29 Mar 2006, 11:41pm by Michael David Smith
The NFL has changed its rules to limit end zone celebrations, allow down-by-contact calls to be reviewed on replay, prohibit pass rushers from hitting quarterbacks on the knee or below, more strictly enforce horse-collar tackles, and prohibit defensive players from lining up directly over a long snapper.
71 comments, Last at 12 Apr 2006, 5:35pm by PatsFan
29 Mar 2006, 09:45pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Good thing the Bills traded up in the 2004 draft to nab J.P. Losman with the 22nd overall pick because now it looks like they want to trade him. And it gets worse: he's on the trading block because Buffalo feels like career backup Craig Nall has a good chance to win the starting job with Kelly Holcomb serving as the number two guy. Thanks to reader JonL for the pointer.
70 comments, Last at 14 Apr 2006, 12:59am by Lancelot_0ne
29 Mar 2006, 01:06pm by P. Ryan Wilson
For all the talk about Mack Brown simplifying Texas's offense for Vince Young, Jim Mora is looking to do exactly that for Michael Vick: "What we've done this off-season is we've looked at Texas, West Virginia and Missouri and some of their shotgun run stuff and the way they use their quarterbacks in their system." Given that Vick has struggled at times in the West Coast Offense, this seems like a good idea.
47 comments, Last at 31 Mar 2006, 5:15pm by empty13
28 Mar 2006, 09:35pm by P. Ryan Wilson
We don't talk a lot about college football here, but this is worth mentioning. University of Virginia head coach Al Groh has dismissed three players from the team and LB Ahmad Brooks was one of them. Brooks at one time was considered the best linebacker in the country and after being named an All-American two seasons ago, he has since struggled with injuries and off-field issues. Brooks can either choose to transfer or make himself eligible for the supplemental draft.
10 comments, Last at 29 Mar 2006, 4:33pm by JRM
28 Mar 2006, 09:18pm by Michael David Smith
We already have a thread about the other rules changes being discussed at the owners' meeting, but we haven't addressed the proposal to crack down on end zone celebrations. The link goes to an NFL.com column that says it's a good idea, but I give credit to NFL Network's Rich Eisen and Adam Schefter for saying on the air that they think it's silly for the league to be worried about such things. If you have NFL Network, be sure to watch today's Total Access.
57 comments, Last at 31 Mar 2006, 5:24pm by empty13
28 Mar 2006, 12:06am by P. Ryan Wilson
Despite Matthew Furtek's protests, the NFL today announced 32 compensatory picks have been awarded to 19 teams, and the New York Jets have the highest selection: a third rounder coming their way for the loss of LaMont Jordan. Yep, that LaMont Jordan.
70 comments, Last at 29 Mar 2006, 4:44pm by GlennW
27 Mar 2006, 04:10pm by Russell Levine
As has become its custom in recent years, the NFL announces its national TV games for opening weekend, with Miami@Pittsburgh in the Thursday opener, the "Manning Bowl" on Sunday Night, and a Monday Night double-header, as well as the first-ever Thanksgiving triple-header.
90 comments, Last at 29 Mar 2006, 8:03pm by Are-Tee
27 Mar 2006, 01:37pm by Michael David Smith
Peter King examines the idea of adding two teams to the NFL playoffs. SI.com posts a photo of Mike Tice that appears to be taken from a fascist rally.
54 comments, Last at 28 Mar 2006, 9:04pm by Green Bay for Life
27 Mar 2006, 10:36am by P. Ryan Wilson
The Boston Globe's Mike Reiss has a roundup of the rules changes and new proposals to be discussed at the owners' meetings (which start today), including the Kansas City Chiefs' pet project: expanding the playoff field. (free registration/bugmenot required)
45 comments, Last at 28 Mar 2006, 3:13pm by Green Bay for Life
26 Mar 2006, 10:27pm by Aaron Schatz
At the bottom of this typically zero-calorie "golly the local team is excited" article is a very interesting tidbit: "On offense, the scheme that Scott Linehan brought to the Dolphins has remained, even though the former offensive coordinator is now the Rams' head coach. New offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey will run that system, although it is new to him." I guess it's easier for one guy to learn a bunch of terminology instead of 30 guys, but this does sound a bit out of the ordinary.
29 comments, Last at 28 Mar 2006, 12:12pm by MJK
Bowl season begins with the unheralded and unranked, but features several tight pre-Christmas matchups.