Tuesday, January 19, 2010

You Look Norvelous! Turner Gets 3 Year Extension

- Norv Turner has been rewarded handsomely for the Chargers one and done playoff run, signing a 3 year extension yesterday. Norv has this thing all figured out, beat up on the Raiders, Chiefs, and Broncos, get your 6 free wins so you get into the playoffs every year, and everything will be hunky dory.

- Norv's job will get a little easier next year, as the Broncos have gotten rid of defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, apparently in an effort to make head coach Josh McDaniels feel like more of a man. Nolan turned around a defense that was one of the worst in 2008, and made it one of the better units in the league in 2009, most notably implementing a 3-4 scheme and making an All Pro out of pass rusher Elvis Dumervil who led the league with 17 sacks this year. I'd say Nolan is a great candidate to be the Bears new defensive coordinator, but I think Lovie Smith is looking for something more along the lines of a sack of footballs wearing a headset. A sack of footballs who really, really likes playing the Cover 2.

- The Bills will announce a new head coach today, and it will be former Cowboys and Georgia Tech head coach Chan Gailey. Gailey is seen as an offensive mind. He, ironically enough, takes over a team that has no offense. He shall enjoy trying to score points with a Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback.

- The Vikings are hoping defensive end Ray Edwards will be able to play in the NFC Championship game this weekend. He's nursing a knee injury after his monster three sack and 6 hurry game against the Cowboys last week.


- A fun matchup in the Carling Cup today as Man U takes on Man City in the first leg of the semifinals. City is looking for their first finals birth in either the FA or Carling Cups since 1981. Of the 3 big trophies in England this is probably the least prestigious, but hey, it beats a kick in the nuts.

- Really interesting article on Yahoo Sports about Athletic Bilbao (who beat Real Madrid) this weekend, and their link to the Basque culture.


- Barcelona is sniffing around buying Wayne Rooney from Man U, and the price tag is said to be 8 million pounds. Rooney is having probably his best season ever, he's already got 15 premier league goals, only one short of his career high.

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