18 Aug 2006, 10:07am by P. Ryan Wilson
With zone-blocking schemes catching on around the league, more defensive linemen will have to keep their heads on a swivel for cut-blocks. Panthers DE Mike Rucker asks a good question: "Last year, I got caught on one and had a sprained ankle and slowed me down the last couple of game. What's the need for it? There are so many rules out there to protect players. What about us?"
51 comments, Last at 30 Aug 2006, 11:09pm by Alex A.
17 Aug 2006, 08:28pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Monty Beisel and Barry Gardner, you're on notice. Guys are putting off retirement to take your jobs.
78 comments, Last at 21 Aug 2006, 3:05am by CaffeineMan
17 Aug 2006, 08:06pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Hey, Jason Whitlock has a vote in the AP college football poll and it's a responsibility he takes pretty seriously. I guess this is evidenced by the fact that Duke didn't crack his top 25, although his alma mater, Ball State, was the only team under the "others receiving consideration" category. Oddly, no Jeff George references, though.
30 comments, Last at 20 Aug 2006, 10:59pm by Pat
17 Aug 2006, 09:58am by P. Ryan Wilson
With players reporting in tip-top shape, minimizing training camp's importance might be the next logical step. Plus, any time you have 20 guys unable to practice because of injuries -- including the starting punter and kicker -- it's probably time to re-evaluate things.
14 comments, Last at 17 Aug 2006, 9:51pm by Vern
16 Aug 2006, 01:36pm by Doug Farrar
In an entertaining helping of preseason picks and impressions, the good doctor sort of forgets that Joe Jurevicius' breakout season already happened last year, worries with others about the KC O-line, has trouble choosing an NFC East winner (indeed), and points to Tittle and Nomellini as the keys to the 49ers'...ummm...future?
114 comments, Last at 18 Aug 2006, 1:51pm by Travis
16 Aug 2006, 11:50am by Michael David Smith
I don't want to overreact, because this could be nothing, but Brett Favre has announced he will hold a news conference today. Athletes generally don't call news conferences in the middle of training camp unless they have something pretty important to say.
UPDATE: I was right. It really could be nothing.
27 comments, Last at 18 Aug 2006, 4:24pm by dryheat
16 Aug 2006, 10:55am by P. Ryan Wilson
Okay, things are getting ridiculous in Cleveland. According to The Plain Dealer, C Alonzo Ephraim will be suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league substance-abuse policy. That's right, the Browns have gone through four centers since training camp started. Making matters worse, the team can't even trade oft-injured RB Lee Suggs because, not surprisingly, he failed a physical. (free registration/bugmenot required)
26 comments, Last at 17 Aug 2006, 4:22pm by Andrew
16 Aug 2006, 10:24am by P. Ryan Wilson
Apparently, Carson Palmer hasn't made his way back onto the field fast enough for Marvin Lewis. According to Len Pasquarelli, "It was reported during Sunday's nationally broadcast preseason game that Lewis had suggested the team needed to 'fish or cut bait with Carson Palmer.'" Lewis later backed off this statement, but the Bengals head coach does know that his backup is currently Anthony Wright, right?
5 comments, Last at 16 Aug 2006, 3:53pm by GlennW
15 Aug 2006, 09:03pm by P. Ryan Wilson
After injuring his knee in last night's preseason game, Vikings first-round pick Chad Greenway is done for the season.
UPDATE: Things just got worse for Minnesota; Koren Robinson was arrested last night on suspicion of drunken driving.
30 comments, Last at 18 Aug 2006, 3:34am by Peter
Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the NFL, and should be the highest-paid. We can all agree on that. But this guest column by Kevin Kolbe explains why salaries for other quarterbacks are all out of whack.