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  1. No way no how!!! If we want to add a RB to team with Ivory we should look at CJ Spiller or DeMarco Murray. Even before Rice was dragging his wife around like a roll of carpet his game was heading downhill
  2. He's still on: www.draftinsider.net
  3. Here's the breakdown of the media's agenda during the early stages of our GM/HC searches. So when you read their "reports" keep this in mind, shameful: http://observer.com/2015/01/tabloid-sportswriters-attack-each-other-over-jets-coach/#ixzz3OvWV3I17 “Food fight” is too polite to describe the recent war of words between sports reporters who write about pro football for New York’s tabloid newspapers. The main combatants—but not the only ones—are Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post and Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. If it’s figurative food they’ve been throwing, it’s the foul byproduct of pre-digested meals. The issue was who would replace Rex Ryan as head coach of the New York Football Jets. Owner Woody Johnson settled that this week by hiring Todd Bowles to replace Ryan and Mike Maccagnan as his general manager to replace John Idzik. It looked a lot different two weeks ago when Cannizzaro touted a head-coaching candidate, Doug Marrone, who left Buffalo right after the regular season and is known to be a long-time friend of Cannizzaro’s. On Dec. 31 Cannizzaro began a drumbeat of Tweets with “I can see #Jets hiring Marrone pretty quickly and allowing him to have input in GM search.” Next day, Cannizzaro added “Marrone has jumped to the top of the Jets’ list . . . “ Not so fast, said the Daily News. Mehta in particular suggested it was “sleazy” for Jets’ consultants Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf to push a favored friend on Johnson so quickly after Marrone opted out of the final two years of his Bills deal. Mehta implied premature Jets’ discussions with Marrone’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, while Marrone still coached the Bills. Mehta also skated on thin journalistic ice when he quoted several anonymous sources saying negative things about a man unable to counter them. “He’s never won anywhere,” Mehta quoted an anonymous executive. (Marrone was 25-25 at Syracuse and 15-17 with the Bills.) Mehta found “one league source” who said Marrone “wasn’t the most-liked guy by the players.” Next, Mehta wrote that Marrone was a “control freak” according to “one person.” And “a source’ told Mehta that Marrone was all “about power and control. That is why he is a very dangerous person to have in the building.” By then, it turned into a hockey fight. Third man in was columnist Mike Lupica of the Daily News on Jan. 2 suggesting: “Woody would have been better off staying with Rex Ryan who has had much better results in pro football than Marrone has.” Then he ended with his characteristic Big-Town patter. Johnson, Lupica wrote “Looks like a sucker. Or maybe a mark.” According to a Seth Walder piece in the News on Jan 5, a former assistant to Marrone at Syracuse, Bob Casullo, told ESPN radio in Syracuse that Marrone is “Self-centered, selfish, greedy. You’re re-shuffling an egomaniac, less than .500 coach.” Next involved was Michael Kay on ESPN Radio in New York who told Mehta, his guest, that Mehta aggressively sought out people with axes to grind in Buffalo and that Mehta was naïve about how coaches play out their leverage. Post teammate Brian Costello came to the aide of Cannizzaro in a Jan. 9 post: “Two sources said that Marrone did not bomb the interview as has been reported” by the Daily News and others. Cannizzaro turned what was ostensibly a Boomer Esiason column into an attack on the unnamed Mehta. Esiason is the former Jets’ quarterback and broadcasting gadfly. Cannizzaro wrote: “Esiason cited the ‘agenda-driven’ smear campaign against Marrone by one New York newspaper as an example of how bad it can get here saying he ‘doesn’t take anything the paper” (the Daily News) “writes about the Jets seriously at all because it’s 100-percent agenda-drive and it’s so painfully obvious.’” Agenda? Hmmmm. Certainly it would be difficult for Mehta, from a competitive standpoint, to work against Cannizzaro if one of Cannizzaro’s friends became the head coach. Mehta, and his fellow writers at the Daily News, seemed to be reading the same playbook. Cannizzaro was out-manned by Daily News snipers, but stuck to his guns. “There have been rampant erroneous reports that Marrone’s interview with the Jets went poorly,” Cannizzaro wrote. “To the contrary, according to sources familiar with the proceedings. Marrone’s interview with the Jets went well.” But Marrone’s name soon dropped out of media speculation. Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn seemed to be a front runner until Bowles was hired Tuesday from the Arizona Cardinals, where he was defensive coordinator. Cannizzaro resorted to firing Twitter rockets, the current rage among overworked sports reporters who must serve that platform along with constant internet reporting and also full stories for the printed page. While Mehta was on Kay’s radio show, Cannizzaro tweeted: “MichaelKay1 embarrassing agenda-laced (begin air quotes here) journalism (end air quotes) here.” On Jan. 9, Cannizzaro tweeted: “Word in NFL circulating that former Bills HC Doug Marrone was high on @Woodyjohnson4 list until smear campaign by one writer ‘spooked him.’” On the same day, he also wrote: “For an owner to be influenced that much by one writer is shameful as astonishing. Can you imagine Giants John Mara that rabbit-eared?” Finally, he added: “Woody Johnson4 shid allow his fb peers hire HC most qualified for the job. If he doesn’t do that it remains #amateurhour at Flo Park.” Curiously, for such a verbose profession, the journalists kept silent when asked about the current fracas. Cannizzaro, in an email exchange, told the Observer: “As a colleague I would be happy to help, but my sports editor has advised that I not participate in the story. Apologies.” From The Daily News, sports editor Teri Thompson wrote in a message to the Observer: “Our stories speak for themselves. We’ll respectfully decline to comment, as will Manish.”
