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SouthStndJunkie
12-08-2008, 09:25 AM
JERRY JONES CALLS OUT MARION BARBER

Posted by Mike Florio on December 8, 2008, 12:09 p.m.

Uh-oh.

With the Dallas Cowboys’ 2008 season, which was presumably resurrected after knocking off a twin-pack of NFC West Twinkies at home in four days, now teetering on the edge of the abyss after blowing a ten-point lead with less than seven minutes to play at Pittsburgh on Sunday, owner Jerry Jones focused his most candid remarks on a guy who wasn’t even there to contribute to the debacle.

Jones has, in essence, declared to the world that he thinks Marion Barber, a bruising bull of a tailback, is a big sissy.

“He can play with that injured toe,” Jones said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. ”He can play with the soreness and a combination of those things. I see nothing that led us to believe he couldn’t.”

Meanwhile, Jones praised rookie running back Tashard Choice, who generated 166 total yards against the Steelers on Sunday.

“Tashard might have added a plus,” Jones said. “I don’t think we lost any slack there.”

As we point out in this week’s Ten-Pack for SportingNews.com (the column is not yet live, and the anticipation for it is now palpable . . . if Webster’s has an alternative definition for “palpable” that includes “non-existent”), the emergence of Choice and the presence of Barber and rookie first-rounder Felix Jones could give the team some trade bait in the offseason.

Indeed, Jones’ comments likely will prompt some teams to start calling in February about the availability of Barber.

The cap consequences of trading Barber, who signed a long-term deal earlier this year, aren’t presently known. Regardless of the timing of the trade, the entire cap charge would hit the books next season, since 2009 is the last capped year under the current CBA.

So if the acceleration is prohibitive, then it arguably wasn’t all that prudent for Jones to risk creating a problem with a player who could screw up team chemistry in the coming year even more than team chemistry already is screwed up right now.

Then again, given that Barber was drafted by Bill Parcells and that Felix Jones and Choice came after Parcells left town and then a year later raided the front office, our guess is that Jerry Jones would prefer to load the 2009 backfield with Felix Jones and Choice, since both players were added by the current regime.

SouthStndJunkie
12-08-2008, 10:07 AM
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Kicker Morten Andersen, the NFL's career-leading scorer, is retiring because of knee problems.

The 48-year-old Dane, who scored 2,437 points during his 25-year career, played for the Atlanta Falcons the past two seasons but wasn't able to get a contract this year. Andersen said Monday he has given up his search and his NFL career.

SouthStndJunkie
12-08-2008, 10:08 AM
Morten Andersen's first year in the NFL was 1982....the year before John Elway's rookie season.

socalorado
12-08-2008, 10:10 AM
Indeed, Jones’ comments likely will prompt some teams to start calling in February about the availability of Barber.

The cap consequences of trading Barber, who signed a long-term deal earlier this year, aren’t presently known. Regardless of the timing of the trade, the entire cap charge would hit the books next season, since 2009 is the last capped year under the current CBA.


Bowlen should at least call his buddy Jones up and inquire. next season obviously.

Beantown Bronco
12-08-2008, 10:58 AM
Indeed, Jones’ comments likely will prompt some teams to start calling in February about the availability of Barber.

The cap consequences of trading Barber, who signed a long-term deal earlier this year, aren’t presently known. Regardless of the timing of the trade, the entire cap charge would hit the books next season, since 2009 is the last capped year under the current CBA.


Bowlen should at least call his buddy Jones up and inquire. next season obviously.

Where's that smilie of the guy turned around pounding one out? That's me at the mere thought of such a signing.

SouthStndJunkie
12-08-2008, 11:27 AM
ASHBURN, Va. -- Five-time Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels is out for the season with a torn right triceps, the latest blow for a Washington Redskins team that has sunk to last place in the NFC East.

Tombstone RJ
12-08-2008, 11:30 AM
JERRY JONES CALLS OUT MARION BARBER

Posted by Mike Florio on December 8, 2008, 12:09 p.m.

Uh-oh.

With the Dallas Cowboys’ 2008 season, which was presumably resurrected after knocking off a twin-pack of NFC West Twinkies at home in four days, now teetering on the edge of the abyss after blowing a ten-point lead with less than seven minutes to play at Pittsburgh on Sunday, owner Jerry Jones focused his most candid remarks on a guy who wasn’t even there to contribute to the debacle.

Jones has, in essence, declared to the world that he thinks Marion Barber, a bruising bull of a tailback, is a big sissy.

“He can play with that injured toe,” Jones said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. ”He can play with the soreness and a combination of those things. I see nothing that led us to believe he couldn’t.”

Meanwhile, Jones praised rookie running back Tashard Choice, who generated 166 total yards against the Steelers on Sunday.

“Tashard might have added a plus,” Jones said. “I don’t think we lost any slack there.”

As we point out in this week’s Ten-Pack for SportingNews.com (the column is not yet live, and the anticipation for it is now palpable . . . if Webster’s has an alternative definition for “palpable” that includes “non-existent”), the emergence of Choice and the presence of Barber and rookie first-rounder Felix Jones could give the team some trade bait in the offseason.

Indeed, Jones’ comments likely will prompt some teams to start calling in February about the availability of Barber.

The cap consequences of trading Barber, who signed a long-term deal earlier this year, aren’t presently known. Regardless of the timing of the trade, the entire cap charge would hit the books next season, since 2009 is the last capped year under the current CBA.

So if the acceleration is prohibitive, then it arguably wasn’t all that prudent for Jones to risk creating a problem with a player who could screw up team chemistry in the coming year even more than team chemistry already is screwed up right now.

Then again, given that Barber was drafted by Bill Parcells and that Felix Jones and Choice came after Parcells left town and then a year later raided the front office, our guess is that Jerry Jones would prefer to load the 2009 backfield with Felix Jones and Choice, since both players were added by the current regime.


MARION BARBER, A BRONCO??

MAKE A TRADE FOR HIM, OMG!!

SouthStndJunkie
12-08-2008, 11:56 AM
Packers offensive tackle Mark Tauscher tore the ACL in his left knee on Sunday and will be placed on injured reserve by the team this week. Coach Mike McCarthy made the announcement when he spoke to the media on Monday.

SouthStndJunkie
12-08-2008, 08:11 PM
Tell you who is having a great season....Joey Porter: 16.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles.

footstepsfrom#27
12-09-2008, 01:05 AM
JERRY JONES CALLS OUT MARION BARBER

Posted by Mike Florio on December 8, 2008, 12:09 p.m.

Uh-oh.

With the Dallas Cowboys’ 2008 season, which was presumably resurrected after knocking off a twin-pack of NFC West Twinkies at home in four days, now teetering on the edge of the abyss after blowing a ten-point lead with less than seven minutes to play at Pittsburgh on Sunday, owner Jerry Jones focused his most candid remarks on a guy who wasn’t even there to contribute to the debacle.

Jones has, in essence, declared to the world that he thinks Marion Barber, a bruising bull of a tailback, is a big sissy.

“He can play with that injured toe,” Jones said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. ”He can play with the soreness and a combination of those things. I see nothing that led us to believe he couldn’t.”

Meanwhile, Jones praised rookie running back Tashard Choice, who generated 166 total yards against the Steelers on Sunday.

“Tashard might have added a plus,” Jones said. “I don’t think we lost any slack there.”

As we point out in this week’s Ten-Pack for SportingNews.com (the column is not yet live, and the anticipation for it is now palpable . . . if Webster’s has an alternative definition for “palpable” that includes “non-existent”), the emergence of Choice and the presence of Barber and rookie first-rounder Felix Jones could give the team some trade bait in the offseason.

Indeed, Jones’ comments likely will prompt some teams to start calling in February about the availability of Barber.

The cap consequences of trading Barber, who signed a long-term deal earlier this year, aren’t presently known. Regardless of the timing of the trade, the entire cap charge would hit the books next season, since 2009 is the last capped year under the current CBA.

So if the acceleration is prohibitive, then it arguably wasn’t all that prudent for Jones to risk creating a problem with a player who could screw up team chemistry in the coming year even more than team chemistry already is screwed up right now.

Then again, given that Barber was drafted by Bill Parcells and that Felix Jones and Choice came after Parcells left town and then a year later raided the front office, our guess is that Jerry Jones would prefer to load the 2009 backfield with Felix Jones and Choice, since both players were added by the current regime.
THAT'S AWESOME!! :twokisses

SouthStndJunkie
12-09-2008, 10:54 AM
MATT JONES SUSPENDED FOR FINAL THREE GAMES

Posted by Michael David Smith on December 9, 2008, 1:51 p.m.

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Matt Jones will be suspended for the final three games of the 2008 NFL season.

Per Jaguars.com, the NFL announced today that Jones’ suspension, for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, will begin immediately.

Jones was arrested in Arkansas in July and charged with possession of a controlled substance. He had been appealing the subsequent suspension, but that appeal has now been denied.

Jones is the Jaguars’ leading receiver, with 65 catches for 761 yards.

SouthStndJunkie
12-09-2008, 02:07 PM
PORTIS NOT HAPPY WITH ZORN

Posted by Michael David Smith on December 9, 2008, 4:10 p.m.

Redskins running back Clinton Portis hinted after Sunday’s game that he wasn’t happy with coach Jim Zorn.

Now he’s gone a lot further than hinting.

In a radio interview today on John Thompson’s show, Portis sarcastically labeled Zorn a genius, and wondered whether he wouldn’t be better off going on injured reserve — or becoming a cheerleader.

“We got a genius for a head coach, I don’t know, I’m sure he on top of things,” Portis said, per Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “He’s got everything figured out. Hey, that’s up to him. All I can do is when he calls a play is go out and try to execute to the best of my ability.”

Said Portis of why Zorn pulled him out of the game against the Ravens, “You go back and watch film, I guarantee you won’t see me make no mistakes. Maybe he’s watching a different film than me.”

Asked how he should be used, Portis added, “Hey, bro, it ain’t rocket science how to use me. They can figure that out. If they want to put the ball in my hands I can try to help the team win. They don’t I’ll try to do whatever I can. If I need to cheer Ladell on, I’ll cheer Ladell on.”

SouthStndJunkie
12-10-2008, 11:16 AM
PATRIOTS CLOSING IN ON RECORD FOR FEWEST PENALTIES

Posted by Michael David Smith on December 10, 2008, 12:02 p.m.

When the Rams played the Patriots in October, Rams coach Jim Haslett complained after the game about how his team was flagged for nine penalties for 63 yards, while the Patriots ended up with zero penalties for zero yards.

But that game wasn’t all that out of the ordinary for New England.

Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe reports that the Patriots are on pace to set a new NFL record for fewest penalties in a 16-game season. So far opposing teams have accepted just 44 penalties against the Patriots this year; the NFL record is 59 by the Seahawks last year.

When New England does get flagged, the big penalties are false starts (nine of them so far this season) and unnecessary roughness (seven). Other than those two fouls, there’s not a single type of penalty that the officials have called on New England more than five times all season.

SouthStndJunkie
12-10-2008, 11:17 AM
REPORT: AFL TO CANCEL 2009 SEASON

Posted by Mike Florio on December 10, 2008, 5:47 a.m.

Over the weekend, we reported on rumors that the AFL has plunged into a death spiral.

The rumors are moving closer to the “fact” category.

According to the Rocky Mountain News, the AFL is expected announce by the end of the week that it will suspend operations for the 2009 season. The move comes only days after the AFL released a statement in which the 21-year-old operation said that it is “working on long-term structural improvements.”

As we’d heard it, the collapse of the league, which features teams held by several owners of NFL franchises, was fueled by the expected withdrawal of Platinum Equity’s $100 million investment.

Look for the UFL — if it can find enough people willing and able in the present economy to invest millions in owning a team — to provide a safe haven for some of the AFL’s employees and players. But the UFL will initially have only six teams; the AFL’s suspension of operations will send 16 teams worth of talent onto the market.

SouthStndJunkie
12-10-2008, 11:20 AM
CLAYTON SAYS COWHER UNLIKELY TO COACH BROWNS

Posted by Mike Florio on December 10, 2008, 8:18 a.m.

ESPN’s John Clayton, who as far as we can tell has not broached this specific subject on ESPN.com, told a Cleveland radio station on Tuesday night that former Steelers coach Bill Cowher will most likely not become the next coach of the Browns.

In an appearance on WKNR, the Cleveland ESPN Radio affiliate, Clayton confirmed our past report that discussions have been occurred between the two sides, and he predicted that an offer would be made after the season.

“Has there been a direct conversation?” Clayton said. “Has there been an interview? No, but there are enough people talking to both sides. They will talk to him after the season. They will make him his offer. He’s probably going to turn it down.”

Our take has been that Cowher is using the Cleveland interest as a way to ensure that his name will remain at the top of the “A” list for the coming hiring cycle. Regardless of whether he’s doing it with his eyes on a potential opportunity elsewhere in 2009 or simply to ensure that his name remains in the conversation for coaching vacancies until he’s ready to return, we believe that Cowher wants to nurture the notion that, in any given year, he’s the gleaming brass ring on the NFL coaching carousel.

Clayton said that other possible arrivals are former Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer (who could serve as coach or Parcells-style executive or both) and current Patriots V.P. of player personnel Scott Pioli, who worked for the “Browns” from 1992-95.

As to Schottenheimer, a league source points out that hiring him could allow the franchise to avoid buying out the big-money contract of offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who previously worked with Schottenheimer and would be more likely to remain on staff if Schottenheimer were running the show. After the team’s 10-6 performance in 2008 (which apparently was an “amorition“), Chudzinski received a deal that’s believed to be equivalent to head coach compensation in some cities in order to rebuff the interest of the Ravens in hiring him to replace Brian Billick.

The wild card in this situation is current G.M. Phil Savage. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen recently pointed out that owner Randy Lerner’s preference would be to keep Savage in the fold, but to strip him of final-say authority over the roster. Such a move would allow Lerner to avoid owing Savage a buyout of roughly $8.1 million — unless Savage quits, or is fired for cause due to his “go root for Buffalo” escapades and his role in the Kellen Winslow staph fiasco from earlier in the year.

Frankly, if Savage ends up sticking around, we think his wings would need to be dramatically clipped; as one league insider opined of Savage, “His skin’s like an onion and he loves the microphone. It’s a recipe for disaster.”

SouthStndJunkie
12-10-2008, 02:38 PM
REPORT: PACMAN’S NECK INJURY IS CAREER-THREATENING

Posted by Michael David Smith on December 10, 2008, 4:06 p.m. EST

Adam Schefter of NFL Network is reporting that the neck injury suffered by Cowboys cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones Sunday could end his career.

It was previously reported that the injury could end his season, but Schefter reports that it might even be worse than first thought.

Per Schefter, Jones’ body went numb for two minutes when he first suffered the injury. He has been having tests on his neck this week and is planning to meet with a neck specialist in North Carolina.

After missing the entire 2007 season because of a league-imposed suspension, Jones has played in seven games this season, starting six.

SouthStndJunkie
12-11-2008, 11:14 AM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP)—Jaguars running back Fred Taylor will miss the rest of the season because of a thumb injury.

Taylor will be placed on injured reserve for the final three games after tearing ligaments in his left thumb Sunday at Chicago. Taylor had hoped to play though the injury, but a second opinion confirmed the need for season-ending surgery.

Taylor will finish this season with 556 yards rushing and a career-low 3.9 yards a carry. He ranks 16th on the NFL’s all-time rushing list with 11,271 yards, 81 behind John Riggins.

Beantown Bronco
12-11-2008, 11:31 AM
[I]JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP)—Jaguars running back Fred Taylor will miss the rest of the season because of a _________ injury.

Seems like I've seen this headline something like 9 times in the past 12 or so years.

socalorado
12-11-2008, 11:39 AM
Seems like I've seen this headline something like 9 times in the past 12 or so years.

Or in regards to Adam Jones

[i]DALLAS, TX. (AP)—Cowboys Corner Back Adam Jones will miss the rest of the season because of a _________ felony.

SouthStndJunkie
12-11-2008, 11:46 AM
SECOND OPINION GIVES PACMAN GOOD NEWS

Posted by Michael David Smith on December 11, 2008, 1:48 p.m. EST

The early indications this week were that Cowboys cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones had suffered a neck injury that was career threatening. But a second opinion gave Jones good news.

Adam Schefter of NFL Network is reporting that another doctor has told Jones he could resume playing in a few weeks. That doctor told Jones he has fluid in his spine but will not need surgery.

With only three games remaining in the regular season, even an injury that keeps Jones out for a few weeks could lead the Cowboys to put him on injured reserve. But Jones is hoping that he can play for the Cowboys in the playoffs, if they make it.

Jones has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Giants.

GoHAM
12-11-2008, 11:58 AM
Seems like I've seen this headline something like 9 times in the past 12 or so years.

You're not talking about Fragile Fred are you?

Kaylore
12-11-2008, 12:40 PM
Seems like I've seen this headline something like 9 times in the past 12 or so years.

Seriously.

SouthStndJunkie
12-11-2008, 03:05 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3763209

Sources: T.O.'s expressed resentment toward Romo

Flex Gunmetal
12-11-2008, 03:18 PM
Good god, the NFL is starting to look like E's celebrity news.

Pat Bowlen
12-11-2008, 03:32 PM
Seems like I've seen this headline something like 9 times in the past 12 or so years.
It's a shame, too. Taylor has accomplished far more than most running backs ever have or will despite being hurt all the time. He's another one of those athletes that make you wonder what they could have done without the injuries.

SouthStndJunkie
12-12-2008, 11:12 AM
The New York Giants have ruled out halfback Brandon Jacobs for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Jacobs has not practiced all week because of his knee injury, which has been bothering him for about a month.

SouthStndJunkie
12-12-2008, 11:28 AM
Not that this really belongs here....but still fun to watch:

Barry Sanders Jr. is a chip off the old block

By MJD

I'd estimate that there are about 294,428 videos on YouTube of running backs age 11 or under who are labeled in the video's description or somewhere in the comments as "the next barry sanders!!!!!!!!!!"

Today is the rare occasion, though, that we actually do have video of the next Barry Sanders. This is Barry's son, Barry Jr., doing what he does in the Oklahoma state high school playoffs. He's a freshman.

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SouthStndJunkie
12-12-2008, 01:08 PM
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Gus Frerotte is doubtful for the game Sunday against Arizona with a lower back injury.

That means backup Tarvaris Jackson likely will start against the Cardinals as the Vikings look to stay a game ahead of Chicago in the NFC North.

SouthStndJunkie
12-13-2008, 11:50 PM
METAIRIE, La. (AP)—Reggie Bush’s left knee needs further examination before he’ll be allowed back on the field for either of New Orleans’ final two games.

Noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews will look at images from Bush’s latest MRI, and coach Sean Payton said Saturday the team expects to have the results by early next week.

Bush was hurt when he was pushed out of bounds in the first half of Thursday night’s 27-24 loss in Chicago. He remained on the sideline, often wearing his helmet and standing up as if eager to keep playing, but Payton held him out after seeing him rush for no gain on the Saints’ opening drive of the third quarter.

SouthStndJunkie
12-14-2008, 08:30 AM
GORE OUT FOR SUNDAY

Posted by Mike Florio on December 14, 2008, 11:24 a.m.

Moments ago, ESPN’s Chris Berman mentioned that 49ers quarterback Frank Gore is inactive for Sunday.

Adam Schefter of NFL Network previously reported that Gore wouldn’t go, but ESPN’s John Clayton hinted thereafter that Gore might try to warm up.

DeShaun Foster will get the start against the Dolphins.

SouthStndJunkie
12-14-2008, 05:44 PM
HAYNESWORTH HAS “BAD SPRAIN”

Posted by Michael David Smith on December 14, 2008, 5:02 p.m.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Albert Haynesworth suffered a “bad sprain” of the MCL in the final moments of today’s loss to the Houston Texans.

The exact extent of the injury will not be known until team doctors have the results of an MRI exam, which is scheduled to be conducted on Monday. The injury took place when Haynesworth ended up on the ground with his left leg pinned under a pile of players.

Losing Haynesworth for any time at all would be a significant blow to the Titans. Haynesworth has been a dominating presence in the middle of the Titans’ defensive line this season, and he has a career-high 8.5 sacks.

