You might recall last year, among the myriad problems befalling the Cleveland Browns that led to Romeo Crennel’s ouster, was the strange case of staph infections that ran through the team’s training facility. No, not everyone got it, but several did, including TE Kellen Winslow and WR Joe Jurevicius. Jurevicius had to sit out the entire season, as a matter of fact, as he received treatment in his knee for the dangerous infection.
(He sure seems happy. By the way, be very, very thankful we didn’t choose to run a result from a “staph infection” search. Seriously. Don’t even satisfy your curiosity on this one.)
Jurevicius ended up getting cut, presumably because having a staph infection ravage your knee is especially bad for the prospects of a mildly productive 34-year-old wide receiver, so as ESPN.COM reports, he’s taking the rather remarkable step of actually suing the team and the medical facility where he contracted the infection: Read more…
As much as you don’t want to harp on the state of the economy when talking about sports (they are supposed to be a distraction from it, after all), it’s getting harder and harder not to as sports leagues become affected by everything. I mean, when a league as strong as the NFL has to start laying off employees that’s when you know something is terribly, terribly wrong.
(”This is where I want the gold-plated 42-inch plasma”)
It’s not just the league, either, as teams have had to let workers go over the last few months in an effort to save money. For instance, the Cleveland Browns had to lay off 18 people this offseason, and that doesn’t even include Romeo Crennel and the rest of his deposed coaching staff. Well, new coach Eric Mangini is very happy the Browns are saving the money they would have needed to pay all those folks. He’s so happy that he’s now demanding they spend it on changes to the team’s facilities.
During the last few weeks there have been plenty of football coaches in the NFL being fired from their jobs, but I don’t think any of them were as surprising as Denver’s decision to dump Mike Shanahan after 14 years. Sure, the Broncos had only had one playoff win in the last ten years, but Shanahan had Bill Cowher status in Denver, and I thought he’d be there until he decided to leave. Now that he’s gone, I can only wonder how he feels knowing that he has been replaced by a guy who was only 18 years old when he first took the Broncos job.
Yes, that’s right, the Broncos have found Shanahan’s replacement, and it’s none other than New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
Another piece in the NFL coaching puzzle has apparently fallen into place: ESPN is reporting that Eric Mangini has been hired as the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Hardly shocking news: Mangini was long-rumored to be the front-runner for the job, and he has experience in Cleveland (having worked there under Bill Belichick).
Mangini will be replacing Romeo Crennel, which must be a bit of deja vu: Eric also replaced Crennel as the Patriots’ defensive coordinator when Crennel left to take the Browns’ head coaching job back in 2005. And to make Mangini feel even more at home, he’s also the brother-in-law of Cleveland Indians GM Mark Shapiro. Several sources are reporting that Crennel might be part of Mangini’s staff, either as defensive coordinator or special assistant. I’m sure that won’t be awkward at all.
• Eric Mangini, Romeo Crennel & Rod Marinelli get to join all the other out-of-work folks on the unemployment line.
• Meanwhile, it took until the very last weekend of the season, but the NFL playoff picture is finally set.
• Guilt by association: A fan says he was removed from an NFL stadium just because he was rooting for the Raiders.
• A one-armed basketball prospect is hoping for a chance to jump onto an Ivy League roster.
Tags: Baron Davis
, Brett Favre
, Elle Macpherson
, Eric Mangini
, Nfl Playoffs
, Oakland Raiders
, One Armed B Ballers
, Rod Marinelli
, Romeo Crennel
, Ted Leonsis
, Uaw Golf Course
The NFL coaching carousel has it’s first official shocking offseason casualty: Eric Mangini. According to PROFOOTBALLTALK and, shortly thereafter, FOX SPORTS’ Jay Glazer, the Jets dumped the former Patriots defensive coordinator after the Jets dropped their final two games with a playoff berth on the line.
(Guess who has more time to attend Lupus Research fundraisers!)
The move is one of three head coach firings on “Black Monday”, with the more expected falls of Browns head man Romeo Crennel and Lions coach Rod Marinelli also receiving post Christmas pink slips.
The move was a surprise, particularly after the Jets midseason surge that had many heralding the official arrival of the glory years of a Mangini-Mike Tannenbaum era.
“For the current New York Jets organization, we’ve made the decision to move on,” owner Woody Johnson, who was reportedly ‘visibly upset and agitated after Sunday’s loss’ said at a news conference Monday morning. “It’s a judgment call.”
The move doesn’t say much about Johnson’s truthfulness, after the owner pledged last March that Mangini and Tannenbaum would “absolutely” be back in 2009.
Last week the Browns had two viable starting quarterbacks. Now they have none. Enter NFL re-tread and perpetual third-stringer Ken Dorsey. If Romeo Crennel didn’t have enough to worry about already, the loss of both Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson in two weeks means that his future as Cleveland’s head coach depends on a quarterback who has thrown a grand total of three passes all season. Oh, and none of them have been completed.
(This is not what Cleveland fans were looking for.)
The quarterback conundrum (hey, it’s not a controversy) comes as a result of an ESPN report that Anderson will be lost for the season after straining his left MCL in the fourth quarter of the Browns’ 10-6 loss to the Colts on Sunday. That’s right, they couldn’t score more than six points with Anderson, a Pro Bowler last year, which can’t make Dorsey optimistic about his own chances guiding the Browns offense.
