Monday, January 08, 2007

Notre Dame Alumni in the NFL Playoffs
Wildcard Weekend

Jordan Black, T - Kansas City: Black started at left tackle for a team that was able to amass only 126 total yards (44 rushing) in a 23-8 loss to Indianapolis. Trent Green was sacked four times.

John Carney, K - New Orleans: Bye

Rocky Boiman, LB - Indianapolis: 1 reception, 1-16 yards. That's right - Boiman caught a pass. It started with a muffed snap to Hunter The Punter Smith. The calamity that ensued created a serendipitous moment for followers of Notre Dame alumni in the NFL. Smith was able to toss the ball to Boiman, but the play still resulted in a loss of 16 yards. Boiman was flagged for illegal touching, as he was an ineligible receiver on the play. However, Kansas City wisely chose to decline the penalty and take the result of the play - a turnover on downs - meaning that Smith's completion and Boiman's reception still stand in the box score.

Jerome Collins, TE - Indianapolis: On the injured reserve since 12/21 with an Achilles' tendon injury.

Jeff Faine, C - New Orleans: Bye

Anthony Fasano, TE - Dallas: Fasano was held without a catch in Dallas' loss to the Seahawks.

Ryan Grant, RB - New York Giants: Ryan Grant has spent this season on New York's Reserve/Non-Football Injury list. He has a wrist.

Julius Jones, RB - Dallas: Julius did his part for the Cowboys. Jones had 112 yards on 22 carries, including a 35-yard run that helped put Dallas in field goal range for what would have been the winning score.

Mark LeVoir, T - Chicago: Bye

Corey Mays, LB - New England: Mays played but did not record a tackle in New England's win over the Jets.

John Owens, TE - New Orleans: Bye

Luke Petitgout, LT - New York Giants: Luke was placed on the Injured Reserve after suffering a broken wrist.

Gerome Sapp, S - Baltimore: Bye

Hunter Smith, P - Indianapolis: 2 punts, long of 43, average of 38.0 1 for 1 passing for -16 yards. (See the Rocky Boiman entry, because I'm not repeating it.)

Justin Tuck, DE - New York Giants: Tuck joins his fellow Irish Alumni on the Giants Injured Reserve. He recently had surgery for a Lisfranc injury on his foot. (Our Chief Medical Expert quit, so you'll have to Google "Lisfranc" yourself.)

John DeFilippo, Offensive Quality Control - New York Giants (ND Graduate Assistant 2001-02): Not a bad way to start your pro coaching career - as a quality control coach for the Giants after a brief stint as a college assistant. That's how Charlie Weis got started. The Giants scored 20 point but only put up 305 total yards in their loss to the Eagles.

Jim Johnson, Defensive Coordinator - Philadelphia (ND Defensive Backs Coach 1977-83, Defensive Coordinator 1981-83, Assistant Head Coach 1983): The Eagles defense did just enough to win this game. The Giants were held to 305 yards of total offense. New York did reach the red zone four times, but twice were held to only field goals.

Dean Pees, Defensive Coordinator - New England (ND Secondary Coach 1994): Pees' defense did give up 347 total yards, but they held the Jets to 16 points. Jets quarterback Chad Pennington was sacked 3 times and committed two turnovers in the game.

Bill Sheridan, Linebackers Coach - New York Giants (ND Safties/Special Teams Coach 2001): Giants linebackers (including Chris Blackburn, who may or may not suck depending on the Goon Squad you're talking to) combined for 14 tackles and one of New York's two sacks.

Steven Wilks, Defensive Backs Coach - Chicago (ND Secondary Coach 2004): Bye

Trent Walters, Secondary Coach - Philadelphia (ND Secondary Coach 2002-03): Eli Manning was held to 161 yards passing. The Eagles defensive backs combined for 14 tackles, one interception, and a forced fumble.