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Tebow continues to tiptoe around tough topics

Tebow continues to tiptoe around tough topics

profootballtalk.com Updated Oct 4, 2012
With increasing speculation that the Jets should remove the funk hovering over the franchise by benching quarterback Mark Sanchez and going with Tim Tebow, the New York media tried their damnedest on Thursday to get Tebow to give them a sound bite sugge…
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  • Ben Tate’s status is undecided for Monday night

    Ben Tate’s status is undecided for Monday night

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    As the Texans prepare to become the second straight opponent to apply the “ground and pound” to the Jets on their own turf, running back Ben Tate may not be available for grounding and/or pounding. Tate missed practice on Thursday with a toe injury. 
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  • Tebow not frustrated with his role

    Tebow not frustrated with his role

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Oct 4, 2012
    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow said he is not frustrated with his role in the Jets' offense and has not talked to anyone about his lack of involvement. ESPN's Ed Werder said Tuesday that Tebow is frustrated with his lack of usag…
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  • Jaws: Tannehill over Fitz, Sanchez

    Jaws: Tannehill over Fitz, Sanchez

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski studies quarterbacks day and night. That is why his updated quarterback rankings through four games in 2012 carries weight. According to Jaworski, Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill is t…
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  • Mark Sanchez unthreatened by prospect of losing his job

    Mark Sanchez unthreatened by prospect of losing his job

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    One of the first things Jets coach Rex Ryan did in the wake of Sunday’s 34-0 pounding at the hands of the 49ers was to reaffirm his commitment to Mark Sanchez as the team’s starting quarterback. Ryan’s unwavering support of his quarterback after a 1
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  • Hernandez (ankle) returns to Pats practice field

    Hernandez (ankle) returns to Pats practice field

    New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle) back at practice.
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  • Tom Brady Called The Head Of JP Morgan To Cheer Him Up After He…

    Tom Brady Called The Head Of JP Morgan To Cheer Him Up After He Lost $6 Billion

    deadspin.com Oct 4, 2012
    Tom Brady's had losses in his day. Big ones. Like Super Bowl XLII. And Super Bowl XLVI. He never lost $6 billion, but he never had $6 billion to lose. Brady feels for losers. So when someone loses, and Tom Brady can help, he gets on the horn. Here's Van…
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  • Quarter-mark report card: Bills

    Quarter-mark report card: Bills

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Buffalo Bills are 2-2 at the quarter mark of the season. Here are some grades of where Buffalo currently stands: Offense: B Buffalo’s offense is 11th in the NFL and has been productive. The running game is top-notch when healthy. Tailback C.J. Spill
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  • Quarter-mark report card: Dolphins

    Quarter-mark report card: Dolphins

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Miami Dolphins are in last place in the AFC East at 1-3. Here is the quarter-mark report card for Miami: Offense: B The Dolphins are No. 9 in total offense and getting a lot out of their limited resources. Miami’s passing game and rookie quarterback
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  • "Team Obama Loses Early Wicket": The Romney-Obama Deb…

    "Team Obama Loses Early Wicket": The Romney-Obama Debate Was Like Every Sport Conceivable, According To Internet

    deadspin.com Oct 4, 2012
    The debate Wednesday could be compared to many things-a slow dance in which the partners are holding potato peelers to each other's throats, perhaps, or a restaurant in which you, the diner, get to watch a prep cook slow-spit on your burger before it's
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  • Quarter-mark report card: Jets

    Quarter-mark report card: Jets

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    The New York Jets are in first-place in the AFC East after four games. The Jets are 2-2 but is the only team with two division wins. Here is the quarter-mark report card for New York: Offense: D- New offensive coordinator Tony Sparano has not sparked Ne…
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  • Donte Whitner suggests players aren’t the problem with Bills

    Donte Whitner suggests players aren’t the problem with Bills

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    49ers safety Donte Whitner will face off against his former team this weekend when the Bills head to San Francisco for a Saturday afternoon matchup. Whitner doesn’t have the fondest memories of his time in Buffalo. During the playoffs last season, Whitn
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  • Quarter-mark report card: Patriots

    Quarter-mark report card: Patriots

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    We have reached the quarter mark of the NFL season. Therefore, this is a good time to check the progress of teams in the AFC East. Here is our quarter-mark report card for the reigning AFC champion New England Patriots (2-2): Offense: A- The Patriots le…
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  • "Are We Live? Oh Shit." Liam Neeson Appears On Sports…

