Archive for June, 2011

Baldinger, La Canfora unveil top 10 player lists

NFL Network’s “The Top 100: Players of 2011” has provided a quality source of material for offseason arguments. And as the countdown continues — Nos. 11-20 will be unveiled Sunday at 8 p.m. ET — network producers strong-armed analyst Brian Baldinger and insider Jason La Canfora to come up with their own top-10 lists Friday.

Baldinger: ‘Humbled’ McNabb can return to form

Can Donovan McNabb return to form in 2011? NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger says a humbled McNabb has a chance, if he puts in the work.

A few minutes with … Gabe Carimi

Bears rookie OT Gabe Carimi took a break from his visit to NFL Network on Friday to discuss how he’s filling his offseason, which nickname he likes best and his favorite food.

Data Points: Top single-season passing marks

One probable offshoot of a longer regular season would be the downfall of several of the league’s most precious records, such as Dan Marino’s single-season passing yards mark.

DDFP: Talking music and ball with Jason LaCanfora

You might want to sit down for this news — our own Necktie Milner got us a guest! And a damn good one, if I don’t mind saying so — Jason La Canfora.

First and 10: CJ2K seeks some serious money

CJ2K — or Chris Johnson, if you prefer — has eclipsed 1,000 yards in all three of his seasons with the Tennessee Titans, but he’s set to make only $800K this season.

La Canfora: Holmes is priority for Jets

The New York Jets will be one of the busiest teams in the league when the NFL lockout is lifted and the free-agency period finally begins. Jason La Canfora is that the Jets will make retaining Santonio Holmes a “priority.”

Sapp, Strahan question Tiki Barber as teammate

Expectedly, opinions vary on if Tiki Barber has enough left in the proverbial tank to make an impact in his comeback to the NFL. NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp also questions the way Barber turned his back on the Giants’ locker room and what type of impact he would have on a team’s chemistry.

Brooks: Bills are ideal landing spot for Vince Young

At some point soon (at least we think), Vince Young will become an unrestricted free agent. Analyst Bucky Brooks views the Bills under the direction of coach Chain Gailey as potentially the best fit for Young.

Wyche: Vikings will be competitive in Rice market

Leslie Frazier has maintained the Vikings want to retain Sidney Rice, and’s Steve Wyche believes the team will be competitive in the free-agent market to keep the four-year veteran.

Urlacher: Dhani Jones known more for fashion

Bears star Brian Urlacher weighed in on some recent criticism from Bengals LB Dhani Jones, who didn’t include him on his list of the NFL’s top 10 linebackers.

DDFP: Mantle over Elway, the greatest uniform in L.A. Rams history and Jason La Canfora!

There is no argument that John Elway is the leader in the clubhouse for NFL players who wore No. 7. Even though there is a half-hearted argument given to Ben Roethlisberger. But is the jersey No. 7 the greatest sports number ever? The gang discusses that and Dave gives his view on who wore No. 7 the best — Mickey Mantle or Elway.

Data Points: Asomugha tough to throw on

Among cornerbacks who were thrown at 30 times are more in 2010, Nnamdi Asomugha was one of the most effective NFL pass defenders.

Manning police are getting it done

Congratulations, Manning brothers: You finally did something that I actually want to see. This spoof of police dramas comes directly from DirecTV and looks like the NFL version of the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” video.

First and 10: Dameshek dances around Hines Ward

Shame on you, Mr. Dameshek, for taking Hines Ward to task for his dancing prowess. Didn’t you see what happened to the football players in “Mr. Holland’s Opus” when they took ballet?

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