Darrelle Revis – Not Your Typical Rookie

September 20, 2007

Darrelle Revis

Scout.com has a nice feature on rookie Darrelle Revis and his early success as the new starting corner for the Jets.

Revis talks about working out while holding out so that he was ready to step in when he finally arrived:

“It’s something that I put on myself when I wasn’t here in the holdout.” Revis said of the obligation he felt toward grasping the playbook. “I stayed on my game, worked hard, and did what I had to do. So when I came back I wouldn’t let my teammates down.”

Revis is actually the stronger of the two corners on the Jets, and in reality he’s one of the best players on their defense:

It’s a well known fact that a young cornerback is usually viewed as easy prey for an offensive coordinator. Quarterbacks have been known to salivate at the opportunity to take advantage of an inexperienced DB. For some inexplicable reason, this has not been the case. It’s Revis’s counterpart, David Barrett, that seems to be the marked man.

“I don’t know if I earned that much respect.” Revis said. “Right now, I don’t really focus on that. I just focus on playing, and doing my job. If they come at me, I have to be ready to play. If they don’t, I still have to do other things. I have to play nickel and dime, and do other things on defense to help the team win.”

Teams are still throwing at him, as seen when he covered TO in week 1, but not as much as they usually do with rookie corners. I think that shows what a special player Revis really is, other teams don’t need to test him to find out that he’s the real deal; it’s obvious from watching film that he is.

So far this season Revis has 13 tackles (10 solo) and 2 passes defensed. He also dropped what could have been a very nice interception on Sunday. That theoretically (it’s very early, we know) puts him on pace for around 104 tackles (80 solo), 16 passes defensed and probably 2 picks. That would be a pretty awesome rookie year and although it’s unlikely, as bad as the Jets’ offense is and as much time as he’ll be spending on the field thanks to the rest of the Jets’ defense sucking…it is possible.

Curtis Martin Feels Bad For The Patriots

September 20, 2007

Even though Curtis isn’t in the pros anymore, he still keeps making news and as always is one of the more frequently mentioned Panthers around these parts. He was interviewed on The Best Damn Sports Show (click here for the clip on MSN), and of course the topic moved to his former employers and their video taping habits.

Martin said he feels for the Patriots organization, feels they didn’t need to do this but never says he doesn’t believe it was happening or anything like that. He does however say this is the first time he’s heard of anything like this, which none of the hosts seem to believe.

Other subjects were his potential to be in the Hall of Fame in 2011, and he says he thinks he has a great shot. If he’s not a first ballot inductee I don’t know who is.

There’s also a picture of Martin from his high school days and a mention of playing at Pitt. Check out the video link above.

In another interview, this one with Sports Business Journal, Martin talks about the behaviors of big money pro athletes. I got this story via Money Players, so check out their summary for a couple of the q&a’s, but you need to be a subscriber to SBJ to read the whole thing.

One more Martin note…when freshman LeSean McCoy went over 100 yards rushing against MSU on Saturday he was the first Panther freshman to have consecutive 100 yard days since Mr. Martin in 1991.

Audio of Larry Fitzgerald Interview

September 20, 2007

As promised last week (but delayed slightly by our hectic week this week) here is the link to Cardinals Report’s interview with Larry. They unfortunately don’t have a transcript of the full interview, but you can download the mp3 version here. If you’d like to read their summary of the interview you can go here.

Here are some highlights from the summary:

The one thing that really comes across when you speak to Larry is what a respectful and decent guy he is, how thoughtfully and honestly he answers the questions you ask and his sincere desire to really continue to build his game to a higher level. There are so many players, wide receivers in particular, who spend most of each week and every chance in a game, point themselves out and making the game about themselves. Larry by contrast plays with incredible passion, but is more concerned about building up his teammates, winning the game and creating a great team then showing off or promoting his name on a national level.

This and the fact that he has played in Arizona has kept him mostly out of the national spotlight, but obviously a better person. Hopefully the people at the University of Pittsburgh helped him become that kind of person and they should get a small part of the credit where it’s due.