The Titans host the Steelers next week in a game that could determine home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

SouthStndJunkie
12-14-2008, 05:45 PM
KIFFIN CONFIRMS HE’S LEAVING BUCS

Posted by Mike Florio on December 14, 2008, 5:53 p.m.

Long-time Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin has confirmed that he’ll be leaving the Bucs after the season to join his son, Lane, at the University of Tennessee.

“I made the decision last weekend and I went back and forth,” Kiffin said after Sunday’s 13-10 overtime loss in Atlanta, according to Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times. “It was a very, very hard decision because of players, our fans. When you’ve been in a place since 1996, you don’t just jump ship. I’ve had other opportunities. There was one that came up last year that was a great opportunity and people don’t even know for sure about the whole thing . But I stayed here, decided to sign back up for two years. But the club was very good about giving me the option to go with my son.”

There had been intense speculation and rumor of that the move would occur after the younger Kiffin landed in Knoxville. Coach Jon Gruden and G.M. Bruce Allen previously ducked the issue, deferring to Kiffin.

“It boiled down to one thing: It was your son, and that’s what it is,” Kiffin said. “I love these players. I addressed it Wednesday. I told Bruce. Jon was the first person I told. The head coach, he should know first. I told the defensive staff before I went downstairs at a quarter ’til 4. We had a team meeting at 4 o’clock and the whole team was there.

“I told them kind of what I’m telling you. I said, ‘Guys, this was a tough decision. I went back and forth. I said I just want you to know now. I didn’t think it was right to keep carrying it out.’”

Kiffin is under contract with Tampa Bay through 2009, but the team apparently is willing to release him. As we recently explained, the thinking in league circles is that the Bucs wouldn’t keep Kiffin from leaving, given the intense criticism the franchise received a couple of year ago for refusing to allow defensive assistant Joe Barry to join his father-in-law, Rod Marinelli, as defensive coordinator of the Lions.

The close ties between Gruden and the University of Tennessee likely contributed to the decision to let Kiffin leave. Gruden was an assistant coach at UT early in his career, and he met his wife (a former Volunteers cheerleader) in Knoxville.

uplink
12-14-2008, 07:17 PM
http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_11229079?source=most_viewed

Raiders 1st NFL team with 6 straight years of >10 losses. One more loss and they have the worst record over 6 years since the beginning of 16 game schedule.

SouthStndJunkie
12-14-2008, 07:57 PM
Props to the Raiders!

Keep setting records.

SouthStndJunkie
12-14-2008, 09:10 PM
DeMarcus Ware now has 19 sacks on the year....pretty impressive.

SouthStndJunkie
12-15-2008, 01:35 PM
SPITTING ACCUSATIONS FLY IN AFC NORTH

Posted by Mike Florio on December 15, 2008, 11:42 a.m.

In the aftermath of Sunday’s division-deciding game between the Steelers and the Ravens, there are allegations that spitting occurred during the game.

(Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher has an alibi.)

Specifically, Pittsburgh punter/holder Mitch Berger claims that Ravens cornerback Frank Walker spit in Berger’s mouth [Editor’s note: well, so much for eating lunch now] after the extra point attempt that cemented the final score.

“The guy dove, he tried to take out [Jeff Reed’s] knee,” Berger said. ”I went over there and he got up and he spit in my face — and they called [a penalty] on Jeff for pushing him!

“I tried to get in the middle to separate him but he got in my face and spit right in my mouth,” Berger said. “He spit right in my mouth. I’m still trying to spit that . . . out. I was talking to him, trying to separate everybody and he spit right in my mouth.”

We’ve watched the tape of the game to see if there’s any evidence of a magic loogie; the live camera cuts away as Berger seems to be accosting Walker after Walker dives at Reed’s plant leg.

The replay angle shown by CBS after the ensuing kickoff shows Walker in Berger’s face, and Reed pushing him from the side.

If the league determines that Walker did indeed spit, he’ll likely be facing a very stiff fine. The late Sean Taylor was fined $17,000 (the equivalent of his game check for the wild-card round) for spitting in the face of Bucs running back Michael Pittman during a playoff game in January 2006.

oubronco
12-15-2008, 02:12 PM
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/dec/15/broncos-waive-rb-boyd/

ENGLEWOOD — The Broncos waived running back Cory Boyd on Monday.
Boyd, who had been signed from the practice squad earlier this month, could be headed back to the Broncos practice squad if he clears waivers. If the Broncos don't re-sign him to the practice squad, he will be a free agent.
Boyd was a gameday inactive Sunday in Carolina.

SouthStndJunkie
12-15-2008, 02:18 PM
He's gone....gone like cooked crack.

SouthStndJunkie
12-15-2008, 02:42 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3771600

Haynesworth, Vanden Bosch to miss final regular-season games

SouthStndJunkie
12-15-2008, 02:43 PM
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Pat Williams will miss anywhere from two to six weeks with a fractured shoulder.

Williams was hurt Sunday in a 35-14 rout of Arizona. It's a big blow to a Vikings defense that is second in the NFL against the run.

SouthStndJunkie
12-15-2008, 04:28 PM
CABLE IS PISSED AT KIFFIN

Posted by Mike Florio on December 15, 2008, 7:26 p.m. EST

As the U.S. Postal Service deals with its busiest week of the year, the crush of snail mail won’t feature many/any Christmas cards crossing paths between Oakland and Knoxville.

Former Raiders coach Lane Kiffin was fired in September, complete with a scathing press conference from owner Al Davis regarding the reasons for the move.

Kiffin has since filed a grievance with the league office regarding the money that he hasn’t been paid.

And so should interim (for two more games) coach Tom Cable be upset to learn that Kiffin is rounding up some of his former Oakland assistants for Kiffin’s new job in Tennessee? Regardless of whether Cable should be upset, he is.

“I’m pissed. That’s the best way to put it,” Cable said, according to Jerry McDonald of InsideBayArea.com. “Quite frankly, that’s the only way I can put it.”

Gone is offensive line coach James Cregg, who filled the spot Cable occupied before his promotion. Director of football operations Mark Jackson and administrative aide Steve Reaves is leaving, too.

Amazingly, Reaves was still employed by the Raiders even though he is Kiffin’s brother-in-law.

For starters, Cable really shouldn’t care, because he won’t be the head coach next season. Also, what the hell are these guys supposed to do? Hang around to see whether they still have a bunk on a sinking ship or get in on the ground floor with a new opportunity?

Maybe the primary source of Cable’s frustration is that he hasn’t been invited to join Kiffin.

Beantown Bronco
12-16-2008, 07:27 AM
NEW YORK (AP)—The New York Giants need another sack—to cover a flamboyant fan who wears skimpy outfits.

Sondra Fortunato went to Giants Stadium last week wearing a Santa Claus outfit, a tiara, fishnet stockings, a bathing suit bottom and high-heeled boots.

She also had a suitcase and two 11-by-17 signs reading “Go Giants” and “Have a No Guns Christmas,” referring to the team’s wide receiver shooting himself in the leg.

She insists nothing naughty was showing even though she’s “well-endowed.” As the middle-aged woman puts it, “You couldn’t even see my underwear.”

The Giants apparently saw it another way.

Security escorted her out, saying signs and baggage weren’t allowed and telling her to cover up because there were children present. She figures other women “got jealous and complained.”

Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com

oubronco
12-16-2008, 07:34 AM
http://www.nypost.com/photos/galleries/news/regionalnews/pp_20081215_sondra_fortunato/photo03.jpg

Flex Gunmetal
12-16-2008, 08:48 AM
Old ladies need to keep their clothes on :(

Rohirrim
12-16-2008, 08:50 AM
Spider would hit it.

Kaylore
12-16-2008, 08:53 AM
Spider would hit it.

...IN THE THROAT!

Flex Gunmetal
12-16-2008, 09:02 AM
Spider would hit it.

Well that's obvious. Spider considers himself lucky when his victims have a pulse.

Crushaholic
12-16-2008, 11:57 AM
http://www.nypost.com/photos/galleries/news/regionalnews/pp_20081215_sondra_fortunato/photo03.jpg

Actually, I don't think she's that bad looking. Call me crazy...:stuck:

Beantown Bronco
12-16-2008, 11:58 AM
Actually, I don't think she's that bad looking. Call me crazy...:stuck:

Will do. You're crazy.

Crushaholic
12-16-2008, 12:00 PM
Will do. You're crazy.

Thank you...:thumbs:

Traveler
12-16-2008, 12:07 PM
Pro Football Weekly
Denver Broncos
Dec. 12, 2008
By Dan Parr

Hillis expected to return in different role for Broncos next season


Updated at 9:55 a.m. EST Monday, Dec. 15

The Broncos’ backfield lost yet another valuable piece in Week 14, as Peyton Hillis became the sixth Denver running back to suffer a serious injury this season. After Hillis sustained a season-ending hamstring tear, he joined four other rushers — Michael Pittman, Andre Hall, Ryan Torain and Anthony Alridge — on injured reserve. A fifth banged-up Bronco, Selvin Young, has missed seven of the last nine games with a nagging groin injury.

Losing Hillis was a surprisingly devastating blow for Denver. A month earlier, Hillis was only a fullback that made occasional contributions to the passing game as a receiver. He had evolved into the team’s tough, hard-charging featured back in a matter of weeks, scoring five rushing TDs in four starts. Following his injury, the Broncos are scratching rock bottom with a makeshift collection of rushers, led by Tatum Bell, who was out of the league until about a month ago, and P.J. Pope.

While Hillis is done for the rest of 2008, sources in Denver say he figures greatly into the club’s plans for next season, although not as a featured back. We hear head coach Mike Shanahan envisions Hillis fulfilling a role as an H-back, and, while they play different positions, he could have similar duties to those that the Colts’ Dallas Clark and Redskins’ Chris Cooley have handled in the past, one team observer told PFW. The Broncos think Hillis, who caught seven passes for 116 yards and TD vs. the Dolphins in Week Nine, has good hands and they want to utilize him as a receiver. He also could be called upon in short-yardage situations and near the goal line, where he is particularly effective as a bruising, straight-ahead rusher.

We’re told the Broncos still have high hopes for Torain, who was able to play in just two games his rookie year after tearing his ACL in Week 10. He missed the first half of the season because of an elbow injury.

As for the rest of the assortment of backs, all could return next season, but if things work out the way Shanahan would like, Torain will be Denver’s top rusher in ’09. It’s nice to know, though, that Hillis provides some reliable insurance in case another slew of injuries wipes the slate of true running backs clean.

http://www.profootballweekly.com/PFW/The+Way+We+Hear+It/default.htm?mode=afcwest

oubronco
12-16-2008, 12:10 PM
woooooo more torain hype

SouthStndJunkie
12-16-2008, 07:37 PM
DROUGHNS TO IR

Posted by Mike Florio on December 16, 2008, 7:38 p.m.

The New York Giants officially have added receiver Derek Hagan to the roster.

Per a league source, a roster spot was created for Hagan by placing running back Reuben Droughns on injured reserve.

Hagan adds depth to a depth chart that is missing Plaxico Burress.

SouthStndJunkie
12-16-2008, 07:38 PM
PRESIDENT VERMEIL?

Posted by Mike Florio on December 16, 2008, 10:05 p.m.

There’s a strong rumor making the rounds in league circles that former Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil could return as team president following the departure of long-time G.M., president, and COEO Carl Peterson.

It was Peterson who lured Vermeil out of retirement to coach the Chiefs in 2001, only one season after Vermeil went bawling into the sunset after taking the Rams to a Super Bowl title.

Though it’s possible that Vermeil will serve as G.M. as well, we’re guessing that the Chiefs will be setting up a Parcells-style structure in Kansas City, with a G.M. and a head coach reporting directly to Vermeil.

If Vermeil gets the top job, the chances of Herm Edwards sticking around increases significantly, since Edwards played for Vermeil in Philadelphia.

oubronco
12-17-2008, 06:43 AM
Feds: Dorsett's nephew ran Pa. cocaine ring

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) - Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh say they have broken up a cocaine ring headed by the nephew of Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett.


Authorities say 31-year-old Anthony Dorsett, of Aliquippa, and 12 others have been selling crack and powder cocaine since 2003. An indictment unsealed Tuesday detailed the operation as authorities arrested most of the suspects. They say Anthony Dorsett was arrested Saturday in West Virginia.
The alleged drug trafficking was centered in the Linmar Terrace public housing complex in Aliquippa, about 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Tony Dorsett starred at neighboring Hopewell High School before attending Pitt, where he won the Heisman Trophy in 1976 before going on to play for the Dallas Cowboys (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/dallas-cowboys).

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/8952954/Feds:-Dorsett's-nephew-ran-Pa.-cocaine-ring

oubronco
12-17-2008, 06:47 AM
Colts uncertain on status for Addai, Sanders

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indianapolis Colts (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/indianapolis-colts) could get Bob Sanders (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/200273) and Joseph Addai (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/401281) back in the lineup Thursday night.
Then again, maybe not.
Coach Tony Dungy told reporters Tuesday he thought both would play against Jacksonville and both were listed as full participants in Tuesday's practice.
But after practice, team president Bill Polian offered a different assessment.
"Joseph is questionable, and Bob, I think, is, too," Polian told NFL Network. "I would say Bob's chances are probably 51-49 of playing."
Addai sat out Sunday's game, a 31-21 victory over Detroit, with a right shoulder injury. Sanders has missed four of the last five games with swelling in his right knee, the same knee on which he had surgery while missing five games earlier this season with a high ankle sprain.
Sanders, the 2007 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, has missed nine games in 2008.
The Colts (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/indianapolis-colts) will be without middle linebacker Gary Brackett (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/142745), the defensive captain. Brackett has missed the last two games after cracking a bone in his lower right leg. Dungy initially said Brackett would miss at least two games, but the short week will force him to miss another game.
Defensive end Dwight Freeney (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/101353), selected to his fourth Pro Bowl on Tuesday, was one of four players who did not practice. Freeney typically sits out at least one practice each week to rest.
Also out were receiver Marvin Harrison (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/69805) (knee), who needs five catches to become the third player in league history with 1,100; backup running back Chad Simpson (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/573131) (ankle); and Brackett. Simpson scored his first career touchdown Sunday after spraining his ankle a week earlier against Cincinnati. If the Colts (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/indianapolis-colts) win Thursday night, they would clinch the top wild-card spot in the AFC.

oubronco
12-17-2008, 07:38 AM
<TABLE class=s_playerNewsTitle cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%"><TBODY><TR><TD align=left width=33>http://www.rotoworld.com/images/teamlogos/NFL_sm/BUF.gif</TD><TD align=left> Gibran Hamdan (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=96)-QB-Bills (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/clubhouse_news.aspx?sport=NFL&majteam=BUF)</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

The Bills are considering starting QB Gibran Hamdan for the final two games of the season.

J.P. Losman has done nothing to help the Bills or his own future while filling in for Trent Edwards (groin). Coach Dick Jauron has yet to make up his mind, but don't be surprised to see the 2006 NFL Europe MVP out there if Edwards can't return.
Source: Buffalo News (http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/billsnfl/story/525511.html)
Related: J.P. Losman (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_relatednews.aspx?sport=NFL&id=2780), Trent Edwards (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_relatednews.aspx?sport=NFL&id=4220)

oubronco
12-17-2008, 07:41 AM
According to ProFootballTalk, former Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil could return as team president following Monday's resignation of Carl Peterson.

PFT suggests that Vermeil would set up a Bill Parcells-style operation in Kansas City, with a GM and a head coach out of the Vermeil coaching tree. Herm Edwards played under Vermeil in Philadelphia, so his odds of keeping the job figure to increase should this scenario play out.
Source: ProFootballTalk (http://www.profootballtalk.com/2008/12/16/president-vermeil/)

Beantown Bronco
12-17-2008, 07:44 AM
The Bills are considering starting QB Gibran Hamdan for the final two games of the season.


he'll put up at least 20 fantasy pts this week. grab em

lookin' glass
12-17-2008, 09:06 AM
If the Bills were smart they'd start Losman against Denver letting him look like an all pro then find some team - read Chiefs - to fleece for some draft picks and/or players.

SouthStndJunkie
12-17-2008, 10:38 AM
REGGIE BUSH DONE FOR SEASON

Posted by Michael David Smith on December 17, 2008, 1:32 p.m. EST

New Orleans Saints running back/punt returner Reggie Bush is out for the season with a knee injury.

The Saints placed Bush on on injured reserve today as a result of a left knee injury he suffered in the Saints’ loss to the Bears on Thursday night.

The details of the knee injury are not known, although with only two games left in the season and the Saints out of the playoffs, it could just be a precautionary measure. Bush had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this season.

New Orleans has signed free agent cornerback Michael Lehan to take Bush’s place on the 53-man roster.

SouthStndJunkie
12-18-2008, 11:29 AM
TARVARIS JACKSON TO START SUNDAY

Posted by Michael David Smith on December 18, 2008, 2:21 p.m. EST

Tarvaris Jackson will remain the Vikings’ starting quarterback for at least one more week.

Sean Jensen of the Pioneer Press reports that Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said Jackson will start Sunday against the Falcons and Gus Frerotte will back him up.

“I think it’s big for him,” Bevell said. “He had an opportunity that was presented to him, and he played well in the opportunity, and he showed progression, so as long as he continues do that, then that bodes well for him for his future.”

The news comes two days after head coach Brad Childress declined to say whether Jackson or Frerotte was the starter. It’s not clear how much of the decision to start Jackson is because of his strong play Sunday against the Cardinals, and how much is because Frerotte is still hurting from a back injury.

SouthStndJunkie
12-18-2008, 11:56 PM
BOLDIN, ARRINGTON COULD BE OUT SUNDAY

Posted by Josh Alper on December 18, 2008, 7:39 p.m.

It doesn’t sound like receiver Anquan Boldin or running back J.J. Arrington will be in the lineup when the Cardinals travel to New England on Sunday. Both players have missed the last two days of practice and coach Ken Whisenhunt admitted that the team’s being very cautious about their health.

“Obviously, in this type of situation, where you have a game two weeks away, you want to make sure you got as many of your guys available for that game,” Whisenhunt said. “That’s got to take priority … If this was a game that for us meant to get into the playoffs, it would be a completely different scenario.”

The Cardinals have already sewn up the NFC West and, no matter how their final two games play out, have no chance at a first-round bye. Steve Breaston would start in place of Boldin, who has a shoulder injury. Tim Hightower and Edgerrin James would cover the running back workload if Arrington, battling a sprained knee, can’t go.

SouthStndJunkie
12-19-2008, 10:16 AM
NO SUSPENSION FOR KACZUR

Posted by Mike Florio on December 19, 2008, 11:49 a.m. EST

In light of the three-game suspension recently imposed on Jags receiver Matt Jones arising from charges of felony cocaine possession, several readers have asked us whether Patriots offensive lineman Nick Kazcur is facing a suspension after being arrested earlier this year for possession of OxyContin.

Said NFL spokesman Greg Aiello of Kaczur: “The matter was resolved internally and the status of any player in the substance abuse or conduct programs is confidential.”

In other words, there will be no suspension.

The key is that Kaczur’s criminal matter was resolved without any finding of a ”violation of the law related to substances of abuse other than alcohol.” If he had been convicted, pleaded guilty or no contest, or entered a diversion program (as Jones did), Kaczur most likely would have been slapped with a suspension.

Instead, Kaczur pleaded guilty to speeding, after helping bust the guy who had sold him the OxyContin. (The seller, Danial Ekasala, pleaded guilty and was senteced last week to 42 months, and the judge said the sentence would have been stiffer if Ekasala hadn’t tried to get Kaczur to stop taking the drug.)

That said, Kaczur’s conduct likely has landed him in the substance abuse program, and will require him to engage in extensive drug testing. It’s also possible that he already was at a low level of the program and that this incident bumped him up a notch; ideally, nothing about a player’s status in the program is disclosed until a suspension is imposed and all internal appeals have been exhausted.

Still, there’s something about this that doesn’t sit well with us. What Kaczur did is not much different that what Jones did. The only difference is that Kaczur snitched on his supplier and so the drug charge disappeared.

In our view, then, the league needs to tie its penalties under the substance abuse policy to factors that don’t rely on the exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Doing so can, as we’ve seen in the cases of Kaczur and Jones, lead to inequitable results.

