Wednesday, September 23, 2009

NFL Week 2: Rex Ryan and the Cowboys New Stadium

The Skins beat the Rams 9-7 this past Sunday - the offense appears to be sputtering at the start of '09 the same as it's done the past several years. It's strange that Clinton Portis can be so good at times and yet we cannot seem to build a consistent offensive attack (and, most importantly, one that actually scores when inside the red zone) around him.

The bad news from Sunday is that Randy Thomas may be injured for the season, further depleting an already weak offensive line.
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Lots of odes, this week, to Rex Ryan, the Jets' new coach who was hired away from Baltimore. Ryan has them off to a 2-0 start including a big victory this weekend over the Patriots, prior to which Ryan was talking up a storm and getting the Jets fans all pumped up. Mark Sanchez looks strong so far, but the big thing is that Ryan appears to have given the franchise a jolt of energy.

306. Why don't the Redskins ever find any of the "surprise" coaches and players like Ryan and Joe Flacco (who's off to a great start for the Ravens)? Tucker's theory as to why it took so long for Ryan to get a head coaching job is that he suffered from America's fatophobia. I wonder if Dan Snyder talked to Ryan prior to the Jets' hiring him.
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Also this week, the Giants beat the Cowboys 33-31 in the inaugural game in the new, $1.15 billion Dallas stadium. Jerry Jones has not yet been able to sell the naming rights to the stadium, and it will be interesting to see which American company wants to be closely identified with such a "mega" project in the middle of the recession. Mario Manningham caught 10 passes for 150 yards for the Giants, and Tuck's psyched that he'd picked him up in fantasy the prior week.

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