Tag:Hot Routes
Posted on: January 26, 2011 1:05 pm

Hot Routes 01.26.11: Fairley certain Cats want DT

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Marty Hurney told Joseph Pearson of the Charlotte Observer on Monday that the Carolina Panthers top two needs are quarterback and defensive tackle. Hurney also mentioned that Jimmy Clausen has the tools to succeed. Oh, and he drafted him. So, provided Nick Fairley doesn't do anything ridiculous between now and April, there's a good chance he's the top pick.
Posted on: January 20, 2011 5:35 pm

Hot Routes 1.20.10: Favre's next stop

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • It appears at this point that Bengals coach Marvin Lewis won’t make many – if any – changes to his coaching staff. Cincinnati fans have fallen out of love with offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski, but it sounds like Lewis will bring him back anyway.
  • Former Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has taken that same job on Pete Carroll’s staff in Seattle. Well, since it doesn’t look like Brad Childress will return to coaching this year, I guess Brett Favre will just have to play next season with the Seahawks.
  • The Ravens gave up 40 sacks this season, and thus, Baltimore fired OL coach John Matsko and replaced him with assistant OL coach Andy Moeller – who faces seven charges, including DUI, from an arrest in September.
  • Packers fans probably aren’t happy to see the announcement that referee Terry McAulay’s crew will be working Sunday’s NFC title game. That’s because the last time McAulay had a Packers game, the crew penalized Green Bay 19 times (18 were accepted for 152 yards). For his part, Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy doesn’t sound too concerned.
  • Apparently, Bears LB Brian Urlacher and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers get along famously on the field. They have inside jokes, and they try to throw off the other one by calling out dummy audibles. Somebody needs to mic up those guys.
  • Once again, Bears S Chris Harris sat out practice today. He says he’s going to pla y Sunday, but you’d have to assume he’s going to have to get on the practice field at SOME point.
  • An interesting story in the NY Post on some of Darrelle Revis’ exploits in high school in a small Pennsylvania town.

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Posted on: January 17, 2011 1:54 pm

Hot Routes 1.17.11 "big name" headed to Carolina?

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Posted by Andy Benoit

The Broncos officially named eight coaches to their staff, including holdovers Mike McCoy (offensive coordinator) and Eric Studesville (interim head coach after Josh McDaniels firing; once again the running back coach).

Gruden could be joining the Panthers as an offensive assistant. Jay Gruden, that is.

The Patriots and Falcons staffs will coach the AFC and NFC Pro Bowl squads. “We’ll scout the golfing,” Bill Belichick said of the opportunity.

Dennis Byrd, a former Jets player who was paralyzed in 1992 during a game, addressed Rex Ryan’s squad Saturday night. Not a dry eye in the room, it sounds like.

Bears TE Greg Olsen played decently Sunday.

Darryl Talley is upset that Vince Young disrespected him. But honestly, we don’t quite know why he’d care.

Charlie Weis has left town, but Matt Cassel’s tutor, assistant Nick Sirianni, is still around.

Charles Woodson on the Chicago Bears: “They’re in the way.” Nice.

Remember David Pollack? Cincinnati’s first-round linebacker in 2005 who was sensational in 16 games before neck problems ended his career? He’s a sportscaster now.

Needing a replacement for Rob Ryan, the Cleveland Browns are awaiting an interview with lightning rod (OK...just regular rod) defensive coach Dick Jauron.

Nnamdi Asomugha says it’s not out of the question that he’ll return to the Raiders.

Can you believe Mark Sanchez’s four road playoff wins is an NFL all-time record? (More shocking: one of the players Sanchez shares the record with is Jake Delhomme!)

Special teams coach Danny Smith is returning to the Washington Redskins.

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Posted on: January 7, 2011 12:44 pm

Hot Routes 1.7.10 KC, CLE & SEA provide humor

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Posted by Andy Benoit

Bears GM Gerry Angelo is politely saying “told you so!” to the Bears’ plethora of preseason critics.

Great headline from The Onion: “Seattle coach Pete Carroll: Seahawks only needs three losses to reach the Super Bowl.”

Because Richard Seymour is hurt, Bills NT Kyle Williams is getting the Pro Bowl nod that so many thought he deserved.

The Chiefs, worried about a possible flu outbreak (Dwayne Bowe missed practice Wednesday due to an illness), are requiring players to wash their hands all week. They’re calling it “Kindergarten Rules”.