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    Ultimately I think Armstrong ends up here, ATL right now is playing hard ball making him wait for the new HC to decide his fate. But if Armstrong is tight with Bowles he'll tell their new HC he won't work for him and force his way out
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    Here's the bio on Keith Armstrong the ST coach ATL is holding hostage: http://www.atlantafalcons.com/team/coaches/Keith-Armstrong/37c548f7-ea99-48a8-acdf-46bd037574ff If you watched "Hard Knocks" he had an epic rant when the special teams unit was loafing
  6. More coaches coming on board: Alex Marvez @alexmarvez 5 minutes ago Source tells @NFLonFOX that @Atlanta_Falcons DBs coach Joe Danna leaving to @nyjets. Danna & Todd Bowles worked together for @MiamiDolphins Here's his bio: http://www.atlantafalcons.com/team/coaches/Joe-Danna/26493287-97d2-403a-9924-2555fd1be77e
  7. Someone who sees the big picture. Smith doesn't deserve anything handed to him, but to just cast him aside would be the height of stupidity. He's on his rookie contract with two years left and he has NFL talent (arm & legs). Let a fresh staff get their hands on him and see what they can do. It has happened in the past or do people forget Alex Smith in SF and what Harbaugh did with him. He went from being the "busts of all busts" to a serviceable game manager capable of taking a team to the playoffs
  8. When you look at Ryan's pattern he appeals to owner's who don't have a personality (sorry Woody) and whose team needs an infusion of energy. So the power of his personality overwhelms the owner and they get "hypnotized" into hiring him. That's why BAL never elevated him to HC, Bisciotti knew Ryan's act and didn't buy into his "schtick"
  9. I believe the press conference will be Friday. I think they are delaying it because the team's radio outlet (98.7) is wrapped up broadcasting the Knick game from London in the middle of the afternoon (3 pm). That would prevent the team from getting maximum exposure for Bowles, Maccagnan and Woody. In addition the Senior Bowl starts next week and the whole front office needs to be there
  10. The article sums it up perfectly. Too bad the reporter didn't have the guts to write it when Ryan was here
  11. I'll never buy the garbage that "the media had an impact on Woody not picking Marrone". That to me is the media trying to "gas themselves up" and thinking that they have influence. I think Marrone and his agent (Sexton) figured it was a layup to get the Jet job and didn't properly prepare. So when Marrone interviewed with Woody and saw he wasn't a "boob" it was too late and he blew his opportunity. Woody has hit a grand slam over the past month and him being prepared and informed about his team exposed Marrone. That's why he didn't get the job
  12. With the role of RB's getting minimized he won't command huge $$$. Would be an interesting pickup to team with Ivory
  13. I would like my attitude towards Ryan to always be "thanks for the memories, but it's time for a change". But with the "schtick" he's giving out at his press conference it makes it real hard. It's like he has a comedy routine and all he's doing is placing BUF in all the proper places. Hearing this I question if ANYTHING he said down here was genuine. He should NEVER say anything negative about the Jets because if Woody didn't give him a chance he would probably still be a DC in BAL. All this bluster tells me he'll never improve as a coach because he won't take responsibility for his failings the last four years
  14. Good article on Bowles, it sure seems like Ryan could have learned something from him: http://mmqb.si.com/2014/09/23/arizona-cardinals-defense-todd-bowles/ As you watch football week to week, you see new things crop up and wonder if they are trends or simply the result of teams playing the game with different lineup combinations. Necessity was the mother of invention in Arizona this year, with defensive coordinator Todd Bowles drawing up a new style of play because he had no other choice. The different usage of his marauding safeties has played a big role in the Cardinals’ 3-0 start. It especially was evident Sunday, in the 23-14 victory over the 49ers. The best coaches find ways to win when they’re at a personnel disadvantage. That’s what Bowles has done in the first three weeks of the season, when he’s been forced to find solutions with a different cast than he fielded last year as a first-year Cardinal defensive play-caller. Both three-down linebackers were lost—Daryl Washington to a season-long drug suspension and Karlos Dansby in free agency to Cleveland. This