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Posted on: April 4, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Woodhead, Hillis advance in Madden tourney

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Patriots RB Danny Woodhead continued his remarkable run in the Madden ’12 cover vote, but considering he’s matched up against Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in the third round, his streak is probably about to end.

Woodhead, a dark-horse candidate at the beginning of the 16-man tournament, knocked off Giants WR Hakeem Nicks 57 percent-43 percent, but he’ll face a tough candidate in Rogers, who blasted Lions DT Ndamukong Suh 72-28 in the first round and Rams QB Sam Bradford 76-24 in the second round and appears only to be growing stronger.

In the other half of that side of bracket, Browns RB Peyton Hillis – originally a No. 10 seed as compared to Woodhead’s No. 4 – surprisingly edged Falcons QB Matt Ryan 51-49 and will meet Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles.

On the other side of the bracket, 49ers LB Patrick Willis – who upset Steelers WR Hines Ward in the second round – will meet PETA favorite/Eagles QB Michael Vick.

The final quarterfinals matchup between Saints QB Drew Brees and Vikings RB Adrian Peterson might be the most intriguing vote of the third round.

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Posted on: February 22, 2011 10:59 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2011 11:03 pm
 

Gabbert will run, won't throw at Combine

Posted by Will Brinson

It's a weird year or the NFL Draft, because there are tons of quarterback-needy teams and not a lot of guarantees at the position. If one of the top QBs can come into the Combine this weekend and light things up, they could jump up draft boards real quick.

But it probably won't be Blaine Gabbert, the top quarterback in our both our prospect rankings and on Rob Rang's Big Board. That's because the Missouri quarterback won't be throwing during the Combine.

"Gabbert will run. He's just not going to throw," Gabbert's agent Tom Condon said per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We haven't had any of our guys throw (at the Combine)."

Then again, maybe Condon knows what he's doing. After all, he's had success with a few quarterbacks in the NFL Draft -- Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Matt Ryan, and Sam Bradford leap to mind as guys who did okay on draft day.

And maybe there's no work to be done anyway. Gabbert's apparently considered the top option for at least one team, the Titans, and both Rang and Chad Reuter have Gabbert going to Tennessee eighth, which might just make things a natural fit.

Additionally, it's a logical move by Condon and Gabbert to avoid too much scrutiny on his role as a "system quarterback" at Missouri. If he struggles with certain throws at the Combine, people will wonder if he can easily make the jump to the next level.

As it stands right now, though, he's a hot commodity who actually stands to lose ground on draft boards if he doesn't come out and blow people away.

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Posted on: February 4, 2011 7:55 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 7:58 pm
 

Bradford, Suh win AP Rookie of the Year awards

Posted by Will Brinson

DALLAS -- Sam Bradford and Ndamukong Suh were named the 2010 AP Rookies of the Year on Friday night.

The announcement hardly comes as a surprise -- Bradford broke several of Peyton Manning's rookie records en route to passing for 3,512 yards, 18 touchdowns (to 15 interceptions) and a 76.5 QB rating while completing 60 percent of his passes. More importantly, perhaps, was his strong play during the middle of the season -- over a six-game stretch, Bradford threw 11 touchdowns to just two interceptions as the Rams picked up four of their seven wins in 2010. And he did all this while throwing to a wide receiver corps that was about as far from elite as it came in the NFL this season.

Suh piled up 10 sacks, 66 total tackles and one interception in his first season. While the Lions didn't have as much success, his front-seven disruption showed why he was the No. 2 overall choice in last year's draft (behind only Bradford) and hinted as to the damage he could do in the future under Jim Schwartz' tutelage.

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Posted on: January 13, 2011 12:42 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Browns hire Pat Shurmur as head coach

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Browns have officially announced that they’ve hired Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmer as their next head coach.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to join an organization with such a rich history and tradition as the Cleveland Browns,” Shurmur said in a statement.  “I have the utmost respect for Coach (Mike) Holmgren and Tom Heckert, and I am impressed with the direction in which they have this franchise going.  I have known Tom for most of my pro coaching career, and while we were in Philadelphia, he and I developed an outstanding relationship.  I want to thank Mike and Tom, as well as Randy Lerner, for this tremendous opportunity.  I also want to thank the St. Louis Rams and Steve Spagnuolo for two terrific seasons and for giving me a chance to be a coordinator at this level.  I am looking forward to this challenge and can’t wait to get started in helping to build the Browns back to one of the elite teams in the NFL.”

Said Holmgren, team president: “I am extremely excited about having Pat Shurmur as the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Pat is a bright, young man who grew up in football and around the coaching profession.  I came away from our interview very impressed with him as a person, his extensive knowledge of the game and his track record of success as an assistant coach in this league. Most importantly, I feel as though he possesses the necessary qualities which make him the right man to lead our football team.”

In Shurmur, the Browns get an experienced veteran who helped turn around a 1-15 Rams squad and helped them become a team which, shockingly, was only one game – and one victory over the Seahawks - away from making the postseason as the NFC West champs.

The play of rookie QB Sam Bradford was impressive this year, so Shurmur gets credit for that. Overall, the Rams ranked 26th in the NFL in total offense (25th in rushing and 21st in passing). In 2009, St. Louis was No. 29, so props for a little improvement.

Shurmur officially will be introduced Friday at 11 a.m.

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Posted on: January 5, 2011 2:32 pm
 

Hot Routes 1.5.10: The mic is hot!



Posted by Josh Katzowitz
  • If football fanatics like Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden think a football game is running a bit long, chances are it’s taking forever. Check out this video from the Orange Bowl when the MNF team discuss how long the game took.
  • Looks like some of the Jets players are going to need a refresher course on the NFL playoff overtime rules system.
  • It sounds like Giants coach Tom Coughlin doesn’t hate the media quite as much as he used to hate us. With an appearance by CBSSports.com’s own Pete Prisco.
  • Matt Millen feels good for John Elway. And he has some advice for how to navigate the world of an NFL team’s front office.
  • How brutal is this? UFL players, according to Pro Football Talk, are still waiting to receive their final paycheck of the year. If you’ll recall the UFL championship game was played at the end of November.

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Posted on: January 4, 2011 5:26 pm
 

Browns will interview Rams O-coordinator Shurmur

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that the Browns on Thursday will interview Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to fill Eric Mangini’s old job.

This latest news shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the relationships Shurmur has with the Browns front office.

As the paper points out, Shurmur spent seven seasons as the Eagles quarterback coach (during a time frame in which Donovan McNabb made three Pro Bowls) and he got to know current Cleveland GM Tom Heckert quite well. Also, Shurmur’s uncle was former NFL defensive coordinator Fritz Shurmer, who worked for team president Mike Holmgren.

Another positive for Shurmur: the impressive season that No. 1 pick Sam Bradford just accomplished in leading what was expected to be a last-place Rams squad to the verge of the playoffs (sure, it was in the NFC West, but you get my point).

Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg also are supposedly on the Browns interviewee list.

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Posted on: December 28, 2010 1:29 pm
 

If not (Andrew) Luck, then who?

What happens if Stanford QB Andrew Luck returns to school next year (Getty)? Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King wrote in his MMQB this week that he’s hearing Stanford QB Andrew Luck is thinking about returning to college for another season and not becoming the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s NFL Draft.

Which would be a brutal blow for the Panthers (but, now that I think about it, a great twist for Jimmy Clausen).

That said, if Luck doesn’t come out for the 2011 Draft, who are some of the top candidates? The Charlotte Observer’s Joe Person has some ideas. Here’s his list (click on his link to see their pros and cons):

-Auburn DT Nick Fairley

-Clemson DE Da’Quan Bowers

-Georgia WR A.J. Green

-LSU CB Patrick Peterson

-Auburn QB Cam Newton

And our friends at the CBSSports.com College Football Blog bring up another name in Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara.