Lovie Smith is rooting for his assistant coaches to get head coaching consideration. (The man already has three former head coaches on staff.)

Check out this letter the Cleveland Browns wrote to one of their whiny season ticket holders back in 1974.

Do the Browns need to be worried about Colt McCoy’s questionable play in bad weather?

Maurice Jones-Drew’s knee surgery was a success.

As expected, offensive coordinator Dan Henning has left the Dolphins. (The team has probably been secretly interviewing replacements since October.)

If the Jets win on Sunday, the Chargers will get New York’s second-round pick as part of the Antonio Cromartie trade. If the Jets lose, the pick remains a third-rounder (unless the Jets sign Cromartie to a long-term contract…which is likely but complicated because of the CBA). That make sense?

Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo decided not to renew the contract of Todd Hewitt, the team’s 43-year-long equipment manager. (Had a decent joke to go here, but felt kinda bad after learning the guy had been there four decades-plus.)

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Posted on: December 20, 2010 3:45 pm

NFL Week 15 Podcast Review

Posted by Will Brinson

Week 15 provided some pretty, pretty high drama, particularly in the form of the Eagles' comeback over the Giants.

Did Vick and the Eagles' comeback end with the greatest regular season climax of all-time? What'd you think of Rex Grossman's play? And how about Tim Tebow? Can the Packers salvage something from their Sunday night loss to the Patriots

All those questions answered (plus, much, much more) below -- just hit the play button below and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.

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Posted on: December 20, 2010 2:44 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2010 4:20 pm

Hot Routes 12.20.10 Box score tidbits Week 15

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Against the Bengals, Browns quarterback Colt McCoy was 19/25 for 243 yards and two touchdowns in his first game back from a high ankle sprain.

Ben Watson, two weeks removed from a 100-yard performance, had seven catches for 92 yards.

Bengals rookie DE Carlos Dunlap recorded two sacks, giving him six in his last four games.

Jon Kitna threw for 300 yards and had a rating of 110 against the Redskins Sunday.

Anthony Armstrong led the Redskins with 100 yards on five receptions.

The Titans held Arian Foster to 15 yards on 11 carries. Chris Johnson had 130 yards on 24 carries.

Jason Babin notched two more sacks for the Titans. Would you believe he is second in the AFC with 12 on the year?

Indy’s Donald Brown rushed for a career-high 129 yards, thanks mainly to runs of 49 and 43 yards.

Daryl Smith had 15 tackles and a sack against the Colts. (The Jags have credited Smith with 20 tackles, but the Jags are always liberally generous in their stats keeping.) The bottom line is, Smith was everywhere Sunday.

The Chiefs outrushed the Rams 210-69.

Sam Bradford had a career-worst 40.9 passer rating.

Danny Amendola had seven catches for 60 yards. His 8.4 yards per reception average on the season is an NFL all-time low for a wide receiver with at least 60 catches.

God didn’t interfere with Stevie Johnson this week. The young wideout led the Bills with 69 yards and a touchdown.

94 of Michael Vick’s 130 rushing yards came on four runs in the foJ. Kuhn (US Presswire)urth quarter.

Justin Tuck was everywhere early on for New York. He finished with 1.5 sacks, two tackles for a loss, seven tackles overall and three hits on the quarterback.

Seventh-round rookie Jamar Chaney, filling in for injured MLB Stewart Bradley, led the Eagles with 16 tackles.

Detroit’s Drew Stanton had 23 completions for252 yards. Tampa Bay’s Josh Freeman had 21 completions for 251 yards. Detroit’s Maurice Morris had 15 carries for 109 yards. Tampa Bay’s LeGarrette Blount had 15 carries for 110 yards.

The Panthers outrushed the Cardinals 177-43. Jonathan Stewart had 27 carries for 137 yards. He’s averaging 115 yards per game over his last four outings.

With nine catches for 125 yards, Larry Fitzgerald became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 600 career receptions.

The Ravens outrushed the Saints 208-27.

Matt Hasselbeck was 10/17 with two interceptions and a bad fumble in the end zone before being benched. Charlie Whitehurst was 8/16 for 83 yards in relief.

Tim Tebow led the Broncos with 78 yards on eight rushes.