SouthStndJunkie
12-19-2008, 02:23 PM
BUCS EXPECT BROOKS, GARCIA TO PLAY

Posted by Michael David Smith on December 19, 2008, 4:25 p.m.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got some good news heading into their must-win game against the Chargers on Sunday: Their veteran leaders on both sides of the ball are expected to play.

Coach Jon Gruden said linebacker Derrick Brooks is likely to play despite a rib injury, and quarterback Jeff Garcia will start despite a calf injury.

Brooks has been limited in practice this week, and there was concern that he’d have to miss a game for the first time in his 14-year career. But Gruden said Brooks has shown his trademark toughness and ability to recuperate quickly.

“We’ll get to the stadium and make sure everything is accurate, but it does appear our captain will be back,” Gruden said. “It’s a credit to him.”

As for Garcia, Gruden said, “I believe he’ll be the starter. … I do expect him to start the game. I know we’ll need him.”

Wide receiver Joey Galloway is also expected to be active Sunday. Galloway hasn’t played in two weeks and hasn’t caught a pass in almost two months.

SouthStndJunkie
12-19-2008, 02:24 PM
GIANTS OPTIMISTIC JACOBS WILL PLAY AGAINST PANTHERS

Posted by Tim MacMahon on December 19, 2008, 4:24 p.m.

Coach Tom Coughlin is planning to have running back Brandon Jacobs for the Giants’ battle with the Panthers, which could decide the NFC’s top seed. Jacobs is officially listed as questionable with a knee injury that caused him to miss last week’s loss to the Cowboys.

“Jacobs has practiced, really, all three days,” Coughlin said Friday, per the NFL Network’s Adam Schefter. “Barring something that would be a setback –- which means we have to see tomorrow morning, basically –- and hopefully he will go.”

Jacobs has been optimistic all week that he’d play Sunday. Matter of fact, he told a group of teachers Tuesday that he should have played last week.

SouthStndJunkie
12-19-2008, 02:25 PM
Carolina might just beat the Giants down this weekend.

SouthStndJunkie
12-20-2008, 04:35 PM
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP)—Oakland Raiders receiver Ashley Lelie will miss the final two games of the season because of a calf injury. The team activated tight end Darrell Strong from the practice squad Saturday.

Lelie is the fourth Oakland receiver placed on the season-ending injured reserve list this year, joining Javon Walker (ankle), Drew Carter (knee) and rookie Arman Shields (knee).

SouthStndJunkie
12-21-2008, 09:15 AM
GORE OUT AGAIN

Posted by Mike Florio on December 21, 2008, 11:56 a.m.

As the San Francisco 49ers go for their sixth win of the season, they’ll do it again without running back Frank Gore.

Gore, according to Adam Schefter of NFL Network, won’t play against the Rams due to a sprained ankle.

He’s expected to be available for the team’s finale next week against the Redskins.

SouthStndJunkie
12-21-2008, 09:16 AM
OCHO OUCHO

Posted by Mike Florio on December 21, 2008, 12:01 p.m.

When the Bengals and Browns square off in Cleveland on Sunday, receiver Braylon Edwards officially will be the biggest butthole receiver on the field.

Per Adam Schefter of NFL Network, Cincinnati receiver Chad Johnson a/k/a Ocho Cinco a/k/a Whiny Bitch With Athletic Talent won’t play due to a hamstring injury.

Also in Cleveland, tight end Kellen Winslow (ankle) is inactive, and Carson Palmer is dressed out as the third quarterback.

SouthStndJunkie
12-22-2008, 12:26 PM
Props to Isaac Bruce....this weekend he became the 5th WR to reach 1,000 career receptions.

Bruce joined Jerry Rice (1,549), Cris Carter (1,101), Marvin Harrison (1,095) and Brown (1,094) in the 1,000-reception club.

He also passed Tim Brown and is in 2nd place on the all time receiving yardage list with 14,936 yards. Jerry Rice is way out in front with 22,895 yards.

SouthStndJunkie
12-22-2008, 05:12 PM
SMITH-QUINN FIGHT CONFIRMED

Posted by Mike Florio on December 22, 2008, 7:52 p.m.

At a time when Browns coach Romeo Crennel is publicly hinting that something happened and Browns quarterback Brady Quinn is privately insisting that nothing occurred, Browns tight end Darnell Dinkins said on WQAL-AM that an altercation indeed occurred last week between defensive lineman Shaun Smith and Quinn — and that Quinn has a mark on his face to show for it.

We’ve separately heard from a source with knowledge of the situation that, indeed, Smith and Quinn got into it. Here are the details that have been shared with us.

The incident occurred during a weightlifting session on Monday, December 15. After a verbal altercation, between the two, Smith punched Quinn in the face. And, as Dinkins said, we’re told Quinn has a mark on his face.

Teammates then intervened and pulled the players apart. While being separated, Smith threw a ten-pound weight at Quinn. The weight did not strike Quinn.

That said, Quinn continues to claim privately that nothing happened.

Smith didn’t practice last week due to a supposed calf injury and didn’t play on Sunday, but the tea leaves suggest that the whole thing was aimed at suspending Smith with pay without having to disclose that yet another wheel have flown off the team’s wagon.

Further proof that the team is merely trying to keep things quiet? WQAL reportedly was prohibited by its parent company, CBS Radio, from replaying the audio of Dinkins’ interview.

UPDATE: Apparently, Dinkins is now claiming that he didn’t say that a fight occurred, and Quinn is claiming that he has no mark on his face. Quinn could be speaking out about the situation soon.

SouthStndJunkie
12-22-2008, 08:42 PM
PHILLIPS TO BE BACK FOR THE ‘BOYS?

Posted by Mike Florio on December 22, 2008, 11:31 p.m. EST

Another very intriguing nugget shared by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen on Monday Night Countdown is that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn’t plan to part ways with coach Wade Phillips.

Jones, per Mort, cited the economic climate and the looming labor problems as factors for his current inclination to bring Phillips back.

This tells us a couple of things. First, even the richest of the rich folk are feeling the pinch of the recession, given that Jones apparently isn’t inclined to pay Phillips (and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett) a seven-figure buyout, and then to pay a new coach with a big name really big money.

Second, the league and the union could indeed be on a collision course for a work stoppage, and Jones doesn’t want to be paying Bill Cowher or Mike Holmgren $9 million or so per year to coach an empty locker room come 2011.

The big-picture reality, however, is that the team has not yet bottomed out in Jones’ mind, even after that embarrassing loss to close out Texas Stadium.

Or maybe Jones knows that it has, but that as a practical matter there’s nothing he can or will do about it other than keep his head down, and keep pushing forward.

SouthStndJunkie
12-22-2008, 08:45 PM
Chicago blocks a FG that would have won the game for Green Bay.

Going to OT.

SouthStndJunkie
12-22-2008, 08:58 PM
Chicago wins 20-17 in OT.

SouthStndJunkie
12-22-2008, 09:48 PM
Drew Brees needs 402 passing yards versus Carolina next week to break Dan Marino's all-time single season mark of 5,084 passing yards set in 1984.

SouthStndJunkie
12-23-2008, 09:41 AM
THE ABOMINABLE SHAUN MONSTER

Posted by Mike Florio on December 22, 2008, 1:08 p.m. EST

Several readers have forwarded to us amazing video of Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis, a week after he delivered a last-minute win over the Bills, delivering a huge glob of snow into the stands at Qwest Field.

We think that Mr. Ellis will soon be hearing from the league about this one.

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oubronco
12-23-2008, 12:02 PM
Fan arraigned for tackling Patriots LB Seau

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - A football spectator pleaded not guilty to charges of trespassing and assault and battery for tackling New England linebacker Junior Seau on the sidelines during the team's 47-7 win over Arizona on Sunday.

Todd Kobus, of Attleboro, appeared in Wrentham District Court on Monday where a pretrial hearing was set for Feb. 17.
"I'm just a big fan of Junior Seau (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/70621)," the 31-year-old Kobus said in court. "I meant to give him a big hug. I absolutely did not mean to tackle him or anything along those lines. It was a stupid lapse in judgment."
The ticket account that includes the seat Kobus occupied was revoked by the Patriots (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/new-england-patriots), team spokesman Stacey James said. He said he did not know if Kobus was the owner of the account.
The club had no comment on whether it would review its security procedures, James said.
Seau, a 12-time Pro Bowler, had sat out the season before rejoining New England for its game at Seattle on Dec. 7. He was their leading tackler Sunday in his third game with the team this year.
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Tom H.
12-23-2008, 12:07 PM
Fan arraigned for tackling Patriots LB Seau

http://www.bostonherald.com/galleries/index.php?gallery_id=2123

Beantown Bronco
12-23-2008, 12:12 PM
http://www.bostonherald.com/galleries/index.php?gallery_id=2123

Damn, the article says he's 31, but he looks at least 41 in those pics. Must be all that booze running through his system.

Orange_Beard
12-23-2008, 12:54 PM
Fan arraigned for tackling Patriots LB Seau

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - A football spectator pleaded not guilty to charges of trespassing and assault and battery for tackling New England linebacker Junior Seau on the sidelines during the team's 47-7 win over Arizona on Sunday.

Todd Kobus, of Attleboro, appeared in Wrentham District Court on Monday where a pretrial hearing was set for Feb. 17.
"I'm just a big fan of Junior Seau (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/70621)," the 31-year-old Kobus said in court. "I meant to give him a big hug. I absolutely did not mean to tackle him or anything along those lines. It was a stupid lapse in judgment."
The ticket account that includes the seat Kobus occupied was revoked by the Patriots (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/new-england-patriots), team spokesman Stacey James said. He said he did not know if Kobus was the owner of the account.
The club had no comment on whether it would review its security procedures, James said.
Seau, a 12-time Pro Bowler, had sat out the season before rejoining New England for its game at Seattle on Dec. 7. He was their leading tackler Sunday in his third game with the team this year.
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Can this guy really tackle? We could use him this weekend.

uplink
12-23-2008, 06:30 PM
I'm from DC. Fans here and numerous sports radio hosts complain constantly about the redskins. Started during the Norv Turner years, this thing seems to follow him around. Fans are kind of like the owner, want it all right now SB, undefeted, etc...

It was always on the coach, comparing to the Joe Gibbs days. Then they got Gibbs back for this very reason and even he couldn't do anything. I think the attitude of the fans and city does have some influence on the team, I can't see how the skins will every be great again in this environment.

They even complain here after a good win for example last weekends victory 10-3 over a decent eagles team. 'Didn't score enough points'.

Right now Zorn is on thin ice, seems the win over the eagles may have saved his butt for another year.

Inkana7
12-23-2008, 08:58 PM
Drew Brees needs 402 passing yards versus Carolina next week to break Dan Marino's all-time single season mark of 5,084 passing yards set in 1984.

I can see it happening. They have nothing to play for and Carolina will probably rest the starters.

SouthStndJunkie
12-24-2008, 08:15 AM
Jim Zorn will return as coach of the Washington Redskins in 2009, team executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato said Monday, according to The Washington Post.

Zorn, in his first season as a head coach, has been criticized as the Redskins stumbled down the stretch following a promising start. But Cerrato, who previously has said the team has not discussed replacing Zorn, said Monday that Zorn would return, according to the report.

SouthStndJunkie
12-24-2008, 08:20 AM
POLICE FIND MORE GUNS AT BURRESS HOME

Posted by Mike Florio on December 24, 2008, 8:19 a.m. EST

In a Tuesday search of the New Jersey home of Giants receiver Plaxico Burress, members of the NYPD and local authorities found two more guns — a 9-mm handgun and a rifle — along with ammunition.

Police previously had recovered from Burress the .40-caliber Glock that Burress allegedly had in his possession at a Manhattan night club on November 29.

Authorities also seized the pants that Plax was wearing when he added two new holes to his body.

As a league source with knowledge of the legal system remarked in reaction to the news, “Ben Brafman is as bad as Larry Woodward. The first questions you ask are do you have and firearms? Are they registered? And then [you say], ‘Give them to me.’”

Brafman is the high-priced, high-profile lawyer Burress hired in the wake of the incident; Woodward is Mike Vick’s longtime lawyer, who could have tried to get Vick to come clean and cut a deal before the whole dogfighting thing mushroomed into a mess that resulted in a 23-month prison term.

Then again, it’s possible that Woodward tried to get Vick to see the light, and that Vick opted not to listen. And thus it’s possible that Brafman specifically asked Burress if he had any more guns, and that Burress lied to Brafman in response.

If so, don’t be surprised if Buress ends up with new counsel before too long. If Brafman doesn’t trust his client, it becomes extremely difficult for Brafman to be as effective as he possibly can be.

GoBroncos DownUnder
12-24-2008, 08:33 AM
THE ABOMINABLE SHAUN MONSTER

Posted by Mike Florio on December 22, 2008, 1:08 p.m. EST

Several readers have forwarded to us amazing video of Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis, a week after he delivered a last-minute win over the Bills, delivering a huge glob of snow into the stands at Qwest Field.

We think that Mr. Ellis will soon be hearing from the league about this one.

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Ellis got fined $10,000!!!
Selective journalism is a disgrace! And the NFL using 5 of the 53 seconds to make a decision is a absolute disgrace!

If you search for the FULL video on YouTube, there are TWO chunks of ice thrown.
25 seconds in, the first is thrown by a "fan" above the players exit and IMO was GENUINELY intended to hit one of the Jets player!
36 seconds in, Ellis picks up the chunk of snow and lobs it at a fan, stupid we all know, but no-one got hurt.
46 seconds in, Fan with the snow Ellis threw holds it up like a trophy for all to see and then (I think) even does his version of the Heisman pose.

What a joke! Goddell blows!

Beantown Bronco
12-24-2008, 08:37 AM
If you search for the FULL video on YouTube, there are TWO chunks of ice thrown.
25 seconds in, the first is thrown by a "fan" above the players exit and IMO was GENUINELY intended to hit one of the Jets player!
36 seconds in, Ellis picks up the chunk of snow and lobs it at a fan, stupid we all know, but no-one got hurt.
46 seconds in, Fan with the snow Ellis threw holds it up like a trophy for all to see and then (I think) even does his version of the Heisman pose.

What a joke! Goddell blows!

Two? If you watch the full video, you see a whole hell of a lot more than just TWO chunks of ice thrown. The players are being pelted by everyone in the stands for who knows how long....

GoBroncos DownUnder
12-24-2008, 08:49 AM
Two? If you watch the full video, you see a whole hell of a lot more than just TWO chunks of ice thrown. The players are being pelted by everyone in the stands for who knows how long....
(Yeah, I was counting "chunks" though)
Where's a jets fan when you want one, maybe they could watch it and count ALL the snowballs in the video ... You think we could find one who can count past 21?

That's why I HATE teams on the West Coast, the "it's a joke, who cares!" attitude is crap. Throw a snowball at a Giants game and see how long it takes until you're ejected, fined and the OWNER of your seat loses his Season Ticket rights!
It's a MUTUAL respect thing! ;)

(Did you hear some stupid Pats fan "ran into/tackled" Junior Seau on Sunday ... THAT seat is now available for this week and next season!!)

Circle Orange
12-24-2008, 09:02 AM
I'm from DC. Fans here and numerous sports radio hosts complain constantly about the redskins. Started during the Norv Turner years, this thing seems to follow him around. Fans are kind of like the owner, want it all right now SB, undefeted, etc...

It was always on the coach, comparing to the Joe Gibbs days. Then they got Gibbs back for this very reason and even he couldn't do anything. I think the attitude of the fans and city does have some influence on the team, I can't see how the skins will every be great again in this environment.

They even complain here after a good win for example last weekends victory 10-3 over a decent eagles team. 'Didn't score enough points'.

Right now Zorn is on thin ice, seems the win over the eagles may have saved his butt for another year.


Fellow DCer here, Uplink. Welcome to the Mane. You probably know by now that Zorn's back next year.

SouthStndJunkie
12-24-2008, 01:07 PM
STEELERS WON’T BLOCK COWHER RETURN

Posted by Mike Florio on December 24, 2008, 3:55 p.m. EST

When Steelers coach Bill Cowher resigned with a year left on his contract, there were some rumblings from within the organization that the franchise might not voluntarily agree to permit Cowher to join another team without compensation, if/when he returns to the NFL.

But it appears that the Steelers wouldn’t get in Cowher’s way if he wants to return. On Tuesday, Steelers chairman Dan Rooney said that there’s no agreement between the team and Cowher that would prevent him from returning to the NFL and coaching the Browns.

“We got along and continue to get along, but I have never taken the position that he shouldn’t coach,” Rooney told Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

That said, Rooney doesn’t envision Cowher returning in 2009.

“I will say to you that every time I talk to him and this subject comes up — and the subject does come up almost every year at this time — he says that he’s very, very happy with what he’s doing, where he is,” Rooney said.

“It would not surprise me if he said he wasn’t going to coach. It would surprise me the other way because he tells me that every time I talk to him and the subject comes up.”

Cowher has been linked to the looming vacancy in Cleveland. Though it’s widely believed that the Browns are interested, the thinking is that Cowher isn’t.

Our theory/hypothesis/crazy-ass speculation is that Cowher is using the Browns’ interest as a way to keep his name at the top of the “A” list through the 2009 hiring cycle.

SouthStndJunkie
12-24-2008, 01:35 PM
http://www.sacbee.com/static/weblogs/49ers/archives/018091.html?mi_rss=49ers%20Blog%20and%20Q%26A

Singletary wows team officials in meeting; wanted for 2009

SouthStndJunkie
12-25-2008, 07:57 PM
COWBOYS KEEP COLOMBO

Posted by Mike Florio on December 25, 2008, 6:51 p.m. EST

The Dallas Cowboys have gotten a jump start on their offseason planning by signing tackle Marc Colombo to a four-year deal.

Word of the potential deal first arose several weeks ago. Per Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News, the contract pays $22 million, with $11.5 million in guaranteed money.

“I just love being a Dallas Cowboy,” Colombo told Archer. “I love everything about it. I definitely didn’t want to leave my offensive line. I’d die for those guys. The thought of going to some other team and another line wasn’t an option for me. I’m glad the Cowboys stepped up to the plate. I thank them very much.”

Colombo, from Boston College, was a first-round pick of the Bears in 2002. A serious, career-threatening knee injury knocked him out for two full years, and the Bears cut him after the first game of the 2005 season.

He landed in Dallas. The following year, he became a starter.

And he has since started in 47 straight games, and counting.

The Cowboys have officially announced the four-year deal, without commenting on the financial aspects of it.

SouthStndJunkie
12-25-2008, 07:58 PM
MORRIS WILL REPLACE KIFFIN

Posted by Mike Florio on December 25, 2008, 6:43 p.m. EST

Our friends at Pewter Report and the St. Petersburg Times (I’m glad we’re not the only ones who worked on Christmas) advised us separately today that the Bucs have named defensive backs coach Raheem Morris as the new defensive coordinator.

Per Pewter Report, Morris got the news on Christmas Eve.

Morris will replace Monte Kiffin, the long-time coordinator who’ll head to the University of Tennessee after the season. Kiffin’s son, Lane, recently became the head coach at UT.

Monte Kiffin had been working for the Bucs since 1996, when he was hired into the position of defensive coordinator by former coach Tony Dungy.

Kiffin and Morris will remain in their current positions until the Bucs’ 2008 games are completed, including playoffs. (If they lose to the Raiders on Sunday, there might not be any playoffs.)

Said coach Jon Gruden of the Morris promotion, in quotes circulated by the team’s P.R. department: “He’s been with me a long time and he’s had a lot of success here. He’s had his hand in a lot of real good things. I like this defense. I believe in it, and certainly believe in Raheem Morris. I believe he’ll be outstanding and we just wanted to make sure that our players knew and I just wanted to end the speculation, to be honest with you.”

The move could help the Bucs retain cornerback Philip Buchanon, who is scheduled to become a free agent.

“Personally, yes,” Buchanon told Pewter Report as to whether the Morris promotion would be a factor in Buchanon’s decision to stay. “That is a great big deal for me because me and coach Raheem we talk almost every day. Monday, Tuesday, we talk a lot about the game film and things we need to do. I talk to him all the time, so I definitely have a great deal of respect for him and I’m just happy for him right now.”

