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Posted on: March 16, 2011 9:50 pm
Edited on: March 16, 2011 10:06 pm
 

Offseason workouts take on different tenor

Posted by Andy Benoit

With the doors locked at team facilities, players have to organize their own offseason workouts. You’ve probably heard stories here and there about players making arrangements to train witD. Brees (US Presswire)h teammates (off the top my head, Josh Freeman and a few Bucs, Michael Vick and a few Eagles, Dallas Clark and a few Colts, Kyle Vanden Bosch and a few Lions and Drew Brees and a few Saints come to mind).

These workouts are not the same as true offseason team workouts, of course. For one, there’s no coaching guidance. For two, it’s not Drew Brees and the Saints working out…it’s Drew Brees and A FEW Saints. These are more player-organized positional workouts than player-organized team workouts. But, boutique offseason programs are better than nothing.

The fact that Brees is organizing workouts indicates that the NFLPA is OK with players setting up their own OPA’s (Organized Player Activities – you like it?).

Jim Corbett of USA Today asked people around the league about offseason preparations in the event of a lockout. He shrewdly went to former Redskins GM Charley Casserly, who observed firsthand how organizations get ahead during a work stoppage. The Redskins, after all, won titles after the strike-shortened ’82 season and the three-week replacement players ordeal in the ’87 season.

"A number of teams have already employed the Redskins strategy before this started," Casserly said. "They had team meetings, gave outlines to players, discussed strategy for workouts."

We know the Cowboys did that with new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in February. You can bet they weren’t the only team that had extensive meetings that month.

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Posted on: February 21, 2011 12:08 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2011 12:10 pm
 

Hot Routes 2.21.11: Quite a ride for Packers fans



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Titans DE Jason Babin explains why players don’t exactly love the franchise tag. “Everyone will say, 'How could you (not want) $12 million or whatever it is for a franchised defensive end?' But it's not as simple as that, unfortunately. Nothing in the NFL is simple,” Babin told the Tennessean.
  • The Jets reportedly will place their non-football employees on furlough if a new CBA isn’t reached by March 4. For every month there’s no agreement, those employees would have to take a week of unpaid leave. If no games are lost in 2011, though, the team would reimburse those employees.
  • Here’s CBSSports.com’s own Mike Freeman’s take on how the sports unions could be affected by what happens in Wisconsin.
  • Browns KR Joshua Cribbs is learning that the price of a friendship with LeBron James was perhaps more expensive than he thought. At least, in terms of suffering through not-nice comments to his Twitter feed.

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Posted on: December 5, 2010 11:47 am
Edited on: December 5, 2010 11:53 am
 

AFC Inactives, Week 13

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, those who ARE active: Chiefs WR Dexter McCluster (who will actually get the start opposite Dwayne Bowe), Colts RB Mike Hart, Colts LB Gary Brackett, Titans QB Kerry Collins (who is starting),

Now, those who are NOT active:

Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jaguars: One week after suffering an ankle sprain, he was back last week, and though he was didn’t do much, he was still an integral part of the gameplan. But he re-aggravated his ankle and won’t play today. Kassim Osgood will start in his place.

Kendrick Lewis, CB, Chiefs:
Kansas City has played exceptionally well with Lewis in the lineup (the Chiefs are 6-1 when he’s on the field). But he’s out today. So, that’s not good for Kansas City.

Kyle Vanden Bosch, DL, Bills: This is a big loss for Buffalo, especially since Vanden Bosch is one of the team’s best defensive players.

Brian Dawkins, CB, Broncos:
He hurt himself last week, but his skills have noticeably declined this season. This might not be the worst thing in the world for Denver.

Brandon Marshall, WR, Dolphins:
Limited in practice all week, many people thought Marshall would be healthy enough to play vs. the Raiders, especially since he said he was bouncing back quickly. Apparently, he's not. He's inactive, and that's a huge blow for Miami.

Kenny Britt, WR, Titans: Sounds like he's targeting next week as his return from a hamstring.

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Posted on: November 25, 2010 3:53 pm
 

At the end of the day, no surprises in Detroit

Posted by Andy Benoit

Well, the Lions at least gave us a half a game on Thanksgiving. At Fords Field Thursday we saw a simpleT. Brady (US Presswire) contrast between a team that knows how to win and a team that knows how to lose. Detroit’s defensive line was dynamic in the first half, with Ndamukong Suh getting an early sack on Tom Brady and Kyle Vanden Bosch delivering a pair of crushing quarterback hits. That effort was matched by an impressively efficient Lions offense (who knew Maurice Morris still had some wheels?). But it only lasted two quarters.

Brady and the Pats offense turned in a masterful – perhaps even perfect – second half. Deion Branch made Alphonso Smith his turkey (sorry). Rob Gronkowski took advantage of Detroit’s tentative safeties. And, late in the fourth, BenJarvus Green-Ellis exhibited the downhill running prowess that has blossomed him into a bona fide feature back. Pretty simple.

Phil Simms made a fantastic point about the Lions: they don’t play for 60 minutes. Effort isn’t the issue so much as simple know-how. Detroit’s lack of depth becomes startling noticeable late in the second of games. It’s all part of the rebuilding process (the never-ending rebuilding process).

As for the Patriots, the story of this game was Brady taking a firm lead in the NFL MVP race, no?

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Posted on: October 31, 2010 4:34 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2010 5:08 pm
 

Shanahan pulls McNabb for Grossman

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For reasons that nobody seems to understand – announcers, sports writers, Rex Grossman’s family – Redskins coach Mike Shanahan benched starting QB Donovan McNabb for a late fourth-quarter series as Washington, losing to the Lions by six points at the time, attempted a game-winning TD drive.

Shots from the sideline showed McNabb (17 of 30 for 210 yards, one TD, one INT) walking around normally and drinking from a paper cup without a trainer anywhere near him. Before backup Rex Grossman entered the game, McNabb went over to wish him luck.

Either that, or he gave Grossman his condolences.

On the first play of the drive, Detroit’s Kyle Vanden Bosch crushed Grossman from behind, forcing a fumble. Ndamukong Suh picked up the fumble and returned it for the TD to give Detroit a 12-point lead.

Perhaps McNabb had some unknown injury. If not, Shanahan will have to explain his reason for bringing in Grossman for what was almost an unwinnable situation.

UPDATE (4:46 p.m.): Shanahan just said in his postgame presser that he inserted Grossman because he felt the backup QB gave his team the best chance to win. Okaaaaaay, then.

UPDATE (5:07 p.m.):
Specifically, it had to do with who could run the 2-minute offense better. If Shanahan really feels like Grossman has a better idea of how to run the 2-minute offense than McNabb, that's pretty stunning.

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