Tag:Ricky Williams
Posted on: July 7, 2011 3:40 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 4:24 pm
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Hot Routes 7.7.11: Redskins don't want Clausen



Posted by Ryan Wilson

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  • CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman thinks "a handshake agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement will happen next week, not on Thursday or Friday." Either way, that's welcome news.  

  • ESPN.com's Matt Williamson thinks Shawne Merriman "is done." In that sense, he should complement former Bills first-rounder Aaron Maybin nicely.
  • Redskins QB update via CSNWashington.com blogger Rich Tandler: "I would say there is zero chance that the Redskins are interested in [Jimmy] Clausen. Think they would rather go with who they have." Washington should subscribe to the addition-by-subtraction personnel philosophy more often.
  • We thought this went without saying since the Broncos spent a first-round pick on Tim Tebow a year ago, but the team has no interest in a poor man's Tebow, aka Terrelle Pryor.
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Posted on: June 29, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.29.11: Carson's Cincy home: sold



Posted by Ryan Wilson
  • First the Bills get new uniforms and now Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly says that the team was wise to pass on a QB early in the April draft. Turns out, Kelly thinks incumbent Ryan Fitzpatrick is more than capable.
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Posted on: April 28, 2011 7:42 am
Edited on: April 28, 2011 11:45 am
 

'A couple RBs in 1st round' says one top prospect

Posted by Will Brinson

NEW YORK -- There's not a whole lot that anyone knows about the 2011 NFL Draft, thanks to the labor situation keeping the Panthers from negotiating with one prospect. But there is one truth that we think we know: there might be a single running back taken in the first round.

One. That's it ... if someone bites on Mark Ingram with their top pick. However, Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams -- the third-ranked RB on CBSSports.com's prospect board -- thinks something different might unfold. In fact, he thinks we'll see "a couple running backs" go early on Thursday.

"The draft is full of surprises," Ryan Williams told CBSSports.com at NIKETOWN on Wednesday. "They say they don't want running backs in the first round -- how can you not take running backs in the first round when a lot of teams are taking running backs.

"I think we're going to get a couple running backs in the first round."

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A bold prediction to be sure, and one that's certainly a bit convenient, as a result of Williams hoping that he goes early.

But at the stage that he said this (less than 24 hours from the first round), there's not a whole lot for him to gain from saying this. He knows who's interested in his services.

And he also knows how many teams might be desperate for a second and/or first explosive running back capable of stepping in and making a difference right away.

"You look at the Dolphins, they're losing Ricky [Williams], Ronnie [Brown]," Williams said. "You look at the Bengals, they're losing [Cedric] Benson. Redskins lost [Clinton] Portis.

"Knowshon [Moreno] with the injury problems. Baltimore Ravens with Willis McGahee … so the list goes on."

Williams also added about the Panthers' DeAngelo Williams, "he's already gone."

And he's right. These guys are either out the door or likely gone. Miami's made their intentions clear (it's why nearly everyone has Ingram pegged to the Dolphins), DeAngelo seems like a lock to leave the Carolinas because of his status and Jonathan Stewart, Benson is an unrestricted free agent, etc., etc.

That's the weird thing about this draft -- there's a lot of teams who need running backs but a ton of teams who aren't acting all that interested in taking a running back early. After all, there's a ton of depth and, as always in this day and age, a ton of teams that actually need healthy, talented running backs.

For the Dolphins, Williams already has a solution: draft and pair him with Darren Evans, our 31st-ranked running back prospect , who also happens to have played at Virginia Tech.

"You know what would be great? If the Dolphins picked up me and Darren [Evans of Virginia Tech]," Williams half-joked. "I feel like me and Darren pair well with each other. They're losing Ricky and Ronnie -- pick up Ryan and Darren."

No one's going to bank on the Dolphins listening to Williams' advice, much less a pile of teams jumping all over a running back in the first round, but just remember if they do -- after giving credit for where you heard it first -- tell someone to hire Williams as a draft analyst ASAP.

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Posted on: April 16, 2011 11:42 am
 

Ricky Williams thinks Fins will dump both RB's

Posted by Andy Benoit

All along, we’ve believed that Ricky WilliamsR. Williams (US Presswire) wants to use his free agency to breakup with the Miami Dolphins. But the 34-year-old running back believes it’s actually the other way around: the Dolphins will use Williams’ free agency to breakup with HIM. And he thinks fellow free agent Ronnie Brown will likely be dismissed, as well.

