11 Sep 2006, 09:08am by P. Ryan Wilson
It's too bad NFL football games aren't just 15 minutes because the Cowboys looked unstoppable during the first quarter of yesterday's contest against the Jaguars. After a fast start, quarterback Drew Bledsoe returned to the form that drove Pats fans nuts for years: poor decision making, untimely interceptions, and drive-stalling sacks. Commence quarterback controversy talk. (free registration/bugmenot required)
19 comments, Last at 12 Sep 2006, 10:57pm by Chris
11 Sep 2006, 08:44am by P. Ryan Wilson
Thankfully, Kansas City's Trent Green will be okay after taking a vicious (but legal) hit from the Bengals Robert Geahters, but the quarterback is still uncertain for next Sunday's game against the Broncos. Several news outlets reported it as a helmet-to-helmet hit, but it looked like Geathers' shoulder pads made contact with Green's helmet. I suspect this play will lead to some discussions about rules changes at the next owners' meetings.
26 comments, Last at 12 Sep 2006, 3:43pm by Tracy
11 Sep 2006, 01:51am by Aaron Schatz
Was Deion Branch worth the price the Seahawks paid? And how much will New England miss him? (Click link to read more.)
11 Sep 2006, 01:47am by Aaron Schatz
The curse of 370 looked apparent in week one for Shaun Alexander. How did other victims do in their first game? Aaron Schatz examines further. (Click link to read more.)
09 Sep 2006, 11:58am by Doug Farrar
The Vikings have signed LT Bryant McKinnie to a mega-deal: 7 years, $48.5 million, and over $18 million guaranteed. Performance bonuses could push the total over $50 million. This puts him in the financial elite for his position, and there's an interesting wrinkle based on the "poison pill" Minnesota used on guard Steve Hutchinson -- the Vikings' capmasters had to structure the deal so that McKinnie (or any Viking offensive lineman) could never earn more than Hutchinson on a per-year average basis, or Hutch's entire $49 million salary would become guaranteed.
24 comments, Last at 12 Sep 2006, 11:14am by Insancipitory
08 Sep 2006, 08:17pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Surprisingly, Pittsburgh didn't drop (a) Duce to sign Davenport. Thank you, thank you. Don't forget to try the meat loaf and I'll be here all week. Michael David Smith has more thoughts here.
24 comments, Last at 10 Sep 2006, 12:46am by Andy
08 Sep 2006, 09:07am by P. Ryan Wilson
Redskins' lineman Jon Jansen revised his original claim that "maybe 15, 20 percent" of NFL players use illegal human growth hormones. "What I meant by it was that it was a small number of players ... Being a football player, I'm not real good at math. When you do the numbers, it sounds like a bigger percentage than it really is. I meant it was a small percentage of guys." Whatever the number, it's an issue new commissioner Roger Goodell will have to address sooner rather than later.
30 comments, Last at 22 Jan 2009, 4:12pm by HGH Human Growth Hormone
06 Sep 2006, 08:46am by P. Ryan Wilson
Alrighty folks, it's haiku time.
31 comments, Last at 12 Sep 2006, 1:01pm by Sundown
04 Sep 2006, 07:02pm by P. Ryan Wilson
FO reader Tom sent along this email earlier today: "The Texans have cut starting DT Robaire Smith, who was on a large salary, and undrafted rookie running back Chris Taylor, who was third on the depth chart. This leaves Houston with two active running backs, with one year of NFL experience between them. However, Smith's bonus acceleration looks like it ought to be about $5,300,000 - he signed a 6-year deal with an $8m bonus in 2004, so this is not going to have freed up cap space for a major addition via trade, like Thomas Jones. To me, this says Ron Dayne will shortly be a Texan.
7 comments, Last at 07 Sep 2006, 8:56pm by Nathan
The surprises started early in this year's NFL Draft. Your Audibles crew discusses some of the major winners and losers from the first round.