13 Jun 2006, 02:51pm by P. Ryan Wilson
I didn't comment on Ben Roethlisberger's motorcycle mishap yesterday because I had to schedule an emergency session with my therapist on how to cope with the idea of Charlie Batch as the Steelers starting quarterback. Well, according to Ed Bouchette, I have one less thing to worry about because Roethlisberger will likely play in the season opener. How this is possible after seeing the crash scene photos is beyond me. If Daunte Culpepper and Roethlisberger both play in the Thursday night opener, the game should be renamed the Hospital Bowl.
56 comments, Last at 16 Jun 2006, 9:50pm by Luz
13 Jun 2006, 12:00pm by P. Ryan Wilson
The Eagles have extended the contrat of their 2004 first-round pick G Shawn Andrews. The details of the seven-year deal weren't released, but the article reports that, "Andrews' agent, Rich Moran, said his client was 'set for life' ... smiled when asked if a report that Andrews would make between $11 million and $12 million in 2006 were accurate." Not bad for a guy who weighed close to 400 lbs. when he was drafted. (free registration/bugmenot required)
19 comments, Last at 14 Jun 2006, 11:57am by Pat
12 Jun 2006, 01:30pm by Aaron Schatz
"A witness told [Pittsburgh TV station WTAE] that Roethlisberger went over the handlebars, hit the windshield of another vehicle, then hit the ground. Roethlisberger was reportedly not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident." Roethlisberger broke his jaw, a sinus, and most of his teeth, and there are conflicting reports about whether he injured his knees or just had road burn take off the skin.
309 comments, Last at 17 Jun 2006, 10:33am by Melish
12 Jun 2006, 12:31pm by Michael David Smith
Peter King writes that the perfect summer road trip might be watching NFL team training camps.
22 comments, Last at 14 Jun 2006, 11:04am by Dan Riley
11 Jun 2006, 05:57pm by P. Ryan Wilson
If you ever wanted to know how not to make a football team, Onterrio Smith provides the blueprint: "Smith came to camp roughly 20 pounds overweight, sat out the pre-season opener with a foot injury and then managed just seven yards on two carries and fumbled in his lone game action... 'We just couldn't find a way to get him on the roster,' said Blue Bombers general manager Brendan Taman."
13 comments, Last at 12 Jun 2006, 6:04pm by Bobman
11 Jun 2006, 09:51am by P. Ryan Wilson
Memo to Jim Otto: Dude, relax. (free registration/bugmenot required)
41 comments, Last at 14 Jun 2006, 2:01pm by dryheat
09 Jun 2006, 02:54pm by admin
Hey, folks, a new little feature here at Football Outsiders. Reader Joseph Cortazzo compiled a list of all the websites devoted to tracking the salary cap status of specific teams. We've put them all on the links page, so you can check them out. If we missed one, please let us know. Also, if anyone is a fan of a team that's not on the list, and wants to do all the work required to keep one of these pages updated, we would be happy to host it here at FO.
12 comments, Last at 11 Jun 2006, 2:59pm by Ben
09 Jun 2006, 10:56am by P. Ryan Wilson
The Titans named Billy Volek the starter, which isn't at all surprising. But Jeff Fisher also says that Vince Young will get his chance to play this season too: "Let's face it. You're going to see [No.] 10 on the field this year... Where and when and how, I can't be specific, but you're going to see him on the field at some time." Fisher took the 'learn while holding the clipboard' approach with McNair, so the rush to get Young on the field seems curious. I wonder if this has anything to do with job security? Hmmm.
44 comments, Last at 14 Jun 2006, 11:04pm by Justin Zeth
08 Jun 2006, 10:46am by P. Ryan Wilson
Good story in the USA Today about Lofa Tatupu and Shawne Merriman, two rookie linebackers who played like grizzled All Pros last season. When the Seahawks drafted Tatupu in the second round, some people thought it was a reach. In the 2004 Eli Manning trade, the Giants sent the Chargers their 2005 first-round pick, and San Diego drafted Merriman. I think the Seahawks and Chargers are both pretty happy about how things worked out.
37 comments, Last at 10 Jun 2006, 5:55pm by paytonrules
07 Jun 2006, 03:53pm by P. Ryan Wilson
And everybody wins: the Ravens get McNair, the Titans get a fourth-round pick and FO gets it right in PFP06. In lieu of flowers, Kyle Boller will be accepting donations to his retirement fund, which he may have to dip into much sooner than he thought a few months ago.
63 comments, Last at 14 Jun 2006, 12:51am by Chris
Our offseason Four Downs series continues with a division-by-division look at each team's biggest remaining holes and their most notable UDFA signings. Does anyone in the NFC South have any pass rushers? Well, the Bucs might, but they still need more players to catch the ball.