summer, two more defensive playmakers disappeared—tackle and team leader Darnell Dockett to an ACL tear and pass rusher John Abraham to IR with a concussion. • MORE FROM PETER KING: Week 3 Mailbag So Bowles decided, particularly in nickel situations, to play safeties near the line, and to play safeties pretty much everywhere. It’s not unusual to see four safeties on the field for the Cardinals, and they have four good ones: starters Tony Jefferson and Tyrann Mathieu, and quasi-starters Deone Bucannon and Rashad Johnson. That’s how they’re listed on the depth chart, but on Sunday, Johnson was the starter at free safety and played all 64 snaps, and Bucannon, the rookie first-round pick, played a hybrid role that had him playing linebacker much of the game. Jefferson, a strong safety, also plays down in the box and had 52 snaps. Mathieu is still recovering from major knee surgery nine months ago and isn’t ready for a full role yet. A Season Slipping Away After two ugly second-half collapses in the past two weeks, Jim Harbaugh‘s 49ers suddenly look like a team that lacks discipline and focus. Greg Bedard asks: Can they turn it around? FULL STORY Bowles isn’t the only defensive coach finding different uses for safeties, because of the advanced use of athletic tight ends and three- and four-receiver sets, but so far this year he’s the most effective. On Sunday, he tormented Colin Kaepernick with Jefferson and Bucannon playing down at inside linebacker several times. Bucannon was impressive because he didn’t get caught in the wave of misdirection that San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Roman was throwing at the Cardinals. Usually, a veteran play-caller can get a rookie to bite on misdirection, but Bucannon is a mature player who stayed home on several snaps flowing left and made plays. “We were losing a lot of players in the off-season,” Bowles said Monday from Arizona, “and losing a lot of pass rushers. So when we get to third down, most of our better athletes are now defensive backs who can play some nickel linebacker down in the box. With all the DBs on the field, I guess it’s hard [for a quarterback] to point out who the Mike linebacker is—so that leaves the offense in a little bit of confusion. You’ve got four safeties who can come back or come up, so you kind of play with that a little bit to offset some of your lack of pass rush.” In the first half against the Niners, Kaepernick often went no-huddle, and that prevented the Cardinals from adjusting on the fly to moving the safeties down in the box and adding them depending on the situation. In the second half, the Niners slowed down, and that helped Arizona make changes more often. “Last year,” said Bowles, “we had two three-down linebackers in Karlos and Daryl, so it was easy to leave them on the field, because they can do more things than the ones we have this year. So in order for us to be a little bit faster, we have safeties that can tackle and play in the box and they can get to the quarterback a little faster, as well as messing up the blocking scheme. So that helps out a lot … We don’t have the impact players that you always had, but from a chemistry standpoint, the way the players get along and communicate makes it kind of easy to play.” Todd Bowles (Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Bowles, a former NFL defensive back, is in his 14th years as an NFL assistant. He played for Joe Gibbs in Washington and coached under Bill Parcells in Dallas. I asked him what he learned under two of the best coaches, and mentors, in recent years. “Coach Gibbs was very meticulous,” said Bowles. “He was an outstanding X’s and O’s guy. And under coach Gibbs I had Richie Petitbon as coordinator, and he was one of the best X’s and O’s guys that I’ve ever been around. He taught me how to watch film and how to see the football game and really become kind of a coach on the field and see what’s going to happen to you and how to diagnose things. “Coach Parcells taught me from a coaching standpoint how to look at the game, how to treat coaches, what to look for every day—he taught me the entire game overall. I think he doesn’t get enough credit for how great he was at seeing the entire game, offensively and defensively. He knew how to push players’ buttons. He knew what they could and couldn’t do. He had an idea from the first guy on the roster to the last guy on the roster about how he would play them if they had to play. I learned a great deal from him about using all my pieces.’’ He’s using them all in Arizona now. And it would be a surprise if Bowles doesn’t get a chance to use them as an NFL head coach. Soon.