Then again, Buchanon might ultimately have to jump to a new team in order to stay with Morris. At Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times points out, the Bucs won’t be able to prevent Morris from interviewing for head-coaching jobs elsewhere. Morris has been mentioned in some circles as a potential candidate for one of the various vacancies certain to come open after the season.

So, basically, Morris could end up holding his new job for less than a month.

SouthStndJunkie
12-26-2008, 08:10 AM
NO TAG FOR T.J.?

Posted by Mike Florio on December 26, 2008, 10:39 a.m.

The Cincinnati Bengals have a history of not re-signing free agents to long-term deals, but of using the franchise tag to keep them around for a year and then letting them walk away thereafter.

This time around, however, the Bengals apparently don’t intend to use the franchise tag on receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

According to Adam Schefter of NFL Network (via the Cincinnati Enquirer), the Bengals instead will attempt to sign Houshmandzadeh to a long-term deal.

Assuming Schefter is correct (and we’ve got no reason to think he isn’t), why in the hell would the Bengals view the two subjects as mutually exclusive?

The better approach would be to attempt to sign Houshmandzadeh to a long-term deal, while at all times keeping the ability to use the franchise tag as a last resort in the team’s back pocket.

The concept is known in the football business (and in most other industries) as “leverage.” So why wouldn’t the Bengals at least use the threat of the tag to help persuade Houshmandzadeh to sign a new deal?

Maybe it’s because they’re, you know, the Bengals.

SouthStndJunkie
12-26-2008, 03:10 PM
LIONS TO CUT TICKET PRICES

Posted by Mike Florio on December 26, 2008, 5:16 p.m. EST

With the NFL’s first-ever 0-16 season staring the franchise in the face, the Detroit Lions are taking steps to ensure that folks whill plunk down their hard-earned cash in 2009 for the privilege of watch the team continue to build upon what could be a 17-game losing streak by late afternoon on Sunday.

Per the Detroit Free Press, the Lions will reduce prices for eight percent of all general seating, and will make “significant price reductions” for club seats.

The specific cuts will be determined at a later date.

In all, the Lions failed to sell out five of their final six regular-season home games. The only exception? A Thanksgiving Day thrashing administered when the Titans came to town and fed the Lions to themselves.

For last Sunday’s home finale, an incredible 10,500 seats were not sold.

The Lions actually had increased ticket prices for the 2008 season, the first price hike in three years.

“I think it’s safe to assume that we will not increase any prices, whether it’s a season ticket or an individual ticket,” Bob Raymond, Ford Field’s vice president of business operations, told the Free Press. “We’re just not in position to do that with, one, the economy, and two, the way the team has performed.”

Wow. There’s actually someone in the Lions organization who gets it. Maybe Bob Raymond should be the new G.M.

SouthStndJunkie
12-26-2008, 07:37 PM
Found this at KFFL:

Key records and milestones that could be reached Sunday

1. Passing Yardage Record/5000 Yards Passing - Drew Brees needs 402 yards to pass Marino, and only 317 to break 5000 yards on the season. He can also tie the record for most 300 yard passing games in a season (10, Rich Gannon - 2002).

2. First 0-16 Team - Those lovable Lions head to Green Bay to try and prevent history. Or who am I kidding? They're probably already looking forward to clinching that defeated season.

3. Two RB's w/1000+ Yards Rushing, Same Team - Brandon Jacobs is there and Derrick Ward needs 52 yards. They'd only be the 4th RB duo to do it (72 Dolphins, 76 Steelers, 85 Browns).

4. Trio of 1000 Yard Receivers, Same Team - Steve Breaston needs 85 yards to join Fitzgerald and Boldin for 1000+ yards a piece. They'd only be the 5th trio to do that (80 Chargers, 89 Redskins, 95 Falcons, 04 Colts).

5. Fewest TD Passes Allowed, Season (16 Games) - Only 6 TD passes have been thrown against the Colts this season. The record is 9 (78 Broncos, 90 Steelers).

6. Fewest Punt Return Yards Allowed, Season (16 Games) - Falcons have only allowed 49 return yards all year. The record is 53 by the 91 Bills.

7. Most Sacks, Season - DeMarcus Ware needs 2.5 to tie Strahan at 22.5, or 3 to break it.

8. Fewest Sacks, Season (Team, 16 Games) - The Chiefs only have 9 sacks this season. The 81 Colts had 13.

9. Fewest Team Turnovers, Season - The Dolphins have only 12 and if they don't turn it over, they'll tie the 82 Chiefs for fewest ever. And that was a 9 game strike season. The record or a 16 game season is 14 (90 Giants).

10. Steelers Defense Goes For #1 - If they absolutely destroy Cleveland and get some help from other teams, they can finish the season as the only merger-era team to lead the league in scoring defense, total defense, passing defense and rushing defense. They are currently 1st in pass and total, and 2nd in the other two.

Other:

- Manning needs 93 yards to extend record to a 9th 4000 yard passing season

- LT needs 2 rushing TDs to get to 10 this year, and keep his streak of seasons with 10+ TD runs alive at 8. He would need 186 yards rushing to raise his streak of 1200 yard rushing seasons to 8.

- Forte, Slaton and Johnson can become first trio of rookie RB's to rush for 1200 yards

- If the Dolphins win, they'll tie the 98-99 Colts for biggest single-season win improvement (10 games)

- Rivers needs 2 TD passes to break Dan Fouts' franchise record for TD passes in a season (33)

watermock
12-26-2008, 07:44 PM
What's the record for replacing DC's over an 8 year period?

SouthStndJunkie
12-27-2008, 04:29 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3795154

Commish: '09 draftees won't face wage-scale overhaul

TonyR
12-27-2008, 05:35 PM
What's the record for replacing DC's over an 8 year period?

Good one. Made me laugh. It's ALWAYS the DC's fault! This year, of course, is no different...

SouthStndJunkie
12-28-2008, 09:14 AM
For the first time since 1979, Al Davis won't be in the owner's box watching his Oakland Raiders play an NFL game.

Davis is heeding advice from his doctors and not making the round-trip flight to Tampa, Fla., allowing swelling in his right knee and ankle to recover. Davis had a brief hospital stay earlier this month following a fall.

"The doctors told him it's probably not the best thing to spend 10 or 12 hours in the air," Raiders executive John Herrera said, according to the Contra Costa Times.

SouthStndJunkie
12-28-2008, 09:17 AM
REPORT: FAVRE DOESN’T LIKE PLAYING FOR MANGINI

Posted by Mike Florio on December 28, 2008, 12:11 p.m.

Apart from a nagging shoulder injury that has gotten worse over the past few weeks, a major factor that will influence whether quarterback Brett Favre will return to the Jets in 2009 is whether and to what extent he’s happy.

Per FOX’s Jay Glazer, Favre isn’t happy playing for coach Eric Mangini.

The problem? In Green Bay, Favre had his own set of rules. In New York, Favre is treated like everyone else.

He regularly is called to the “principal’s office” to answer questions about the basis for Favre’s in-game decisions. Also, Mangini has called Favre out in front of the team.

So if Favre plays next year, it apparently won’t be for the Jets.

baja
12-28-2008, 09:23 AM
Say what you want about Al but that's quite a record.

MechanicalBull
12-28-2008, 09:43 AM
I can see it happening. They have nothing to play for and Carolina will probably rest the starters.

Carolina needs the game to win the division so I don't think they will be resting anyone. If Carolina loses and Atlanta wins then the Panthers drop all the way down to the 5th spot and the Falcons get the 2nd seed and a first round bye.

Inkana7
12-28-2008, 12:49 PM
Brees is 62 yards from the record with 3:40 to go and Carolina ball.

SouthStndJunkie
12-28-2008, 10:08 PM
ROMO COLLAPSES IN THE SHOWER

Posted by Mike Florio on December 28, 2008, 11:08 p.m. EST

After the Cowboys’ season completed its collapse on the field in Philadelphia, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo reportedly collapsed in the showers.

The incident was alarming for the other players who were in the shower with Romo, and a stretcher was brought to the locker room before Romo was able to regain his composure.

Though the collapse is being attributed to a rib injury that Romo suffered during the 44-6 loss to the Eagles, Romo also missed a couple of days of practice due to an illness.

SouthStndJunkie
12-28-2008, 10:08 PM
PETERSON WINS RUSHING TITLE

Posted by Mike Florio on December 28, 2008, 11:37 p.m. EST

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson finished his second NFL season as the league’s leading rusher.

Peterson churned up 1,760 yards, 61 more than Michael Turner of the Falcons. Peterson averaged 4.8 yards per carry.

DeAngelo Williams of the Panthers finished third, with 1,515 yards.

Peterson’s performance could generate some MVP votes, but the favorite at this point seems to be Peyton Manning of the Colts, who recovered from a serious knee injury to lead his team to nine straight wins.

SouthStndJunkie
12-29-2008, 06:40 AM
MARINELLI OUT

Posted by Mike Florio on December 29, 2008, 9:06 a.m. EST

A day after completing the first 0-16 season in NFL history, Lions coach Rod Marinelli has gotten his parting gift.

Literally.

Jay Glazer of FOX and Adam Schefter of NFL Network report that the Lions have fired Marinelli.

Marinelli was 10-38 in three years on the job. When hired in 2006, Marinelli was touted highly by various voices in the media, even though he’d never previously been so much as interviewed for a head-coaching job.

Per Schefter, the Lions also fired the entire defensive staff and all offensive assistants except running backs coach Sam Gash and receivers coach Shawn Jefferson.

For the Lions, it’s a good start. And the team shouldn’t stop there. After the supreme embarrassment of an 0-16 season, everyone should be fired.

If we learned nothing else this year, it’s that a bad team can reverse its fortunes quickly.

SouthStndJunkie
12-29-2008, 06:41 AM
MANGINI OUT!

Posted by Mike Florio on December 29, 2008, 9:07 a.m. EST

A league source tells us that the Jets have fired coach Eric Mangini.

The move will be announced at a 10:00 a.m. EST press conference.

Wow.

(As of 9:15 a.m. EST, the termination of Mangini has been confirmed by ESPN 1050 in New York, Jay Glazer of FOX, and Adam Schefter of NFL Network. Per Glazer, owner Woody Johnson was “visibly upset and agitated” after Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins.)

And so it becomes clear that Mangini has taken the fall for a season of unfulfilled expectations after G.M. Mike Tannenbaum broke from the concept of building through the draft and rounded up a bunch of high-priced veterans.

At the press conference, it’ll be interesting to see what if anything Johnson says regarding his comments from March 2008, during which he declared that Mangini and Tannenbaum “absolutely” would be back in 2009.

“I really think it takes time to build,” Johnson said. “You can’t do it in one season.”

We’ll have more to say about this one after the press conference.

SouthStndJunkie
12-29-2008, 04:26 PM
The Oakland Raiders are in the process of requesting permission to speak with New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride about their vacant head coach position, according to a report from ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen.

As the Giants enter their bye week for the opening round of the playoffs, Gilbride is expected to take the opportunity to interview for the job. New York (12-4) is the NFC's top seed and has home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

However, Raiders sources tell Mortensen that interim head coach Tom Cable has a solid chance of retaining the post.

broncosteven
12-29-2008, 04:44 PM
MARINELLI OUT

Posted by Mike Florio on December 29, 2008, 9:06 a.m. EST

A day after completing the first 0-16 season in NFL history, Lions coach Rod Marinelli has gotten his parting gift.

Literally.

Jay Glazer of FOX and Adam Schefter of NFL Network report that the Lions have fired Marinelli.

Marinelli was 10-38 in three years on the job. When hired in 2006, Marinelli was touted highly by various voices in the media, even though he’d never previously been so much as interviewed for a head-coaching job.

Per Schefter, the Lions also fired the entire defensive staff and all offensive assistants except running backs coach Sam Gash and receivers coach Shawn Jefferson.

For the Lions, it’s a good start. And the team shouldn’t stop there. After the supreme embarrassment of an 0-16 season, everyone should be fired.

If we learned nothing else this year, it’s that a bad team can reverse its fortunes quickly.


We need to FireShanny and bring this guy and his 10-38 record in!

SouthStndJunkie
12-30-2008, 06:54 PM
MARTZ GONE

Posted by Mike Florio on December 30, 2008, 4:35 p.m.

The San Francisco 49ers have announced that offensive coordinator Mike Martz has been dismissed from the team.

“After an evaluation period I felt it was best to go in a different direction,” coach Mike Singletary regarding the decision to terminate Martz’s employment. “This was not an easy decision because I appreciate Mike Martz, and I enjoyed working with him. He is a true professional, and I wish him the best in the future. I do recognize the need for a long term solution on the offensive side of the ball.”

After Adam Schefter of NFL Network reported that Martz had been dumped, Martz told Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat that Martz was in his office, drinking coffee.

As one media source observed in the wake of the announcement that Martz had indeed been fired, “Martz might want to finish that coffee and get the hell out.”

baja
12-30-2008, 08:18 PM
Did I hear something about Shanahan might be out in Denver?

Broncoman13
12-30-2008, 08:50 PM
Larry Johnson has requested he be released or traded from the Kansas Shiity Chiefs.

Saw it on the bottom line, sorry no link... or interest in him. Just thought I'd point out that the Chiefs still suck!

SouthStndJunkie
12-31-2008, 01:42 PM
BROWNS LOOK AT SHANAHAN, SCHWARTZ

Posted by Michael David Smith on December 31, 2008, 3:40 p.m. EST

The Cleveland Browns are interested in hiring the newly available Mike Shanahan for their vacant head coaching search, and have also received permission to talk to Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

An unnamed source told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the team’s attitude toward contacting Shanahan is, “How can you not?”

A separate Plain Dealer report says the Browns have asked for and received permission to interview Schwartz, who worked as a scout for the Browns from 1993 to 1995, when Bill Belichick was head coach. Schwartz is also a candidate for the head coaching vacancy in Detroit. Under the rules for assistants on teams with playoff byes, Schwartz can interview this week and then will not be available for interviews until the Titans’ postseason is over.

Other candidates for the Browns job include former Jets coach Eric Mangini and Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

SouthStndJunkie
12-31-2008, 01:43 PM
That would suck donkey balls if Shanny was the head coach in Cleveland.

SouthStndJunkie
12-31-2008, 01:46 PM
I don't want Shanny coaching in Kansas City or Cleveland.

SouthStndJunkie
01-01-2009, 08:19 AM
BROWNS WANT ANSWER FROM PIOLI TODAY

Posted by Mike Florio on January 1, 2009, 10:34 a.m.

Browns owner Randy Lerner wants Patriots V.P. of player personnel Scott Pioli to take over Cleveland’s football operations.

And, according to the Boston Herald, Lerner wants an answer right now.

Well, not right now. But today.

Per the Herald, Lerner and Pioli met Wednesday in New York. Citing unnamed sources with the Browns organizations, the Herald reports that there’s a feeling that Pioli made “demands so high that perhaps he really doesn’t want to leave” New England.

The Browns reportedly made a “huge” financial offer. Again, however, “unnamed sources” say that “some of his demands were impossible for any team to meet.”

Though we routinely dabble in unnamed sources, we’re also sensitive to their potential agendas. In this case, if the unnamed sources are currently employed in any type of a football capacity by the Browns, the unnamed sources have a very keen interest in doing anything they can to avoid the arrival of a guy who’d come in and fire whoever needs to be fired.

And as to the notion of the Browns wanting to force the issue, one of our readers pointed out Wednesday that the Browns went down this same path ten years ago, when they wanted a quick answer from Brian Billick — and got Chris Palmer instead.

So just as Billick landed in Baltimore, the Browns could be pushing Pioli into the arms of the Chiefs.

SouthStndJunkie
01-01-2009, 08:20 AM
FAVRE CRITICIZED BY JETS’ MVP

Posted by Aaron Wilson on January 1, 2009, 11:15 a.m.

New York Jets star quarterback Brett Favre recently caught some not-so-friendly fire from Jets running back Thomas Jones, who sharply criticized the veteran signal caller and suggested that Favre should have been benched during a three-interception meltdown against the Miami Dolphins to close the season.

During an interview with New York radio station Hot 97 FM, Jones took some shots at Favre, breaking the silence from a normally supportive locker room.

“We’re a team and we win together . . . but at the same time, you can’t turn the ball over and expect to win,” Jones said, via Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News. “The other day, the three interceptions really hurt us. I mean, that’s just reality. If I were to sit here and say, ‘Oh, man, it’s okay,’ that’s not reality.

“The reality is, you throw interceptions, I’m [ticked] off, I don’t like it. You know what I’m saying? I don’t like it, I know everybody else on the team doesn’t like it. . . .

“If somebody is not playing well, they need to come out of the game. You’re jeopardizing the whole team because you’re having a bad day. To me, that’s not fair to everybody else. You’re not the only one on the team.”

Jones, who later accused Favre indirectly of “giving the game up,” became the first member of the organization to publicly criticize Favre. (Earlier this week, one teammate made critical comments about Favre without permitting the player’s name to be disclosed. For all we or anyone else knows, the player was Jones.)

It’s not known whether other players in the locker room share Jones’ feelings. But since the players voted Jones (and not Favre) the team’s MVP for 2008, anyone who previously had been on the fence might now feel the same way as Jones.

Obviously, it sets the stage for dysfunction next season, if Favre returns. But the wisdom (intentional or otherwise) of Jones’ words is that, if they spark an anti-Favre sentiment in the locker room, the prideful Lord Favre will surely not want to play for the team again in 2009.

HooptyHoops
01-01-2009, 08:42 AM
FAVRE CRITICIZED BY JETS’ MVP

Posted by Aaron Wilson on January 1, 2009, 11:15 a.m.

New York Jets star quarterback Brett Favre recently caught some not-so-friendly fire from Jets running back Thomas Jones, who sharply criticized the veteran signal caller and suggested that Favre should have been benched during a three-interception meltdown against the Miami Dolphins to close the season.

During an interview with New York radio station Hot 97 FM, Jones took some shots at Favre, breaking the silence from a normally supportive locker room.

“We’re a team and we win together . . . but at the same time, you can’t turn the ball over and expect to win,” Jones said, via Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News. “The other day, the three interceptions really hurt us. I mean, that’s just reality. If I were to sit here and say, ‘Oh, man, it’s okay,’ that’s not reality.

“The reality is, you throw interceptions, I’m [ticked] off, I don’t like it. You know what I’m saying? I don’t like it, I know everybody else on the team doesn’t like it. . . .

“If somebody is not playing well, they need to come out of the game. You’re jeopardizing the whole team because you’re having a bad day. To me, that’s not fair to everybody else. You’re not the only one on the team.”

Jones, who later accused Favre indirectly of “giving the game up,” became the first member of the organization to publicly criticize Favre. (Earlier this week, one teammate made critical comments about Favre without permitting the player’s name to be disclosed. For all we or anyone else knows, the player was Jones.)

It’s not known whether other players in the locker room share Jones’ feelings. But since the players voted Jones (and not Favre) the team’s MVP for 2008, anyone who previously had been on the fence might now feel the same way as Jones.

Obviously, it sets the stage for dysfunction next season, if Favre returns. But the wisdom (intentional or otherwise) of Jones’ words is that, if they spark an anti-Favre sentiment in the locker room, the prideful Lord Favre will surely not want to play for the team again in 2009.

Dang, Favre getting called out by a RB...I never thought I would see the day....:welcome:

MechanicalBull
01-01-2009, 09:50 AM
Here in NY guys like Kerry Rhodes and Jerrico Cotchery having been saying they don't mind if Favre comes back but they want him to participate in the offseason.

Rohirrim
01-01-2009, 09:58 AM
Damn! This is a fun thread. :thumbs:

SouthStndJunkie
01-02-2009, 08:06 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3806794

Dungy considers leaving NFL for good

bpc
01-02-2009, 08:11 PM
Dungy is about the only other head coach I would want over Shanahan right now.

Sassy
01-02-2009, 08:13 PM
Dungy is about the only other head coach I would want over Shanahan right now.

I'd take him...or Cowher ;D

baja
01-02-2009, 08:14 PM
Dungy is about the only other head coach I would want over Shanahan right now.

I'd like his GM

Orange_Beard
01-02-2009, 08:17 PM
Dungy is about the only other head coach I would want over Shanahan right now.

