08 Aug 2006, 11:06am by P. Ryan Wilson
SI's Nunyo Demasio is in 49ers camp this week and writes that QB Alex Smith is showing confidence and building a rapport with his new offensive weapons after suffering through a disastrous rookie season. The highlight of Demasio's report -- in my estimation, anyway -- is this little nugget: "Coach Mike Nolan spent part of the morning practice having his players simulate sprinting out a tunnel before kickoff. Nolan was persnickety about where each player stood and how he trotted onto the field.
13 comments, Last at 09 Aug 2006, 8:04am by Kalyan
07 Aug 2006, 11:23pm by Aaron Schatz
You know, that football they have in Kazakhstan doesn't sound like much fun. Click on this post to see the actual video.
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07 Aug 2006, 02:52pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Two Denver Broncos rookies are moving up the depth chart: The team announced that undrafted free agent Mike Bell is now the No. 1 running back, and first-round pick Jay Cutler has replaced Bradlee Van Pelt as Jake Plummer's backup.
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07 Aug 2006, 01:33pm by P. Ryan Wilson
FO reader Malene provides the link, and this quote from Willie McGinest pretty much says it all: "When you start losing your core guys, it's kind of hard, especially when the guys who are coming in don't work as hard or play as hard ... Duane Starks, he came in and played like trash. He was terrible ... As good as this system is, you've still got to have those core players in that system." It's official: everybody on the planet thinks Duane Starks is awful at his job.
58 comments, Last at 10 Aug 2006, 1:38pm by GlennW
07 Aug 2006, 12:58pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Peter King hits the Bengals and Texans training camp to check on the progress of two former No. 1 picks: Carson Palmer, who's recovering from a knee injury, and David Carr, who's recovering from four consecutive losing seasons.
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06 Aug 2006, 04:39pm by P. Ryan Wilson
I like Peter King -- I really do -- but to say that "... the Colts gained more with the addition of Adam Vinatieri than they lost with the subtraction of James," is just plain silly. Yeah, I know, Dominic Rhodes and Joseph Addai will share the running back duties, but unless these guys can pick up the blitz like James, he'll be missed. Or maybe King thinks Vinatieri can block in which case, well, it still doesn't make any sense.
19 comments, Last at 10 Aug 2006, 10:27pm by stan
06 Aug 2006, 03:21pm by Tim Gerheim
Samuel Johnson once said patriotism was the last refuge of a scoundrel. He couldn't have known it in 1775, but he was wrong. Apparently it's the AFC North. Bill Cowher must wake up in a cold sweat a couple nights a week, tormented by that recurring dream in which his whole team is rent asunder by a demonic motorcycle.
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05 Aug 2006, 03:10pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Quarterback Andrew Walter is currently second on the depth chart behind Aaron Brooks, but the Raiders have big plans for the 2005 third-rounder. The team passed on both Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler in this year's draft, and given that Brooks' contract is basically a one-year deal, Walter could be the full-time starter in 2007. Or until Brooks throws a pass backwards. (free registration/bugmenot required)
20 comments, Last at 07 Aug 2006, 4:22pm by Sophandros
04 Aug 2006, 01:32pm by Michael David Smith
The coaches' poll has released its Top 25, and it reminds us that we all need to tell our wives and girlfriends now that we're not going out on Saturday, September 9. That's the night that top-ranked Ohio State takes on No. 2 and defending champ Texas. Oh, and then the next day we've got a full slate of NFL games.
50 comments, Last at 08 Aug 2006, 12:00pm by Erasmus
The Vikings' quarterback seemed to regress in his second season. Did that tell us more about the player, or the Minnesota offensive scheme?