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Posted on: December 4, 2010 12:05 pm
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NFL denies targeting Steelers James Harrison

Posted by Will Brinson

Everyone that is in the NFL, around the NFL or talking about the NFL believes that the league is targeting the Steelers' James Harrison with its illegal hit policy.

This includes Harrison's boss, Pittsburgh's owner Art Rooney, and even his most bitter rivals (Terrell Suggs of the Ravens recently said that Harrison was 'red-flagged' by the NFL).

But it does not include the NFL itself.

"I would say that's misguided and, frankly, completely untrue," Ray Anderson, NFL VP of Football Operations told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Every team and every player, hopefully, will have the confidence that, if they play within the rules, we won't have this problem."

In fact, Anderson wouldn't even discuss the specifics of Harrison's complaint.

"We won't respond to any particular player and certainly we won't respond to players who may have appeal cases pending," Anderson said.

He then went on to point out that if a player can't adjust their particular playing style, then they will end up "sitting and watching games like you and me." (While I doubt that Anderson watches the game the same way as everyone else, his point is taken.)

Anyway, here's the thing: the NFL isn't targeting Harrison, or ordering their refs to "target" Harrison and continually hit him with fines. They just aren't.

Think of it like a third-grade classroom: there's always one kid who qualifies as the bully. This kid picks on other kids in a manner that's against the classroom rules. Said kid, for picking on others, gets in trouble frequently. Because of this, if the bully goes near a corner of the classroom inhabited by nerds, the teacher keeps a close eye on that kid.

It's just how life works -- and the exact same thing is applicable to Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens, only with endzone celebrations.

If someone keeps begging the league and the public to watch what they do (note to Harrison here: threatening to retire is not a good way of keeping attention off yourself), well -- surprise-surprise! -- the league and the public will absolutely watch what they do.

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 10:12 pm
 

Player of the month awards

M. Cassel has been named the AFC offensive player of the month (US Presswire). Posted by Andy Benoit

Between tweets and posts like this one, we’ve mentioned most of the NFL Players of the Month awards for November. But now that the NFL has finally released an official all-encompassing announcement (which, thankfully, is easy and permissible to copy and paste), we’ll pass along all the November awards information once and for all. Here it goes:

AFC

OFFENSE: QB Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs

Completed 90 of 144 passes (62.5 percent) for 1,111 passing yards with 12 touchdown passes versus one interception and a 111.2 passer rating.

DEFENSE: LB Terrell Suggs, Baltimore Ravens

Recorded 18 tackles and tied for an AFC-best with four sacks as he helped the Ravens to a 3-1 November record. 

SPECIAL TEAMS: KR-WR Jacoby Ford, Oakland  Raiders

Led the NFL with two kickoff return-touchdowns (94 yards, 101 yards) and totaled 283 receiving yards with one touchdown catch.

(Note: Not sure why the NFL included his offensive receiving stats in explaining his special teams award, but whatever.)

NFC

OFFENSE: QB Matt Ryan, ATLANTA Falcons

Completed 106 of 153 passes (69.3 percent) for 1,001 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions for a 102.3 passer rating during the month.

DEFENSE: DE Julius Peppers, Chicago Bears

Had 18 tackles and tied for second in the NFL with four sacks during the month as the Bears went 4-0.

SPECIAL TEAMS: K David Akers, Phildadelphia Eagles

Led the NFL with 13 field goals and 52 kicking points during the month as the Eagles went 3-1. He converted 13 of his 14 field-goal attempts and all 13 PATs. 

ROOKIES


OFFENSE: QB Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams

Started all three games during November and completed 79 of 121 passes (65.3 percent) for 792 yards with six touchdowns and one interception for a 96.8 passer rating. 

DEFENSE: CB Joe Haden, Cleveland Browns

Recorded 15 tackles and tied for an AFC-best with three interceptions as the Browns posted a 2-2 record for the month. 

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:42 pm
 

Suggs says Harrison has been 'red-flagged'

Posted by Will Brinson

There's really only one option when you start wondering who's been most affected by the NFL's new revised tackling policy. It's James Harrison. (Although, I guess, you could make a case that because he hasn't bothered changing how he's played, he hasn't been affected.)

And other players agree, like Terrell Suggs of the Baltimore Ravens who, on this week's conference call with Pittsburgh media, pointed out that Harrison has been "red-flagged."

"Your guy over there, 92, I think he is red-flagged," Suggs said via the Pittsburgh Tribune. "The referees are kind of looking for him. Even if he breathes on a quarterback wrong, he might get a flag."

That's hyperbole, of course, but it's not too far off -- Harrison's been hit up for $125,000 in fines thus far, and has drawn his share of flags for big hits in 2010. But Suggs doesn't think it's just defenders who get preferential treatment.

"The league has their favorites," Suggs said. "One being in Indy and one being with that other team up north. Besides those two, everybody is fair game. Some quarterbacks are getting the calls right away. Some quarterbacks they don’t care."

This is what's commonly known as "superstar treatment," and, frankly, it's something that's just part of the game.

If you're a star, you're going to get more benefit of the doubt, and if you're an antagonizer who frequently hits quarterbacks late and/or drops illegal hits on other players, the league and it's referees are going to take notice. As Harrison's wallet can attest, they already spotted him.