"I think there is always situations and I think Ronnie and I have had some success doing what we been doing here the past couple years, but I think things changed last year," Williams said on WQAM’s The Sid Rosenburg Show. "I think we are not the same offense we were two years ago . . . I think they might want to go in different direction. If Dolphins really want me to stay and make a fair offer, it would be hard for me to turn down, but I don't know if that is going to happen."

Williams and Brown both stayed healthy in 2010, but with opponents figuring out how to stop the Wildcat, their combined yards per carry plummeted from 4.6 to 3.9.

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Posted on: April 15, 2011 11:19 am
 

Hot Routes 4.15.11: Ochocinco and the book biz



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • An interesting look at what it’s like to work on a book with Chad Ochocinco (full disclosure: the first book I wrote was with Orange Frazer Press. It was not on Ochocinco. Or Chad Johnson, for that matter).
  • We don’t normally think of Bengals coach Marvin Lewis as a stand-up comic, but in a recent roast of Cincinnati restaurant legend Jeff Ruby, Lewis summoned his inner-Jeff Ross. Naturally, that includes a joke at Ochocinco’s expense. Also, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly just kills Lewis and Bearcats coach Butch Jones.
  • The three finalists for the Patriots 2011 HOF induction class are coach Bill Parcells, QB Drew Bledsoe and DL Houston Antwine. Fans can vote at patriots.com through May 15.
  • Joe Henderson of the Tampa Tribune doesn’t think that agreeing to a home game in London vs. the Bears is such a good idea for the Buccaneers.
  • Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio gave an interesting look into how New England preps for the draft and what happens in the war room during draft day.

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Posted on: April 6, 2011 2:19 pm
Edited on: April 6, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Offseason Checkup: Miami Dolphins

Posted by Josh Katzowitz



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Entering their Monday Night Football matchup against the Patriots in Week 4, the Dolphins had to be feeling confident in their chances of beating New England in Miami. The Dolphins defense had looked good in knocking off the Bills and Vikings (which, at the time, was considered a pretty good win), and then Miami played the Jets to a close loss before the Patriots came to town.

A 41-14 disaster later, Miami fired special teams coach John Bonamego and never got more than a game above .500 for the rest of the season (and, in fact, finished the year at 7-9).



Coach on the hot seat, quarterback

Although Tony Sparano took a 1-15 team and turned it into an 11-5 division title winner a year later (beating out the Patriots for the honor), he’s gone 7-9 in back-to-back seasons. Apparently, owner Stephen Ross listened to Bill Parcells’ recommendation and decided to bring back Sparano for another season (though Ross DID disgustingly go out of his way to woo Jim Harbaugh for the job). But the specter of Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher still are out there and until Sparano is off the hot seat, fans will wonder about their availability.

Sparano would get a great deal of help if QB Chad Henne could put together a consistent season. WR Brandon Marshall blasted his QB at the end of last season and said he actually works better with QB Tyler Thigpen (a major ZING, by the way). It’s too early to give up on Henne, especially now that Chad Pennington will miss all of 2011 because of a torn ACL, but it’s getting to the point where Henne needs to show somebody something.




1. Running back
On paper, the duo of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams would seem a surefire way for the Dolphins to rack up rushing yards and plenty of touchdowns. Yet, the Dolphins managed to finish 21st in running last season. There’s a good chance that neither back will return to Miami next year, leaving Patrick Cobbs and Lex Hilliard on the roster at RB. Which means the Dolphins will need some big-time help at that spot and which is why Alabama’s Mark Ingram might be a good draft pick (though the Dolphins might want to trade down instead).

2. Offensive line
You know what doesn’t help your third-string quarterback perform better? A terribly inconsistent offensive line. That’s what Tyler Thigpen faced in Miami’s 16-0 loss to the Bears in Week 11 – a line missing starters Jake Long and Joe Berger who then watched backup Cory Procter get injured on the second offensive series, meaning Richie Incognito had to move from guard to center. Miami could make a play for a solid center in the draft.

3. Keep improving the defense
n 2009, the Dolphins ranked 25th in the league in defense, but last year, they improved that number to No. 13. Most of the starting front seven is solid, but Miami’s DBs had a tough time hanging onto interceptions last season. It also would help if they got more playmakers in the secondary.




