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Osi is 'not sure what all the fuss' is about

Posted May 18, 2010 @ 11:20 a.m.
In Osi Umenyiora, much has been ado about nothing. The Giants defensive end, who has been at odds with the team since last season's benching, writes on his blog that he's ready to go with OTAs. Here's the text from the post: OTAs start tomorrow and I'm ready to roll. I've been in New York the last two weeks working with the team. I'm not sure what all the ...

Observations from Bears minicamp practice

Posted May 24, 2010 @ 12:54 p.m.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — I stopped by Bears mini-camp Friday morning just to see what was going on up there. I saw a few things I thought I would pass along.
  • Julius Peppers looks as good as a defensive end can look in shorts and helmets in May. He was juking out OTs Chris Williams and J'Marcus Webb easily and was flashing some real speed aroung the corner. Lovie Smith went out of his way ...

Money, not weather, was the deciding factor in granting New York/New Jersey a Super Bowl

Posted May 25, 2010 @ 4:09 p.m.
Some disinterested parties actually like the notion of a New York-area Super Bowl. They contend that it would be even bigger than the game itself under normal circumstances. And the early evidence suggests that the buzz will be significant.Normally, the talk of future Super Bowl sites merits barely a ripple in NFL media circles. But this is a big deal — with weather at the perceived center of the storm.Cold-weather outdoor games, and even ...

Bevell claims he’s just as in the dark as everyone on Favre

Posted May 27, 2010 @ 4:58 p.m.
(Blogger’s note: Consider this my one Brett Favre update for the month of May. My next one should be around June 15 sometime, so be sure to tune back in then for that.)Having talked to Darrell Bevell a few times, I can say he’s a smart guy. I also know he occasionally likes to give — how should I say this? — “smart” remarks, and I don’t specifically mean intelligent when I use ...

Seahawks moving on without White? Looks that way

Posted May 28, 2010 @ 4:53 p.m.
So much for all the feel-good stories about the Seahawks and LenDale White getting along swimmingly. Forget what you read other places (not here) about White being the clubhouse leader to start at running back in Seattle or that he had "turned over a new leaf." Although the Seahawks have taken it down off their Web site, they apparently are set to cut White some time today. Still, it's surprising. They barely traded for ...

'Hard Knocks' effect: Will Jets be too distracted?

Posted June 01, 2010 @ 2:52 p.m.
I was scanning through the latest edition of Pro Football Weekly, as I do every time after it comes out, and I happened upon an interesting quote in our "Audibles" section. If you are not familiar with it, we run anonymous quotes — which often makes them quite juicy — from NFL scouts, coaches and front-office personnel about things happening in the league.Here's the full quote that caught my attention (my underlining for emphasis): "We ...

McNabb having to study quite hard as a Redskin

Posted June 08, 2010 @ 5:09 p.m.
In between OTA and minicamp practices, Donovan McNabb is throwing his weight around, trying to get deeper into his new D.C. surroundings. It is his stated goal to play basketball with the president, but to his dismay he has yet to hear back from the Obama camp on a hoops date. "I am working on that," McNabb said determinedly. The good news is that just about everyone else in the area has welcomed McNabb ...

McNabb seems to be hinting about certain 'young players' in Philly

Posted June 14, 2010 @ 12:49 p.m.
When I read Donovan McNabb's comments from over the weekend, talking about the criticism the Eagles will face without him, they appeared fairly harmless to the naked eye. But I also spoke to McNabb about a related subject, and it's clear that McNabb is doing some very subtle hinting about his former team. First, here's what McNabb said publicly at his football clinic about the Eagles: "It not only happens with me ...

Belichick doesn't acknowledge Mankins trade request

Posted June 15, 2010 @ 1:05 p.m.
What, you expected Bill Belichick to talk in detail about Logan Mankins? Yesterday, restricted free-agent OG Logan Mankins, who currently hasn't signed his tender offer, requested a trade. He made it clear he would not attend OTAs, not sign the offer that he believes is beneath his worth and perhaps would be a training-camp holdout. Here was Belichick's brief, non-specific retort to the situation: "Well, right now we’re just focusing on coaching ...

Training camp pressing issues: Tune in daily until camps open

Posted June 29, 2010 @ 11:11 a.m.
By my count, there are 32 days until July 30, which is when most training camps open. (The Colts, Titans and Giants report after that, but work with me here.) And also by my count, there are 32 NFL teams. I liked the symmetry so much I have decided to raise one pressing issue for each team heading into camp and write about the subject. There are some teams with few major questions. There are ...

Patriots’ pressing training-camp issue: Pass rush

Posted June 29, 2010 @ 11:19 a.m.
It’s a bit like beating a dead horse, but the Patriots need to find some people to sack opposing quarterbacks. Some wonder whether they have adequately addressed that.The Patriots had one or two sacks in eight of their final nine regular-seasons games, and none in the playoff loss to the Ravens. Ten of the Patriots’ 31 sacks came in two games against the Bills, and that almost doesn’t count in my book ...

Jets' pressing training-camp issue: Sanchez's growth

Posted July 01, 2010 @ noon
The defense appears to be very strong, perhaps elite. The team filled several holes in the offseason and beefed up an already impressive roster. There are weapons at receiver, running back and tight end. The offensive line could be good again. So what might prevent the Jets from reaching their now Super Bowl-caliber expectations? I have argued this offseason that team chemistry, even with Rex Ryan orchestrating this mad circus, will be a serious issue ...

Dolphins' pressing training-camp issue: Secondary

Posted July 06, 2010 @ 11:35 a.m.
To me, the Dolphins are flying below the radar. There are the sky-high Jets, replete with expectations of world domination. There are the Patriots, always a title contender, looking to exact measures after a few years of disappointment. But for my money, the Dolphins could be the real surprise in the AFC East. That is, if their secondary concerns are eased. No, I don't think this group will be so poor that it will ...

Bills' pressing training-camp issue: Quarterback

Posted July 06, 2010 @ 12:30 p.m.
Let's not get too cute here. The Bills have a major question at the most important position. Head coach Chan Gailey might be a fine offensive mind, but none of the Bills' QB options — Trent Edwards, Brian Brohm and Ryan Fitzpatrick, with Levi Brown a distant fourth — are terribly exciting. Neither are most of the receiving options. Gailey has said he knows what the "pecking order" will be entering camp, but he's not ...

Thoughts on Steinbrenner's passing trickling in from NFL

Posted July 13, 2010 @ 1:01 p.m.
The death of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner has caught the attention of the sports world, not just that of baseball. Steinbrenner is one of sports' seminal owners, a figure much larger than almost any franchise owner in the past 50 years, and his management style has had an effect on the way major sports franchises have run their businesses in this expanding global sports marketplace. That most certainly includes the NFL. When Steinbrenner first made ...

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