Soden: This Week In The NFL
Longest Reigning Bear Retires
One man has played more games with the Chicago Bears than Brian Urlacher and more games with the team than the great Dick Bukus and Jim McMahon combine…that man is long snapper Patrick Mannelly. Mannelly retired this week after 16 years and 245 games with the Bears. During that time he snapped the ball 2,282 time for everything from extra points to field goals.
Rex Ryan Defends Bill Belichick
Who thought the day would come when Rex Ryan, still in green and white, would defend Bill Belichick…not I. The whole story started when MMQB.com ran a profile piece on Browns head coach Mike Pettine. In it Pettine suggested that the Patriots may have obtained a copy of the Jets playbook some years ago.
The story Pettine tells is that Ryan once gave Alabama head coach Nick Saban a playbook, from there it was suggested that Saban gave said playbook to Belichick. This was revealed allegedly at Wes Welker’s wedding when Tom Brady told former Jets assistant Mike Smith that New England could have possible gotten their hands on a rival’s playbook.
Flash forward to present day…Rex Ryan seemed to be agitated by the story and while addressing the media had this to say.
“One thing I know for a fact, No. 1, I think it’s disrespectful to New England to say, ‘Oh, they did this,’” Ryan said. “I can tell you every single game we’ve ever had with New England has been decided on the field. Nobody’s had a competitive advantage. Nobody’s had anything else. And that’s a fact.”
But that wasn’t all…Jet fans may want to look away.
"To discredit somebody like Belichick, who is a real coach, studies his butt off,” Ryan said, “is ridiculous.”
I’m not a religious man, but if I was I think it would be safe to say that hell has frozen over.
White Guilt Wins
990WBOB’s own Michael Parente wrote an excellent piece on what is going on currently with the Washington Redskins and how a group of Native Americans marched to the U.S Patent and Trademark Office this week and won a case that basically states you can’t register a trademark that may disparage someone or bring them into contempt or disrepute. While on paper this may mean little to the team but to those five Native Americans and the rest of the bandwagon activist the moral victory is theirs.
Titans sign former Giants wide receiver Derek Hagan. Hagan started his career in Miami and also played for the Raiders.
The Baltimore Ravens announced the signing of cornerbacks Aaron Ross and Dominique Franks to go along with the signing of linebackers Austin Spitler and Nick Dimarco.
Derek Carr has reportedly move up the depth chart to QB2 ahead of Matt McGloin. While designated starter Matt Schaub has been handling his own at camp, Raiders coaching staff seems to feel that Carr is picking things up so quickly he might just end up competing with Schaub for the starting role before camps over with.
Former Patriot receiver Mark Harrison, whom the Pats waived in early June, has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday.
Early word is safety Duron Harmon could end up earning a starting role on the Patriots defense.
The New York Jets cut former Raiders running back Mike Goodson after he failed to report to mandatory minicamp. Several reports suggest no one knows exactly where Goodson is.
The Steelers are hoping their newest coach can bring some edge to a defense that has been lackluster of late. I’m sure former Steeler star Joey Porter will be able to do just that as the team’s new defensive assistant.
The Giants are looking at using Ruben Randle out of the slot. Speaking of Giants …tight end Larry Donnell was taken to the hospital this week following practice due to heat related issues. Donnell seems to be doing fine now.
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