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Cutler situation could last until Draft Day

Posted March 16, 2009 @ midnight
I think if you're looking for a quick resolution to the game of chicken being played by Jay Cutler and the Broncos, you might be a little disappointed. I think if we look back in a year and talk to the principles involved, both sides might admit they could have handled things better the first time. Kind of what I wrote about Brett Favre and the Packers -- with obvious differences, of course.  But the ...

The way we were: Back when McDaniels and Cutler played nice

Posted March 17, 2009 @ midnight
(Blogger's note: I know the proper word in the headline is "nicely." But my grandma always told me to "play nice" so this is in her honor, I suppose.) It's not the most revealing thing I ever have uncovered, but I went back and looked at Josh McDaniels' introductory press conference back on Jan. 12 after being named head coach of the Broncos. Lo, it was a simpler time ... Pay special attention to ...

How about Steelers-Titans in opener?

Posted March 18, 2009 @ midnight
We know that the Steelers have earned the first game of next season, on Thursday before the opening weekend of games. There seems to be a strong sentiment from fans to want to reprise the AFC title game, the absolutely bloodbath at Heinz Field, in that first game.  Here's a different idea: How about the Titans? Didn't the Titans win the AFC's top seed? And didn't they supposedly disrespect the Steekers ...

Lynch might have prevented longer suspension following Goodell meeting

Posted March 18, 2009 @ midnight
Word is that Marshawn Lynch did well in talking to commissioner Roger Goodell in their little powwow and likely will avoid a four-game suspension and probably only get a game or two. This is good news for the Bills, but something to consider: The Bills could earn themselves a primetime game against a top opponent -- I am thinking maybe the Patriot or Colts -- in either Week One or Two with the T.O addition. Let ...

Four teams snag third-round compensatory picks, including fortunate Giants

Posted March 23, 2009 @ midnight
The Patriots lost Asante Samuel, Donte Stallworth and Randall Gay last offseason. The Bengals lost Justin Smith, Madieu Williams and Bryan Robinson. The Bears lost Bernard Berrian and Brendon Ayanbadejo, a Pro Bowl special teamer. The Giants lost ... who exactly? The NFL announced its annual allotment of compensatory picks, 32 in all to 14 different teams, on Monday, and Patriots, Bengals, Bears and Giants will pick at the end of the third round -- highly prized ...

Patriots say, 'Oh, now you change the draft order rules ...'

Posted March 25, 2009 @ midnight
The NFL's owners have voted in a change to the draft-order rules that states that the first-round picks awarded to playoff teams will be Nos. 21-32 and non-playoff teams will choose from 1-20. That's not the way it is now. The Patriots, for instance, are picking 23rd this year because they owned an 11-5 record -- better than the records of three playoff teams -- even though they didn't make the postseason. Under the ...

Burned out from draft gab? Now here's something completely funny

Posted April 22, 2009 @ midnight
OK, so it's not the deal deal, but someone is impersonating Jay Cutler on Twitter and I just happen to find it completely hilarious. I think I found out what Twitter was, oh, about three months ago, but it's not a completely difficult concept to understand. So click your butt over to the link and check out this funny account of the new Chicago playboy's daily to-do list -- before someone from the ...

What direction are the Bills going in?

Posted April 20, 2009 @ midnight
If you're a Bills fan and you wonder what your team is doing, you're not alone. First, they sign Terrell Owens. Talent upgrade, ticket-seller, or both? Then they decide they have had enough of OLT Jason Peters and ship him to Philly. You don't deal good players when you are trying to get better right away. Frequent blog reader Steve Pilato -- who always makes sure I consider every angle, and I appreciate ...

Monroe, Unger might be safest picks of OL class

Posted April 21, 2009 @ midnight
Continuing in our unofficial look at the draft's "safest" players -- I use quotes because, as we know, there are no sure things -- we now take a look at an interesting group of offensive linemen. Is it a great class? Likely no. But there are four highly-rated offensive tackles in what appears to be a top-heavy lot; three centers who could prove to be adequate; and a whole lot of questions at guard. In fact ...

Safe bets are few at tight end

Posted April 16, 2009 @ midnight
This is generally regarded as a solid, maybe even borderline strong draft at tight end. There are 6-7 players who could be drafted in the top 100 choices, which is about normal. (Last year, seven were taken in the first three rounds, but the year before that number was only three. On average over the past five drafts, 6.4 go in Rounds 1-3.) But there are some questions with even the higher-rated prospects in ...

Vikings shouldn't be hurt too badly if Williams Wall temporarily dismantled

Posted April 15, 2009 @ midnight
Last night, I wrote about the schedule being released with a specific eye on teams' first four games. I slotted the Vikings as one of the teams with a favorable opening quartet, and it just so happens that it might be a terrific break for a team that could be breaking in a new quarterback and facing the prospect of being without its premier pair of defensive tackles, Kevin Williams and Pat Williams. The Williams ...

No one ever will match Madden's reach

Posted April 16, 2009 @ midnight
I think it's best to leave the John Madden praising to others -- not that I didn't love the guy, but there are people out there who I think would do a better job of it. But it's hard not to see how wide a scope Madden has reached as a football coach, as a broadcaster and as a giant in the gaming industry. The man won three-quarters of his games in the ...

Browns appear set to start completely fresh

Posted April 14, 2009 @ midnight
The word on the street, as it has been for a week now, is that the Browns are ready to turn over the roster almost completely. Although most of what I am hearing and reading is second-hald -- no one from the Browns has told me anything -- there appears enough evidence around to think that the Browns will be a completely different team two weeks from now. First, there was the Yahoo.com report by Jason ...

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