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Every year there is some turnover in the NFL, as head coaches are among the most visible and, therefore, criticized members of any team. Here is one take on three coaches who will be fired this season.
1. Mike Smith
The Atlanta Falcons' head coach may be a surprising first pick to lose his job. He is one of only six coaches in NFL history to take a team with a losing record and improve it by at least seven games during his rookie season.
An accomplishment like that will extend your leash for a couple seasons; but Smith is in trouble because he has failed to capitalize on it.
Despite reaching the playoffs three times in four years as coach, the Falcons have never won a playoff game.
In 2008, Smith made rookie Matt Ryan the starting quarterback, and the move proved effective. They finished the season 11-5 before losing to the Cardinals in the playoffs. Two years later, right after a 9-7 season in '09 in which they missed the postseason, Smith again took the Falco...
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As he prepares for his fifth season as starting quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons, Matt Ryan is grateful for all the rest he can get.
The Falcons' coaching staff films each pass Ryan throws in practice before and during the season to give the team an exact number of the wear and tear on his right arm.
It's an approach Atlanta started in 2008 when general manager Thomas...
Jets Twit @JetsTwit is very excited to be giving away two (2) VIP Training Camp experience tickets at Jets Family Night presented by JetBlue at MetLife Stadium at 5:30PM practice on Tuesday, August 21st.
As our special guest, you will receive access to the MetLife 50 Club located on the west side the stadium on the 50 yard line. MetLife 50 Club access provides complimentary...
Falcons QB Matt Ryan had one of the most impressive performances of the NFL preseason Thursday Night.
We all know that the NFL preseason doesn’t really matter. At least the final score at the end of the game doesn’t but for fantasy football owners there are plenty of things that can be taken away from these otherwise meaningless contents.
Now it is important to remember...
ATLANTA (AP) -- Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and the Falcons' Matt Ryan each directed a pair of scoring drives before Cincinnati's reserves held on for a 24-19 preseason victory over Atlanta on Thursday night.
In a matchup of teams that lost in the wild-card round of the playoffs last season, Cincinnati (No. 14 in the AP Pro32) had the deeper roster.
The second- and...
According to Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger, Jets head coach Rex Ryan believes his defense will be ranked in the top five this season.
“Am I confident in our defense?” Ryan said today, per Vrentas. “Absolutely. Granted, I said top five. That’s a given. I don’t care who’s out there. (Defensive coordinator) Mike Pettine at free safety. That’s a stretch...
Matt Ryan and Atlanta Falcons show signs in win over Cincinnati
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
Even though he's a 49er now and not playing in New York, ex-Giants running back Brandon Jacobs is still unable to hide his disdain for the Jets, calling the team a "circus."
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Olympic track star and former University of Florida running back Jeff Demps has drawn interest from several NFL teams, including the New York Jets, per ESPNNewYork.comHead coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum have put a premium on improving team speed this offseason -- a glaring piece missing from their 2011 puzzle. Demps, a silver medalist for...
The Jets have been the central focus of ESPN since training camp began, and that truth hasn’t been lost on Rex Ryan or many others. The Jets coach went so far as to call his team ESPN’s version of “Hard Knocks,” which is a show on HBO that follows one NFL team throughout training camp (the Jets were featured on “Hard Knocks” in 2010).
“I know we did Hard Knocks before...
Giants defensive end Justin Tuck doesn't seem concerned about the prospect of Tim Tebow and the Jets running plays out of the Wildcat in the teams' preseason matchup.
Stop me if you have heard this one before. New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is again spouting off at the mouth.
There were no promises of Super Bowls even before he knew who would be on his team. There are no comments about him being the best defensive coach in the NFL. No, this time he is comparing one of the great young defensive players in the league to someone whose draft stock...
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="650"] Falcons QB Matt Ryan had one of the most impressive performances of the NFL preseason Thursday Night.[/caption]
We all know that the NFL preseason doesn't really matter. At least the final score at the end of the game doesn't but for fantasy football owners there are plenty of things that...
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Not only is it football season, its FANTASY football season. It is a time where all football lovers get to be a part of one of the most addictive games ever. There are a million websites, cheat sheets, and articles that tell you what to do or who to pick in a fantasy draft; but I’m going to be telling you what NOT to do by using...
The New York Post’s Steve Serby, wacky topical punster beloved by the worst of all sportswriters, attempted a foray into the world of invented satirical NFL dialogues, a practice that crass, juvenile blogs have traded on for years and years. Surely, a professional writer with a bent for the ridiculous should be able to pull off a fictional conversation between Rex Ryan and Tom...
The New York Giants and the New York Jets will battle for bragging rights this Saturday night (August 18th) in the 2nd preseason game.
The Jets recently have been measuring themselves against the Giants (mostly since Rex Ryan arrival) as the Giants approach these matchups with the Jets as just another game.
In the 1st preseason game, both the Giants' and Jets' starters...