|12-10-2005, 06:17 PM||#1|
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NFL report Sat 12/10/05
Don't get to happy. My work schedule has me busy on a daily basis. This is one of the few weekends I have been free to get on a enjoy the Mane. Like I stated before. I'll try to post when I can.
Anyway, heres the report.
The 14-point spread vs. the Broncos represents the most that the Ravens have been underdogs by since 2002.
Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks made it clear Friday that he was joking when he told the Associated Press a day earlier, "We move one more time, and I'm quitting." The remark was treated seriously by some media outlets, but Brooks said he made it in a sarcastic fashion
Baltimore running back Jamal Lewis is no longer on speaking terms with head coach Brian Billick. To talk to each other, they go through an intermediary in running backs coach Matt Simon. On the surface, the feud has to do with Lewisí workload this season. Lewis wants more carries, and Billick continues to sub in Chester Taylor. This hasnít made Lewis happy. But thereís more to it than just that. Lewis thinks the Ravens lied to him. He feels the team promised to negotiate a new deal for him and has failed to do so.
Itís rare that a first-round draft choice would be sent to the NFL Europe League but the Packers at least will consider sending No. 2 quarterback Aaron Rodgers, particularly if Brett Favre returns. "Thatís a question to be mulled over in the off-season," Bevell said. "Thereís pros and cons to doing it both ways. Iím sure he would be better off staying doing our stuff." Craig Nall, a fifth-round pick, benefited from playing in NFL Europe after his rookie season. "Guys taken in the first round develop playing in the NFL," Nall said. "You usually donít draft a guy in the first round for him to sit." When the Packers first began giving Favre off on Wednesdays, Nall said he and Rodgers split time with the No. 1 offense. Recently, Rodgers has been getting about 75% of the reps on Wednesdays. When Favre practices, his backups split time with the scout team.
The Ravens placed right tackle Orlando Brown on injured reserve, a move that might end the career of one of the most volatile players ever to put on a team uniform. Brown has missed the past three games with a back injury he sustained in a car accident. The injury was not believed to be serious at first, but spasms have kept Brown out of practice. "Unfortunately for Orlando, the accident he had started him on a cycle with the back spasms," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "It just compacted his lack of ability to train and rehab and stay up in conditioning the things that he's been fighting all year long with regards to the knee, the quad and that type of thing. "Hopefully his presence, him still being around, will still help us out." As for where this leaves Brown's career, Billick acknowledged the player would have to make some decisions at the end of the season.
Curtis Martin's troublesome right knee was hurting so much yesterday that it caused genuine concern within the Jets' organization that he might miss his first game in seven years. That's not all: If Martin can't play, there are strong indications that he might shut it down for the rest of the season, opting for surgery. It has been speculated for two weeks that the 32-year-old running back may need offseason surgery, but if he's in too much pain to face the Raiders, he might not wait.
Eagles Injured running back Brian Westbrook may not need surgery on the Lisfranc sprain of his right foot, a revelation that could save the team's most potent offensive player an additional 9-12 months of rehabilitation. Although highly unlikely with the Eagles (5-7) out of playoff contention and already decimated by injuries to key players, four of them Pro Bowlers in 2004, Reid even was hesitant to rule out the possibility of Westbrook returning this season. The team has yet to place him on the injured reserve list and continues to keep his spot open on the 53-man roster.
Rams president John Shaw won't comment, but indications are he's already begun the preliminary process of putting together a list of potential replacements for coach Mike Martz, who will move on as soon as the two sides settle on the final year of Martz's contract. Here, in no particular order, are some of the defensive coordinators being mentioned for prospective NFL head-coaching openings: Gregg Williams (Washington), Mike Zimmer (Dallas), Jerry Gray (Buffalo), Ron Rivera (Chicago), Jim Schwartz (Tennessee), Tim Lewis (NY Giants) and Donnie Henderson (NY Jets). Sticking with defense, another intriguing name is Mike Singletary, San Francisco's assistant head coach/linebackers. He isn't a coordinator, but Singletary is highly respected for his intelligence and motivational skills. And one NFL exec told me that Tennessee assistant Dave McGinnis warrants a second chance as an NFL head coach after being removed from Bill Bidwill's head-coaching carousel in Arizona after the 2003 season.
