By Danny Cox
With the season all but technically over for 30 of 32 NFL teams, changes and possible changes are starting to show their faces. Some players are going to be on the trading block, including one particular New York Jet, and it isn’t who you think. Sean Payton is back with the New Orleans Saints and cleaning house.
Oh, and there are still two teams alive in this current NFL season, and they’re going on to play in Super Bowl XLVII. The thing is, that game will be played in a dome, and next year’s Super Bowl will be played outside…in February…in the cold. The NFL says they’re not concerned with that at all.
Darrelle Revis is “speechless” over talk that the Jets would trade him
New York Jets new general manager John Idzik was just introduced to the media on Thursday morning and it only took him a few hours to get caught up in drama. Late on Wednesday evening, star cornerback Darrelle Revis had his name come up in reports that the Jets were open to trading him. Needless to say, he wasn’t happy about it.
“I’m speechless by far but more importantly I feel more upset for the jet nation for having to go through this!!!” Revis tweeted. “I guess we’ll see how this plays out.”
Idzik’s biggest motto in his introduction is that this Jets’ team is all about “the power of we over me.” The Jets‘ organization wouldn’t say for certain whether they were trading Revis or even keeping him on the team, but it looks as if another season in green and white is already filled with drama. The team has been continuing a new rigorous training schedule with state of the art exercise equipment.
Saints fire defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and secondary coach Ken Flajole
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton hasn’t even been back on the job for one full week yet, but he is making sure that last year doesn’t happen again. In 2012, the Saints set an NFL record for the most yards ever given up in a single season with 7,042. They ranked last in total defense and run defense while allowing 454 points. With that being said, some changes needed to be made.
On Thursday, the Saints fired defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo after just one season with the team. Secondary coach Ken Flajole was also let go by the organization.
“I personally want to thank Steve and Ken for their contributions during what was an unprecedented 2012 season,” Payton said. “Philosophically we are changing our defense to a 3-4 alignment and right now is the best time to accomplish this transition.”
These moves come as no surprise, and there are sure to be plenty more happening before the Saints step back onto the field next season.
NFL not concerned with winter weather in NY/NJ for Super Bowl XLVIII
In less than two weeks, Super Bowl XLVII will take place inside the comfortable confines of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Next year, on Feb. 2, 2014, Super Bowl XLVIII will take place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and the conditions won’t be nearly as pleasant.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that he and the league are “thrilled” that next year’s Super Bowl is being played in New York, and that preparations will be made in case of harsh weather conditions.
“We’re gonna celebrate the game here. We’re gonna celebrate the weather here. We’re gonna make it a great experience,” Goodell said.
It will be the first ever Super Bowl played outdoors in a cold-weather region. Next year will certainly be an interesting experience for all those involved with the Super Bowl, and one that will gauge whether a cold-weather game happens again.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.