Cleveland Browns GM Phil Savage is having himself quite a week, and his profane email outburst may be the least of his worries. If coach Romeo Crennel is shown the door after this season, there’s a good chance Savage will follow him if Crennel’s replacement is who it’s rumored to be:
Bill Cowher has been sitting around laughing at bad jokes for two years now in the “NFL Today” studio, which means it’s probably just about time to cut loose from Marino and Esiason and get back on the field, even if it is for the Browns, the hated rival of his former Steelers. I’m sure the people in Pittsburgh would take this very well.
That low rumble you heard in Los Angeles last night wasn’t an earthquake - it was the sound of one million Dodger mini-flags being ripped off of cars simultaneously. The team didn’t have a total collapse like the Cubs, but a sixth-inning mini-meltdown of one bad throw and two lousy pitches undid the rest of the night and equaled a 3-2 defeat.
Dodger fans throughout LA have one question: when does the Lakers season start? That, and if Joe Torre should have lifted Derek Lowe after Chase Utley deposited a ball into the bleachers in right center to tie the game. I agree with the LA TIMES’ BLUE NOTES that you have to leave Lowe in: he had been cruising along until then. If you want to find a goat, look at Rafael Furcal going 0-4 at the top of the line-up and making a lousy throw. Or the 6-7-8 hitters for the Dodgers, who went 1-11.
And speaking of finger-pointing: Clemson Tigers, meet your fans! If you thought that the fans were hard on you after your loss to Maryland, you probably want to schedule some extra sessions with the team therapist to deal with the fallout from your 12-7 loss to Wake Forest and practically Auburn-like offense. Perhaps it’s just karma for taking away Ray Ray McElrathbey’s scholarship in the off-season.
Here’s some more news to ponder while watching the Dow Jones Index go down another hundred points. Wait, make it two hundred! Three hundred! Wow, I didn’t even know it could go into negative numbers…
- YAHOO! SPORTS weighs in that MMA sensation Gina Carano is putting her career - and health - in danger by having to continually struggle to make weight.
- So who is throwing out the first pitch for the Rays before Game 1 of the ALCS? The TAMPA TRIBUNE says that it will be 11 original season ticket holders. Dick Vitale will have to wait until Game 2.
- The CANTON REPOSITORY says that if Romeo Crennel had a vote, his players would keep their politics to themselves after Brady Quinn introduced John McCain at a local rally and Willie McGinnest publicly backed Barack Obama.
- Maybe McCain’s campaign should hire Don Cherry to yell at him for motivation: after the Maple Leaf’s management was ripped by the blustery Canadian broadcasting legend, Toronto went out and beat the defending Stanley Cup champions Detroit Red Wings during the NHL Opening Night Except for Games Played in Europe.
- While his brother might be taking the high road about the New York Yankees, Frank Torre isn’t, gloating to the USA TODAY about the Yankees’ misfortune this season.
- NASCAR drivers acting like idiots, and neither of them are named Tony Stewart? The CHARLOTTE OBSERVER says that Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards scuffled in the garage as fall-out from last week’s wreck at Talladega.
- Enjoy it while you can, Clippers fans, even if it’s the preseason - LA’s second NBA team takes out the Lakers 107-80, which doesn’t keep Phil Jackson from suggesting to a TV reporter that the Clippers should move to Fresno. Ouch.
- And speaking of Fresno: the FRESNO BEE notes that apparently the NCAA frowns on having a local club host your 21st birthday party with ads in the paper, as Bulldogs RB Ryan Mathews found out.
- Want to be an MLB player? Well, the Royals are almost a big league team, and the KANSAS CITY STAR says that they are having open tryouts this weekend.
- And finally, a story about Notre Dame lineman Pat Kuntz and his ever-changing hairstyle, which is now a Mohawk. Gentlemen, I’ll leave the jokes about the landing strip of hair on Kuntz to you in comments.
Tags: Barack Obama
, Brady Quinn
, Carl Edwards
, Chase Utley
, Clemson Tigers
, Cleveland Browns
, Derek Lowe
, Detroit Red Wings
, Don Cherry
, Frank Torre
, Fresno State Bulldogs
, Gina Carano
, Joe Torre
, John Mccain
, Kansas City Royals
, Kevin Harvick
, Los Angeles Clippers
, Los Angeles Dodgers
, Los Angeles Lakers
, New York Yankees
, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
, Pat Kuntz
, Philadelphia Phillies
, Phil Jackson
, Rafael Furcal
, Ray Ray Mcelrathbey
, Romeo Crennel
, Ryan Mathews
, Tampa Bay Rays
, Tommy Bowden
, Toronto Maple Leafs
, Wake Forest Demon Deacons
, Willie Mcginnest
Before the 2008 NFL season began, the Cleveland Browns were one of the trendy picks to win the AFC North after finished 10-6 last season and made some improvements to their defense to go along with what was supposed to be a high-powered offense. Well, three weeks into the NFL schedule, that high-powered offense has mustered a whopping 8.7 points per game and Cleveland is 0-3.
The 8.7 points per game is the lowest of any team in the NFL this season, and that includes that St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs (whom I believe are holding contests before the game to see which fan gets to start at quarterback), and a big reason for that is that Derek Anderson has the lowest QB rating of any starter in the league. All of which makes you wonder how much longer Derek is going to be starting before the Browns turn to Brady Quinn.