Matt Millen Calls Rod Marinelli ‘One of the Best Coaches I Have Ever Been Around’

One of the biggest mysteries in the sports media world is how Matt Millen continues to get prime broadcasting jobs. Millen is the worst GM in the history of the NFL, having presided over the only 0-16 season in league history. The Detroit Lions went a pathetic 34-81 under his watch, absolutely destroying his credibility. Even if he’s smooth on air, how can anyone buy into what he says? It’s already been proven that his opinion is meaningless.

Maybe we’d leave the guy alone because we all know his opinion doesn’t mean squat, but when he has to insult our intelligence he’s asking for our fury. For instance, if you’re Matt Millen, interrupting the telecast to speak glowingly about Rod Marinelli is just not a good idea. Marinelli is the current defensive coordinator of the Bears and the former head coach of the Lions. He coached the only 0-16 team in league history. And here is what Millen said about him during the second quarter Thursday night:

“That guy right there is one of the best coaches I have ever been around. That’s Rod Marinelli, the defensive coordinator. Why is he so good? He is a phenomenal teacher. He makes sure everybody knows exactly what they do, learns how they learn, and then teaches it to each individual. And he’s a stud in terms of coaching his coaches.”

Man, everything he described would embody a fantastic coach. But how good can Marinelli be if his team never won a game in 2008 and they went 10-38 during his three-year tenure? That’s what makes the statement so laughable. Millen, we saw for ourselves how bad Marinelli is as a coach. If he were so good, his team wouldn’t have gone 0-16. That Millen still calls him one of the best coaches he’s ever been around serves to further confirm what we already knew: Millen has horrible judgment as an evaluator.

Carolina Panthers Announce Brian St. Pierre Will Start vs. Ravens Over Tony Pike

Back in 2007, the Carolina Panthers had so many injuries at quarterback they had to bring in then 44-year-old Vinny Testaverde to play quarterback for them. Testaverde wound up starting six games for them, going 2-4 as the team finished 7-9. Three years later, the Panthers have been forced to pick someone up off the streets to play quarterback because of injuries. Only this guy has far, far less experience than Testaverde.

Panthers coach John Fox announced Thursday morning Brian St. Pierre will start at quarterback Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. That’s the same Brian St. Pierre who was unemployed two weeks ago. The same Brian St. Pierre who has thrown just five career passes in the NFL. The man over whom St. Pierre was picked to start, rookie Tony Pike, has thrown more than double the passes in the NFL St. Pierre has — 12 all in week nine against the Saints.

The times we’ve pointed out when a team was stretching with the quarterback it elected to start in a game, the team lost badly. That list includes Todd Bauman for the Jags and Charlie Whitehurst for the Seahawks. Now we are literally talking about a guy off the street coming in to start at quarterback for the Panthers against the Ravens. I don’t know about you, but I’m talking Baltimore and laying the points.

LBS NFL Power Rankings Week 11

1. New England Patriots (7-2, +3)

We didn’t want to drop the Pats too far down the list after their loss to the Browns, assuming it was a hiccup. They proved it was nothing but by going into Heinz Field and dominating the Steelers. Tom Brady picked a great time to have his best game of the year and their young defense got after Ben Roethlisberger.

2. New York Jets (7-2, +3)

You could argue the Jets have barely squeaked by mediocre teams the past two weeks, but they’ve done it on the road and it’s safe to say the Browns aren’t what they used to be. Squeezing out back-to-back overtime wins on the road proves that Rex Ryan’s team has enough toughness to make a deep run.

3. Atlanta Falcons (7-2, +4)

There we go. The Falcons have finally grabbed a win that doesn’t leave room for any “yeah, but…” skeptics. One of Atlanta’s two losses was against the Steelers week one on the road. Other than that, they’ve won seven of their last eight. With the Giants losing to Dallas, they become the clear-cut NFC favorite.

4. Philadelphia Eagles (6-3, +5)

How are teams going to stop Michael Vick? He looks better now than he ever had in Atlanta and is emerging as an MVP candidate. Not only is Vick making plays with his legs, he’s standing in the pocket and throwing the ball downfield. He makes the Eagles the most dangerous offense in football.

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Redskins Have an Out With Donovan McNabb’s Contract Extension

The numbers that are being thrown around regarding Donovan McNabb’s contract extension seem astronomical given the circumstances.  McNabb is almost 34, seems to be injured once a season, and was already benched this year in favor of Rex Grossman.  Despite all that, it was originally reported that his contract extension with the Washington Redskins is a five-year, $78 million deal that includes $40 million in guaranteed money.  That may not be the case.

Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Redskins have a pretty significant out within the structuring of McNabb’s contract.  As part of the deal, McNabb receives $3.75 million in bonuses and incentives for the remainder of this season.  According to Schefter, the Skins have an option to pay a $10 million bonus this offseason before the remainder of the deal kicks in.

What does that mean?  Basically, if Mike Shanahan decides he’s still unhappy with McNabb’s effort at practice or believes the quarterback isn’t grasping the offense, the Redskins can pay McNabb the additional $3.75 million they now owe him for this season and be on their way.

In other words this is nothing like the Tom Brady deal or the deal Peyton Manning is going to get.  The situation between McNabb and the Redskins has been volatile to say the least, and it sounds like they’ve protected themselves against being stuck with No. 5 if things go South.

Steelers’ Press Release After Releasing Jeff Reed Was Classic

As expected, the Pittsburgh Steelers cut kicker Jeff Reed on Tuesday.  Reed missed a 26-yard field goal during a loss to the Patriots on Sunday night and decided to blame the Heinz Field turf and Steelers fans for his struggles this year.  It’s also important to note that Reed once had a bleach-blond blowout haircut, wore a “haters hate” t-shirt during the post-game interview where he whined about the fans, and is a complete tool in every sense of the word.

However, it would be unfair to say that Reed hasn’t been successful with the Steelers.  He spent more than eight seasons in Pittsburgh and won two Super Bowls with the team.  That doesn’t make it any less hilarious that the Steelers had practically nothing to say about Jeff when they released him and brought in Shaun Suisham to replace him.

“To make room for Suisham, the Steelers released kicker Jeff Reed,” the team said in a press release that Pro Football Talk shared with us on Tuesday.  “Reed was in his ninth year with the team in 2010, but was just 15 of 22 on field goal attempts this season.  Reed ranks second in team history with 919 career points (307 PATs, 204 FGs).”

A farewell press release with a “but…” in it?  Classic.  Clearly some bridges had been burned before this move was made.  When a guy has been with a team that long, the team will usually mention how much they appreciate what he’s done for the organization over the years.  Instead, the Steelers basically reminded the public that the move had to be made because Reed now sucks.  If it weren’t for pictures like these ones, I might even feel a tiny bit sorry for the guy.

Eagles’ Mike McGlynn Says LaRon Landry Spit in His Face Twice

Trash talking is one thing.  Spitting in a person’s face is another.  The fact that we’ve now had players claiming someone spit in their face during a game two weeks in a row is pretty disturbing if you ask me.  Last week, we showed you a video that all but proved Le’Ron McClain spit in Channing Crowder’s face during the Dolphins-Ravens game.  On Tuesday, Philly.com called our attention to another alleged spitting incident, this time involving Redskins safety LaRon Landry.

Philadelphia Eagles center Mike McGlynn says Landry spit in his face twice during Monday night’s game between the Eagles and Redskins — once during an extra point attempt and again at the end of the game as the Eagles were running time off the clock.  Unlike Crowder, McGlynn kept his composure and claims Philadelphia used the incident as motivation and an excuse to run the score up on the Skins.

He spit in my face, and that really fired us all up,” McGlynn said. “We were really looking to put the afterburners on them. It’s good to see. We came out and scored 60 points, almost . . . We want to play the game with all the respect in the world. When people come out and disrespect you like that . . . I think there just has to be more respect for the game than that. That’s just a terrible thing. We just looked at is as, “Hey, keep pouring it on them.”

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Terrell Owens Gets in a Shot on Donovan McNabb for New Contract

As if losing to his former team and former backup 59-28 on Monday Night Football wasn’t enough embarrassment for Donovan McNabb, now he has to deal with that idiot in Cincinnati again. McNabb signed a five-year $78 million contract on Monday before the dreadful loss to the Eagles and proceeded to throw three picks while Michael Vick played like an MVP. His former teammate Terrell Owens played the role of media critic afterward on twitter:

In case you’re not keeping count, that’s the second time in less than two weeks that T.O. has taken a shot at McNabb. Between his cracks on McNabb and Jason Garrett, all we’re missing is a jab at Jeff Garcia to complete the hat trick.

Owens, who has complained about being targeted by the media on numerous occasions, should keep his yapper shut. With comments like that he’s not only part of the problem, he is the problem. Maybe he’s just jealous that he’s underpaid while Donovan is overpaid. That’s probably what it is.