02 Mar 2006, 04:44pm by P. Ryan Wilson
In the previous XP a lot of readers are of the opinion that Gene Upshaw has worked himself into a corner. Well guess what? Jason Whitlock disagrees with you! He thinks Upshaw has the upper hand, and specifically writes, "... Gene Upshaw is the most powerful man in sports. Which makes him the most powerful black man in America since David Palmer won the presidential popular vote ..." (By the way, how did things work out for President Palmer?)
55 comments, Last at 06 Mar 2006, 1:28pm by empty13
02 Mar 2006, 02:16pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Not good. (Although I still think this will get done, probably sometime around 11:59 PM tonight.)
64 comments, Last at 02 Mar 2006, 8:53pm by empty13
01 Mar 2006, 07:52pm by Aaron Schatz
Bloody Thursday begins early. Three starters from the AFC West champion Broncos, gone. I think they had to do something no matter what happened to the CBA, as very few teams needed to cut more salary to get under the cap than Denver did. By the way, Stephen Alexander started more games than Jeb Putzier did? Putzier is clearly the better player.
Also cut so far around the league: Sam Adams in Buffalo and Stephen Davis, Brenson Buckner and He Hate Me (sniff, how sad) in Carolina.
37 comments, Last at 03 Mar 2006, 4:02am by Sean
01 Mar 2006, 02:21pm by P. Ryan Wilson
One could quibble with just about every entry on this list, but hey, it's the off-season, the NFL Apocalypse is upon us, and everything must go. Plus, if we were all in agreement, what would we complain about?
42 comments, Last at 03 Mar 2006, 12:40pm by pm
01 Mar 2006, 01:27pm by Michael David Smith
No one seems to know exactly what the consequences will be if the players and owners don't reach a deal within the next 24 hours or so. But it seems possible that a huge number of high-priced players, including some who still have plenty of good years in them, will be released by teams that were counting on a new deal giving them more elbow room. One name I'll throw out there is Brett Favre.
66 comments, Last at 02 Mar 2006, 9:53am by Israel
28 Feb 2006, 07:35pm by Michael David Smith
I still maintain that a new collective-bargaining agreement will be reached before 2007, but ESPN says Gene Upshaw is pessimistic.
"We're deadlocked. There's nowhere to go," Upshaw said. "There's no reason to continue meeting."
64 comments, Last at 02 Mar 2006, 3:48pm by PatsFan
28 Feb 2006, 07:27pm by Michael David Smith
At the scouting combine, Titans coach Jeff Fisher mentioned that he'd like the league to explore a change in the down-by-contact rule. He's not the only one thinking along those lines. Right now, if a play is ruled down by contact, it cannot be reviewed by instant replay, even if it's clear that the ball-carrier fumbled before he was down, and that a defensive player pounced on it immediately. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I hate it when a quick whistle negates what should be a great defensive play.
33 comments, Last at 02 Mar 2006, 5:53pm by Jerry
28 Feb 2006, 01:31pm by P. Ryan Wilson
OK, so maybe Vince Young didn't score a 6 on the Wonderlic, but he missed question 43. He redeemed himself by offering no comment on number 50, while Jay Cutler could be heard yelling "What?" several times after leaving the testing area. Interesting.
15 comments, Last at 04 Mar 2006, 6:33pm by empty13
27 Feb 2006, 12:15pm by Michael David Smith
Peter King (who was the nicest person I met in Indianapolis) gives his thoughts about the upcoming free agent market, including which teams have the money and the inclination to make a big play for Edgerrin James.
80 comments, Last at 01 Mar 2006, 3:01pm by zlionsfan
27 Feb 2006, 09:56am by P. Ryan Wilson
It's a short story, but still worth a mention: GM Charley Casserly said that the Houston Texans have been talking to other teams about trading the first pick in April's draft. Do you think David Carr would like to see D'Brickashaw Ferguson in a Texans uniform?
46 comments, Last at 02 Mar 2006, 10:15pm by empty13
Ben Roethlisberger's ability to perform under a heavy pass rush remains critical to Pittsburgh's offensive success.