Emmanuel Sanders continues to assume a bigger and bigger role in Pittsburgh’s offense. The young wideout had seven catches for 78 yards against the Jets Sunday and even drew a Darrelle Revis matchup on several snaps.

Jets defensive back Drew Coleman sacked Ben Roethlisberger twice.

The Packers ran 80 plays Sunday night. The Patriots ran 43.

Devin McCourty had a stat line typical of a Patriots star defender: 10 tackles, one sack, two tackles for a loss, one pass deflection and one hit on the quarterback. McCourty is a CORNERBACK, mind you.

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Posted on: December 16, 2010 3:15 pm

Hot Routes 12.16.10: Suggs says Brees best QB

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Terrell Suggs has mentioned how little he likes the favoritism that he believes is shown to Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. But that has nothing to do with his recent comments that Drew Brees is the best quarterback in the NFL. Actually, wait, maybe it does. "Well, in my eyes he’s better," Suggs said, via Aaron Wilson at the National Football Post. "Maybe it could be my personal vendetta against the other guys, but he’s definitely one of the premier quarterbacks in this league, and he’s got the numbers to prove it. And not only that, he’s got the hardware to prove it.”
  • We talking about practice? Why yes, yes we are talking about practice. Specifically, Redskins practice which, according to Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post, was held at Lifetime Fitness. Which is like Gold's Gym, I think. Or maybe not exactly. But the point is that the Redskins, an NFL team, somehow ended up practicing
  • page/DEN">Broncos)">According to Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post, the Broncos still plan on starting Kyle Orton Sunday. He just can't practice because of "sore ribs." Which is obviously code for "desperate excuse to start Tim Tebow."
Posted on: December 6, 2010 5:50 pm

Hot Routes 12.6.10: box score tidbits Week 13

Posted by Andy Benoit

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  • The Steelers and Ravens both converted four third downs, went 1/2 in the red zone and committed nine penalties Sunday night.
  • Rashard Mendenhall carried the ball 19 times (45 yards) after handling the rock a whopping 36 times the previous week at Buffalo.
  • Anquan Boldin had five catches for 118 yards, seemingly all of them on the game’s final drive.
  • The Saints were just 1/8 on third down against the Bengals. They won because they generated 248 yards on their five biggest plays.
  • Roman Harper led the Saints with 10 tackles, a sack (on the final play) and two tackles for a loss.
  • Jay Cutler was 21/26 for 234 yards and a touchdown against the Lions. Cutler also went “interception-less” for the fifth time this season. On the year, he has a passer rating of 92.8.
  • Earl Bennett is quietly becoming a go-to receiver for the Bears. The possession target had seven catches for 104 yards.
  • Cliff Avril had three sacks for Detroit. That’s seven on the year and six in Avril’s last four games.
  • Troy Smith completed just 10/25 passes against Green Bay. His limitations in reading the field from the pocket were obvious at times.
  • For the second straight week, Tennessee had fewer than 50 plays offensively. They’ve now gone a franchise-record 12 quarters without a touchdown.
  • Dexter McCluster had five carries(11 yards) and two receptions (25 yards) in his first game back from a high ankle sprain. (He also had a fumble.)
  • Turnovers once again doomed Miami. They were minus-three against the Browns.
  • Browns tight end Ben Watson exploded for 100 yards on 10 catches.
  • Sidney Rice looks to be in top form. He had 105 yards and two touchdowns Sunday.
  • The Redskins did not convert once in the red zone against the Giants Sunday. Reason being, they were never in the red zone.
  • Derek Hagan led the Giants with seven receptions. No one else caught more than two passes for New York.
  • Jason Campbell was just 10/16 passing in Oakland’s surprising win at San Diego.
  • The Chargers fell behind early and ran the ball just eight times. The Raiders ran the ball 52 times (for 251 yards).
  • Peyton Manning completed 36/48 for 365 yards on what everyone agreed was one of his worst games as a pro.
  • The Cardinals had three different quarterbacks attempt passes Sunday. All completed 50 percent or fewer of their attempts.
  • Carolina’s Steve Smith had 39 of his 54 yards receiving come on one play. It was Smith’s longest catch of the season.
  • Marshawn Lynch punched in three touchdowns (and had 83 yards rushing) for Seattle.
  • One of Matt Ryan’s two interceptions was a result of the receiver slipping on bad turf. The Falcons turned the ball over for the first time in nearly five games Sunday.
  • Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes had an interceptions and six pass breakups.

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