With the draft still more than a month away and the biggest names in free agency finding homes, we are in a little bit of a lull when it comes to news. However, John Hansen attended the combine and Adam Caplan spent time at the owners’ meetings looking to pick up any information from coaches, executives, and other team officials. What we have here are some of the nuggets from the coaches that spoke last week in Arizona.
Bruce Arians, Cardinals
-Believes addition of Rashard Mendenhall helps because of their history. Mendenhall doesn’t need to come out of the game.
-Prefers to use one RB instead of committee
-Wants to name starting QB ASAP, possibly by end of spring. Comfortable with Drew Stanton because he knows the system already and has some athleticism.
-Outside of Levi Brown at LT, there will be competition on the OL.
-Wants flexibility at TE because he doesn’t like to use a FB. Rob Housler praised for being an excellent receiver, just scratching the surface.
Tom Coughlin, Giants
-Excited about Brandon Myers’ catch total from 2012. Believe he’s well rounded and can help with ground game.
Jason Garrett, Cowboys
-Need more than one RB. Need to run it better. Need to balance offense and healthy [...]
A slow time of year for news is even slower during this holiday weekend, which means an abbreviated blog today. Here is a look at some of the news, notes, and nuggets from around the league.
We’ve gotten some interesting tidbits from Camp Alex, the 49er player-run workouts led by QB Alex Smith. However, one of the most important components of the team’s offense has been rehabbing across the country. RB Frank Gore broke his hip in November, but Smith said the updates he’s gotten on Gore have been “encouraging.” Also, Smith noted that Gore should ready when he hits the field since he met with RB coach Tom Rathman extensively before the lockout to learn the new offense.
A few weeks back, we learned that the #1 overall pick, QB Cam Newton, would be working with former Panther QB Chris Weinke to learn the team’s new offense. Newton got a playbook on the one day the lockout was lifted, so he’s been able to share that with Weinke. Newton is also getting help from former NFL QB Ken Dorsey, who played for new Panther OC Rob Chudzinski at the University of Miami and with the Browns. Dorsey’s knowledge of Chudzinski’s offense [...]
We consider ourselves lucky when there are actually headlines to digest from the weekend in the NFL, and although there is no deal on the horizon just yet, the little bits of news leaking out suggest that teams are getting ready for their abbreviated off-season programs. We can only hope.
Dolphins changing their tune on Henne… Well, they kind of have to considering the lockout, but the Dolphins have gone from “well, Maybe Chad Henne will start” to “yes, he has a good chance to start,” as head coach Tony Sparano insinuated this week. Sparano fed the Miami Herald the usual PR spin regarding his QB, suggesting that his numbers match up well enough with top QBs (they don’t), but he also indicated that Henne must cut down on the dumb turnovers, the throws where he’s trying to make an impossible play happen. Sparano also wants better accuracy down the field – Henne completed just 25% of his 40 passes of 20 yards or more, and his big arm isn’t going to go to much use if all his deep throws are incomplete. Perhaps raw but speedy rookie receiver Edmond Gates will help matters, if Henne actually starts. Anyway, we hope [...]
We will be focusing on actual football stories until there is some legitimate news to talk about when it comes to the labor situation. Today we have injury updates on some major fantasy players and interesting news regarding two young QBs.
Peyton has neck surgery … and will be out six to eight weeks, according to Colts owner Jim Irsay. The procedure, Manning’s second on his neck since February of last year, was to remove park of a bulging disk. Manning had the surgery on Monday and was already home recovering on Tuesday. According to Manning, the discomfort started just recently and that this procedure was not related to the previous one. Manning anticipates a quick recovery, noting he began working out within two weeks of his first procedure last year. Irsay reiterated his hope to sign Manning to a long-term deal as soon as possible with the latest surgery having no effect on any possible contract. However, he did say Manning might have his throws limited in training camp with the team’s backups getting more work.
Did Peyton catch the injury bug from Tiger? We sure hope not.
Antonio Gates is healthy … according to Charger HC [...]
He refuses to go away. With no actual football to distract us from meaningless off-the-field stories, he has managed to permeate the news cycle once again. On the suggestion of former Panther DT Brenston Buckner, he might be back… in an advisory role.
Favre could tutor Cam Newton, agent says… Hey, don’t blame us for bringing this up during the lockout! Ol’ Flip-Flop knows how to get his name out there, and his PR department deserves credit for finding yet another way for people to talk about him, even when he’s not playing. Observe:
Favre: Uhh… is this uhh Cam?