Wow, I just don't think that highly of Dungy. I believe if Manning were to leave Dungy's record would look an like Mikes record with out Elway.

Beantown Bronco
01-03-2009, 09:44 AM
Frankly, this is just embarrassing. Cities that can't sell out home playoff games should lose their teams.......period.

The NFL has given the Vikings one last chance to sell out the Metrodome for tomorrow's playoff game against Philadelphia. The Vikings have until 4:30 p.m. today to sell the remaining 3,100 tickets to avoid a television blackout in local markets. Meanwhile, the Cardinals have sold enough tickets to today's game against Atlanta for it to be televised in the Phoenix area. The NFL gave the team two 24-hour extensions, the last expiring yesterday afternoon. About 2,400 tickets remained yesterday morning.

SouthStndJunkie
01-03-2009, 10:23 AM
Frankly, this is just embarrassing. Cities that can't sell out home playoff games should lose their teams.......period.

The NFL has given the Vikings one last chance to sell out the Metrodome for tomorrow's playoff game against Philadelphia. The Vikings have until 4:30 p.m. today to sell the remaining 3,100 tickets to avoid a television blackout in local markets. Meanwhile, the Cardinals have sold enough tickets to today's game against Atlanta for it to be televised in the Phoenix area. The NFL gave the team two 24-hour extensions, the last expiring yesterday afternoon. About 2,400 tickets remained yesterday morning.

You may see this more and more if the economy continues to worsen.

People are bucking down and are realizing that they can save several hundred dollars and watch the game at home.

SouthStndJunkie
01-03-2009, 12:00 PM
Eric Mangini, fired on Monday by the New York Jets, is emerging as the favorite to become the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns, team and league sources said Saturday.

The Browns have continued their search process, interviewing other candidates, but sources say Mangini had a "compelling" interview and owner Randy Lerner is fascinated with him.

Inkana7
01-03-2009, 12:42 PM
The owner is "fascinated" with him?

If that doesn't sound overtly gay, I don't know what does.

TonyR
01-03-2009, 12:52 PM
The owner is "fascinated" with him?


Lerner is an idiot. Rich boy by way of falling into daddy's money. I've read many things that indicate he doesn't know what the hell he's doing.

Inkana7
01-03-2009, 12:53 PM
Oh, I'm aware, I live an hour and a half away from Cleveland. That just sounded strange to me.

SouthStndJunkie
01-04-2009, 09:35 AM
NEW YORK -- Mike Smith of the Atlanta Falcons has edged Tony Sparano of the Miami Dolphins by one vote Sunday for The Associated Press 2008 NFL Coach of the Year award.

Both coaches oversaw sensational turnarounds, leading their teams from last-place finishes in 2007 to playoff berths this year. Their achievements were reflected by the closeness of the balloting, with Smith getting 23½ votes and Sparano 22½ from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL.

SouthStndJunkie
01-04-2009, 10:35 AM
The Patriots have decided to ensure that quarterback Matt Cassel won't be an unrestricted free agent, as scheduled in March.

Sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen that the Patriots will use a franchise tag on Cassel that will give the team two options: Trade him if all goes well with Tom Brady's rehabilitation from a knee injury or keep him because all is not well with Brady.

Inkana7
01-04-2009, 10:39 AM
All is not well with Brady.

oubronco
01-04-2009, 11:26 AM
that would be paying alot of money to a backup Brady must not be doing well

Beantown Bronco
01-04-2009, 02:27 PM
If that's true, the Pats will have zero room to make any decent sized splashes in FA because of the lack of cap room. Their defense was old and bad this season.....they'll be even older and even worse next year. Not good in a division that is quickly improving around you.

SouthStndJunkie
01-05-2009, 10:52 AM
JAMES HARRISON WINS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Posted by Mike Florio on January 5, 2009, 1:34 p.m. EST

The Associated Press has announced the latest of its NFL postseason awards based on 50 votes, which apparently can be divided into a potentially infinite number of fractions.

Linebacker James Harrison of the Steelers is the 2008 defensive player of the year.

Harrison grabbed 22 of the 50 votes, nine more than Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware.

Ravens safety Ed Reed received eight votes, Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth got five, and Steelers safety Troy Polamalu finished with two.

Shut out was Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter, despite having more sacks than Harrison, and playing in a defense that had lost Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor.

(Man, we can’t wait to hear Porter bitch about this one.)

For Harrison, the award caps the remarkable ascension of a guy who was cut three times by the Steelers and once by the Ravens.

Harrison also is the reigning two-time Steelers MVP, and he received three votes for league MVP.

Rohirrim
01-05-2009, 11:12 AM
I can't wait to hear Porter respond to this. Ha!

oubronco
01-05-2009, 11:49 AM
Defensive coordinator Sanders among six coaches fired by Packers

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</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>The Green Bay Packers (http://www.nfl.com/teams/greenbaypackers/profile?team=GB) have cleaned house, releasing defensive coordinator Bob Sanders and five other assistant coaches.
Also let go Monday were: defensive ends coach Carl Hairston, defensive tackles coach Robert Nunn, secondary coach Kurt Schottenheimer, nickel package/cornerbacks coach Lionel Washington and strength and conditioning coordinator Rock Gullickson.
"These are difficult decisions," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said in a statement. "I hold each of these men in high regard on a personal level, and I want to thank them for their service to the Green Bay Packers."
Assistant head coach/linebackers Winston Moss and defensive quality control coach Joe Whitt Jr. were the only defensive coaches to keep their jobs.

oubronco
01-05-2009, 11:54 AM
Chargers | Tomlinson could miss rest of playoffs
Mon, 05 Jan 2009 08:16:17 -0800
Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports no one within the San Diego Chargers (http://www.kffl.com/team/31/nfl) organization truly expects RB LaDainian Tomlinson (http://www.kffl.com/player/1653/nfl) (groin) to play in the team's playoff game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers (http://www.kffl.com/team/30/nfl). However, the team will not place Tomlinson on Injured Reserve, in the hope that he still could play in the postseason. The likelihood, according to sources, is that Tomlinson's severely strained groin will keep him out the rest of the postseason and will require surgery.

oubronco
01-05-2009, 12:01 PM
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt confirmed Monday that Anquan Boldin's hamstring is strained.

Whiz admitted the injury was at least partially due to Boldin's two-week layoff before the Cards' Wild Card win. He strained the hamstring towards the end of a 71-yard touchdown Saturday and Boldin's status for the Divisional Round won't be known until late this week. Expect him to be a game-day decision.

SouthStndJunkie
01-05-2009, 06:56 PM
RUMORS FLY OF NOLAN TO PACKERS

Posted by Mike Florio on January 5, 2009, 8:53 p.m.

The best thing about the most obvious, superficial analyses of NFL coaching connections is that, sometimes they’re accurate.

We suggested last night that former 49ers coach Mike Nolan could be the next defensive coordinator in Green Bay, due to the fact that Packers coach Mike McCarty worked as Nolan’s offensive coordinator in 2005.

A league source tells us that Nolan curently is in the process of lining up a staff of assistants, and the thinking is that Nolan will be the next defensive coordinator of the Packers.

The Packers announced on Monday the termination of defensive coordinator Bob Sanders and four defensive assistants.

TonyR
01-05-2009, 07:20 PM
I guess if Bowlen wants Nolan (as a DC, not HC) he better move QUICK!

baja
01-05-2009, 09:05 PM
no time for a nap in the NFL

Man-Goblin
01-05-2009, 09:08 PM
RUMORS FLY OF NOLAN TO PACKERS

Posted by Mike Florio on January 5, 2009, 8:53 p.m.

The best thing about the most obvious, superficial analyses of NFL coaching connections is that, sometimes they’re accurate.

We suggested last night that former 49ers coach Mike Nolan could be the next defensive coordinator in Green Bay, due to the fact that Packers coach Mike McCarty worked as Nolan’s offensive coordinator in 2005.

A league source tells us that Nolan curently is in the process of lining up a staff of assistants, and the thinking is that Nolan will be the next defensive coordinator of the Packers.

The Packers announced on Monday the termination of defensive coordinator Bob Sanders and four defensive assistants.

Mike McCarty just can't make up his mind.

cabronco
01-05-2009, 09:18 PM
Wasn't LT riding the bench during last years playoffs too...poor fuggers, I mean chuggers. Actually it may be to their advantage, because Sproles has been playing really well, better than lt, imo.

SouthStndJunkie
01-06-2009, 12:38 PM
REPORT: VINCENT JACKSON ARRESTED FOR DUI

Posted by Mike Florio on January 6, 2009, 3:01 p.m. EST

We’ve been hearing rumblings all afternoon regarding rumors of Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson being arrested for suspicion of DUI.

Now, XTRA 1360 in San Diego is reporting, with confirmation from the authorties, that Jackson has indeed been arrested. (10News.com has a link, too.)

Jackson’s status for Sunday’s playoff game at Pittsburgh currently is unknown.

Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams do not have the authority to discipline players for alleged criminal conduct involving alcohol or substances of abuse. Instead, the league office has the exclusive ability to mete out punishment after the legal matter is resolved.

This hasn’t stopped teams from imposing discipline, however. During the 2008 season, the Steelers deactivated receiver Santonio Holmes for one game after he was cited for marijuana possession, and the Colts cut defensive tackle Ed Johnson after a similar offense.

With the Chargers likely to be without running back LaDainian Tomlinson (groin) for Sunday’s game, we’d be shocked if the team tries to take a stand on principle over this one — especially since doing so technically runs afoul of the league’s agreement with the union.

HooptyHoops
01-06-2009, 01:07 PM
RUMORS FLY OF NOLAN TO PACKERS

Posted by Mike Florio on January 5, 2009, 8:53 p.m.

The best thing about the most obvious, superficial analyses of NFL coaching connections is that, sometimes they’re accurate.

We suggested last night that former 49ers coach Mike Nolan could be the next defensive coordinator in Green Bay, due to the fact that Packers coach Mike McCarty worked as Nolan’s offensive coordinator in 2005.

A league source tells us that Nolan curently is in the process of lining up a staff of assistants, and the thinking is that Nolan will be the next defensive coordinator of the Packers.

The Packers announced on Monday the termination of defensive coordinator Bob Sanders and four defensive assistants.

That sucks...I want the rumors that say Nolan is going to be the Broncos DC!!

SouthStndJunkie
01-07-2009, 08:17 AM
NO SURGERY FOR PALMER

Posted by Josh Alper on January 7, 2009, 10:31 a.m.

Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer won’t need surgery to repair his injured elbow. Palmer had an MRI near the end of the season, and Benglas PR director Jack Brennan said that it revealed that the healing process had started on its own.

“We did get back those late exam results that (Palmer) had made reference to, and the word is that — as Marvin had stated he expected — the results continue to indicate No. 9 will heal without surgery in time for full 2009 offseason work,” said Brennan.

Palmer injured his elbow during a September 21st loss to the Giants and last played on October 5th against the Cowboys. He began throwing a football in early December and should be ready to go when training camp begins this summer.

SouthStndJunkie
01-07-2009, 02:14 PM
REPORT: MANGINI TO CLEVELAND BY END OF WEEK

Posted by Mike Florio on January 7, 2009, 3:44 p.m. EST

Michael Holley of WEEI.com reports that former Jets coach Eric Mangini will be named the next coach of the Cleveland Browns by the end of the week.

Holley made the report live on Wednesday’s edition of The Dale & Holley Show. The audio is available at the radio station’s web site (it’s in the January 7 opening segment), and the news is reiterated in a blurb on the front page of the site.

Meanwhile, indications are emerging that Mangini is pilfer as many members of his former staff in New York as he possibly can. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Mangini has spoken to at least to of his former assistant coaches with the Jets about joining him.

Per the New York Daily News (via the Plain Dealer), Mangini wants to hire Jets offensive line coach Bill Callahan to be the offensive coordinator in Cleveland.

That said, if Callahan or any other members of the Jets’ coaching staff without a head coach are under contract, the Jets can prevent them from leaving.

As a practical matter, teams with assistant coaches under contract but no head coach are waiting to see who the head coach will be before allowing the assistant coaches to scatter.

As a practical matter, calls are being made by guys like Mangini to guys who’ll possibly join them. It’s not presumptuous for Mangini to do it — it’s smart.

The development necessarily means that Pats V.P. of player personnel Scott Pioli is out of the running in Cleveland. It was widely believed that the G.M. job with the Browns was Pioli’s if he wanted. However, as Holley points out, Pioli and Mangini won’t be working together.

oubronco
01-07-2009, 04:17 PM
Cowboys | A. Jones released
Wed, 07 Jan 2009 15:25:31 -0800
The Dallas Cowboys (http://www.kffl.com/team/14/nfl) have announced they have released CB Adam Jones (http://www.kffl.com/player/11221/nfl).

Cowboys | A. Jones surprised he was released
Wed, 07 Jan 2009 15:55:41 -0800
Calvin Watkins, of The Dallas Morning News (http://www.kffl.com/link/248), reports former Dallas Cowboys (http://www.kffl.com/team/14/nfl) CB Adam Jones (http://www.kffl.com/player/11221/nfl) said he was surprised he was released by the Cowboys. "Surprised. Yeah, I was surprised. All I can do is keep working hard, keep my nose clean and hope for the best," Jones said.

oubronco
01-07-2009, 04:19 PM
Cowboys | Jones not inclined to take TO off roster
Wed, 07 Jan 2009 15:43:21 -0800
Ed Werder, of ESPN, reports Dallas Cowboys (http://www.kffl.com/team/14/nfl) owner/general manager Jerry Jones (http://www.kffl.com/player/19652/nfl) is not inclined to take WR Terrell Owens (http://www.kffl.com/player/1608/nfl) off the roster this offseason, though some of his internal advisors suggest he take him off to improve team chemistry. The Cowboys (http://www.kffl.com/team/14/nfl) owe Owens a $3 million bonus in June, which is likely the deadline for removing Owens.

SouthStndJunkie
01-07-2009, 04:29 PM
GIBBS FIRED BY SAINTS

Posted by Aaron Wilson on January 7, 2009, 6:50 p.m.

The New Orleans Saints fired defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs on Wednesday, jettisoning him from the coaching staff after finishing in the bottom third in total defense for two consecutive seasons under his leadership.

The Saints had the 11th-ranked defense during Gibbs’ first season in New Orleans. They fell to 27th in 2007, and showed little improvement in 2008, finishing 23rd in total defense.

In 2008, New Orleans allowed 339.5 yards of offense per game.

“This was a very difficult decision to make,” Saints coach Sean Payton said in a statement, per the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “Gary Gibbs is a fine man and football coach who has worked diligently during his tenure with the Saints. I thank him for the many contributions that he has made to this team and wish him continued success in his career.”

The Saints ranked 23rd in passing defense (221.7 average) and 17th in rushing defense (117.8 average) this season. They registered just 15 interceptions and 28 sacks.

Gibbs was part of Payton’s original staff, arriving from the Dallas Cowboys in 2006.

No immediate replacement for Gibbs was named or rumored.

SouthStndJunkie
01-09-2009, 04:32 PM
O’BRIEN JOINING MANGINI?

Posted by Mike Florio on January 9, 2009, 5:21 p.m. EST

A league source tells us that Broncos special teams coordinator Scott O’Brien is expected to join Eric Mangini’s coaching staff in Cleveland.

Per the source, O’Brien is informing others in the league of his imminent arrival.

O’Brien is not one of the six assistant coaches whom the Broncos will encourage the team’s next head coach to retain.

O’Brien began his NFL coaching career in Cleveland, working as special teams coach from 1991 through 1995. He went with the franchise to Baltimore, and stayed through 1998.

He spent the next six years in Carolina as the special teams coach, and then spent two seasons in Miami with Nick Saban as “coordinator of football operations/assistant to the head coach.”

Though his official duties might have included stocking Saban’s office with Little Debbie cakes, folks with the Dolphins at the time suspected that O’Brien also was Saban’s extra set of eyes and ears.

After Saban went to Alabama, O’Brien landed in Denver, where he has spent the last two seasons.

TonyR
01-10-2009, 07:38 AM
Interesting article from Wednesday's Dallas Morning News showing that the Broncos were the 3rd most injured team in the NFL this season. The only problem with using injuries as an excuse is that Baltimore and New England were only marginally less injured and they both won 11 games.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/columnists/rgosselin/stories/010709dnspogosselin.34d3911.html

There's also a commentary about this in PFT. Here's the key part:

And maybe that’s the key to dealing with injuries. Sure, a team needs to have capable backups. But a team also can’t afford to adopt a “woe is us” attitude when, for whatever reason, they experience more injuries to starters than other teams.

In our view, using injuries as an excuse for poor performance only leads to more poor performance. It reduces the accountability of everyone in the organization — from the G.M. to the coach to the assistants to the players.

Perhaps that’s why the Broncos tanked down the stretch. Yeah, they lost a flock of running backs to injury. But this was/is an offensive system that created a revolving door of 1,000-yard rushers over the past 14 years. Instead of listening to the announcers and the writers who were willing to write off the season as an aberration, every person in the organization should have accepted the situation as the ultimate challenge.

Do injuries affect a team’s overall performance? Yes. Maybe that’s because too many teams allow injuries to affect their performance, by using injuries as the safe harbor for missed assignments, errant throws, untimely fumbles, and dropped passes.

http://www.profootballtalk.com/2009/01/10/no-excuses-for-injuries/

Rohirrim
01-10-2009, 08:01 AM
O’BRIEN JOINING MANGINI?

Posted by Mike Florio on January 9, 2009, 5:21 p.m. EST

A league source tells us that Broncos special teams coordinator Scott O’Brien is expected to join Eric Mangini’s coaching staff in Cleveland.

Per the source, O’Brien is informing others in the league of his imminent arrival.

O’Brien is not one of the six assistant coaches whom the Broncos will encourage the team’s next head coach to retain.

O’Brien began his NFL coaching career in Cleveland, working as special teams coach from 1991 through 1995. He went with the franchise to Baltimore, and stayed through 1998.

He spent the next six years in Carolina as the special teams coach, and then spent two seasons in Miami with Nick Saban as “coordinator of football operations/assistant to the head coach.”

Though his official duties might have included stocking Saban’s office with Little Debbie cakes, folks with the Dolphins at the time suspected that O’Brien also was Saban’s extra set of eyes and ears.

After Saban went to Alabama, O’Brien landed in Denver, where he has spent the last two seasons.

It will be very interesting to me to see how O'Brien does in Cleveland. I always got the impression that Shanahan considered STs as something that barely registered on his radar, ergo, it's constant failure throughout Shanahan's reign. BTW, what ever happened to that Dominic Hixon guy?

SouthStndJunkie
01-10-2009, 01:52 PM
SEAHAWKS GET THEIR DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

Posted by Mike Florio on January 10, 2009, 4:37 p.m. EST

The Seattle Seahawks and new coach Jim Mora has a new defensive coordinator.

It is former Buccaneers linebackers coach Casey “Gus” Bradley.

The news first appeared on earlier this week at NFP; Adam Schefter of NFLN confirms it today.

John Marshall was the defensive coordinator in 2008. His status with the franchise for 2009 is unknown.

Bradley, 42, has spent only three years coaching at the NFL level. He was hired by the Bucs in 2006.

At the college level, Bradley coached at North Dakota State (his alma mater) and Fort Lewis College.

Bradley worked as defensive quality control coach in 2006, and became the linebackers coach after Joe Barry left to become the defensive coordinator of the Lions.

Barry recently has said that he’d “cherish” an opportunity to return to Tampa, notwithstanding the fact that the Bucs wouldn’t let him out of his contract in 2006 to join his father-in-law in Detroit.

SouthStndJunkie
01-12-2009, 12:31 PM
REPORT: BURRESS COULD RETURN TO GIANTS

Posted by Aaron Wilson on January 12, 2009, 2:30 p.m. EST

Despite trouble-prone wide receiver Plaxico Burress’ serious legal problems, the New York Giants aren’t slamming the door shut on his potential return next season.

Giants G.M. Jerry Reese told the New York Daily News following an upset loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday that Burress “absolutely” could return next season, and he acknowledged that the Giants weren’t the same without the big wideout on the field.

