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Sherman vs. Crabtree: Did the ruckus start with Larry Fitzgerald Jr.?

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: January 20, 2014 - 2:23 PM

We're in the camp here that too much has been made of the Richard Sherman-Michael Crabtree dust-up at the end of Sunday's NFC title game. Crabtree said things that weren't flattering before the game, Sherman makes big late-game play and approaches Crabtree after doing so. Sherman goes all WWF on Erin Andrews during the post-game interview.

Been there, seen that. Most of us have, anyway.

But the Seattle Times has a backstory nugget that's impossible not to share. According to Sherman's camp, the issues between the men started last summer at a charity event hosted by Larry Fitzgerald Jr., the Arizona wide receiver and former football star at The Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield.

That's what Sherman's brother says.

According to columnist Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times:  " Both attended Arizona star receiver Larry Fitzgerald’s charity event. While there, Sherman went to shake Crabtree’s hand, and Crabtree tried to start a fight, according to Sherman’s older brother, Branton. 'I’m going to make a play and embarrass him,' Richard Sherman vowed that day."

We're guessing "that day" was in April, when Fitzgerald was host to his third annual celebrity softball game in Scottsdale, Ariz. Sherman was among those advertised as playing and Crabtree posted a photo from the event on his Facebook page.

You can read Brewer's entire column here.

And if you've managed not to see Sherman's diatribe, here it is:

How 'bout those Cowboys: They got Monte Kiffin back in the NFL

Posted by: Vince Tuss Updated: January 11, 2013 - 6:07 PM

 

 

You really have to admire Monte Kiffin, the former Vikings assistant under Jerry Burns and Dennis Green.

Sure he's a top-flight defensive football coach, maybe even a genius, the mind behind the Tampa 2 defense. But then he goes to work for his son Lane. And now, his patience will surely get tested as he takes on the monumental task of leading the Dallas Cowboys defense. (I'd say rebuilding, but was it ever built in the first place?)

So not only do you have all the eyes of the Lone Star State upon you. (No offense, Houston Texans.) But then your boss is ... Jerry Jones.

At least the 72-year-old Kiffin has down pat the straightforward skills needed for life in Dallas. When Kiffin announced that he was leaving the Trojans and hoping to head back to the NFL, the Orange County Register asked if he would miss coaching with his son. The answer? "Um, no, not really," with a laugh. 

They were display again in the statement from Kiffin released by the Cowboys:

“I came away from the interview process with Jason [Garrett] with a feeling that Dallas is the right place to be. He has this team headed in the right direction. They’re close, and I am confident that there are quality pieces in place for us to be able to get the job done.”


Read more here: http://sportsblogs.star-telegram.com/cowboys/2013/01/kiffin-hiring-announced-in-statement-he-says-cowboys-have-quality-pieces-in-place-to-get-job-done.html#storylink=cpy

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has praise for Kiffin from his former boss, Gophers star and, before head coaching greatness, former Vikings assistant Tony Dungy, who also had a question for the Cowboys:

"Monte is a great coach," Dungy said Friday. "My question is: Are they going to do what their personnel dictates or are they going to change and go to Monte’s system and kind of what he grown these last couple of decades? That’ll be the big thing they’re going to have to do."

One of Kiffin's first moves looks to be switching the Cowboys from a 3-4 to a 4-3 alignment. The Star-Telegram says that would mean finding a strongside linebacker and moving DeMarcus Ware from outside linebacker to defensive end. "Rushing the passer every down would likely put more wear and tear on him, and it would signal the end of his dropping into coverage," the Star-Telegram says.

The Dallas Morning News rates Kiffin's defenses and their generally above-average results, even against the run, which might be especially important in the NFC East.

For a defensive coordinator known for his Cover 2 looks, Kiffin’s ranks in run defense are excellent. In general, run defense and pass defense are often inversely correlated; when a defense plays with two deep safeties, their run defense will suffer, and if they move a safety into the box to stop the run, their pass defense will suffer. If the Cowboys can maintain a league-average run defense in Kiffin’s scheme, that’s a win.

The Morning News also calls the move to a 4-3 "more of a nip here and tuck there than a complete facelift" for the Cowboys. Ahead of Kiffin's hiring, the Cowboys' website already had mapped out how the Tampa 2 might work with current Dallas personnel.

But the Morning News also notes that the defense requires solid fundamentals, something that seemed a bit lacking under Rob Ryan, who more than 5 minutes later after his firing is still unemployed.

How about that Joe Nathan? (with video)

Posted by: Vince Tuss Updated: September 12, 2012 - 12:28 AM

Former Twin and current Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan had another hard-luck turn as he paid off a bet on the NFL opener by taking the field Tuesday dressed as Dallas quarterback Tony Romo.

Nathan, a Giants fan, wagered on the game with teammate Mike Adams on the results of last Wednesday's NFL opener, a 24-17 Dallas victory over the defending Super Bowl champs. And, thrown in at the last minute, Nathan suggested a five-minute autograph session that left plenty of time to be caught on camera. Here is more video, from the Fort Worth Star Telegram. And here is a photo gallery from Fox Sports Southwest.

And how did that feel? "It felt just like I thought it would, absolutely terrible," Nathan said.

The bet grew out of a spring-training conversation, according to Adams. "When I first met him the first thing he told me was I saw that crappy helmet in your locker and I'm a Giants fans and we should have some good bets going on."

Nathan, who went to the State University of New York at Stony Brook, might not have learned his lesson as the two are talking about a new bet when the NFC East foes play again Oct. 28.

 

Stories on the Michael Floyd selection

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: April 26, 2012 - 10:39 PM

Here's the Chicago Tribune story.

Bleacher Report's Elyssa Gutbrod explains why Floyd is such a good choice for Arizona.

The WNDU-TV website in South Bend, Ind., has a story that talks about Floyd's feelings about playing with Larry Fitzgerald Jr.

The first report from the Arizona Republic is here.

Here's a blog post from the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.

ESPN.com's Mike Sando says that Floyd's pick shakes up the NFC West.

 

 

 

Stories on the Michael Floyd selection

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: April 26, 2012 - 10:39 PM

Here's the Chicago Tribune story.

Bleacher Report's Elyssa Gutbrod explains why Floyd is such a good choice for Arizona.

The WNDU-TV website in South Bend, Ind., has a story that talks about Floyd's feelings about playing with Larry Fitzgerald Jr.

The first report from the Arizona Republic is here.

Here's a blog post from the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.

ESPN.com's Mike Sando says that Floyd's pick shakes up the NFC West.

 

 

 

      

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