Posted October 16, 2013

Sour Rankings: Mike Tomlin continues crackdown, Giants teammates bicker, more

AFC East, AFC North, AFC South, AFC West, NFC East, NFC North, NFC South, NFC West, Roger Goodell, Sour Rankings
Enjoy this shot, because it's the last flip you'll see in Pittsburgh under Mike Tomlin.

Enjoy this shot, because it’s the last flip you’ll see in Pittsburgh under Mike Tomlin. (Seth Wenig/AP)

You’ve seen (and likely disagreed with) the Week 6 Power Rankings. Now the Sour Rankings take a spin through the worst of the past week in the NFL …

10. Greg Hardy vs. LeBron: Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy is a pretty sensational athlete. He may not be quite as remarkable a talent as he thinks, however.

From his interview with The Observer:

Q: If you went 1-on-1 with LeBron, who would win?

A: How should I answer this question? …I would dominate that dude. Hands down, guaranteed win. And that’s my favorite player.

Q: Why?

A: I’m a beast

Q: He’s pretty good, too, though.

A: What’s your point? Everyone says he can go to the NFL and play defensive end, who says I can’t go to the NBA?

In his defense, Hardy did go the two-sport route for a bit at Ole Miss, playing 15 games for the hoops team after wrapping his freshman football season.

9. Mike Tomlin’s rules: After the Steelers lost four in a row, Tomlin banned games like Ping-Pong in the locker room. Now, they finally have a win under their belt, but Tomlin continued his No Fun crackdown by outlawing flips into the end zone, like the one Emmanuel Sanders did on Sunday.

If Tomlin goes ahead and bans dancing, we can get to work on that Footloose sequel.

8. Ravens’ photographer playing through pain: Football players are unquestionably tough. So too, apparently, are football photographers.

Props for the effort, fella. But you may want to get that checked out.

7. Vince Young’s job hunt: The Texans have a bit of a QB situation on their hands. Luckily for them, Vince Young has an answer:

Young hasn’t played in a regular-season game since 2011.

6. David Wilson’s fantasy football team: At least the Giants are still having a little fun, right? Wilson, currently out of the lineup with a neck injury, took to Twitter this week to tease teammate Rueben Randle over his play. And Randle hit right back …

5. More Thursday night football: 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin said this week that the NFL’s Thursday night games are detrimental to player safety. So, of course the league may be looking into adding a second Thursday nighter each week.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the NFL is “considering selling another slate of Thursday games to a media outlet,” thus creating doubleheaders on that weekday evening. The report added that Netflix may even be among the bidders should the NFL go down this route.

The TV ratings more or less show that people will watch the NFL whenever it’s on, but I think we can all agree at this point that the Thursday night matchups are a diminished product. Doubling down on that idea does not sound all that appealing.

4. Gillette Stadium fans: Tom Brady entered Sunday with 25 fourth-quarter comebacks and 36 game-winning drives on his career résumé. So why did the Patriots fans give up on him?

After Brady threw an interception with about 2:30 left against the Saints, “thousands of people” left, according to the Press Herald; the Associated Press said that Gillette Stadium was “half-empty” for New England’s final possession.

Back at Brady’s alma mater, Michigan, there’s a famous Bo Schembechler saying: “Those who stay will be champions.” Well, those who stayed Sunday may not deserve a ring, but they certainly got to witness something pretty special.

3. Brandon Weeden’s backhand pass: Despite blowing a 10-point lead, the Browns still had a chance to rally and knock off the Lions on Sunday. That is, until this …

If that’s not the worst pass of the NFL season, I don’t know what is.

2. 3rd-and-48: The Raiders were down just seven points to Kansas City when they took over possession at midfield, early in the fourth quarter Sunday.

The Raiders were called for holding on first down, though, and then Terrelle Pryor took a 12-yard sack. A delay of game followed by another sack of Pryor — this time an 11-yarder — left the Raiders facing a 3rd-and-48. Third down and FORTY-EIGHT.

The play call for that situation? Oakland tried a screen, only to have Pryor fire an incompletion off a lineman. The Raiders’ subsequent 46-yard punt did not even reach the first-down line.

1. Cheering Matt Schaub’s injury (related: The Wave): “It’s disgusting,” Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown said of the home fans who cheered when QB Matt Schaub injured his ankle Sunday. “For the fans that cheered when he got hurt, that’s disgusting. You can feel how you want about him as a player, but this is his livelihood and how he provides for his family.”