Newton: Why, yes it is. To whom am I speaking?
Favre: Uhh, Cam, this is uhh Brett Favre, former N.. uhh… lemme rephrase that… NFL quarterback.
Newton: Jolly good day, Mr. Favre. And to what extent are you requesting my correspondence?
Favre: Uhh, Cam, there is a uhhh lockout. Don’t know if you know that. That means you’re bein’ “locked out,” so to speak. Might prevent you from gettin’ “unlocked” in the near future. It’s tough, uhh, bein’ a rookie quarterback in the NFL. Especially if you don’t get to know your coaches. Don’t really get to know your teammates. Don’t really [...]
Thursday may have been the best day to be a football fan since the season ended, as we not only found out that the league was re-opening their doors to players, but saw one hell of a first round in this year’s draft. While the majority of picks were safe, we did see a few trades and a few shockers that shook things up significantly.
While Cam Newton may need some time to develop, fear not Panther fans, Jimmy Clausen was back to work this morning.
League allows players to return to work … as of 8 a.m. ET Friday morning. With Judge Susan Nelson ruling that the lockout was illegal and refusing to grant a stay, it took some time for the league to work out the details before they re-opened the doors to the players. Teams had been told to turn away players who reported over the last three days, but welcomed them in this morning with reports of the Panthers and Titan players already at team facilities. Team workouts have already been scheduled by the Lions (OTAs on Wednesday) and Bears (rookie camp next weekend). Players reporting for workouts will get credit towards team bonuses, which was a [...]
HAPPY COURT DAY! Ah, yes, the long countdown ends. After weeks of pointless bickering via Twitter, the NFL and its players will be meeting again today – this time in front of U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson in Minnesota.
Brady v. NFL commences … Three and a half weeks after endless mediation sessions got us nowhere, the battle between the NFL
Judge Smails has sentenced lockouts younger than this to the gas chamber. He didn't want to do it, but he felt he owed it to them.
and the players’ union trade association heads to court for a hearing on whether to grant a preliminary injunction that could prevent the lockout and force the league to operate as usual. Of course, we don’t know how Judge Nelson will rule, we don’t know when she will rule, and the granting of an injunction will result in an appeal by the league anyway. Still, even in the event of an appeal, she could order the lockout lifted while we wait. What could that mean? Well, free agency, trades, and all the usual fun that we enjoy in the off-season. Sure beats talking about the lockout. Another possibility is that Nelson could order the [...]
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 [...]
Welcome to the CBA Daily! While not a lot of positive news have come from talks taking place this week, we have been careful not to overreact knowing that the situation looked grim just one week ago before the sides agreed to two extensions.
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith is still looking for more financial information from the league.
Day 14 of mediation is in the books … and while the two sides continue to squabble over the amount of financial data released by the league, we did get some interesting tidbits from NFLPA executive DeMaurice Smith. He noted that the league lowered the amount of addition revenues taken off the top from $1 billion to $800 million, although he said that number is still too high because of the lack of financial information needed to agree to that number. As part of the last CBA, the NFL received $1 billion off the top, so they’re now looking for $1.8 billion in their latest proposal. While the idea of an 18-game season was never something the NFLPA seemed very interested in, it has been a topic that’s remained part of the negotiations although Smith revealed that the league never formally proposed [...]
Honestly, we are getting sick and tired of writing about the CBA talks. Unfortunately, with transactions frozen, there is very little to writer about other than CBA talks. However, we did get a bit of a laugh from a former fantasy stud who wants to try his luck at the NFL level yet again.
NFL, NFLPA squabbling over financial transparency… We knew the talks would get to this point, but it still makes us uneasy just a few days from the new CBA deadline. The NFLPA is requesting significant financial information from the owners, and although the owners have already conceded more than they have in the past, the union is not yet relenting on its demands for full audited financials. We’ll see if either side blinks, and there are still three days (including Wednesday) left of mediation. But we implore you not to overreact to any news – positive or negative – that comes out in the next couple days. As we saw last week, deadlines have been sparking progress in these talks. Let’s hope it’s the same case again this week.
Former Giant RB Tiki Barber is making a comeback. Seriously.
Tiki Barber comes out of retirement… No, that is [...]