The Sporting News conducted a midseason poll of 103 NFL players from 27 teams to determine the most overrated coach in the league. Much to Patriots fans' delight, coming in at No. 1, named on 35 ballots, is Jets coach Rex Ryan. However, in second with 16 votes is Pats boss Bill Belichick. Andy Reid of the Eagles is third with nine votes.

The surprising Colts are 5-3 after Sunday's win over the Dolphins, and the fact that they're doing so well while their coach is off battling leukemia is even more impressive.

Chuck Pagano, weakened by chemotherapy treatment, paid a visit to the locker room after Sunday's game and delivered an emotional pep talk.

They play two entirely different sports with two vastly different body types.

Brandon Spikes is a 6-foot-2 beast of an inside linebacker who weighs 255 pounds and flies around the football field trying to punish whoever gets in his way. He sees the target and destroys it.



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The Lakers' 0-2 start is not sitting well with anyone in Los Angeles, and much of the criticism is falling upon second-year coach Mike Brown. Kobe Bryant said he's "amused" by the noise, but he doesn't sound like he finds it very funny.

"I've won, so I can [tell people to shut up]," Bryant said Thursday. "For Mike, it might be a little tough to say that, so I'll say it for him: Everybody shut up. Let us work. At the end of the day, you'll be happy with the result as you normally are."

Before his Mavericks upset the Lakers on Tuesday, Mavs owner Mark Cuban was pointed when asked to assess the reloaded Los Angeles squad.

"I don't know, I don't care, I just hope they suck," Cuban said with a laugh.

Through two games, Cuban is getting his wish.

A night after losing their opener to the Mavericks in Los Angeles, the Lakers dropped a 116-106 decision to the Trail Blazers in Portland. Adding injury to insult, point guard Steve Nash left the game with a bruised leg after a collision with Blazers guard Damian Lillard.

According to a report from a Jacksonville television station, the Jaguars are trying to engineer a trade with the Jets for Tim Tebow before Thursday's NFL trading deadline.

CBS 47 Action News credits a source as indicating the team's interest. Jaguars owner Shad Khan previously has expressed an interest in Tebow, who starred at the University of Florida before being drafted by the Broncos. Tebow, voted most overrated in a Sports Illustrated poll of NFL players, was traded from Denver to New York last offseason and has seen limited action behind Jets starter Mark Sanchez.

The Mavericks open the season Tuesday night with a game against the Lakers, and they'll do so without troubled guard Delonte West. The onetime Celtic was dismissed on Monday following his second suspension in as many weeks.

West, who has bipolar disorder, was expected to be a key role player for the Mavs, but his behavior during the preseason forced Dallas to make the move. The Mavericks, who will be without Dirk Nowitzki for a while as he recovers from knee surgery, start the season with nine new players and four new starters.

Following a week of trash-talking, mainly emanating from New York, the Jets went out and dropped a 30-9 decision to the Dolphins on an embarrassing afternoon for Gang Green.

"When you're playing against another team and they're running their mouth, you're going to go out and play harder. That's part of the game," Dolphins center Mike Pouncey said. "It feels good. We said during the week, if people are going to talk, we're going to go out there and just play harder."

According to a poll of 180 NFL players by Sports Illustrated, Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow is by far the most overrated player in the league for the second straight season, receiving 34 percent of the vote. And No. 2 is New York's starter, Mark Sanchez (tied with Cowboys QB Tony Romo at 8 percent). Eagles QB Michael Vick ranks fourth (4 percent) and Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is fifth (3 percent). The only Patriot in the top 20 is Tom Brady, ninth at 2 percent.

Rex Ryan and the Jets have moved on from the Patriots to their next controversy. Two days after getting defensive in the face of questions about his team's conservative play-calling in Sunday's loss in Foxboro, Ryan said he wants an apology from Dolphins running back Reggie Bush for comments Bush made earlier in the season.