19 Jul 2011, 08:43am by Rivers McCown
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.
55 comments, Last at 25 Jul 2011, 10:27am by Bnonymous
16 Jul 2011, 10:40am by Rivers McCown
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.
12 comments, Last at 19 Jul 2011, 12:00am by sundown
15 Jul 2011, 11:17am by Rivers McCown
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.
16 comments, Last at 23 Jul 2011, 12:31am by Josh T.
15 Jul 2011, 11:01am by Rivers McCown
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.
15 comments, Last at 23 Jul 2011, 3:37pm by Bobo
14 Jul 2011, 10:12am by Rivers McCown
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.
7 comments, Last at 18 Jul 2011, 9:38am by Dean
12 Jul 2011, 12:29pm by Rivers McCown
Sometimes that great player who falls to you in the draft is, in fact, too good to be true.
27 comments, Last at 19 Jul 2011, 6:23pm by nath
12 Jul 2011, 12:14pm by Rivers McCown
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.
5 comments, Last at 13 Jul 2011, 2:49pm by trill
10 Jul 2011, 04:06pm by Rivers McCown
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.
9 comments, Last at 11 Jul 2011, 7:05pm by sundown
07 Jul 2011, 11:10am by Rivers McCown
Former star Colts tight end and Hall of Famer John Mackey has died at the age of 69.
8 comments, Last at 08 Jul 2011, 6:14am by Raiderjoe