  15. Another article about Gailey's offense and it's concepts. It does sound similar to Chip Kelly's in PHI: http://espn.go.com/blog/afceast/post/_/id/32126/inside-the-buffalo-bills-offense ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The NFL's highest-scoring offense might be found in Buffalo, but it was hatched in Pittsburgh. In the mid-1990s, Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey was a wide receivers coach for the Steelers. Gailey realized he had a deep and talented group, and convinced Pittsburgh -- primarily a running team -- to use more four-receiver sets. "We kind of evolved to it, to be honest with you," Gailey said. "Ron Erhardt was the offensive coordinator, and we had four really good players. We had Ernie Mills, Andre Hastings, and Charles Johnson and Yancey Thigpen. So we said, 'How can we get them on the field at the same time?'" The concept helped lead the Steelers to the Super Bowl after the 1995 season. Sixteen years later, Gailey's spread offense is tearing up the NFL once again. The Bills lead the league in scoring with 113 points in three games. Buffalo (3-0) averages 37.7 points per game, is third in total offense and is the only undefeated team in the AFC. Now, instead of Neil O'Donnell, the Bills have fast-rising quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Thigpen's role as the No. 1 receiver in Gailey's offense is filled by Buffalo's Steve Johnson. Charles Johnson and Hastings are replaced by Donald Jones and David Nelson. Receiver Naaman Roosevelt, tight end Scott Chandler and tailback C.J. Spiller share time as Buffalo's fourth receiver. Even Kordell "Slash" Stewart, who was used on trick plays by Gailey and Pittsburgh's staff, is comparable to Bills receiver/quarterback/returner Brad Smith. But so far, Buffalo hasn't used many trick plays. Gailey's system thrives on several core principles. First, by lining up with four receivers, Buffalo is able to "expand the defense." Buffalo's alignment forces defenses to spread out. It creates bigger seams, and makes it easier for the quarterback to read defenses and recognize blitzes. Fitzpatrick, a Harvard graduate, is one of the smartest quarterbacks in the league. He’s done a great job of reading defenses pre-snap, and changing routes and protection. It's led to Fitzpatrick’s fast start and his earning AFC player of the month honors. He's thrown for 871 yards and nine touchdowns in three games. "When he's confident, on top of his game and hot, he's really hard to deal with," Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. said of Fitzpatrick. "I don't know if that's going to keep up for 16 games. But he's on fire right now. He's at the pinnacle of his game." Buffalo's spread also takes defenses out of their comfort zones. Every base defense in the NFL has three or four linebackers. The Bills, with three and four receivers, create tough choices. If opponents stay in their base defense, they have to cover wide receivers with linebackers. If opponents go away from their base defense, some of the better, front-seven players are taken off the field. That makes it easier to run the football. Bills tailback Fred Jackson is fourth in the NFL in rushing yards (303). It's a catch-22 opponents have yet to figure out. "Oakland stayed in a lot of base, and we exploited that," Jones said. "David in the middle, if they're going to keep a linebacker on him, that's a mismatch all day. Kansas City did the same thing. "That's why we do it: to see what the defense is going to do. Are they going to bring in extra corners, or are they going to stay base? We're going to exploit it, whatever it is." Buffalo's offense works because it defies stereotypes. With spreads, typically you think of big plays in the passing game but also a lot of sacks and struggles running the ball. Fitzpatrick has been sacked just once this season, and Buffalo is fourth in the league in rushing. The Bills average 5.6 yards per carry. One of the secrets of Buffalo's success has been its receivers' blocking downfield. Buffalo is second in the NFL with six runs of 20 yards or more. "This is what we tell our receivers: 'Do you want the running back to block the protection when you're running a route so you can catch a pass?'" Gailey said. "If you do, then when he's running the ball, you block for him because we're in this thing together." Gailey's selfless team concept is working for the Bills. Buffalo usually sends four receivers out on passing plays, and it's Jackson's responsibility to block the extra rusher. "I don't know if there's a better pass-protecting back in the league with what he does," Fitzpatrick said. "The fans and everybody watching the game, they see his runs, they see what he does after the catch, but that’s the thing that nobody really talks about and that’s what makes him one of the most complete backs in the game. "He's taken on defensive linemen, he's taken on defensive ends and he's storming linebackers. Whatever it is, he's the best I've played with in terms of picking up blitzes. There are no stats for that." The success of Buffalo’s offense has permeated the entire team. Veteran Bills kicker Rian Lindell has seen a lot of bad offenses in his eight seasons in Buffalo. He provided some insight into how this year's offense has changed things. "I have a kicking shoe that's tighter, so I don't wear it all game," Lindell said. "It used to be, I would wait until we get to midfield or in field goal range until I put it on. Now, if we get the ball on our own 20, 25 or 30, I say, 'I better put the shoe on. It might be a couple plays, and I have to get warmed up.'" These Bills believe they can score with anyone. They proved it in a 34-31 shootout victory against New England. The Bills fell behind 21-0 in the first half and became the first NFL team to overcome deficits of 18 or more points in back-to-back weeks. Buffalo trailed by 21-3 at halftime of a 38-35 victory over Oakland in Week 2. The offense is clicking because players better understand the system, Gailey said. In 2010, Gailey's first year in Buffalo, the Bills were ranked No. 25 offensively. They got off to a horrendous 0-8 start but finished the second half of the season 4-4. The Bills are 7-4 in their past 11 games. Surprisingly, Buffalo's offensive playbook is not huge, players say. Gailey puts an emphasis on keeping things manageable. He believes that if everyone knows exactly what he's doing, the plays will work and it's easier to hold players accountable. Many question whether the Bills, a four-win team in 2010, have the staying power to remain in contention. Much of it rests on this offense's ability to perform at a high level over 16 games. Through three weeks, Buffalo is on pace to score 602 points this season. That would break the NFL record set by the Patriots (589) in 2007. "I don't know if we'll set records this year," Gailey said. "But it'd be nice if we did."
