|Rex Ryan: If the Chargers hired me in 2007, I’d have a couple of rings by now||10.19.11 at 10:14 pm ET|
Rex Ryan is at it again.
Ryan, who interviewed for the head coaching job in San Diego four years ago — a job that ended up going to Norv Turner — said Wednesday that if the Chargers had hired him back then, he would have won ‘a couple of rings.’
‘I’m telling you, those teams were loaded,’ Ryan told San Diego reporters when asked about how things would have unfolded if he were hired by Chargers general manager A.J. Smith. ‘There’s no question about it.’
Ryan, whose team will face San Diego this weekend, then took a step back.
‘But things happen for a reason,’ he added. ‘Obviously, Norv Turner has done a great job there. And A.J. (Smith) and everybody ‘¦ that’s a great franchise. He was probably the best guy for the job at that time.’
While it’s debatable as to whether or not the quote could be construed as a shot at Turner, the statement certainly implies that Turner, who has been to one conference championship in his career with the Chargers but hasn’t won a Super Bowl, has failed to get the most out of a ‘loaded’ team like San Diego.
Regardless, Turner later said Ryan called him, but didn’t reveal specifics of the call. He later said everything was OK between the two, saying the league didn’t need any more coach-on-coach drama in the wake of the postgame flap last week between San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh and Detroit’s Jim Schwartz. He did however, take a little shot of his own at Ryan.
‘I hadn’t seen his quote and I was a little bit surprised by the call,’ Turner said, via the Associated Press. ‘And then after I saw the quote, I didn’t have a chance to ask him this, but I was wondering if he had those rings with the ones he’s guaranteed the last couple of years.’
|Andre Carter on his Patriots experience: ‘It’s been great’||10.19.11 at 8:44 pm ET|
Patriots defensive end Andre Carter was interviewed by the NFL Network Wednesday afternoon (check out the complete video here), and the Q&A touched on a variety of topics, including New England’s recent win over Dallas, the chance to play with Tom Brady, as well as the development of the Patriots defense and Albert Haynesworth.
On the game-winning drive against the Dallas Cowboys: ‘That’s definitely one of those games that’ll you never forget. One of the games that will be in history in my mind in my own personal book of football history. What a better person, what a better player [than Tom Brady] to go out and finish a game on top and end up beating the Cowboys.’
On quarterback Tom Brady: ‘First and foremost, he’s a professional; a professional on the field, a professional off the field. He’s constantly in his playbook like any quarterback should be, but every time I come across him he’s just so deep in his book it’s ridiculous. He’s always talking to the receivers, talking to the running backs, always studying the game like any player should but he’s just in a league of his own.’
On how he has been acclimating to his new team: ‘I’ve been just enjoying living in the moment and I’m very thankful for the opportunity to play for such an amazing organization. Me and my wife were going upon faith because we didn’t really know what the future held. We definitely had a mutual agreement as far as being released from the Washington Redskins; their schemes just didn’t work for me, and they knew that and I knew that. We shook hands and parted ways, and I appreciate that chapter in my life. So just kind of sitting around waiting and I got a phone call from coach Belichick telling me they were interested in me, and it’s been great ever since.’
|Patriots announce the return of Ventrone and Moore||10.19.11 at 2:44 pm ET|
FOXBORO ‘ In what is becoming a weekly event, the Patriots announced another personnel move involving safety Ross Ventrone on Wednesday, as the team has signed Ventrone to the 53-man roster. In addition, the team said defensive back Sterling Moore has been added to the practice squad. Both players were released from the 53-man roster on Monday.
Ventrone, 5-foot-8, 190 pounds, has spent time on both the practice squad and 53-man roster this season, playing in three games. He was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Villanova on April 29, 2010. He was waived by the Patriots on Sept. 4, 2010 and then signed to the practice squad on Oct. 19, 2010 where he finished the season.
Moore, 5-foot-10, 205 pounds, was signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Oct. 15 and played in the win against Dallas. He originally was signed by the Raiders as a rookie free agent out of Southern Methodist on July 28, 2011. He was released by the Raiders after training camp and spent the first few weeks on the Oakland practice squad before being released on Sept. 26. Moore was signed to the Patriots’ practice squad on Oct. 5.
