Still in New York where the fallout from last night's Dolphins victory is already being felt.
Seems the Dolphins not only beat the Jets, they broke the Jets. Eric Mangini has been fired and speculation is rampant that Brett Favre is retiring (again). GM Mike Tannenbaum remains. I tell you guys this because the AFC East is like a pond and the shaking in New York ripples in Miami.
If Mangini's coaching staff is cut loose, I would hope the Dolphins explore hiring special teams coach Mike Westhoff. Yes, I realize the Dolphins have a special teams coach, but Westhoff is in a class by himself and Miami's special teams were merely mediocre this season, even after a late-season improvement.
Moreover, there is continued talk of Bill Parcells being a possibility here because the story about his possible pending free agency is making the rounds.
And while Gotham's AFC team is surrounded by chaos, the Dolphins are plugging along toward a playoff meeting with Baltimore. Not much happening at this hour. There will be a press conference around 12:30ish by Tony Sparano.
Speaking of coach, I turned in my ballot to the Associated Press for All Pro and postseason awards last night. As promised, I voted for Sparano as coach of the year. I voted for Chad Pennington as comeback player of the year.
While outstanding and inspiring, Pennington does not get my MVP vote because, simply, I think Peyton Manning is a better candidate. He put a team on his back in the face of numbing injuries to his offensive line, running back and receiver corps. And he did it without having any time in training camp and while still recovering from knee surgery.
You'll notice I did not vote for Joey Porter as an All Pro. I felt he faded late in the season and couldn't give him the nod over DeMarcus Ware or James Harrison at outside linebacker. Yes, I know Harrison had 1.5 fewer sacks. But he had more forced fumbles, more interceptions, more passes defensed and over twice as many more tackles than Porter.
I voted for Harrison for Defensive Player of the Year. I'm sure some of you will agree with me. I'm sure some of you will disagree. Anyway, here is my ballot:
WR (2): Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald.
TE (1) Tony Gonzalez.
T (2) Ryan Clady, Jordan Gross.
G (2) Chris Snee, Steve Hutchinson.
C (1) Kevin Mawae.
QB (1): Peyton Manning.
RBs (2): Adrian Peterson (Minn.), Michael Turner.
FBs (1): Le’Ron McClain.
Place Kicker (1): Rob Bironas.
Kick Returner (1): Clifton Smith (Tampa).
DE (2): John Abraham, Jared Allen.
DT (2): Albert Haynesworth, Kevin Williams (Minn.).
OLB (2): DeMarcus Ware, James Harrison.
ILB (2): Jon Beason, Barrett Ruud.
CB (2): Cortland Finnegan, Charles Woodson.
S (2): Ed Reed, Troy Polamalu.
Punter (1): Shane Lechler.
Most Valuable Player: Peyton Manning
Comeback Player: Chad Pennington
Defensive Rookie: Jerod Mayo
Offensive Rookie: Matt Ryan.
Defensive Player: James Harrison
Offensive Player: Phillip Rivers
Coach: Tony Sparano