Baseball fans are lucky enough to see their favorite teams and players back on the field today, but those of us in the football world continue to read court briefs as we wait for April 6th. In the meantime, pro days continue and draft boards are being accordingly.
Jake Locker's showed improved accuracy at the University of Washington pro day, but his Sweet Chin Music still needs some work.
Locker nearly perfect … during his pro day at the University of Washington. The former Husky starting QB completed 38 of 40 passes, including 35 in a row, showing improvement in his accuracy, an issue that’s been heavily scrutinized after he completed just over 55% of his passes as a senior. The general consensus is that Locker has shown improvement in each of his public outings from the Senior Bowl to the combine to yesterday’s pro day. Locker has worked with former NFL QB Ken O’Brien, who has helped the prospect improve his footwork and release. In analyzing his performance, Locker felt he was “more consistent” and felt the ball came off his hand well. While the reviews were mostly positive, Locker’s draft status continues to hover between a late 1st [...]
Today is one of those days that can occasionally be expected during a lockout. By that, I mean there is very little football news. Fortunately, when struggling to find news to post on the blog, we learned we can count on Buc CB Aqib Talib to mess up.
Felony warrant issued for Talib… Talib has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon as a result of a March 21 incident outside of a Dallas suburb. Police say Talib and his mother, Okolo, fired a gun at his sister’s boyfriend, then interfered with an emergency phone call from the same location. While we’re obviously in no position to judge Talib outside the
Mark Mangino coached Aqib Talib at Kansas. That is not Talib on the right.
court of law, he has been in trouble before and the Buccaneers have to seriously consider cutting ties with him. That’s easier said than done, however; Talib is certainly one of the top young CBs in the NFL, and it’s such a difficult position to get consistent play from. Because of the labor situation, the Bucs didn’t say much regarding the incident, other than that they were “deeply troubled.” But there’s no doubt the Bucs [...]
We are just eight days away from the big April 6 court date, so for now, we bring you news of another lawsuit, this one filed by retired players, and a football guarantee from an owner.
Retired Holmes still a fantasy stud? … It wasn’t too long ago that former Chief RB Priest Holmes was a fantasy beast, like in 2004 when he averaged 24.7 FPG – 5.6 more than the next best RB Shaun Alexander. Now, Holmes, along with former players such as Hall of Fame DE Carl Eller, could help fantasy football again by filing a federal class action, antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, as Yahoo! Sports reports. We’d recommend reading Dan Wetzel’s story for yourself, but the most important point is that Eller v. NFL also covers draft prospects, as they are not represented by the NFLPA. Essentially, the suit argues that draft prospects were not involved in decertification but are being negatively affected by the lockout. Many fans aren’t interested in the details and simply want to see football, and obviously, we want to see football too. It’s tough to tell how much of an impact the Eller v. NFL case will make, but there’s certainly a [...]
While we are all impatiently waiting for the April 6th injunction hearing, much of the focus has shifted to the draft, which takes place in exactly on month. Pro days are underway and we will be seeing many mock drafts in the weeks to comes as teams start to formulate their draft plans. Of course things could change dramatically if the lockout is lifted before the draft since teams should be able to sign players and make trades.
Steeler HC Mike Tomlin took a break from his acting career to discuss the team's plans for Rashard Mendenhall.
Mike Tomlin makes his plans clear … when it comes to RB Rashard Mendenhall. While speaking at the NFL meetings last week, Tomlin made it clear that he’d have no problem continuing to feed Mendenhall noting “wear and tear is part of the game, specifically at the (running back) position.” While Tomlin said his vision after taking over in 2006 was to split the carries, he admitted that hasn’t always been the case although he’s tried to get Mewelde Moore and Isaac Redman involved. Tomlin called Moore “third-down capable” and said Redman is a “short-yardage and goal-line specialist” but also made a point of [...]
There is really nothing more to say. If you have not heard about the latest doom and gloom story of the lockout this week, just know that it comes from an unusual place. It is getting a lot of play, but, uh… well, you’ll see. In the meantime, ya gotta get down on Friday!
Labor rhetoric: FUN FUN FUN FUN
Boston columnist hears the scuttlebutt… That’s pretty much the best term I can use for it. Longtime Boston writer Ron Borges gives us our latest apocalypse prophecy, setting the scene with something he overheard from whom he thinks to be NFL lawyer Bob Batterman. Where did Borges overhear Batterman say we’re in for a “long battle?” Well, while he was taking a crap of course! Not doubting Borges’ reporting… but… yeah. Remember, there can be a long court battle while football continues, hinging on a Minnesota court ruling on April 6. In other words, it’s still not time to lose your $#!+ over what a guy heard in the commode.
