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Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has a few verbal crutches. You cover a man for six years, you get to know them well.
“Setback” is a favorite of his. “Anytime” prefaces a lot of his sentences. He did it five times on Wednesday. One of his other favorites that amused the Broncos media corps for a long time when he was coaching in Denver was when he’d start an answer with “to be honest with you.”
“To be honest with you,” Shanahan said on Wednesday, discussing benching quarterback Robert Griffin III for Kirk Cousins, “as I’ve stated before, I wanted to give Robert as many reps as he possibly could have.”
That was always a humorous one, because what did it mean the rest of the time when he didn’t say it?
On Wednesday he had a pretty good punchline when answering one of many questions on the Redskins’ quarterback situation.
“What I’m trying to do is be as honest as I can, and I don’t normally do that because I don’t really think it’s anybody’s business except the guys in our locker room,” Shanahan said, according to the Redskins’ transcript. “And I don’t get into a lot of detail, but here I think it’s a must for people to understand what I’m thinking relative to Robert, what I’m thinking relative to Kirk, this organization, and what direction we’re trying to go in moving forward.”
So, in short, I usually lie to you but trust me on this one because now I’m being sincere. I’m sure the people there got a chuckle out of that. It’s pretty funny.
But to be honest with you, Shanahan has handled a very volatile situation very well this week. That’s not too surprising considering he has been a coach most of his life, but imagine being in his situation.
He’s juggling a quarterback controversy in one of the most football-crazy cities in the NFL. That would be plenty difficult on its own, and then add multiple questions about his job security. He has been asked multiple times about his relationships with owner Daniel Snyder and Griffin. He was even asked if he and Snyder have discussed the future of his offensive coordinator, who happens to be his son, Kyle.
Shanahan has come off reasonably well, considering this is a legitimate five-alarm NFL fire he’s dealing with. I’m sure he hasn’t told the truth on every subject, because no football coach tells the truth all the time, everyone knows that. But Shanahan has been accommodating. He has been expansive on his decisions regarding Griffin. Sure he got a bit frustrated at repeated questions on Monday and wanted to talk about this week’s game, but he understands that’s not possible. Shanahan stood in front of the media for a long time and answered a lot of difficult questions, including many about his future, which shows he knows this is just part of life as a NFL coach.
“I think anytime that you have a year left on your contract and you have three wins, that’s going to be out there,” Shanahan said. “That’s what happens. That’s the nature of our business.”
And that’s the truth… we think.
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CHICAGO — Should the Chicago Bears ditch Jay Cutler this offseason and just start Josh McCown?
It’s not a stunning concept at this point if you look purely at how the Bears have played with McCown as the starter.
But, oh, lo, it’s not that easy.
Still, having seen McCown for seven games this season — five strong starts and two good relief appearances — including Monday’s 45-28 thumping of the Dallas Cowboys, it’s tempting to think about the possibility.
McCown was not perfect Monday. He misfired on some passes (a few badly) and seemed to be less effective the closer the Bears got to the end zone.
But the confidence, rhythm and poise is there for a quarterback who, even at age 35, might be the Bears’ best option. Did you watch the downfield pitch and catch with Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall against the helpless Cowboys secondary? It was sinful.
Why pay Cutler, a free agent in 2014 who would make $ 16 million next year if he’s franchised and likely not too much less per season if the Bears want to do a long-term deal?
But again, it’s not that simple.
Bears head coach Marc Trestman loves Cutler. Or so he says he does. Trestman has been consistent with that. He might campaign to general manager Phil Emery to do whatever it takes to bring Cutler back, despite Emery’s talk that the Bears might not franchise his quarterback.
Before this season, McCown started two games in the previous five years. Could this be a mirage? Could his leaping receivers be the real reason McCown is having so much success?
Even McCown can’t fully embrace the idea of him being the starter yet.
“Like I have said, I am the backup. Jay’s the starter, and if Jay is healthy, he’ll be the starter,” McCown said, playing the role of humble well. “My job is, whenever he takes back over, we’ll be in a position to win.”
Cutler could come back next week. Trestman seemed to suggest that Monday after the game. It’s likely McCown goes back to the bench.
But that all could change after three more games, or more if the Bears win out and make the postseason. The future of the Bears’ franchise seems to be hanging out in the wind, and what if Cutler can’t get the job done with the postseason now on the horizon again? It’s another fascinating layer to this debate, which rages on.
