Tag:Ronnie Brown
Posted on: December 31, 2010 3:54 pm

30 yards Sunday equals $500K for Ronnie Brown

Posted by Will Brinson

Ronnie Brown's had a pretty forgettable season, even if that doesn't make him very different from the rest of the Miami Dolphins. (Cameron Wake excepted, perhaps.)

And there's a good chance he won't be back with Miami next year, depending on what direction the team wants to go with the free agent-to-be. One thing's for sure, though -- Brown would really like to get 30 rushing yards on Sunday in the team's final game of the season.

That's because, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, if Brown picks up 30 more rushing yards, he'll unlock a bonus in his contract that pays him $500,000 for accumulating more than 750 yards rushing on the season.

500K ain't nothing to sneeze at, even for a multi-millionaire like Brown, and especially when he'll be heading into the offseason without a guaranteed contract during an uncertain time for free agents amid labor negotiations. In other words, expect to see him run plenty hard this Sunday.

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Posted on: November 18, 2010 11:47 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2010 12:27 am

The Chicago Bears: Confounding contenders

Posted by Will Brinson

At 7-3, the Bears are confusing enough that it's impossible to bust out the old Denny Green "they are who we thought they are" line, because, well, how are they winning? (Although, congratulations on becoming the first franchise ever to win 700 games. Double congrats to the NFL Network for not having giant blue and orange fireworks explode on my screen.)

Their rushing attack is weak as can be (although it looked better in the second half), Jay Cutler continues to make poor decisions and play mediocre at the quarterback position (he hasn't had a QB rating above 100 since Week 2) and yet, here we are, 11 weeks into the season and they're on top of the division and currently locked into the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

"We're 7-3," Cutler said following the win. "We're looking good in the north division and we just have to keep getting better and better. This is the time of year when you want to play your best ball, and as long as we keep winning games and getting better and better we're gonna give ourselves a chance."

Cutler also threw props to the offensive line and the defense, as he should -- the offensive line allowed three sacks, but one was in relative garbage time and if that's all you cough up in a Cameron Wake - Frank Omiyale matchup, well, you've done yeoman's work.

As for the defense, they had a pretty easy gig going against a Miami offense that looked completely out of sorts: Tyler Thigpen couldn't do what he needed to do in order to succeed because the offensive line lost Cory Procter early and was forced to adjust on the fly.

And frankly, there's no real way to compete without your top center, your top two quarterbacks and your No. 1 wide receiver -- in a short week, no less -- against a top-five NFL defense, which the Bears are.

"We thought they'd try and run it, you know, and they didn't," Urlacher said. "And we kind of got after them a little bit and they started throwing it around."

Urlacher's spot on -- Tyler Thigpen was the top rusher for the Dolphins, picking up 27 yards on six carries. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams? 11 yards on six carries.

Part of that is on the Bears' defense, part of that is on a torn-up offensive line, and part of that is on a poor gameplan. Not that it matters -- the Dolphins are donecakes when it comes to the 2010 season, given what they have to work with on offense from here on out, and given how far behind the rest of the AFC contenders they are (mathematically, of course, they're still in it, but I mean, come on).

But maybe the Bears are a contender. It just seems odd to think that way considering how porous the offensive line was to begin the season, and how lucky they looked picking up some wins early.

But Chicago scrapes by on offense, dominates on defense and utilizes Devin Hester's special talents to give themselves just enough of an edge and win games, even if it's not in a pretty fashion.

So, yeah, they're the Chicago Bears. Maybe we do know.

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Posted on: November 14, 2010 6:28 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2010 6:28 pm

Report: Miami calls JaMarcus Russell for workout

Posted by Will Brinson

Miami, who turned to the 34-year-old Chad Pennington (instead of Chad Henne) at quarterback on Sunday, won a crucial game against the Titans, besting Tennessee 29-15 in Nashville. All the news wasn't good though, as the Dolphins have reportedly lost both Pennington and Henne for the season.

Now, they've contacted JaMarcus Russell for a workout, according to Josina Anderson of Inside the NFL on Showtime.

First of all, provided that both quarterbacks are done for the year, it's a crushing blow to Miami's hopes for the season. It also means that Tyler Thigpen is atop the depth chart for the 'Fins, and that they'll likely run a substantial amount of Wildcat plays; after Henne's injury, Ronnie Brown was taking snaps for a bit.

The Russell news should prompt one or two jokes about Jam-Jam's weight -- last we heard from him, he reportedly weighed 286 pounds, but, as he told Anderson during his Inside the NFL interview, he wasn't yet humbled enough to consider playing anywhere other than the NFL.

