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If Stafon Johnson didn't have bad luck, he'd have no luck at all

Posted Aug. 15, 2010 @ 2:14 p.m.
Poor Stafon Johnson. If you remember back to last season, Johnson was the USC running back who nearly lost his life in a freak weightlifting accident in which his windpipe was crushed, requiring emergency surgery. He made it back, playing in the Senior Bowl, and all he talked about that week was how blessed he was to get a chance at his dream: playing in the NFL. That chance came last night with the Titans ...

Tebow has some nice moments in debut

Posted Aug. 15, 2010 @ 11:24 p.m.
Keep in mind this was third-stringers vs. third-stringers. But it was hard not to be semi-impressed by Tim Tebow's debut in garbage time in the Broncos' 33-24 preseason loss to the Bengals. Tebow finished the night 8-of-13 passing for 105 yards and rushed for a seven-yard score as time ran out in the game. Those stats don't reflect two clear drops, including a long pass that was on the mark and a would-be ...

Dungy wouldn't hire Rex, or his salty language

Posted Aug. 17, 2010 @ 12:03 p.m.
Tony Dungy is one of the most likeable coaches of the past decade, maybe longer. Rex Ryan is one of the most colorful coaches in the NFL, sort of a bizarro Jerry Glanville trapped in Bill Parcells' late-'90s body. But don't expect these two men to ever work together. Dungy said on the Dan Patrick Show that he would not hire Ryan for his staff if he ever was putting one together. Right ...

Favre's timetable will be sped up this time around

Posted Aug. 18, 2010 @ 4:11 p.m.
One of the items I alluded to in a Spin I wrote with the anticipation that Brett Favre would be back was that he'll have to get ready to go right away. Last season, the Vikings had the luxury of keeping things relatively simple as he learned the Vikings' personnel, assimilated with the offense and got into playing shape. That's because the first two games were against the Browns and Lions, who went ...

Don't worry about the Colts, who still might be Super

Posted Aug. 20, 2010 @ 11:45 a.m.
The Colts turned in, by most accounts, a rather uninspiring game in losing to the Bills. There were missed tackles, penalties, an interception run back for a touchdown, and three fumbles lost. Yuck. But please, please don't veer towards this Super Bowl hangover business. I saw the Colts on the first day of training camp and though they looked like they were in mid-camp, even early-season form. By the reports I have heard, this ...

Andrews find himself in interesting situation with Giants

Posted Aug. 20, 2010 @ 1:04 p.m.
I once called Shawn Andrews' cell phone a few years back to receive this voicemail greeting: "The Big Kid isn't here right now." He isn't kidding. Andrews always has been big, sometimes too big. But there was no denying his talent when he came out of Arkansas as one of the premiere OL talents in the 200X draft. He was a tackle in college and figured to be one in the pros, but ...

Bears-Raiders observations from Saturday night

Posted Aug. 22, 2010 @ 11:55 a.m.
CHICAGO — I was one of about two dozen media members whose Internet wasn't cooperating last night in the press box, so my observations from last night's Bears-Raiders game had to be tabled to today. Truth be told, it was a pretty ugly game, and I half-considered not to write anything at all (you know what moms say about that), but even admit the ugliness there were some bright spots. I focused more on ...

Rhabdo-what? That thing that Haynesworth might or might not have

Posted Aug. 23, 2010 @ 6:55 p.m.
I consulted with a trusted and respected physician (my girlfriend) today about rhabdomyolysis, which has been reported as Albert Haynesworth's problem (insert joke of choice here), and it turns out it's a little more serious a condition than I realized. I won't quote her here (she's sweetly shy), but she did say that it can result, in some severe cases, in death. Wow. That is, again, if the man has it ...

Something is rotten up in Minnesota

Posted Aug. 24, 2010 @ 1:45 p.m.
I am taking it as a sign from above that PFW's season previews are due today. All summer, I have been wavering back and forth on who to pick first in the NFC North — fully aware that the runner-up in the division just as easily could make a Super Bowl. But now I feel pretty good about my pick there. I am going with the Packers over the Vikings at the top of the ...

Looking at teams that will need a quarterback next season

Posted Aug. 26, 2010 @ 1:41 p.m.
This is something to keep in mind as you watch the 2010 season.Several teams will be looking for new quarterbacks. And several intriguing options will be available to be had.Getting ahead of myself is what I do best. I excel at it.But let’s face it: There are teams who need a quarterback now. What would preclude us from putting them near the top of this list? People in Buffalo, for instance ...

Hard not to be impressed with Rams' Bradford

Posted Aug. 27, 2010 @ 1:28 p.m.
The Sam Bradford I saw in two days of practice at Rams training camp was the one who carved up the Patriots' first-team defense. The Bradford who struggled in the first two preseason games? That was a rookie working with mostly second-team offensive players. I am writing that guy off. A.J. Feeley's injury might have been the reason for Bradford starting last night, but it was clear that it's his team. If ...

How much should we put into third preseason games?

Posted Aug. 29, 2010 @ 5:44 p.m.
Generally speaking, NFL teams tend to play their starters more in their third preseason games than any other. So shouldn't we then put more stock into what they do in these games heading into the regular season? In some cases, yes. In others, not as much. Here's a quick run-through of the biggest issues that came from this week's games (minus Broncos-Steelers, which is later tonight) and which teams should be more ...

Bucs' Morris not fooling around

Posted Aug. 31, 2010 @ 11:39 a.m.
I expected Derrick Ward would have a tough time making an impact with the Bucs this season. I just had no idea the team would release him this week. And you can see, based on Raheem Morris' comments, that Ward didn't do himself any favors by speaking out of his role with the teamm Morris essentially said that Ward didn't care enough or try hard enough. Them's fightin' words. And Morris could ...

Bodden a big loss for the Patriots

Posted Aug. 31, 2010 @ 11:52 p.m.
In placing Leigh Bodden on injured reserve on Tuesday, the Patriots just left themselves with one of the youngest secondaries in the NFL. Otis Smith, where have you gone? The Patriots have gone the veteran route at this position before, signing former Pats and Jets and picking up street scraps with the hope that Bill Belichick and Co. can coach them up. I expect a similar type of move when roster start getting pared down ...

Weekend wrapup: Revis, Housh, and plenty of other things

Posted Sept. 06, 2010 @ 11:28 a.m.
It has been a flurry of activity this weekend, with cutdowns, trades, signings and other personnel moves. I would say it has been a little more crazy than your typical cutdown weekend. We had a former franchise QB (Matt Leinart) get released and change teams. We had a Pro Bowl player (Darrelle Revis) end his major holdout. We have a few well-known players still deciding where they will end up. This is an important weekend ...

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