It must be stated that the Bears have faced exactly one good defense — that of the Baltimore Ravens — with McCown under center. He performed well in that game, handled the elements well and led his team to a double-digit comeback after a nearly two-hour weather delay. That counts for something.
Not that we should ignore what McCown has done against the Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Rams, Washington Redskins or Cowboys, which allowed the Bears to score eight times in their first eight possessions on Monday. The Bears had the ball 14 times against the Vikings and scored only four times. And exactly one defense McCown has faced ranked in the top 21 in pass coverage.
And if you played the what-if game Monday, you could bring up McCown’s three poor passes in the end zone, which included a dropped interception, and another dropped pick in his own end of the field. He was not flawless by any stretch.
But the plays he made required skill, patience and precision, and McCown is making the best of his second (third? fourth?) chance at an NFL career. The journeyman-turned-substitute-teacher-turned-hero is doing everything the team ever could ask of him, and more.
McCown’s helicopter touchdown run — his first rushing touchdown since 2004 —was the perfect call in that spot when his receivers were covered outside and the middle of the defense opened up. And why not throw it outside the numbers against Cover 2 with those receivers and the Cowboys’ safeties unable to help their corners out?
That’s what you want out of your backup: Play within the confines of the offense and avoid mistakes, letting your playmakers do the heavy lifting. But McCown has provided more, and it’s to the point where we’re discussing the idea of a soon-to-be-36-year old with 42 starts in 11 seasons replacing a potential franchise quarterback in the middle of his prime.
That alone shows you how well the guy is playing. And if he keeps it up, that talk might not be so crazy.
But what if you let Cutler walk and he goes to Tennessee, or wherever, and dominates? Furthermore, what if McCown turns back into the guy with the 37-44 TD-INT ratio entering this season?
If that happens, Emery and Trestman might have to find Al Capone’s secret underground tunnels in order to get out of town alive.
Before Cutler, many Bears fans asked — legitimately — if it was the team’s first “franchise” quarterback in their lifetimes. Now there’s real talk about maybe letting him go. The litmus test: People aren’t (yet) completely freaked out by the idea.
Better let it soak in a little longer. It’s not out of the realm of possibilities — not with this general manger, his quarterback whisperer/head coach and not with McCown. They’re all making the chances go up by the day.
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Samsung this evening announced it will launch the industry’s first 1-terabyte (1TB) mSATA SSD this month. That doubles the capacity (512GB) of some of the largest-capacity mSATA SSDs generally available today. As such, the 1TB 840 EVO mSATA SSD is poised to bring unprecedented large-capacity hard storage to some of the market’s thinnest portables. The […]
Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson capitalized on being one of the NFL’s top players when he signed a four-year deal worth $ 53.5 million in 2011.
Unfortunately, for the Titans, it was a total waste of money.
Johnson reportedly received $ 30 million in guarantees, but never lived up to that contract. As a result of his mediocrity, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports Johnson will be released after this season.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 8, 2013
There is a good reason why.
Johnson rushed for 2,006 yards and 14 touchdowns, plus had 502 receiving yards and two touchdowns, in 2009. Some NFL observers believed Johnson was better than Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson after that season, and the Titans seemingly had a running back that was a difference maker.
Instead, Johnson rushed for 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2010, and after holding out for a new contract, he had 1,047 rushing yards and four touchdowns in 2011. The mediocrity continued when Johnson compiled 1,243 rushing yards and six touchdowns in 2012. He currently has 774 rushing yards and four touchdowns through 12 games this season. Johnson is also averaging a career-low 3.8 yards per carry.
In addition, Rapoport said the Titans could be in a market for a new quarterback, and mentioned Jay Cutler as a possible candidate. Cutler is a free agent after this season, and it is unclear if the Bears will attempt to re-sign him.
Name to watch for #Titans future QB: Jay Cutler. Sources: He’s on the radar & believed to be interested in being back in Tenn. if out in CHI
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 8, 2013
Why is the Jake Locker 2015, fifth-year option relevant now? Titans must make it final this May, not next May. It’s a $ 13M decision. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 8, 2013
It appears a lot of changes might occur in Tennessee after this season, and Johnson could be the first person out of the door.
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ESPN First Take’s Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss the recent news of Dallas Owner Jerry Jones‘ comments towards Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo.
