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 [...]
Not only is today a great day for America, but the entire football world. What began when the owners opted out of the last CBA back in 2008 ends today when the lockout is lifted thanks to the owners and players agreeing to a new CBA. You make take this moment to high five the nearest person.
What a beautiful image
Players, owners agree to new CBA … pending an approval by the players vote on Monday, although that is considered a formality at this point. The players will participate in a conference call scheduled for 11am ET and the vote is expected to take place when the executive committee is in place. What happens after that has been widely contested. Some, including Jay Glazer, report that facilities can open as early as Tuesday, with trades and draft pick signings occurring as early on Tuesday, and unrestricted free agency beginning Friday at 6pm ET. However, others, most notably Adam Schefter, report that teams can begin talking to free agents and talking trades Monday afternoon with signings beginning Tuesday at noon ET. However, new contracts wouldn’t take effect until August 2 and trades wouldn’t be official until Saturday. Teams would report on [...]
Welcome to a Tuesday edition of the Fantasy Guru Daily, where we brave the Dallas snow from our office in New Jersey to bring you the news of the day. Today is Super Bowl Media Day, meaning there will be an endless supply of stories in tomorrow’s newspapers. For now, there’s plenty of news happening elsewhere in the league.
Bratkowski out in Cincy … The Bengals fired OC Bob Bratkowski on Monday after a 10-year tenure in Cincinnati that resulted in two playoff appearances (2005 and 2009) but eight seasons with losing records. Perhaps the most disappointing season was this one, as the Bengals entered with high hopes but went just 4-12. QB Carson Palmer’s career has gone downhill, and he even asked to be traded two weeks ago. The Bengals finished 13th in passing, 27th in rushing, and 22nd in scoring. They often played from behind, and RB Cedric Benson struggled to get into a rhythm, causing the rushing offense to drop from 9th to 27th. Despite meeting with Marvin Lewis recently, former Viking HC Brad Childress will reportedly not be Bratkowski’s replacement.
And the Defensive Player of the Year is … Steeler S Troy Polamalu edged Packer LB Clay [...]
We are rolling out a new feature here at FantasyGuru.com, bringing you all the news you need to know on a daily basis in the Fantasy Guru Daily. We will do so on our blog, so readers can chime in. 4-5 days a week, we’ll round up the most important nuggets of the day and provide some commentary, starting with some Super Bowl-heavy editions to take you up to the big game next week.
Kemoeatu declares Pouncey out … The shorthanded Steeler offensive line will be even more shorthanded in the Super Bowl, as rookie Pro Bowl C Maurkice Pouncey is unlikely to play against the Packers, at least according to G Chris Kemoeatu after practice Wednesday. Pouncey suffered a high ankle sprain in the 1st quarter of last Sunday’s AFC title game, and he was replaced by Doug Legursky, who has started four games at LG this season. The loss of Pouncey, the Steelers’
With C Maurkice Pouncey out, QB Ben Roethlisberger may be running all day from Packer NT B.J. Raji.
1st-round pick in 2010, is a big blow to an offensive line that’s been missing starting tackles Max Starks and Willie Colon. In the regular season, Pouncey and [...]
I’ll admit it.
When the Bears signed Chester Taylor to a four-year, $12.5 million deal way back in March, I was puzzled. Why did Chicago
Chester Taylor will be switching allegiances in 2010
need a RB who did much of the same things as incumbent Matt Forte? Taylor can catch the ball and block in pass protection, but so can Forte. Taylor weighs just shy of 220 lbs. So does Forte. Plus, they gave a lot of money this season ($7 million is guaranteed in 2010) to a guy who accrued more than 200 touches just once in his eight-year career: 2006 in Minnesota.
What I was assuming, at least early on, was a fantasy headache, especially since multidimensional backs are a staple of new coordinator Mike Martz’s offense. But just before training camp begins, things appear to be shaking out a little bit.
Yes, Forte was a consensus top-5 pick in 2009, and he’s plummeting down draft boards thanks to an anemic season that saw him average 3.6 YPC on 258 carries, and score just 4 total TDs (his production in the pass game was good, 57/471/0, but no TDs hurt him). He battled through hamstring and knee injuries, although he said earlier [...]