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From The Press Box – Preseason Week 3

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From The Press Box – Preseason Week 3

Neither earthquake nor hurricane will delay this writer from posting his regular column.

A son's first day of first grade and a dead car battery will though.

This is posting late mostly because of the two events listed above but also because the Jets/Giants game was moved from Saturday to Monday night due to Hurricane Irene. Which meant rather than have a nice weekend to do my recap of it for Footballguys, I ended up doing it last night post game. Also, polishing my Jets Training Camp report for the same site, which at this point in the preseason, relies heavily on the weekend games.

Wah-Wah, boo hoo, poor me.

Enough of the jibber jabber as Mr. T would say (before passing out because he drank milk that was laced with sedative even though it ALWAYS was and he was too stupid to remember that).

On with the penultimate weekend in preseason football.


Let's begin at the end. The wayward Monday Night Game was a bit of a snoozer, save for Brandon Jacobs' meltdown and a Sanchez-Holmes touchdown.

Jacobs got into it with Jets rookie DT Muhammad Wilkerson and both men were tossed from the game although neither left the sideline. Jacobs has been having a great preseason, running well and being a good teammate, but not last night.

It's one thing that the rookie got tossed. Jacobs is a vet and should know better. The Giants were in the red zone, driving to score when Jacobs got the old heave-ho.

Instead of having their big, bruising back to rumble his way to a score, the Giants had to rely on a smaller, less physical back in Danny Ware.

I like Ware, he's a good runner and had a solid game last night. He's not Jacobs, however, and was stuffed twice at the line, the last time at the goal line on fourth and half a yard.

The Jets—any team really—will trade a rookie for Jacobs every time.

Can't do that, Mr.  Jacobs. Play smart.

Two quick notes on the quarterbacks last night. Eli Manning has been far more consistent then normal this preseason so I guess he was due a poor game. Manning threw two picks and while Head Coach Tom Coughlin tried to blame the receivers, he's wrong.

The first throw sailed on Manning as he got hit right after he ball left his hands. It was a throw that was either way too short or way too high but perfect for Jets safety Jim Leonhard. The second was just a bad throw, way too short for Ahmad Bradshaw to stop linebacker David Harris from picking off.

This is Manning and Hyde 2011. Good Eli. Bad Eli. You get that in one game. Giants fans know this and have Rolaids nearby every Sunday.

Mark Sanchez played fine last night, though the offense didn't move the ball well when he was in save for the scoring drive. I was a little surprised the Jets didn't open it up and attack a battered Giants secondary but then again, that's been the Jets this preseason. Lots of dink and dunk. I think that's mostly because Sanchez is still getting used to Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason.

Would have been nice to see it aired out a bit more.

Jets offensive line played better as the first half wore on, but they lost too many battles in the ground game. The Jets want to impose their will with the run game. Can't do that if the line isn't able to win those.

Redemption = $40 Million Guarenteed

Yesterday, Michael Vick became—as far as I remember—the only player to ever get a $100 million contract twice, with two different teams.

Good for him. Vick has really turned his career around and I say get it while you can. Life is short, a NFL career shorter.

I have to ask though: have the Eagles really seen enough to make this deal, $40 million of which is guaranteed? With the injury history he's had and some mediocre play this preseason, now is the time to dole out the giant pay day?

I'm not challenging Vick's right to take that contract. What I am doing is questioning why the Eagles are willing to cut him a check now. I don't think we've seen enough to warrant that contract.

I just hope he can stay healthy for them. If the Eagles weren't 'all in' before, they are now.

I can't wait to see the breakdown on this thing.

RIP Killer Kowalski

It is with great sadness that I heard that Detroit Lions beat writer Tom Kowalski had passed away at the age of 51.

I didn't know 'Killer' personally though we traded tweets a few times, but by all accounts he was an incredibly nice guy. He was also a tremendous writer who told his tales with passion and honesty. If you haven't read his stuff, go dig some up.

There are man writers and reporters out there, myself among them. Few are as skilled with a word as Kowalski was. Football is poorer for his absence.

The Lions honored the man at practice yesterday. That's how much he meant to Detroit.

A Lion Named Suh

I'm a Ndamukong Suh fan. I think he is a fantastic defensive tackle and will make things tough on opposing quarterbacks for a very long time.

Maybe too tough? Suh has been in the news a few times this preseason for fines and penalties resulting from his intense level of play.

This week he was talking about an incident where he got into it with Patriots guard Logan Mankins. Mankins grabbed Suh's teammate, Laurence Jackson, by the facemask and Suh came to Jackson's defense.

Mankins, not Suh, was penalized, but due to the nature of his shot on Mankins, it might be Suh who is fined.

Now, as I feel with Steelers linebacker James Harrison, I think several of Suh's fines have been ludicrous not to mention for hits that were clean as far as I am concerned.

However, Suh has a definite mean streak (which again, you want in a defensive player). The question is, has he been crossing the line?

This is the league we live with: random rulings of unclear rules with spotty enforcement (for examples see; Britt, Kenny and Talib, Aqib).

At what point is a guy like Suh just playing football and at what point is he crossing the line? More to the point, how can you know you cross a line when it's not all that obvious where it is?

For his part, Suh regrets nothing.

I can't blame him. As Johnny Cash can tell you, it ain't easy to be a boy named Suh.

That's all for this week. Don't forget to come by Thursday for another edition of 10 Questions with...., this time with Chris Hansen, the editor of

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Ruppert's picture

I lived in Detroit with a long commute for almost a decade, so I got to hear a lot of Killer on the radio. Think of how hard it must have been to cover the Lions over the last 15 years or so. Not only did they lose and lose, but the organization made bone-headed moves that any drunk fan could see. Killer managed to stay respected by the organization and the fans throughout that entire time. That's not easy to do, but he did it. I was saddened to hear of his passing.

Any guy that takes his nickname from a golden-era pro wrestler is all right by me.

andrewgarda's picture

Yeah he was quite a writer. Gone too soon.

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