Tag:Nate Burleson
Posted on: October 14, 2010 3:05 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2010 3:24 pm
 

Nate Burleson fined $15K for uniform infraction

Posted by Will Brinson

On Sunday during the Lions pregame introductions, Nate Burleson lifted up his uniform to reveal the slogan "What up doe" written on it and later, when scoring a touchdown, punted the ball into the stands.

As a result of those two actions, he's been fined $15,000 by the NFL, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk points out that $15K is a "pretty stiff price" for two actions that are relatively harmless -- "What up doe" just means "What's up?" in Detroit slang and punting a ball certainly isn't the worst celebration in the world.

On the other hand, Roddy White was fined $10,000 for his "Free Mike Vick" shirt move. In this instance the league probably isn't as concerned with the message of Burleson's shirt so much as it is stopping folks from delivering messages via that medium -- being lenient on Burleson just because the words on his shirt theoretically don't mean anything wrong gives other players way too much wiggle room.

And $5,000 for a celebration penalty is relatively reasonable -- Chad Ochocinco picked up the same tab for putting the ball, while Wes Welker got nailed for twice as much for making snow angels in the end zone.

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 12:41 am
 

Burleson has high hopes for Lions' wideouts

The idea that the Lions could have the "most respected receiving corps" in football seems kind of ludicrous, no?

But it's something that Nate Burleson, the high-priced free agent addition to the Lions, thinks could happen. At least that's what he told John Niyo of the Detroit News .

"I want to be the best receving corps in the NFL," he said today, when asked about the Lions' improved WR group. "You hear a lot about T.O. and Chad Johnson and what they got going on in Cincinnati. But I'm gonna say firsthand that we will be the most respected receiving corps after it's all said and done. ... That's what we work for. You think about the guys that we got here -- Calvin, myself, Bryant. You talk about height, speed, strength, playmaking ability, youth. We're gonna come out and prove that the Detroit Lions, we're ready for competition."

Now, again, I think it's kind of far-fetched -- but Burleson might have a point, provided we're not just talking one-two punches here. (If that's the case, he's got a longer line than just the Bengals to stand behind.) After all Calvin Johnson is as good a stud as they come. And, conveniently, Burleson also pointed that out.

"You talk about height, speed and strength, the ability to jump at his size and run routes like a slot receiver? I keep saying it, and I'll say I probably until I'm done playing with the Lions, he's the closest thing to Randy Moss. And in my eyes, Randy Moss is one of the biggest threats in NFL history."

Strong words, indeed. But do the Lions really qualify as a candidate for the best wide receiver corps in the NFL?

Actually, Moss would probably lead the first trio that I'd pick, off the top of my head, over Detroit (and Cincy), when you combine him with Wes Welker and Torry Holt. Houston (Andre Johnson, Jacoby Jones, Kevin Walter) probably stands out as better too, but I'm freakishly high on the freakishly athletic Jones this year.

Regardless of any disdain for VH1, it's probably tough to slot the Lions above the Bengals at the moment, either, and I'm confident the Colts (Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon, Austin Collie) and the Saints (Marques Colston, Robert Meachem, Devery Henderson) are a better overall group too.

As are the Giants, the Eagles and the Vikings.

Interestingly enough, when Josh and Andy did their wide receiver rankings , they actually named their top duos (caveat being that a top-five guy couldn't be included).

So, long story somehow made longer: I'll probably spend all Tuesday morning tomorrow ranking the various wide receiver corps simply because Nate Burleson is optimistic about the Lions in 2010.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 4:11 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2010 4:34 pm
 

Where will Carroll lead Seattle?

Seattle has been the supposed landing places of a few high-end free agents this offseason. And why not? Head coach Pete Carroll hasn’t been shy about adding new players and subtracting the ones he hasn’t wanted (even if they played for him at USC). First, Bills RB Marshawn Lynch was heading to the northwest. That didn’t happen. Now, the Seahawks apparently are interested in obtaining the services of San Diego WR Vincent Jackson.

Even if Seattle doesn’t pull in another top-notch free agent before the season starts, never fear. Carroll seems to know exactly what he’s doing. Or, at the very least, what he wants.

As we discussed here , Carroll’s roster hasn’t been a safe haven for anybody in the Seattle locker room. Since he took the job in January, he’s acquired 60 players, and of the 80 players heading to training camp, 44 of them weren’t on the roster pre-Carroll. I’m always wary of a team which gives its coach the absolute final say over the personnel that plays for him, but apparently, Seattle thinks it’s a good idea. And Carroll hasn't been shy about using his power.

But just because there’s been significant turnover, that doesn’t mean this year's Seattle squad will make anyone forget about its 2009 debacle (the 5-11 record, the firing of then-coach Jim Mora after only one season). Aging veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck struggled, the top running back Julius Jones was unimpressive, and the offense never found an effective No. 1 receiver (T.J. Houshmandzadeh, the team leader in receptions, is not meant to be a No. 1 guy).
Pete Carroll, right, jogging with L. Tatupu (Associated Press)
The defense was abysmal as well, allowing 24.4 points and 356.4 yards per game. The Seahawks couldn’t stop the pass, probably because they couldn’t figure out a way to rush the opposing quarterback.

Seattle isn’t that far removed from playoff runs from 2003-2007 and a Super Bowl appearance at the end of the 2005 season. But it feels like forever ago, doesn’t it?

So, what will change? Obviously, Carroll, who was slightly better than a .500 coach in his previous dalliances in the NFL but who’s coming off so much success at USC, feels like the roster needed to be remade. But you have to question some of his moves.

He brought in former USC RB LenDale White briefly before the team released him, and I don’t understand the love – and the big contract – for career backup QB Charlie Whitehurst. I don’t like the fact WR Nate Burleson and the top-three pass rushers from last year are gone. In fact, I thought it was unfair Mora got the boot after one season.

That said, I liked the Seahawks 2010 draft class. Carroll found a starting LT in Russell Okung who can replace Walter Jones, a FS in Earl Thomas that has good speed and cover skills, and a quick threat in WR Golden Tate,

Sure, a huge roster turnover doesn’t usually mean a team is poised for a breakthrough season, and people around the league don’t seem to have high hopes for this year’s squad. Also consider the offensive system, which will rely on making formation shifts to confuse the defense, is going through a wholesale change. But get the new guys some seasoning, maybe get Whitehurst some playing time, maybe have second-day draft picks like TE Anthony McCoy and CB Walter Thurmond surprise some people, and maybe, the Seahawks can be a threat in the next few years. Maybe Carroll can replicate his success from USC in Seattle. Maybe.

--Josh Katzowitz

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