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Rick Laughland on FOX Sports Radio: Jets firings and Giants future

Hour 2 of Jay Mohr Sports with Don Bell! This hour Don checks in on the sounds of Black Monday and asks which of the known coaching vacancies is the most appealing. We are also joined by Rick Laughland who covers the Jets and Giants for FOX Sports.

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The Rex Ryan Era is officially over in New York

On Black Monday after the final regular season game ended in Miami during the 2014 NFL Season with Head Coach Rex Ryan along with General Manager John Idzik at the helm as the season ended with a 4-12 record, but it also ended with a bit of a positive as the Jets defeated their rivals down in South Beach.

But sadly what should’ve been an improvement to an 8-8 season from 2013 became a gigantic disaster as both Idzik and Ryan didn’t actually mesh well from the offseason of 2013 towards the end of this current season and it really showed at the end.

For six seasons Ryan led the New York Jets and in his first two seasons towards the AFC Championship Game but sadly fell short of the Super Bowl at the Indianapolis Colts and at the Pittsburgh Steelers. You thought there was going to be more of these types of seasons as well as a Super Bowl appearance from Ryan, but sadly his faults came to him quickly.

While he was a defensive genius and had the best cornerback tandem in Darrell Revis and Antonio Cromartie for three years and slowly started to build a great run defense with Sheldon Richardson, Quinton Coples, Muhammad Wilkerson, David Harris and so on his powerful secondary has crumbled.

Ryan sadly hasn’t developed a quarterback as we saw some signs of the late struggles of Mark Sanchez for four year and while it was a decent start for Geno Smith, we saw what happens when a young gun suddenly falls apart mentally in the sophomore season slump. What Ryan does best is get his players ready for battle and sadly as a player’s coach it can backfire on you like what happened in the blowout loss at the San Diego Chargers.

Idzik who had to inherit a head coach sadly didn’t make his mark with the Jets with the only exception of a $40 Million salary cap relief fund and failed to fill in the necessary holes that led the Jets to their 4-12 record in 2014.

Obviously Idzik wanted to build the roster thru the draft and felt that getting a few low level players was good enough to get through a season, but what he failed to understand is that it’s okay to build a roster thru the draft and it’s okay to get quality players to challenge for a playoff spot at the same time.

Getting swept by the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots and nearly defeating all four opponents in the NFC North just doesn’t cut the mustard while you barely defeat the Oakland Raiders and defeat a quality opponent in the Pittsburgh Steelers who thought it was going to be a cake walk at MetLife Stadium.

At the end of the day Robert “Woody” Johnson did the right thing, as he fired both men at the end of the season. While I liked Ryan as a coach, the truth is he wasn’t going to get another season after a destructive 2014 campaign. Idzik never deserved a third season as the GM as he is a salary cap-ologist and while he did make some shrewd moves & picks in the draft, you knew he has no idea about personal moves for the roster.

But if Johnson fired Idzik and kept Ryan, he would’ve been considered a joke of an owner. If he fired Ryan and kept Idzik the fans would’ve started a movement for Johnson to sell the team. But he listened to the fans and he saw with his own eyes that a housecleaning was needed and for that I am grateful he wasn’t blind to the problems at hand.

Author: Daniel Feuerstein

Podcast SPECIAL: Jets Fire John Idzik and Rex Ryan

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Special Podcast today as Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland will discuss the decision of Robert "Woody" Johnson firing head coach Rex Ryan & General Manager John Idzik

Podcast: Jets 37 at Dolphins 24 Final

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Join Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland as they review the final regular season game of the 2014 season as the New York Jets traveled to South Florida and took on the Miami Dolphins. We will also discuss what the Jets will do with head coach Rex Ryan and his staff, their General Manager John Idzik and other potential moves during the offseason.

Report: Jets new GM could keep Rex Ryan

With speculation mounting that Rex Ryan's days as the Jets head coach could be numbered, a recent report by ESPN's Chris Mortensen details a alternate scenario that Jets fans saw unfold prior to the 2013 offseason. 

Then-General Manager Mike Tannenbaum was fired by owner Woody Johnson and head coach Rex Ryan was retained. The Jets front office employed an executive search firm (Korn Ferry) to identify top candidates to direct both personnel and salary cap decisions. 

Through a lengthy process, the Jets ultimately found their guy, John Idzik. While serving as the V.P. of Football Administration for the Seattle Seahawks, Idzik was part of a front office that assembled the eventual 2014 Super Champions.

While Idzik was highly regarded as the perfect candidate to dig the Jets out of salary cap hell, yet the Darmouth graduate left a lot to be desired on the personnel front. From trading Darrelle Revis to releasing Antonio Cromartie and drafting Geno Smith, Idzik has quickly fallen out of favor in New York as fans clamor for his dismissal from Florham Park. 

With their GM on the chopping block, Rex Ryan's coaching future is in serious doubt after reports this week indicated that the sixth year head coach was cleaning out his desk in preparation for his firing. 