Considering the number of quarterbacks who've suffered injuries this season (and the number that have been benched for poor play), it's now kind of hard to blame him for hoping he gets another shot -- it appears he might as early as this week.

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Posted on: November 14, 2010 3:33 pm

Thigpen third Miami QB to play today

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

As we progress through the fourth quarter of the Miami-Tennessee game, six different players have taken snaps in the contest.

For the Titans, it’s been Kerry Collins and Vince Young, which we told you about here. For the Dolphin, it’s been Chad Pennington, Chad Henne (who hurt his knee toward the end of the third quarter), and RB Ronnie Brown. No. 6 was Miami’s emergency backup QB Tyler Thigpen.

Henne was hurt with less than a minute to play in the third quarter after his leg buckled on a sack, and because Miami would have to play Thigpen the rest of the game if he entered BEFORE the fourth quarter began, Miami ran offensive plays out of the Wildcat formation.

The first, a trick play that gave WR Brandon Marshall a shot down the field, resulted in an incomplete pass, but the other two were runs that gained a combined 36 yards.

As the fourth quarter began, Miami stayed in the Wildcat, but on the third snap of the quarter, Thigpen trotted out to the field. His pass was nearly intercepted, but K Dan Carpenter’s 42-yard field goal gave the Dolphins a 23-17 lead.

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Posted on: November 14, 2010 1:24 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2010 1:24 pm

Pennington out with shoulder injury, Henne in

Posted by Will Brinson

The Chad Pennington Era in Miami didn't last long -- named the starter earlier this week, Pennington lasted just two plays before leaving the game with a shoulder injury.

Pennington was injured on the Dolphins first play from scrimmage, an incompletion to Anthony Fasano. He lasted one more play, a completion to Brian Hartline, and left the game.

Chad Henne replaced him and after a very awkward immediate timeout, completed an 11-yard pass to Lousaka Polite that set up a two-yard Ronnie Brown touchdown run.

Pennington's return is listed as "questionable," and perhaps the most interesting thing about what unfolded is that the 34-year-old, as reported by our own Charley Casserly on Inside the NFL Sunday, picked up an extra $200,000 on his annual paycheck just for playing a single snap Sunday.

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Posted on: October 25, 2010 4:27 pm

Hot Routes 10.25.10 Week 7 box score tidbits

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Yet another story lost in the Favre hoopla Sunday night: the Vikings finished with 196 yards rushing that game.

Randy Moss had just three catches Sunday, which was three more than Donald Driver. Driver’s streak of 133-straight games with a reception is over. (For what it’s worth, Drive was playing with a bum quad.)

Carson Palmer lost Sunday, but we’re guessing that his fantasy owners won. Palmer’s final numbers: 36/50 for 412 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. C. Palmer (US Presswire)

Jordan Shipley, in his first game back since suffering a concussion after T.J. Ward’s vicious and dirty hit, caught six passes for 131 yards and a touchdown.

John Abraham caused some problems for the Bengals. It wasn’t an utterly dominant performance, but Abraham recorded two sacks Sunday and consistently pushed the pocket.

The Bears were just 2/10 on third down against the Redskins. That means they had three times as many turnovers as third down conversions.

Ryan Torain ripped off 125 yards on 21 carries. The Bears were playing without injured outside linebacker Lance Briggs (ankle).

Bears guard Chris Williams finally got off the snide, catching his first pass of the season for a gain of four yards. (Without seeing the play, the guess here is that the ball was either tipped, or Cutler was remarkably errant on an attempted smoke screen to DeAngelo Hall.)

Albert Haynesworth was a menace for most of the afternoon. He finished with a sack and two tackles for a loss.

The Titans won despite getting just 66 yards out of Chris Johnson’s 24 rushing attempts.

Jeremy Maclin was targeted 14 times but finished with just five catches for 42 yards.

The Chiefs gashed the Jaguars for 236 yards on the ground. At one point, Thomas Jones ripped off a 70-yard run and Jamaal Charles came in and punched in the goal-line score.

Dwayne Bowe scored two touchdowns for a second week in a row.

For the Jaguars, some guy named Courtney Greene started at safety and led the team with 12 tackles. (Because Greene started at safety, we’ll assume this means he’s about to be cut.)

It took Big Ben all of two games to get back into 300-yard passing form. Roethlisberger threw for 302 yards against the Dolphins.

The Steelers held Ronnie Brown to 14 yards on nine carries.

