Posted on: June 18, 2010 4:07 pm

Bucs let go of Crowell

LB Angelo Crowell had a pretty good run from 2005-07, accumulating a combined 330 tackles, seven sacks and five interceptions for the Bills. But the past two years have been filled with injuries, including a torn biceps muscle in the second Buccaneers preseason game that cost him the 2009 season.

His attempt to come back this year ended today. By signing rookie Dekoda Watson to a four-year contract, Tampa Bay has released Crowell.

As the St. Petersburg Times’ Stephen Holder points out, the Bucs must not have been impressed with the progress Crowell has made to return from his injuries. It’s unclear how much interest he’d draw from other teams, especially since he hasn’t played since 2007.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 3:20 pm

Tryout player looks to make Seahawks roster

Since I love the Daily Show, I got a kick out of watching this video , featuring former correspondent Rob Riggle trying out with the Seahawks.

The funniest scene, during the middle of practice.

Riggle: “The coaches … looked at me like, 'I think you might have a place on this team.'"

(Off camera, somebody asks): “He said, 'Take a break,' right? Because you were intimidated?”

Riggle (shrugging his shoulders): I’m the only guy that’s gotten to take a break. I think that speaks volumes.”

Can you guess what number jersey Riggle was wearing?

--Josh Katzowitz

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 18, 2010 2:27 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2010 2:41 pm

Lynch misses more practice

Marshawn Lynch must be a really good friend. But he sounds like a crappy teammate – and maybe a pretty decent job prospector.

According to the Twitter feed of ESPN’s Adam Schefter , Lynch missed today’s Buffalo OTA session to fly to Dallas to be a groomsman at the wedding of RB Justin Forsett, a teammate of Lynch’s from Cal.

Lynch missed most of Buffalo’s offseason workouts – and didn’t actually meet Bills coach Chan Gailey until this week – and when he reported to the team, he said he had been simply kicking back at home .

We’ll have to see how Gailey and his teammates respond to his absence; it should be noted that Seattle is rumored to have an interest in obtaining the services of Lynch – who is no better than third on the Bills depth chart at this point. And Forsett, of course, plays for the Seahawks.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 1:26 pm

Woodson tries his hand at coaching

CINCINNATI – Rod Woodson is one of the greatest defensive backs in NFL history. He’s an 11-time Pro Bowler – at three different positions, mind you – and he was All-Pro as a CB and a FS. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year on the strength of 71 career interceptions – including eight for Oakland when he was 37 years old.

But as great as he was, he found himself this week starting on the bottom rung of the coaching ladder. He was fitted with unfamiliar clothes, and though he received instant respect from anybody that walked within 15 feet of him, he’s a coaching intern and he knows he’s the lowest of the low.

“It doesn’t bother me,” he told this week. “You have to start somewhere. I came in the league as a rookie, and you were frowned upon as a rookie. I had to work my way up. Hard work for me isn’t a problem. I know a lot of football, but it’s a process of learning how to coach. The players are going to take what they want to take from you. They won’t take everything. As a coach, you have to realize that.”

Woodson spoke with Bengals coach Marvin Lewis in January, and despite working as an analyst for the NFL Network and the Big Ten Network, he said he was ready to give coaching a try. The internship, which began this week for mini-camp and will continue through training camp in July and August, was a way for him to test the waters.

“I’ve got five kids, and I know the commitment coaches have to make,” said Woodson, whose oldest is a sophomore in college and whose youngest is 10. “That’s a deterrent at times. But for me to impact the young players’ lives outside of football is huge. You don’t have to be an ex-player to be a good coach, but I like to see a lot of ex-players come back that can give something to the players outside of football.”

Already, the former Pittsburgh Steelers great is making an impact on the players he’s now coaching.

“You immediately give that guy respect no matter what, just because of his production,” said SS Chinedum Ndukwe. “You can tell in the meeting rooms – he’ll break stuff down for us. He understands the game, and he still knows it. I think he still has the itch. I think if he could still play, he would do it.”

Secondary coach Kevin Coyle introduced his players to Woodson by showing them his stats during a DBs meeting. Immediately, Woodson, though he admitted it was strange to wear Bengals gear, immersed himself into the team.

“Can he be a coach of guys who don’t take it as seriously as he did? Because he took it very seriously,” Lewis said. “That’s the fun part of it. It didn’t take long for him to start coaching out there. He has so much to offer. His notes were like an encyclopedia. He’ll teach people how to learn.”

Woodson’s philosophy is to be a conduit between the players and the coaches.

“Trying to slow the game down and put it in layman’s terms when the coaches are speaking,” Woodson said. “When the coaches say one thing, players think another. Sometimes you have to try to find an even keel. Hopefully, I can try to bridge that gap. I think I’ve been out of the game long enough to know what the coaches really want. I’m trying to tell them what it took for me to get to the next level. That doesn’t really change over the years.”

First, though, Woodson will have to decide if coaching is a vocation he really wants to pursue.

“The only way to do it is to do it,” Lewis said. “He’s going to commit himself to do it. Only thing he can experience is training camp and this. He’ll know. He’ll have a great idea of it.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 12:25 pm

What to do with Tennessee's LBs?

