AFC North: Kellen Clemens

Wrap-up: Steelers 27, Rams 0

December, 24, 2011

Thoughts on the Steelers' 27-0 win over the Rams:

What it means: By routing the Rams (2-13), the Steelers (11-4) kept their hopes of an AFC North title alive and secured no worse than the No. 5 seed in the playoffs. Pittsburgh still needs the Ravens to lose in next weekend's regular-season finale to have any shot at the division title and a top-two seed. It was the Steelers' fifth win in six games.

No Roethlisberger, no sweat: The Steelers kept injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (ankle) active in case of an emergency, but there was nothing to worry about in this one. Charlie Batch was 15-of-22 for 208 yards in a workmanlike fill-in performance. His 46-yard pass to Mike Wallace in the fourth quarter set up a touchdown to increase the lead to 20-0 and essentially sealed the win.

Pound and ground: As expected, the Steelers hammered the NFL's worst run defense by gaining 169 yards on the ground on 28 attempts. Rashard Mendenhall recorded his second 100-yard game of the season with 116 yards and one touchdown. He almost had 100 yards by halftime. Mendenhall's longest run was 52 yards.

Dominating defense: The Steelers delivered their second shutout of the season and both times came against an NFC West team at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh limited the NFL's lowest scoring team to 232 yards. This was the second time in December that the Rams got shut out. The defense sacked Kellen Clemens three times.

Quiet yet impressive: Antonio Brown was a non-factor in the game with three catches for 34 yards. But Brown set a new franchise record with 2,048 all-purpose yards on the season. The second-year wide receiver broke the record of Barry Foster, who had 2,034 yards in 1992.

What's next: The Steelers wrap up the regular season at the Cleveland Browns. Pittsburgh beat the Browns, 14-3, earlier this month.

Jets welcome Favre

August, 8, 2008

Posted by's James Walker

CLEVELAND -- New York Jets all-pro guard Alan Faneca called the situation "different."

Tight end Bubba Franks summarized it as "odd."

Quarterback Kellen Clemens said his initial reaction was "wow!"

That was a summary of the locker-room reaction following the Jets' 24-20 preseason victory over the Cleveland Browns.

The score was inconsequential. The day was all about the arrival of starting quarterback Brett Favre, who was traded from the Green Bay Packers on Thursday.

Favre's arrival drew a crush of local and national media to Cleveland for an otherwise meaningless preseason game.

"It was definitely a different game day than normal," Faneca said with a smile. "You wake up and everybody is talking about you on the news. Being a night game, you have nothing to do but watch what's on the TV in the room and you get caught up to date."

A crowd of media surrounded Clemens' locker Thursday night to get his reaction. Clemens, who was competing for a starting job with former Jet Chad Pennington, said he was fine with the whirlwind situation that led to him being a backup.

"You don't get that many opportunities to learn from a guy like Brett Favre," Clemens said. "So I'm going to be soaking things up from him."

Franks, a teammate of Favre in Green Bay, was one of the first players Favre approached on the sidelines to learn the offense. Favre will have about three weeks to learn the system before the games count in the standings.

"It feels a little odd, but under the circumstances, we don't have a choice," Franks said. "He helped me a lot. My career in Green Bay, he pretty much made my career. So, I'm honored to be able to help him through this transition."

Jets' Clemens accepts backup role

August, 8, 2008

Posted by's James Walker

CLEVELAND -- Unproven quarterback Kellen Clemens did a lot of talking Thursday night.

Kellen Clemens

And Brett Favre -- a future Hall of Famer -- did most of the listening.

It was another odd scene during an eventful day. Clemens, a three-year veteran, spent most of Thursday's preseason game against the Cleveland Browns tutoring Favre, who has 17 years of experience, on the nuances of New York's offense.

"It's different, it really is," Clemens said afterwards. "It's a situation here, for a little bit, where I'll be hopefully doing some teaching. Then, obviously, I'll be doing a whole lot of learning."

Clemens said Favre had a lot of questions on the team's offensive philosophy and terminology.

Soon enough, Clemens' teaching will fall by the wayside. Other than learning the plays, there isn't much Clemens can teach Favre about the game of football.

Favre will have to be a quick study. He missed all of training camp up until this point and is expected to lead the Jets to postseason contention this year.

Clemens said it's a positive situation overall and that he is accepting of his backup role on the team.

"It's no big deal,'' Clemens said. "We'll roll with it, and like I said, you don't get an opportunity to play with a guy like that very often.''

Waiting on Favre

August, 7, 2008

Posted by's James Walker

CLEVELAND -- The New York Jets arrived in Browns Stadium several minutes ago in preparation for their preseason opener against Cleveland.

Noticeably absent from the group was newly-acquired quarterback Brett Favre.

The entire team dressed in suits and looked very professional. Quarterback Kellen Clemens, who will get the start tonight, was talking with a fellow Jets employee on the way into the locker room. He didn't seem too bothered by the situation.

Favre is expected to arrive in Cleveland within the next hour. He has a press conference scheduled for 6 p.m., and there is a buzz here with a plethora of local, national and out-of-town media from New York waiting to ask Favre questions.

Favre in Cleveland tonight

August, 7, 2008

Posted by's James Walker


CLEVELAND -- Brett Favre, meet the Dawg Pound.

The future Hall of Fame quarterback will be at Browns Stadium Thursday night when Cleveland host the New York Jets in the preseason opener for both teams. Favre has a press conference scheduled for 6 p.m. ET.

Favre will not play in the game, but he will watch and meet his new teammates for the first time before taking over as New York's starting quarterback for the 2008 season.

This adds spice to an otherwise bland preseason game. The starters will only play a portion of the first half, and neither the Browns nor the Jets have many key position battles.

The main competition in New York was its pending quarterback battle between Kellen Clemens and Chad Pennington, but the acquisition of Favre put that to rest. It also punched Pennington a ticket out of town as the Jets will either trade or release their former starting quarterback.

Now it's all about Favre in New York, who will get his first taste of life as a Jet in Cleveland later tonight.