Fans block Greg Hardy from joining Indoor Football League team
The entire situation surrounding the quarterback position and the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason has been confusing. First, Ben Roethlisberger decides to leave the team and all the fans blowing in the wind while he contemplates his future, and then the team decides to give a new contract to backup Landry Jones for no apparent reason. So, with all that, when head coach Mike Tomlin decides to take a strong stance about the team’s quarterback plans, it does come off a bit confusing. I’ve never been a big critic of Tomlin, but this is something different. Which succession plan are you talking about, coach? The one where Roethlisberger fell into the team’s lap in the first round of the 2004 NFL
Less than a week after the New England Patriots were accused of bending the NFL’s formation rules, they were again struck by a scandalous controversy. At first thought, one may presume that deflated footballs would be a disadvantage. In reality, slightly deflated footballs are easier to throw and catch.
When an NFL team acquires or keeps a player who gets in trouble off the field, there’s a predictable and cynical response. The NFL is a business and the business is better when you win. To hear Brown tell it, he liked and cared about Jones and his family too much to dump him for an embarrassing arrest that led to some pending misdemeanor charges (a felony charge was dropped).
Tony Sanchez and UNLV were 4-8 in 2016. UNLV is set up to be a beneficiary of the Oakland Raiders’ impending move to Las Vegas. The NFL voted 31-1 Monday to approve the Raiders’ relocation request to Las Vegas.
Silence greets Dan Quinn in the coaches’ wing at Falcons headquarters late on the night after Super Bowl LI. On his office television the Patriots’ comeback unfolds in all its improbable detail. Watching this horror movie reminds Quinn of the photograph stuffed in the pocket of his khakis, the one he carried throughout Atlanta’s postseason run.
PHOENIX – The Raiders hope to play the next three years in the Bay Area before moving to Las Vegas. They were approved to relocate on Monday at the NFL owners meetings, but can’t leave right away because Las Vegas doesn’t have a suitable temporary NFL venue. The Raiders have team options on one-year leases to play at Oakland Coliseum during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and are expected to do exactly that. Owner Mark Davis said he’s open to negotiating a lease to play the 2019 season there as well before moving into new Vegas digs in 2020. The Oakland Coliseum authority may not grant that request. "I would say to you with the highest level of confidence, my opinion and recommendation and that of
The Bears will approach training camp a little differently this year. According to John Fox, Chicago has decided to forego joint practices with another club in 2017. Fox broke the news during the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix. “We’re not going to work against anybody this year, just because from a scheduling standpoint you’re not in camp near as long as you used to be,” Fox said. The Bears held joint training camp practices with the New England Patriots last year. Coming off a 3-13 season, change is necessary. The Bears need as much time as possible in training camp to continue working on getting better. As Fox noted, joint practices alter a team’s practice routine and sometimes includes
Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, March 29, 29 days before the April 27 NFL draft. Timeline Days until: —Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 19 —Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 44 —Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 56 —Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 108 —First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 156 Rule changes with commentary —Prohibits the “leaper” block attempt on field goal and extra point plays. Tandler: While it’s a fun play when it’s executed properly I can see the player safety angle of it. I’m not sure why teams didn’t just run some placement kicks with delayed snaps to get a free five yards because once a player has committed to the leap he can’t stop. —Makes permanent the rule that
March 29 (UPI) -- Could the next franchise quarterback be right under our noses for the 2017 NFL Draft? The former Texas Tech gunslinger has what it takes to be the next Ben Roethlisberger or Aaron Rodgers, according to super-agent Leigh Steinberg. Mahomes is slowly starting to rise up draft boards. Once projected as a second round selection by some analysts, he has now risen into the first round in multiple mock drafts. The 6-foot, 2-inch and 225-pound talent is the son of a former major league pitcher. Despite the strong pedigree, he still gets labeled as a system quarterback due to his presence in a spread offense. "I just show them my knowledge for the game, that's the only way I can prove
Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive The NFL's free-agent signing period is open, so bookmark this page and keep checking back for frequent updates on what the Giants are doing with their own free agents and with free agents from other teams, and for updates on their available salary cap space and contract numbers. GIANTS SALARY CAP SPACE (As of Wednesday, March 29): $9,483,626 That is the official number released by the NFL Players Association. GIANTS UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (17) T Will Beatty LS Zak DeOssie - Signed a two-year, $2.3 million contract with the Giants with $400,000 guaranteed. … Salaries: $1 million (2017), $1.015 million (2015). … 2017 CAP HIT: $1.15 million. TE Larry
PHOENIX -- Sean Payton was as clear as the desert sky in springtime: The Saints won't be signing Malcolm Butler to an offer sheet and relinquishing their No. 11 overall selection to the Patriots. New Orleans has significant interest in Butler, who visited
The quarterback has changed. Denver is still squarely inside that Super Bowl window. There’s no denying the Broncos still have one of the most talented rosters in the NFL, including a defense that still appears to be Super Bowl ready.