Burress remains under contract. His situation is complicated, though, by his impending March court date for gun charges after shooting himself in the leg in a nightclub along with his lengthy history of violating team rules and angering head coach Tom Coughlin.

Burress could also face punishment from the NFL league office for violating the Personal Conduct Policy.

Nonetheless, Reese isn’t crossing Burress off his list and plans to keep his options open. It’s worth noting that Reese took a similar open-minded stance with disgruntled tight end Jeremy Shockey prior to trading him to the New Orleans Saints even when Shockey was lobbying to be allowed to leave.

So maybe the goal here is to simply build some trade value for Burress.

“Obviously it’s hard to replace that,” Reese told the Daily News when asked about the impact to the passing game without Burress in the lineup. “The guy has a presence out there and when you lose that, teams play you differently. Your margin of error is way less when you don’t have a guy with that kind of presence out there. Your margin for errors goes way down so you have to capitalize on every opportunity you have.”

SouthStndJunkie
01-12-2009, 12:33 PM
In my opinion, the Giants really missed Burress....or the threat of Burress down the stretch.

SouthStndJunkie
01-12-2009, 12:42 PM
REX RYAN OUT IN FRONT FOR JETS

Posted by Aaron Wilson on January 12, 2009, 2:40 p.m. EST

Highly-regarded Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan has emerged as the new frontrunner for the New York Jets’ head coaching vacancy, a source told the Newark Star-Ledger.

According to the article, Ryan’s five-hour meeting with Jets owner Woody Johnson and G.M. Mike Tannenbaum on Sunday in Baltimore made a huge impression on the Jets’ top brass. So much so that the Jets are apparently willing to wait until after the Super Bowl if need be to potentially hire the son of fiery former NFL coach Buddy Ryan.

“Rex likes the owner,” the anonymous source with knowledge of the meeting said. “He was impressed that the owner flew down to meet with him. The Jets were very serious. I can tell you that Rex is leaning toward the Jets and the Jets are leaning toward Rex. In fact, the Jets told Rex that they’re prepared to wait until after the Super Bowl to hire him if they have to.”

Ryan also interviewed for the St. Louis Rams’ head-coach opening Sunday in Baltimore, and that meeting also went well enough that he’s a strong candidate there, too.

The article also notes that former Ravens coach Brian Billick is considered a longshot to even be interviewed by the Jets at this point.

Ryan runs a 3-4 and is the architect of the Ravens’ second-ranked defense, which has forced eight turnovers in two playoff games. The Jets wouldn’t have to change their current 3-4 defensive scheme dramatically if Ryan is their choice over New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who is a 4-3 proponent.

Spagnuolo has interviewed for the job along with Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, Jets assistant head coach Bill Callahan, Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, fired Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski, Arizona Cardinals assistant head coach Russ Grimm, and Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Ron Meeks.

baja
01-12-2009, 01:01 PM
Thanks Junkman for the thread and the constant updates.

Best thread on the mane right now

Course that's not very hard ;D

TonyR
01-12-2009, 01:30 PM
In my opinion, the Giants really missed Burress....or the threat of Burress down the stretch.

No doubt. His absence allowed teams (particularly Philly) to single the WR's and cheat the safties up for run support. His absence also exposed how mediocre Eli Manning is...

SouthStndJunkie
01-12-2009, 01:31 PM
Thanks Junkman for the thread and the constant updates.

Best thread on the mane right now

Course that's not very hard ;D

No problem....I enjoy keeping it up to date.

SouthStndJunkie
01-14-2009, 06:17 PM
Improving locker room chemistry will be the highest priority for the Dallas Cowboys this offseason and that will force serious discussions between Wade Phillips' coaching staff and owner Jerry Jones about whether to release controversial wide receiver Terrell Owens, according to team and league sources.

"I think we all know that chemistry is the problem with this team more than the schemes or anything else,'' a Cowboys source said. "Are we going to continue to allow talent to outweigh everything else in the decisions we make with players and putting the roster together? We're like the Redskins used to be when they signed every player they wanted. There's more to it than talent. It has to be more about the team.''

"The big one [Owens] didn't get discussed yet, but I'm sure it will and real hard.''

SouthStndJunkie
01-14-2009, 06:18 PM
BOLDIN PRACTICES

Posted by Mike Florio on January 14, 2009, 5:58 p.m.

Though the Arizona Cardinals didn’t exactly need receiver Anquan Boldin against the Panthers on Saturday, the Cards would probably prefer to get Boldin back for Sunday’s NFC title game.

Boldin took a step in that direction on Wednesday, by practicing with his team on a limited basis.

The star wideout pulled a hamstring while running 67 yards with a four-yard pass in the wild-card win over the Falcons. He did not play in the divison-round game at Carolina.

Also practicing on a limited basis on Wednesday were defensive end Travis LaBoy (ankle) and tight end Ben Patrick (knee).

No other names appeared on the team’s first injury report of the week.

SouthStndJunkie
01-14-2009, 06:20 PM
MANGINI’S STAFF TAKES SHAPE

Posted by Mike Florio on January 14, 2009, 7:49 p.m.

As expected, the Browns have announced that former Raiders defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will serve in that same role on head coach Eric Mangini’s staff.

Likewise, former Jets quarterbacks coach Brian Daboll becomes Mangini’s offensive coordinator.

Serving as assistant head coach/special teams coordinator will be former Patriots special teams coach Brad Seeley, who spent a full ten years in New England. (So much for Scott O’Brien.)

The four men — Mangini, Ryan, Daboll, and Seely — worked together with the Patriots from 2000 through 2003, winning two Super Bowls.

SouthStndJunkie
01-14-2009, 08:54 PM
SCHWARTZ STILL THE FAVORITE IN DETROIT

Posted by Mike Florio on January 14, 2009, 11:32 p.m. EST

As the Detroit Lions continue to search for the man who’ll try to avoid matching the Buccaneers 26-game string of multiseason futility, Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz continues to be the favorite to succeed Rod Marinelli.

Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com said Wednesday that Schwartz looks to be the choice of the franchise.

And the choice could be made soon.

“I think they’re in the final stages,” Kowalski said during a radio appearance. “Schwartz appears, at least to me, more ready to handle this thing.”

Schwartz and Dolphins defensive backs coach Todd Bowles have had two interviews each for the job. Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo have yet to be invited for a second sit-down, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The Free Press also reports that Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera was scheduled to be interviewed for the first time by Lions G.M. Martin Mayhew in Houston, where coaches and scouts are gathered to watch practices leading up to the annual East-West Shrine Game.

SouthStndJunkie
01-15-2009, 08:08 AM
WILLIAMS LANDS IN NEW ORLEANS

Posted by Mike Florio on January 15, 2009, 10:27 a.m.

The New Orleans Saints have a new defensive coordinator.

And he is former Jaguars, Redskins, and Titans defensive coordinator — and former Bills head coach — Gregg Williams.

“A lot has gone into this decision, and we targeted Gregg as the coach we’d like to hire after our first interview because he was so impressive and prepared,” coach Sean Payton said in a release, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “As an offensive coach, I have game-planned against his defenses in the past, and I know the problems they create. He’s an aggressive coach, but his units are always sound fundamentally. We have some pieces in place for him to work with, and I know he’s excited to get started.”

The Saints fired defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs last week, and they immediately focused on Williams, who was released by the Jags after a single season during which the team’s defense didn’t perform nearly as well as it had under former defensive coordinator Mike Smith, current head coach of the Falcons and 2008 AP coach of the year.

As of yesterday, we’d heard rumblings that Williams received an offer from the Packers and was shopping it back to the Saints. If true, the Saints apparently upped the ante.

The Saints had the top offense in the game during the 2008 season, based on average yards gained per game. But they were 23rd in total defense, and it’s widely believed that their inability to stop their opponents had a major role in a second straight season without a playoff game.

oubronco
01-15-2009, 08:36 AM
I always liked Williams and his style of Defense

SouthStndJunkie
01-15-2009, 12:48 PM
REPORT: SCHWARTZ TO COACH LIONS

Posted by Josh Alper on January 15, 2009, 3:31 p.m. EST

Chris Mortensen and Michael Smith of ESPN are reporting that Jim Schwartz and the Lions have agreed in principle to a deal that will make Schwartz the next head coach of the Lions. Per the ESPN duo, it will be a four year deal.

Schwartz’s hiring means that the Titans are looking for a new defensive coordinator. It won’t be former coordinator Gregg Williams. Williams, who had the job for four years before leaving to become head coach of the Bills in 2001, joined the New Orleans Saints staff earlier on Thursday.

Schwartz inherits the NFL’s first-ever 0-16 team which, by his own modest admission, has “some holes” on their roster. One of his first duties will be to find a starting quarterback, something the team’s been looking for, per Schwartz, since Bobby Layne was sent packing.

Those quotes are both from an entertaining Monday press conference that may have served as a trial balloon for how Schwartz would handle taking over a team mired in the muck. He did it with good humor, something that may be tested in the years to come.

BroncoBuff
01-15-2009, 01:50 PM
No doubt. His absence allowed teams (particularly Philly) to single the WR's and cheat the safties up for run support. His absence also exposed how mediocre Eli Manning is...Along these lines, Mark Schlereth did an excellent job tracking Hixon on one play in that game ... it was a Jacobs run to the right ... while meantime way back on the other side of scrimmage, Hixon hardly made an effort to block his man, the CB. Anyway the play developed, and Jacobs broke free ... until that same CB made a TD saving tackle at around the 20-yard line. Because Hixon didn't block him. What an eye-opener how WR blocking makes such a big deal. BTW, the G-Men were held to a FG on that drive, so Hixon's half-ass "block" away from the play might've cost them the game.

SouthStndJunkie
01-16-2009, 12:10 PM
CAPERS HITS PACKERS’ RADAR

Posted by Mike Florio on January 16, 2009, 12:46 p.m. EST

With Mike Nolan and Gregg Williams taking defensive coordinator positions with other teams after being identified as finalists for the same job in Green Bay, another name is being added to the Packers’ list.

According to Adam Schefter of NFL Network, Pats special assistant/secondary Dom Capers is interviewing for the defensive coordinator job on Mike McCarthy’s staff.

Capers, 58, has spent the last 23 years in the NFL, working as among other things the first head coach of both the Panthers and the Texans, and the defensive coordinator of the Steelers, Jaguars, and Dolphins.

Another former Steelers defensive coordinator, and two-time former head coach, remains in the running as well — Jim Haslett.

Then there’s Eagles secondary coach Sean McDermott. He still might get the job, if Philly loses on Sunday at Arizona.

SouthStndJunkie
01-16-2009, 05:35 PM
COWBOYS CAN DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

Posted by Mike Florio on January 16, 2009, 6:45 p.m.

So much for the Cowboys’ coaching staff being in place.

Despite a declaration from owner Jerry Jones that changes wouldn’t be made, the Cowboys previously fired special teams coordinator Bruce Read.

Now, a league source tells us that defensive coordinator Brian Stewart has been dumped.

Stewart had been in the job for two season, coming over to the Cowboys from the Chargers with head coach Wade Phillips.

UPDATE: The Cowboys have announced that Stewart has been dismissed.

TonyR
01-16-2009, 05:39 PM
According to Adam Schefter of NFL Network, Pats special assistant/secondary Dom Capers is interviewing for the defensive coordinator job on Mike McCarthy’s staff.
...

Then there’s Eagles secondary coach Sean McDermott. He still might get the job, if Philly loses on Sunday at Arizona.

So, do we root for Philly to win so we get a shot at McDermott later, or do we root for for Philly to lose so they hire McDermott leaving Capers for us?

TonyR
01-16-2009, 05:42 PM
COWBOYS CAN DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

Despite a declaration from owner Jerry Jones that changes wouldn’t be made...

How long before Phillips is sh*tcanned and the Shanahan rumors start?!?

SouthStndJunkie
01-17-2009, 11:18 AM
REPORT: SPAGS TO THE RAMS

Posted by Mike Florio on January 17, 2009, 1:54 p.m.

At a time when no one seems to know what the Rams will do by way of hiring a new head coach, Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch does.

Miklasz, a veteran of the Rams beat, says that Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is getting the job.

“Spagnuolo will be the new head coach of the St. Louis Rams,” Miklasz writes. “The Rams and Spagnuolo are currently negotiating the terms of his contract and indications are that we can expect the announcement of the hiring later today.”

There’s no equivocation in the report. Time will tell whether it’s accurate.

Paladin
01-17-2009, 11:21 AM
Glad he'll go to the Rams. The Mullets and the Faiders can hire some nitwit from the Ozarks..........

MechanicalBull
01-17-2009, 12:30 PM
Glad he'll go to the Rams. The Mullets and the Faiders can hire some nitwit from the Ozarks..........

I think the Raiders are going to keep Cable and I think that is a good move for them. They played hard for him including winning their last two games and even destroying us and our playoff hopes.

Jamarcus started looking like a decent QB under Cable as well.

SouthStndJunkie
01-17-2009, 08:18 PM
RAIDERS PROMOTE JOHN FASSEL

Posted by Aaron Wilson on January 17, 2009, 11:05 p.m. EST

Although Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis has yet to settle on a head coach, he’s staying busy assembling a coaching staff for the unnamed, er, boss in waiting.

Davis promoted John Fassel, the son of former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel, to special teams coordinator, the Sacramento Bee reports. John Fassel has worked for the Raiders for two seasons, splitting special-teams duties last season with Brian Schneider, who left this week to work in the same capacity at USC.

Fassel has had an easier time finding NFL employment lately than his father, as detailed recently by Pro Football Talk.

However, according to the Bee’s Raiders beat writer Jason Jones, the elder Fassel could be interviewed by Davis for the head coaching position soon. Fassel has previously expressed interest in the Raiders’ job.

Raiders senior executive John Herrera said Saturday that Davis is mulling over “talking to one or two more guys,” and will decide in the near future whether he’ll finalize those interviews.

The only three candidates that have met with Davis whose names have surfaced are interim coach Tom Cable, New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and Green Bay Packers assistant head coach Winston Moss.

Meanwhile, Oakland linebackers coach Don Martindale, who has reportedly drawn interest from the Denver Broncos and the Cleveland Browns, completed his interview with Davis about the Raiders’ defensive coordinator opening Saturday.

SouthStndJunkie
01-18-2009, 12:49 AM
HERM’S STAFF BEGINS TO SCATTER

Posted by Mike Florio on January 18, 2009, 12:17 a.m. EST

With Chiefs coach Herm Edwards continuing to slowly twist in the wind, three members of his staff have left for other jobs.

The most recently potentially former assistant is defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham. He’s scheduled to explore taking the same position in Detroit, where he would be reunited with former Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

Cunningham spent three seasons in Tennessee as the meat portion of the sandwich made up of two stints with the Chiefs. The first time around, Cunningham was promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach and then returned in 2004 as defensive coordinator during Dick Vermeil’s tenure.

Previously, secondary coach David Gibbs left for the Texans, and special teams coach Mike Priefer jumped to Denver.

If Edwards stays, the challenge will be to fill those spots with assistants who surely will fear that they might be out of work after only one season.

Meanwhile, we’ve heard that Edwards could land in Indianapolis as defensive coordinator if he’s fired by the Chiefs. Others think that he’d be happy to work as a position coach, primarily since he never has worked as a defensive coordinator.

SouthStndJunkie
01-18-2009, 09:24 PM
RYAN HEADING TO THE JETS

Posted by Mike Florio on January 18, 2009, 11:51 p.m. EST

Now that the Ravens are out of the playoffs, the Jets are free to offer defensive coordinator Rex Ryan the head-coaching job.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that the Jets will formally offer the position to Ryan, and that he plans to accept it.

A formal announcement is expected Monday, and a press conference likely will occur on Wednesday.

It remains to be seen whether offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer remains on staff. Several days ago, Adam Schefter of NFL Network suggested that, if Ryan gets the job, Schottenheimer will ask to be released from his contract.

SouthStndJunkie
01-19-2009, 12:27 PM
GIANTS PROMOTE SHERIDAN

Posted by Mike Florio on January 19, 2009, 2:12 p.m.

With Dom Capers telling the Giants “no thanks,” the team moved quickly to find an internal replacement for former defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

The Giants have promoted linebackers coach Bill Sheridan to the position.

“Bill is a very good football coach,” coach Tom Coughlin said in a release. “As a linebackers coach, you’re a central figure in the spoke, because you’re involved in the coordination of the front and the linebackers and then the back seven. He has done a good job of encompassing the entire defense and grasping the aggressive style.”

Sheridan has coached the team’s linebackers for four seasons. Coughlin also interviewed defensive backs coach Peter Guinta.

SouthStndJunkie
01-19-2009, 12:28 PM
GIANTS’ HESITATION CAUSED THEM TO LOSE CAPERS

Posted by Mike Florio on January 19, 2009, 12:15 p.m.

As Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported on Sunday night, former Pats assistant coach and two-time expansion team head coach Dom Capers has decided to join the Packers as their new defensive coordinator.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that the Giants, and possibly several other teams, were chasing Capers. Because the Giants hesitated to meet Capers’ salary demands, he opted to jump to the Packers instead.

Per Mort, Capers is still owed $2.6 million from the Fins for 2009. He’ll receive a “discounted” salary in his first season with the Packers, since any money he receives there will only reduce the $2.6 million owed to him by Miami.

Next year, Capers will make more than $2 million.

Mortensen reports that the Giants will now consider internal candidates to replace former defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, the new head coach of the Rams. But it’s still possible that outside candidates will be replaced.

Capers also might have drawn interest from the Ravens, Cowboys, Jets, and possibly the Chiefs.

SouthStndJunkie
01-19-2009, 07:46 PM
WARD HAS “SLIGHT” MCL SPRAIN

Posted by Mike Florio on January 19, 2009, 10:27 p.m. EST

The Ravens had been trying to get Steelers Hines Ward for the past few years.

They finally got him, though they envisioned something a bit more foreful.

Ward suffered a knee injury while being tackled in the first half of Sunday night’s AFC title game. He returned for a bit, but then left for the rest of the game.

Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Ward has a “slight” MCL sprain in his right knee.

If it truly is a slight sprain, Ward undoubtedly will play in Super Bowl XLIII. Until they’re sure that he’ll be available, it might be wise to teach rookie Limas Sweed how to, you know, catch a football.

SouthStndJunkie
01-20-2009, 10:12 PM
The Indianapolis Colts announced Tuesday that Ron Meeks, their defensive coordinator for the past seven years, has resigned.

The move sets up new coach Jim Caldwell to hire a top defensive assistant who could lead the team away from the Tampa 2 defense that Tony Dungy was known for and look to add some size to a team that's put a premium on speed on defense.

SouthStndJunkie
01-20-2009, 10:20 PM
PITTSBURGH -- Hines Ward needs extensive work to rehabilitate his sprained right knee for the Super Bowl, but Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin still expects the wide receiver to play.

"We're definitely not going to count him out," Tomlin said Tuesday. "We're going to save a seat on the bus for 86."

Ward, the Steelers' career receiving leader, sprained a medial collateral ligament while making a catch in the first quarter of the AFC Championship Game against Baltimore on Sunday night. If the Steelers played this week, he may not have been ready.

BroncoBuff
01-20-2009, 10:27 PM
Jim Fassel must be a jerk or hard to work with or something ... he deserves better than he's getting, plus he got canned in Baltimore mid-season by Billick ???

Killericon
01-20-2009, 10:36 PM
The Indianapolis Colts announced Tuesday that Ron Meeks, their defensive coordinator for the past seven years, has resigned.

The move sets up new coach Jim Caldwell to hire a top defensive assistant who could lead the team away from the Tampa 2 defense that Tony Dungy was known for and look to add some size to a team that's put a premium on speed on defense.

Hello Herm Edwards.

SouthStndJunkie
01-21-2009, 01:02 PM
CABLE LAYING CLAIMS TO RAIDERS JOB?

Posted by Mike Florio on January 21, 2009, 3:29 p.m. EST

As the only (for now) NFL head-coaching vacancy nears a full month in duration, there are signs that interim coach Tom Cable could be getting the job.

Adam Schefter of NFL Network reports that Cable is a “prime candidate” for the position, and possibly “the” prime candidate.

Cable’s contract has expired, but he’s nevertheless at the Senior Bowl, assisting in the scouting on the incoming draft class and interviewing potential assistant coaches.