The fact of the matter is Ryan is not blameless for the Jets' struggles the past few seasons. His lack of interest and overall competence in coaching the offensive side of the ball along with his refusal to discipline players are major reasons why his detractors are now calling for his job. 

There's no doubting that Ryan is a flawed head coach. Whether it's sticking with Mark Sanchez to the point of no return, or providing bulletin board material for opponents, Ryan can rub some people the wrong way. 

But the very same traits that make Ryan one of the most disliked figures in the NFL are the same ones that make him a great coach. 

His ability to wear his emotions on his sleeve and engage with both the fans and media have made him an iconic figure in New York. His personality is larger than life and his creativity on the defensive side of the ball causes headaches for opposing quarterbacks. 

Ryan inherited a talented team when he took over the coaching reigns in 2009 and he took the team to the doorstep of a Super Bowl in back-to-back seasons. Slowly but surely the talent started to dissipate and his once promising franchise quarterback began struggling mightily before suffering a season ending shoulder injury in the 2013 preseason against the New York Giants. 

Ryan's decision to allow Sanchez to play with second and third string lineman in a meaningless preseason game raised eyebrows as Smith took over the signal-calling duties for the fallen Sanchez. 

Much like in 2009, the 2013 Jets were led by a rookie quarterback who endured his share of ups and downs. Despite being labeled as a glorified expansion team, the Jets clinched an 8-8 record and regained respectability across the league following the Tim Tebow fiasco the season prior.

Entering the 2014 season, hopes were sky high for the Jets' offense as the front office inked wide receiver Eric Decker and running back Chris Johnson in free agency, while adding tight end Jace Amaro in the draft. 

Things did not pan out for New York's second year quarterback as the turnover bug continued to plagued Smith time and time again. On the defensive side of the ball, Idzik failed to shore up the team's secondary, allowing Antonio Cromartie to leave in free agency and passing on the opportunity to sign Dominique Rogers-Cromartie along with Darrelle Revis. 

Dimitri Patterson, Idzik's major free agent cornerback signing would end up going AWOL during the preseason and was ultimately released, while young corners Dexter McDougle and Dee Milliner both suffered season ending injuries during the same week of practice.  

Despite winning their opening game against the Oakland Raiders the Jets would go on to lose eight consecutive games as a leaky secondary and shoddy quarterback play became glaring weaknesses that opponents exposed week in and week out. 

As the Jets prepare to close the book on a disastrous 2014 season, reports this week indicated that their owner will hire former Washington Redskins and Houston Texans GM Charlie Casserli as a consultant to help identify a potential replacement for Idzik. 

ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that Robert "Woody" Johnson might give the Jets' newly hired general manager the choice to either retain or fire Ryan. 

While Ryan's shortcomings as head coach have reared their ugly head on the offensive side of the ball, Idzik did his head coach a complete disservice by handing him an amateur secondary to compete against top flight quarterbacks. 

With Black Monday on the horizon and his coaching future in jeopardy, Ryan could still be in the picture if Gang Green's newly appointed GM sees eye-to-eye with the bombastic and fiery coach.  

Author: Rick Laughland


Podcast: Jets at Dolphins Preview

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Join Daniel Feuerstein as he previews the final regular season game of the 2014 season as the New York Jets take their team down to South Beach and they will face their final AFC East divisional game at the Miami Dolphin.

Podcast: Patriots 17 at Jets 16 Final

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Join Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland as they review the big AFC East match up and the final home game of the 2014 season as the New York Jets hosted the New England Patriots

Rangers Rolling at the Right Time, Win Sixth in a Row

There were a lot of questions about how the Rangers were trying to put together a consistent winning streak as they played inconsistent and it showed in their 3-2 loss at the Detroit Red Wings as they scored two goals in the first period and allowed two late in the second and the go ahead by the wings in the third on December 6th.

But since a big overtime win at the Garden against the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 8th the Rangers have been racking up the points and put themselves into a playoff position as they are now ahead of the Washington Capitals for third place in the Metropolitan division. A big western Canadian swing helped them get into a groove that we haven’t seen in a while.

A five goal explosion in Vancouver which later on back to back days travel to Edmonton with a slow and defensive two goal shutout victory. The toughest opponent in this road trip was the Calgary Flames, but once again it was another goal explosion as the Rangers scored four and an empty netter made it five.
Then a back to back series against the Carolina Hurricanes as the Rangers won the first game in Raleigh in a shootout with another tight defensive game in the back end at the Garden that led Cam Talbot to earn his third shutout of the season.

All four lines have been used by head coach Alain Vigneault and so far most of them have scored a ton of goals from Rick Nash who converted his 11th 20 goal season in the middle of December and plenty of action from Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan starting to roll. Since the recall of J.T. Miller due to Derick Brassard catching the mumps he scored a fantastic power play goal in Raleigh faking out Cam Ward and with the return of Brassard continues to play in the rink.

