Posts Tagged ‘Vic Carucci’

Jauron has fond AFL memories; McDaniels gets laughs

Growing up in Swampscott, Mass., Dick Jauron was a fan of the Boston Patriots of the American Football League. The team’s logo, with “Pat Patriot” snapping a football, was the symbol of an allegiance upon which Jauron reflects with great fondness to this day.

Breakfast with McDaniels

To no one’s surprise, the largest crowd of reporters at the AFC coaches-media breakfast at the league meetings this morning is gathered around the table of new Broncos coach Josh McDaniels.

Bills love Monday night, not necessarily Foxborough

Make no mistake. The Bills are thrilled to appear on Monday Night Football for the third consecutive season and are especially happy to be part of the first act for the MNF season-opening doubleheader on Sept. 14.

You will see a lot less of Falcons coach Smith this year

Falcons coach Mike Smith has dropped some weight as he readies for the 2009 season.

Early, early observations from annual owners meeting

It’s not just a bunch of talking suits at the NFL annual owners meeting. That was made very clear in the hotel fitness center at 6 a.m. this morning.

Bucs, Saints in mix to be Bills’ opponent in Toronto

The NFL is still sorting through potential opponents to face the Buffalo Bills in Toronto this season. A source at the league meetings says the list includes at least one team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, that isn’t nearly as sexy as the one I had reported last week was a leading candidate — the Indianapolis Colts.

NFL brass gathers in SoCal for league meetings

NFL team owners and executive are beginning to gather for the league meetings in Dana Point, Calif. Vic Carucci sets the scene in SoCal.

Steelers stop the playoff madness with win

Finally, there’s a little bit of sanity in this crazy postseason.

Miami’s mistakes cause it to wave white flag

When Chad Pennington threw his third interception of the game at the start of the second half, everyone sitting around me in the press box had the same thought: This game is over.

Epic conditions at Ralph Wilson Stadium

I’ve been to Ralph Wilson Stadium many times, including during its earliest days as Rich Stadium. I can’t recall windier conditions than today.

Jets were in trouble a long time ago

The wheels came off the Jets’ season when they suffered back-to-back losses to the Broncos and the 49ers after a stunningly lopsided road victory over the Titans. They weren’t re-attached when the Jets beat the Bills in Week 15 because that was a game Buffalo lost rather than New York won. Thus, the Jets’ 13-3 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday shouldn’t come as a shock.

Poised rookie Ryan displaying toughness, too

Despite his somewhat gangly physique and boyish looks, Falcons QB Matt Ryan has been fearless in the pocket all season, earning him respect from his teammates during Atlanta’s playoff push.

West teams aren’t inspiring fan bases for playoffs

To gauge just how woeful the NFC and AFC West divisions are, one only needs to look as far as the Cardinals and Broncos.

Will Panthers stand in way of Brees’ quest?

What type of opposition will Saints QB Drew Brees face next week as he closes in on Dan Marino’s single-season record of 5,084 passing yards? Especially if the Panthers clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Roethlisberger, Garcia showing grit

Some quarterbacks impress you with their talent. Others do so with their grit. A couple of ultra-gritty quarterbacks are making their presence felt today.

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