As we do every week, let’s take a swing around the NFL, looking at a bunch of random things… So, what’s been up? 1. The Jets play on Monday night, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to talk about what’s going on with them. Banged up, beat up and struggling, the Jets face a critical home game against the powerful Texans. And all eyes are on their quarterback situation. Rex Ryan said he’s sticking with starter Mark Sanchez, but for how long? When does Tim Tebow Time happen? At what point will Ryan said, “Screw it, let’s put Tim in?” Because, as people inside the building say, that’s what it’ll be. I mean, can’t you hear Rex saying that… […]
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It’s been a busy few days, taking me to a few places I wasn’t expecting. Let’s see… I spent last week in Nashville, gearing up to cover the Patriots-Titans game. Then, it was a day in Mississippi with The Banktress and her family… and now in Baltimore. I’ll talk some Ravens today, then head to Philly for the rest of the week. But before we delve into the Ravens-Eagles slugfest this weekend, let’s review. Want to hear what Nashville was like? — Man, Nashville’s got to be one of the easiest cities around. No traffic, nice people, everything is close… just easy. It’s really got everything. Solid restaurants, a downtown for the young people (like Vanderbilt students), a downtown for […]
Well, it was a Week 1 for the ages. An offensive explosion like we’ve never seen. But it wasn’t all passing. In fact, after watching the Patriots beat down the Titans — and after writing this Rap Sheet Rundown for yesterday — it made me realize there’s this other important thing. Running the ball. Still important. Still essential. And something that, when you’re good on offense, can make you great. Why did the Patriots beat the Titans? A lot of reasons. But a main one was simple and old-school. They ran the ball and stopped the run. Maniacal runner Stevan Ridley gained 125 yards on 21 carries… which a TON of carries for a passing team. Aerial assassin Tom Brady? […]
First things first. Patriots QB Tom Brady suffered a bloody nose when Titans pass-rusher Kamerion Wimbley sacked him early in the 34-13 beat-down here at LP Field. But I’m told that, upon first examination, that Brady did not break his nose. He’ll be reassessed tomorrow. But still, there he was (left) with a bandage on it during his post-game after an efficient 23 of 31 performance for 236 yards and two TDs. Brady quipped to me, “Guess it’s not the preseason anymore. That didn’t happen in the preseason.” He’s right. What I loved, though was his reaction. Lots of jokes… and some seriousness. Brady said, “I never mind a little blood.” The image he has is one thing, and he […]
As we do every week — except this time, it’s game week! — let’s take a swing around the NFL, looking at a bunch of random things … So, what’s been up? 1. The Steelers play tonight against the Broncos, and they get the first crack at QB Peyton Manning. Sure, Pittsburgh is tweaked about some injury issues (I don’t blame them), but they are mostly ready to go. I just want to take out a second and note something you shouldn’t really need to praise anyone for. I’ll do it anyway. Nice, easy, sound decision by coach Mike Tomlin to eliminate any possibility of S Ryan Clark playing in the mile-high altitude because of a health issues. This should […]
The NFL season opens for the Patriots and Titans Sunday and both teams will have a lot going on when they hit the field. But one kinda cool storyline that shouldn’t be overlooked is that the McCourty twins get to play against each other. No, not on the field at the same time — both play defense. But on opposite sidelines. The Patriots have their McCourty, Devin, the starting CB. The Titans have their McCourty, Jason, the starting CB. And the dudes who look very much alike will have an interesting week. (Shoot, it’s been interesting for me in the Titans locker room. Every time I see Jason, I have to remind myself I’m not talking to Devin.) The word […]
As we do every week, let’s take a swing around the NFL, looking at a bunch of random things… 1. The Cowboys play the Giants on Wednesday, the high-profile season opener for the entire league and a rematch of the 2011 finale that kick-started the G-Men on their run to the Super Bowl. It will also be the debut of the Cowboys defense that has looked really stout in the preseason under second-year coordinator Rob Ryan. Most of it came without pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware, who had 19.5 sacks last year. As a precaution, he sat out three preseason games, even though he said after the second one that if there was a real game, he’d have played. Yet if Ware is worried […]