The defenseman continues to show support for their forwards especially from Kevin Klein who continues to score from the point and has tallied seven goals which includes the game winner in OT against the Penguins and the game tying goal in Raleigh against the Hurricanes. The trade to bring Kevin Klein over from the Nashville Predators for Michael Del Zotto last season has proven that he can be a solid defensive defenseman and has the ability to convert when he is needed.

The Rangers will be hosting the Washington Capitals at the Garden on December 24th with the chance to continue their winning ways and to keep themselves in third place in the Metropolitan Division, we have seen Alexander Ovechkin starting to heat up again and hopefully the Rangers can cool him off to earn another victory.

Author: Daniel Feuerstein

Podcast: Patriots at Jets Preview Show

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Join Daniel Feuerstein and Rick Laughland of FansFavorite .com as they review the final home game of the 2014 Season as the New York Jets hosts the AFC East leading New England Patriots at Met Life Stadium

Podcast: Jets 16 at Titans 11 Final

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Join Daniel Feuerstein and Rick Laughland as they review the next road game as the New York Jets traveled down to Music City in Nashville to face the Tennessee Titans.

Rick Laughland on FOX Sports Radio

Rick Laughland chats with Mike Harmon about the coaching future of Tom Coughlin, rookie sensation Odell Beckham Jr. and how the New York Giants can pick up a second straight win against the Washington Redskins.

Podcast: Jets at Titans Preview

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Join Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland as they Preview the next road game for the New York Jets. The team travels down to Music City in Nashville as they take on the Tennessee Titans

Podcast: Jets 24 at Vikings 30 Final

Jets at Vikings Recap Show

Join Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland as they review the road game as the New York Jets traveled to play at the Minnesota Vikings.

Podcast: Jets at Vikings Preview

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Join Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland as they Preview the Week 14 match-up as the New York Jets travel back to the Great Lakes and take on their final opponent from the NFC North in the Minnesota Vikings

Podcast: Dolphins 16 at Jets 13 Final

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Join Daniel Feuerstein and Rick Laughland as they review the Monday Night Showdown as the New York Jets fell 16-13 to their AFC East Division Rivals in the Miami Dolphins.

Rangers sweep the home -and-home series against Philly

It’s always interesting to see what happens when you have such a heated rivalry between the New York Rangers & the Philadelphia Flyers as both sides have tons of hate for each other and it always spills out on the ice. Especially during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend when you have a national televised game down at the Wells Fargo Center & then a return trip to MSG the next day.

But the truth is that this was all Rangers in both games and the Flyers never showed that they were able to match the speed & the fire power that the Rangers were displaying out there. 

In fact the only thing that was saving the Flyers was their goaltending as Steve Mason prevented a possible blow out on Friday afternoon & Ray Emery tried his best to do the same at the Garden.

Power Play Goals were being served with extra gravy when the Rangers were converting chances in both games and in Philly a record milestone was converted as Martin St. Louis scored on a rebound chance in the 2nd period on Friday for his 1,000 career point in the National Hockey League. Undrafted from the University of Vermont and became the 5th player to do it in the NHL.
Of course Rick Nash converts a Short Handed Goal in the 3rd period down in Philly to continue his hot start to this season. Cam Talbot played in the first game over a week ago and shutout the Flyers 2-0, and did it again this past Friday 3-0. Over 2 hours of shutout hockey that Cam Talbot provided for the Rangers.

Even thought the Rangers took care of business on Friday & on Saturday with two big goals from Derick Brassard with Jesper Fast 1st NHL goal, a 5-2 win for the blue shirts climbed up the division to third place. But in these three games between these two sides, I have to say that the Flyers don’t look like themselves. There is no heart, no energy & honestly looking broad street bully-less. Since the deal sending Scott Hartnell to Columbus for R.J. Umberger, the Flyers look like hapless.

There is no heart on that team and to be honest this is not the fault of head coach Craig Berube, the players are just not themselves as it looks like General Manager Ron Hextall has neutered his own team by taking away their high energy agitator in Scott Hartnell and turned them into a rotted orange.

But for the Rangers they pick up four important points and take three straight games from the Flyers and once again they can’t get a win at Madison Square Garden.

Author: Daniel Feuerstein

Red Bulls fall short on Aggregate, Revolution advance to MLS Cup

This was the best playoff series within the structure of Major League Soccer as the two sides fighting for the Eastern Conference Title were on Gillette Stadium field turf to try and stamp their ticket to either Los Angeles or Seattle for the right to fight for the championship of MLS.

But sadly for the Red Bulls it wasn’t meant to be as they fell short in the goal aggregate series as they fell to a final of 4 goals to 3 in favor of the surprising New England Revolution, but at the start of this contest it was the Red Bulls who got on the board first as the most maligned attacker had a bad season.

Thierry Henry delivered a fantastic ball towards the New England area and saw Tim Cahill challenging Jose Goncalves for position near the goal. Then out of nowhere as the ball bounced Cahill shot a toe poke between Goncalves legs and past Shuttleworth to level the aggregate score in the 26th minute.

