Pre-Thanksgiving NFL Appetizers

It’s the night before Thanksgiving and you are doing one of three things.  You are sopping up the drool from your mouth as you salivate over the thought of tomorrow’s feast.  Or you could be counting down the minutes to kick-off of the Miami Dolphins Dallas Cowobys game.  Or you could be planning your full blown late night attack on early bird Black Friday deals.

I am perusing the information super highway to see what is going on around the NFL and there is a lot of information to be absorbed, like gravy on a biscuit.

For starters, call it the pre-meal appetizer we go to Kansas City where the Chiefs have pulled recently released Kyle Orton off the waiver wire.  Orton will replace the recently “IR’d” Matt Cassel.  If rumors are true, Orton is none too pleased with his new destination.  Earlier it was reported by John Clayton that Orton may fail to report to the Chiefs and sit out the rest of the season instead.  No word on whether or not Orton will try and force the Chiefs hand.  He was hoping to land in Chicago where the Bears lost Jay Cutler.  Ironic little change.

With the real meal coming tomorrow we will keep with the appetizers and take you to Ohio.  Columbus to be exact where it’s being reported as rumor and speculation that former Florida Gator head coach and Stephen Ross schmoozer Urban Meyer will become the next Ohio State head coach taking over for the resigned Jim Tressell.  At least two sources in Columbus are citing that Meyer has already been hired and that the announcement will come as soon as next week following this weeks Michigan finale.  Meyer of course has taken a page from the Nick Saban school of denial.

“I have not been offered the job. I have not taken the job. I will not comment any further. I’m going to do Thanksgiving with my family.” – At least he didn’t say “I’m not coaching the Buckeyes”  So he does have an out.

The move is meaningless for the NFL unless you are a Dolphins fan who had hopes of landing the highly touted college coach.  Then again, most fans of the Dolphins don’t ever want to see a college coach again.

Moving along to the north, we trek to the “whine” country of New York City.  New York City has a whine country?  According to recent reports they do.  As in Mark Sanchez is throwing a fit and giving big Rex the silent treatment.

According to multiple reports, Mark “I’m not the Sanchize” Sanchez, got in a bit of a tantrum over Rex Ryan and OC Brian Schottenheimer bogarting a few handful of first team practice snaps for back-up Mark Brunnell.  Brunnell took 4 of 40 snaps according to Rex Ryan who has had an issue with his QB in the past.   The two took issue with a previous take and give to Brunnell last season.  Before you think the wheels have finally collapsed on the Jets after two consecutive losses, Sanchez’s teammates said they didn’t notice anything different on the practice field.  Ryan said it was Sanchez’s body language.  You can insert your own foot joke here.

Staying in the state of New York we move a little more east where we find the Buffalo Bills.  The Bills lost two players following Sunday’s game against the Dolphins to injuries, today they lost their most productive offensive player of the year…for the year.  The Bills placed RB Fred Jackson on IR following a leg injury that he sustained in Sunday’s game.  He fractured his fibula.  CJ Spiller will now be the primary runner while recently acquired Tashard Choice who has failed in Dallas and Washington will try his hand in the AFC.

Now on to the south where make our final stop in Dallas where the Dolphins will go for win number 4 in a row against the hosting Cowboys.  For the Cowboys, CB Michael Jenkins will be out for the game.  Jenkins is the better CB option in the Dallas secondary and should mean more room for the Dolphins WR’s to roam…of course Marc Columbo must find a way to keep DE DeMarcus Ware off of Matt Moore.  On the offensive side of the ball, Miles Austin has also been ruled out as he continues to rehab a leg injury.

You know, holidays bring back the best of memories.  We laugh as we look back at the family fighting, the thrown food at a TV, the thrown food from a pouting toddler.  So why not take a trip down our own memory lane.  Here is a link to a Thanksgiving memory!

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