November 13, 2008 |
If he's going down, Romeo Crennel is going down fighting. Stung and insulted by veteran running back Jamal Lewis' claim that some unnamed Browns quit in the fourth quarter of last week's loss to the Denver Broncos, Cleveland's embattled coach disputed Lewis' belief, defended his leadership skills and said he was certain his team has not given up on him or a season spiraling away. "When you say that the team quit, that's saying that I quit," said Crennel, whose team is 3-6.
January 7, 2013
Syracuse's Doug Marrone became the second coach scooped up by an NFL team Monday, hired by the Buffalo Bills. The move leaves five teams still searching for replacements for coaches who were fired a week ago - the day after the regular season ended. Marrone arrives in Buffalo after three seasons as the coach at Syracuse. The 48-year-old New Yorker takes over for Chan Gailey , who was fired after three losing seasons. Marrone helped restore the Orange to bowl status but has a tougher job with the Bills - ending a 13-year postseason drought.
December 30, 2008 |
New York Jets Coach Eric Mangini was fired Monday, a day after the Jets failed to make the playoffs despite an 8-3 start and having an NFL-high seven Pro Bowl selections. "I feel that we let him down and we could have done a better job of making plays," wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery said. "It's tough." Behind quarterback Brett Favre, the Jets beat New England and Tennessee on the road in consecutive weeks, raising visions among fans of the team's first Super Bowl trip since 1969.
January 13, 2010 |
In his own view, Charles Woodson put together his best pro season in 2009. How appropriate, then, that he is the Associated Press 2009 NFL defensive player of the year. The versatile Woodson tied for the league lead with nine interceptions, returning three for touchdowns, and was a key to the Packers' turnaround on defense. His role in Green Bay's ranking second in overall defense and first in interceptions (30), takeaways (40) and turnover margin (plus-24) earned Woodson 28 votes Tuesday from a nationwide panel of 50 sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the NFL. "Yeah, it's the best," Woodson said of his performance this season.
December 12, 2011 |
Kansas City's Todd Haley and Miami's Tony Sparano had something in common as NFL coaches. They both enjoyed early success, briefly putting their teams on an upward trajectory, before those clubs leveled off and began to head back down. Haley and Sparano now have something else in common. Both were fired Monday, three weeks before the end of the regular season. They were the second and third firings this season, coming on the heels of Jacksonville dismissing Jack Del Rio two weeks ago. "Timing in this situation is always difficult," Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said at a news conference.
December 22, 2011 |
The Times' NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week's matchups. Lines according to Glantz-Culver (O/U = over/under). Last week's record 10-6 (.625); season 146-78 (.652). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 9-5-2 (.643); season 104-105-15 (.498). Denver (8-6) at Buffalo (5-9) Saturday, 10 a.m. Broncos 18, Bills 16 TV: None. DirecTV: 704. Line: Broncos by 3. O/U: 41. The Bills have lost seven in a row to drop out of playoff contention, and Ryan Fitzpatrick has had 12 picks over that span.