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Posted on: January 24, 2011 12:23 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Pro Bowl replacements for SB players announced

Posted by Andy Benoit

Last season the NFL decided to move the Pro Bowl from the week after the Super Bowl to the week before the Super Bowl. The idea was to take the utterly irrelevant All-Star event and make it just regularly irrelevant. It’s been an alright ploy, though a consequence is players from the competing Super Bowl teams cannot compete.

Thus, the league had to replace all of the Steeler and Packer players on the roster. So who did they tap?
 
For the Packers:

CB Tramon Williams replaced by Antoine Winfield

CB Charles Woodson replaced by Brent Grimes

FS Nick Collins replaced by Roman Harper

OLB Clay Matthews replaced by Brian Orakpo

WR Greg Jennings replaced by Larry Fitzgerald

LT Chad Clifton replaced by Donald Penn


For the Steelers:

OLB James Harrison replaced by Tamba Hali

S Troy Polamalu replaced by Eric Berry

C Maurkice Pouncey replaced by Jeff Saturday

DE Brett Keisel replaced by Randy Starks

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Posted on: January 21, 2011 7:31 pm
 

Tony Gonzalez to return in 2011

Posted by Andy Benoit

Tony Gonzalez announced on the Jim Rome Show Friday (via the Atlanta Journal Constitution) that he would return T. Gonzalez (US Presswire)for the 15th season of his Hall of Fame career.

Prior to the 2010 season, the long-time Chiefs and current Falcons tight end had contemplated retirement in 2011. However, Gonzalez seemed intent on return after Atlanta’s disappointing divisional round loss to the Packers. (After that game he said retirement is always a possibility, but his tone suggested he’d be back.)

And why wouldn’t he return? His numbers were down a tad this year (70 catches, 656 yards) but, thanks to his much-improved blocking, he was still a prime contributor in Atlanta’s ball control offense. Gonzalez has never won a playoff game (he’s 0-4) and the Falcons figure to be Super Bowl contenders 2011.

Not to mention, Gonzalez, 34, is set to earn $5.75 million next season. He’s a Renaissance man off the field, but it’s hard to find a collection of marketing gigs and projects that pay out that kind of cash. Plus, those opportunities will always be there. Football will not.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: January 19, 2011 5:32 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2011 6:30 pm
 

Bill Musgrave accepts Vikings OC offer

Posted by Will Brinson

Bill Musgrave's name has been floating around as a candidate for the offensive coordinator role in both Cleveland and Minnesota, and he's now accepted that position with the Minnesota Vikings.

The team confirmed the news on Wednesday evening (it was first reported by ESPN's Chris Mortensen) in addition to announcing various

Musgrave spent the past five seasons as quarterbacks coach in with the Atlanta Falcons (including the 2010-11 season as assistant head coach).

Musgrave's obviously done a fantastic job helping develop Matt Ryan, and considering that the Vikings will likely be adding some sort of young quarterback to their mix via the draft, he seems like a strong candidate for their position.

Additionally, part of the allure of the Minnesota position (outside of saying "run right" to Adrian Peterson and looking really smart) is that Musgrave can actually call his own plays. In Cleveland, working with former Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, Musgrave might have had to defer some playcalling choices.

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Posted on: January 18, 2011 10:40 pm
 

What does future hold for Tony Gonzalez?

Posted by Andy Benoit
T. Gonzalez (US Presswire)
Was Saturday night the last we’ll ever see of Tony Gonzalez on a football field? This past summer, the Falcons tight end did not obfuscate his contemplation of retirement after the 2010 season.

Though some of his recent tweets have suggested that he could return for a 15th season, Gonzalez is by no means a lock for 2011. "It's always a possibility," Gonzalez told Ken Suguira of the Atlanta Journal Constitution about retirement. "Year 15 is a long time."

The future Hall of Famer (Future Hall of Famer barring the voters’ unfortunate but natural prejudices against the tight end position, that is) is 34. Statistically speaking, this past season was Gonzalez’s worst since 1998, though that was a product of Atlanta’s system and Roddy White’s continued maturation as much as anything.

Everyone agrees that Gonzalez can still play at a Pro Bowl level. And it’s reasonable to predict that Atlanta’s strong Super Bowl chances in 2011 could incite him to stay. After all, for everything Gonzalez has accomplished, he’s 0-4 in the postseason.

"I feel just as down just as devastated as I did last time," Gonzalez said after the Falcons’ loss to the Packers. "It doesn't make a difference that it's towards the end of my career. It's in my mind, don't get me wrong, but they all hurt."

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Posted on: January 18, 2011 11:15 am
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