NFL notes: Walk on the dark side

Adam (Pacman) Jones.

Adam (Pacman) Jones.

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:38 PM ET

Bad boys, bad boys, what they gonna do...

Nothing good, it turns out. It is another unsettling time on the legal and public perception front in the NFL.

First comes news the league has decided not to investigate claims reported in the Kansas City Star that former Chiefs coach Todd Haley “suspected” rooms at the facility were bugged and that he “believed” his cell phone had been tampered with.

The league says the Chiefs have told them the reports are false.

Right. And in other news, the Giants aren’t leaving Brooklyn, Brett Favre is retiring, and the Maple Leafs will win the Stanley Cup in our lifetime.

Not that, in any way, the Chiefs should be doubted.

In Cincinnati, Adam (Pacman) Jones showed up in court. This time he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour charge of disorderly conduct. Jones’ situation is almost comical in comparison to the sordid life and death tale of former Ohio State and NFL lineman, Mike Current, who committed suicide at an Oregon wildlife refuge.

Current, 66, was facing criminal charges that he abused three children, authorities said.

He was scheduled to enter a plea on the incidents that were alleged to have occurred between 2004 and 2010.

Two off-duty paramedics found Current dead at a gazebo used to watch migrating waterfowl.

The Salem Statesman Journal reported that Current was a volunteer coach for a Pop Warner football league in Silverton, Ore., in the mid-2000s. The charges were not connected to the teams. “He was an awesome guy, and all he wanted to do was help kids in his community,” the league’s vice president, Jim McIntire, told the newspaper. “The kids absolutely loved him.”

Jones, accused in court documents of being disorderly, shouting profanities and trying to pull away as officers arrested him at a downtown bar in July, avoided jail time again.

He could’ve received a 30-day jail sentence, but Judge Brad Greenberg sentenced him to community service, put him on probation, fined him $250 and told Jones that if he wanted to be regarded as a professional, “you need to act like one at all times.”

Not sure how good chances are of that happening. Jones has already been suspended twice by the NFL for running afoul of the law and it looks like he’s aiming for a third.

On the upside, it means he’ll have plenty of free time to do those 50 hours of community service. Hopefully somebody explains to him that frequenting strip clubs is not usually regarded as a community service.

GIANTS STEAL BAD NEWS BEARS’ SCRIPT

First they made the film; then the New York Giants wrote the script.

The Giants are football’s version of the Bad News Bears — a Hollywood movie about a bad baseball team turned good.

If the Giants, with a 9-7 regular season record, win the Super Bowl they will become the worst team ever to win an NFL championship. No team has won a Super Bowl with such a disreputable record. The Giants benefited from the demise of the Eagles, allowing them to overcome a four-game losing streak.

Only one NFL champion had a comparably mediocre mark. The 1934 Giants (8-5) upset undefeated Chicago, but even they had a winning percentage of .615, compared to the .563 percentage of the 2011 Giants.

BACKING UP TEBOW

Sometimes Tim Tebow reflects back and even he can’t believe he’s become an all-American poster boy.

“I was looking back the other day and to think that just 17 weeks ago I was playing receiver,” Tebow told the Denver Post.

In Week Two, injuries at wide receiver forced Tebow to take emergency snaps as a wideout. Now Tebow has been named the team’s starting quarterback by GM John Elway heading into camp next year.

Speaking of injuries, Tebow avoided injury until tearing some cartilage in his ribs against New England despite a roughhouse style.

Meantime Elway has a long list of quarterbacks he can chase as Tebow’s backup/mentor.

They could make a run at Matt Flynn, but he will cost an inflationary $12 million and there’s no pedigree to suggest he would be an upgrade if Tebow, The Sequel doesn’t live up to the original version.

They could go for David Garrard and hope he’s got something left. The best alternatives, though, look like Vince Young or Jason Campbell. Arizona’s Nick Foles or Brandon Weeden could be had in the draft.

Whoever shows up better understand one thing. Replacing Tebow will get them a welcome about as warm as sitting down on a hornets’ nest.

MANNING’S STOMACH UPSET

The New York Giants may have to give their season MVP award to the cafeteria cook.

Quarterback Eli Manning missed most of practice Wednesday after coming down with what coach Tom Coughlin called “a stomach bug, hopefully a 24-hour deal.”

Guard Chris Snee is calling for the chicken soup recipe. Or, whatever’s close from the club cafeteria.

“I’m actually going to bring him some soup tomorrow,” Snee said. “I’ll do whatever it takes to make sure he is at full strength. Southern gumbo. Or whatever they have in the cafeteria.”

Tight end Jake Ballard said it was apparent immediately Wednesday morning that Manning wasn’t feeling well. “You could tell he was hurting bad,” Ballard said. “He usually toughs things out like that. You could tell he was dragging, and you don’t like to see your Pro Bowl quarterback throwing up or feeling like that. Hopefully he’s better tomorrow.”

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady also missed practice with a left shoulder injury. Brady has missed midweek practice in the past this year because of his shoulder. There isn’t any immediate concern, especially considering last week the Broncos didn’t come within sneezing distance.

GIANTS’ RUNNING GAME NEEDS TO BE BETTER

If Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs run and find daylight the Giants have a chance to go to the Super Bowl.

If they don’t, New York head coach Tom Coughlin doesn’t like the team’s chances.

The two combined for a respectable 85 yards against Green Bay and broke open for a couple key plays. But the number is deceiving and the ground game has to be better against San Francisco.

“We did make some plays, some chunk runs, toward the end of the game and at the half, which substantiated our numbers,” Coughlin told reporters. “But the consistency I don’t think was there to the extent that we would want it.”

The Giants have had trouble all season with their ground game.

Against Green Bay, Bradshaw’s adventurous 24-yard run on the second-last play of the half set up Eli Manning’s game-turning Hail Mary touchdown. Jacobs ended any Packers’ comeback hopes with a 14-yard TD run. But otherwise the Giants’ running game was stagnant with Jacobs managing eight yards on eight other carries. Bradshaw was held to 39 on 11.

Against the 49ers, who have the best run defence in the league, that only adds up to trouble.


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