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Radio’s so Easy, Team Vice Presidents Can Do it!

Ever power-tripping Redskins owner Daniel Snyder likes to have so much control of everything around him that he recently bought WTEM, the most powerful sports talk radio station in Washington D.C. Snyder changed it around and turned it into ESPN 980, ostensibly to control the perception of his team and hamper the criticism. That still hasn’t stopped local icon host Steve Czaban from taking Snyder to task, despite remaining as a host on 980. Well Snyder sure is taking some lengths to make the station more Redskins friendly, handing the team’s Vice President of Football Operations, Vinny Cerato, a two hour show twice a week.

Some of the hosts at the station think the whole idea is a joke and have already expressed their thoughts on the matter. Cerrato seems to be pretty pumped about the opportunity to reach out to the fans. As for me, though I know it’s not uncommon for team employees to host a weekly show, I can’t help but think this is a way for Snyder to attempt to control the media. If he wants open lines of communication to the team, there are many other ways to achieve it with the fans. Why not just have a one hour show a week instead of two hours twice a week? Do the radio hosts get a chance to act as team vice presidents a few days a week, too? Seems like an awful lot of time for a person with a seemingly important job title to be giving up to chat on the radio … just my opinion.

Joey Porter Drops Bombs on Matt Cassel

Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter better be giving us some solid bulletin board material considering he hasn’t performed too well on the field since signing with Miami. With the Dolphins set to face the Patriots this weekend, Porter was popping off as is his want, angling most of his barbs towards Matt Cassel. Though Cassel has as many wins as Porter has since signing with the Dolphins last year (and in only one career start), Porter didn’t hesitate to rip the young QB a new one:

“I just know he’s not a Tom Brady,” Porter said. “So if it’s not Tom Brady, it shouldn’t be that hard.”

“You treat him like you treat a backup,” Porter said. “How do you prepare for a backup? He don’t get that many snaps, right? So you throw the kitchen sink at him. That’s what we’re going to do.”

“He’s a guy we’ll prepare for, but that was his first start since high school,” Porter said. “So you can take all the reps you want to. This is a totally different game, a totally different league. He’s only had one start in the NFL. Take that for what it’s worth. He won it, but if you compare him to Brady, there’s no comparison.

“You can say whatever you want to put with it. Those are just the facts. That’s what it is. It means what it means.”

I was with Porter up until the part where he said it would be fun to get his team’s first win of the season on Sunday. I guess he’s forgetting that football’s an 11-man game on both sides, and the other 21 Dolphins that play aren’t as good as the Pats for the most part. I think he’s a wee bit mistaken about that part — probably the most crucial factor. I can’t imagine however that the Tuna’s too happy about Porter stirring the pot. I wonder how long Joey’s going to last in Miami at the rate he’s popping off.

Dennis Green Would Not Pick Up the Phone if Al Davis Called

For some reason or another, legendary NFL coach Dennis Green, always seems to be linked to the Raiders any time there’s talk about a coaching vacancy in Oakland. Prior to the Raiders tabbing Lane Kiffin for the job, it was said that Denny Green would be their man. Not so much. Now reports have pegged Lane Kiffin as a dead coaching walking, and we all know Kiffin would like to be fired to collect his money and not deal with owner Al Davis. Could Denny Green be a potential replacement? It only took a matter of words for Green to express his thoughts on the matter when asked by the Two Live Stews on Sporting News Radio:

Stews: “It’s obvious that some time during the course of the year, Lane Kiffin is probably going to be dismissed from his job. If that happens and your phone rings and the caller ID says ‘Al Davis,’ do you answer that phone call, Coach?”

Green: “No I do not.”

Nothing else needed to be said. The whole mess with Lane Kiffin pretty much embodies why the Raiders’ head coaching job is one of the least desirable gigs in all of sports. Who would want to deal with the whimsical Al Davis? Certainly it’s not Denny Green, who put any thoughts of that job to rest. And now for the obligatory post game press conference blowup video:

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Fantasy Football Charts: Probability Team and Player Will Start Based on Type of Injury and Status

Now that we’re in the meat of fantasy football season, I felt it was appropriate to break out these excellent charts I found a few weeks ago. The following charts appeared in ESPN The Mag’s football preview issue, courtesy of the geniuses (including my boy MDS) over at Football Outsiders. It didn’t make much sense to post them before the season or around week 1 since players weren’t exactly hurt then. Now it’s week 3 and we’re starting to see players get banged up. Check out these excellent fantasy football charts that tell you the percentage likelihood a player will play in the game depending on his type of injury, injury status (probable, questionable, doubtful), and depending on the team. Bookmark this link and be sure to revisit it during the season to check on your players for some advice. (click on each picture below to see the full-sized chart, I had to shrink them)

May that be the key to you winning a fantasy football matchup! I know I’ll be checking them out throughout the season for help.