    "Are We Live? Oh Shit." Liam Neeson Appears On SportsCenter And Has Absolutely No Idea What He's Being Asked

    deadspin.com Oct 4, 2012
    Liam Neeson dragged himself onto SportsCenter yesterday to pimp Taken 2 and wow. Has there ever been a guest on SportsCenter who was so unprepared to be a guest on SportsCenter? Neeson didn't like where it was headed from the get-go-he was being asked a
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  • Mark Sanchez struggling in play-action

    Mark Sanchez struggling in play-action

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has been up and down in his four-year career. But one of his biggest and most consistent strengths has been his ability to throw on play-action passes. Unfortunately for the Jets, that hasn't been the case this yea…
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  • Chandler Jones wins NFL defensive rookie of the month

    Chandler Jones wins NFL defensive rookie of the month

    Chandler Jones has made an immediate impact on the Patriots defense, and how he has some hardware to prove it. Jones was named NFL defensive rookie of the month for September. Jones has 17 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles in four games for th…
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  • PFT Live: Jets talk with Manish Mehta and Week Five picks

    PFT Live: Jets talk with Manish Mehta and Week Five picks

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    There are rarely dull moments around the Jets and this week has proven to be no exception. They got crushed by the 49ers, lost Santonio Holmes for the season and signed cornerback Aaron Berry coming off of a suspension for incidents that helped pave his…
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  • Jason Hill surprised New York remembers him calling Jets “overh…

    Jason Hill surprised New York remembers him calling Jets “overhyped”

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Maybe new Jets wide receiver Jason Hill is just better suited to smaller markets. The same guy who called the Jets “overhyped” and cornerback Darrelle Revis a “good player” when he was with the Jaguars is now astonished anyone in New York remember
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  • Plaxico says he’s back to being the player he knows he can be

    Plaxico says he’s back to being the player he knows he can be

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Jets have a real need at receiver.  But they really don’t want Plaxico Burress. No one wants Plaxico Burress.  And it makes no sense. Last year, fresh from an extended stay at the Motel 6-to-10, Burress had multiple suitors.  The Jets wanted him.
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  • Daily Screencap Classic: J-E-S-T JEST JEST JEST

    Daily Screencap Classic: J-E-S-T JEST JEST JEST

    deadspin.com Oct 4, 2012
    The 2-2 Jets, mired in a trench of poor quarterback play and idiots screaming for Tebow, added to that the reeling feeling of learning Santonio Holmes would be missing the rest of the season. More »
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  • Bengals need BenJarvus Green-Ellis to stop fumbling

    Bengals need BenJarvus Green-Ellis to stop fumbling

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    When the Bengals signed running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis as a free agent this offseason, his ball security was often noted as one of his great strengths. Green-Ellis didn’t fumble at all in his 545 touches as a member of the Patriots and he didn’t f
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  • Thursday morning one-liners

    Thursday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    After searching all last year, the Bills are still looking for any degree of consistency on offense. Dolphins CB Sean Smith is living up to expectations after the Vontae Davis trade. Patriots RT Sebastian Vollmer is playing better after a slow start. Je…
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  • Reggie Bush says knee pain slowed him down on Sunday

    Reggie Bush says knee pain slowed him down on Sunday

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Reggie Bush suffered a knee injury in Week Three and then played anyway in Week Four. But he wasn’t playing at full speed. Bush averaged 3.9 yards a carry Sunday against the Dolphins, his worst average in a game since November of last year, and he told
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  • Week 5 Probabilities, and Jets'  Sanchez Folly

    Week 5 Probabilities, and Jets' Sanchez Folly

    nytimes.com Oct 4, 2012
    No matter how you slice it statistically, the Jets are paying Mark Sanchez too much money for mediocre production.
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  • Video - NFL Live OT: Monday Night Football Preview 01:52

    NFL Live OT: Monday Night Football Preview

    Oct 4
    NFL Live OT looks ahead to Texans vs. Jets.
  • Video - Round 13: Manning vs. Brady 05:35

    Round 13: Manning vs. Brady

    Oct 4
    Will Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning outduel New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in their Week 5 matchup? The "Thursday Night Kickoff" crew debate.
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Texans-Jets 00:41

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Texans-Jets

    Oct 4
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Houston at the New York Jets
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Broncos-Patriots 00:32

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Broncos-Patriots

    Oct 4
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Denver at New England

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