It appears more and more that Mike Martz will not get a chance to go down in a blaze like an old gunslinger. The longer you watch the behind-the-scenes machinations at Rams Park, the more you know that the Mike Martz era will soon end quietly over a conference table with lawyers and accountants negotiating the inevitable buyout.
The NFL fined Jaguars tight ends Kyle Brady and George Wrighster $5,000 each for their touchdown celebration last Sunday at Cleveland. Both players vowed to appeal the fines, which they said were excessive. The two were fined for an illegal-group celebration after Brady pretended to take a picture of Wrighster standing next to an image of Browns Hall of Fame tight end Ozzie Newsome in the end zone. The stunt, which drew a 15-yard penalty, happened after Wrighster caught a touchdown pass.
Fred Taylor's return means the Jaguars' backfield will be at full strength for Sunday's showdown with the unbeaten Indianapolis Colts. Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio confirmed Friday that Taylor will start against the Colts after sitting out the past two games because of a bruised right ankle and thigh.
Coach Dom Capers said Jerome Mathis will remain the Texans' punt returner this week, even after he muffed two catches last week. Mathis was replaced during the game against the Baltimore Ravens by Domanick Davis, who also muffed one catch. With the wind playing a factor last weekend, Capers said Mathis will get another opportunity at Tennessee. Davis will be available to help.
The Rams have allowed 50 plays of 20 yards or longer this season; only San Francisco's defense has allowed more big plays. ... The Rams have also given up 10 runs that went for at least a 20-yard gain, which is the third most in the NFL.
Just four teams in the NFL have allowed fewer passing yards than the Chargers over the past four games. And while the secondary has improved, there is another factor the Chargers said all along would make a difference. "I think with the pass rush putting pressure on the quarterback as good as they do we're just getting better and better each week," cornerback Quentin Jammer said. "The best pass defense is a good pass rush," free safety Bhawoh Jue said. The Chargers' 38 sacks rank third in the league and are nine more than they had all last season. They have 12 of those sacks over the past four games, a span in which the defense has allowed an average of just 180 passing yards.
Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander said on KJR that his contract negotiations haven't gone anywhere this season. This is consistent with what has been happening (or not happening) with his contract going all the way back to last year. His direct quote was, "You don't want to know" when asked about the status of contract talks.
Matt Millen has said he will resign if Ford doesn't want him anymore. But according to one of his friends, he isn't the kind of guy to resign if the fans don't want him anymore. "No, no," said Fox broadcaster Dick Stockton, who worked with Millen in the booth for nine years before Millen joined Detroit. "Unless I misread the situation, I think the more people carry signs, the more Matt Millen says, 'I'm seeing it through.' " Asked if the fans got to Millen, Stockton laughed so much he could hardly speak. "It doesn't mean a thing to Matt Millen," Stockton said. "I'm not saying he doesn't care. He cares about the fans. He wants the franchise to do well. But Matt Millen, he's not a shrinking violet. He's more determined than ever."
The Eagles have difficult decisions to make at a lot of positions, and offensive tackle certainly is one of them. Jon Runyan is a free agent, and left tackle Tra Thomas, who has three years remaining on his contract at an average of $4.55 million per season, just underwent back surgery. It's a safe bet that at least one of them will not return next season, and it's not out of the question that both will be gone.
Tank Williams is in the final year of his contract, and wonders if he is perhaps embarking upon his final four games as a Tennessee Titan. Williams saw the aforementioned players depart as free agents when the Titans wanted to go a different direction with their core group or couldnít afford to pay the money they could command. Just this past offseason, he saw Samari Rolle, Derrick Mason, Fred Miller and Kevin Carter shown the door as part of a salary cap housecleaning. Now Williams wonders if it is his turn, though he said it is not a subject he dwells on as the season winds down.