But the Revolution retook the aggregate lead in the 41st minute as they took a short corner and after the cross was made it looked like Charlie Davies handled the ball and deflected it past Luis Robles. Sadly referee Baldomero Toledo missed this, but from his position being so far from the area and a lot of bodies blocking his vision, there was no way he was able to see that hand ball and take away the goal.

But the Red Bulls once again were able to grab a second and force the situation on the Revolution and this time it was Peguy Luyindula who found pay dirt and got the lead back again. Lloyd Sam gets the ball at midfield and tries to cross it towards Cahill who was double covered, but it deflects of a defender and Luyindula sneaks in out of nowhere and retook the lead in the game in the 52nd minute.

That meant the aggregate was tied at three & the Red Bulls matched New England’s two away goals from the 1st leg, if the game ended in regulation with a tied aggregate this game was headed to extra time. But once again Charlie Davies took advantage of a mental gaffe from Ambroise Oyongo and converted his second of the game and fourth of the playoffs.

In the 70th minute Oyongo had a miscommunication with Luis Robles as you saw these two collide a bit & then Robles cleared the ball, but not far enough. The Revolution took advantage of the mad scramble and on a cross by Chris Tierney Davies headed in the aggregate winner.

After 20 minutes of regulation and 3 to 4 extra minutes of 2nd half stoppage time, the Red Bulls once again fail to make a trip to their second MLS Cup Final. But while this was another tough heartbreak by the club not getting to the promise land, this one is easier to handle.

Because these two seasons under the direction of head coach Mike Petke has shown plenty of progress for the 2nd year manager and local hero. He went through a tough and mediocre regular season with an early exit from the US Open Cup & crashing out of the CONCACAF Champions League, but made it up with a solid playoff run.
We shall see what happens during the offseason to rebuild this roster for the 2015 season, but you should be proud of how far this club has come and how far Mike Petke has come as a head coach.

Author: Daniel Feuerstein

Podcast: Dolphins at Jets Preview Show

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Join Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland as they Preview the Monday Night Match Up as the New York Jets host the Miami Dolphins at Met Life Stadium.

Podcast: Jets 3 at Bills 38 Final

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Join Daniel Feuerstein and Rick Laughland as they Review the first game back from the Bye Week as the New York Jets were romped in Western New York by the Buffalo Bills.

Podcast: Jets at Bills Preview

Join Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland as they Preview the Week 12 match-up as the New York Jets return from the Bye week and take a trip to Western New York & face again the Buffalo Bills with Rich Stadium Dreams blog writer Earl Reed.

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Revolution steal first leg with Jermaine Jones winner

This was a knock-em out, drag-em out type of game as the two sides that reside along Interstate 95 was going to battle it out to see who will take advantage in the 2nd leg at Gillette Stadium and with five minutes remaining in regulation time it would be Jermaine Jones who would slide into the ball and convert for the 2nd away goal for the Revolution and take a 2-1 lead on aggregate.

That one defensive breakdown that was so crucial for both sides went against the Red Bulls as Lee Nguyen made a nice pass to Teal Bunbury who stayed onside along with Jones and as Luis Robles came out to stop that ball, it was too late and Jones slid into it and converted.

It was a raucous start to the game as Red Bull Arena was 25,000 strong with over 1,200 visiting fans coming down from the Boston area that made you feel proud to be a fan of the game from the United States.

The first two goals of the match came quick and hard with a beautifully struck ball from Teal Bunbury who bent it from distance and splashed the inside of the far post for the first away goal of the match. But the Red Bulls found a way to climb back into this tie with a beauty of their own.

27th minute and the Red Bulls nearly lost the ball, but Ibrahim Sekagya found a way to retain possession and gave it to Ambroise Oyongo who sprinted down towards the net. A quick pass to Peguy Luyindula who took his first shot and a save by Bobby Shuttleworth, yet allowed a rebound chance to Luyindula again on the ground and a hard swing that nailed the post.

But it was Bradley Wright-Phillips who got to the rebound and headed it home to level the score and his 31st goal of the season in combined regular season & playoffs. But this game wasn’t just hard fought; it was also filled with Yellow cards that Referee Allen Chapman didn’t have to deal to both sides.

Questionable calls by this referee were aimed at both sides and once again this game which was a fantastic effort from both sides was ruined by Chapman who continues to fail as a so-called top official from either PRO or US Soccer. Bradley Wright-Phillips who was carrying a yellow card got booked for Encroachment on a free kick foul will now miss the 2nd leg on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

But for Head Coach Mike Petke he felt the start was a bit slow as usual for his side. “We usually start a little bit on the back foot almost every game. They stepped up and pressed, they had the header from (Jermaine) Jones which was one of about three of four clear chances they had and that woke us up a little bit. And then our passing was very good in the first half. Our ability to find Eric (Alexander) and Peguy (Luyindula) behind the line and free Bradley (Wright-Phillips) up, Lloyd (Sam)” had a good day.

Now with five days between games can the Red Bulls ratchet up their intensity and try to return the favor like the Revolution did against them. One away goal won’t be enough as the Red Bulls need two to force the situation on Aggregate, we shall see what happens.