Labor rhetoric: belongs here
League wants HGH testing… In a piece of news that few fans are likely to disagree with, the NFL told FOXSports.com that it wants all players to be [...]
Apparently fans are not the only ones bored with lockout news, as coaches are talking and giving some tidbits about their teams for the 2011 season. Meanwhile, players like Chad Ochocinco have apparently gotten sick of football altogether.
Everybody loves Todd Haley … Perhaps no coach has angered fantasy owners more than the Chiefs’ Todd Haley, who utilized
Chief HC Todd Haley enjoys an evil laugh as fantasy owners complain about his use of Jamaal Charles.
the combination of Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles to lead the NFL’s #1 rushing offense in 2010 but frustrated fans with the inconsistency of Charles’ involvement and his unwillingness to publically praise the star RB. Well, naturally, Haley was effusive in his praise of Jones and confirmed that the 32-year-old will be back on the Chiefs in 2011. Said Haley: “He’s the epitome of the same guy every day. We’ve got a little plan for Thomas that I’m excited about getting to. I’m excited to have Thomas back. He’s a big part of what we’re doing.” I’m sure anyone who owns Charles in a keeper league is thrilled. It makes perfect sense to use a rotation, as Charles is not suited to carry the ball 20+ [...]
Could it be? Actual news about what happens on the field? YES! Okay, so it is just a couple of rules changes, but if it allows us to refrain from the legalese we will take it.
Josh Cribbs hates Ruxin, but not as much as he hates the new kickoff rules.
Owners vote to change kickoff, replay rules … at meetings that took place in New Orleans over the last few days. The competition committee has discussed proposals for changes in kickoffs recently, mostly as a way to make the game safer. The modified proposal, which was passed by the owners on a 26-6 vote, will move kickoff back to the 35-yard line after it had been at the 30 since the 1994 season. Kickoff returners from around the league expressed their displeasure with the new rule, which will almost definitely hurt what receiving teams will be able to do in terms of improving field position. Brown KR Josh Cribbs was on a media tour talking about the changes and was in complete disagreement with the new rule because it continues to make special teams a smaller part of the game, which can hurt teams like his Cleveland Browns, who depend [...]
If you have been anything like us at FantasyGuru.com during this lockout business, we hope you learned to stop checking Twitter every five seconds to avoid overdosing on rhetoric and BS. Honestly, we have become 500% more productive in the short time since the “union” “decertified” and the owners imposed a lockout that might not actually be legal (we’ll see what the courts say about that). The point is that it’s still March, each side of the argument is applying the full-court press right now (as expected), and April 6 remains the next benchmark day in NFL labor strife. We could see negotiations before that day, but if the rhetoric is to be taken at face value, we wouldn’t count on it.
NFL claims decertification is a manipulation of the law… This is nothing new, but the NFL’s legal team asserts that the NFLPA decertified strictly to manipulate the law in order to file a lawsuit and gain leverage in labor talks. Obviously, that’s exactly what happened, but it will be up to courts to decide whether or not the players had the right to do so. If that’s the case, the courts will lift the lockout and we’ll have football [...]
We are in Week Two of Lockout 2011, and the owners have arrived in New Orleans for their annual meetings. Anything important for them to talk about? Hmmm.
Players answer Goodell’s letter … First both sides in the CBA talks quietly met in mediation. Then they started taking shots at each other over Twitter and through the media. Now, they’re writing letters to each other. Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to the players at the end of last week, detailing the owners’ offer and asking the players to return to negotiations. Many players didn’t enjoy the letter, and the NFLPA’s executive committee sent a reply to Goodell on Saturday. The gist of the letter: “Your statements are false.” So there we go. Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post says the letters again show the distrust between the two sides as they battle for public support. The April 6 court date still seems like ages away with nothing but this back-and-forth war of words happening. Brant also delivered a nice overview of what to expect from the Brady v. NFL case that will begin in a few weeks. The latter piece is required reading for anyone interested in the upcoming [...]
With the NFL at a standstill, we openly wonder if there will be anything to talk about in this blog, yet we continue to have content with either the league or the players finding the need to open their mouths to convince the fans that they’re the ones doing whatever it takes to make sure there’s football in 2011. It hasn’t changed anything and at this point, we’d like both sides to keep quiet unless they’re announcing a resolution to this mess.
Is this what Comissioner Goodell meant when he said there will be football in 2011?
Goodell sends out letter to players … detailing the final offer the league made last Friday in an effort to get back to negotiations. The letter details the proposal and tries to convince the players that that a fair offer was made to prevent a work stoppage. While the league is presenting this as the Commissioner trying to communicate with the players who weren’t at the negotiating table, it’s obvious he’s trying to create a divide among the players and pressure those who weren’t there to urge their leaders to get back to negotiations. Early reactions indicate that the players aren’t biting, as [...]