Can you see it now? The Ryan brothers both on the market after this season, looking for defensive coordinator jobs after both are fired by their respective teams.
Until then, somebody explain the actions of the ref who actually, physically grabbed and moved Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower during Thursday night’s game to avoid having to call a penalty on him and give the Jets another boot for the win.
Yeah, I’ve heard the official explanations. Refs do this all the time at the line of scrimmage. It’s routine. They regularly tell players if they’re lined up offside or if they’re in an illegal formation.
Uh, no, no it’s not routine. I’ve covered hundreds of games. I’ve been on the sidelines. I’ve seen wide receivers regularly ask the ref on the line of scrimmage if they’re onside. The ref will generally nod approval.
But to proactively warn them that they’re in an illegal position or formation, that I’ve never seen. Never.
However, if the NFL really wants to run with this, they should just pass a rule that refs must correct all illegal formations and positions—pre-snap, that is—on every play. Imagine what it would do for the game.
It would speed up everything. Games take too long as it is, what with all the challenges, reviews, injuries (real and faked), TV timeouts, the 2:00 warning each half and, of course, each team’s own timeouts.
Research shows that games actually include just 12–15 minutes of action, according to the answers.com web site. Sounds like my sex life last month. However, most of what we watch, even with hurry-up offenses, is huddles, a lot of “Omaha, Omaha,” some commercials, personnel substitutions, timeouts to freeze the kicker, timeouts because the team has a timeout to call and then more commercials.
So, having refs do this would lead to fewer penalties, fewer challenges, fewer players in illegal positions, formations or lineups and a quicker game.
And, no, wait a minute—fewer commercials is not going to fly with the league or the networks.
So forget everything I said and just keep reading from here, okay?
J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, JETS, and THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS
Football is dying in my beloved New York.
The Jets suck. They got robbed Thursday night, but they suck. I’ve decided Tom Coughlin will be their next coach because, let’s face it, the Giants suck, so he’ll be available for next season. Maybe he’ll bring in Rob Ryan to be his defensive coordinator when the Saints fire the floppy-haired Ryan twin.
And that way, Sean Payton can become coach of the Giants, because his buddy, Bill Parcells, will recommend him. Either Marvin Lewis or Ron Rivera should be available as defensive coordinator. Or Joe Philbin as offensive coordinator.
What, you think all these guys are going to survive the bombs they’re living this season? The Bengals are overrated, the Panthers are defenseless, and the Saints can’t win away from home, unless it’s on an indoor carpet (like today, when they beat the Lions).
Wait a minute, this started as being about New York. Guess there’s not much to say about NY football, at least until after the Giants beat the Cowboys today.
SVU, NFL, PSA, OY GEVALT
The NFL’s campaign to be staunchly against domestic abuse has taken to the airwaves, big time. It features celebrities galore and includes the detectives from Law & Order SVU. How fortunate that the sex-police drama stars were available at just the right time.
SVU star Mariska Hargitay leads the campaign and I’m certain she’s heartfelt about it, no doubt.
But teaming up with the NFL is just too convenient and too patronizing from the Juice This point of view. The campaign is all right but the timing is wrong. Next thing you know, Janay Rice will negate the whole thing and take the wind out of it by saying she’s standing by her man.
No, wait …