Toward the end of the interview we talked about what NFL players think of fantasy football and the crazed fan’s that live and die with their fantasy teams.

Well, in the words of Larry 75% of the questions he gets from fans now are about fantasy football, and quite honestly he and most other NFL players couldn’t care less about fantasy stats! They are all about the real game, winning and competing but he did say that he and all the NFL players recognize that fantasy football has brought a huge new group of fans to the NFL.

Again I think that has to do with his humility…I think if you ask Chad Johnson that same question you might get a slightly different answer.

That’s about all you can get from the article portion of the interview, so download the mp3 and listen to the whole thing. It’s less than 10 minutes total, so it’s definitely worth it.

Ruben Brown Does Not Throw Up

September 20, 2007

At least not on purpose before games. This is a weird story I found via LionBackers.com while searching for some info on Brown not participating in practice on Wednesday. (It doesn’t seem serious, might just be giving the vet some rest during the week. Wouldn’t be surprised to see that most Wednesdays or Thursdays for the rest of the season.)

Apparently while with the Buffalo Bills Brown watched Jim Kelly and Glenn Parker force themselves to throw up before every game:

Ruben Brown was a wide-eyed Buffalo Bills rookie in 1995 when he heard the sounds of retching in the locker room bathroom before a game.

Brown figured one or two of his teammates were battling a case of nerves, or perhaps a tainted helping from the pregame buffet.

It turned out Bills quarterback Jim Kelly and offensive lineman Glenn Parker were forcing themselves to throw up.

“If they didn’t puke before a game, they didn’t feel right about going out there,” Brown said.

That is pretty sick. Who knew NFL players have eating disorders.

NFL Week 2 Wrap-Up

September 20, 2007

OK this is extremely late, but it’s just been a really hectic week.

Indianapolis Colts 22
Tennessee Titans 20

Clint Session saw action on special teams, in what I believe was his first time on the field for a regular season game. He got his name in the gamebook about as quickly as possible, assisting on a tackle on the opening kickoff. Unfortunately that’s the last we heard from him. At least his team is 2-0.

Houston Texans 34
Carolina Panthers 21

Nick Goings got his action returning kicks Sunday. He had 5 returns for 101 yards, for a nice 20 yard average and a long of 29. Pretty good day. Oh wait, there was that fumble. Some Carolina fans (by some I mean most fans on Carolina message boards) are blaming Nick for a large part of the loss. I think that’s overreaction, but here’s what happened. After their first possession of the second half Houston went up 24-14. Goings takes the kick and the Panthers are looking to answer and stay in the game. Instead he fumbles and it’s ran in for a touchdown by Houston…31-14…ballgame. Houston seemed to be moving the ball well on Carolina anyways, and there’s no way to say Carolina could have gotten back to within three on that drive…but Nick looks like the goat in Carolina.

San Francisco 49ers 17
St Louis Rams 14

Shawntae Spencer had another pretty decent game as the nickel back for the 49ers, with 4 tackles and a pass defensed.

Of course as punter for the 49ers, everyday is a busy day. Andy Lee had 8 punts and put 4 of them inside the 20 with only one touchback. He averaged over 41 yards per punt, and he was obviously placing a good number of those punts so he wasn’t just booming away.

Cincinnatti Bengals 45
Cleveland Browns 51

First of all, this game was awesome…love seeing the Bengals lose to the Browns. Darnell Dinkins played on special teams and finished with two tackles, one solo. He also returned a kick as an up man for 11 yards.

Seattle Seahawks 20
Arizona Cardinals 23

Larry Fitzgerald had a pretty active day catching the football but still didn’t get in the end zone. He finished with 7 catches for 87 yards, giving him over 21 yards per catch.

Gerald Hayes had a decent day as well with 7 tackles, 6 of them being solos. He didn’t get creditfor a forced fumble in the official stats, but anyone watching knows Hayes made one of the biggest plays of the game. With the game tied and less than two minutes to play Hayes disrupted a handoff in the backfield that led to a fumble and the Cardinals getting the ball at the Seahawk 36. That set up Neil Rackers for the game winning field goal. The one knock on Hayes is that he isn’t in the backfield much and doesn’t get sacks. Hopefully we see a lot more plays out of Hayes like that this season.

