New York Jets coach Rex Ryan has earned the dubious title as the National Football League's most overrated coach, according to a Sporting News poll.
The poll consisted of 103 anonymous responses from 27 teams. Ryan received 35 votes, followed by New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who had 16. Philadelphia Eagles Andy Reid was third with nine votes.
"His coaching style is over the top," an AFC offensive player told Sporting News. "Some of the things he does in front of the cameras are way over the top. You put that with the New York media and he has a pretty big reputation, I guess. "I don't even know if you'd call him overrated anymore because it's gonna be a couple of years since he was in the AFC finals. He's pretty funny, and he's a pretty good coach. But not THAT good."
Ryan is known for his over-the-top predictions, but the Jets missed the playoffs in 2011, and likely will be out again in 2012.
---The New Orleans Saints have received permission from the NFL to work out a new contract with suspended coach Sean Payton, according to a New Orleans Times-Picayune report.
Despite being barred from speaking with the team during his suspension for the team's bounty scandal, the two sides can communicate regarding his contract situation, the Picayune said.
If the two sides can't reach an agreement, Payton would be allowed to negotiate with any team.
He may not get that far, as Saints owner Tom Benson is considering making Payton the highest-paid coach in football, according to a CBSSports.com report, citing league sources.
Benson has long thought of Payton as the best coach in the sport, and hasn't forgotten the man who led the Saints to a Super Bowl championship.
The CBSSports.com report said that Benson wants get something done quickly to short-circuit potential future suitors.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees feels that he will play for Payton in 2013.
"I absolutely believe he'll be back," Brees told reporters after Monday night's win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Linebacker Scott Shanle sounded less optimistic.
"We'd be crazy if we said we weren't worried about it, but at the same time, that's out of our control," Shanle told reporters. "We can't do anything about it. We can't let that story and that development sidetrack us from what we're trying to do."
---Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones intends to keep the title of general manager, he said during his twice-weekly radio show.
"We're not structured that way," Jones told KRLD-FM on Tuesday. "We didn't structure it that way with my ownership. There's no way that I would be involved here and not be the final decision maker on something as important as players, and that is a key area. That's never been anybody's misunderstanding. It's been a debated thing, but it's just not going to happen."
The Cowboys are 3-5 heading into Sunday's game at Philadelphia. Dallas has won three Super Bowls with Jones running the team, but has only two postseason wins since beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1995's Super Bowl XXX.
On KRLD-FM, Jones also clarified a statement he made during an NBC interview that said he'd fire himself as GM because of the team's record over the past few years.
"It's real clear," Jones said. "I was asked the question, 'If you were an owner and you had a general manager, would you make a change?' Under those circumstances, I speculated that I would probably have made a change, but that's not our situation."
---Perhaps the Philadelphia Eagles erred when in the team's decision to fire defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report.
Castillo's dismissal by head coach Andy Reid came in the days following a crushing overtime loss to the Detroit Lions on Oct. 14. He was replaced by defensive backs coach Todd Bowles.
One of the team's decision-makers described the move to the paper as a "miscalculation" after the Eagles allowed 371 yards of total offense in a 28-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
A week earlier, Philadelphia allowed the Atlanta Falcons to score on their first six possessions in a 30-17 win.
Castillo was promoted from offensive line coach in Jan. 2011, a decision that was soundly criticized by many at the time.
---Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is doubtful to play in Monday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs because of an ankle injury, head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters at his Tuesday press conference.
Brown suffered a high-ankle sprain injury in the first quarter of the team's win over the New York Giants.
Emmanuel Sanders will likely start and in his place. He had 24 catches for 302 yards and a touchdown as the team's No. 3 wideout so far this season.
---Dallas Cowboys DeMarco Murray isn't likely to play in Week 10 due to a foot injury, according to ESPN's Ed Werder.
Murray must still be cleared to work out with the team. ESPN reported that Murray's sprain continues to linger, and it's possible that he has a more serious injury. He hasn't appeared in a game or practice since getting hurt in Week 6, nearly a month ago.
---Oakland Raiders linebacker Aaron Curry has been added to the active roster, the team announced. He returned to practice Oct. 17.
Curry played in 11 games for the Raiders last season after being acquired from Seattle. He was the fourth overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft out of Wake Forest.
Linebacker Vic So'oto was waived to make room for Curry.