I’ve been alive and lucid for about 37 of the 47 Super Bowls, and it’s hard to recall a game this big shrink in the shadow of peripheral stories.
NFL owners have realized that finding the right guy on the sideline is cheaper, more stable and maybe even more impactful than the right guy under center.
Winning is a habit. So is losing. And the Jets have perfected the latter. The Jets are so collectively detached that it’s hard to know if they know the difference.
“When you’re in this spot, when you’re in this position, you’ve got to take advantage of it because you don’t know if you’re going to get another chance,” Manning said. “…It’s tough to make it and you’ve got to win big games.”
The big reason to admire Manning, the father, is for the kind of men his sons have become. What they do is take responsibility for their actions on the field. What they don’t do is make excuses when things go wrong.
Mark Sanchez has many years left in the league, but he has this year to prove that his first two years were more representative than the last two. Another 8-8 season could cement his fate as a second or third-tier quarterback.
Every year we know that the seasons will change and football pundits will punt past their coverage. They frown over their notes, making Super Bowl predictions as colorful as the rainbow foliage surrounding most NFL stadiums in October.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin told reporters following practice that the 2011 First-Team All Pro will be held out of Friday night’s game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium for “precautionary” reasons.
Giants lineman Chris Snee is looking to add as many Super Bowl rings as possible before he retires.
Is Tom Coughlin the best coach in Giants history? The fact that we now ask that after he’s been fired countless times by fans and media –- yes, I’m owning up to my end of myopia –- speaks to Coughlin’s discipline and decency, if not his dominance.
The Jets flexed their Napoleon complex by trading for Tim Tebow – perhaps the last player they need right now. It was a way of acting out, Big Blue’s little bro showing the world that they can grab a headline or two, too.