Archive for October, 2008

Belichick gets off first blast against Colts

New England and Indianapolis have gone at it over the years, and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick took his own subtle swipe at the Colts on Tuesday.

Check out this word-for-word exchange today between Boston-area reporters and Belichick — and notice the topic that Belichick comes back and hits voluntarily.

Chargers fire Cottrell, elevate Rivera to coordinator

Had San Diego kept Drew Brees instead of allowing him to sign with New Orleans, it’s possible the Chargers secondary would not have gotten carved up the way it did Sunday in London.

And once it did get shredded, it became the final straw in the team deciding to fire defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell and promoting linebackers coach Ron Rivera to defensive coordinator.

Toomer right at home in the principal’s office

When Chase Strynkowski learned last week that he was a winner in the NFL’s “Take a Player to School” program, the sixth-grade Giants fan from Hillsdale, N.J., told his mom, “I really want the player who comes to visit to be Amani Toomer.”

Hightower could push James out of Arizona

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt did not dismiss the idea that, while rookie running back Tim Hightower’s playing time will increase, veteran Edgerrin James‘ will decrease.

Steelers sign LS Retkofsky

File this one under the better-late-than-never category.

Having seen enough of backup long snapper James Harrison against the Giants, the Steelers signed long snapper Jared Retkofsky to a one-year deal.

Davis talks about Singletary on his blog

49ers coach Mike Singletary got his say on Vernon Davis after Sunday’s loss to Seattle. Now Davis has gotten his.

On his Yardbarker blog, Davis went from tight end to reporter, revealing how his first conversation since Sunday’s in-game suspension with Singletary went.

Goodell to meet with Wilfork, Johnson

After returning from London, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has quite the busy day planned for Tuesday.

He will be hosting visits with New England defensive tackle Vince Wilfork and Kansas City running back Larry Johnson, each of whom could be facing suspension.

Titans face strong test against healthy Packers

Tennessee faced one test Monday night and it will get a stiffer one Sunday.

It will be playing host to Green Bay in a game in which the Packers are expected to be even stronger in their secondary.

Culpepper has ‘great workout’ with the Lions

Our friend Daunte Culpepper just weighed in with the latest info on his status.

“I had a great workout and meetings with the Lions today,” Culpepper wrote.

Singletary’s harangue just part of his ‘personality’

Mike Singletary goes off, and suddenly the 49ers are relevent again.

Singletary’s first postgame news conference as coach of the 49ers made a 2-6 team instantly relevant for the fervor and fury of his impassioned remarks on the state of his squad, writes John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Colts no longer crushing opponents’ hopes

This is the kind of party the Indianapolis Colts not only used to crash but crush. Not Monday. Not this season. Not these Colts, writes Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star.

Facing a 14-6 deficit, the Titans scored 25 consecutive points to humble the Colts 31-21 in front of 69,143 fans at LP Field.

MVP race is wide open

Not only has parity infiltrated the NFL standing, but it has done the same to the NFL’s MVP race.

We’re now at the midway point of the season and there are some legitimate MVP candidates, but nobody that is running away with the award the way Tom Brady did last season or LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006, Shaun Alexander in 2005 or Peyton Manning in 2004.

Changing of the guard in AFC South?

In the wake of the Titans’ 31-21 victory over the Colts on Monday night, some football fans are left to wonder: Is the window of opportunity closing on the Colts?

Or, as Joe Biddle of The Tennessean ponders, is the Titans’ window of opportunity opening for bigger, brighter things in the NFL pecking order?

Fisher matches Ditka

Back in 1981, Bears coach Mike Ditka drafted USC defensive back Jeff Fisher in the seventh round.

Now, 27 years later, and after Tennessee took over a commanding lead in the AFC South with Monday night’s victory over Indianapolis, Fisher has coached his NFL teams to the same number of victories as Ditka.

Colts-Titans inactives

Colts: S Bob Sanders, CB Kelvin Hayden, RB Joseph Addai, LB Buster Davies, G Daniel Federkeil, WR Roy Hall, TE Jacob Tamme, DE Marcus Howard.

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