Jurors in the double murder trial of Aaron Hernandez will not hear a jailhouse conversation he had with his mother in which she made reference to the “bad things” he told her, a judge ruled Tuesday. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke said the conversation between Hernandez and his mother, Terri Hernandez, showed a “mother child relationship” that “adds little to this case.” The call was recorded days before Hernandez’s prior 2015 murder conviction for the fatal shooting of Odin L. Lloyd in North Attleborough two years earlier. He told his mother, in an apparent reference to his codefendants in the Lloyd case, that video surveillance in that earlier trial “doesn’t show them with a gun
John Fox says the Bears aren't far off, the Lions request an easier start to their season and the Seahawks are mulling what to do with Richard Sherman in Thursday's Coast to Coast.
John Harbaugh would like to be reunited with one of his star players from Super Bowl XLVII. During a presser at the NFL owners meeting in Arizona, coach Harbaugh mentioned that he would love to have former Ravens wide reciever Anquan Boldin back on the team. "I know he loved it in Baltimore, and I loved him in Baltimore," Harbaugh said.
Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive PHOENIX - The Jets shed a group of veteran players this offseason, didn't make any big splashes in free agency, and the quarterback they brought in is a 37-year-old journeyman. Not surprisingly, the expectations for them this season couldn't be much lower. Just don't try telling that to Todd Bowles. Despite the look of his roster to outsiders, and the general perception that the Jets are beginning a total rebuilding job, the Jets head coach refused to downplay his team's chances heading into the 2017 season. He looks at the moves the Jets have made this offseason and believes they have given his team a chance to be competitive -- now. "Yeah, I think
Adam Gase has a vision for how he wants to use new tight end Julius Thomas, believes Lawrence Timmons will add speed to the Dolphins’ linebacker group and heard good things from other coaches about new guard Ted Larsen. Here’s what Gase had to say about each of Miami’s veteran additions during a conversation with reporters at the NFL owners meetings on Tuesday in Arizona: • On Thomas, who caught 24 touchdown passes in 28 games over two seasons when Gase was his offensive coordinator and Peyton Manning his quarterback in Denver: “Spring is going to be a little experimental for me. It’s been a couple years since I’ve been with Julius. I have a good idea what we want to do on offense with him. It’s
New Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott brought three former Panthers players with him to Buffalo, creating a Carolina-Great Lakes campus in his first head-coaching stint. But the one guy McDermott couldn’t take to Buffalo was his MMA sparring partner who would go at it with McDermott in the Panthers’ weight room in the pre-dawn workouts last season in Charlotte. Looking for a workout that wouldn’t wear out his knees, McDermott – a champion high school wrestler growing up in Philadelphia – turned to mixed martial arts. The sparring sessions often ended in blood, sweat and ... tears – of laughter when Panthers players would wander into the weight room and their defensive coordinator grappling.
PHOENIX -- For months, Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman has trumpeted the importance he placed on getting a franchise quarterback last April, when the team moved up to select Carson Wentz. There was an echo in Arizona on Tuesday night. And Jeff Lurie wasn't even standing in a cavern. "I'll say it to you this way: Howie and I thought identically on this situation, in terms of we've both been in the league a long time and when we sat down and said, where are we without a quarterback?" the Eagles' owner said on Tuesday, speaking for the first time to reporters in over a year. "We can be good. We can figure out a way to be 10-6. We can be the team that was in the playoffs
Jerod Mayo still has faith in New England Patriots cornerback Cyrus Jones. The cornerback, who was the Patriots' top pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, struggled mightily in his rookie season. Jones' emotional outburst during Week 5 when he got ejected for punching Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins didn't help.
PHOENIX -- When Ryan Tannehill and Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase were having those stealthy and private workouts late last December and early January and then again when the quarterback ran some of the scout team drills in practice before the playoff game at Pittsburgh, the question everyone wanted answered was whether Tannehill could protect himself. He had a partially torn ACL, a sprained MCL and was wearing a brace, so everyone wondered if Tannehill could get out of harm’s way. No, he wasn’t going to be like the guy who played receiver in college or could break the pocket and turn a busted play into a big gain in the NFL. But the Dolphins wondered if Tannehill could move so he wouldn’t be
The Pittsburgh Steelers have been incredibly active this offseason in their attention to the NFL draft, and that has included tremendous attendance at pro days. Pittsburgh had a presence at the Florida State pro day on Tuesday along with many other teams. The Seminoles have multiple draftable prospects, several of which would be nice pickups for the Steelers. Defensive end DeMarcus Walker is a very interesting 3-4 end prospect and cornerback Marquez White has some very good NFL skills. But the star of the show was obviously running back Dalvin Cook. But is he a legitimate target for the Steelers? Absolutely. Pittsburgh might have Le’Veon Bell right now, but he’s currently playing on the franchise
There was nothing malicious in the tackle. The manager replayed the video, which showed his player rushing after a ball that he was always going to be late to, making no effort to play it but rather going to ground with both studs up for no other discernible reason than to go through his counterpart to let him know that “he’s there.” To reassert the notion of toughness that he’s been taught for his entire playing career. The cheers of the crowd for the tackle was loud enough that all the reporters could hear it.
At 31 years old, Rams coach Sean McVay is the youngest head coach in the NFL. He also found himself a sweet new home in Encino, Calif., just outside Los Angeles. According to Trulia, McVay recently purchased a 4,660 square-foot modern home for $2.71 million. The house itself includes six bedrooms and six bathrooms. The home underwent a considerable renovation since its construction in 1966, and it looks spectacular now. The house has hillside views and a sweet pool and barbecue area. Let’s take a look inside. Photos are courtesy of Trulia.com.