28 Jul 2005, 09:46am by P. Ryan Wilson
Even though training camps starts Sunday, it's probably too early to start worrying about the Steelers re-signing Hines Ward before the regular season gets underway. Still, Ward has already turned down one offer from the Steelers, and maybe for good reason. Pittsburgh's offer would have made Ward the highest paid player in their history, but would put him "among a tier of receivers just below several of the highest paid in the league."
24 comments, Last at 01 Aug 2005, 6:23pm by Countertorque
28 Jul 2005, 08:58am by Aaron Schatz
No, it is not our intention to link every one of these Peter King postcards, but this one is interesting because somehow Peter King and Len Pasquarelli both wrote about the Falcons on the same day. And yet, they seem to be reporting on two entirely different teams. (The Pasquarelli article is ESPN Insider content.)
36 comments, Last at 03 Aug 2005, 4:28am by masocc
27 Jul 2005, 10:26am by P. Ryan Wilson
When did Evelyn Gardner start playing for the Dolphins? This really isn't news, but given that most of the NFL doesn't officially start training camp until next week, it'll have to do. What's interesting is that Manuel Wright literally joined the team a few weeks ago because Miami got him via the supplemental draft. It's not like he's actually had to go through minicamp and all the off-season conditioning programs that usually lead to grown men crying. On the bright side I guess, at least he didn't end up in Dallas.
26 comments, Last at 28 Jul 2005, 11:03am by Curious George
26 Jul 2005, 03:24pm by Michael David Smith
My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.
The ESPN team of Mike Patrick, Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire will no longer plague our airwaves in 2006 when Al Michaels becomes the play-by-play voice for ESPN's Monday Night Football.
43 comments, Last at 28 Jul 2005, 3:43pm by David Keller
26 Jul 2005, 11:07am by Aaron Schatz
Wesleyan kid goes to Australia on a semester abroad and somehow stumbles his way into coaching an amateur American football team called the Kew Colts. 10 years later he's defensive coordinator for the two-time defending Super Bowl champs. Here's a pretty interesting feature on Eric Mangini from the Boston Globe. Among other things, it suggests that the Pats D will become more aggressive with blitzes this season.
4 comments, Last at 26 Jul 2005, 1:38pm by BBK
26 Jul 2005, 10:06am by P. Ryan Wilson
The Indianapolis Star gives Football Outsiders and Pro Football Prospectus a mention in today's paper. And even though Peyton Manning didn't top the list of quarterbacks to have the best season ever, according to the paper, at least FO kept it in the Colts family.
34 comments, Last at 28 Jul 2005, 1:46am by mactbone
25 Jul 2005, 01:37pm by Michael David Smith
Peter King is back. I know I've missed him. He says he's still going with the Patriots to win the Super Bowl even though they've lost Tedy Bruschi, who he describes as the second-most important player on the team. Peter also informs us that he'll be blogging from training camps this year. Why do I have a funny feeling that the honchos at SI.com just think "blogging" is a cooler way to describe King's stuff than "postcards from training camp," but the substance will be the same?
116 comments, Last at 30 Jul 2005, 1:19am by Jim A
25 Jul 2005, 10:03am by P. Ryan Wilson
There's a new sheriff in, uh, Gainesville. Urban Meyer is taking a zero tolerance approach to law-breakers on his team and he's using former UCLA coach John Wooden as inspiration. According to the article, to keep players out of trouble Meyer relies on, "peer pressure, a strong investment of assistant coaches in players' lives and a reward system that allows the coach to essentially spoil the players he likes."
28 comments, Last at 26 Jul 2005, 7:11pm by Kibbles
22 Jul 2005, 12:04pm by Michael David Smith
After the 1999 season, Jimmy Johnson made it clear to Dan Marino that it was time to move on, and the Dolphins would have their first new quarterback since Marino himself was a rookie. Marino was coming off his worst season but wasn't entirely ready to leave, and he considered a public offer from Dennis Green to join the Vikings.
That much is old news. What's interesting is to learn today that the Steelers wanted the Pittsburgh native to play one more year with them. Bill Cowher called, but Marino declined the offer.
27 comments, Last at 25 Jul 2005, 7:53am by Trogdor
20 Jul 2005, 06:01pm by Michael David Smith
Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi will miss the season after suffering a stroke two weeks after the Super Bowl. There's no word on whether he might be able to recover well enough to play in 2006.
18 comments, Last at 29 Jul 2005, 4:27pm by NF
The Giants are the league's most injured team for the second straight year, while Chip Kelly's Eagles finish in the top five again. Also: Jay Gruden takes a page from Bill Belichick, and find out which team wasted their short-term IR tag.