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
24 Feb 2006, 10:04am by Aaron Schatz
You have to scroll down for this one, since ProFootballTalk.com doesn't have permalinks. I honestly have nothing to say about Alexander right now but I wanted to point out that Mike Florio used the phrase "running backs are regarded as fungible." Dammit, Mike, fungible is *our* word!
53 comments, Last at 27 Feb 2006, 7:10pm by Starshatterer
23 Feb 2006, 09:20pm by Michael David Smith
Is there anyone out there who thinks Jeff Backus is worth $7 million a year? I mean, anyone other than Matt Millen? If I were Backus I'd sign this in a heartbeat. Note: This article, and everything else I've seen about Backus today, refers to him as a right tackle. He's not. He's a left tackle.
Elsewhere, Steve Hutchinson, Backus's old Michigan teammate, got the transition tag from Seattle. Is a mediocre tackle really more valuable than one of the two or three best guards in football?
25 comments, Last at 26 Feb 2006, 10:14pm by Ruben
23 Feb 2006, 03:56pm by P. Ryan Wilson
With the Combine upon us, it only seems fitting to mention this article in the New York Times. A lot of GMs won't admit to being swayed by a player's performance at the Combine, but it happens. And that's where guys like Tom Shaw comes in. Shaw, a former strength and conditioning assistant in the NFL, runs a two-month camp designed to, "refine prospects skills before the combine and, consequently, improve their standing in the April draft." (free registration/bugmenot required)
35 comments, Last at 26 Feb 2006, 6:35pm by Reinhard
23 Feb 2006, 10:23am by P. Ryan Wilson
As it stands, the Ravens don't have a starting running back. They've made it clear they won't put the franchise tag on Jamal Lewis, and Chester Taylor is an unrestricted free agent. In past seasons, the running game took some of the pressure of QB Kyle Boller. Currently, the offensive line needs an overhaul, the defense is aging (or if you're Ray Lewis, aging and asking for a trade), and the running game is now a huge question mark. With eight head coaching jobs available this offseason, maybe Brian Billick would have been better off resigning and starting over somewhere else.
27 comments, Last at 27 Feb 2006, 1:22am by smashmouth football
22 Feb 2006, 06:46pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Welcome to the 2006 New York Jets: Extreme Makeover Edition. Ty Law, Jay Fiedler, Jason Fabini and Jerald Sowell are gone; Curtis Martin restructures his contract, and Chad Pennington still awaits his fate.
24 comments, Last at 28 Feb 2006, 10:00am by finster
22 Feb 2006, 05:58pm by Aaron Schatz
Well, that takes care of the best available wide receiver, not counting T.O. It's a six-year deal, $13.5 million in bonus money. Like most NFL contracts, I have no idea how much money that really ends up as. I also don't know how the Colts manage to fit all these offensive stars under the cap -- if someone knows a link to a page with Indy salary cap data, please put it in the comments. This also means that the Colts don't have to tag Wayne as the franchise player, so they could tag Edgerrin James for one more year if they felt like it.
46 comments, Last at 24 Feb 2006, 3:35pm by JAT
Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?