Other candidates who have interviewed include Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and Packers assistant head coach/linebackers Winston Moss. There’s some suspicion, however, that both men primarily were being eyeballed as potential candidates for coordinator jobs, and that they were interviewed for the head-coaching position in order to prevent their current teams from blocking the sessions.

Falcons receivers coach Terry Robiskie also was mentioned as a possible candidate, but to date he hasn’t been interviewed.

Schefter also reports that former linebackers coach Don Martindale has joined the Broncos, and never was a candidate for the head-coaching position in Oakland, despite recent reports to the contrary.

We figured that Martindale was a lock for the job, based on the notion (as a reader recently articulated in the comments) that the primary trait for the head-coaching gig in Oakland is that no one has previously ever heard of the candidate.

SouthStndJunkie
01-21-2009, 01:03 PM
RAVENS HOPING FOR HOMETOWN DISCOUNT FROM LEWIS

Posted by Mike Florio on January 21, 2009, 1:37 p.m. EST

Our newest addition Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times sends word from the Ravens’ end-of-season press conference that owner Steve Bisciotti said that the team wants to keep linebacker Ray Lewis, and hopes that Lewis will give the team a hometown discount.

Lewis recently has been linked to the Cowboys as a potential destination in 2009.

Bisciotti also said he won’t get involved in the looming negotiations with the 13-year veteran, who will become a free agent for the first time in his career absent a new contract or the use of the franchise tag.

In the past, the Ravens have in some cases opted not to use the franchise tag, which restricts the movement of otherwise unrestricted free agents. Whether they’d use it on Lewis remains to be seen.

The Ravens also are facing the potential departure of linebackers Terrell Suggs and Bart Scott.

The team used the franchise tag on Suggs last year, and despite rumors of a side deal pursuant to which they won’t use it on him again, we’ve been told be a source with knowledge of the situation that no such promise has been made.

STBumpkin
01-21-2009, 02:00 PM
Jim Fassel must be a jerk or hard to work with or something ... he deserves better than he's getting, plus he got canned in Baltimore mid-season by Billick ???

I remember something about Jim Fassel telling Davis he wanted the HC job in Oakland earlier this season. He won't get hired because even Al Davis knows you have to be an idiot to GO LOOKING for the raiders job.

SouthStndJunkie
01-21-2009, 04:31 PM
RAIDERS TALKING TO AL SAUNDERS

Posted by Josh Alper on January 21, 2009, 6:09 p.m. EST

Former Rams offensive coordinator Al Saunders is set to interview with the Raiders. Although one can never say for sure what Al Davis is planning, it is believed that he’s being considered for the coordinator position and not the head coaching job.

Saunders and Davis have met before. In 2006, Saunders was a candidate for the head coaching job that eventually went to Art Shell.

“We anticipate giving him an interview within the next day or two,” Raiders senior executive John Herrera said Tuesday.

Saunders was an offensive assistant with the Chargers from 1983-86 and the team’s head coach from 1986-88. He was also a Chiefs assistant from 1989-98 and 2001-05. The Rams averaged a modest 287 yards per game in 2008, though that was still 15 more than the Raiders could muster. The Raiders scored two more points per game, however.

Lane Kiffin and Cable called the plays, not offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, in 2008. It remains to be seen who will do the playcalling next season if Cable retains the job.

UPDATE: As several readers pointed out, Knapp did call plays for a stretch after Kiffin was fired but Cable eventually relieved him of those duties.

Rocky Mountain Stampede
01-21-2009, 05:16 PM
Al Saunders would be an ideal fit for Al Davis.

SouthStndJunkie
01-21-2009, 07:38 PM
DAN MORGAN PLANNING A COMEBACK

Posted by Mike Florio on January 21, 2009, 7:50 p.m.

After sitting out all of the 2008 season and playing only four games in two years before that, linebacker Dan Morgan is eyeing a comeback.

Per a league source, Morgan intends to return to the New Orleans Saints.

Morgan, who turned 30 last month, was a first-round pick of the Panthers in 2001. He retired earlier this year after signing a free-agent contract with the Saints.

His career was plagued by concussions, but it was a lingering Achilles’ tendon injury that prompted him to call it quits.

“When we signed Dan, he was committed to making a fresh start, and he was making every effort to rehabilitate the leg injury that he suffered last year,” coach Sean Payton said when Morgan decided to retire in May. ”But it wasn’t responding as well as he had hoped it would. We wish him well in his continued recovery, and he will be remembered for the excellent player he was during his career.”

Presumably, Morgan remains on the Saints’ reserve-retired list. If the Saints were to release his rights, he would become a free agent.

SouthStndJunkie
01-23-2009, 11:49 AM
RUMORS FLY THAT LEBEAU IS READY TO RETIRE

Posted by Mike Florio on January 23, 2009, 11:39 a.m.

There are mounting rumblings in league circles that Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau could be retiring after next weekend’s Super Bowl.

We first caught wind of the talk on Thursday, and our initial snooping didn’t result in anyone telling us that it was a crazy suggestion — especially since LeBeau is 71. (I hope I look as good as LeBeau when I’m 71. Hell, I’m only 43 and I don’t look as good as LeBeau at 71.)

We opted to post the item because a reader advises that Tim Ryan and Pat Kirwan of Sirius NFL Radio were talking on-air about the rumors today.

LeBeau, whose NFL playing and coaching career spans half of a century, deserves serious consideration for the Hall of Fame if the Steelers win another Super Bowl on his watch.

And the strong possibility that Super Bowl XLIII could be the final game of a distinguished career might motivate one or more Steelers defenders to attempt to pummel Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner into retirement, too.

SouthStndJunkie
01-23-2009, 11:50 AM
LINEHAN TO THE LIONS

Posted by Mike Florio on January 23, 2009, 1:17 p.m.

Scott Linehan is returning to the general vicinity of his greatest professional exploits.

The NFC North.

According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Linehan will become the next offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions.

Five years ago, Linehan helped Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper put together one of the best regular seasons in league history, with a passer rating in excess of 110. But for an even better season from Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, Culpepper would have been the obvious choice for MVP.

Though Culpepper and Linehan are now reunited in Detroit, the reunion might not last for long. Culpepper is due to receive a $2.5 million roster bonus in March.

And as to anyone who might think that Culpepper’s stellar 2004 season had more to do with the presence of Randy Moss, we’ve got two responses.

First, Moss missed several games that year with a bad hamstring. And Culpepper was nevertheless solid his absence.

SouthStndJunkie
01-23-2009, 08:09 PM
KNOCKING DOWN THE LEBEAU RETIREMENT TALK

Posted by Mike Florio on January 23, 2009, 10:12 p.m. EST

We pointed out earlier today that there are rumors making the rounds that Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, 71, could retire after the Super Bowl.

A reader pointed out to us that LeBeau recently addressed his future in an interview with Sporting News. So we tapped into Editor-in-Chief Jeff D’Alessio’s recall, and he told us that the interview appeared in the December 22, 2008 issue.

(By the way, the December 22 issue was one of the best we’ve ever seen, including a fascinating tribute to 18 figures in the sports world who died in 2008, with narratives from prominent sports figure who knew them.)

The final question posed to LeBeau at page 71 is this: “How much longer will you coach?”

The response? “As long as someone wants me to coach. I still enjoy doing it. You have to enjoy what you’re doing, especially if you’re working past retirement.”

So when LeBeau is asked the inevitable question next week as to whether he’s planning to retire, we suspect that the answer will sound something like that.

Moreover, a source close to LeBeau tells us that the 50-year NFL playing and coaching veteran has shown no indication that he has any intention of retiring after the season ends.

SouthStndJunkie
01-25-2009, 02:55 PM
FISHER GIVES COLLINS REASSURANCE

Posted by Sheil Kapadia on January 25, 2009, 3:17 p.m. EST

Jeff Fisher has made it clear to Kerry Collins that he wants him back as the starter in 2009, but the Titans have not yet started negotiations with the free-agent quarterback, a team source tells ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

Earlier this month, Collins said he’d retire if he couldn’t find a starting job.

“I made my case known, that I’d like to be here and feel that I can be a part of several more good seasons,” Collins told The Tennessean. “I have several good years left in me, I know that. I will pack up and go somewhere else. I don’t want to, but that’s the reality of this business. . . . I am a starter in this league and if nothing materializes that way I will retire.’’

Another interesting note from Mortensen is that Tennessee is high on Chris Simms and wants to re-sign him. A report in the Chicago Sun Times says Simms could also draw interest from the Bears.

These moves would further cloud Vince Young’s future in Tennessee, if that’s possible.

For whatever it’s worth, a team source told Mortensen Young has promised to have a good attitude and work ethic this offseason.

Wes Mantooth
01-25-2009, 09:56 PM
http://www.profootballtalk.com/2009/01/25/jets-add-another-coach/

JETS ADD ANOTHER COACH (http://www.profootballtalk.com/2009/01/25/jets-add-another-coach/)

Posted by Josh Alper on January 25, 2009, 5:45 p.m. EST
Several former members of the Jets coaching staff have followed Eric Mangini to Cleveland, now a former Browns coach is making the opposite move. Adam Schefter is reporting (http://blogs.nfl.com/2009/01/25/fair-game-jets-lure-away-browns-rbs-coach/) that Anthony Lynn will join the Jets as running backs coach.
Lynn won two Super Bowls with the Broncos as a backup running back and then joined their staff in 2000. He went on to coach running backs for Jacksonville and Dallas before spending the last two seasons on the Browns staff. Bill Parcells, for whom Lynn worked in Dallas, wanted to hire him in Miami before the 2008 season, but Lynn signed an extension with the Browns instead.
If reports of Henry Ellard and Dennis Thurman joining the Jets staff are true (http://www.profootballtalk.com/2009/01/25/henry-ellard-joins-rex-ryans-staff/), Rex Ryan’s hired seven coaches since his introductory press conference on Wednesday.

SouthStndJunkie
01-26-2009, 02:04 PM
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens promoted Greg Mattison to defensive coordinator Monday, a move designed to maintain a sense of continuity on a unit that excelled under the departed Rex Ryan.

The 59-year-old Mattison was hired as Baltimore's linebackers coach last February. Although he has only one year of NFL experience, Mattison was defensive coordinator at Michigan, Notre Dame and Florida.

SouthStndJunkie
01-26-2009, 02:11 PM
PANTHERS NAME RON MEEKS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

Posted by Josh Alper on January 26, 2009, 4:53 p.m. EST

Ron Meeks didn’t have to wait long to find his next gig. The former Colts defensive coordinator, who resigned/jumped before he got pushed on January 20th, was named the new defensive coordinator for the Panthers on Monday.

“We are very pleased to add Ron to our coaching staff as defensive coordinator,” said Panthers head coach John Fox. “He is an outstanding teacher, who has enjoyed great success as a coordinator in the League and brings a strong background of coaching championship defenses.”

Meeks replaces Mike Trgovac, who turned down an offer to return to the Panthers and opted to take a job coaching the defensive line with the Packers. Meeks was the Colts’ defensive coordinator from 2002 until last week, and in that time his defenses finished in the top seven in points allowed in three of the last four seasons. In the other season the Colts won the Super Bowl.

As with every decision involving the Panthers defense this offseason, how the move affects their chances of keeping Julius Peppers will be discussed. Meeks’ defenses led to big sack numbers for defensive ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, but they came in a 4-3 scheme. Peppers has expressed his desire to play in a 3-4 next season.

SouthStndJunkie
01-26-2009, 08:17 PM
RICO WILL RETURN, TOO

Posted by Mike Florio on January 26, 2009, 11:02 p.m. EST

On Sunday, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported that veteran quarterback Kerry Collins will return as the starter for Titans in 2009.

But Collins’ return as the top man on the depth chart doesn’t mean that the backup, a top-five pick three years ago, will be traded or cut.

Adam Schefter of NFL Network reports that the Titans also intend to bring back Vince Young. Schefter’s report echoes comments made last month by owner Bud Adams.

Per Schefter, Young will return as the primary backup to Collins.

For his efforts, Young will receive a base salary of $2.16 million in 2009.

The following season, however, Young’s base salary skyrockets to $7.5 million. Even if there’s no salary cap in 2010, it’s a huge amount to pay to a guy who might not be playing.

And so it appears that 2010 will be Young’s “up-or-out” year with the Titans.

SouthStndJunkie
01-27-2009, 12:08 AM
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SouthStndJunkie
01-27-2009, 12:09 AM
What a douchekateer.

SouthStndJunkie
01-27-2009, 08:26 AM
WARNER TO TEST THE MARKET?

Posted by Sheil Kapadia on January 27, 2009, 9:21 a.m.

Pending free agent Kurt Warner may want to test the free-agent waters, his agent Mark Bartelstein tells The Chicago Tribune.

“Look, Kurt has had a great time (with Arizona). He loves the coaching staff and the guys on the team. He has built great connections with his teammates. So certainly I think he would love to get something done,” Bartelstein said. “My view with players is always that once you get to free agency, you have earned the right to find out about yourself. You would be silly not to have an open mind.”

Bartelstein addressed Chicago as a possible destination for Warner.

“The Bears obviously have to figure out which direction they want to go with the quarterback thing,” Bartelstein said. “It has, obviously, been a point of contention for quite a while. We have to wait and see what they decide they want to do.”

According to The Tribune, Warner and the Cardinals discussed a new deal over the summer and earlier this season, but the two sides weren’t able to come to an agreement.

Bartelstein said he has talked to the Bears about adding Warner in the past.

“We have talked about Kurt a couple of different times,” Bartelstein said. “They felt like they had drafted [ Rex Grossman, in 2003] and they wanted to give [him] every chance to be successful.

“I think teams are learning more and more that you can’t ever assume that something is going to happen. You can never assume that someone is going to develop. Your window in free agency and contracts and injuries … your window is so small now. So when you think you have a chance to win, you had better go try and do it.”

_Oro_
01-27-2009, 08:30 AM
WARNER TO TEST THE MARKET?

Posted by Sheil Kapadia on January 27, 2009, 9:21 a.m.

Pending free agent Kurt Warner may want to test the free-agent waters, his agent Mark Bartelstein tells The Chicago Tribune.

“Look, Kurt has had a great time (with Arizona). He loves the coaching staff and the guys on the team. He has built great connections with his teammates. So certainly I think he would love to get something done,” Bartelstein said. “My view with players is always that once you get to free agency, you have earned the right to find out about yourself. You would be silly not to have an open mind.”

Bartelstein addressed Chicago as a possible destination for Warner.

“The Bears obviously have to figure out which direction they want to go with the quarterback thing,” Bartelstein said. “It has, obviously, been a point of contention for quite a while. We have to wait and see what they decide they want to do.”

According to The Tribune, Warner and the Cardinals discussed a new deal over the summer and earlier this season, but the two sides weren’t able to come to an agreement.

Bartelstein said he has talked to the Bears about adding Warner in the past.

“We have talked about Kurt a couple of different times,” Bartelstein said. “They felt like they had drafted [ Rex Grossman, in 2003] and they wanted to give [him] every chance to be successful.

“I think teams are learning more and more that you can’t ever assume that something is going to happen. You can never assume that someone is going to develop. Your window in free agency and contracts and injuries … your window is so small now. So when you think you have a chance to win, you had better go try and do it.”

Nice that this comes out right before the Super Bowl. Is Bartelstein a Steeler's fan?

HooptyHoops
01-27-2009, 09:18 AM
Nice that this comes out right before the Super Bowl. Is Bartelstein a Steeler's fan?

yep, very interesting timing on this issue...

Beantown Bronco
01-27-2009, 09:30 AM
This is tame. There's nothing I wouldn't give for a report of Kurt Warner being seen doing lines off of a stripper's boobs or being arrested for soliciting a prostitute.

SouthStndJunkie
01-27-2009, 09:43 AM
This is tame. There's nothing I wouldn't give for a report of Kurt Warner being seen doing lines off of a stripper's boobs or being arrested for soliciting a prostitute.

Kurt is terrified of this woman....

HooptyHoops
01-27-2009, 09:55 AM
This is tame. There's nothing I wouldn't give for a report of Kurt Warner being seen doing lines off of a stripper's boobs or being arrested for soliciting a prostitute.

Are you serious? How can you not root for a guy like Kurt Warner? A good guy who wins at every level he's played at. This actually might be the first year that I root for a NFC team to win the SB...

Beantown Bronco
01-27-2009, 09:57 AM
Are you serious? How can you not root for a guy like Kurt Warner? A good guy who wins at every level he's played at. This actually might be the first year that I root for a NFC team to win the SB...

Nothing against him......I just think it would be the best possible news story of the week. Nothing else would hold a candle to it.

And "eff you" for not rooting for TB when they won it.

HooptyHoops
01-27-2009, 09:58 AM
Nothing against him......I just think it would be the best possible news story of the week. Nothing else would hold a candle to it.

I would agree with that...

Kaylore
01-27-2009, 10:20 AM
Nothing against him......I just think it would be the best possible news story of the week. Nothing else would hold a candle to it.

And "eff you" for not rooting for TB when they won it.

Oh man that was so awesome. Gruden was my hero.

SouthStndJunkie
01-27-2009, 11:22 AM
FLOYD REESE LANDS IN NEW ENGLAND

Posted by Mike Florio on January 27, 2009, 1:52 p.m. EST

Former Titans Floyd Reese spent plenty of time in late 2008 campaigning for vacant and not-so-vacant G.M. jobs.

As far as anyone can tell, he didn’t get a whiff.

But with Pats V.P. of player personnel Scott Pioli leaving New England to become the new General Manager of the Chiefs, Reese got the one job for which he didn’t publicly politick.

The Patriots have announced that Reese has been hired as a “senior football adviser.” He’ll work with new director of player personnel Nick Caserio.

“We consider ourselves fortunate to have the opportunity to add someone with Floyd Reese’s NFL experience and expertise to our staff,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft in a release. “Floyd will be a tremendous asset serving Coach Belichick in an advisory role.”

“Floyd and I go back a long way, practically to the beginning for both of us,” added coach Bill Belichick. “He has handled as much as one person can possibly handle in this league and to a certain extent, so has Nick. In Nick and Floyd, we have two outstanding men who each bring a wealth of knowledge and flexibility to this organization. I look forward to joining with both of them and working toward the common goal of our team’s improvement and success.”

Reese’s contract wasn’t renewed in Tennessee after the 2006 season, and he has since been working for ESPN. His effort to campaign for openings in Detroit and Kansas City were viewed in some circles as misguided but not inappropriate. However, when he began to muse publicly regarding the possibility of becoming the next G.M. of the Browns while Phil Savage still had the job, one league source opined to us that Reese had crossed the line.

SouthStndJunkie
01-27-2009, 03:03 PM
OBAMA PULLING FOR PITTSBURGH

Posted by Mike Florio on January 27, 2009, 5:09 p.m. EST

Maybe it’s never too early think ahead to the next election.

With Pennsylvania certain to be a so-called “battleground state” again in 2012, Barack Obama got a head start on currying favor with at least half of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by declaring his allegiance to the Steelers for Super Bowl XLIII.

At least that’s what Steelers owner Dan Rooney said earlier this week.

“He said it, and all his staff, they’re rooting for us,” Rooney told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (via Newsday).

It’s no surprise; Rooney supported Obama fervently and aggressively during the election, and Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill backed Arizona native son, John McCain.

Of course, there’s a chance that Obama’s figurative waving of a Terrible Towel could rile up the Cards.

“We know that everything is on the line and that [President] Obama actually wants Pittsburgh to win,” Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett said during Media Day. “That’s kind of crazy when the President wants another team to win, but again we’ve been against all odds this season and I’m pretty sure that [Coach Whisenhunt] will come up with a great game plan and we’ll be ready on Sunday.”

Though we’re officially neutral on this whole Super Bowl rooting thing, we’d kind of like to see the Cardinals pay a visit to the White House to give Obama a ceremonial jersey, with a side of humble pie.

SouthStndJunkie
01-27-2009, 08:29 PM
Last season's opener knocked Tom Brady out of football. He's hoping next season's launches his comeback.

Brady expects to be ready for the New England Patriots' first game of the 2009 season, a source told ESPN's Michael Smith on Monday. He suffered a season-ending knee injury in last season's first game and has had multiple procedures and battled infection since then. There was some question whether he would be ready for the opener.