Monday was a busy day in the quarterback competition world. First, we awoke to the news that the Tennessee Titans had anointed second-year QB Jake Locker as the starter. A few hours later, the Miami Dolphins did the same thing, announcing that rookie Ryan Tannehill would run their offense. Both players hadn’t exactly lit the world on fire in the previous preseason games, and both QB competitions could have extended for a much longer period of time. Tannehill was 11 of 23 for 100 yards against the Panthers, while Locker was 4 of 11 for 21 yards and one interception vs. the Bucs. Certainly not the stuff of legends. Instead, they didn’t wait. Teams made the call, went with the future […]
As we do every week, let’s take a swing around the NFL, looking at a bunch of random things … So, what’s been up? 1. I cued up my Game Pass yesterday and checked out the Jaguars/Saints game… and I almost couldn’t believe what I saw. Where in the world did this guy still called Blaine Gabbert come from? Last year, the former first-rounder was a mess. Just scared and shaky, looking unprepared and fidgety in the pocket with no recognition skills. I didn’t shy away from criticizing him, wondering if it was all a big mistake. Meanwhile, Jaguars fans pointed out what a similar disasterbacle Eli Manning was a rookie … and that turned out fine. Based on Friday […]
As we do every week, let’s take a swing around the NFL, looking at a bunch of random things … So, what’s been up? 1. I can’t help but think that the Steelers’ season will be dictated by two storylines, neither of which will make the Pittsburgh crazies very happy. One is, can QB Ben Roethlisberger stay healthy? He’s already been slowed by a gimpy ankle and, ho hum, he’s got a torn rotator cuff on his throwing shoulder. And from the way it sounded, his offensive line will be a work in progress. Starting two rookies is good for the future, scary for the present, even if the rookies are highly touted like David DeCastro and Mike Adams. And […]
As we do every week, let’s take a swing around the NFL, looking at a bunch of random things … So, what’s been up? 1. The trip to Nashville on Friday was interesting, but the thing that left me thinking was the conversation I had with Titans RB Chris Johnson. I was impressed with the back’s speed, and I couldn’t help but travel back to last year. I had questions about how last year even happened. He did show up late after holding out, but was he simply not in shape? And why didn’t it get better during the season, as he had more time to run, get his legs under him, and get used to being in a game? […]
Well, it was a quick trip to Nashville, just one day. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t eventful. A nice meal, a visit with an old friend… and an up-close and personal look at one of the league’s more intriguing quarterback battles. Here is my training camp report on the Titans. What was Nashville like? — There’s no doubt the focus is, and should be on, the battle to be the starting quarterback between former first-rounder Jake Locker and veteran sage Matt Hasselbeck. It is a topic every day, and Tennessean reporter Jim Wyatt is doing a fantastic job chronicling it locally. It is a real competition, but I have no doubt the hope inside that team is that Locker […]
Hello from Nashville, Tenn., where the Titans are getting ready to practice in a few hours. Right now, veteran LB Keith Bulluck is officially announcing his retirement, which is great to see. But for this year’s team, it’s all about the QBs.
Matt Hasselbeck had a big day yesterday, while Jake Locker was slightly innacurate. Locker, the 2011 first-round draft pick, has had other big days. So, who has the edge? What will determine it?
A couple minutes ago, I spoke with GM Ruston Webster. He broke it down.
We’ve been on the road for the past week or so, seeing four teams and five practices. And yes, we’ve only begun to gain an understanding of the landscape of the NFL. Today, we rest (kinda). We’re home in Dallas, getting ready to board a flight to Nashville to see the Titans on Friday. While we have some time… let’s spin through one random thought on each team (in alphabetical order) that sums up what’s been going on in camp so far. Why? Well, why not? — Randy Moss has taken over the headlines, as he tends to do. But the only real question for the 49ers is whether Alex Smith can be an accurate enough passer to take his […]