After spending eight seasons with the Tigers, Manager Jim Leyland has stepped down as manager of the club. Leyland revitalized baseball in Detroit by becoming the first manager in MLB history to reach the World Series in his first year with a team, a feat he accomplished in 2006 when the Tigers eventually lost to the Cardinals. On the heels of an impressive season last year that was highlighted by Miguel Cabrera’s triple-crown, the Tigers were swept by the Giants in the World Series. After suffering a heart-wrenching series defeat to the Red Sox in game six of this year’s American League Championship Series, Leyland has decided to move on.
Leyland and the Tigers will make this news official today during an 11:30 a.m. press conference. At sixty-eight years old, it is unknown whether Leyland will pursue other managerial positions in MLB, or call it a career.
Everyone has bad habits. Some people try to quit smoking, others try not to drink and drive more than a couple times a week, but for the Baltimore Ravens, it’s all about trying to rid themselves of light workloads for Ray Rice. For whatever reason, this seems to come up every year. If you watch the Ravens on tape, you’ll see their passing-attack is most balanced and fluid when Rice is involved. Across three games, Rice has only touched the ball 41 times. Apparently, Head Coach John Harbaugh took notice.
Harbaugh told reporters on Wednesday that the team would do everything in its power to get the ball into Rice’s hands more often. Citing the need to create more plays for the passing-game, Harbaugh hinted that Rice would have more opportunities as a pass-catcher moving forward. While Rice attempts to fully recover from a hip injury that kept him out of Week 3, the Ravens would be advised to cut back some of Bernard Pierce’s touches and let their workhorse do his thing.
With Christian Ponder held out of practice due to a rib injury, Matt Cassel will draw the start vs. the Steelers in London. Cassel will join Mike Glennon and quite possibly Matt Flynn, as QBs making their first starts of the season.
Inheriting an 0-3 team, Cassel will just have to prove he is a more viable option for the team going forward. Cassel was signed as insurance this past off-season for the inconsistent Ponder. Cassel comes off a season in which he largely struggled, passing for 1,796 yards, 6 TDs and 12 INTs in just 9 games last year with the Chiefs.
The Vikings have had a tough time replacing Percy Harvin, but for Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson, and Cordarrelle Patterson, a change under center might just be the jump-start they need.
Well, that escalated quickly. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Greg Schiano has seen enough from starter Josh Freeman, as the Bucs will send out rookie QB Mike Glennon to start vs. the Cardinals on Sunday.
The former backup to Russell Wilson at N.C. State until Wilson transferred to Wisconsin, Glennon amassed 7,085 yards and 62 TD’s between his junior and senior seasons. Glennon impressed the coaching staff in an August pre-season game vs. the Patriots, completing 12 of 22 passes for 2 TDs and a pick.
Glennon should be able to seize the starting job moving forward if he can secure a win at home vs. the Cardinals. With Freeman’s poor start to the season and his issues showing up to team functions, it doesn’t look good for the 5th year QB trying to land a new contract. This could potentially be the end of the road for Freeman as a starting Quarterback in the NFL.
Jacoby Jones is known for his hands of stone, his performance in last year’s playoffs (specifically vs. the Broncos and 49ers), and for being eskimo brothers with one of my boys.
Bryant McKinnie is simply known for being a massive 6’8 – 352 pounds and for his acts of despicableness as a party-goer on Fred Smoot’s boat party.
Bottomline, it doesn’t take ” rocket appliances ” to figure out that McKinnie would be better served to celebrate his birthday somewhere other than on a Washington D.C. party bus, involving strippers and Jacoby Jones. According to TMZ, a ratchet stripper named “Sweet Pea” swung a humongous bottle at Jones, connecting with his head. As Jones bled from his head, some of his Ravens teammates attempted to go after Ms. Pea, but their attempts were thwarted by McKinnie.
Also according to the report, an ambulance was originally called “for a bleeding male,” but no one departed for the hospital. Police have yet to make any arrests, but this situation could get sorted out as the week goes on. Stay tuned.