Archive for October 23rd, 2007

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Edwards to Start at QB for the Bills

Jets Rumors & News

Coach Dick Jauron announced today that the Bills’ starting QB job has officially been given to Trent Edwards. The Bills’ starting QB at the beginning of the season, J.P. Losman, suffered an injury during the Patriots’ game. Edwards took over and has been solid in the starting role ever since.

Edwards will bring a 2-1 record as a starter into the Meadowlands on Sunday to try and sweep the season series against the Jets. He was not the starter and did not play in the first game when the Bills defeated the Jets at Orchard Park.

In three starts, Edwards has gone 56-for-80 for 563 yards passing with a touchdown and two interceptions. He led the offense to a 19-point outburst against a Ravens’ defense that had allowed just ten points total in their previous two games.

Coach Eric Mangini has yet to make a decision as to who will start at QB for the Jets. With Chad Pennington coming off perhaps his best game of the season, the decision becomes even more difficult. However, for the first time this season, …

Nets continue preseason with win over Celtics…still no Kidd

Nets Rumors & News

The new look Boston Celtics came to town Tuesday night and invaded the Izod Center, formerly Contential Airlines Arena to face the New Jersey Nets. The end result was a 82-71 Nets victory. Celtics coach Doc Rivers decided to rest his main attraction, the All-Star trio of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. They weren’t in uniform for Tuesday’s contest as Rivers wanted to go with 8 players.

The Nets got production from Vince Carter who had 12 points and 7 assists as a fill-in point guard for the night. Jason Kidd who is the usual starting point guard was absent for the game due to a lower back strain, and back up point guard Darrell Armstrong sat out with a sore left ankle. Richard Jefferson scored 11 points, but did not see any action in the 4th quarter. Carter also sat out the 4th. Bostjan Nachbar added 15 points and Antoine Wright scored 14 in the win.

With the victory, the Nets are 3-1 on the preseason. They have two …

Who Wants to be the Yankees Skipper?

Yankees Rumors & News

The New York Yankees started their search for a new manager yesterday when they interviewed former catcher Joe Girardi for the position. Today they will continue by interviewing Don Mattingly and finally Tony Pena will be interviewed on Wednesday.

Once those interviews are done the Yankees are not likely to be finished. It was originally speculated that Tony LaRussa would interview for the job, but he has since returned to the St Louis Cardinals.

Another widely speculated candidate was Bobby Valentine, but that rumor was put to rest on Monday when Hank Steinbrenner responded to questions by the NY Post on Valentine becoming the new skipper, “I would say at this point probably not. He’s certainly a smart guy, but probably not.”

Valentine managed the New York Mets to the 2000 World Series and currently manages the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan.

After Pena’s interview on Wednesday the Yankees will likely look at one or two more candidates. Former Yankee pitcher Dave Righetti, who is the current San Francisco Giants …

Mangini’s Answers Should Have Been….

Jets Rumors & News

You can read Jets’ Coach Eric Mangini’s complete press conference at the NY Jets’ website. But I can also save you some time.

He used the words evaluate, process, and consistent more times than I could, count in every tense available in the English language.

About the only change from the previous post-game press conferences was he did not say that Chad Pennington is his starting QB. Instead, his answer to that question was:

“I’m going through the process of evaluating everything.” 

But in my opinion he is still tip-toeing around way too much for a team that is 1-6 and clearly heading in the wrong direction. A win in Cincinnati would have given everyone a glimmer of hope, but to collapse in the second half in every phase of the game, only reiterated that this team has not taken a step forward all season, but rather two steps back.

Here are some of the questions, and Mangini’s answers, from the NY Jets’ website, and then in parentheses and italicized, what the answers should have been and probably what he’d want …

Giants have been here before

Giants Rumors & News

These are the salad days for the New York Giants. They have won five straight games. They are showing a dominating defense, a punishing ground game and a big-play passing attack.

Heck, players even seem to be enjoying Tom Coughlin. There hasn’t been a peep of complaint all season.

It’s really tempting to start peeking at the Giants’ schedule and figuring out how many wins this team should end up with.

Miami? A win. Detroit, Minnesota, Chicago, Buffalo? All games the Giants should win. Philadelphia? Another win.

What does that make? Eleven wins. Maybe more with some breaks.

To all of that I say, hold on a minute. Don’t do it. Remember last year when 6-2 with Super Bowl dreams turned into 8-8 with Coughlin’s job hanging by a thread.

The Giants remember, that’s for sure.

“We are by no means doing cartwheels in here because we are 5-2,” center Shaun O’Hara told Gary Myers of the Daily News. “That doesn’t mean anything. It’s about how you finish.”

Keith …

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