Posted: Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 | Pat Kirwan | Tags: 2011 Senior Bowl, 2011 Senior Bowl, Boston College, Casey Matthews, Connecticut, Greg Jones, Lawrence Wilson, Mark Herzlich, Michigan State, Oregon
Michigan State’s Greg Jones had a lot of buzz entering Senior Bowl practices this week, but he has failed to live up to the hype. He’s way too stiff and struggled during blitz drills.
Posted: Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 | Pat Kirwan | Tags: 2011 Senior Bowl, 2011 Senior Bowl, Colorado, Jalil Brown, Kendric Burney, North Carolina
One key thing to keep in mind for fans that closely track the draft process is how big a role scheme plays in a team’s evaluation. For example, when defensive back prospects are graded, there is much more that goes into that than just their physical ability.
Posted: Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 | Pat Kirwan | Tags: 2011 Senior Bowl, 2011 Senior Bowl, Pat Kirwan, Richard Sherman, Stanford, Vincent Brown
It’s often the late arrivals that seem to make an impact during Senior Bowl Week. This year is no different.
Posted: Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 | Pat Kirwan | Tags: 2011 Senior Bowl,
It might not be the most glorious position in the NFL, but center is one of the most important.
Posted: Thursday, July 15th, 2010 | Pat Kirwan | Tags: American Century Classic, Brett Favre, Joe Webb, Minnesota Vikings, Tarvaris Jackson
Brett Favre’s return to the Vikings this year — to earn that $13 million waiting for him and address the unfinished business on the field — might be big news to some, but it shouldn’t be a surprise.
Posted: Sunday, February 7th, 2010 | Pat Kirwan | Tags: Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis Colts, Super Bowl XLIV
Dwight Freeney didn’t look bad moving around in warmups. Looks like he can go straight ahead. What you don’t know is if can he push off against pressure. But he absolutely looked better than you thought he would. The Colts are going to try to get some situational pass rush out of him.
Posted: Sunday, February 7th, 2010 | Pat Kirwan | Tags: Dwight Freeney, Garrett Hartley, Gregg Williams, Indiana, Indianapolis Colts, Matt Stover, New Orleans Saints, Peyton Manning
NFL.com analyst Pat Kirwan is down on the sideline, passing along his observations as both teams begin to make their way onto the field for warmups.
Posted: Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 | Pat Kirwan | Tags: Barrett Ruud, Byron Leftwich, Cadillac Williams, Chris Hovan, Clifton Smith, Josh Freeman, Raheem Morris, Roy Miller, Sammie Stroughter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
While rookie QB Josh Freeman patiently learns the offense, veteran Byron Leftwich is earning the respect of his defensive teammates with the way he’s been throwing the deep ball.
Posted: Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 | Pat Kirwan | Tags: Buster Davis, Charly Martin, Jeromey Clary, Kevin Burnett, LaDainian Tomlinson, Larry English, Marcus McNeil, Philip Rivers, Ron Rivera, San Diego Chargers, Shaun Phillips, Shawne Merriman, Stephen Cooper, Tim Dobbins
A day at the San Diego Chargers’ training camp revealed a focused Philip Rivers, an aggressive defense, some impressive rookies on both sides of the ball, and more. Pat Kirwan offers his observations.
Posted: Friday, August 14th, 2009 | Pat Kirwan | Tags: Bill Parcells, Cameron Wake, Chad Henne, Chad Pennington, Davone Bess, Gibril Wilson, Jason Taylor, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Pat Kirwan, Pat White, Patrick Turner, Phillip Merling, Randy Starks, Ricky Williams, Sean Smith, Ted Ginn, Vontae Davis, Yeremiah Bell
After watching the Miami Dolphins at training camp Friday, I leave knowing this is Chad Pennington’s team, Ted Ginn is making progress, Jason Taylor will start and Ricky Williams’ has a new-found burst.
Posted: Thursday, August 13th, 2009 | Pat Kirwan | Tags: Arthur Blank, Atlanta Falcons, Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, Mike Peterson, Mike Smith, Pat Kirwan, Peria Jerry, Roddy White, Thomas Dimitroff, Tony Gonzalez
I had the chance recently to watch two spirited practices at Atlanta Falcons training camp, chatting with owner Arthur Blank, GM Thomas Dimitroff, coach Mike Smith and a number of players in the process. I left Flowery Branch with a good feel for the 2009 Falcons.
Posted: Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 | Pat Kirwan | Tags: Carolina Panthers, Chris Harris, Dwayne Jarrett, Everette Brown, Jake Delhomme, Jeff Otah, Jon Beason, Jordan Gross, Kenny Moore, Maa'ka Kemoeatu, Marty Hurney, Pat Kirwan, Ron Meeks, Thomas Davis
After a visit to Carolina Panthers training camp, it appears WR Dwayne Jarrett has made a lot of progress, rookie DE Everette Brown may have been a steal in the second round, and the loss DT Maa’ka Kemoeatu will force the team to bring in a veteran for help.
Posted: Friday, August 7th, 2009 | Pat Kirwan | Tags: 2009 Training Camps, Ben Roethlisberger, Dennis Dixon, Dick LeBeau, Heath Miller, Hines Ward, James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley, Limas Sweed, Matt Spaeth, Max Starks, Mike Tomlin, Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers, rashard mendenhall, Santonio Holmes, Shaun McDonald, William Gay
The Steelers return 20 of 22 starters, which makes them strong contenders to repeat as Super Bowl champions. They still have Dick LeBeau running the defense, and his players call him “The Wizard,” which reflects the schemes and creativity he brings. The offense still has Ben Roethlisberger under center and returns RB Rashard Mendenhall after a season-ending shoulder injury last year.
Posted: Thursday, August 6th, 2009 | Pat Kirwan | Tags: Brady Quinn, Cleveland Browns, D'Qwell Jackson, Derek Anderson, Eric Mangini, Jamal Lewis, Jim Brown, Joe Thomas, Paul Warfield
Pat Kirwan got a real good feel for the Browns after his visit on Wednesday.
Posted: Thursday, August 6th, 2009 | Pat Kirwan | Tags: Alan Faneca, Bart Scott, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Kellen Clemens, Kerry Rhodes, Kris Jenkins, New York Jets, Rex Ryan
Pat Kirwan attended Jets training camp and made some observations about coach Rex Ryan and the QB competition between Kellen Clemens and Mark Sanchez.