Author: Daniel Feuerstein

Podcast: Jets 20 at Steelers 13 Final

Join Daniel Feuerstein and Rick Laughland as they review the last game on the Jets Schedule before the team goes on the by week as the Green and White hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Nets knock off Magic 104-96

Sunday’s matinee at the Barclays Center was a seesaw affair that saw Lionell Hollins and company pull away late to earn their fourth victory of the season.
The Nets eclipsed the 100-point mark for the fifth time this season as 25-year-old rookie Bojan Bogdanovich dropped in a season-high 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting to go along with six rebounds.

Brook Lopez, in just his third game back from injury, added 12 points and five rebounds but proved to be a defensive liability as Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic poured in 27 points and 12 rebounds.

Hollins benched Lopez in the final quarter and moved Kevin Garnett to center, a defensive shift that paid dividends down the stretch.
The Nets embark on a three game West Coast swing facing Phoenix on Wednesday, Golden State on Thursday and Portland on Saturday before returning home to square off with Miami next Monday.

Brooklyn has feasted on bottom feeders this year earning all four victories against sub .500 squads.
The Nets new-look offense is producing results as they rank No. 5 in the NBA in scoring at just under 105 points per game. Deron Williams looks rejuvenated under Hollins’ leadership and has an extra bounce in his step following orthoscopic surgery on his balky ankles this offseason.

As the Nets prepare for the toughest stretch of their 2014 campaign, fans will soon find out where they stack up in a wide open Eastern Conference.

Jaiquawn Jarrett's heroics help Jets soar by Steelers

On this eight game losing streak the one glaring hole on the defense has been the secondary as the corners and safeties have looked absolutely dreadful and can’t seem to prevent a big time pass by the opposition's quarterback. General Manager John Idzik never upgraded that part of the defense with corners coming and going so quick there wasn’t enough time to corral or give the proper amount to sign a contract.

But in this game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and trying to get into the bye week on a positive note, there was someone who wanted a chance to get out there and prove that he is a part of this Jets team and make as many plays as possible who is a local kid out of Brooklyn in Jaiquawn Jarrett.

What an amazing game he had against one of the toughest quarterbacks in the league to face against and he made several fantastic plays to help the Jets earn that 20-13 win. Jarrett started the day with a sack on Roethlisberger for a solid 10 yard loss on a 3rd & 15, then after a T.J. Graham touchdown the Steelers tried to run the ball with Antonio Brown as he fumbled the ball and Jarrett recovers it on the Steelers 10 yard line.

The Jets with a 17-0 lead on the Steelers in the first half of this game had to get a bit worried if Roethlisberger was going to march down the field to get a quick score and get back into it, well it never happened on a 2nd & 8 on the Jets 10 yard line as the pass was deflected on the goal line and Jarrett dove for the ball and picked it off.

The final fantastic play by Jarrett was an interception for the Steelers first possession in the second half. Somehow a soft lob down the field was a jump ball and an easy pick for Jarrett to finish off his day and the easy pick for the player of the game as the Brooklyn native comes up big and his hard work has paid off to be a thorn in the side of Roethlisberger all game long.

Let’s hope after the bye week that Jarrett can perform that same type of magic when the Jets travel to Western NY and face the Buffalo Bills for a little revenge.

Author: Daniel Feuerstein

Luyindula’s Aggregate Winner puts Red Bulls in East Final

When you visit a place you haven’t won in during the playoffs that is venerable RFK Stadium in our nation’s capital and you haven’t beaten your big rivals in the last four playoff match ups, sooner than later you are due to break that jinx. With an aggregate lead heading into the second leg of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, the Red Bulls pulled out a big goal aggregate win and will await the winner of the other Semi-Finals.

After Nick DeLeon cut the aggregate deficit to a goal in the 37th minute the Red Bulls were looking for that crucial away goal to put DC United into a bigger hole and did so in the 57th minute as the magic of Thierry Henry was able to set it up on the far side. After DC United complained about the ball being out of bounds, the Red Bulls started to create an attacking run.

Bradley Wright-Phillips got into position to head the ball back towards Henry because he wasn’t in position to shoot at the net. As Henry collected the ball and assessed what he wanted to do, he made a run towards goal and took on Sean Franklin. A great cross in front of the DC net and Peguy Luyindula came out of nowhere to left knee the ball past Bill Hamid and the Red Bulls extended the lead back to two goals.

The atmosphere for DC fans were drowned, the far side seats that are used to being bouncy and wild were quiet and still. Even thought Franklin was able to pull another one back to make the aggregate 3-2 at the first minute of five in second half stoppage time, DC United needed two more goals to win the series since they never converted at Red Bull Arena on Away Goals.

