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Steelers' Rooney on Big Ben accusations

Posted March 08, 2010 @ 3:25 p.m.
Here's what Steelers chairman Art Rooney II had to say about the accusations against QB Ben Roethlisberger: “All of us in the Steelers family are concerned about the recent incident involving Ben Roethlisberger in Georgia. We cannot comment on any of the specifics until law enforcement’s investigation is concluded. Certainly, we will continue to closely monitor the situation.” There will be a 4 p.m. EST press conference held by local authorities to ...

DeNiro to play Lomarbdi in ESPN biopic

Posted March 09, 2010 @ 3:10 p.m.
ESPN has just announced that Robert DeNiro will play Vince Lombardi in a film called, well, “Lombardi.”Are you excited? Confused? Disinterested?I have to admit, it would not be the first guy I would peg for the role, and I am sure he’ll do a fine job, but how are they going to meld the great lines of Lombardi — a quote machine back in the day — and the delivery of DeNiro?Bart Starr ...

Spags has to be tempted by Gerald McCoy

Posted March 10, 2010 @ 12:35 p.m.
Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo watched intently yesterday as DT Gerald McCoy, one of the players the team is considering using the first pick on, worked through his position drills at Oklahoma's Pro Day. Spagnuolo appears torn with the first pick. Of course, it's not his choice alone with others (including GM Billy Devaney) involved in the process, of course. But on the one hand, you might have a once-a-decade defender in McCoy ...

Redskins' Carter might be odd man out, but trade value exists

Posted March 12, 2010 @ 11:45 a.m.
The Redskins are planning to operate, at least part of the time, out of a 3-4 defense. Right now, they have mostly 4-3 personnel. One of the poor fits for a 3-4 scheme is DE Andre Carter. Too light to play the five-technique DE spot and not comfortable enough dropping off as a two-point 3-4 linebacker, Carter likely would be reduced to rushing the passer if the Redskins use a four-man line in nickel or ...

Giants win coin flip, get right to host first game in new digs

Posted March 15, 2010 @ 12:09 p.m.
The Jets really thought they would have a shot to be the opening-weekend hosts of the brand-spankin'-new stadium that both they and the Giants will work in this season. A ultra-secret coin flip, however, has given the rights to the Giants. Even if this flip was on the level, is anyone surprised? The Giants have hosted 12 of the past 16 season openers at the old Giants Stadium and 18 of the 28 years ...

Three recent player swaps that were a net loss

Posted March 16, 2010 @ 6:15 p.m.
I hadn’t yet written about Brady Quinn or LaDainian Tomlinson reaction, so I thought I would kill two stones with one bird (my Dad’s corruption of the popular phrase) and hit both in one post. Why? Because I think both moves — plus a third swap of players — fits into a similar category.In each case, the team in question below let a player (on in the Browns’ case, two players) at a given ...

One overtime solution: Just keep playing …

Posted March 17, 2010 @ 1:34 p.m.
I admit that I have heard a lot of potential solutions for overtime football, many from readers, but none wholly satisfying in my opinions. But I do give you guys credit for some out-of-the-box thinking.The problem as I see is that teams don’t want the game to change with any funny rules, such as you can’t win with a single field goal; that it would require a four-or-more-point lead in OT to ...

Chargers gain draft strength

Posted March 18, 2010 @ 11:53 a.m.
For the Chargers fans who were ready to jump ship for what had been a mostly fruitless offseason, about face, please. Your team will be one of the power brokers in the draft. Sure, they don't pick until 28th in the first round, but they now hold the 40th pick (thanks, Seattle!), which was acquired in the Charlie Whitehurst trade, and they also have three third-round picks next year that they can use as ...

Panthers' Smith: Matt Moore doesn't have to be a leader

Posted March 22, 2010 @ 9:57 p.m.
Caught up with Steve Smith, who just got back from the NFLPA meetings in Hawaii, which he said was an eye-opening experience about the union's plan of action here in the next year or so, going after the owners on labor issues. But we also talked some football. Smith now is healed from his broken arm, which he suffered against the Giants (catching a touchdown) in Week 16, and the broken rib that few ...

This Big Ben thing isn't over yet, folks

Posted March 24, 2010 @ 3:06 p.m.
I heard some chatter about this then had a radio station ask me on air if they thought the DA not needing Ben Roethlisberger's DNA was a good thing for Big Ben's defense team. I say no way is he out of the water yet at all. First of all, we don't know what that means. It could be that there was no need for the DNA; perhaps the victim had none ...

McNabb will be traded, now just a question of when

Posted March 26, 2010 @ 11:37 a.m.
I talked to two sources close to Donovan McNabb, one last night and one this morning, and I am fairly certain that he will be dealt. The latter source told me by text this morning that something should happen on this front "probably soon." More than when, the question is where. McNabb's preference is Minnesota, but that's not likely to happen. Brett Favre is coming back, folks, I can almost guarantee it. The ...

Buchanon takes veiled shot at Lions, hopes for better times in D.C.

Posted April 01, 2010 @ 4:12 p.m.
You can't blame Phillip Buchanon for wanting things how they were when they were great. He had three fairly productive seasons in Tampa Bay, which helped turned a flagging career around. But when the Buccaneers went with Ronde Barber and Aqib Talib as their starting cornerbacks, it left no room for Buchanon to return. From there he moved onto Detroit, seeing a starting opportunity with the Lions. That he got, but things did not ...

Here’s a puzzling prospect, y'all: A provocative, riveting, inexperienced linebacker for our observation — lissome, strong, determined — a yarn

Posted April 01, 2010 @ 6:32 p.m.
I got off the phone this morning with a scout I trust very much and he delivered the strangest news: “I think I have found the biggest sleeper in the draft. Maybe the biggest sleeper in any draft. And don’t go looking in any books or on the Internet for him.”Wow. I was completely intrigued.This sounded of old-time scouting, of looking under rocks for players back in the old day. That’s ...

McNabb deal: Did you see it coming?

Posted April 04, 2010 @ 8:47 p.m.
So Donovan McNabb is a Redskin (assuming the ESPN report is true)? Wow, I admit: I didn't see this one coming. There are a lot of thoughts here ... Why would the Eagles deal within the division? They must really feel Kevin Kolb is the guy right now. Is this a great thing for the Redskins? Are they giving up all their picks? Will the offensive tackle they want/need be there at No. 4 ...

How the Lions benefited from the McNabb deal

Posted April 05, 2010 @ 11:08 a.m.
It happens sometimes. A third team that has no direct relation to a trade ends up benefiting from it in some strange tangent. And this most often occurs around draft time. With the Redskins out of the quarterback market following the Donovan McNabb trade from the Eagles, they can turn their focus to an offensive tackle. The player many believe they want now is Oklahoma State OT Russell Okung. Guess what? The Lions also have ...

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