|Target Practice: Who has been Tom Brady’s favorite receiver through six games?||10.19.11 at 12:57 pm ET|
Targets have been compiled by the NFL since the start of the 2009 season, and while it remains an imperfect stat ‘ a badly thrown ball from a quarterback can often go against the record of the receiver as opposed to the quarterback ‘ it remains a good indication of the confidence level a passer might have in his pass catcher. After six weeks, here’s a look at the target breakdown in the New England passing game for the 2011 season:
BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 4 catches on 5 targets (80 percent)
Rob Gronkowski: 29 catches on 38 targets (76 percent)
Danny Woodhead: 8 catches on 11 targets (73 percent)
Wes Welker: 51 catches on 75 targets (68 percent)
Deion Branch: 26 catches on 39 targets (67 percent)
Aaron Hernandez: 27 catches on 41 targets (66 percent)
Stevan Ridley: 2 catches on 3 targets (66 percent)
Chad Ochocinco: 9 catches on 15 targets (60 percent)
Julian Edelman: 3 catches on 6 targets (50 percent)
Matthew Slater: 1 catch on 3 targets (33 percent)
Dane Fletcher: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)
TOTAL: 160 catches on 237 targets (68 percent)
Running back: 14 catches on 19 targets (74 percent)
Tight end: 56 catches on 79 targets (71 percent)
Wide receiver: 90 catches on 138 targets (65 percent)
Other: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)
|Wes Welker on the bye week: ‘It’s not like it’s Spring Break’||10.19.11 at 12:37 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Wes Welker is heading back to Oklahoma for a few days during the bye week, but don’t expect him to cut loose when he gets there.
‘It’s not like it’s Spring Break, like we’re in college or anything like that,’ he said with a smile. ‘It’s more of everybody understanding that you still have to work out and do some of those things.
‘You’re not out there running routes and doing all those things you do on a daily basis, but (it’s about) making sure you’re getting a lot of reps and a lot of sleep and making sure you’re not staying out late and a lot of those things,’ he added. ‘(Just) really kind of taking advantage of your time.’
Welker enters the bye week as the NFL’s leading receiver — he has been targeted 75 times and has 51 catches for 785 yards. He’s just off the pace to shatter the league records for most catches, but can still break the record for most receiving yards in a season. (At this rate, Welker will have 136 catches and 2,093 receiving yards. Marvin Harrison holds the single-season reception record with 143 in 2002, and Jerry Rice tops the single-season yardage mark at 1,848 in 1995.)
The receiver, in the final season of a five-year contract, said the bye comes at a good time.
‘I think the answer to that, no matter where you are in the season, would be yes. Just not only from a physical standpoint but a mental standpoint a lot of times. It’s kind if nice to get a few days to kind of relax and get away,’ he said.
‘I think you kind of put it out of your mind for a few days. There’s just so much, every single day, of football, football, football, and so it’s kind of nice to get a few days and kind of relax and spend time with family and friends and get away from it for a few days.’
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|A closer look at the eight players that the Patriots worked out Tuesday||10.18.11 at 4:52 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The Patriots Tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the following players were worked out by the team: wide receivers Britt Davis and Jarred Fayson; kicker Dave Rayner; long snapper Chris Massey; punters Robert Malone and Spencer Lanning; offensive linemen Phil Trautwein and Robert Brewster. Here’s a little bit on each player:
Davis: He’s 6-foot-3 wide receiver out of Northern Illinois who has played for the Jets and the Broncos. A 25-year-old, he played three games with Denver in 2010 and did not register a catch.
Fayson: A 24-year-old out of Illinois (he also played some collegiate ball at Florida), he’s a 6-foot, 215-pound wide receiver who has yet to register any stats at the professional level.
Rayner: A Michigan State product, he’s probably the most well-known of the group of players who the Patriots took a look at. Rayney has kicked for a laundry list of teams, including Indianapolis (2005), Green Bay (2006), Kansas City (2007), San Diego (2007), Miami (2008), Detroit (2008 and 2010), Cincinnati (2008 and 2010), Washington (2009) and Dallas (2011).
Massey: A nine-year veteran, the 32-year-old out of Marshall has served as the long snapper for St. Louis from 2002 until 2010. A 6-foot, 237-pounder, he latched on with the Panthers at the start of camp, but was waived on Aug. 30.
Malone: A Fresno State product, the 6-foot-2, 235-pounder entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He was released before the start of camp, and ended up spending the bulk of the season with Tampa Bay, where he averaged 41.5 yards per punt.
Lanning: A South Carolina product, he got an invitation to camp this summer with the Bears.
Trautwein: A 6-foot-6, 308-pound tackle out of Florida, Trautwein was an undrafted free agent who debuted with the Rams in 2009. He also suited up for the Browns in 2009 before returning to St. Louis later that same year. For what it’s worth, Trautwein does appear to have some positional versatility, having played some tight end as a collegian.
Brewster: A 6-foot-4, 325-pounder out of Ball State, Brewster was a tackle as a collegian who can reportedly also play some guard. A two-time All-MAC selection, he spent the last two seasons in Dallas and played in one game with the Cowboys.
|Patriots announce re-signing of defensive back Phillip Adams||10.18.11 at 2:24 pm ET|
The Patriots announced Tuesday that they have re-signed defensive back Phillip Adams. Adams, 5-foot-11, 192 pounds, was originally signed by the Patriots on Sept. 21 and was active but did not play in the games at Buffalo on Sept. 25 and at Oakland on Oct. 2 before being released on Oct. 8, signed again on Oct. 13 and released on Oct. 14. He was originally drafted in 2010 by San Francisco in the seventh round (224 overall) out of South Carolina State. Adams played in 15 games for the 49ers last season and finished with 13 total tackles and one pass defensed.