Rex Ryan Has Jets Bury Ball From 45-3 Loss to Patriots

After getting beat up by the Patriots on Monday night in New England 45-3 and having an airplane make fun of them, the Jets decided to do something about it. Head coach Rex Ryan led his team outside Wednesday for a meeting and officially buried a ball from the loss behind a goal post. Literally.

WTVD says “Ryan gathered his players around a hole in the ground, just off a grass practice field, and placed a football into the earth — a game ball from Monday night’s embarrassing 45-3 loss to the New England Patriots.”

Some of the players said the tactic worked as they didn’t just hear a coach figuratively tell them to turn the page, but literally saw him bury the game in the past. The story would have been much cooler if it weren’t a rip off of Bill Belichick.

Rich Cimini informs us that Belichick did the exact same thing after a 30-10 loss to the Dolphins in 2001. The Pats later went on to beat the Rams in the Super Bowl, and guess what? Rob Ryan — Rex’s twin brother — was on Belichick’s staff then. Rex may be funny, but he certainly doesn’t get points for creativity.

Colts Radio Announcer Bob Lamey Rips Peyton Manning Off-Air

What do New York Islanders TV announcer Howie Rose and Indianapolis Colts radio man Bob Lamey have in common? Both men were caught on epic rants which they thought no one could hear. The difference: Rose was bagged ripping a horrendous hockey team that had just lost 13 straight games, while Lamey was dogging one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time.

Pro Football Talk called our attention to an interesting piece from Stampede Blue that highlights Lamey’s alleged spaz out, where he trashed Peyton Manning and said Jim Caldwell should bench him.  The clip — which Stampede Blue has yet to track down — was played on ESPN Radio 1070 in Indianapolis.  At first I was skeptical about the validity of the claim, but word has it Lamey approached Manning at his locker to apologize on Wednesday.

Amidst Lamey’s rant was talk of NFL defenses having “figured Manning out” and that the Colts should start looking for his replacement in the 2011 draft.  Lamey also expressed that he thought No. 18 should be benched in favor of Curtis Painter.  That’s right, Curtis Painter.  Manning has been horrible lately and thrown 11 picks in three games, but he’s still Peyton Manning.

Lamey is supposedly a classic homer when he calls games, but he should probably be in fear of losing his job.  The Indianapolis Star said Manning “appeared to accept” his apology, but now that the story has become public it may be tougher for Manning to let go and if Peyton ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.  How would you feel if someone said Curtis Painter should replace you?  Not too good, and you aren’t one of the two best quarterbacks in the NFL.

LBS NFL Power Rankings Week 14

1. New England Patriots (10-2, –)

The Patriots are on their own planet after Monday night’s 45-3 victory over the Jets. If anyone tells you they saw that coming, they’re lying. With the win, New England put itself in prime position for a first round by and home-field advantage, where Tom Brady has been unbeatable.

2. Atlanta Falcons (10-2, –)

Atlanta continues to win big game after big game. They followed a huge win over the Packers with a road win over the Buccaneers. Matt Ryan is proving he has ice water running through his veins, as he’s led fourth quarter game-winning touchdown drives in consecutive weeks.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3, +3)

The Steelers have been struggling recently and were in need of a signature win. Thanks to a fourth-quarter strip sack from Troy Polamalu, they got it. Beating the Ravens in Baltimore was huge for Pittsburgh’s position in the AFC North. Three of their last four are against the Bengals, Browns, and Panthers.

4. New Orleans Saints (9-3, +1)

The mark of a great team is being able to win on the road. It wasn’t pretty, but the Saints are now 5-1 on the road this season after defeating the Bengals in Cincinnati. They’ll need to continue their hot streak to keep pace with the Falcons, who don’t appear to be slowing down.

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Niners Go Back to Alex Smith Proving Winning Not a Priority for Singletary

No matter what happens it seems like a constant that San Francisco 49ers fans defend Alex Smith. Don’t ask me why, I guess they still believe he’ll prove himself to be superior to Aaron Rodgers and they want him to do it in a 49ers uniform. It really doesn’t make much sense because Smith has only done one thing consistently during his five-year NFL career: lose.

Smith is 17-30 in games he’s started during his career. He’s thrown for 46 touchdowns and 52 interceptions and had the underachieving Niners 1-6 before hurting his arm this season. Things got so bad his receivers were taking subtle shots at him while the fans were less conspicuous.