Elsewhere, 49ers CEO Jed York chastised the San Francisco fans for breaking into the wave while Arizona’s Calais Campbell was being loaded onto a stretcher with what appeared to be a very serious injury.


Tomlin lost control of this team last year. Game in and game out, these guys looked like they were mailing it in. And given the off season departures, it's pretty clear that management felt the same way. Now, if you can get rid of Antonio Brown, Ike Taylor, Emanuel Sanders and the entire offensive line, you may have a contender.

I like Tomlin and perhaps this attitude problem shocked him, too. Certainly, you had a thug mentality in that locker room, one which wasn't going to lend itself to 'leaving it all out on the field' as in the days of Hines , Bus and Farrior. But this season is lost. Play the kid at WR. Play Jones at LB. Play all the rookies on the O-Line and start Shamarko. Clean house. You can win 4 games without the trash. 

Build your team around Ben, Timmons and what's left of Troy and tell everyone else thanks for the memories.


Talk about being people failing to understand the context of the moment.  You have a supposed super bowl contender.  The team itself hypes up their run they are going to have this year.  Great defense, great running game, one of the best receivers in the game, and starting in week 2 the QB throws a pick 6 almost blowing that game for the team.  Subsequently he does it again 3 more games in a row, setting a record, and being a BIG reason the team loses three in a row.  Al the talk is of cutting down on the mistakes, playing better and righting the ship.  

Then the Rams game, a team no one would put in the class of the Ravens, Seahawks and NIners (the three previous losses).  Going into the Niners game, Texan fans were all over talk radio and the comment sections of local fan boards and comment sections clamoring for a QB change having lost all faith that Schaub will play well and help the team win a game.  No change is even considered.  Fans are ignored.  Schaub sucks so bad against the Niners the Texans get BLOWN OUT.  So going into the Rams game the fans feel it is absolutely necessary he is replaced.  Again no consideration to even try someone else. 

What happens?  Schaub manages to not throw an interception but can only put up 6 points.  The team shows all the signs of a team that has lost any faith they are going to win with him at QB.  The team as a whole is playing worse and worse with him at QB.  Each successive game it is getting worse.  

Sam Bradford puts up 31 and Shaub has put up 6.  Schaub gets sacked.  He appears injured.  The crowd cheers because thank the lord he is finally going to be replaced.  Not because Kubiak figured out he needed to come out of the game but because an injury is what it is going to take for him to be taken out.  The fans were NOT cheering him being hurt.  They just wanted him out of the game. 

Any fan base would have wanted that if they understood the context of what was happening with the Texans.  THREE blowout losses in the last 4 games by a super bowl contender?  Yeah, no fan base would have been able to keep their cool.  Give me a break.

Additionally everyone needs to get a grip on this injury thing.  It isn't as if his life was in danger.  An ankle injury is something that should cause everyone to go "oh no my god he is hurt, let's shed a tear and pray so hard that he can continue to earn millions because otherwise how will he feed his family".  All this reaction is self righteous d*ucheb*ggery.  He isn't that hurt.  It isn't a big deal.  He will recover and be able to roll around in his living room in his millions of dollars.  I don't think there is a fan in the world that would have a problem with getting MILLIONS and suffering the horrible situation of fans cheering when they are going to be removed from the game due to getting an injury.  Yeah I would take that deal.  *rolls eyes*


"How he provides for his family"??!!!    Yeah, barely paying rent & putting food on the table...  what a joke...


3rd and 48? Een Randall Hill could only convert 3rd and 43 against the Irish.

Joe R2
Joe R2

Nice exchange between Giants players.  They might be joking but I sense some truth in their tweets!


No excuse for fans who leave games early. But I will say getting out of Foxboro is next to impossible. And many fans wanted to get home to watch the Red Sox in the ALCS. I guess those are excuses. 


@PaulSharpe That comment is in a long line of comments from professional athletes that shows how completely out of touch with reality they are.  Mind boggling that he would talk of "providing for his family".  Providing what?  Million dollar mansions?  Fancy cars?  What does his family need?  Say he never got another dollar from playing in the NFL, is Duane Brown suggesting his family would be homeless?  Yeah the millions he has already made is hardly enough. *rolls eyes*