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Don't assume Haynesworth, Redskins will go on smoothly

Posted July 28, 2010 @ 2:18 p.m.
It has been my experience that it's not easy for some people to forget. Women, teachers and parents especially. But we might throw football players — and coaches, for that matter — into that pool. Albert Haynesworth says he is ready to play nice now and that he's excited to be a Redskin now. Start the celebration, D.C. It's clearly a positive development for the Redskins that their one-time defensive centerpiece and the ...

Bills get a little scrappy at practice

Posted July 30, 2010 @ 3:15 p.m.
Training camp brings out the ornery in players. It's hot and guys are fighting for jobs. Even established starters get into it with each other because they get caught up in the competitive nature of camp after having some downtime. Well, that's exactly what happened today at Bills camp. OLB Aaron Maybin, coming off a disappointing rookie season, got into it with fellow second-year player, OG Andy Levitre, and then Maybin and C ...

NFL teams have differing views on nostalgia in camp

Posted July 30, 2010 @ 3:48 p.m.
The Patriots have taken down pictures and reminders of the franchise's Super Bowl glory days in the team's facility — a Bill Belichick mandate. The Rams last year did similar things with artifacts from the "Greatest Show On Turf" days of yore, ordered by head coach Steve Spagnuolo, who went on to go 1-15 in his first season with the team. But the Bears, interestingly enough, are invoking a chant of old — they are ...

Jaguars owner Weaver admits to having 'exit strategy' for team

Posted Aug. 01, 2010 @ 3:54 p.m.
In this wide-ranging and revealing interview with Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver, Florida Times-Union writers Tania Ganguli and Vito Stellino (also a very fine correspondent for PFW, I might add) discuss a variety of topics with most centering on the team's unsteady future in Jacksonville. The Jaguars are the team perhaps most often mentioned for relocation (perhaps to Los Angeles), and their financial situation has been a tough one to bear. Jacksonville hasn't embraced ...

Suh contract reports are not as scary as it seems

Posted Aug. 01, 2010 @ 4:22 p.m.
Excited Lions fresh off a very encouraging offseason fans woke up to a potentially ugly story yesterday. A day after head coach Jim Schwartz didn't seem too concerned about getting No. 2 overall pick DT Ndamukong Suh into camp too far down the road, reports surfeced that Suh and his agents might be asking for more money than … drumroll … No. 1 pick Sam Bradford. That would be $50 million guaranteed, for those of you ...

What I'll be looking for at Colts camp

Posted Aug. 01, 2010 @ 5:25 p.m.
I am set to leave in a few hours for pastoral Anderson, Ind. (which I hear is nice this time of year) to attend the first official day of Colts camp tomorrow. Anderson was the team's former training-camp location before moving to Terre Haute. The team made the switch back this year, the first time they have been back here since 1998. The only Colts player still on the team from that camp? Yep ...

Early Colts practice observations

Posted Aug. 02, 2010 @ 12:20 p.m.
ANDERSON, Ind. — Hola from sunny and toasty Anderson University, where the Colts just got finished up with their morning practice session. The players were in helmets and shorts, doing special-teams work, individual drills, 7-on-7 stuff and then, finally, 11-on-11s to finish off the first practice. The tempo was fast, and the practice was relatively clean. The Colts are in remarkably good shape, health-wise, and they welcomed potential holdout candidates Reggie Wayne and Robert Mathis with ...

Confused on Favre? You're not the only one

Posted Aug. 03, 2010 @ 3:24 p.m.
News broke around 9:30 this morning, Minnesota time, that Brett Favre was starting to tell people he would not be back for a 20th season. At that moment, the Vikings were 30 minutes deep into their morning practice. Word apparently started spreading through the crowd in Mankato, creating a buzz during an otherwise vanilla practice session. As for the players, including the ones Favre reportedly was texting about his intentions, they appeared to be ...

First two games can spell glory or gloom in NFL

Posted Aug. 04, 2010 @ 5:48 p.m.
The Browns starting 2-0? The Giants opening at 0-2? If the schedule is an indication, it could happen. History says two things, though not hard and fast, are likely to happen: Teams that start out 2-0 tend to make the playoffs far more often, and 0-2 teams tend to miss the playoffs with much greater frequency. Now consider this: The matrix that I have learned to lean on more in recent years when it comes ...

Observations from Chargers camp

Posted Aug. 06, 2010 @ 2:33 p.m.
SAN DIEGO — God must have created this part of the country as a cruel joke to the rest of us ... this time of the year, or pretty much any. The weather is near-perfect, high 60s and low 70s with abundant sun, though the locals tend to say something like "another nice day" when asked about it. I rolled into town last night and took in training-camp practice this morning at the team's facility, although ...

The Edholm training camp tour rolls on to Rams, Bears camps

Posted Aug. 09, 2010 @ 4:04 p.m.
I am not driving (or being driven) in a cool mega-bus with stickers on it. Nor will I be inviting players and coaches into the cab of my vehicle or asking them to sign the outside of it. But that won’t stop me — and my trusty ’99 Nissan Maxima — from hitting up another few camps: Rams on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, and Bears on Wednesday afternoon. Honk if you see a Lakeshore Blue ...

News for Jets getting worse on Revis

Posted Aug. 09, 2010 @ 6:02 p.m.
People keep asking me why I am so down on the Jets and have been for most of the offseason. Well, there are a lot of things that concern me with this team. And here's another whopper of an issue: Darrelle Revis' contract. it seems that Revis' crack team of representation isn't budging and the Jets are fearing the worst in this situation. I hate to admit it, but Revis probably would be ...

Bradford takes center stage at Rams camp, but others are in focus too

Posted Aug. 10, 2010 @ 6:19 p.m.
(NOTE: Updated with Fendi Odobun as sixth-round pick, not an undrafted rookie.) ST. LOUIS — I opened my car door after driving down from Chicago this morning and my sunglasses instantly fogged up. And as if that didn't worry me about the heat, then there was this: three bolts of lightning from the suddenly ominous sky. That was enough for Steve Spagnuolo, who started practice outside but had to bring the troops indoors. "We had ...

Some Bears observations from Wednesday's practice

Posted Aug. 12, 2010 @ 11:28 a.m.
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — After the roughly 265-mile drive following Rams practice in the morning, I stepped out of my car yesterday afternoon and headed straight to Bears practice. I got there a few minutes early, with enough time along the way to get gas, grab a bite to eat and pull over on the side of the road to do a phone interview with Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins. Good guy, by the way. Didn't think ...

Cup of Coffee: Bizarre, abrupt retirement leaves 49ers in lurch

Posted Aug. 13, 2010 @ 6:43 p.m.
It's not like the 49ers are exactly reeling from this, but the sudden and unexpected retirement of second-year RB Glen Coffee is a stunner to be sure. It has been a tough week, especially for the scouting staff. Former first-round pick Kentwan Balmer is acting like he wants no part of football, either, having sat out the past five days of practice. This is what I would do if I didn't want to ...

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