After Ross stopped emasculating Sparano for Harbaugh and then gave him a two-year extension, Ross made it clear he wanted a more aggressive, more exciting offense. Sparano, though, said he plans to keep running the ball more often than not. Could we see both? I suppose, though I kind of doubt it.

I also don’t see a playoff run with Miami, considering the Patriots and Jets still will be battling for AFC East supremacy. All of which means the meddling Ross probably will fire Sparano, and then, everybody can just start over again in Miami. Which means we might not see good pro football in Miami for a while.

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Posted on: January 6, 2011 12:29 am
 

Taylor backs up Williams' critcism of Sparano

Posted by Andy Benoit

The drama is laying on pretty thick in Miami. Earlier this week, Dolphins player rep Ricky Williams (who, it’s wortT. Sparano (US Presswire)h noting, is headed for unrestricted free agency), criticized head coach Tony Sparano for being a micromanager and taking the fun out of football.

Via ESPN.com’s Tim Graham, in a radio with WQAM (the same station where Williams made his comments), Jets defensive end/outside linebacker Jason Taylor, who played for Sparano last season, essentially seconded the running back’s sentiments.

"The people want to get on players sometimes of speaking their minds and for saying things or being truthful," Taylor said. "People don't always want to hear that. But sometimes you've got to look at it and say 'Where there's smoke there's probably fire.'

"I think it's something you have to take a step back and look at and say 'Well, this isn't Ricky just being a cancer in the locker room.' ... Sometimes guys talk and you tend [to dismiss] them as just blowing a horn. But when someone like Ricky talks, I think you can understand that maybe there is something there for real."

Taylor was not trashing his former coach – he was merely speaking candidly.

"I played under Tony one year in that system and atmosphere, and it's tough," Taylor said. "What Ricky was saying is true in a lot of senses. It's a tough work environment.

"I think Tony does a good job of trying to touch every situation you may see in a game. But the micromanaging and things like that is exhausting , particularly when you're not winning."

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Posted on: January 5, 2011 10:37 am
 

More reasons Marshall doesn't like Henne

B. Marshall has made his unhappiness known with the offense of Tony Sparano (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

As Dolphins coach Tony Sparano continues to wait to hear about his job status, his players have begun to let loose their feelings. And it’s likely not helping Sparano’s cause. Or the confidence of QB Chad Henne.

We told you Tuesday about RB Ricky Williams saying he and Sparano were not a great fit and that he was excited to test the free agent waters. Williams said the team respects Sparano, but then he went on to blast Sparano’s micromanaging.

So, that wasn’t good.

But it gets worse.

WRs Brandon Marshall and Brian Hartline also broke down why the team’s offense was so mediocre on a Miami radio show Tuesday, via the Palm Beach Post. And then Marshall went on a rant against Henne.

From the Post :

Marshall, who on Sunday said he’s been on “different pages” with quarterback Chad Henne all year, explained what he meant with radio host Michael Irvin, and said he works better with backup Tyler Thigpen.

Marshall said that in Sunday’s 38-7 loss to New England, there were several plays in which he was lined up 1-on-1 against Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty with no safety help over the top. Marshall, listed at 6-foot-4, has six inches on McCourty, and in the past, his height advantage and the 1-on-1 coverage almost always dictated that Marshall would change his play to a “go” route, and the quarterback would lob the ball up and let Marshall make a play.

“In the past, taking the shot always worked out pretty good, and that’s something I’ve been trying to get called all year,” Marshall said. “I’m covered, (but) that doesn’t mean I’m covered. … Just throw it up, you know?”

But Marshall said that Henne and quarterbacks coach David Lee were never willing to improvise plays at the line of scrimmage, and when Marshall did, they would get upset with him on the sideline.

“Henne, the way he plays the game is he goes exactly through his reads, no matter the matchup,” Marshall said. “Then you get to the sideline, and it’s some conflict there because they don’t like it (changing routes on the fly).”

But Marshall said Thigpen is different. And better with whom to work. It’s because, Marshall theorized, Thigpen played with big-time receiver Dwayne Bowe while he was in Kansas City.

“I think Tyler gets it a little more,” Marshall said. “I’ve been trying to communicate with the quarterbacks all year, and we finally get it in the last game. It shows what we’re capable of doing. So yeah, Tyler is a guy that kind of gets it.”

And Henne apparently doesn’t. Again, not good.

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