For the first time in five tries in the MLS Cup Playoffs the New York Red Bulls Finally defeated DC United and they will now await for the winner of the second leg between the New England Revolution & the Columbus Crew, but sadly they will be missing defender Roy Miller for the entire series as he was issued a yellow card in the 42nd minute for a foul from behind that had him missing the 1st leg, but he earned a red card with a silly high boot to the right shoulder of Franklin that gave him a straight red in the 78th minute and put the Red Bulls down to ten men.

After so many playoff busts by this squad since the league began in 1996 and on to their best run since the 2008 season going thru the Western Conference Playoffs, the New York Red Bulls are on their way to the Eastern Conference Finals which will begin in two weeks after the International Break.

Author: Daniel Feuerstein

Podcast: Steelers at Jets Preview

Join Daniel Feuerstein and Rick Laughland as theypPreview the Week 10 match up as the New York Jets host the Pittsburgh Steelers before Gang Green's bye week.

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FOX Football Overtime: Rick Laughland

New York Jets and Giants Insider for Fox Sports and, Rick Laughland joins Chris Plank and Arnie Spanier to recap Michael Vick's loss to the Chiefs before previewing the Giants Monday Night Matchup versus the Colts

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Podcast: Jets 24 at Chiefs 10 Final

Join Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland as they recap the Week 9 road match up as the New York Jets travel back to the Midwest and face the Kansas City Chiefs & talk about the Philadelphia reunion of Marty Mornhinweg & Andy Reid.

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Red Bulls dominate the first Leg and earn a shutout

Since the league got started back in 1996 the last time the New York Red Bulls earned a playoff victory over their hated rivals in DC United it was a shootout win with Peter Vermes limping on the Giants Stadium Astroturf field trying to convert a chance to win that game and he did.
But since then the Metros/Red Bulls haven’t had any luck beating DC United in that first playoff series and the next three as the team from our Nation’s Capital have found ways to defeated and befuddle this club every playoff chance they got.

But the first playoff win against DC United finally came to fruition as the New York Red Bulls within a 72 hour period came out on their home field and dominated the first leg of this goal aggregate tie with a 2-0 victory.

DC United came out putting a ton of pressure against the Red Bulls, but somehow the side that should’ve been out of breath started to turn it around and created plenty of chances to take advantage of the match. Their first tally came in the 40th minute with some pretty passing and a connection that has been perfect Since April 23rd.
Lloyd Sam from the far side gave Thierry Henry a beautiful ball down the field and just inside the DC area, but with a defender on him Henry was able to hold the ball and a quick back heel flick across the field. It had enough pace on it as Luyindula left it alone and Bradley Wright-Phillips took a hard shot that beat Bill Hamid for the lead with five minutes left before half time.

All throughout the game the Red Bulls were dominating the regular season Eastern Conference winners and every single time they had a chance to get a second Bill Hamid was right there to keep DC United in the game, till the 73rd minute when the Red Bulls put an exclamation point on the match. Another brilliant ball from Henry as he crossed it from the far touch line to the middle of the field as Peguy Luyindula with a gentle touch collected the ball with his right foot and when Hamid came off his line, all Luyindula had to do was slot it underneath Hamid’s leg and roll it inside the net.

“It was a big victory.” Said Head Coach Mike Petke, “It started off, in the first 10-15 minutes it was obvious that they were rested and physically up for it, and we looked a little slower than usual. They put it on us a little, great pressure by them, I think after that it opened up a little bit, and once we were able to find the wings and play a couple of penetrating balls, I think from then on, especially in the second half, we found a lot more success.”

But on the DC side of things Ben Olsen was not happy with the performance from his side. “I think New York put a whooping on us. They were very good and we weren’t. We weren’t great for large stretches of that game, they’ve got a lot of class out there and the way they pass the ball and I thought their midfield in particularly was very sharp and (Thierry) Henry, when he chooses to, is one of the best players in this league.

Now with the road goals rule being involved for the first time in the MLS Cup Playoffs the Red Bulls have a chance to take advantage in six days to convert on the road and force more pressure on DC United and advance to the Eastern Conference Final and that would be the next best thing for this run to get better.

Author: Daniel Feuerstein

Fox Sports Radio: Rick Laughland

The Giants Beat publisher joins the Michael Harmon show to preview the New York Giants upcoming contest against the Indianapolis Colts and talks about the New York Jets Sunday afternoon match-up with the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

Podcast: Jets at Chiefs Preview Show

Join Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland as they preview the next road game for the Jets as they head back to the Midwest and face one of the top teams in the AFC West taking on the Kansas City Chiefs and the reunion of their Philadelphia Days between Andy Reid, Marty Mornhinweg and Michael Vick.

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Wright-Phillips Brace brings Red Bulls 1st home playoff win

The clock was ticking towards the 90th minute and the score was tied at one a piece. It had to be the perfect moment for the Red Bulls to try and get that tally and hold on thru four minutes of stoppage time. A solid pass to Ambroise Oyongo towards the near side and a botched cross that popped up in the air put thoughts into everyone’s head that this game was headed for extra time.

