Tag:Bob Sanders
Posted on: February 21, 2011 10:09 pm

Bob Sanders to visit the Bills

Posted by Andy Benoit

After visiting the Jacksonville Jaguars, oft-injured Colts safety Bob Sanders is scheduled to stop by Buffalo to chat with the Bills. Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union reports that Sanders will visit the team on Tuesday.

The Bills have recently plenty of bodies at safety, most notably Donte Whitner. But the interest in Sanders suggests that Whitner, a former No. 8 overall pick and looming free agent, could be on his way out.

Not only are the Bills interested in Sanders, but there are rumblings that the team could take a look at O.J Atogwe, as well. Whitner is taking note. On Twitter, he passed along a link to an article titled, “Dear NFL Teams: Don’t Sign Bob Sanders.” (Professionalism be damned, apparently.)

Sanders would be an ironic signing for the Bills. In recent years, the Bills have regularly been amongst the league leaders in players on injured reserve. In his seven-year career, Sanders has missed more games than he’s played. The last time he played more than six games in a season was 2007, when he won Defensive Player of the Year.

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Posted on: February 21, 2011 9:34 am

Bob Sanders to visit Jacksonville

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

On the heels of the news that former Rams S Oshiomogho Atogwe will visit the Redskins, NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora is reporting that former Colts S Bob Sanders will make his way to Jacksonville to take a look around.

Sanders, who’s played only nine games in the past three years because of various injuries, is one of the most talented safeties in the game. But given the choice to sign either Sanders or Atogwe today – and if you were to discount Atogwe is a free safety and Sanders is a strong safety – you’d almost have to go with Atogwe.

Atogwe has been one of the most solid safeties around while Sanders has missed 64 of 112 regular-season games in his career.

Just for context, here’s what the guys at Pro Football Focus think about Atogwe:

So what’s the bottom line? Is Atogwe worth chasing for teams that might not have many other opportunities to upgrade at safety? Short answer is absolutely. He is a well-balanced player. He has the skills to be effective on the blitz, to help out against the run, and to make plays in coverage. He is a player that offenses need to be aware of, but he can be inconsistent, and he’s not perfect.

And on Sanders:

Sanders, though, has been on the field so little over the past few seasons that we didn’t really feel we could make any concrete conclusions beyond what we all already know.

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Posted on: February 20, 2011 5:49 pm

Hot Routes 2.20.11: Millionaires vs. billionaires

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • A nice story here by the Kansas City Star’s Kent Babb about Chiefs equipment manager Mike Davidson who, after working for the club for the past three decades, is retiring from his job.
  • Falcons WR Roddy White was all over Twitter the other day complaining that the labor dispute has become known as millionaires fighting with billionaires. White’s point was that it’s not an accurate statement, and here’s a New York Daily News piece that explains why White might be exactly right.
  • CBSSports.com’s own Clark Judge doesn’t think the Jets will make the playoffs next year. Or, for that matter, the Steelers.
  • LB Rashad Jeanty signed a contract with the Eagles today. He’s a good dude and a pretty good player as well, so bully for him.
  • I talked about this a few days ago, but here’s another article highlighting NFL assistants who could lose their jobs if the owners lock out the players.

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Posted on: February 18, 2011 5:38 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2011 5:40 pm

Rams release safety O.J. Atogwe

Posted by Will Brinson

OJ Atogwe was set to become a very rich(er) man on February 21, as he was due an $8 million roster bonus from the Rams on that date. Unfortunately for Atogwe, the Rams released him on Friday.

Atogwe's the third big-name safety dumped in the past few hours -- the Colts released Bob Sanders earlier in the day and the Texans cut Eugene Wilson -- but his release isn't surprising because of the big chunk of change the Rams owed him.

It could be considered a bit odd, though, as the Rams signed him just last season to a $32 million, five-year deal.

Brian McIntyre reports that Atogwe had a "Valentine's Day Massacre" clause in his contract that allowed him to void the deal before the Rams cut him by alerting the team before February 14. Obviously, Atogwe wasn't going to that, and it left St. Louis with no real choice other than releasing him.

Atogwe might even have a better shot at finding work than Sanders, if only because the former Colt is considered a tremendous health risk, whereas Atogwe's been fairly reliable since being drafted by St. Louis in 2005.

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Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:27 am
Edited on: February 18, 2011 12:19 pm

Colts release Bob Sanders

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Colts S Bob Sanders’ seven-year ride in Indianapolis is over, according to team owner Jim Irsay.

On his Twitter page, Irsay this morning wrote the following: “We have released Bob Sanders today. We thank Bob 4 all his incredible contributions from his Sup Bowl pic 2 def player of year honors.”

The move really isn’t that shocking. While Sanders is one hell of a player and perhaps the most talented safety in the game (and one of its hardest hitters), he’s dealt with injuries for most of his career that have severely limited his playing time.

In the past three seasons, he’s only played in nine of 48 regular-season games. Sure, he was the defensive player of the year in 2007 when he recorded 96 tackles, 3 ½ sacks and two interceptions, but since then, the most he’s played in a season is six games. In the past two years, he’s only played in three games.

The fact he’ll be 30 next season – and really, has given the Colts only two especially good seasons – and the fact he can’t stay healthy almost makes this move almost a no-brainer. Especially when the team would have to pay him a combined $12.5 million the next two seasons to (probably) spend most of his time in the trainer’s room.

Expect Sanders to draw big interest in the free agent market, though. He’s still talented enough to draw big money from a team in need.

UPDATED (12:17 p.m.): Sanders has released a statement of his own:

“I want to thank Mr. Irsay for the opportunity to play with the Colts. I appreciate all he and the organization did for me throughout my career, and I always will consider myself a Colt."

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 11:41 am
Edited on: November 29, 2010 12:49 pm

Colts hope to get Bob Sanders back soon

Posted by Andy Benoit

Barring any more waves of bad luck, the Indianapolis Colts are bound to get healthier down the stretch. It is expected that running back Joseph Addai, wide receiver Austin Collie and linebackB. Sanders (US Presswire)er Gary Brackett will return to action. Surprisingly, safety Bob Sanders could also be on track to come back.

Sanders was thought to be lost for the season after tearing his biceps in September. But NBC Sports’ Andrea Kremer reports that the 2007 Defensive Player of the Year will meet with Dr. James Andrews this week in hopes of being cleared to practice. Andrews performed Sanders' surgery.

This is the very scenario the Colts had in mind when they chose not to place Sanders on Injured Reserve. If Sanders is cleared to return, it’s likely he’d spend a few weeks practicing before stepping back onto the field for the final two or three weeks. He’s one of the few players in the league who can miss significant chunks of time and immediately regain his flow upon return. In ’06, Sanders missed 14 of Indy’s final 16 games – including the final four – with a knee injury. However, he returned to the lineup in the postseason and ignited what had previously been a horrible run defense. The Colts went on to win the Super Bowl that season.

Aaron Francisco has been a decent fill-in starter at strong safety, though you have to assume the Colts would be more than eager to get their All-Pro missile back.

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Posted on: November 9, 2010 4:43 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2010 4:44 pm

Top Ten With a Twist: Delightfully average

Miami, despite what the sign says, has been delightfully average this season (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We’re halfway through the season, which means we get plenty of first-half best-of lists from every corner of the Internet. Which, don’t get me wrong, is totally cool. In fact, here are two well-done lists – one from our own Pete Prisco and one from our own Clark Judge .

Or you can go snarky and talk about the worst of the worst through the first nine weeks of the season (Cowboys, Bills, Panthers, etc.) That’s fine too. I certainly don’t mind a worst-of list every now and again. As long as I’m not on it.

But I’ve decided to play to the middle: how about an award for the Most Delightfully Average (fill-in-the-blank)? I think this needs to happen, because, really, most of us in life are pretty average (present company excluded, of course. I’m talking about those other people that aren’t reading this article – which, by the way, is far above delightfully average).

There are a handful of us that are really, really good at what we do, and there are some of them who are absolutely terrible at their jobs. Yet, most of us fit somewhere in the middle. That said, here are the most delightfully average awards from the first half of the season.

10. Average offense – Bengals: They rank 15th in yards per game (345.0) and 17th in points per game (20.9), and despite the terrific addition of WR Terrell Owens (who would have guessed we’d be saying that a few months back?), the offense seems stuck in mud. Much of it rests on QB Carson Palmer’s arm, because he has plenty of weapons around him. He just hasn’t been very good.

9. Average defense – Colts: For a potential Super Bowl contender, this defense sure is mediocre. In order to go far in the playoffs, the Colts will have to improve on their 344.6 yards allowed average (20th in the NFL), their 21 points allowed (tied for 14th), and, in particular, the 140.9 rushing yards allowed (29th). Not having S Bob Sanders or his replacement, Melvin Bullitt, because of injury hurts the secondary, but the defensive line, even with Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney, has just 17 sacks. Which ranks, you guessed it, 16th in the 32-team league.