  16. Tweets about Gailey: Nick Mensio @NickMensio 9 hours ago I love the Gailey hire for the #Jets. He's old as dirt,but he was kinda Chip Kelly before Chip Kelly was a thing. Nick Mensio @NickMensio 9 hours ago Chan Gailey managed 71:44 TD:INT ratio out of Ryan freakin' Fitzpatrick across 45 starts. Stevie Johnson 3-straight 1,000-yard seasons. Benjamin Allbright @AllbrightNFL 9 hours ago Love the #Jets hires, Chan Gailey gets guys in space, is creative, maximizes QBs. Just not HC material & that's what people judge him on. Benjamin Allbright @AllbrightNFL 10 hours ago Chan Gailey was a bust as a HC, but as an OC he's been really good. Got good production with Tyler Thigpen at the helm in KC...
  17. Initially I didn't like the Gailey hiring because I remember him from his HC days in BUF. But after reading the breakdown article earlier in the thread (great find) I can see why Bowles hired him. It shows Bowles has studied our personnel and has a vision for our offense. Gailey's system sounds like what Smith is used to at W. Va and I definitely think we'll be looking at Bryce Petty in the draft
  18. Not thrilled with Chan Gailey as OC hopefully someone just threw his name around. I guess I could deal with him as the QB coach since we'll probably have at least two young QB's on the roster. He could use his experience to groom/teach them
  19. We'll see if this is true. There are some very attractive coordinator candidates out there, hopefully Bowles has relationships with them: OC - Trestman, Shanahan DC - Schwartz, Fangio
  20. We'll see where these Bowles rumors go, at this point I doubt everything these reporters are "tweeting" out. I had Quinn and Bowles at the top of my list from the beginning so I'm fine with either one. I'm sure there will be people that "bash" the team because "they didn't get their first choice". But we don't know how the search team ranked the candidates. On top of that what if Maccagnan came in and said he wanted to hire Bowles. Are we now going to complain because the GM actually selected his own coach???
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    We'll see where these Bowles rumors go, at this point I doubt everything these reporters are "tweeting" out. I had Quinn and Bowles at the top of my list from the beginning so I'm fine with either one. I'm sure there will be people that "bash" the team because "they didn't get their first choice". But we don't know how the search team ranked the candidates. On top of that what if Maccagnan came in and said he wanted to hire Bowles. Are we now going to complain because the GM actually selected his own coach???
  22. - With all the unrest in DEN is Demaryius Thomas a possible target in free agency? With Harvin due $10 million next year we could cut him and allocate that money to Thomas. In addition if anyone watched Decker's reality show when it was on, Thomas loves Decker and his wife like a brother and sister - If not Thomas another possible WR target could be Randall Cobb out of GB. With Davante Adams breakout game on Sunday do they save their money and let Cobb walk? - For some reason I believe Mariota will slip when he goes through the pre-draft process. Similar to the way Bridgewater slipped as the scouts picked his game apart when they got their look at him. Here's my question if he's available at #6 do you take him? Or do you take a call from Chip Kelly in PHI who is offering this year's #1, #2, #3 and next year's #3 (based on the draft chart)
  23. You're probably right. He'll change them to a 3-4 base, force players into different positions. And then he'll bring in guys from the Jets to "teach" his defense (Harris, Pace, Landry) and make them slower than snails
  24. You knew this was going to happen. If Ryan isn't the DC what's he good for??? Offense, game management??? Ok
  25. Nobody will be let go from our scouting staff until after the draft. We are not going to let that amount of information leave until the draft is over
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