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I was at the San Francisco 49ers’ 34-0 demolition of the New York Jets today at MetLife Stadium. The blowout score doesn’t indicate how lopsided the game really was.
The 49ers manhandled the once-physical Jets on both sides of the ball. The Jets offense under quarterback Mark Sanchez was pitiful. Gang Green was so bad that long-suffering Jet fans were more depressed than angry. The stands were empty by the end of the game.
Look, the Jets are still 2-2. But brace yourself for a week of ESPN and NFL Network analysts howling non-stop about how Tim Tebow should start at QB against the best team in the NFL, the 4-0 Houston Texans, when the Jets return to action on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
Angry Jets coach Rex Ryan delivered one of his best post-game rants, sharing his recipe for “getting your ass kicked” with the assembled media:
“Here’s the recipe for getting your ass kicked, all right? 2-13 on third down. That’s 15%. 4 turnovers. A blocked punt — when they rushed one guy. And giving up 245 yards rushing. How’s that for a recipe?”
Still, Ryan said he’s not ready to make a QB change. We’ll see Coach. TV analysts are going to go nuts all week demanding Tebow replace Sanchez at QB. Never mind the N.Y. tabloids.Get ready for Tebow Time in N.Y. And the QB controversy the Jets say they wanted to avoid.
Here’s video of gang on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay discussing the Tebow question. My favorite line is Deion Sanders saying Ryan “rambled off a plethora of things at the conclusion of the game” about the Jets’ “pathetic” performance.
ESPN: INDIANAPOLIS COLTS COACH CHUCK PAGANO HAS LEUKEMIA
Wow, sorry to hear this.
ESPN’s NFL insider Chris Mortensen broke in to ESPN2’s Mike and Mike in the Morning Monday to report Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano is hospitalized with a treatable form of leukemia and will miss several games.
Here’s the story by Mort on ESPN.com. The Colts are expected to hold a presser later today. Get well Chuck.
LA CONFIDENTIAL: WHICH NFL TEAMS COULD BE HEADED FOR LOS ANGELES?
The real must-see TV portion of NBC’s Football Night in America pregame show in my book is when reporters Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com share their inside info with viewers.
On Sunday night, they let national TV viewers know which NFL team could be headed for Los Angeles in 2016 now that the LA City Council has unanimously approved a new 75,000-seat stadium.
King said the leading candidates to make the move are: the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams. Florio said you shouldn’t rule out the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonvile Jaguars either.
“Folks in Jacksonville will love to hear that,” Florio said. “I am told if they can get a deal in place by 2013, they can actually start moving dirt and building that stadium by next June.”
These names all make business sense. They include NFL franchises that have struggled with attendance and TV blackout issues. Or they play in an aging stadium lacking the amenities to attract deep-pocketed sponsors and fans.