Insider: War of Words Between Ryan and Turner
In our Daily Notebook we discuss Rex Ryan giving San Diego more bulletin board material, Donovan McNabb’s future and how the Titans poor investment in Chris Johnson hasn’t kept them from winning.
War of Words Between Ryan and Turner
Rex Ryan and Norv Turner are two of the more talked about head coaches in the NFL. Their philosophies are polar opposite, one is an outspoken defensive coach while the other is a more conservative offensive mind. Aside from the like occupations, the only thing the two have in common is their lack of Super Bowl hardware as head coaches.
The San Diego Chargers travel to the Meadowlands this Sunday to take on Rex Ryan’s Jets in what might be the best matchup of the week. The game became a little juicier when Rex Ryan commented about the job Turner has done while in San Diego.
“Well, I think I would have had a couple rings,” Ryan told San Diego reporters in this week’s conference call. “I’m telling you, those teams were loaded.”
Part of the reason why Ryan would comment on the San Diego Chargers is that he was a finalist for the Chargers job back in 2007 after Marty Schottenheimer was let go following a 14-2 regular season after the top-seeded Chargers were upset by New England. San Diego opted to give the job to Norv Turner.
Realizing that he might have made life a little more difficult on his team on Sunday, Ryan backtracked a bit.
“Obviously, Norv Turner has done a great job there and A.J. and everybody,” Ryan said. “That’s a great franchise. He was probably the best guy for the job at that time.”
So Ryan believes that he could’ve won multiple Super Bowls if he were hired and Norv Turner was still the best guy for the job? That’s talking out of both sides of your mouth if it’s ever occurred.
Ryan called up Norv Turner following to tell him that the comments he made were supposed to be complimentary.
Turner acknowledged receiving the phone call, according to the New York Daily News but wasn’t aware of the quotes.
“I hadn’t seen his quote and I was a little bit surprised by the call,” Turner said. “And then after I saw the quote, I didn’t have a chance to ask him this, but I was wondering if he had those rings with the ones he’s guaranteed the last couple of years.”
It should be a fun game on Sunday.
McNabb May Be Benched, But Not Finished
Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb was benched yesterday in favor of first-round pick Christian Ponder. Sitting with a 1-5 record and the fans loudly booing and calling for Ponder, it was really the only choice that Minnesota head coach Leslie Frazier could make.
Although McNabb wasn’t the only reason that Minnesota has the record they have, he wasn’t part of the solution either. Donovan is 26th in the NFL in passing yards (1,026), threw just four touchdown passes, bettering only Sam Bradford among starting quarterbacks, and has navigated the Vikings to the 23rd ranked offense in football, despite having perhaps the game’s best running back in Adrian Peterson.
Despite his benching, McNabb still claims that he has a lot of good football remaining.
“Well, we’ve done some good things on offense. Scored some points. Moved the ball,” he said to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I have a lot of football left. At the end of the year, that will be something I look at and see what’s next.”
With the way McNabb has played over the past two seasons since leaving Philadelphia, it seems highly unlikely that Donovan will be awarded another starting job in the NFL. With more and more teams going younger at the position, it appears that it will be backup status for McNabb from here on out.
Miscellaneous News and Notes
– The trade between the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions which sent Ronnie Brown from Philadelphia to Detroit for Jerome Harrison and a seventh-round draft pick has been cancelled. Harrison, not on last week’s injury report apparently failed his physical with Philadelphia.
– After arguing for months, Congress announced that the NFL would immediately begin HGH testing for their players. Both sides are arguing how the tests would occur as the NFLPA announced to the NFL that they would not yet cooperate in the collection of blood.
Let’s call a spade a spade, neither side really wants HGH testing, nor do the fans. This isn’t a sport like baseball which cherishes the sanctity of numbers. NFL fans love violence and collisions and will turn a blind eye to however they get that.
– The first-place Tennessee Titans, primarily thought of as a run-first team are dead last in the NFL in rushing. This after signing running back Chris Johnson to a four-year, $53 million contract extension prior to the season opener. Johnson has gained just 250 yards on 83 carries (3.0 ypc) this year.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie