Archive for January, 2009

Reese happy to be back where he belongs

Just over one week ago, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick met with ESPN analyst Floyd Reese.

Their meetings led to a multi-year contract that was signed Monday in which Reese now is the Patriots senior adviser, helping to fill the void that Scott Pioli created when he took the Chiefs general manager’s job.

Cowher, Dierdorf sound off on Super Bowl XLIII

CBS-TV employs former Steelers coach Bill Cowher and former Cardinals offensive tackle Dan Dierdorf. Each has his own perspective, outlook and thoughts on Super Bowl XLIII.

Here are some of their ideas on some of Sunday’s issues:

Tomlinson clears the air on NFL Network

In a wide-ranging interview on NFL Network, LaDainian Tomlinson cleared the air over the recent saga with Chargers GM A.J. Smith and said he won’t need surgery on his injured groin.

Food for thought: Tampa vs. Tampa Bay

The Super Bowl is starting to feel like the Super Bowl. The game is one day closer, the media center has heavier traffic, Tampa is under the flow of a few more fans. Super Bowl week is getting amped up, and it will only grow with each day until Sunday.

Reeling from Media Day

Unless you’re there, Media Day is difficult to comprehend. It’s basically an event within the event, the three hours of Super Bowl week where covering the “news” becomes the news.

Chargers looking to bring back Chudzinski

After just two seasons as the Cleveland Browns’ offensive coordinator, Rob Chudzinski appears likely to return to the Chargers as assistant head coach/tight ends, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Monday. Sources told the newspaper that the hiring is designed to take some of the load off head coach Norv Turner:

Chargers GM calls Tomlinson to explain himself

After his recent comments were interpreted as mocking LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers general manager A.J. Smith reached out to his star running back Monday and tried to smooth over the situation during a 10-minute phone call.

Patriots put front-office pieces together

Floyd Reese struggled to land a general manager job, but he was good enough for the Patriots to hire as senior football advisor. Anytime New England signs or hires anybody, it seems to validate that person, as if other teams should have been willing to make the move the Patriots did.

Media Day not a time to be serious

One of the highlights from the Steelers’ session at media include LB Keyaron Fox teaching a female Telemundo reporter dressed in a tight light-blue jersey, knee pads and high heels how to be a linebacker. “I was expecting a lot more serious questions,” Fox said. “But it’s all good. I’m just having fun with it.”

Dance challenge met

As Media Day came to a close, the players were still dancing. Following their team picture on the field, a group of Steelers got together at midfield to continue what took place moments earlier in the stands. NFL Network’s Scott Hanson managed to coax CB Bryant McFadden into a response to Cardinals CB Dominique Rodgers Cromartie’s dance challenge. WR Nate Washington and OT Marvel Smith led a large group of Steelers who surrounded McFadden up in the stands, providing beats while McFadden provided the dance moves.

The strangeness of Media Day

They call this Media Day, but in some ways, it’s all backwards. In many cases, it’s just journalists interviewing journalists. The players even arm themselves with cameras, often turning them on reporters. Giants LB Antonio Pierce is one player acting as a journalist and giving interviews at the same time.

Hey, Prez, now we need your vote

President Barack Obama ran on a platform of change, but the sense the Cardinals players have is that Obama is pulling for the Steelers, winners of five previous Super Bowls, to be the first professional team he greets in the White House as champions.

Dance-off challenge: Run DRC vs. Steelers

The cameras bring out the entertainer in everyone. As the media sets up their cameras, laptops and radio equipment, some of the Cardinals players sitting around waiting to get started decided to have somewhat of a dance-off. With the Scott Hanson and the NFL Network cameras on hand, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie took center stage, with the rest of his teammates and a few media members as a captive audience.

Television luring Edwards, not coaching

When the Kansas City Chiefs fired Herm Edwards on Friday, they essentially deactivated him from coaching for 2009. Edwards isn’t expected to coach anywhere in 2009. He’s expected to end up at some television network, analyzing football instead of coaching it.

Fitzgerald willing to restructure deal to keep Boldin

Questions surround Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin and his future in Arizona. But one of the keys to it could turn out to be Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald.

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