But it was Bradley Wright-Phillips who scored the winner as he was left alone to create a glancing header towards the far post and caught Eric Kronberg off his line and no Matt Besler who failed to cover him as the ball deflects inside the net to bring an explosion from the Red Bull Arena crowd that no one expected.

After allowing a bad pass in the midfield and it was converted by Dom Dwyer in the 53rd minute, those feelings of past Playoff losses and the curses of yesteryear were brought back to haunt the fans that have been supporting this club since the league began in 1996, but for some strange reason this side never panicked and never lost their shape.

The Tying goal was scored in the 77th minute as the Red Bulls continued to face a Sporting Kansas City side that brought nine men back towards their net and tried to defend a one goal advantage, but that defending was unlocked as Peguy Luyindula gave Thierry Henry a fantastic pass through the defense and a quick cross to Wright-Phillips who toe poked the shot that deflected off a defender and past Kronberg to level the match.

“The guys showed resiliency and guts, which is perhaps something I’m more proud of than any goals, any tactics.” Said Head Coach Mike Petke, “Kansas City is a great team, they really are. Peter Vermes is someone that I admire, being older, having played against him in the league when he was going out of the league and now seeing what he’s done with them, they’re a great team. They’re a quality side, they got a goal and the guts we showed, I’m very proud of our guys.”

After ninety minutes of hard working playoff soccer the Red Bulls with their red hot goal scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips defeated Sporting Kansas City by a score of two goals to one and will now host their bitter rivals in DC United in a two legged playoff format in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals this Sunday.

Author: Daniel Feuerstein

Podcast: Bills at Jets Review Show

Join Daniel Feuerstein and Rick Laughland as they review the second game against an AFC East Division opponent as the New York Jets hosted the Buffalo Bills.

Bills at Jets Review Show

The Rex/Idzik/Woody era needs to end now

Maybe this is the game where everyone’s frustrations need to come out and start screaming at the top of their lungs. Maybe this is the game where everything is not working and it’s time to say goodbye to everything that has happened to start this 2014 season. As of right now it’s not just good enough, but to be honest it’s disgusting and there is no way it’s going to get fixed.

Even when the Jets won their first game of the season, it was painful to see them execute and barely beat the Oakland Raiders, but the real misery started when they took a trip to Green Bay and after scoring touchdowns in their first three possessions in the first half; it all came crumbling down in the 2nd half.

Since then it’s been an absolute disgrace from the coaching staff on down. Quarterback Geno Smith has been terrible and sadly either lost focus or just throwing balls for the sake of throwing the ball and getting intercepted. When everyone thought the performance against New England improved significantly, this game against the Buffalo Bills was disgusting.

The defense has not been a top five defense and sadly for the architect in Rex Ryan, I bet he’s been crying on the inside when his secondary has been getting torched while his front seven who starts the game well, are getting shredded towards the middle to the end of the games.

While you hear the players love playing for Ryan at the moment they are not executing the plays. I’m not saying they aren’t working hard but right now the execution is not there and sadly it going to start imploding very soon before the bye week comes. Sadly it’s time to say goodbye to Ryan, but it’s not all his fault this season because the General Manager has failed him and the fans as well.

What is the plan of John Idzik for the New York Jets to become successful in a win now league that is the NFL? So far in two drafts the positives are Sheldon Richardson and Jace Amaro and trading for Chris Ivory during the 2013 draft. His free agents so far Eric Decker is a plus while Chris Johnson right now is looking like a bust.

For the first time in a very long time Idzik has put the Jets $20-$22 million under the salary cap and that is a good job by the second year GM but sadly this season he hasn’t done enough to make the Jets competitive, in fact he allowed a top cornerback to come to the training facility and let him leave to join that other New York Football team.

What is going on with this guy and why does he think doing things the Seahawks way is going to fix the Jets when they have to face a tough AFC season against top teams from within the AFC East? If Idzik is upset that he couldn’t pick his own head coach then putting Ryan towards the door and kicking him through it is not the answer to intentional sabotage the season.

Idzik sadly has failed this season and he should be fired for not using any of that $22 Million dollar Salary cap money to fix the secondary. While he made a smart and shrewd move to trade for Percy Harvin, he wasn’t enough to fix all the problems that were seen against the Bills.

Finally the man that oversees everything the Jets do is owner and the Band-Aid King in Robert “Woody” Johnson. He has shown to be a man that wants a quick fix and doing it in a cheap way, I understand he paid a lot of money to help build half of MetLife Stadium but it’s just not enough for the fans who paid more than double for tickets and the right to have those tickets with the PSLs.

It’s time for Woody to sell the Jets to an owner who truly wants to see this team earn victory. Look at the new owner of the Buffalo Bills in Kim & Terry Pegula who wanted to own this team after Ralph Wilson died and when he stepped up to the podium during his press conference showed his emotions with pride and happiness to keep the team in Buffalo, NY and making Western, NY proud of having a local guy keeping the team.

Rex has to go, Idzik has to go & Woody Johnson needs to sell the team to a man who truly gives a damn about the Green & White and all Jets fans.

