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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

It's Still Early to Court Jimmy Johnson

NEW YORK -- To all those Jets fans clamoring for Leon Hess to clean house and bring in Jimmy Johnson: Don't jump the gun, because Johnson won't even listen to any offers until after the season.

"The way I'm approaching this is that I'm not even going to think about (coaching) that much, because that way, every time there's a rumor, I won't get any anxious moments,'' Johnson said. "I've told myself that I'm not going to even think about (coaching again) until the season's over.''

We're not ready to overthrow the Pete Carroll regime just yet, but don't ignore this idea of Johnson coming to New York. If Carroll winds up bombing out with, say, a 4-12 season, maybe it's not such a bad idea for Hess to clear out the front office and start from scratch with a proven winner like Johnson.

Of course, knowing the Jets' luck with finishing second in this kind of thing -- see Reggie White, Mike Holmgren, Bobby Beathard, et al -- Johnson is almost certain to go elsewhere when the offers come pouring in sometime around the end of December.


Colts defensive tackle Steve Emtman's comeback Sunday was remarkable. Emtman tore two ligaments and the patellar tendon in his right knee last Oct. 10 against Dallas, and made it back against overwhelming odds. It's believed that no other player ever has returned after suffering a similar injury ... The knock against former Tennessee running back Charlie Garner was his durability, and nothing in his brief career with the Eagles has dispelled that criticism. Garner suffered a rib injury during training camp and sat out the first three games. He returned Sunday against the 49ers, rushing for 111 yards and two touchdowns, but suffered a back injury and had to leave the game in the third quarter ... How's this for a switch: Although the Eagles no longer have Reggie White, Clyde Simmons and Seth Joyner, they already have 15 sacks, an average of 3.8 per game. Last year, with Simmons and Joyner, they produced only 36 sacks, an average of 2.3 ... How unusual was Buffalo's 20-13 loss to the Bears? The Bills came into the game with a 14-2 regular-season record against NFC teams since 1990, the first year they made it to the Super Bowl. A stark contrast, of course, to their 0-4 record at the Big Show.


Memo to Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who is looking more and more like he is going to be one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history: And you thought Bill Parcells was not going to let you throw the ball.

Memo to Eagles coach Rich Kotite, who continually hears the Jimmy Johnson to Philly in '95 rumors: Don't worry, coach. If you get booted by owner Jeffrey Lurie, you won't be out of work long, not with a 33-21 career record.

Memo to Redskins rookie quarterback Heath Shuler, who made his NFL starting debut in a 34-7 loss to the Cowboys: Chin up, kid. It gets worse before it gets better.

Memo to Dave Shula of the Bengals, the only 0-5 coach in the NFL after a 23-7 loss to dad on Sunday: Ditto.

Memo to the 2-3 Lions, who gave unproven quarterback Scott Mitchell a three-year, $11-million contract in the offseason: You want to do that one over again?