-foot perimeter.
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner14 days ago
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – On the one-year anniversary of the "Butt fumble," New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez did something else with his head that was equally as puzzling. And just as cringe-worthy.
On Friday a photo emerged of Sanchez wearing cornrows, his payment for a lost bet (nobody has divulged what bet Sanchez lost yet), in a look that can be described as hideous.
— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) November 22, 2013
On the plus side for Sanchez, hair care is now a breeze as he continues to recover from a season-ending shoulder injury suffered in the third game of preseason.
And there’s also the fact that he won’t need the headband he had been wearing either. Again, the little blessings of life.
The timing of the new hairstyle was interesting for Sanchez.
With his team at 0-4, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin takes away all of players’ games from the locker roomKristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner1 mth ago
Like a parent taking away privileges from a child who has misbehaved, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is trying to get through to his team by taking away their toys.
The Steelers are 0-4, and Tomlin's answer to turning it around is taking away the players' ability to have fun. Gone from the locker room are “pool cues, ping-pong paddles and shuffleboard discs” as Pittsburgh tries to make things right this Sunday against the New York Jets.
According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Tomlin is cracking down on anything that might affect the focus of what has been a pretty bad football team.
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner2 mths ago
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Former New York Jets defensive tackle Marty Lyons was a big part of the famed “New York Sack Exchange” in the late 1970s into the 1980s. But even one of the most feared defensive players of his era has a regret from his playing career, and it wasn't a play he didn't make.
It was one he made and he wishes he hadn't.
On Dec. 7, 1987, Lyons had his own day of infamy when he hit Miami Dolphins center Dwight Stephenson after an interception. Stephenson broke his leg and his promising career ended before his eighth season was completed.
Stephenson and Lyons were college teammates at Alabama.
To this day Lyons, who will be inducted into the Jets "Ring of Honor" on Oct. 13, still regrets that play.
The predicted line for the Week 6 game between the 4-0 Denver Broncos and the 0-4 Jacksonville Jaguars is already creating some buzz, with the estimated line favoring the Broncos by about four touchdowns. That 28-point spread (or 27-point line, depending who you listen to) looks more like a college football spread between a top 25 team in its annual cupcake game than anything the NFL has ever seen.
The surprising thing is that the point spread for a hypothetical game between the No. 1 college football team and the Broncos looks a bit like the line between the Jaguars and the Broncos.
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If the Broncos played the Alabama Crimson Tide, the consensus top team in every poll and the two-time defending national champions, the spread would be set at minus-40.5 or higher, according to one oddsmaker.
Cornerback Darrelle Revis has been a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for five months, so he is set for either a holdout or a tantrum. This time, it appears to be the latter.
The seemingly always disgruntled Revis (who knows what a gruntled Revis would look like at this point) is upset with his new team just two games into his Tampa Bay career, according toFox Sports national NFL reporter Mike Garafolo. There is a severe culture shock for Revis in Tampa Bay as he adjusts to the strict disciplinarian style of second-year head coach Greg Schiano and not the player-friendly approach of the past four years with the New York Jets under head coach Rex Ryan.
The Buccaneers are 0-2 right now, having lost to the Jets and the New Orleans Saints by a combined three points. They face the Patriots on Sunday.
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A New York Jets franchise looking to change its image just can’t get out of its own way.
On Saturday, the Jets made a rather unspectacular move, placing quarterback Mark Sanchez on injured reserve with a designation to return. But the transaction was precipitated by a comedy of errors that only underscores that this franchise is still operating under a big tent canopy and is still a circus.
Rewind to Aug. 24 and the Jets third preseason game against the New York Giants. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith, the Jets' second-round pick and the supposed replacement for Sanchez, played into the second half in his first start of preseason. Smith underwhelmed and threw three interceptions along with a safety and was mercifully pulled from the game.