Author: Dan Feuerstein

Red Bulls win 2014 finale, Wright-Phillips Ties league record

This was the final game of the 2014 Regular Season as both the New York Red Bulls that won the Supporters Shield and Sporting Kansas City who won the MLS Cup Championship last season ended at the bottom of the playoff end this season, but for Sporting they looked to be losing more than just precious position they were losing bodies.

But the with the Columbus Crew winning their final game of the season to face the New England Revolution, the Red Bulls had to win to host this same side at Red Bull Arena a few days later as they took a 2-0 victory at Sporting Park. At the same time both goals were scored by Bradley Wright-Phillips who tied the league record with 27 Goals.

First goal came in the 15th with the Red Bulls taking the ball back after Jacob Peterson decides to fall down and get the foul, but instead the whistle stayed quiet. Eric Alexander makes a solid pass towards Wright-Phillips and with a little luck the defender misses it and a well taken shot inside the near post for #26.

The second goal from Wright-Phillips came in the second half as he converted his chance in the 70th minute. After chasing a looping ball from Roy Miller, he fights for it with Aurelein Collin and just inside the Kansas City area dribble to the middle of the field and converts a hard low roller for his 27th of the season and ties the League Record with Roy Lassiter & San Jose Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski

With twenty minutes of regulation time remaining along with four minutes of stoppage time, Bradley Wright-Phillips couldn’t get that third goal with two to three chances of putting it away. It was a heck of a ride for Wright-Phillips who became the first player in Metro/Red Bulls history to score 20 goals in a season and adding seven more to that record. He will get another chance in 2015, but we shall see what happens during the offseason if there will be some changes.

But for the Red Bulls they will head home to Red Bull Arena and host the Wild Card one and done game against this same Sporting Kansas City side who has done well on the road, but the last time came to Red Bull Arena suffered a 2-1 loss.

Author: Dan Feuerstein

Podcast: Bills at Jets Preview

Join Daniel Feuerstein and Rick Laughland as they Preview the second game against their AFC Eastern Division Opponents as the New York Jets host the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium.

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Kevin Klein’s OT Winner Rocks the Devils

It was another winner at the Prudential Center for the New York Rangers as it took overtime and a Kevin Klein snipe on short side of Corey Schneider at 2:42 into the extra period. It was a fantastic drop pass by Chris Kreider as he skated with the puck from center ice and into the Devils zone, but waited for Klein to get close and made the move.

But this game was a tale of two teams that used the power play to convert most of their chances to take a lead until that magic moment came from the red hot Rick Nash to tie the game in the 3rd period. At 14:32 of the 3rd Period Kevin Hayes took a hard rip after the puck was dug out of the near corner, which was saved by Schneider but the puck was loose in front of his pads. Nash dug it out and a flipped a quick backhander to tie the score at three a piece for his 8th of the season.

The start of the 2014-15 season for Nash has been amazing as he is sharing the top of the points leaders with John Taveras of the New York Islanders and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Every time Nash has the puck on his stick or when he is in perfect position to accept a pass, he can smack it home with ease and there are those who were waiting to see if he can have a season with the Rangers, like he did with the Columbus Blue Jackets in years past.

But the Devils had some good moments as well when Jaromir Jagr finally converted his first goal against Henrik Lundqvist to tie the score in the 1st period on the power play off a rebound and Adam Henrique gave the Devils a lead in the second period with his shot being screened by Jagr and Ryan McDonagh. It looked like the Devils were going to win the game with an early goal in the 3rd period by Jon Merrill, but Chris Mueller ripped a fantastic pass from Derick Brassard to cut the lead to 3-2 at 9:06 of the 3rd Period.

While Schneider had a good game for the Devils, so did Lundqvist, but tonight the Rangers needed an extra period to earn that second point and defeated the Devils at the Prudential Center as they ride a three-game winning streak to Montreal for an Eastern Conference revenge game at the Bell Centre after the Rangers went on a three game losing streak and coughing up six goals at the Garden against the Maple Leafs and Islanders.

AUTHOR: Daniel Feuerstein

Podcast: Jets at Patriots Review Show

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Join Daniel Feuerstein and Rick Laugland as they review the AFC East divisional match-up as the New York Jets traveled up to Foxborough to face the New England Patriots.

Rick Laughland on FOXSports Radio

Rick Laughland, who covers the Giants and Jets for FOX Sports, checks in with JT The Brick and Tom Looney to discuss Victor Cruz's injury, and why it doesn't spell well for the Giants. Rick tells us Rex Ryan would rather have Michael Vick start at QB, and that it's possible both New York coaches won't be back next year.

Podcast: Jets at Patriots Preview Show

Join Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland as they talk with Boston Sports Radio Station Patriots Reporter on Chris Price as the New York Jets travel to Foxboro to face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in their Thursday Night Football game on CBS & NFL Network


Podcast: Broncos at Jets Review Show

Join Daniel Feuerstein and Rick Laughland as they review the big match-up as the New York Jets hosted Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos

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