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A note on Dan Hampton

Posted Sept. 06, 2010 @ 12:39 p.m.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: It seems that my use of the word "minor" in the way of describing this controversy has a few readers upset. I removed it because I think it was taken out of context; I was not describing Hurricane Katrina as "minor" but rather people's reaction to a story that likely will go away with time. And as for the signs at the NFC title game, I simply did not see them ...

Three Vikings concerns for Thursday’s game

Posted Sept. 07, 2010 @ 2:51 p.m.
The Vikings come into Thursday night’s season opener with some issues. Let’s take a look at three potential problems that could arise in their rematch against the Saints in New Orleans:Shorthanded at cornerbackThe Vikings have a numbers issue at corner, where Cedric Griffin almost certainly will not play as he continues to rehab from a torn ACL — an injury he suffered on the Superdome field a little more than seven months ...

Three Saints concerns for tonight's game

Posted Sept. 09, 2010 @ 2:05 p.m.
I wrote Tuesday about three potential Vikings problems for tonight’s Vikings-Saints season opener.Now here are three issues the Saints might be facing for the game:Linebacker weakness? The Saints wanted Jonathan Casillas to win the job at weakside linebacker, and he beat out Jo-Lonn Dunbar for the job. They were impressed enough with Casillas that they moved Scott Shanle to the strong side because of Casillas’ play.But that was before Casillas suffered ...

Five Fearless Predictions: Week One

Posted Sept. 10, 2010 @ 3:38 p.m.
Every week I am going to put myself out there by predicting something a little off the map for the coming weekend’s games. When we finish our video studio in the office, I’ll be doing some of these on camera.But for this week at least, let’s do it the old-fashioned way: with words.Week One is finally here following last night’s Saints-Vikings game, and I am ready to get bold ...

Dallas Mavericks forward Caron Butler's Week Two picks

Posted Sept. 17, 2010 @ 3:20 p.m.
Occasionally during the season, we'll let a celebrity — inside or outside the sports world — take a crack at picking some games for the upcoming week. This week, it's Dallas Mavericks guard-forward Caron Butler, who joined the team halfway through last season. The owner of six Burger King franchises, Butler thinks joining the Mavs is going to be good business. "I get to play with a Hall of Fame point guard in Jason Kidd ...

Iupati tells PFW he's 'thrilled' to be a 49er

Posted April 22, 2010 @ 11:28 p.m.
Although the cell-phone reception was a little dicey and Mike Iupati had a nice-sounding celebration going on behind him, he took a few minutes to chat with me this evening. When the 49ers scooped up Iupati with the 17th pick, I thought back to the Senior Bowl, where I saw Mike Singletary camped out in front of the OL drills one day. He appeared to take serious interest in the Idaho guard, watching him even ...

Why has Kindle fallen? This might clue you in

Posted April 23, 2010 @ 11:03 a.m.
After the Tim Tebow and Dez Bryant hype settled at the end of the first round last night, there came this question for many fans: Whither Sergio Kindle? Many were shocked when he tumbled out of Round One, but it appears there is a medical red flag — and a big one — that has talent evaluators scared away. Here's what longtime Longhorns writer Chip Brown has had to say on the matter, that Kindle might ...

Who's left for Rounds Two and Three? Well, plenty

Posted April 23, 2010 @ 2:35 p.m.
We updated Nolan Nawrocki's highest-rated players list to reflect the players now who remain on the board for Friday's portion of the draft. And there are some first-round-ish kinds of guys still out there. There's obviously Jimmy Clausen, who will tempt some teams (possibly via a trade) within the first eight picks of the second round or so. Buyer beware on Sergio Kindle, a fine player but one who comes with character ...

Let's get it on: Rounds Two and Three hath begun

Posted April 23, 2010 @ 2:51 p.m.
OK, I am jumping the snap by a minute or two, but by the time this blog is finished, Day Two of the draft will have begun. The Rams are on the clock at No. 33. But for how long? Trade talk has ensued all day, and GM Billy Devaney has said he expects some action here. I'll be writing in this space all night, highlighting the most interesting stuff that happens along the ...

Bradford gets some protection in Saffold

Posted April 23, 2010 @ 6:01 p.m.
I really enjoyed talking with Indiana OT Rodger Saffold at the Combine. I thought he was mature and well-spoken, and he has a really nice story, too. Oh yeah. He can play football, too. The thinking was that he would move from left tackle in college to another position in the pros, but I don't think he'd embarrass himself there in the NFL. Pencil him in at right tackle in St. Louis, but ...

Eagles shocked that Chiefs scoop them on McCluster

Posted April 23, 2010 @ 6:15 p.m.
Word on the street is that the Eagles were stunned that Dexter McCluster went to the Chiefs at 36, as they had hoped to take him one pick later. Instead, the Eagles filled a need at free safety, taking Nate Allen, a player whose tackling issues probably were the only thing that kept him out of Round One. Back to McCluster: I think the Chiefs will use him as much as a slot receiver and ...

Patriots swoop in and get Gronkowski

Posted April 23, 2010 @ 6:49 p.m.
Likely knowing that the Ravens would take TE Rob Gronkowski at 43, the Patriots appeared to slide up two picks to snag the talented tight end. But it was confusing until Roger Goodell straightened things out. The Raiders' pick clock had run out, and no trade details were given at the time. It was about four minutes of mayhem before Gronkowski came out with a Pats helmet in his hand and a lid on his ...

Clausen has a home: He's a Panther

Posted April 23, 2010 @ 7:07 p.m.
I am guessing the Panthers were stunned when they not only had a chance at a quarterback here at 48, but also that they would have their choice of Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy. We heard they liked McCoy. I bet they loved Clausen. The Panthers in recent years have not valued the QB position. They kept Jake Delhomme, an undrafted free agent, for a few years and backed him with guys such as Josh ...

Another slider finds a home: Mays to San Fran

Posted April 23, 2010 @ 7:30 p.m.
Still mulling Taylor Mays to the 49ers. He has the size and speed to play free safety, but the tape simply shows he doesn't operate well in space and has questions with his intelligence and disgnostic skills. Maybe a move to strong safety? The 49ers have Dashon Goldson, and he's best in that FS space. We're talking about an emerging playmaker who broke out last season. Mays could back him up in ...

Holmgren takes his chance on Hardesty

Posted April 23, 2010 @ 8:11 p.m.
First, a tip of the cap to NFL Network's Corey Chavous, who called the Browns passing on Colt McCoy and taking Montario Hardesty. Nice call. Second order of business: The Browns clearly have said two things. One, they don't like the QBs in this class after Sam Bradford, who has been a Ram for more than 24 hours, and two, they have major needs to fill all over the place. They'll punt ...

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