Sunday Knights: Hot Seat Edition

Winslow Townson

Week 4 has come and gone in the NFL. How are former Knights doing in the professional league?

Poor Schiano. He actually had a chance for his first win of the season against Arizona, but Mike Glennon decided to throw the ball to the other team late in the fourth. You can make the argument that the offensive call to pass that late in the game isn't Mike Glennon's fault, but that pass was still poorly thrown. Some articles are calling for the former Rutgers HC to be fired, while others are claiming that firing Schiano won't fix the team's problems.

As someone who hasn't watched a minute of Buccaneer football outside of the week one matchup against the Jets, I'll throw in my support for good ole' Greg. I think he is a fine head coach, a defensive wizard, and a solid program builder. I think he puts too much faith in his own coaching tree (maybe his former players, too), evidenced by the plethora of former Rutgers guys on his coaching staff, but overall I think he deserves longer than a year and a half to prove his worth. Josh Freeman was never going to be Peyton Manning or Drew Brees, and Doug Martin had one breakout year that is looking more and more suspect. An upgrade in offensive talent could do wonders for them.

Alas, Coach Schiano is not coaching RU anymore, so I'll leave the rest of my opinions at the door. How did the other former Knights do in week four?

Kenny Britt (WR, Tennessee Titans)

Is it the end of the road for Kenny Britt in Tennessee? The Titans are reportedly fielding offers for the talented wideout with Nate Washington and Kendall Wright producing at the position. Britt missed last Sunday's game due to a rib injury, but should return to practice Wednesday.

Marcus Cooper (CB, Kansas City Chiefs)

The rookie corner finished with one tackle and two pass deflections against the struggling New York Giants. Cooper was thrust into the number two role after veteran Dunta Robinson was scorched by Victor Cruz on a 69-yard TD.

Anthony Davis (RT, San Francisco 49ers)

The former first-round pick had a solid game last Thursday against the Rams, as the Niners rushed for 219 yards en route to a 35-11 victory.

Gary Gibson (DT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Gibson aided in causing Carson Palmer to commit a 10-yard intentional grounding penalty against the Cardinals, potentially moving Arizona out of field goal range. Palmer instead found Larry Fitzgerald in the end zone right after the penalty.

Duron Harmon (SS, New England Patriots)

The rookie safety was able to get some playing time in during the first quarter to defend a deep pass from Matt Ryan.

D.C. Jefferson (TE, Arizona Cardinals)

Jefferson actually had some kind words for his former coach, who admits that some players may not be ready for the type of grueling workouts that only former Knights are familiar with. I find that a little ironic, considering the rookie TE can't beat out the murderer's row of Arizona tight ends Rob Housler, Jim Dray, and Kory Sperry.

Joe Lefeged (SS, Indianapolis Colts)

Lefeged has mostly been a special teams stalwart for the Colts. He has been active on 58 special teams snaps this season and notched one solo tackle last Sunday in a win against the Jaguars.

Brian Leonard (RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

With Doug Martin out against Arizona, the onus fell on Brian Leonard to take the pressure off of rookie Mike Glennon. The former college fullback finished with 10 carries for 38 yards and a touchdown in the loss to the Cardinals.

Devin McCourty (FS, New England Patriots)

Devin had a productive night against Atlanta, collecting nine tackles (six solo, three assist) and one forced fumble as the Patriots held off the Falcons, 30-23.

Jason McCourty (CB, Tennessee Titans)

The Titans took advantage of an error-prone Geno Smith on Sunday as the rookie QB was responsible for four turnovers. Jason finished with five tackles, four solo and one assist.

Ray Rice (RB, Baltimore Ravens)

Rice claims that he was fine during the Sunday's game, but the top fantasy pick was highly ineffective in a loss against the Buffalo Bills. Rice finished with a paltry five carries for 17 rushing yards.

Mohamed Sanu (WR, Cincinnati Bengals)

Sanu continues to plant himself as the de facto number two wideout in Cincinnati, as the second year player finished with three catches for 19 yards. Sanu was targeted six times for the game.

Tim Wright (TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Here's a surprise: the former college wideout was the leading receiver for the Bucs in a loss to the Cardinals. Wright finished with five catches for 41 yards.

Did I miss anyone? Feel free to leave a comment below if you know of any other updates on Knights in the NFL.

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