09 Feb 2012, 06:32pm by Tom Gower
The Oakland Raiders announced they have released cornerback Stanford Routt. Routt signed a 3-year, $31.5 million extension last February which was restructured into a 5-year, $54 million deal in September for cap reasons. I thought Routt was clearly the Raiders' best corner last season, and do not really understand the move at all.
22 comments, Last at 14 Feb 2012, 5:56am by Eggwasp
09 Feb 2012, 04:14pm by Tom Gower
Pete Prisco, who's one of those writers who actually watches games, put together a list of the top 50 free agents that I think is pretty sensible. Pro tip: if you're putting a list like this together and Brandon Carr isn't towards the top, you probably need to revise your list.
36 comments, Last at 14 Feb 2012, 9:48am by JMM*
07 Feb 2012, 02:43pm by Tom Gower
Ricky Williams has reportedly told the Ravens he plans to retire. He was under contract for 2012 and had previously indicated he planned to play next season, but apparently changed his mind. This is not, of course, Ricky's first retirement, as he first walked away from the game after back-to-back seasons with at least 380 carries in 2002 and 2003 before returning. We'll see if this one sticks. Here's what he had to say on Twitter after the news broke:
41 comments, Last at 16 Feb 2012, 2:41pm by ByTor
06 Feb 2012, 12:12pm by Tom Gower
In this week's MMQB, Peter King covers Eli Manning, Andrew Luck, the Hall of Fame voting, his Steve Gleason story, and the Orlando Magic's Saturday travel difficulties.
71 comments, Last at 11 Feb 2012, 6:36pm by Anonymous0989
26 Jan 2012, 02:41pm by Tom Gower
Adam Schefter is reporting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to hire current Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano as their next head coach. Schefter first reported the news this morning, and unlike the Bucs' pursuit on Sunday of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, this deal seems to be done.
39 comments, Last at 01 Feb 2012, 5:54am by 3.14159265
20 Jan 2012, 07:57pm by Tom Gower
As first reported by Adam Schefter, the next head coach of the Miami Dolphins will be Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin. The Dolphins were previous involved in the Jeff Fisher derby and were also rumored to be hunting after other big name coaches (Cowher, Gruden, Billick). I have to admit Philbin kind of snuck up on me as a candidate, as I didn't hear his name much before this offseason, and he certainly lacks the pizzazz of the other names. He's not a name that will sell tickets, but winning seems to be the best long-term fan attractor.
15 comments, Last at 23 Jan 2012, 8:23am by FrontRunningPhinsFan
15 Jan 2012, 02:03pm by Tom Gower
Believe it or not, NFL front office executives may be paranoid, like to hire their own people, and can be overly detail-intensive even over ancillary things. When you're winning, this is called "commitment to excellent in all phases" and "perfectionist." When you're not, you're a "petty tyrant" and get compared to Captain Queeg (though not in this article).
40 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2012, 4:06pm by tuluse
03 Jan 2012, 12:23pm by Tom Gower
The Chicago Bears have fired Jerry Angelo, ending his tenure as general manager after eleven seasons.
Lovie Smith will return, but is evaluating his coaching staff. Special teams coach Dave Toub is apparently on the interview list for the Dolphins head coaching job, and of course nobody expects Mike Martz to return as offensive coordinator.
94 comments, Last at 13 Jan 2012, 7:46pm by wyatt
19 Dec 2011, 12:03pm by Tom Gower
In this week's Monday Morning Quarterback, Peter King writes about the Chiefs' upset win, the Lions' comeback, Drew Brees, Tony Romo, the new broadcast deals, and handicaps the Defensive Player of the Year race.
37 comments, Last at 20 Dec 2011, 9:08pm by Theo
12 Dec 2011, 12:22pm by Tom Gower
The Kansas City Chiefs have fired head coach Todd Haley, effective immediately. Haley went 19-27 as head coach of the Chiefs and won the AFC West last year.
55 comments, Last at 18 Dec 2011, 5:09pm by Bright Blue Shorts