Though Smith is 1-6 in his seven starts this year while Troy Smith is 3-2 in his five starts, the 49ers announced they were going back to Alex Smith as their starter this weekend. Explaining the move, Jimmy Johnson’s favorite motivational speaker said “I’m just going to say that we felt at this time that Alex, with all his experience and all those other things, will give us the best chance to win at this particular time of year.”

Experience? Just what kind of experience is that, losing? Shoot, you want experience I’ll give you Anthony Young while I take Kyle Drabek. This just goes to show how ass backwards they have things in San Francisco. We already know they can’t win with Alex Smith. Troy Smith may not be a long-term solution, but at least the guy gives you a shot at winning. It’s hard to have sympathy for the Niners when they continue to make stupid decisions like this. It’s overdue that they part ways with the former top overall draft pick. Admit the mistake and move on.

Bill Polian: Colts Should Have Drafted Rodger Saffold Over Jerry Hughes

It’s not often that a team acknowledges a mistake, and it’s even more rare for an individual to do so publicly. Shockingly, both happened on Monday night. Stampede Blue, via Pro Football Talk, was listening to Bill Polian’s radio show and heard a surprising statement.

Asked a question by a caller, Polian, who is the Colts’ president, said the team made a mistake drafting Jerry Hughes over Rodger Saffold. Saffold was selected early in the second round by the St. Louis Rams and has been playing left tackle. Polian says the team erroneously evaluated Saffold as strictly a right tackle while the rookie has proved he can be an effective left tackle.

In contrast, Jerry Hughes was taken 31st overall by the Colts and has just three tackles on the season. The rookie defensive end from TCU has been inactive a good portion of the season, something that normally doesn’t happen with healthy first-round picks. Not only did the Colts overrate Hughes, but they also underrated Saffold.

While the miss hurts the team, Polian shouldn’t beat himself up — he’s hit several home runs including Austin Collie in the 4th round last year and Pierre Garcon in the 6th the year before. Oh yeah, he also took that quarterback from Tennessee instead of the big-armed prospect from Washington State. Everyone has their misses and this one obviously has cost the Colts, but Polian’s record speaks for itself.

Redskins Suspend Albert Haynesworth for the Season Without Pay

As it turns out, the Washington Redskins are not going to cut Albert Haynesworth before the end of the season.  They’ll likely cut him at the conclusion of the season, but for now they have decided to suspend their $100 million man without pay.  If the decision stands once the NFLPA reviews the case, Haynesworth will not suit up for the final four games of the season and will miss out on roughly $850,000 in salary.

The decision comes after the relationship between Haynesworth and the Redskins’ coaching staff has gone from bad, to worse, to down right horrendous.  The most recent episode involved reports that Haynesworth was benched on Sunday for being a minute late to practice the previous Friday.  Other reports indicated the defensive tackle was “too sick to practice” on Friday because he was hungover.  Naturally, Haynesworth said those reports were bogus.

According to the Washington Post, Redskins general manager Bruce Allen informed Haynesworth of the decision on Tuesday morning because Albert is no longer speaking to Mike Shanahan.  The childish decision to give his coach the cold shoulder seems to have been the last straw for Haynesworth in Washington.  Here’s some of what Shanahan had to say about the suspension:

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Denver Broncos Fire Josh McDaniels

Josh McDaniels has become the latest Bill Belichick understudy to fail to get the job done as a head coach in the NFL.  In what was kind of a surprising announcement — but I guess not really when you actually think about it — the Denver Broncos announced via their Twitter that they have decided to cut ties with McDaniels before the end of his second season as head coach.

Through his first six games in 2009, McDaniels led the Broncos to a 6-0 record and appeared to be a perfect fit in the Mile High City.  He even out-coached his mentor when he led Denver to a 20-17 win over the Patriots in a week five match-up.  Things went south from there.  The Broncos are 5-17 since the 6-0 start last season, including a 3-9 record in 2010.

As if the lack of success on the field wasn’t enough to warrant running McDaniels out of town, the Broncos also found themselves at the center of a videotaping scandal a little over a week ago.  While McDaniels claimed Denver video man Steve Scarnecchia acted independently and was not working under his supervision, the fact that he was a member of the Patriots organization during Spygate certainly raised plenty of eyebrows — most notably Todd Haley’s.

No word yet on who the interim head coach will be.