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Will Dez's pad-carrying revolt lead to new era of anti-hazing?

Posted July 26, 2010 @ 12:13 p.m.
Dez Bryant might be the Curt Flood of NFL hazing rituals. Bit strong? Yeah, maybe. But it wouldn't shock me if, in light of Monday's story that Bryant refused to carry Roy Williams' pads that other headstrong rookies follow suit. This ritual has gone on for a long time, at camps around America. And though Bryant is not the first to say no, we're in an age of instant communication where word ...

Welker's health one of the more intriguing stories heading into camps

Posted July 26, 2010 @ 12:26 p.m.
The Patriots remain a big story in today's NFL. Wes Welker remains one of their more vital offensive pieces. That's why reports of Welker's health are so fascinating heading into Patriots training camp, which opens July 28 for veterans. All indications are that Welker is ready to go, unburdened by the torn ACL and MCL he suffered in the Week 17 loss at Houston that kept him out of the Patriots' playoff ...

Rookie CB Cook waiting for contract offer from Vikings

Posted July 26, 2010 @ 1:01 p.m.
Like many high draft picks, CB Chris Cook is waiting for some news — good, bad or otherwise. Cook, the Vikings' second-round draft pick (and top pick overall), has yet to receive a a contract offer from the team. "We're waiting for something from the Vikings, and we'll go from there," agent Hadley Englehard, who represents Cook, told me a few minutes ago. The Vikings report to training camp on Friday. You might remember ...

Nessler, Dilfer to call second MNF game on opening weekend

Posted July 26, 2010 @ 3:08 p.m.
Those tuning into the late Monday Night Football game featuring the Chiefs and Chargers will be listening to the vocal stylings of ESPN's Brad Nessler and Trent Dilfer, the network announced today. I am curious to hear how the pair works out. Wasn't always a big fan of how the trio ESPN previously trotted out there (typically Mike Greenberg, Mike Golic and a third person … memory failing me … was it Steve Young last ...

What does Bengals' T.O. interest say of Bryant?

Posted July 26, 2010 @ 3:40 p.m.
My only regret with the news that the Bengals are interested in signing Terrell Owens is that he was a year late for HBO's "Hard Knocks." I actually think Cincinnati might be a fine place for Owens to land. He'd fit right in. (Insert any number of Bengal-related jokes now.) But seriously, the guy can still play. No. 1 recever? Thirteen-hundred-yard receiver? Nay and nay, but I think he can be an excellent ...

Kolb takes first step towards seizing opportunity

Posted July 27, 2010 @ 12:40 p.m.
Kevin Kolb took the reins as the Eagles' starting quarterback in earnest today, the first new QB in that perch since Donovan McNabb took over the job back in 1999. We all know the story. But Kolb remains a bit of an unknown. I talked to him at length this summer and many of his teammates, former teammates (college and pro, including McNabb), coaches, former coaches, family members … and the feeling I got is that ...

Taking stock of a great Super Bowl win by the Saints

Posted Feb. 08, 2010 @ 12:04 a.m.
Who dat? Turns out, no one. Not Kurt Warner, not Brett Favre, or Peyton Manning. Not Eli Manning or Tom Brady during the regular season, either. The Saints went through a gantlet of quarterbacks this season, cranked up to 11 in the playoffs, and came out world champs. They won a game few outside their rabid fan base thought was possible. And it was a beautiful mix of offense parlaying into defense, and vice versa ...

Sleeper team for Peppers: Might Rams be interested?

Posted Feb. 10, 2010 @ 12:22 p.m.
Julius Peppers is as wishy-washy a player as he is a man. Three years ago, he refused a contract that would have made him the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL, and that was after a 2½-sack season. Now he says he's "turned off" that the Panthers haven't talked extension with him. Hmm. His hot-and-cold play on the field also suggests he might not be worth $15-plus million a year. Peppers can ...

Seven deadly sins: Polian not completely right on Colts' biggest mistakes in Super Bowl

Posted Feb. 11, 2010 @ 1:01 p.m.
It seems to me that Bill Polian's criticism of his team's play in the Super Bowl left out some key factors.Polian essentially threw his offensive line and special teams under the bus for the loss, but I think he's ignoring some key factors.No question the onsides kick was a big momentum switch, but the team regained the lead after that fact. In my mind there were other issues that cost ...

Jaws picks apart Jay Cutler's INTs

Posted Feb. 12, 2010 @ 2:31 p.m.
The best kind of stories about football are some of the worst for writers. When I chatted up Ron Jaworski back in December prior to the Week 16 game here in Chicago, we were talking briefly about Jay Cutler and his troubles, and Jaws was saying how he just got done looking at all of Cutler's picks in succession via his technology at NFL Films. "He needs some hard coaching," Jaws said to me ...

Kolb extension talk with Eagles appears premature

Posted Feb. 12, 2010 @ 3:04 p.m.
There is word out there that the Eagles have offered QB Kevin Kolb a contract extension. Don't believe it. Not yet, anyway. The Eagles have reason to not want news of this getting out, if indeed it's true: Signing Kolb to an extension would diminish the trade value for Donovan McNabb, with teams knowing he'd have to go. Both quarterbacks have deals that run through 2010. After next season, they would be ...

Porter to Patriots? Don't count on it

Posted Feb. 12, 2010 @ 4:03 p.m.
Joey Porter has been cut by the Dolphins Friday. He needs a new team. The Patriots need an outside linebacker who can come within a zip code of an opposing quarterback. Both teams run similar 3-4 schemes. Fit? Methinks not. Porter likes to talk. a lot. Sometimes to the detriment of the team. Bill Belichick has been more daring with his veteran additions the past 5-6 years, and maybe Porter would have fit in line ...

Forget two Andrews … will even one be in Philly?

Posted Feb. 17, 2010 @ 12:44 p.m.
There's a chance that the Eagles might not have a single Andrews on the roster this season. ORT Shawn Andrews has missed most of the past two seasons with back-related injuries, and his playing future is in serious doubt. And now comes the report that brother Stacy, who did little in his first season in Philadelphia after ACL surgery, might not be back either. Paul Domowitch reports that the Eagles are not likely to ...

Troy Vincent joins NFL, once the enemy, in mini-shocker

Posted Feb. 18, 2010 @ 4:17 p.m.
If you can’t beat ’em, join … the other side?In a time where every move and statement made by the NFL and the players’ union regarding the state of CBA affairs is dissected, here has come a very interesting development.Troy Vincent, who campaigned to be Gene Upshaw’s replacement and was the favorite to be the head of the union a year ago, now has joined the NFL as vice president of player ...

Combine approaches … what do you want to know?

Posted Feb. 22, 2010 @ 12:36 p.m.
Team PFW will be heading to Indy on Wednesday night for a full week of coverage of all the NFL goings-on down there. I'd like to know what you want to know. Because we only get to see what you get to see as far as the 40-yard dash and whatnot, we are able to get information mostly from the interviews we get with players and team officials. So I might not be able ...

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