Kansas City Chiefs 10
Chicago Bears 20

Ruben Brown had a typical day for a lineman – only in the stats when things go bad. He picked up a holding penalty in the fourth and had a tackl when Chicago was intercepted earlier in the game.

Kris Wilson got his second NFL start at fullback  for the Chiefs, and it went better than his first game. He ended up with 4 catches for 34 yards. And no fumbles. Was still a weird day for Kris though, as after the first half of play he had 2 catches for 35 yards, including a catch and run for 31 yards. In the second half he had 2 catches for -1 yards.

New York Jets 13
Baltimore Ravens 20

Darrelle Revis got his second NFL start in as many games for the Jets. He finished nicely with 6 tackles, 5 solo and 2 passes defensed.

Hank Poteat also saw playing time for the Jets, but had no tackles.

Antonio Bryant Is A Free Man

September 18, 2007

Antonio Bryant had his suspension lifted by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday. He is now eligible to join any team without missing any additional games. The teams I’ve seen mentioned as possibilities have included Dallas, Jacksonville, Washington, San Diego and Cleveland.

He will almost definitely be signing with someone soon, and we’ll update when we hear anything.

Oh and I’m getting to the NFL roundup for Week 2, just been a busy day.

Palko and the “Truck Stick”

September 14, 2007

I have to admit I have no idea what a “Truck Stick” is…but Cracked Femur has it’s top 5 offensive hits ever dealt in college football. Palko running over that BC Safety in the YouTube video below is number 2. Check out the whole list because Iron Head Heyward makes the list as well.

I know this has nothing to do with Palko being in the pros, but any excuse to watch this video again seems good enough for me.

Extra credit for someone who can explain to me what a Truck Stick is and how it’s relevant to the list they put up.

Good News for Two Panthers

September 14, 2007

Some good news on the injury front from yesterday…

According to the Chicago-Sun Times, Ruben Brown practiced yesterday and is expected to start on Sunday. He was originally listed as doubtful.

49ers.com is reporting that Shawntae Spencer also participated in all of practice Thursday and that would lead you to believe he will also be available on Sunday. He was originally listed as probable.

Celebrate Curtis Martin Day

September 13, 2007

The New York Jets are going to be honoring Curtis Martin during halftime of the team’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 18. Here is the information from the Jets’ official website. It doesn’t really give any specifics on what will be done to honor Martin, but it sounds like he will be honored for both his on and off the field accomplishments:

“Curtis Martin is one of the greatest running backs to ever play the game and his impact on the New York Jets and the National Football League will never be forgotten,” said Jets Chairman and CEO Woody Johnson.

“While millions of people witnessed his amazing accomplishments on the field, few knew the depths of his philanthropy off the field. His drive to give back, especially to the New York area that became his adopted home, will be his lasting legacy from which all of us can draw inspiration. As a player, Curtis approached philanthropy the same way he approached the game: with humility and grace.”

Since I’m sure a good number of Steelers fans will be making the trip, maybe someone can take some pictures and send them into us.

Ask Larry Fitzgerald a Question

September 13, 2007

The Cardinals blog at Most Valuable Network (MVN), Cardinals Report, is going to be interviewing former Panther Larry Fitzgerald next Tuesday. They are asking for readers to submit questions for the interview here. I thought some Panther fans might have some interesting questions to ask Larry after he’s been away from Pitt for a few years, so here’s your chance.

Even if you don’t want to ask a question, jump over to their site to check out the picture of Larry and his little brother (who plays at Marshall). Fitzgerald always looks strange with dreadlocks to me, especially when they are in a ponytail. To each his own I guess.

Once the interview is posted over at Cardinals Report we’ll be linking it from here.

Update: check out our post linking to the interview and the mp3 version.