The Detroit Lions are coming off a big Thanksgiving Day win, but one of their star players will be one of the few to come out of the holiday lighter in the trousers.
That’s because the NFL has fined Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh $ 7,875 for making a throat-slash gesture in the team’s Week 12 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
After a tackle of Bucs running back Bobby Rainey for a three-yard loss in the game, an overexcited Suh made the gesture — which was banned by the NFL in 1999.
Suh now has been fined three times this season for a whopping total of $ 139,375. He was fined $ 100,000 for an illegal low block against Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan after a turnover in Week 1, and later $ 31,500 for a roughing-the-passer foul against Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden in Week 6.
His past indiscretions have been well-documented. In 2011, he was suspended two games after pushing the head of and stomping on the arm of Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith on Thanksgiving, and one year later — on the same holiday — Suh was fined $ 30,000 for a kick to the groin of Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub. Suh previously had been fined for several other questionable hits and once was named, in a poll of NFL players, the dirtiest player in the NFL by The Sporting News.
In the 40-10 Thanksgiving beat-down of the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Suh was a monster, collecting a sack (one of seven for the Lions) for a safety, hitting quarterback Matt Flynn twice, batting down a pass and managing to keep his composure in what was a tense game early on with all the pregame talking from the Packers’ Josh Sitton about the Lions’ defensive line and coaches.
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You can’t blame Ed Reed for being a little stir crazy.
He’s not used to losing, but hasn’t been a part of a win since last season’s Super Bowl. He went to Houston, missed both of their first two wins with injury, then came back during the Texans’ losing streak. After he was cut, he landed with the Jets, who have lost two in a row after adding Reed. That’s 0-9 for a future Hall of Famer coming off a Super Bowl title.
Reed would be so happy to break the streak against Miami on Sunday that he might dump the Gatorade bucket on himself:
— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) November 27, 2013
Now we’re rooting for the Jets on Sunday, just to see if he follows through. Because it would be phenomenal to see Reed pouring Gatorade on himself at the end of a win.
Reed wasn’t done entertaining the media. He was talking about the matchup between the 5-6 Jets and the 5-6 Dolphins, which will have huge wild-card implications, and the Jets newcomer wasn’t aware that famous Jets fan Fireman Ed retired. Well, Safety Ed put out the call to Fireman Ed to come on back.
Ed Reed had no idea Fireman Ed quit… “We need to bring him out of retirement!” — Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) November 27, 2013
Ed Reed wants Fireman Ed back. Says Jets need him to get the stadium “crunk.”
— Jane McManus (@janesports) November 27, 2013
Hey, if it leads to Ed Reed’s self-inflicted Gatorade bath, we’re all for it.
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(Credit: Catalano Restaurant)
Why make a boring gingerbread house when you can attack Hoth and hunger with this delightful dessert worthy of the Empire itself?
Chef Aaron Lawrence from the Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar at Victoria, British Columbia’s Magnolia Hotel & Spa created the gingerbread AT-AT for the fifth annual Canada’s National Gingerbread Showcase. Professional and amateur chefs alike are invited to the showcase to build and decorate their own one-of-a-kind gingerbread creations in support of Habitat for Humanity Victoria.
Since the theme this year is transportation, Chef Lawrence decided to pay homage to both “Star Wars” and Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer.
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Last week, I noted an Indiegogo campaign for the iQi: A super-thin wireless charging accessory for iPhones and iPod touch devices that use Apple’s Lightning port. This week, I received an iQi review unit and wireless charging puck. After using it for two days with my iPhone 5s, I can tell you it works as advertised. But you have to see it to appreciate how it works: The iQi is only 0.5 millimeters thin, adding wireless charging without adding bulk.
Because the iQi is so thin, you need to use a soft case or cover with your iOS device in order to wirelessly charge it. Nobody would ever know the capability was there.
And the device probably works best with the Koolpuck charging pad because Qi charging is very particular where you place a device on a charging pad. I like how the Koolpuck sends audio feedback when your iPhone isn’t quite lined up right for charging. Of course, the iQi works with any Qi charging pad as I demonstrate in the video.
As of now there are still four days left for the iQi Indiegogo campaign, so you can get a iQi for $ 25. Early bird deals for the iQi and Koolpuck priced at $ 50 are sold out, so they now cost $ 65. After using the iQi, I’m sold, mainly because of how well it works and the fact that I prefer very thin cases for my iPhone — if I have to use a case at all, that is.
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