Tag:Joe Haden
Posted on: September 2, 2010 2:44 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2010 2:45 pm

Madden '11 simulates the entire NFL season

Posted by Will Brinson

Putting too much stock into an EA Sports simulation of Madden 11 is pretty aggressive -- I won't fault you for not doing it. But that doesn't make the simulation any less interesting, does it? Exactly, and since you already I enjoy the super cool world of virtual sports based on my review of the game , here's a quick breakdown.

Last year, Madden had the New England Patriots winning the Super Bowl, with Tom Brady garnering MVP honors. Other playoff "teams" included Pittsburgh, Tennessee, San Diego, Philadelphia, Arizona, Atlanta and Chicago (who all won their division) and the Colts, Ravens, Giants and Panthers sneaking in as wild cards.

To recap quickly: whoops.

Anyway, Aaron Rodgers is the star to watch, as he wins MVP and gets the Packers homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. Same deal with the Ravens, who win the AFC North. New England, Indianapolis and San Diego are the other AFC division winners, while the 49ers, Cowboys and Saints win the other NFC division spots.

In terms of the wild card, Minnesota (who actually ties with Green Bay for the best record in the NFC at 12-4) and Atlanta are the winners in the NFC, while the Texans and Jets secure wild card spots from the AFC side.

In other words, nothing crazier than what a lot of people are thinking.

Terrell Suggs takes home Defensive Player of the Year, Joe Haden wins Defensive Rookie of the Year and Jermaine Gresham wins Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Some interesting individual performances that people might care about include Greg Jennings having a MONSTER year (102 catches, 1438 yards, 13 TDs), Owen Daniels finishing as the second-best TE in the league, Jerome Harrison rushing for 1235 yards and 9 TDs and Darrelle Revis snaring seven interceptions.

Of course, EA doesn't have teams dealing with holdouts or players struggling back from injuries (like Daniels).

Still, that shouldn't stop you from putting the deed to your house on an "Aaron Rodgers for MVP" prop bet in Vegas.

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 11:33 am

Hot in Cleveland - well lukewarm, anyway

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Last year at this time, the Browns were staring at a mess. Their quarterback choices were Derek Anderson or Brady Quinn. WR Braylon Edwards would soon be on his way out of town. RB Jamal Lewis was getting old.

New head coach Eric Mangini already was facing problems within the organization. And as Tony Grossi from the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes, “Mike Furrey was one of the surest tacklers in the secondary. Yes, Mike Furrey, the possession receiver.”

Life is different now in Berea, Ohio, though.

Jake Delhomme might only be a slight upgrade – if that – but at least the QB spot isn’t in question, though if the coaches wanted to make things interesting, they could throw in Seneca Wallace every now and again (I’m not sure what the deal is here, but Grossi also mentions third-round pick Colt McCoy needs to play well in the final two preseason games in order to make the roster). Rookies Joe Haden and T.J. Ward have performed well in the secondary during training camp, and RB Jerome Harrison rushed for 561 yards in the final three games of last season.

Of course there are still plenty of questions in Cleveland and there’s almost no chance they won’t finish last in the AFC North, but life just seems a little bit better for the Browns. At least compared to last year.

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 9:35 am

Hot Routes 8.20.10: Positivity everywhere

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

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-Bills QB Brian Brohm, vying for that backup spot behind Trent Edwards, thinks his performance against the Colts on Thursday night went “pretty well.” Coach Chan Gailey counters that by saying Brohm was just OK.

-Despite the 13-point loss toe Bills, Indy Star columnist Bob Kravitz finds some reasons to be positive . Their names are QB Curtis Painter and KR Devin Moore.

-I didn’t watch much of the Patriots-Falcons game beyond looking for how Patriots WR Wes Welker would perform – he did quite well – but I did notice Falcons DE Kroy Biermann. So did coach Mike Smith .

-Something seems a little off about this picture . I actually have some friends who are field turf management guys (albeit for baseball). This would never happen under their watch.

-The Eagles say it’s a different training camp feel with Kevin Kolb as the starting QB instead of Donovan McNabb.

-Dolphins QB Pat White is quickly becoming an afterthought . And man, he was so good at West Virginia.

-Cowboys C Kyle Kosier, who suffered a sprained MCL, is hoping to get back by season opener.

-Joe Haden is pushing Eric Wright for a starting spot in the Cleveland secondary . Wright says he’s fine with the competition. It probably helps that he’s coming off the best season of his career.

