After agreeing to his new deal Rex Ryan compared his own signing to the hopeful signing of Suggs: "I would’ve gone in the opposite order. I would’ve given money to Suggs to keep and then thrown me a bone afterwards. … He’s a rare player and it’s a lot easier to win with him than it would be to play against him, that’s for sure."
Iâ€™m sure that Ozzie Newsome and Ravensâ€™ cap guru Pat Moriarty just loved hearing that Rex. How about you stick to coaching, eh? Donâ€™t some of the Ravensâ€™ defenders already have an overblown sense of self-worth?
Interesting that Rex got the assistant head coach suffix added to his title. That sounds pretty important doesnâ€™t it? As the defensive coordinator under Brian Billick, Rex would run practices on the rare occasion when Brian Billick couldnâ€™t attend even though he wasnâ€™t the assistant head coach under Billick. That distinction belonged to departed offensive line coach Chris Foerster. Talk about things that make you scratch your headâ€¦
Applying the tag of â€œassistant head coachâ€ to a coachâ€™s title enables a team to prevent that coach from leaving the club for a similar position (i.e. lateral move). So where did Billick think that Forester was going to go and for that matter why would he be so concerned if he did?
By the way, where has Brian Billick gone? He did show up on HBO and there have been reports that heâ€™s been vacationing on a tropical island and that heâ€™ll soon be hitting the slopes. Good for him. Heâ€™s doing what most Americans would do if they were paid $5mil/year to remain unemployed. No truth to the rumor that Billickâ€™s special assistant Vic Fangio has been traveling with him to help Billick manage happy hour.
Speaking of time, word is the NFL is going to London Time again during the â€™08 season. The league seems hell bent on going international but word is that most of those friendly English blokes donâ€™t give a rats you know what about â€œAmerican Football.â€ To make matters worse, the league has tabbed the Saints as the â€œhostâ€ team to the visiting Chargers. Um last time I checked the New Orleans economy wasnâ€™t exactly robust. Youâ€™d think they might throw the Crescent City a freakinâ€™ bone instead of taking one away. Go figureâ€¦
The figures are in on Super Bowl XLIII odds and guess who the favorites are? Why none other than the team most of America rooted against this past Sunday â€“ the New England Patriots who are listed at 5:2 followed by the Colts and Cowboys at 6:1, ,the Packers at 7:1 and then the Chargers and Jaguars at 10:1. Apparently the Giants despite being Super Bowl Champs are Dangerfield-like. They are listed at 12:1. Other notables: Steelers at 18:1; Browns 30:1; Bengals 38:1.
So where do the Ravens fall in line? The Ravens sit at a golden 50:1 just behind the powerhouse Arizona Cardinals (45:1). I guess Vegas isnâ€™t too impressed yet with John Harbaugh.
Iâ€™ll tell you what impressed me â€“ the passion and determination with which the Giants played on Sunday in SBXLII. Perhaps the Patriots arrogance helped to fuel the Giantsâ€™ inspired effort. According to Giants WR Amani Toomer (who by the way absolutely pushed off prior to his sideline toe tap on his Q2 38 yard reception) the Patriots tried to play mind games with the Giants during the game. â€œThey were inviting us to their parties after the gameâ€, said Toomer. â€œThey showed us no respect.”
Staying with the topic of respect, it comes as no surprise that Bill Belichick shows little to no respect to the injury reports. His open arrogance towards compliance with the reports is a slap in the face to the league and the league does little about it. On this weekâ€™s injury report, the only name that appeared was that of Tom Brady, listed as probable with a shoulder injury â€“ a rather common injury report entry throughout the â€™07 season.