Posted on: February 21, 2008 12:25 pm

No action likely on last-second TOs

Don't expect the NFL to adopt a rule prohibiting the use of timeouts immediately prior to field-goal attempts. It's not going to happen.

Members of the league's competition committee at Indianapolis said Thursday that they didn't see a need to pass a law basically because there's little or no support for it. Nor should there be. Hey, if you can call a last-second timeout before Peyton Manning gets a snap, who not do it before Adam Vinatieri tries a field goal?

So he may have to kick twice. Big deal. Kick it again. Where's the problem?

 " We can't legislate when you call timeouts and when you won't," said the Titans' Jeff Fisher. "I don't think it's going to be an on-going issue. Where early you saw a trend (toward calling timeouts) I don't think you will see a lot more of it."

There is, however, a move toward re-introducing radio helmets to the defense. The proposal has been broached before but voted down. But it might have a chance now, particularly in light of charges against New England involving the videotaping of signals from the sidelines.

Quarterbacks have radio helmets, but defenses do not. That could change if the competition committee endorses an idea to provide a helmet for one defensive player and brings it to a vote at the league's owners' meetings in March. The question is what happens if that player is hurt, but it seems to work with the four quarterbacks on offense. Why not simply have helmets on the sideline available to one guy on defense?






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Posted on: February 15, 2008 9:27 pm

Let's do more digging

I'm so glad the U.S. Senate has the time to listen to Roger Clemens and start digging into Spygate II. I was afraid that global warming, gun control, a sour economy and a senseless war that's costing thousands of lives and billions of dollars would occupy it. Now, I wonder: How soon before someone puts the Senate on the trail of Britney Spears?
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Posted on: February 15, 2008 9:18 pm

Thomas move no surprise

So now we have Miami fans outraged that Bill Parcells would cut one of their favorite players, linebacker Zach Thomas. Understand something, people: This was a 1-15 team, and Parcells doesn't tolerate mediocrity.

So he finds a high-priced veteran with a history of injuries, and what do you think is going to happen? Better ask Zach Thomas.

Look, Thomas spent many wonderful years with the Dolphins, but that's in the past, and Parcells is not exactly a sentimental guy. When he takes over a team he remakes it in his image, and hanging on to someone whose best years are behind him is not the Tuna's style. So he cuts Thomas and moves forward. No questions asked.

Trust me, in the long run the Dolphins will be better for it. I'm not a big Parcells fan, but I do like his ability to operate without a conscience -- and that's what you're going to have to do in Miami when you have someone as popular as Thomas on the roster. He didn't fit Parcells' profile; so he was sacrificed. Simple as that. A year from now we won't have this conversation because the Dolphins will be better off because of this move.

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Posted on: February 15, 2008 5:11 pm

Ravens' Suggs not going anywhere

When the Baltimore Ravens get around to putting the franchise tag on linebacker Terrell Suggs, don't expect resistance. Suggs won't fight the move for two reasons: 1) Because the money is good and 2) because he likes playing for defensive coordinator Rex Ryan.

General manager Ozzie Newsome has said he plans to franchise Suggs if the club can't work out an long-term deal for the star defensive player. But there can't be a long-term deal if there isn't a conversation, and people close to the situation tell me the two sides haven't had substantive talks since the end of the season. 

That makes things pretty simple. The club will franchise Suggs, he'll sign the tender and the two will live happily ever after ... for at least another season.

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