Jets give Sanchez a makeup extension

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Jets give Sanchez a makeup extension

Am I processing this correctly?

Did the Jets' strategy this week consist of either A)replacing quarterback Mark Sanchez with a short-term, duct-tape solution (Peyton Manning) or B) keeping Sanchez around longer and paying him more?

Because that's what it amounted to. The Jets tried to to find out if Manning was "interested in them" (emasculating way for a franchise to put it, but that's the way it was phrased). He wasn't (even more emasculating).

So the move off of that? Rewarding Sanchez with an extension which signified...what?

I guess it signified their faith in him. But isn't that as hollow as the guarantees Rex Ryan's been burping out annually since arriving in New York?

Everyone with a TV and two eyes knew Manning might be let go in March. Yet Ryan said in late December, "There's no way we're looking to replace Mark Sanchez."

Of rumored internal discussions the team was having about whether Sanchez was their guy going forward, Ryan said, "That's not true."

Well, it was. Or is. And Ryan lied. Or was clueless.

So now,to try and make Sanchez feel better and to allow his teammates to take him seriously (already a tough sell), the Jets gave him an extension. Kinda like when Kobe gave his wife a 4 million ring after his Colorado humiliation. Or last offseason when the Dolphins tried to hire Jim Harbaugh as their head coach, failed, and then had to give Tony Sparano a hollow extension. Annnd, then they fired him.

Hey fellas...mission statement.

Butthat's the thing about the Jets with Rex Ryan as their bumbling, swashbuckling leader. They don't know who they are, they have no identity.

As much as Ryan has insisted that he's just "being him" and that he's the most authentic guy in the league, the only thing that'sreal is that he has no clue what he's all about.

Whether it's lap-band surgery, teeth-whitening or the hackneyed guarantees and bloviating, so much of what Ryan does is all about "the look." Or "the sound." Or the "effect."

This year, he said, no more guarantees.

So what happened to the shoot-from-the-lip guy? Didn't work? OK, Let's change.

He's a chameleon. But the weird thing is, I don't think he's a fraud. What he says or does things, he totally believesin when he says or does them.He just has the foresight of a mole.

And because he's jovial and plain-talking, few in the media call BS on him. Too much fun to cover.

Well, now the Jets have been forced to make another move that's all about "the look."

Of course, Sanchez is so screwed up by now, he's got no clue whatever how this makes him look.

"It gives the team just a reminder that Im the leader of this team, and Im excited to get back, and Im going to be working my tail off these next few months to become the best possible starting quarterback that this franchise can have, Sanchez said in a statement.

Think the Chargers need a reminder about Philip Rivers? Or the Falcons about Matt Ryan? Or even the Bears about Jay Cutler? We're not even talking Brady, Rodgers and Brees here - just about good quarterbacks.

Who the leader is should be a truth that's self-evident. Mark Sanchez won't be the leader of the Jets until he tells Rex Ryan to -off. Until he shows that he needs no hollow validation from the organization and that he'll be fine with or without their propping him up, his teammates will shake their heads and his opponents - like the ones in Foxboro - will smile.

Bruins center Acciari’s status uncertain after leaving with apparent leg injury

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Bruins center Acciari’s status uncertain after leaving with apparent leg injury

BOSTON – There were no updates following the preseason loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night, but fourth-line center candidate Noel Acciari had to leave in the third period with what appeared to be a leg injury. 

The Rhode Island native appeared to be favoring his right leg after getting tangled up in front of the benches just a couple of minutes into the third period, crawled toward the bench and then headed back to the B’s dressing room for repairs.

Bruins assistant coach Joe Sacco didn’t have any update in the moments directly after the 5-1 preseason loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

“Noel did leave the game. I’m not sure what his status is, or what the injury was. I haven’t been told,” Sacco said. Acciari finished with five hits and a blocked shot in 10:35 of ice time vs. Detroit. “I’ll have to check with medical and see where we’re at.”

The hope is that the injury isn’t a serious one after Acciari looked strong and heavy playing an energy role down the middle last season for the Bruins in the final weeks of the regular season. He teamed with Justin Hickman and Anton Blidh to play a gritty, energy line on Wednesday night, and they were largely effective for the Black and Gold while some of the other bigger name players struggled.

A potential injury to Acciari, however, does leave the door open for Dominic Moore to really put an iron-fisted grip on the fourth-line center spot after it appeared there would be a big surplus of centers at the start of camp. 

 

 

Local kid Grzelcyk ‘really excited’ to suit up for first Bruins game

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Local kid Grzelcyk ‘really excited’ to suit up for first Bruins game

BOSTON – It wasn’t the perfect outcome, or exactly how he probably dreamt it would go down growing up on the streets of Charlestown in the shadow of the home of the Bruins, but Matt Grzelcyk finally got to wear the Black and Gold in front of friends and family at TD Garden. 

The former Boston University standout was on the ice for a couple of goals against in a rough 5-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night and clearly had a little bit of culture shock adjusting from NCAA hockey to the speed and intensity of a preseason NHL game.

The 22-year-old admitted as much after slowly showing during the game that he was getting more accustomed to the speed, power and precision of NHL opponents playing with purpose.

“I think maybe I was a little bit shocked coming out there. The speed of the game is obviously noticeably faster. But I think as time went on I felt a little more comfortable out there, and was able to skate pucks out of trouble. Hopefully I can build on that going forward,” said Grzelcyk. “It was obviously really exciting to get out there. I was a little bit nervous for the game and stuff and [had to] get the jitters out. But it was nice to get my first game under my belt.”

The puck-moving defenseman had tons of friends and family in the stands including his father, John, who usually works on the bull gang making sure the Garden sheet is in tip-top shape for games such as Wednesday night’s affair. So, it was natural for the nerves to be there despite “Grizz” suiting up for plenty of Beanpot games at the Garden as a member of the Terriers, but they went away as the game went along.

He picked up an assist on Boston’s only goal after working the puck up to Ryan Spooner prior to him feeding Austin Czarnik for the score. Then it was about simply playing the game, and showing where his level of play is right now as the Bruins evaluate all of their D-men. Grzelcyk had the point and he logged a solid 19:49 of ice time while finishing with a minus-1 rating and a couple of shots on net.

So, there were some positives for the local kid and some things to work on as he gets ready for some seasoning in the AHL when cuts eventually come in this B’s camp.

“I think it was a night where, as the game went on, he got better. I thought his third period was the best period he had, and as the game progressed, he started to feel a little bit more confident out there,” said Bruins assistant coach Joe Sacco. “He was skating. He was avoiding… being able to escape some of the breakouts, and it’s his first game in a Bruins uniform back at home here, so I’m sure at the beginning he was probably fighting some nerves. I’m sure it was a special night for him in that regard, but I thought he got better as the game went on.”

The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder will clearly take that the first time out, but clearly Grzelcyk will be looking to show the abilities that saw him post 20 goals and 61 points over his past two seasons at BU as a talented offensive D-man looking to help sooner rather than later.