Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

26 Aug 2013

MMQB: Arian Foster Mystery Man

PK talks Arian Foster's slow build up to the season, Rex Ryan's bizarre press conference, Ray Guy's HOF candidacy, and more tidbits from camps.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 26 Aug 2013

24 comments, Last at 29 Aug 2013, 7:52pm by Karl Cuba


by sundown (not verified) :: Mon, 08/26/2013 - 2:25pm

"The sad thing is, Ryan’s a good guy, a colorful character in a colorless league, and an imaginative defensive coach."


Where has Ryan ever shown himself to be a good guy? He's a blow-hard who loves hearing himself talk, frequently gets testy when people are any less than adoring towards him, and has shown he'll put his personal agenda above the best interests of the team.

by Scott P. (not verified) :: Mon, 08/26/2013 - 6:12pm

He returns Peter zking's phone calls.

by johonny (not verified) :: Mon, 08/26/2013 - 7:42pm

The media demands Sanchez is only a back up QB if he deserves to be in the league at all. Ryan treats Sanchez like any other number 2 in the league and he gets hurt in a preseason game. Media treats Ryan like he just risked their franchise QB. This sites stats say Sanchez is about the same quality QB as Chad Henne. I don't see the media freaking out that Henne has mopped up his share of preseason games.The dude can't win with the over hyping New York media. They are the same people that had Tom Coughlin fired in 2011. Ryan will likely get fired this year because the JETS talent level is not very good. Their talent level not being very good isn't due to Ryan's personality at all.

by Andrew Clayton (not verified) :: Tue, 08/27/2013 - 12:59am

The way Smith looked in that game, Sanchez wasn't the backup playing in the 4th quarter but the likely Week 1 starter. And they had two other QBs trying to make the team.

by Noah Arkadia :: Tue, 08/27/2013 - 9:18am

In any case, whether he is a good or a bad coach, he clearly is a hard guy to like.

The man with no sig

by Andrew Clayton (not verified) :: Tue, 08/27/2013 - 1:02am

And then Ryan compounds it all by telling the press Sanchez was in there late because they play preseason games to win. So, the coach himself dismisses your mop-up theory.

by sundown (not verified) :: Tue, 08/27/2013 - 12:14pm

If he had just said "I wanted to see some of these third teamers get some reps with one of our better QBs" then it comes across more like bad luck. But to say that he actually cares if they win preseason games and are willing to risk their probable starting QB to do that makes him sound like a fool.

by sundown (not verified) :: Mon, 08/26/2013 - 2:34pm

I'd have enjoyed the travel story about the abusive passenger much more if I didn't recall a past column where Peter bragged about his own giving guff to a TSA worker over regulations he didn't agree with. Apparently, if it's PK, you can ignore whatever rules you don't like and give grief to the little people who's job it is to enforce them. But don't try that if you name isn't Peter King.

by Karl Cuba :: Mon, 08/26/2013 - 5:39pm

He says Vick jogged back to the line without huddling while getting the playcall via his helmet. I thought the helmet radio only activated when you entered the huddle. Am I wrong on this?

by dbostedo :: Mon, 08/26/2013 - 11:13pm

I think the radio is active as soon as the play clock starts, regardless of whether or not there's a huddle. Why treat teams who choose not to huddle differently than those that do?

by Karl Cuba :: Tue, 08/27/2013 - 10:50am

I thought that the radio only worked in the huddle so that coaches could not help the qb read the defense as he called the play at the line.

I could be wrong on this, I've seen Manning and Brady holding their hands over their ear-holes while running their no huddle, I just thought I remembered the NFL stipulating that the radio only worked in the huddle.

by Bright Blue Shorts :: Tue, 08/27/2013 - 7:46pm

I thought the headset was turned off when there are 15 seconds left on the playclock. Wouldn't that prevent coaches helping read the defense?

by Karl Cuba :: Tue, 08/27/2013 - 8:17pm

Would that not depend on how quickly the offense got to the line?

by dbostedo :: Tue, 08/27/2013 - 11:30pm

Yes - I can't find the official current rules (they don't seem to be in the rule book, although the rules about who can have a radio helmet and how many a team can have are). But I thought it shut off at 15 seconds as well... which would mean if you hustle to the line the coach could conceivably call a play and also have time to help read the defense.

I guess maybe the NFL figures if you can do that quickly enough, more power to you. Or perhaps it just hasn't happened before and they haven't considered it.

by Karl Cuba :: Thu, 08/29/2013 - 7:52pm

Betcha they give it a look next year.

by Honest Abe (not verified) :: Tue, 08/27/2013 - 4:33am

Hold it, hold it. No piling on. When did Peter King allegedly boast about giving guff to an airport Nazi?

by dryheat :: Tue, 08/27/2013 - 8:11am

I don't know if "boast" is the right word, but he certainly used the column to pontificate that he was being unfairly harrassed by the TSA, when in fact they were simply doing their job and applying the same measures they do to everyone. If I find it, I'll link it, but unfortunately a New York congressmen named Peter King is interfering with my googling.

Actually, there is a boast:


by Noah Arkadia :: Tue, 08/27/2013 - 9:26am

I can't stop thinking about the one with the kid and the baseball someone linked to the other day. When I see his name, that is.

Edit: Ha, Aaron beat me to it.

The man with no sig

by sundown (not verified) :: Tue, 08/27/2013 - 12:22pm

That's the whole thing: reading this column you can imagine him hammering somebody else for holding up the line fighting with the TSA, but he's a hero for doing it. I also find it hard to believe he's never been told to shutoff his phone on a flight. He seems the sort who always has one last text or email that needs sending after the announcement to put the electronics away.

by Mo S (not verified) :: Tue, 08/27/2013 - 12:57pm

Actually, the TSA guy was wrong on this and he is the one that doesn't know the regulations. There is an exemption on the size limits for “liquid medication”. That list includes contact solution.


by sundown (not verified) :: Tue, 08/27/2013 - 3:33pm

But not sunscreen.

by dryheat :: Tue, 08/27/2013 - 7:04pm

The incident happened in 2007. I know regs have been relaxed a few times since then, although I don't know about this specific example.

by Kyle D. (not verified) :: Wed, 08/28/2013 - 10:52am

That's what I was wondering, too. If the guy had been wrong about the regulations, there's no way Peter King leaves that out of the story. No way.

by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Tue, 08/27/2013 - 9:24am

What happened, did he have a foul ball Peter wanted?