Sour Rankings: Brandon Marshall blasts Detroit; San Diego cracks down on passing, more
You’ve seen (and likely disagreed with) the Week 10 Power Rankings. Now the Sour Rankings take a spin through the worst of the past week in the NFL …
10. Outcoach this, Ed Reed: After Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals, Ed Reed told ESPN.com, “Certain situations, we just got outplayed and outcoached.”
He was released on Tuesday. So … allow me to take this opportunity to say that interim Texans head coach Wade Phillips can do no wrong, that his gameplan was impeccable and that his smile is bright enough to light up any room.
9. Green Bay’s Seneca Wallace Era: We’ll have to have someone dig a lot deeper into the stats, but Wallace might be the only Packers QB to ever finish his time as the team’s starter with a 100% completion rate. Wallace was 5-of-5 (granted, for only 25 yards) to open against the Eagles on Sunday, before injuring his groin. He left the game, landed on IR, and now Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn will battle for Aaron Rodgers’ job.
8. Jonathan Cyprien trolling Delanie Walker: “It’s disgusting. I’m disappointed. I’m embarrassed,” Titans tight end Delanie Walker told Terry McCormick after his team’s loss to the Jaguars. “A team that’s 0-8 comes in here and beats us? Beats us on our home field, that’s 0-8, the Jaguars? Come on.”
Jaguars rookie Jonathan Cyprien later took the opportunity to twist the knife on Walker, ever so gently.
@delaniewalker82 good game bro
— Cyp (@J_Cyprien) November 11, 2013
7. Darrelle Revis vs. Jets fans: Darrelle Revis left New York this past offseason to sign a six-year, $96 million contract with the Buccaneers. And Jets fans, uh, apparently are not ready to let him off the hook for that decision.
“I get harassed every day on Twitter [by Jets fans], and I barely even tweet. And you just get tired of it,” Revis told the New York Post. “You’ve got to have a backbone, because guys are saying, ‘F–k you!’ and ‘I want to kill you!’ It’s crazy, but I’ve been getting death threats from them since my first holdout [in 2010]. It’s just bitter Jets fans.”
Maybe Revis knows where Fireman Ed went.
6. Gronk watch: Rob Gronkowski hosted a “Women’s Football Clinic” at Harvard on Monday, a night that included some football drills, as well as this:
they just asked the ladies “what is a tight end??” and Gronk turned around, wiggled his ass, and said “THIS is a tight end”
— Lana Berry (@Lana) November 11, 2013
And also this:
So, it was pretty much the real NFL experience.
5. Brandon Marshall’s “little brother”: Suffice it to say, Brandon Marshall is none too pleased that his Bears lost to the Lions in Week 10. On The Jay Cutler Show Monday, Marshall described Detroit’s defensive tactics as “borderline illegal” and referred to the Lions as the Bears’ “little brother.”
“That’s exactly what it is,” Marshall said, according to MLive.com. “They’re the little brother who grew a little bit, may be a little taller than the bigger brother. He’s not stronger. He’s not better than the big brother at anything. But it’s just that one day, he says, ‘I’m fed up. I’m done. I’m going to punch my brother in the face.’
Marshall kept going: “It’s the little brother [complex]. The big brother wants to go out and play with his friends and the little brother is annoying. ‘Hey, can I go?’
“No you can’t go, Detroit Lions. Sit back. Sit in your little city. Know what I mean? Fix your financial problems and all of that. You can’t come with us right now.”
The Bears and Lions only could meet again this season in the playoffs, possibly in Detroit, where I’m sure Marshall would be welcome with open arms.
4. Jerry Jones’ hindsight: Double whammy for the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, as they were hammered by Drew Brees’ Saints offense and shut down by Rob Ryan’s revamped defense. Jerry Jones, of course, let Ryan go after the 2012 season to hire Monte Kiffin. In the words of Happy Gilmore, “Talk about your all-time backfires.”
The Cowboys had never allowed 600 yards of offense in their franchise history, but now have done it twice in three weeks — Brees and Co. hung 625 on ‘em Sunday; the Lions posted 623 back in Week 9.
“We thought it was best to go in the direction that we are,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said after the Saints’ win, according to NOLA.com, “and it doesn’t look good right now.”
3. Clay Matthews’ club: Clay Matthews finally made his return to the Packers’ lineup on Sunday and, oh my gosh, what is that on his hand?!
Can we talk about what’s on Clay Matthews’ right hand?! He’s friggin’ Ash, from Evil Dead, people. pic.twitter.com/ohgRoGgyqE
— Eric Kay (@ekaycbs) November 10, 2013
The protective wrap made it tougher for Matthews to tackle the Eagles’ players on Sunday, but it also made it much easier for him to just bash them over the head Three Stooges-style.
2. No passing! No passing!: San Diego Chargers fan Jesse Unger had to go to court recently after being caught doing the most illegal thing possible during a tailgate: Throwing a football.
As reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune, Unger was first warned and then fined $280 for playing catch during a pregame tailgate, which is forbidden by the Qualcomm Stadium rules. Seriously.
The judge presiding over his case told Unger that if he pleaded guilty to the “crime,” he would not have to pay the penalty.
“I plead guilty to throwing the football, Your Honor,” Unger responded.
1. Spirit Airlines: Too soon, dudes. Too soon …
So, Spirit Airlines thinks it’s okie dokie to build a sale around the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin situation. pic.twitter.com/vz5UZ7s5tG
— Josh Katzowitz (@joshkatzowitz) November 8, 2013
In case you can’t read the text on that ad copy, it’s “Fly incognito out of Florida or any place for that matter.”