Andy Reid has rollercoaster ride of a year
New home found by Andy Reid, while Hue Jackson, Ramses Barden¿s future NFL landing spots are still in question.
Andy Reid, a former offensive lineman at Glendale Community College, transitioned from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Kansas City Chiefs this past year. (Courtesy of the Kansas City Chiefs / January 26, 2013)
Cincinnati locked up a wild-card playoff berth for the second season in a row by winning seven of its final eight games to finish with a 10-6 record. Once again, its stay in the postseason was short-lived, as it was knocked out in the wild-card round by the Houston Texans, 19-13, for the second year in a row on Jan. 5.
Recent reports suggest Jackson may be on the move with all the shuffling of coaches currently going on in the NFL. He’s been a top candidate for a number of offensive coordinator openings in the league. He’s reportedly already interviewed for the Carolina Panthers position and also drawn interest for the New York Jets opening, according to the Charlotte Observer and NFL.com, respectively. Multiple media outlets have also linked Jackson to the Dallas Cowboys.
UP AND DOWN
YEAR FOR BARDEN
With free agency looming in 2013, Ramses Barden needed to show the New York Giants and the rest of the league he's worth a new contract. The Flintridge Prep graduate had a flash of dominance in the 2012 season en route to putting together the best campaign in his four-year career.
The year started out well for the 6-foot-6 wide receiver, as he scored for the first time in his NFL career in a preseason game with the Chicago Bears on Aug. 24, 2012. It came on an 11-yard pass from quarterback Eli Manning and highlighted a three-reception, 46-yard day for the 27-year old.
Injuries to fellow Giants wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon thrust Barden into the limelight in a regular season game in Carolina on Sept. 20, 2012. Barden stepped up and led all receivers with nine catches for 138 yards in New York's 36-7 win over the Panthers.
“I have a mentality where I prepare daily to be the No. 1 wide receiver on the team,” Barden recently said in an interview with Vibe.com. “I just prepare to play the best and perform the best each day. I tried my best to take advantage of the opportunities I got this year. I was excited when those opportunities came.”
The outburst helped him match the amount of receptions he had in all of 2011 and led him to a career year with season highs in receptions (14) and receiving yards (220). Six of those catches were for more than 20 yards and 11 were good for first downs.
The performance gave Barden a good shot to take over the third-receiver spot with the Giants behind Nicks, Victor Cruz and in front of Hixon and rookie Reuben Randle. Barden followed the career game with two catches for 36 yards in a 19-17 loss to the NFC East rival Eagles on Sept. 30 before being ruled inactive in week five because of a concussion he suffered late in the Philadelphia loss.
The absence dropped Barden down on New York's talented wide receiver corps, as he didn't log another catch until week 10 when he caught a pair of passes for 22 yards in a 31-13 loss to the Bengals.
The year didn't end well for the Giants, either, as the defending Super Bowl champions failed to make the playoffs with a 9-7 record. New York dropped five of its last eight games to fall just behind the startup Washington Redskins (10-6) and their rookie phenom signal caller Robert Griffin III, along with the wild-card Seattle Seahawks (11-5) and Minnesota Vikings (10-6).
There are questions about where Barden, who was drafted by the Giants in 2009 in the third round, will play next season. The former Rebel recently told Vibe.com he'd “love to resign with the Giants,” but knows anything can happen.
“My agent and I just have to sit down with the Giants' management and hopefully both parties can find a way to keep me around,” Barden told Vibe.com. “Free agency doesn't open until March so I’ll have a better idea of where I'll be playing then.”