The official box score lists the Steelers have having four fumbles, with two lost and one recovered. That leaves one fumble unaccounted for. Does anyone, by chance, know what happened there?

Colt McCoy won his second start as a pro, but he contributed only 74 yards through the air in doing so.

Peyton Hillis rushed for 69 yards, which was enough by one yards to beat out punter Reggie Hodges to be the Browns’ leading rusher Sunday.

Saints safety Darren Sharper had two tackles in his first action of the season.

Scott Fujita returned to New Orleans and posted 11 tackles, a sack, two tackles for a loss, an interception and a pass deflection.

The Rams scored 17 points in the second quarter at Tampa but zero in the other three quarters.

LeGarrette Blount headlined the Bucs backfield with 11 carries for 72 yards. Cadillac Williams, who caught Josh Freeman’s winning touchdown pass, had just 12 yards on four carries.

Matt Moore was 28/41 for 308 yards, two touchdowns and an interception (which, granted, was an ugly one returned by Ray McDonald for six points). All in all, that’s a mountain-moving quarterbacking performance for the Panthers.

Steve Smith had four catches for 50 yards in his first game back from an ankle injury (which he tweaked in the third quarter, by the way), but it was David Gettis who wore the receiver hat for the Panthers. The sixth-round rookie had eight receptions, 125 yards and two touchdowns.

Joe Flacco was just 16/31 against the Bills, but he did throw three touchdowns and no interceptions. None of those TD’s went to T.J. Houshmandzadeh. The former Pro Bowler was targeted just twice and finished with no catches.

Steve Johnson and Lee Evans both went over 100 yards for the Bills.

Ray Lewis: 15 tackles, one sack, one huge fumble force and recovery.

Max Hall and Derek Anderson combined for 12/33 passing

The Cardinals lost four fumbles at Seattle.

The Raiders pretty much embarrassed the Broncos in every statistical way imaginable.

Four the Patriots 15 first downs Sunday were a result of a Chargers penalty.

San Diego rushed for a measly 38 yards on 19 attempts.

Journeyman Antwan Barnes posted two tackles for a loss and two sacks for the Chargers.

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 8:21 pm

Three keys for MNF

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A couple of keys before we settle in to watch the Patriots play the Dolphins.

1) Patriots WR Randy Moss vs. Dolphins CBs Vontae Davis or Jason Allen:
Last season, Moss had some pretty good stats vs. the Dolphins, combining for eight catches, 213 yards and two TDs. But Davis, in his second season, is looking to change that outcome tonight. Also, the Miami secondary has some height to it, and that could create some problems for New England’s wide receivers. But don’t forget about the Patriots tight ends – Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski and Alge Crumpler.

2) Dolphins RBs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams vs. the Patriots run defense: New England is currently ranked No. 24 in the league by allowing 119 yards per game, and though Miami hasn’t been great in this facet (112 yards per game and just one TD), it’s got talent. Brown has been much better than Williams – who’s already lost three fumbles this year – but the two are still splitting carries. Brown will be looking for a big game tonight, and he just might get it.

3) Neither team can afford to fall behind the Jets in the AFC East:
With the Jets easy win against Buffalo on Sunday, they moved to 3-1 on the season. New England and Miami are 2-1, but both already have losses against New York. A loss tonight, though it certainly wouldn’t be disastrous, would push that team to into third place in the AFC East. It won’t be a pretty view if that team has to look up at the Jets and the Patriots.

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Posted on: September 14, 2010 10:52 am

Bills LB corps suffers another blow

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Posluszny Losing LB Paul Posluszny for a few weeks to a right knee sprain isn’t the most devastating news possible for the Bills – it could have been an ACL, after all. But it’s certainly not very helpful.

Before Posluszny hurt himself while helping tackle Miami RB Ronnie Brown during the third quarter of Sunday’s game, Buffalo already was pretty thin at LB. Which isn’t good news when you run a 3-4 scheme, especially for a team that had to use 13 different LB combinations last year.

To replace him, the Bills used Keith Ellison against the Dolphins, but as the Buffalo News points out, Akin Ayodele, who was signed by the team last week after parting ways with Miami, also could contend for Posluszny’s starting job.

Still, it’s worth noting that after Posluszny broke his arm last year, the Bills gave up nearly 500 rushing yards in the next two games. Paging Aaron Schobel, STAT.

"Give us a couple of days to work on the game plan and see how that all pans out," Chan Gailey said in his Monday news conference. "(Who starts) depends on the packages Green Bay wants to throw at us. That will have a lot to do with it. The personnel groupings that they bring might depend on who we play."

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