---Former New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison had some harsh words for tight end Rob Gronkowski, telling ESPNChicago Radio 1000 that the Amherst native "disrespected himself" by dancing and taking off his shirt at the team's postgame party following the Super Bowl XLVI loss to the New York Giants.
"I guarantee you this, if Willie McGinest, Tedy Bruschi, Larry Izzo, Richard Seymour or myself had been at that party, (Gronkowski) probably would have got his head rung," Harrison said. "There's no reason for that to happen."
"When we lost the Super Bowl, any of my Super Bowl losses, I was so devastated the last thing I ever wanted to do was party, let alone dance or take off your shirt," he added. "It's just immaturity. It's not right. He made a mistake and I'm sure he feels absolutely stupid about it at this point. There's a time and place for everything."
Harrison admitted he hasn't seen the video of the Gronk displaying some of his, er, dance moves.
The Orchard Park native spent last season on injured reserve and has been with the team since 2007.
He was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2007 and was on the active roster from 2008-10, primarily as a special teams contributor. The Bills had to release him once he passed his physical since he was on the waived/injured list last season. A source told The News that several teams have interest in Corto.
Corto spent the whole season recovering from his shoulder injury but he is healthy now.
"I am ready to play and I am excited about the opportunity to continue my career," Corto told The News. "Right now I am in Miami at Bomeritos Sports Performance facility working out very hard for my next opportunity."
NFL teams need big safeties in their nickel coverage. Hopefully Corto can find a niche there and get into a training camp.
While there were questions about Gronkowski's back prior to the draft, Polian might have better off taking a gamble on the Amherst native instead of Jerry Hughes, the TCU defensive end who Polian picked 31st overall that year. Hughes has 21 tackles and one sack in two seasons while Gronkowski, who was selected 11 picks later by New England in the second round is already considered one of the best in the NFL at his position.
Pete Metzelaars is back in Buffalo, where he spent most of his NFL playing career and enjoyed great success. He's also back at his natural position from a coaching standpoint. Metzelaars, the Bills' all-time best tight end, was introduced as the team's new tight ends coach today.
Metzelaars spent the past eight seasons working with offensive linemen with the Indianapolis Colts. He's looking forward to coaching the Bills' tight ends.
“I’m excited to get back involved really in the pass game,” Metzelaars said. “When you’re an offensive line coach and they start talking pass routes or pass patterns, you just turn it off and move on. All you’re concerned about is: ‘Who are we blocking?’ Now I get to be involved in that aspect of it. How are we putting it together? How are we attacking these people? What do they do? Where can we attack them? How do we need to attack them? So I’m very excited to be kind of re-introduced and re-connected with that whole aspect of the game.”
Metzelaars caught 383 passes in a 16-year playing career, from 1982 through 1997. He caught 302 passes with the Bills, from '85 to '94. He was the head offensive line coach the past two years in Indianapolis. Before that he was assistant offensive line coach under Howard Mudd, one of the most respected O-line coaches in the game.
"He’s done most everything in the league over the years," Metzelaars said of Mudd. "He’s a very inquisitive, creative mind. So he’s always trying … probing, wondering questioning. He has experienced most everything. You’ll say why don’t we try this? And he’ll say, ‘No we can’t do that. I tried that in ‘85 when I was in Cleveland and they were in this front and it just got blown up. It didn’t work.’ He has that unbelievable wealth of experience that you can draw from. He’s has been a great resource for me for years."
Bills place-kicker Rian Lindell, who officially signed his new contract, says that even after 12 years in the NFL, he never dreams about what it would be like to kick in the comfort of a domed stadium.
"A couple weeks ago it was windy and not the best day, and I thought, “this is football weather,'" Lindell told The News today. "This is what it’s supposed to be like, you know what I mean? It’s fun to go out when it’s a little colder and a little windy. A dome is nice. But it’s not football weather, really. It’s best to be in a place where you get that football weather. I kind a like when the snow comes and it gets a little colder."
That's the perfect attitude for a place-kicker for the Bills. Lindell is under contract with Buffalo for another four years. He said this is where he wanted to stay all along.
"I like all the people in the organization, just from when you first walk in the door – I know everybody," he said. "I’m familiar with everybody and I’m comfortable. The snap and the hold with Garrison (Sanborn) coming back and Brian (Moorman) back – they’re as good as anybody in what they do. I like the coaches and I just like the organization." Read more from Lindell in Tuesday's editions of The Buffalo News.
Eli Manning won his second Super Bowl with the Giants, giving him one more than brother Peyton and two wins in championship games over Tom Brady. Peyton Manning and Brady are locks for the Hall of Fame five years after they retire, but is there a place in Canton for Eli?
The answer would be "yes" if based on the euphoria sweeping over the Giants and their fans, but it's not that easy when you consider where Eli fits in history. He has been terrific in big games with an 8-3 playoff record and twice was named the Super Bowl's most valuable player. That puts him in an elite category, but it hardly makes him an elite player.
He's hardly a lock.
In his eight NFL seasons, he's never finished higher than fourth in yards passing and four times didn't crack the top 10. His career completion average is 60th all-time. He's 41st in passer rating in NFL history and his 69-50 record as a starter doesn't exactly blow away people. Ben Roethlisberger has a better completion average, passer rating and record.
Both have won two Super Bowls and been named to two Pro Bowls.
The two Super Bowls are huge, but Eli has some work ahead if he's going to have an eternal place with the best who ever played in the NFL. For now, he's a very good quarterback in a league designed to make passing easier than it was in other eras. Big Ben is in the same category.
---According to Pro Football Focus' Trending in the AFC East left tackle Demetrius Bell was the Bills most improved player last season, defensive end Spencer Johnson suffered the biggest drop off and safety Da'Norris Searcy deserved more snaps.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Perry Fewell, the Giants' defensive coordinator, certainly enhanced his chances to get a head coaching job some day with a solid job in Super Bowl XLVI. Fewell, the former Bills coordinator and interim head coach, made some vital adjustments as his team held the Patriots scoreless in the final 26:25 of the game.
Here are some of Fewell's comments after the biggest win of his 26-year coaching career:
"It's unreal," he said of the win. "I'm speechless. I thought our guys really played hard. They were into the football game. We wanted to have a four-man rush and get after Tom (Brady), and I just thought we did a nice job today."
"I've called against Tom Brady many times and it is extra sweet to win against him in a game of this magnitude. He's going to go down as one of the great quarterbacks of all time, and this was just our moment."
Fewell was asked about his defensive play call on the Pats' final Hail Mary play, which was deflected in the end zone and landed a few feet away from Rob Gronkowski: "We have a special design for it, but we were praying a lot over there, too. We thought some of the guys got their hands on it. We wanted to knock the ball down, but the thing I was looking for was that there wasn't a foul on the play to give them another play at the end of the game. It was clean from that standpoint."
On the Giants' pass rush: "I thought they got after it pretty good today. We knew there were going to be some times that we weren't going to be able to sack (Brady). We had to be patient. I thought our guys were patient with that, but the main thing we had to do was try to stop the run in order to rush the passer."