Players sack Rex

Jets coach Rex Ryan has a coaching style that one player described as 'over the top.'
Jets coach Rex Ryan has a coaching style that one player described as 'over the top.' (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Poll list Jets' coach as most overrated, Andy Reid third

Posted: November 07, 2012

THE NEW YORK Jets' Rex Ryan is the NFL's most overrated coach, according to a poll of league players.

Eagles coach Andy Reid was third in the voting, behind New England's Bill Belichick.

The survey was conducted by the Sporting News, which polled 103 players from 27 teams. The players were not allowed to vote for their own coach.

Ryan was named on 35 ballots, followed by Belichick (16), Reid (nine) and Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan (eight).

The Pittsburgh Steelers' Mike Tomlin was fifth with four votes, followed by the St. Louis Rams' Jeff Fishers, San Francisco 49ers' Jim Harbaugh and San Diego Chargers' Norv Turner, who were tied for sixth with three votes each.

One AFC player, who wasn't named, told the publication that Ryan, in addition to being overrated, is overexposed.

"His coaching style is over the top," the player said. "Some of the things he does in front of the cameras are way over the top. You put that with the New York media and he has a pretty big reputation, I guess."

Noteworthy * 

The Pittsburgh Steelers will likely be without leading receiver Antonio Brown Monday night when they host the Kansas City Chiefs.

Brown sprained his right ankle in Sunday's 24-20 victory over the New York Giants. Coach Mike Tomlin called Brown's status "very much in doubt." Brown leads the Steelers with 42 receptions and is second on the team with 499 receiving yards.

If Brown sits, it's likely Emmanuel Sanders will take his spot in the starting lineup. The Steelers also will be without safety Troy Polamalu, who will miss his fifth straight game and seventh overall with a right calf injury.

* Washington Redskins players are supporting coach Mike Shanahan after he seemingly wrote off the season and then said his comments had been misinterpreted.

Washington co-captain London Fletcher said Shanahan is "a proven winner, a two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach. He's not a person who gives up on a season."

After losing to Carolina Sunday, Shanahan said, "You lose a game like that, now you're playing to see who obviously is going to be on your football team for years to come."

* The Arizona Cardinals have lost starting outside linebacker O'Brien Schofield for the season with an injured left ankle he sustained in Sunday's loss at Green Bay.

* The New York Giants announced they will donate $500,000 to assist victims of Sandy, which ravaged parts of New Jersey and New York last week. The donation will be divided evenly between the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund and the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.

* Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Ahmad Black was cited for marijuana possession by Hillsborough County, Fla., police last week, according to a report.

The Tampa Bay Times, citing court records, reported that Black was charged with less than 20 grams of the substance. The second-year defender wasn't arrested, but faces arraignment Dec. 3.

In other news, the Buccaneers promoted cornerback LaQuan Lewis from the practice squad to the 53-man roster and released cornerback Brandon McDonald.

Lewis entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Tennessee last year. He has appeared in one game with Tampa Bay and three with Dallas this season.

McDonald appeared in all eight games this season.

* Former NFL wide receiver David Boston could face nearly 3 years in prison for punching a woman last year.

Palm Beach County, Fla., prosecutors said the 34-year-old Boston pleaded guilty to aggravated battery. He faces up to 35 months in prison at a Dec. 7 hearing.

Authorities said Boston had been drinking at a Boca Raton home last November when he punched a woman twice in the head, leaving a wound that required 10 stitches.

Boston was a star at Ohio State and went to the Pro Bowl with the Arizona Cardinals in 2001. He also played for the San Diego Chargers and then the Miami Dolphins before injuries and legal problems ended his career.

* The Buffalo Bills placed veteran cornerback Terrence McGee on season-ending injured reserve and promoted receiver Marcus Easley off the practice squad. McGee struggled to overcome offseason surgery to repair a torn patella tendon in his left knee. The Bills also placed starting right tackle Erik Pears (hip/groin) on injured reserve and released rookie kicker John Potter.

That leaves Buffalo (3-5) with two roster spots left to fill as the team prepares to play New England (5-3) on Sunday.

* New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis returned to work after serving an eight-game suspension in connection with the NFL's bounty probe.

In other news, former Saints safety Steve Gleason was taken to a New Orleans hospital after becoming unresponsive at the Superdome while watching Monday night's game against the Eagles.

Gleason suffers from the ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He underwent treatment in the emergency room at Ochsner Hospital. His wife told the Saints organization that he is alert and "doing well."

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