Some food for thought: QBs (Matthew Stafford and Sam Bradford) have been taken No. 1 in the past two Drafts and in 10 of the past 13 years. A WR hasn’t been taken No. 1 since the Jets grabbed Keyshawn Johnson in 1996. Dan Wilkinson was the last DT to go No. 1, and that occurred in 1994.

And for what it’s worth (and though Peterson and Amukamara won’t like to hear this), a cornerback has never been picked No. 1. And this thing has been going on since 1936.

Instead, perhaps Carolina should heed the advice of our fellow CBSSports.com bloggers: if Luck stays in school, perhaps the Panthers should avoid the heartache and simply trade down their pick.

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Posted on: December 27, 2010 2:57 pm
 

Hot Routes 12.27.10 playoff pushes

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Packers were 5/6 in the red zone Sunday. The Giants did not even reach the red zone.

Eli Manning became the first Giants quarterback since YA Tittle 71 years ago to have 30 touchdown passes in a season.

217 of New England’s 348 yards at Buffalo came on the ground.

How’s this for turnover differential: Patriots 0 turnovers, Bills 7. That’s not points off turnovers, that’s just turnovers.

Rookie free agent Kyle Love started at NT for the Pats. He recorded a sack and two tackles.

Chicago’s Johnny Knox had four catches for 92 yards against the Jets. He needs just 40 yards to reach 1,000 on the season.

Chris Harris recovered a fumble, snatched a game-clinching interception and led the Bears with 11 tackles. He also broke up a pass and registered a tackle for a loss.

The Ravens netted just 97 yards passing against the Browns.

The Browns’ only touchdown pass Sunday came from wideout Mohammad Massaquoi.

Time of possession continued to be a problem for the Titans. They controlled the ball for only 20:56 against the Chiefs.

Super talented but equally raw tight end Jared Cook led Tennessee with 96 yards on five receptions. Randy Moss was not even targeted.

With the running game stalled much of the afternoon, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford stepped up and completed 28/37 for 292 against the 49ers.

Michael Crabtree had six catches for 122 yards and a touchdown. It was just Crabtree’s second 100-yard game season and only the third time he’s gone over 60 yards this year.

After going four weeks without a sack, Rams DE James Hall has now reached the quarterback in back-to-back games. Hall had 1.5 sacks on Sunday.

After losing an NFL-record 26 consecutive road games, the Lions have now won back-to-back contests away from home. Detroit’s win left Miami with a 1-7 record at Sun Life Stadium.

Bobby Carpenter, Nathan Vasher and Lawrence Jackson were Detroit’s top three tacklers Sunday. All were acquired as hugely disappointing castoffs from other teams.

The Redskins and Jaguars both failed to reach the 80-yard rushing mark Sunday.

Mike Thomas has evolved into Jacksonville’s No. 1 receiver. He was the team’s statistical leader once again with 96 yards on six catches. Also, emerging wideout Jason Hill added 77 yards on four receptions.

Hmmmm….maybe Carson Palmer CAN still play after all. Without having to worry about two diva receivers, Palmer spread the ball around against San Diego Sunday, completing 16/21 passes for 269 yards and four touchdowns. Jermaine Gresham, Andre Caldwell and Jerome Simpson all had at least four catches and 55-plus yards receiving.

Eric Weddle led the Chargers with 16 tackles…which tells you that top inside linebacker Stephen Cooper wasn’t playing.

With Andre Johnson out of the lineup, Houston wideout Jacoby Jones stepped up with five catches for 115 yards against the Broncos.

In a complete role reversal, the Colts outrushed the Raiders 191-80.

Jacob Tamme caught seven passes, giving him 60 on the season.

The Bucs outgained the Seahawks 439 to 174.

Kellen Winslow had his best game of the season, catching seven passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns.

Geno Hayes led the Bucs with two sacks.


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