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January 16, 2015

Jets News
I’m happy that the Jets didn’t waste any time getting their lined up on the run way. I’m happy with Bowles but I don’t know about Maccagnan. He’s a let’s see how the draft goes guy. On Maccagnan- “Well, at least they didn’t hire a bean counter/paper pusher, a la John Idzik. Maccagnan is all football. He worked the past few years as a front office executive, coordinating the Texans’ college scouting, but he also spent a lot of time on the road in a scouting capacity. This is what the Jets need — a GM whose roots are in player evaluation. Have you seen their roster? It’ll take a sharp personnel guy to fix their many problems. The last time they had a GM with a football background was Terry Bradway (2001-05). The Jets tried to sell Idzik as a “football man,” but he was in over his head. One of the concerns with Maccagnan is that he has no experience with salary-cap management and contract negotiation.”
On Bowles- “The party’s over. Bowles is known for his laid-back demeanor, so no, he won’t be showing up for a news conference in a wig. He’s an even-keeled coach, which Ryan wasn’t. Jets owner Woody Johnson wants to change the environment around the team, and he believes Bowles will bring a steadiness that was lacking and maybe a little tough love. Make no mistake, he’s not a tyrant — his former players in Arizona speak of him reverently — but he’ll tear into the players if necessary. In an October game against the Washington Redskins, he busted up a whiteboard at halftime because he was angry with his players.
Despite losing several starters in Arizona, he was able to adjust with different personnel, and the Cards finished fifth in points allowed.”
Rich Cimini (ESPNNY.com) reported that Bowles was looking for Kacy Rogers to be his DC and Chan Gaily to be his OC. I like Rogers but have doubts about Gaily. Bowles might want to have Gaily act as a tutor for him, being a first time HC. Gaily could also work with Geno Smith to improve at QB.
Triangle, THAT!
Ian Begley (ESPNNY.com) wrote, “The triangle offense may have a credibility problem with younger players in the NBA.
At least, that’s what New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher thinks.
But Jackson’s disciples haven’t had much success. Former assistants Kurt Rambis and Brian Shaw have a combined record of 84-198. Fisher is 5-34 -Rich- the worst in the NBA this season to start their Knicks coaching careers.”
They’re not playing a triangle defense. To be successful the “triangle offense” needs a competent center, an accurate three-point shooter, AND a talented point-guard.
More Trades
Marc Stein (ESPNNY.com) told us, “The New York Knicks are actively trying to trade veterans Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani as part of their ongoing roster clear-out, according to league sources.
Jackson has made it clear that he is committed to building through the draft and free agency and has spoken several times this season about changing the culture of the franchise. The trade of Smith to Cleveland, which required the inclusion of Shumpert, was evidence of that.”
The Report Is In
The Sports Curmudgeon told us that Greg Cote wrote, “An independent investigation found NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was not aware of the Ray Rice video when meting out his initial punishment. Which sort of means Goodell was both exonerated and called incompetent at the same time.”/
Jets GM
Mike Maccagnan, from the Houston Texans, was Rich Cimini’s (ESPNNY.com) recommendation for the job. He wrote, “Ultimately, the job comes down to finding talent. It’s difficult to say how much input Maccagnan has had into the Texans’ drafts; all we can do is judge the outcome. A recent study of the 2009-2013 drafts, conducted by USA Today, rated them 15th in the league. Obviously, they hit the jackpot with J.J. Watt (2011). Nearly all of their first- and second-rounders from 2009 to 2012 have panned out, but their two most recent drafts haven’t yielded much at all. The last five drafts have produced only one Pro Bowl player — Watt, who could be an all-time great.
The Texans haven’t used a high draft pick on a quarterback since 2002, when they drafted David Carr No. 1 overall in the franchise’s first year. If hired, Maccagnan is the anti-Idzik in that he has no experience with the salary and negotiating contracts.
Too Much Info
Greg Cote (Miami Herald) told us that, “The College Football Playoff crescendo between Oregon and Ohio State was so big it was covered by not only ESPN but also by ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com. That’s according to Mort Schmidlap, ESPN Director of Wretched Excess.”
Perry Patter
Scott Ostler (Seattle Times) wrote, “Some news stories come complete with their own punchline:
Bears cornerback Tim Jennings, charged with speeding, reckless driving and DUI in Georgia, told the arresting officer he was going 99 mph on a freeway because he was late — getting to his child’s parent-teacher conference.
And … Dartmouth suspended 64 students for cheating — in a sports-ethics class
RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com, after Florida State QB Jameis Winston said his team’s 39-point playoff loss to Oregon “could have went either way”: “Sounds like Winston went the other way heading to math class.”;
ESPN analyst Mark Jackson, fired as Golden State’s coach after last season, on why he deserves some credit for the Warriors’ 29-5 start: “You cannot disrespect the caterpillar and rave about the butterfly.”
Jim Barach of WCHS-TV in Charleston, W.Va., after ex-Miami fullback Rob Konrad swam nine miles to shore after falling out of his fishing boat off the South Florida coast: “So much for him being a former Dolphin.”;
Brooklyn Nets officials are denying a Bloomberg report that Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhoro no longer wants to own the team.
So it’s merely coincidence, then, that they’re suddenly calling themselves the Nyets.
Brendan Alert
Dwight told us to, “Hide the knives-
Celebrating his 74th birthday on Sunday: pro rassler Abdullah the Butcher.
Just a guess here, but no one gets in his way when he goes to cut the cake.”

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