There have been no care packages sent this week, nor does Chad Johnson ever foresee future presents being sent to the Browns, the Bengals' opponent this Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. "No need for the Pepto," said Johnson, who leads the AFC with 71 receptions and 1,139 yards receiving. "The message was given last time. There's no need for that." Johnson's message, as it is every week, is that he can't be covered by defenses. Johnson generally lives up to his proclamations.
Texans safety Marcus Coleman, who will come off the bench against the Titans for the first time in his four seasons with the Texans, said he still wants to return for the final two years of his contract. "I want to be here," said the 10-year veteran, who is slated to make $1.785 million next season. "I can still play."
USC running back Reggie Bush,the Heisman Trophy winner, will attend the Jets game against the Raiders on Sunday at Giants Stadium, The Star-Ledger learned yesterday. Bush, a junior who is expected to enter the draft, won't be a guest of the Jets because that's against NCAA and NFL rules. He's in town for the Heisman ceremony along with teammate Matt Leinart and Texas quarterback Vince Young. Yesterday, Jets QB and former Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde said he voted for the star tailback. Bush, in a recent interview with The Star-Ledger, said he'd like to play for the Jets. He likes the national stage that New York provides and has heard good things about coach Herman Edwards.
Titans cornerback Pacman Jones wants to turn his attention to football. Nightclub manager Robert Gaddy doesn't want to stand in his way. The district attorney's office, however, isn't willing to let the two off that easy. The criminal case between Jones and Gaddy yesterday was continued to a later date. The district attorney's office asked Judge Bill Higgins for the hearing to be rescheduled despite the fact Gaddy failed to show up in court. The case was reset for March 6.
The Saints' players and Coach Jim Haslett were disappointed to hear that NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue is expecting them to play another split home schedule next season between Louisiana and San Antonio. The Saints were available to the media Thursday for the first time since Tagliabue's visit to New Orleans and press conference Monday. "I don't think anybody wants a split schedule," guard Kendyl Jacox said. "We're tired of traveling for home games. I don't think it's fair to us. They say they're going to take care of us. Is that how you do it? No. It's all about money. Period, point blank. And I want them to stop lying and saying that it's not."
Fox Sports Radio's Chris Landry in the Chicago Tribune was asked... How many coaching openings do you see this year? Detroit, Houston, St. Louis and Oakland for sure. Possibly Minnesota, Green Bay and Buffalo and an outside shot of Kansas City, Baltimore and New Orleans
Fox Sports Radio's Chris Landry in the Chicago Tribune was asked... What other NFL assistants have a shot at a head NFL job this season? Tim Lewis, defensive coordinator of the Giants, Cam Cameron of the Chargers, Brad Childress of the Eagles, Gregg Williams of the Redskins, Russ Grimm of the Steelers, Al Saunders of the Chiefs, Jerry Gray of the Bills and Gary Kubiak of the Broncos.
Jets officials had been hoping to see Jay Fiedler perform down the stretch so they could make an informed decision about how he might fit into their plans for 2006. They already are exploring options to acquire a veteran to compete with Pennington next summer, but they won't know for several months whether Fiedler will be a viable option. With Fiedler due to count $6.5 million on the '06 cap, his future with the team is in doubt.
The Ravens placed LB Ray Lewis on injured reserve and signed third-string quarterback Brian St. Pierre from the practice squad. According to Billick, initial reports indicate Lewis will need two to three months to recover from hamstring surgery, which would make him available for offseason workouts. "It looks very promising in that regard," Billick said.
Citing the need to get more production at free safety, the Falcons demoted two-year starter Bryan Scott and replaced him with veteran Ronnie Heard, coach Jim Mora said Thursday. The move comes with four games remaining and the team's playoff hopes in the balance.
|12-10-2005, 11:03 PM||#6|
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|12-10-2005, 11:54 PM||#9|
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Speculation to be sure, but I might be a better QB than Jay Fiedler...and I don't play football.
|12-11-2005, 03:29 AM||#10|
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My heart absolutely breaks about Billick and Jamal Lewis...
Seemed like a good marriage at the time...like Joe DiMaggio and marylyn Monroe...
We lose this game I will go ballistic...