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20 Jul 2011, 10:50am by Rivers McCown

Report: 75 Ex-Players Sue NFL

Take one step forward if you're a sports league that thinks it is through with courtroom battles for the time being. Not so fast, NFL.

Per TMZ, a number of retired players have seen their shadows and are suing the NFL, claiming that the league covered up just how damaging concussions are for the past 90 years. If I'm reading my chart correctly, I think that means at least six more years of well-meaning concussion commercials.

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19 comments, Last at 23 Jul 2011, 4:20am by Whatev

19 Jul 2011, 01:52pm by Rivers McCown

Free Agents You Meet in Hell

Bill Barnwell's latest for Grantland is a look at free agent groups that have traditionally yielded very poor results for buying teams. Regular readers of this site will not be surprised to see older running backs on the list.

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44 comments, Last at 23 Jul 2011, 11:29am by dwshafiz

19 Jul 2011, 08:43am by Rivers McCown

Sources: Jackson, Mankins Push For Compensation

One of the last hurdles in the way of a new CBA appears to be settling with the plaintiffs of Brady vs. the NFL. While most of the players involved don't have much of a reason to ask for special treatment, a pair of players embittered by the franchise tag are speaking up. Logan Mankins and Vincent Jackson are demanding to either become unrestricted free agents or be compensated a cool $10 million for their troubles landing a long-term deal with the Patriots and Chargers, respectively.

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55 comments, Last at 25 Jul 2011, 10:27am by Bnonymous

16 Jul 2011, 10:40am by Rivers McCown

The Giants’ 2011 OL Eerily Resembles the Cowboys’ OL of 2010

Blogging The Beast has a look at the average ages of each team's projected starting offensive line going into the 2011 season. Dallas, which had the oldest line last year, drops to sixth with the addition of Tyron Smith. The Giants, on the other hand, are projected to have the oldest starting five by an average of almost 20 months.

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12 comments, Last at 19 Jul 2011, 12:00am by sundown

15 Jul 2011, 11:17am by Rivers McCown

Georgia Tech Vacates 2009 ACC Title

According to the NCAA, Demaryius Thomas and Morgan Burnett, among others, should have been declared ineligible. Thus, Georgia Tech's football program will go on probation for four years and it has been stripped of the 2009 ACC Championship.

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16 comments, Last at 23 Jul 2011, 12:31am by Josh T.

15 Jul 2011, 11:01am by Rivers McCown

People Familiar With Talks: NFL Tentative Agreement In Principle Could Come Within 24 Hours

Possibly, maybe. We may want to hedge that title a little more.

Other links of interest as the lockout supposedly enters it's death knells:
-Our own Doug Farrar checks in on what the new salary cap is, and what that may mean for certain franchises that will now have to start spending.
-Sports Business Journal's Daniel Kaplan with a look at the lack of revenue sharing solutions in the deal and how that may grow animosity between big-market and small-market clubs.

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15 comments, Last at 23 Jul 2011, 3:37pm by Bobo

14 Jul 2011, 10:12am by Rivers McCown

Greg Cosell, Unheralded Maestro of N.F.L. ‘Matchup’

The Fifth Down's Andy Benoit has compiled a lengthy profile of tape savant (and friend of FO!) Greg Cosell. Benoit conjectures that Cosell could have a future in a general manager's office or a broadcast booth with the help of some high-profile names, but Greg manages to come off as completely humble despite that.

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7 comments, Last at 18 Jul 2011, 9:38am by Dean

12 Jul 2011, 12:29pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: 10 Most Disappointing Draft Steals

Sometimes that great player who falls to you in the draft is, in fact, too good to be true.

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27 comments, Last at 19 Jul 2011, 6:23pm by nath

12 Jul 2011, 12:14pm by Rivers McCown

Study Up: John Jenkins’ Houston Run And Shoot

A look at the beginnings of the modern run and shoot as they were implemented at the University of Houston by John Jenkins. Chris Brown of Smart Football will take you through some of the finer points of the system and how they relate to today's spread offense sets. On a related note: John Jenkins may be trying to tear your defense apart as you read this article.

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5 comments, Last at 13 Jul 2011, 2:49pm by trill

10 Jul 2011, 04:06pm by Rivers McCown

Mike Vrabel Retires, Will Be Named Ohio State Assistant Coach

Former Patriots and Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrabel, he of the three Super Bowl rings and touchdown catches as a goal-line tight end, has retired and will be named an assistant coach at Ohio State according to The Columbus Dispatch. He'll likely coach the linebackers, which is what interim head coach Luke Fickell was doing before Jim Tressel's resignation. A press conference is expected on Monday.

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9 comments, Last at 11 Jul 2011, 7:05pm by sundown