November 19, 2009 |
In the latest effort to turn around the Cleveland Browns, Coach Eric Mangini looked to none other than NBA superstar LeBron James. "I think he should come on down," Mangini told reporters. "I know he's pretty busy right now, but if he wants to give it a shot, the guy is gifted. He's competitive and tough. I'm sure whatever he applied himself to, he'd probably be good in baseball or soccer or swimming." The invitation came after James, a high school standout in both basketball and football, told the Associated Press on Tuesday he could turn around the struggling franchise.
November 12, 2009 |
Brady Quinn, benched by Cleveland Browns Coach Eric Mangini 2 1/2 games into the season, will start Monday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens, the team the former Notre Dame star was facing Sept. 27 when he was yanked at halftime. "I'm excited to play," he said. "I'm excited to be part of Monday night." Mangini's decision to switch back from Derek Anderson to Quinn wasn't met with overwhelming support in Cleveland's locker room. Several Browns players interviewed Wednesday said they were unaware of Quinn's return to the top of the depth chart.
October 2, 2006 |
There was no trombone player involved, so the California-Stanford play is safe. There were no playoff implications either, so the "Music City Miracle" still stands ahead. Heck, the New York Jets didn't even score on their lateral-laden circus play that ended a 31-28 loss to the Colts, but six players touched the ball and it was entertaining nonetheless.
October 11, 2008 |
Running back Brian Westbrook will sit out his second game in three weeks when the Philadelphia Eagles play the 49ers on Sunday at San Francisco. Westbrook broke two ribs in the Eagles' 23-17 loss to Washington last Sunday, though he kept playing. "Brian wants to go. He's in the mind-set that he wants to play, but it's a decision that I've got to make," Eagles Coach Andy Reid said Friday.
September 30, 2009 |
Twitter's popularity among athletes continues to be a bane for the people who coach them, and some coaches are striking back. Texas Tech Coach Mike Leach is the latest to ban Twitter usage by his players. The decision came after linebacker Marlon Williams tweeted, "Wondering why I'm still in this meeting room when the head coach can't even be on time to his [own] meeting." After Texas Tech lost to Houston to fall to 2-2, offensive lineman Brandon Carter tweeted, "This is not how I saw our season."
January 1, 2009 |
San Francisco 49ers Coach Mike Singletary announced two more departures from his coaching staff Wednesday, firing quarterbacks coach Ted Tollner and running backs coach Tony Nathan. Singletary dismissed offensive coordinator Mike Martz on Tuesday after one season with the 49ers. Nathan also was in his first year with the team. Tollner, the former USC head coach, had two stints with the club during the last decade.
August 19, 2006 |
Junior Seau returned to the NFL on Friday after a four-day retirement, trading surfing in San Diego for a one-year contract with the New England Patriots that the 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker hopes will pay off with a long-sought Super Bowl ring. "I'm going after my master's now," the jet-lagged Seau said in a conference call. That was a reference to his lavish retirement ceremony Monday at the San Diego Chargers' headquarters when he said: "I'm not retiring. I am graduating."
October 27, 2009 |
Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson used a gay slur for the second time in as many days Monday, the Kansas City Star reported on its website. Johnson refused to speak with reporters, a day after the Chiefs' 37-7 home loss to the San Diego Chargers. Sitting in front of his locker, he turned away and muttered the slur in telling reporters to get "out of here," according to the Star, which recorded the comment. On Sunday, Johnson belittled rookie Coach Todd Haley on Twitter in a series of posts that included the same gay slur.
December 31, 2008 |
Mike Martz, the headstrong coach who took St. Louis to the 2002 Super Bowl, was fired Tuesday after one season as the San Francisco 49ers' offensive coordinator. San Francisco Coach Mike Singletary announced Martz's third firing in less than three calendar years after an afternoon meeting with the veteran offensive mastermind. This parting had long been expected, and it wasn't nearly as acrimonious as Martz's last two dismissals in St. Louis and Detroit.
August 15, 2007 |
A given in the NFL in recent seasons is that New England will win the AFC East. The Patriots have won the division four years in a row and are expected to do so again this season. Favored to win the Super Bowl by many so-called experts and oddsmakers, New England is an overwhelming choice over New York, Buffalo and Miami in the AFC East. The websites Vegasinsider.com and Marsasoft.