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Posted on: August 14, 2010 7:00 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2010 7:35 pm

What to Watch For: Saturday Preseason Games

Saturday features a pretty good slate of preseason games, each with some interesting storylines. You can follow all the action on our NFL Scoreboard, but for now, let's take a quick walk through the schedule and let you know what we're looking for; hit us with what you're watching in the comments or on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) .
  • Miami v. Tampa Bay : Easily the biggest story here will be the performance of the Bucs' youngsters. While it's unlikely Tampa Bay will be contending for anything in 2010, how Mike Williams, Arrelious Benn, Josh Freeman, Gerald McCoy and Brian Price perform during the season will probably determine the length that Raheem Morris keeps his job. For the Dolphins, seeing how Brandon Marshall and Chad Henne click will be interesting -- their being on the same page is paramount for the Fins success.
  • Pittsburgh v. Detroit : It's all about Ben Roethlisberger. (Will he start? Will he get booed?) At least for Pittsburgh, anyway. For Detroit, I'm focusing on how Jahvid Best runs and what kind of coverage Calvin Johnson sees with additional weapons on the offensive side of the ball, as well as how much disruption Ndamukong Suh can cause.
  • Arizona v. Houston : For the Cardinals, the passing game is going to be crucial -- how will Matt Leinart perform in his first opportunity to make an in-game impression following the Kurt Warner era? The Texans are set as far as the passing game goes, but the running game is a whole different issue: out of Arian Foster, Ben Tate and Steve Slaton, someone has to emerge who can carry the load.
  • Green Bay v. Cleveland : Yikes -- the Packers are fun and all, but this shouldn't be a thriller. I suppose it's worth checking out my man Jake Delhomme to see if he can make Cleveland relevant. Rookie Joe Haden will start too, and he gets quite the test against Aaron Rodgers. Andy and I discussed the man-crushing on Jermichael Finley Friday as well, so it'll be interesting to see if Rodgers looks his way first chance he gets. Bryan Bulaga's probably the only other potentially big surprise for the Pack.
  • St. Louis v. Minnesota : I, for one, am stoked to see how Sam Bradford and A.J. Feeley compare. Also, Mardy Gilyard is stupid good on Madden '11 (I know, I know) but unfortunately, he's not supposed to play. For Minnesota, the focus is going to be on the quarterback position as well -- if Brett Favre doesn't come back, can Tavaris Jackson at least look good against what shouldn't be dangerous defense? (Or, alternately, can the Rams' D manage to make the Favre-less Vikes O look bad?)
  • San Diego v. Chicago : With Shawn Merriman now in camp, the biggest issue facing the Chargers is the absence of Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeil -- can Malcolm Floyd/Buster Davis and a patchwork group of left tackles fill the respective holes on the offense? For the Bears, Julius Peppers' performance will be interesting to watch, but more important will be the offensive line play and Jay Cutler's ability to adapt to Mike Martz' system.
  • Seattle v. Tennessee : I'll be scoping out Golden Tate's action, as I think he could be a difference maker this year. I also happen to love Justin Forsett for some reason -- Charlie Whitehurst will get some action to prove why he's such a highly paid backup. Vince Young's ability to perform at the same level he maintained during the second half is imperative for the Titans to succeed. Tonight we get to see if he can get off on the right foot.
So, what about you -- what are you looking for tonight?

(Ed. Note: Sorry, we published an un-saved version that didn't have the SD/CHI and SEA/TEN games on there. Our bad.)
Posted on: August 11, 2010 9:07 am
Edited on: August 11, 2010 9:43 am

Hot Routes 8.11.10: 'Reppin' the 1's'

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  • Former Panther Julius Peppers is, according to Brad Biggs , 'going to be a heck of a player to watch this season.' So that's great news for Bears' fans, who now only have to watch every other snap on defense to get full enjoyment out of their big free-agent acquisition.
  • DEAR GOD. There appears to be some sort of "rationale thought" going on in Oakland -- Jerry McDonald reports that Nnamdi Asomugha might actually spend time in 2010 shadowing the best wide receiver for the opposition. Instead of, you know, sitting at the right corner spot and guarding whoever opposing teams line up there. All due respect to the late George Steinbrenner, but the Raiders are operating just like the Yankees did once Big Stein was "less involved." I think we need some proof Al Davis is still alive.
  • Sean Weatherspoon could start the Falcons' opener . But he doesn't care whether he does or not. For some reason. I do, because I think he ends up winning Defensive Rookie of the Year (really active linebackers on contending teams just get so much more exposure than anyone else).
  • In news that produces negative emoticons (Cry ) for an NC State alum, Torry Holt might not even make the Patriots roster . He's listed at sixth on the WR depth chart right now -- maybe -- and Pats player personnel fella Nick Caserio won't tie down how many they'll keep. My take? If they cut him, the Panthers should bring him on to mentor their young guys. But I've only been saying that for three years.
Posted on: August 10, 2010 2:03 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2010 5:59 pm

