If Todd Bowles is indeed going to take the fall if as anticipated the Jets tank the season, say this for him he is going to go down changing the culture in Floral Park …literally.
According to a published report by ESPN’s Rich Cimini the Jets coach did more than overhaul the roster he wanted to improve the vibe at the jets training facility.
What used to be known as “Fan Alley,” panoramic stadium photos that stretched the entire length of the corridor, is now a tribute to the greatest players in Jets history. The generic fan shots have been replaced by life-sized pictures of 26 players and one coach (Weeb Ewbank), a virtual Wall of Fame that includes everyone from Joe Namath to Vinny Testaverde.
“As players, I thought it was important for them to know their Jets history and their Jets lineage,” Bowles told ESPN. “I wanted them to know how gritty they were and how tough they were back then, and what they stood for in the city. I thought it was important to know who was before them, so they can try to emulate that and go forward from a history standpoint.”
Bowles took a hands-on role in the project, selecting which players he wanted on the wall. He made sure every decade is represented, starting with the 1960s. The wall includes most of the Ring of Honor, plus other former players such as Chad Pennington, Wayne Chrebet and Kevin Mawae. The only current players are Leonard Williams and Quincy Enunwa.
It includes many great players, including Hall of Famers Namath, Don Maynard and Curtis Martin. The late Dennis Byrd, tragically killed in a car accident last year, also appears on the wall.
Give Bowles credit for not only saying the culture needs to change but actually doing something about it and reminding the players of the team’s history and the great players that have come through it. Joe Klecko, Joe Namath, Curtis Martin, Wayne Chrebet, Vinny Testaverde, Chad Pennington, just to name a few. The team needed a culture change in the worse way and maybe this is a good place to start.
The Saints have fired team orthopedists Deryk Jones and Misty Suri, according to ESPN.com’s Mike Triplett, after cornerback Delvin Breaux was discovered to have a broken fibula following the original diagnosis that it was just a bruise.
Breaux, whom the team was reportedly open to trading in the days leading up to this latest development, will have surgery and miss 4-6 weeks. Coach Sean Payton was “livid over the latest issue,” writes Triplett who adds that “there had been other incidents of frustration with the medical staff in the past.”
Breaux emerged as the Saints’ No. 1 cornerback during the 2015 season, but he suffered a broken fibula during the regular-season opener in 2016 and appeared in just six games. The fracture is thought to be to the same leg but it’s not believed to be a re-occurrence of the same injury.
We would be naïve to believe that this is a rare occurrence in sports never mind in the NFL but to be this bad that the team has to dismiss it’s doctors …well it says a lot about incompetence.
Ken Norton was best known for handing Muhammad Ali his second defeat of his Boxing career and often gave Ali fits in their 3 battles but just like his style gave Ali fits …Norton’s style never seemed to match up well with sluggers like George Foreman, Gerry Cooney and Earnie Shavers. The fight vs Shavers was the elimination bout for the right to fight Larry Holmes who was then the Heavyweight champion. Who would win and how would both fighters fare in this bout?
Check out the video and see…Enjoy!
I decided to try something different with Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday and change the format just a little. Usually you get stats and the story of the athlete’s career that is being spotlighted. So for this week you get a taste of Boxing’s Heavyweight division of the 1970’s. Courtesy of you tube, Smallthoughts :Old School Tuesday will spotlight the heavyweight fight between Ron Lyle vs George Foreman. Both men had the distinction of having fought Muhammad Ali at this point in their careers. Foreman by this point had lost the Heavyweight Title to Ali and was looking to put himself in line to get another shot at the title although he had not fought in 15 months. Lyle had already lost his shot at the title, but was still dangerous. Lyle at this point in his career had posted wins over Buster Mathis, Oscar Bonavena, Jimmy Ellis, Earnie Shavers, Joe Bugner, and Scott LeDoux,
Not much skill was needed in this fight. This was a slugfest pure and simple and this fight was crowned 1976 Fight of the Year by Ring magazine. So without further delay Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday shines the spotlight on Ron Lyle vs George Foreman. Enjoy!
I know many of you football fans are excited that Football is coming back, training camps are open and the usual battles for roster spots are beginning. Yet the NFL wants in the worse way to hope you don’t see what is going on behind the curtain. Like in the Wizard of Oz when the Wizard was exposed …the NFL hopes you will pay more attention to training camp and HBO’s Hardknocks , the NFL Network and the preseason games and not see what is going on behind the curtain. This week the Miami Dolphins lost their starting quarterback Ryan Tannenhill due to injury leaving them with a opening. They immediately signed Jay Cutler formerly of the Chicago Bears and recently retired. He didn’t stay retired long as he was offered a 1 year deal for 10 million. Jay Cutler, the same Jay Cutler who frustrated his coaches and fans for years with erratic play and behavior that scream total jerk. He was given another chance.
Yet there sits another player who wasn’t even given the consideration by the Dolphins…Colin Kaepernick. You remember him don’t you? His crime against the NFL? For standing for what he believed in or rather sit in protest for what he believe was an injustice. This is the same league that will give second chances to players who are arrested and punished for domestic violence, players who fail drug test, players who are busted for DUI and drugs none of which has come up on Kaepernick’s profile. Yet this off season …he can’t get a job in the NFL and the only way he could see a game is if he buys a ticket.
This offseason alone the Jets got rid of Ryan Fritzpatrick here was a opening yet the Jets chose to sign underwhelming Josh Mc Cown to groom Christian Hackenberg to be the next Jet quarterback and no one with the Jets can say for certain if Hackenberg can…Hack it. Yet no Kaepernick. Geno Smith also let go by the Jets who was most noted for getting punched in the face by a teammate over 600 dollars was signed by the Giants to hold a clipboard because we know Eli Manning is going to play all the snaps because Eli never gets hurt.
Then we have the Baltimore Ravens who we mentioned last week hemmed and hawed over whether or not to sign Kaepernick. Since the owner is the one who has the final say we are dumping this at his feet and he is the one who hemmed and hawed very publicly we might add. And then we have the Miami Dolphins who I just covered earlier . So four instances where Colin Kapernick could have landed else way and zip nothing. Not even Jerry Jones has stepped up usually Jones is noted for doing the opposite of everyone else among the owners and he gives second chances like we eat…regular Yet we are not to believe that the NFL has blackballed …Colin Kaepernick . They really don’t want you to see behind the curtain. Because they want to hide the ugly side of their business