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Posted on: November 17, 2010 8:51 am
 

Hot Routes 11.17.10: Where the Lions surprise you

Posted by Will Brinson



Got a link for the Hot Routes? Hit us up on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).
  • It just feels like the Detroit Lions are better than their record, right? Well, that might actually be the case -- Michael David Smith writes in the Wall Street Journal that the Lions have the worst record in NFL history for a team with a positive point differential. They're currently at +13 and 2-7 -- the second worst team in NFL history with a positive point differential were the 1971 Bengals, who finished 4-10. And yes, this correlates to the fact that the Lions are covering machines (8-1 on the year against the spread) and should correlate to greater success next year.
  • Nick Eatman, our Cowboys Rapid Reporter and DallasCowboys.com staff writer, makes the claim that Dez Bryant is the best player on the Cowboys. Frankly, it's a perfectly reasonable argument. Which is a scary thought for the NFC East in terms of the years to come.
Posted on: November 12, 2010 10:01 pm
 

Ravens defense not up to snuff

Baltimore safety D. Landry, seen here getting run over by Atlanta's J. Snelling for a touchdown, was one reason Baltimore's defense underperformed Thursday (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Ravens defense, last seen allowing a last-minute, game-winning, 80-yard drive to Matt Ryan and the Falcons on Thursday night, is so damn unimpressive, the Baltimore Sun wrote two articles about it today.

Here’s the first, and here’s the second.

Some people might blame second-year defensive coordinator Greg Mattison as one reason why the Ravens have given up six fourth-quarter leads this season, but if you look at last season – Mattison’s first as the DC – Baltimore ranked third in yards allowed (300.5 yards per game) and third in scoring (16.3 points).

The Ravens, it should be noted, rank 11th and eighth, respectively, this season. Which, you know, doesn’t put them in line for worst defense ever.

As Sun columnist Mike Preston sees it, however, the problem is a lack of talent. And he might be on to something. Baltimore has LB Ray Lewis, DT Haloti Ngata, S Ed Reed and LB Terrell Suggs. And who else exactly?

The secondary, meanwhile, continues to struggle badly, and the Ravens have a tough time rushing the passer (entering Thursday’s game, they ranked tied for 22nd with only 14 sacks on the season).

Writes Preston:

So if you blitz, your cornerbacks are exposed. If you don't, then a quarterback such as Tom Brady or Peyton Manning will pick you apart given time. It's basically a no-win situation, but it's not like we all didn't know this going into training camp.

Certainly, there is a real concern here about how far the Ravens can go in the postseason facing a potential quarterback list of Brady, Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers. Just like Atlanta rolled out a spread formation, so will these other teams. I suspect that once the criticism of Mattison dies down, some will be directed at general manager Ozzie Newsome.


For all this talk about how the Ravens are Super Bowl contenders, it makes it difficult to believe those proclamations if their defense continues to falter. Obviously, they’ve got wonderful receivers, a sturdy quarterback and running back dynamo. Offense isn’t the problem.

But what’s been so dominant the past decade in Baltimore is, right now, the unit that could kill its chances for a deep postseason run.

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Posted on: October 18, 2010 9:47 am
 

Brady and Suggs have great war or words going

Posted by Andy Benoit

When Tom Brady speaks his mind, he tends to do it on Boston’s WEEI radio. On Monday morning the Patriots quarterback gave the Dennis & Callahan show a gem.
T. Brady (US Presswire)
After Sunday’s game, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said “[Brady] sometimes found some spots, made some plays. But like I said, he just better hope he don’t see us again.

“I think they got like one or two plays that they drew up on the bye week that actually worked, like the [Brandon Tate] reverse and the little double wheel with [Aaron] Hernandez,” Suggs said. “But after that, when they had to line up and play football they didn’t have too many things go well for them. [Brady] made some plays and we tip our hat for him. Congratulations.”

Brady’s response?

“He had his chance. Maybe if he gets another chance he can try to back those words up. But he had a chance yesterday," Brady said. "You know, we’ve played guys a lot, and they’ve beat us one time in all the times that I’ve played them. They talk a lot for beating us once in nine years.”

Zing.

Brady and Terrell Suggs have a nice little rivalry going. The two went facemask to facemask in an argument ostensibly over Brady campaigning for a roughing the passer flag (which he didn’t get). Last year, the Ravens were critical of Brady’s unabashed campaigning for calls. Suggs spoke about the altercation.

“He was trying to tell me how to bag a Hollywood actress,” the linebacker said. “He said, ‘If you want to get a Hollywood actress, take my seminar on Saturday.’ … He was going over the Dow and the economy and politics. He doesn’t really talk football that much.”

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 2:28 pm
 

Terrell Suggs denies getting paid by agent

Posted by Will Brinson

Yesterday, the, ahem, mess hit the proverbial fan when Sports Illustrated published an upcoming feature in the magazine entitled "Confessions of an Agent" -- if you haven't read it, you should do so now.

If you're short on time, though, the gist is that a lot of specifically-named players got money from agents while in college.

One of those players is Terrell Suggs, but he denied receiving any money from his agent, Gary Wichard, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.

"I wish I had seen some of it, I swear," said Suggs. "I didn't get nothing. From what I heard was going on, people were getting cars and checks and stuff, I was like, 'Yo, my dumb ass is really under the rug.' Nah, I don't even know what's been said. I didn't get no cake. I wish I was getting some cake.

"Hey, it's hard in college, know what I mean. Gary Wichard didn't give me s***. He didn't give me anything. I wish I had known this was going on. Like I said, I never heard anything about it. I guess I'll have to read about it."

Suggs at least was willing to comment on the allegations -- many a player declined to say anything when asked by SI. He also said that his decision to sign with Wichard related to the agent already representing top pass-rushers like Jason Taylor and Dwight Freeney.

But because the whole "money under the table" issues is the definition of a "he-said/he-said" scenario, there's no real way to affirmatively say whether or not someone took money from an agent. The downside for someone like Suggs is that because of the culture surrounding elite college players and agent and all the problems stemming from said culture recently, the public mood is much more "guilty until proven innocent" than you might typically see.
 
 
 
 
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