8. Average quarterback – Jay Cutler, Bears: When you think of Cutler, you might rank him somewhere near the bottom of the quarterbacks list. Perhaps that’s because, whenever the Bears are playing on national TV, he always seems to be throwing four interceptions per game or taking a big-time pounding from the opposing linebackers. Plus, he has that sour look on his face that probably just makes you sad. But no, Cutler ranks 16th in passer rating, 18th in passing yards, 19th in touchdown passes, 12th in interceptions and 19th in completion percentage. So, he’s simply stuck in the middle.

7. Average running back – Brandon Jackson, Packers: After Ryan Grant was placed on the IR list following an ankle injury, it was left to Jackson and John Kuhn, the only two running backs remaining on the roster, to try to replace his production. Jackson has been fine, though unspectacular. He rushed for 115 yards in Week 5, but he averages 4.3 yards per carry for a Green Bay rushing game that ranks 20th in the league. QB Aaron Rodgers probably wouldn’t mind a little more assistance.

6. Average wide receiver – Michael Crabtree, 49ers: I’m sure this is what San Francisco expected when it took him with the 10th overall pick in 2009 and then waited as he embarked upon an extended hold-out. On the season, he ranks 32nd in the NFL with 31 catches, and he averages 12.4 yards per reception (just kind of meh). One silver lining to Crabtree’s game, though: 80 percent of his catches go for first downs.

5. Average fans – Bengals: There wasn’t much analysis with this one. I just went down the list of total attendance by percentage of seats sold, and at 98.0 percent, Cincinnati was No. 16 (No. 1 is Dallas at 108 percent?!? (Wade Phillips must have been REALLY popular in the Big D); No. 32 is Oakland at 71.6 percent).

4. Average saliva-tosser – Le’Ron McClain, Ravens: If you’re going to spit into somebody’s face, you either have to be discreet or you have to go all-out (think Roberto Alomar spitting into John Hirschbeck’s face (I can’t believe that I didn’t have to look up the umpire’s name to make that analogy)). McClain did neither. He wasn’t discreet, you see his face move forward forcefully toward Miami’s Channing Crowder in the video, and he didn’t just hawk the loogie like Alomar did. Really, just an average performance.

3. Average division – AFC South: If the NFC South (with three teams at 5-3 or better) is the best division in the NFL and if the NFC West (nobody better than .500) is the worst, the AFC South has to be the most average. The Colts and Texans are tied for first place at 5-3, while the Jaguars and Texans are tied for last with 4-4 records. All of these teams have shown major flaws during their quest to compete for a division crown. I don’t think the Jaguars have much of a chance, but of the other three, I really don’t have any idea who will make the postseason.

2. Average coach – Gary Kubiak, Texans: Three weeks ago, there’s no way Kubiak would have “won” this award. Behind Kubiak, the Texans surprised the Colts in the opener with a big victory, and despite losing to Dallas (who in the hell loses to the Cowboys, anyway?), Houston was 4-2. But the Texans have lost their last two, and for some reason, Kubiak forgets about RB Arian Foster at times while his defense plays horribly. Once again, the Texans might not make the playoffs, meaning Kubiak might be gone at the end of this season.

1. Average team – Dolphins: Miami has been a rather tough team to pin down this season. Sometimes, the Dolphins look very good, using a tough defense to beat the Vikings and Bengals, or being resilient enough to upend the Packers. Other teams, they look absolutely horrid (last week’s 26-10 loss to the Ravens, and the 41-14 debacle to the Patriots). It feels like Miami should be better, but in the end, the Dolphins are humbly – and delightfully – average.

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Posted on: October 5, 2010 1:19 pm

Colts lose safety Melvin Bullitt for the year

Posted by Will Brinson

The Indianapolis Colts' defense took another hit to the secondary on Tuesday when the news broke that safety Melvin Bullitt would miss the remainder of the year with a broken bone in his shoulder.

Bullitt will undergo surgery sometime in the next two weeks and then will be placed on injured reserve, according to his agent, Leonard Roth.

“Worst possible news," Roth said in an email to The Indianapolis Star . "He will be operated on in the next two weeks to repair it and get ready to go next year. He has worked very hard and (is) heartbroken over this development."

This is a pretty major blow to a Colts D that has struggled this year (24th overall in average yards allowed, 23rd in average points) with the early season loss of Bob Sanders (who Bullitt was actually replacing at safety).

DaJuan Morgan was signed earlier in the month for backup, and he's the likely guy to fill Bullitt's shoes in the secondary. Interestingly, Morgan was cut by the Chiefs earlier this season, and that's who the Colts play next.

So Morgan will at least be a little prepared for his first opponent as the starter -- but the Chiefs, who have been prepping for the Colts while on their bye week, will be especially prepared for part of the Colts' secondary, and you can guarantee that they'll look to exploit Morgan's inexperience as a starter this week.

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