In the past few days, we’ve blogged about the no-showing of Stephen Tulloch and the travails and wanderings of Keith Bulluck. Those two posts help make up a larger story about the shape of the Tennessee Titans LB corps.

Basically, it’s not in good shape .

Tulloch, the leading tackler from last season, signed his restricted free agent tender this week, but he hasn’t been seen since. Bulluch, who had the second-most tackles, is a free agent and still not completely recovered from ACL surgery. Gerald McRath, who had 47 tackles last year and was projected to be a starter, has to serve a four-game suspension after a positive test of a banned substance. David Thornton (59 tackles), meanwhile, has been beset by injuries and won’t be ready until training camp. Plus, he’s 31.

What to do, what to do?

"We have plenty of options as far as the position is concerned," head coach Jeff Fisher told reporters. "We have great competition. We have guys that have played, so we have plenty of time to get that thing sorted out."

One option is former Eagles linebacker Will Witherspoon, a solid veteran who signed as an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. He’s already helped rookie Rennie Curran.

"It's kind of in a state of flux, but as always, you try to bring stability to the situation,” Witherspoon told the Associated Press. “You make sure you understand what's going on and how you can approach the situation. That's exactly what I want to do. I want to come in here and be on the field playing, making plays and doing what I've always done throughout my career. That's the way I look at it.”

Among the other options at LB for Tennessee, Jamie Winborn, Colin Allred and Stanford Keglar will vie for playing time. Also, the team still could choose to resign Bulluck.

“I’m still watching the Keith Bulluck situation,” Fisher said. “I have not changed on that. We have options and fortunately we have plenty of time to deal with that."

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 11:08 am

Bradford confident in himself, Rams offense

For a rookie who was the top pick in the NFL Draft and who will be counted on to be the Rams' franchise player eventually, QB Sam Bradford doesn’t seem to be feeling any nerves. In fact, he says he feels comfortable with how his career is progressing.

“I feel very comfortable with everything we have in right now,” Bradford told reporters Thursday. “I’ve said every time I’ve talked to you guys, the more I do it, the more comfortable I feel.  Obviously having 13 or 14 practices and the minicamp, I’ve got a lot of reps, I’ve got a lot of experience with the plays.  I feel good with everything we have, and I feel like the more I continue to do it, the more I study it, the more comfortable I’ll become.”

Bradford mostly has taken snaps with the second and third-string units, but lately, he’s worked a bit more with the first team. Without last year’s starter Marc Bulger on the team, Bradford will compete with journeyman A.J. Feeley for the starting spot. Bradford also talked about the team’s offensive potential, and he likes the team attitude.

He knows he has more work to do before training camp begins, though.

“It’s going to be a lot (of studying),” he said. “Obviously we did put a lot in, so I’ll go over everything. Then it will be nice because I think at the beginning of training camp we’ll reinstall everything. So really after the rookie minicamp and OTAs and then training camp will be the third time that I’ve seen it, so I should be very comfortable with everything. But I’m definitely going to spend some time when I go home in the playbook.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 10:19 am

Revis, despite report, no closer to deal

Are the New York Jets leaking incorrect information to the media in order to make themselves look good and star CB Darrelle Revis look bad? According to sources of the New York Post’s Bart Hubbach , Revis thinks that might be the case.

Newsday reported Thursday that the Jets would add six years to Revis’ contract that could make his total deal worth $100 million. Hubbach wrote today that Revis’ friends say a contract like that wouldn’t be worth much to him unless it came with guaranteed money.

Even worse for the Jets? Revis apparently distrusts his employers. From Hubbach’s story:

People close to Revis said he considers the Jets to be the source of that leaked report and that he feels it was yet another attempt by the team to make itself look good while making Revis appear greedy.

The Jets denied leaking the information, releasing a statement last night that said, "Throughout these negotiations, we have expressed our appreciation and respect for Darrelle as a player and a person, as well as our commitment to finding a resolution that works for both sides."

Revis already is angry at the Jets for what he thinks was their leak to an Internet site last month – also intended to make him look greedy – that said he was demanding $20 million a year. Revis is seeking $16.2 million a year.

Every day brings something new in the Revis saga. One day, he’s falsely claiming that his hamstring hurts and sits out some plays at practice. The next, he and coach Rex Ryan are proclaiming their love for each other. The next, Revis is accusing New York of planting stories in the press.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 18, 2010 9:49 am
Edited on: June 18, 2010 9:53 am

Another take on Haynesworth

Did you think Albert Haynesworth’s absence from Redskins mini-camp and his want of a trade – even though he signed that $100 million contact last year and received a $21 million bonus in April – was indefensible? Think again.’s Patrick Hruby rides in to Haynesworth’s defense.

Hruby compares Haynesworth’s attempted use of leverage to bargaining to buy a car, and he says Haynesworth’s desire not to play in the newly-installed 3-4 defense is similar to being hired by a restaurant as a pastry chef, only for that restaurant to change the style of food it serves while making you a sous chef.

Can’t say I agree with most of Hruby’s opinions, although I think it’s fair to say that the Redskins front office was “stupid enough to cut such a large check.”

But it’s an interested read nonetheless.

--Josh Katzowitz

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