SouthStndJunkie
01-27-2009, 08:54 PM
SIMEON RICE CALLS JON GRUDEN A “SCUMBAG”

Posted by Mike Florio on January 27, 2009, 8:58 p.m. EST

In a Tuesday interview with Sirius NFL Radio, former Buccaneers defensive end Simeon Rice told Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan of Movin’ The Chains that Rice believes former Bucs coach Jon Gruden is a “scumbag.”

“You get what you deserve,” Rice said. “That’s what Jon said. He got it now. Everybody gets what they deserve. . . .

“You look at what he did when Chris [Simms] damn near died on the field he wanted to release him right when he got injured. I get hurt, my shoulder’s torn off the bone. This dude releases me. You know what I mean? I’m your guy. The list goes on. Keenan McCardell, that situation was a debacle. Keyshawn Johnson, another situation [that] was a debacle. Joey Galloway, which was his man, was in the dog house all year because he got injured, broke his ankle or whatever. Brad Johnson, that situation was bad. Brings Jeff Garcia in here,
oh, he’s going to change things. I helped recruit him [and he] released me, kept Jeff and then put him in the dog house. Gets rid of Brian Greise, brings him, starts a controversy. It was chaotic. I’m giving you facts.”

And then Rice gave opinions.

“How I feel personally? I could tell you that, too. I think he’s a scumbag,” Rice said. “I think he’s a scumbag personally. That’s when he’s telling you one thing and… You know what he told me? ‘Simeon you’ll be here in the next five years.’ I got injured [and] this man’s never said one word to me. I won a Super Bowl for you. I got 13 sacks, 12, 15 every year for you. I balled. I got injured [and] you let me go like it was nothing.”

_Oro_
01-27-2009, 09:36 PM
SIMEON RICE CALLS JON GRUDEN A “SCUMBAG”

Posted by Mike Florio on January 27, 2009, 8:58 p.m. EST

“How I feel personally? I could tell you that, too. I think he’s a scumbag,” Rice said. “I think he’s a scumbag personally. That’s when he’s telling you one thing and… You know what he told me? ‘Simeon you’ll be here in the next five years.’ I got injured [and] this man’s never said one word to me. I won a Super Bowl for you. I got 13 sacks, 12, 15 every year for you. I balled. I got injured [and] you let me go like it was nothing.”

Yup and Simeon had no problem taking Bowlen's money knowing he wasn't going to do jack with his jacked up shoulder.

SouthStndJunkie
01-27-2009, 10:22 PM
Yup and Simeon had no problem taking Bowlen's money knowing he wasn't going to do jack with his jacked up shoulder.

Dude needs to shut his trap....he has not done anything relevant in the NFL since 2005.

Beantown Bronco
01-28-2009, 06:52 AM
Way to go, Hot 97. I guess I'd be pissy too if I had the same amount of sacks (3) as John Freakin' Engelberger over the last 3 seasons.

SouthStndJunkie
01-28-2009, 03:57 PM
The Oakland Raiders have decided on Tom Cable as their head coach for the 2009 season, a source close to another candidate for the Raiders' head coaching job has told ESPN's Michael Smith.

Killericon
01-28-2009, 04:05 PM
Has anyone heard anything about Jon Gruden? Is he just going to have to sit out the year?

broncosteven
01-28-2009, 07:36 PM
WARNER TO TEST THE MARKET?

Posted by Sheil Kapadia on January 27, 2009, 9:21 a.m.

Pending free agent Kurt Warner may want to test the free-agent waters, his agent Mark Bartelstein tells The Chicago Tribune.

“Look, Kurt has had a great time (with Arizona). He loves the coaching staff and the guys on the team. He has built great connections with his teammates. So certainly I think he would love to get something done,” Bartelstein said. “My view with players is always that once you get to free agency, you have earned the right to find out about yourself. You would be silly not to have an open mind.”

Bartelstein addressed Chicago as a possible destination for Warner.

“The Bears obviously have to figure out which direction they want to go with the quarterback thing,” Bartelstein said. “It has, obviously, been a point of contention for quite a while. We have to wait and see what they decide they want to do.”

According to The Tribune, Warner and the Cardinals discussed a new deal over the summer and earlier this season, but the two sides weren’t able to come to an agreement.

Bartelstein said he has talked to the Bears about adding Warner in the past.

“We have talked about Kurt a couple of different times,” Bartelstein said. “They felt like they had drafted [ Rex Grossman, in 2003] and they wanted to give [him] every chance to be successful.

“I think teams are learning more and more that you can’t ever assume that something is going to happen. You can never assume that someone is going to develop. Your window in free agency and contracts and injuries … your window is so small now. So when you think you have a chance to win, you had better go try and do it.”


He does not have a prayer to be successful in Chicago. In AZ he has 3 excellent Receivers. All duh bears have are a RB and an aging D.

Plus no way the McCaskets pay for a big time QB.

They should pay Orton and upgrade the WR's.

Tombstone RJ
01-28-2009, 07:43 PM
I gotta believe that grudens act gets old, esp. if your not winning

Tom A Hawk
01-29-2009, 05:51 AM
Has anyone heard anything about Jon Gruden? Is he just going to have to sit out the year?

nothing for sure. ESPN reports that Chucky states he will be back coaching and doesn't care if it is NFL, College or high school. I wonder if he is waiting for ND to can the head coach. He has stated before that being a dream job.
Sorry I don't have a link.

SouthStndJunkie
01-29-2009, 01:35 PM
WARD PRACTICES, FULLY

Posted by Mike Florio on January 29, 2009, 4:00 p.m. EST

So much for the sprained MCL.

After missing practice on Wednesday, Steelers receiver Hines Ward fully participated in practice on Thursday, despite a knee injury suffered 11 days ago against the Ravens.

Ward remains the only name on the Steelers’ injury report.

For the Cardinals, the following players practiced on a limited basis: running back J.J. Arrington (knee), punter Ben Graham (left groin), defensive end Travis LaBoy (biceps), and defensive end Antonio Smith (knee).

SouthStndJunkie
01-29-2009, 02:56 PM
TAMPA, Fla. -- Three weeks after being dismissed by Boston College for pursuing an NFL head coaching job, Jeff Jagodzinski was hired Thursday by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be their offensive coordinator.

SouthStndJunkie
01-30-2009, 12:36 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- Jimmy Raye has agreed to terms with the San Francisco 49ers to become the club's seventh offensive coordinator in seven seasons.

The 62-year-old Raye has been an offensive coordinator for six previous franchises, including the Oakland Raiders in 2004-05. He spent the last three seasons as the New York Jets' running backs coach.

Raye was the eighth candidate to interview with 49ers coach Mike Singletary, but he quickly got the job. Former St. Louis coach Scott Linehan turned down the position earlier this month.

SouthStndJunkie
01-30-2009, 04:32 PM
PARCELLS SAYS HE’S STAYING IN MIAMI

Posted by Aaron Wilson on January 30, 2009, 6:00 p.m. EST

Bill Parcells reiterated that he will remain with the Miami Dolphins for the 2009 season instead of exercising an escape clause in his contract during an appearance on ESPN.

The following comments are relayed through Miami Herald writer Armando Salguero.

“I’m going to be with Miami until I feel that the team is in position and Jeff [Ireland] and Tony [Sparano] have enough experience that they can handle it,” Parcells said during a spot where he also plugged the merits of Gatorade.

Parcells said that the Dolphins have a ton of work to do after being dispatched from the postseason in an AFC wild-card loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

“We got knocked out in the first round of the playoffs so we got to keep things in perspective,” Parcells said. “… We have a lot to do in Miami. We need a lot more guys. .. On Sundays, at the games, sometimes it’s hard. You have a trained eye and you know where the game is going, you know kind of what’s going to happen, but there is nothing you can do.

“So you sit there and understand you are in a support role for the head coach. And a support role for the general manager. And my job is to assist the general manager in the procurement of players that can help win on the field for the coach, Tony Sparano.”

SouthStndJunkie
01-31-2009, 08:57 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Bowl_XXXIII

It was 10 years ago to the day that Denver won Super Bowl 33.

SouthStndJunkie
01-31-2009, 09:27 AM
TITANS-BILLS TO PLAY IN HALL OF FAME GAME

Posted by Mike Florio on January 31, 2009, 12:00 p.m. EST

On the same weekend that a couple of former Bills players — and the only owner in franchise history — might be inducted into the Hall of Fame, more than 80 then-current Bills players will be playing the first football game of the 2009 season at nearby Fawcett Stadium.

According to the Tennesseean, the Titans and the Bills will square off in the Canton on August 9.

Former Bills receiver Andre Reed and former Bills defensive end Bruce Smith are among the 17 finalists for induction into the Hall of Fame.

Also a finalist is owner Ralph Wilson, who founded the original AFL franchise in the early 1960s.

The announcement is expected to be made today at a 2:30 p.m. EST press conference announcing the members of the 2009 class.

The press conference will stream live at NFL.com.

_Oro_
01-31-2009, 09:55 AM
WARD PRACTICES, FULLY

Posted by Mike Florio on January 29, 2009, 4:00 p.m. EST

So much for the sprained MCL.

After missing practice on Wednesday, Steelers receiver Hines Ward fully participated in practice on Thursday, despite a knee injury suffered 11 days ago against the Ravens.

Ward remains the only name on the Steelers’ injury report.



That's just annoying.

SouthStndJunkie
01-31-2009, 05:55 PM
Sources close to the National Football Post have informed us that the New York Giants and quarterback Eli Manning are very close to finalizing a new contract that will make him one of the highest paid players in the NFL, as well as the highest paid Giant. A few more details need to be ironed out and barring any last minute stumbling blocks, expect a formal announcement next week.

SouthStndJunkie
02-01-2009, 12:34 PM
REPORT: WARNER LOOKING FOR $9M PER YEAR

Posted by Sheil Kapadia on February 1, 2009, 3:27 p.m.

With Kurt Warner a little more than three hours away from starting his third Super Bowl, details about what he could be looking for in free agency continue to emerge.

According to NFL Network’s Adam Schefter, Warner wants a two-year deal worth about $9 million per year.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen also reported today that Warner wants two years.

Of course, as Aaron Wilson pointed out earlier, Warner hasn’t even decided whether he wants to play anywhere next season.

Meanwhile, rumors that Warner’s offensive coordinator Todd Haley is heading to Kansas City continue to swirl.

According to Mortensen, while Haley has not been allowed to interview with the Chiefs yet, he spent a significant time on the phone during the week trying to get a coaching staff in place.

Bronx33
02-01-2009, 12:36 PM
warner is high..

SouthStndJunkie
02-01-2009, 12:36 PM
warner is high..

Brenda is high.

_Oro_
02-01-2009, 02:01 PM
Please Warner go to KC!

SouthStndJunkie
02-02-2009, 10:37 AM
BOB HAYES’ SISTER ISN’T HIS SISTER?

Posted by Josh Alper on February 2, 2009, 1:01 p.m. EST

When the 2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame class was announced on Saturday, one of the most memorable moments was when a letter written by the late Bob Hayes was read by his sister. Hayes had written the letter in case he ever made it into Canton, and he thanked, literally, everyone in the world.

It was a nice moment, but now Hayes’ former business manager is coming forward and saying that the whole thing was a fraud. Ted McIntosh, who also went to Florida A&M with Hayes, spoke with Richie Whitt of the Dallas Observer.

“She’s a fake. A total perpetrator. She’s hoodwinked the Dallas Cowboys, the NFL, the Hall of Fame and the national media. But she isn’t a member of the Hayes family. And she’s about to be exposed … She isn’t related to Bob Hayes. She’s an impostor.”

According to McIntosh, Hester grew up a few blocks away from Hayes and only became close to him when he was dying in 2002. McIntosh claims she falsified a will that was designed to leave her with Hayes’ Super Bowl ring and Olympic gold medal.

McIntosh is godfather to Bob Hayes Jr., who he says is in rightful possession of those items. Hayes Jr., McIntosh argues, should be the one representing his father at the Hall of Fame induction and other associated ceremonies.

“When this is all said and done the family will press criminal charges,” he said. “She’s stolen from them, including that magic moment on Saturday.”

McIntosh said the he’s sent letters to the NFL, NFLPA, Hall of Fame and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones about Hester’s true identity. He also says that he spoke with Jean-Jacques Taylor of the Dallas Morning News, who has written columns about Hester and Hayes for several years.

“I called him and told him that this was not Bob Hayes’ sister,” he said. “I told him he should do some investigating of her background before he printed anything else. But he was like ‘Oh yeah, sure’ and blew me off. I tried to warn him.”

Whitt contacted Taylor, who was in Tampa for the Super Bowl, and the writer said, via email, that he’s never spoken to McIntosh.

SoDak Bronco
02-02-2009, 11:24 AM
When does NFL Free Agency start??

SouthStndJunkie
02-02-2009, 05:08 PM
DETROIT STATION RIPS MILLEN DURING SUPER BOWL PREGAME SHOW

Posted by Josh Alper on February 2, 2009, 7:35 p.m.

The NBC affiliate in Detroit didn’t see eye to eye with their corporate overlords when it came to the decision to hire Matt Millen as an analyst for the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl. The Detroit Free Press reports that WDIV expressed their disappointment via a ticker on the bottom of the screen while Millen was talking during Sunday’s pregame show.

“Matt Millen was president of the Lions for the worst eight-year run in the history of the NFL. Knowing his history with the team, is there a credibility issue as he now serves as an analyst for NBC Sports? …”

No word on a response from the big boys at NBC Sports at this point.


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SouthStndJunkie
02-02-2009, 05:11 PM
When does NFL Free Agency start??

February 27th is the start of free agency.

SouthStndJunkie
02-02-2009, 10:38 PM
Odds to win Super Bowl XLIV, courtesy of Bodoglife.com

New England Patriots 8/1

Dallas Cowboys 9/1

New York Giants 10/1

Pittsburgh Steelers 10/1

Indianapolis Colts 12/1

San Diego Chargers 12/1

Baltimore Ravens 14/1

Tennessee Titans 16/1

Carolina Panthers 18/1

Philadelphia Eagles 18/1

New Orleans Saints 20/1

Atlanta Falcons 25/1

Denver Broncos 25/1

Green Bay Packers 25/1

Jacksonville Jaguars 25/1

Minnesota Vikings 25/1

New York Jets 25/1

Arizona Cardinals 30/1

Chicago Bears 30/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30/1

Buffalo Bills 35/1

Houston Texans 35/1

Miami Dolphins 35/1

Washington Redskins 35/1

Seattle Seahawks 50/1

Cleveland Browns 55/1

Cincinnati Bengals 60/1

San Francisco 49ers 60/1

Oakland Raiders 75/1

St. Louis Rams 75/1

Detroit Lions 100/1

Kansas City Chiefs 100/1

SouthStndJunkie
02-04-2009, 08:52 AM
GONZALEZ STILL SEEKING TRADE

Posted by Sheil Kapadia on February 4, 2009, 9:07 a.m. EST

The Chiefs have brought in a new GM and are currently searching for a new coach.

But those moves apparently haven’t changed Tony Gonzalez’s feelings from last season, and the tight end still wants to be traded, per Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports.

“I love Kansas City. I really do. If I could stay there, I would. That’s why this is going to be a tough decision,” Gonzalez said. “We’ve been rebuilding. It hasn’t really seemed to go well. We won four [in 2007] and two this year. It’s getting tough. … I don’t want to make it seem to the fans in Kansas City and to my teammates that I’m abandoning them. I hope, I think, they’ll understand.”

Cole’s report also shed some light on the Chiefs’ coaching search.

According to the article, Kansas City is expected to interview Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz, Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and Chiefs offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, in addition to Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

Gonzalez said Kansas City’s decision on a coach — which he expects to come by Thursday — will have an impact on whether he wants to stay or go.

“I want to see who they name as head coach,” Gonzalez said. “Yeah, I hear they’re talking to Todd Haley, but then there’s this coach [Ferentz] from Iowa State, some [expletive] like that and I don’t want to deal with that. It seems like we’re rebuilding anyway, and I don’t want to do that. I don’t know that I want to do that any more than I already have been.”

Gonzalez also pointed to the team’s decision to deal Jared Allen last season.

“We traded away our best defensive player [Allen], by far. A game changer and you trade him away,” Gonzalez said. “That’s just too much, and that’s sending a message to the guys on the team.”

SouthStndJunkie
02-04-2009, 08:55 AM
“I want to see who they name as head coach,” Gonzalez said. “Yeah, I hear they’re talking to Todd Haley, but then there’s this coach [Ferentz] from Iowa State, some [expletive] like that and I don’t want to deal with that. It seems like we’re rebuilding anyway, and I don’t want to do that. I don’t know that I want to do that any more than I already have been.”

bwahaha

HooptyHoops
02-04-2009, 09:32 AM
“I want to see who they name as head coach,” Gonzalez said. “Yeah, I hear they’re talking to Todd Haley, but then there’s this coach [Ferentz] from Iowa State, some [expletive] like that and I don’t want to deal with that. It seems like we’re rebuilding anyway, and I don’t want to do that. I don’t know that I want to do that any more than I already have been.”

bwahaha

LOL...that is going to tick off a bunch of Hawkeye fans to think that Ferentz coaches IA State...makes me laugh!!

SouthStndJunkie
02-04-2009, 09:08 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3882566

Players don't want Pro Bowl to move

SouthStndJunkie
02-05-2009, 09:14 AM
T.J. WANTS TO BE AN EAGLE

Posted by Mike Florio on February 5, 2009, 10:34 a.m.

Bengals receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh is due to become a free agent in little more than three weeks.

And, if T.J. has his way, the equipment manager in Philly will be muttering “Newman!” when he realizes that he’ll have to come up with a way to fit all those letters on the back of a green jersey.

On Wednesday, Houshmandzadeh told Mike Missanelli of ESPN Radio 950 in Philadelphia that the veteran wideout would like to play for the Eagles.

“If they’ll be interested in me, I’ll be interested in them,” Houshmandzadeh said, via our own Sheil Kapadia of philly.com.

“I think [Donovan] McNabb is a fine quarterback,” Houshmandzadeh said. “He’s one of the best quarterbacks in the league, probably, I can’t even think of another quarterback that has performed throughout his career the way he has and would be put in a situation like he was put in in Baltimore, but he bounced back very well.”

Yeah, so well that McNabb might not even be the quarterback of the Eagles come September 2009, if as a growing number of league insiders suspect McNabb tries to force his way out of town.

Whether Houshmandzadeh gets a chance to test the market remains to be seen; the Bengals could use the franchise tag to keep him in place. (As Kapadia points out, Adam Schefter of NFLN reported in December that the Bengals won’t do it.)

The bigger question, in our view, is whether Houshmandzadeh needs a Chad Johnson across from him in order to be effective. If so, T.J. could be the next Alvin Harper and/or Peerless Price.

SouthStndJunkie
02-06-2009, 07:55 AM
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/02/06/SP0S15O96E.DTL&hw=lechler&sn=001&sc=1000

Lechler's Oakland days appear over

Lechler was punched in the face by teammate Terdell Sands during an argument on the team flight home from Denver on Nov. 23, according to five sources - two former assistant coaches, a front-office member, a team administrator and an AFC head coach from outside the organization.

Sands was neither suspended nor fined by the team, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation. Consider this all the more reason for Lechler to leave Oakland if he becomes an unrestricted free agent, two of those sources said on the condition of anonymity.

As it was, Lechler has complained openly about the climate of the past six losing seasons and declined to say he wanted to come back. Taking a haymaker from a 350-pound defensive tackle certainly did not help.

SouthStndJunkie
02-06-2009, 02:45 PM
PENDERGAST OUT IN ARIZONA

Posted by Mike Florio on February 6, 2009, 5:43 p.m. EST

On the same day that the Cardinals lost one of their coordinators involuntarily, they chose to sever ties with another one.

We’ve confirmed that the team has fired defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast.

We caught wind of the termination via a commenter, who posted that Mike Jurecki is reporting that Pendergast has been dumped.

So we looked into it, and we learned that, indeed, Pendergast is out.

The replacement isn’t known, but our guess is that the Cardinals made the move knowing full well the identify of his replacement.