Haden could take Wright's starting spot

CB J. Haden received first-team snaps today after E. Wright left because of an injury (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With Cleveland CB Eric Wright injuring himself in practice today – his status is unclear, but it appears he hurt his right hamstring – first-round pick Joe Haden now could get a chance to prove to the Browns he can handle a starting position.
As James Walker of ESPN.com points out, Haden, the team's first-round pick, has been a backup since he arrived in Berea, Ohio, but that could change, depending on the severity of Wright’s injury.

"I'm real excited," Haden said when asked about the possibility of starting Saturday’s preseason opener against Green Bay. "It definitely means a whole lot more playing time, and that's just more time to make plays."

It’s a bit of good news after Haden found himself in trouble with coach Eric Mangini after he Tweeted the news about a player facing a fine because a cell phone went off in a meeting. Here’s what Haden wrote on his page : “These fines ain't no joke! Somebody phone alarm went off in the meeting and all Coach Mangini said was " that will b $1760! #damnfines”

Mangini was asked about it today, and he laughed when he said, “I think our social media is a work in progress.” Mind you, Haden wrote that AFTER Mangini warned the team about being careful with social media.

UPDATE: Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot says that Wright is riding the exercise bike during tonight's practice. That suggests he's banged up but not seriously injured.

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Posted on: August 6, 2010 12:23 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2010 1:40 pm

Report: Okung, Seahawks reach 6-year deal

Posted by Will Brinson

Update: The "agreement to terms" is offcial, via the Seahawks' Twitter feed . Bonus: nifty picture of Pete Carroll and Okung meeting in Seattle.

Well, that was fast -- shortly after a report that C.J. Spiller agreed to terms with the Bills surfaced , news is now coming out that the remaining unsigned first-rounder, Russell Okung, has agreed to a six-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that Okung, the sixth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, agreed to terms on a contract that will pay him up to $58 million over the life of the deal, with $30 million guaranteed.

Provided that both the Okung and Spiller reports are accurate, all of the 2010 first-rounders have now signed or at least agreed to terms with their respective teams.

This is also the earliest that all first-round picks have been signed in the last five years -- Michael Crabtree, Derrick Harvey, JaMarcus Russell and Matt Leinart (the last picks to sign in their respective drafts) all held out until at least August 14th or later.

Okung, charged with replacing the legendary Walter Jones at left tackle, gets a substantial financial step-up from last year's sixth-rounder, the Bengals' Andre Smith. (Smith signed a four-year deal with $21 million guaranteed, but the deal contains a team option that would extend the deal to six years, $42 million with $29.5 guaranteed, so Okung's overall value is skyrocketed over Smith's although his guaranteed cash isn't.)

For relative value purposes, Joe Haden, drafted one spot below Okung, got a five-year deal worth $50 million and $26 million guaranteed, while Eric Berry received a six-year deal worth $60 million and $34 million guaranteed from the Chiefs.

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Posted on: August 1, 2010 11:18 pm

Russell Okung, Seahawks 'not even close'

The majority of the first-rounders from the 2010 NFL Draft have signed with their respective teams -- only six selections from the first round remain uninked after Tyson Alualu reportedly agreed to terms with the Jags .

Jermain Gresham, Dan Williams and Jerry Hughes will all likely get signed pretty quickly. Count Seattle's sixth overall selection as one of those that may take a while to get on board -- Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported on Sunday that the two sides are "not even close."
Per a league source, Okung and the Seahawks are "not even close" on a deal for the sixth overall pick in the draft. Now, it would SEEM easy to lock Okung in. After all, in theory, Seattle could just find a number that's somewhere between the deals given to Eric Berry (5th overall) and Joe Haden (7th), right?

One big problem is that Okung is prospective franchise tackle, which makes him substantially more valuable than Berry or Haden (in theory). Particularly for a team that just lost Walter Jones.

Additionally, it's almost certain that Okung is staring up at Trent Williams' deal with the Redskins and wondering just how close he can get to matching that.

-- Will Brinson

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