Video: DeSean Jackson Loses a Touchdown Celebrating Before End Zone

I guess it’s kind of hard to completely call it celebrating because he really wasn’t taunting or dancing, but DeSean Jackson was definitely in error when he released the ball prior to reaching the end zone. Jackson had just caught a bomb from Donovan McNabb in the 2nd quarter of the Cowboys/Eagles Monday Night game and was cruising into the end zone untouched when he released the trigger too quickly. Check out this boneheaded play by Jackson:

Luckily Brian Westbrook punched it in after the mistake, giving the Eagles their 27-21 lead so the outcome wasn’t altered. I’m pretty darn sure that we won’t be seeing Jackson celebrate anytime too soon after that one. Still looking for his first career touchdown, he’s gotta be regretting that mistake.

Chargers Screwed by Ed Hochuli’s Whistle on Jay Cutler Non-Fumble Call

It was 2nd down, final two minutes of the game, Broncos looking to tie it up. In a play that seemed all too familiar to anyone who had seen the infamous Brady tuck rule play against the Raiders, Jay Cutler rolled right, let the ball escape his hand, and seemed to have fumbled the game away to the Chargers. Only problem, Ed Hochuli inadvertently blew his whistle as soon as the ball hit the ground, meaning only the fumble/interception could be overturned. By blowing his whistle too early on, Hochuli prevented the Chargers from taking over possession of the football. Hochuli knows he screwed up, and the Broncos know they caught a lucky break:

“I blew it,” is how Hochuli explained it to Turner on the sideline.

“That is not acceptable,” Turner said. “This is the NFL. Our guys fought hard to come back. It was just disappointing to have that kind of performance spoiled by that call.”

“I think it was a fumble,” Cutler said afterward, and he was one of many Broncos to say so.

That’s a terrible break for the Chargers, but there’s no way to be certain that they would have recovered the fumble had the whistle not blown. Additionally, the Chargers still could have stopped the Broncos on the 4th down play or the two point conversion to get the win. They didn’t do either. Sure, I’m disappointed since the Chargers were one of Doc Brown’s picks, but reality is that San Diego had this game won. Check out video of the final minute around the 2:20 mark to see the blown call:

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Vince Young Is a Serious Mess, Wanted Out of Titans Playoff Game

Luckily I haven’t taken a stab at Vince Young just yet, considering there seems to be a new story emerging each day that denigrates his character. I can’t believe the same guy who was on top of the world, almost single-handedly beating USC in the title game, could be this much of a sensitivity and confidence freak. The laundry list of recent strikes against Vince includes talking about quitting football following his rookie year, wanting out of the game two weeks ago before injuring his knee, talking to his therapist about suicide, and the latest, wanting out of a playoff game. This crazy story is courtesy of Adam Schefter via MDS at PFT:

Adam Schefter reported [Saturday, September 14th] on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay Morning that during last season’s AFC Wild Card game against San Diego, Young wanted to stop playing at halftime and had to be persuaded to take the field with his teammates in the second half.

At this point, I have no reason not to believe the report. Given everything else we’ve heard about Young lately, it comes as no surprise. I can’t believe the turn Young’s career has taken. Many people thought he made a mistake coming out too early, including myself. He proved us all wrong with 4th quarter dramatics in his rookie year (which now look more like the product of excellent defense that put him in optimal situations). Now it seems like the league has caught up with him and the reality has set in: Vince Young has thin skin and lacks the desire to be a successful NFL quarterback. Seems to me like he just wants to enjoy his money and fame, and have everyone like him. It’s sad that he can’t take the heat and that he doesn’t want the pressure of being an NFL quarterback. And to think, this was supposed to be his year.