June 19, 2015 |
BROWNS quarterback Johnny Manziel is trying to grow up. Yesterday, the player known as Johnny Football said he will no longer do his signature money sign as part of an overall effort to stop being a distraction. "The money sign will not be back. I will not be making it out there," Manziel told reporters yesterday. "Whatever I can do to help quiet the noise that has surrounded this team and surrounded myself, I don't want that anymore. My focus is on football. " Manziel entered rehab in January, where was treated for 10 weeks.
March 26, 2015 |
PHOENIX - Rex Ryan said the Bills were stunned when the Eagles called in early March and offered running back LeSean McCoy in a trade. The new Buffalo coach said the deal that eventually sent linebacker Kiko Alonso to the Eagles for McCoy took all of 30 minutes. "We were just kind of like stunned there a little bit," Ryan said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. "We were like, 'Really? Like, wow. Let's just take it from there.' Obviously we were interested. . . . We knew it wasn't going to be cheap by any stretch and losing a player like Kiko Alonso is obviously a steep price.
December 5, 2014 |
IT'S ALWAYS funny until somebody gets hurt. Colts running back Trent Richardson and special-teams returner Josh Cribbs - both former Browns players - have vowed to dive into the Dawg Pound if they score against Cleveland on Sunday. That's like wearing a Cowboys jersey at an Eagles game. You can do it, but things might get ugly. Browns head coach Mike Pettine - who coached at North Penn and William Tennent high schools - is pretty sure Richardson and Cribbs won't get a warm welcome.
October 31, 2014 |
Mike Pettine, the former football coach at Central Bucks High School West, said that the school district's decision to cancel the football season because of hazing allegations was an "overzealous, knee-jerk overreaction" and that school board members who supported the decision should resign. Pettine, who won four state titles and 326 games during 33 years as coach of the Bucks, said the season's cancellation affected other students, tainted the reputation of the coaching staff, and held accountable players who were not involved.
October 29, 2014 |
FOR A LITTLE over 3 decades, Mike Pettine was Central Bucks West football. It was a legacy of unparalleled excellence. That can never be erased. But yesterday's news that the Bucks' 2014 season was being canceled with two games left due to an alleged hazing scandal will assuredly have a widespread impact. And it won't be positive. Nobody understands that more than Pettine, whose son Mike Jr., a West quarterback in the early 1980s, is the first-year head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
October 27, 2014 |
It could have gotten worse. That's the crux of the thing. That's why Central Bucks High School West's football team didn't play its homecoming game Friday night against rival Central Bucks East and why it won't play its regular-season finale against William Tennent. That's why the Central Bucks School District was right to suspend the school's varsity and junior-varsity coaches and cancel C.B. West's season Thursday in the wake of alleged hazing by players against their younger teammates.
October 25, 2014 |
Drive north along Business Route 202 into Doylestown, past a hospital campus on the left and a wall of verdant trees on the right, and soon a striking sight will emerge before you. Just as you reach the borough's border, a large gold-and-black placard welcomes all visitors to "Doylestown, Home of Central Bucks West, AAAA football state champs 1991-97-98-99. " Behind the placard, rising from the ground like a sleek gray mountain, is the home-side grandstand of War Memorial Field, C.B. West's stadium.
October 25, 2014 |
Randy Cuthbert has deep ties to the Central Bucks West football program. He starred for the Bucks in the mid-1980s and later coached the team. Because of that, Cuthbert was taken aback when he learned late Thursday afternoon that reports of hazing by C.B. West players, including the grabbing of private parts, had ended his alma mater's season. "It's just a shame that things like that are going on," said Cuthbert, now the coach at Emmaus, near Allentown. "Times have changed. I'm not sure what's causing that kind of behavior.
June 20, 2014 |
IS BILL BELICHICK cheating again? Probably not, but that didn't stop a slew of reports suggesting the Patriots coach, who was fined $500,000 by the NFL in 2007 for his role in Spygate, was in possession of a New York Jets playbook. The news was originally reported in a story that Greg Bedard, of MMQB.SI.com, wrote about Browns coach Mike Pettine. Pettine was discussing why he purposely has a thin playbook, saying, "I don't put a lot of graduate-level information in it. We know in places like New England, it's only a matter of time that they somehow mysteriously end up with our playbook.
June 12, 2014 |
MAKING ONE OF HIS first decisions as an NFL head coach, Mike Pettine turned down the chance to appear on HBO's "Hard Knocks. " According to Pettine, Cleveland turned down the chance to appear on the NFL reality series by utilizing his status as a first-year head coach. "It was for the same reason we didn't feel super comfortable having a camera in the draft room," Pettine said. "Let's get through the first time, let's get through the first year. " Excellent first move. Can you imagine HBO having full access to the team that has first-year quarterback Johnny Manziel in camp?