Category:NFL
Posted on: June 15, 2010 6:29 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2010 6:40 pm
 

Jim Zorn makes Joe Flacco happy

You might have forgotten what happened to former Redskins coach Jim Zorn after he was fired at the end of last season. In case you didn’t realize, he’s found another job. And so far, he seems like a pretty good fit for his new position.

Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun writes about Zorn, now the Baltimore Ravens quarterback coach, and how he’s tutoring quarterback Joe Flacco. It’s the first time Flacco has worked with a coach who’s actually played the quarterback position in the NFL (see Zorn's stats here ), and so far, the partnership is going well.

"Jim's been great," Flacco told the newspaper. "He's a great guy, down to earth, real relaxed. He's been a great coach so far. I love every part of him being my coach, and I think the other guys are really liking him a lot, too. He has a lot to teach.”

Remember: the last time Zorn was a quarterbacks coach, he helped Seattle’s Matt Hasselbeck to three Pro Bowl appearances earlier this decade. Forget his disastrous two-season run as Washington’s head coach. The man is a heck of an assistant.


--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 5:55 pm
 

The return of Ochocinco

CINCINNATI – As expected, Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco made his offseason debut Tuesday, and though he declared he was in tremendous shape, he didn’t get in much work during the first two practices of mini-camp.

Though Andy took my money quote ( in case you missed it, here it is: “I just need everybody to trust in me like birth control. I’m going to be there for you 99.9 percent of the time.” As an aside to the original aside, Jets CB Darrelle Revis could tell you about the other 0.1 percent of the time) , Ochocinco talked about why his teammates should trust him.

The question comes because Ochocinco missed voluntary workouts yet again – this year, he spent his time on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars and he’s currently filming a reality dating show for vh1.

“I could die and resurrect and handle my business,” Ochocinco told us after the morning practice. “In general, people need to trust when I’m not here. That should never, ever, ever, ever be a question. Ever. You already know how I am when I get here. You know what you’re getting. It’s the outside. My teammates know what time it is.

“I just want everybody to remember that nothing has changed. It seems there are always questions when I’m not here. But I’m still training and working out the same way. The same way I’ve done in the past years. I’m still hungry, and I have a love and passion for this game. Nothing’s changed.”

Except that he’s not in the same kind of shape he’d be in if he had attended OTAs with most of the rest of his teammates. That’s why he didn’t get much action in the practices today.

“We didn’t want to overdo it,” offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski said. “If he hasn’t been doing a lot of football stuff, you have to ease him back into it. You can tell he hasn’t done a lot of football. I think he’s in pretty good shape, but there’s a big difference in football where you’re running routes and sticking your foot in the ground and putting pressure on your joints. You can tell he hasn’t been doing a lot of route running.”

Once minicamp ends Thursday, Ochocinco said he’ll fly to Las Vegas and train in the boxing gym with Floyd Mayweather Jr. to further his preparation for the season.

“It’s the quickness, the hand-eye coordination,” Ochocinco said. “My feet aren’t going anywhere. The cardio that boxing gives me, especially working out with him, will shot me up there. I’ll come back in stupid shape.”

Maybe in good enough shape to run through an entire practice.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 3:55 pm
 

Chris Johnson Tweets Frustration

Chris Johnson is starting to get more vocal about his holdout. A day after saying he wasn’t mad at the Titans, the 2,000-yard rusher Tweeted:

“Just got off the phn w/ my agent & its not good news I’m feeling lk @Revis24 rt now at least dey offering him.” (Johnson is referring to Darrelle Revis’s contract squabble in New York).

Johnson also wrote, “Its like how do u expect ur players to give they all and not put their bodies on the line when you not willing to give them what they deserve. How do u want player 2 honor their contract but the team dot have to honor it. If u dont wnt 2 pay a player early dont cut a player early.’’

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 15, 2010 3:29 pm
 

Top 10 Most Overpaid Players in the NFL?

Foxsports ran an interesting piece today: the top 10 most overpaid players in football.

Here’s their list:

10. Brandon Jacobs, RB, NYG, $7.5M this season
9. Antonio Smith, DE, HOU, $15.5M since signing in ’09
8. Eli Manning, QB, NYG, $35 million guaranteed, $15.27M per year ’09-’15
7. Julius Peppers, DE, CHI, $20M this season
6. Antonio Bryant, WR, CIN, $9M with Bucs in ’09; $7M in ’10
5. Matt Cassel, QB, KC, $15M in ’10
4. Vernon Carey, RT, MIA, $15M in ’09
3. Jay Cutler, QB, CHI, $15M per year
2. Roy Williams, WR, DAL, $13.6M in ’09
1. Albert Haynesworth, DL, WAS, $41M guaranteed

Overall, this is a good list. Including Jacobs might be faulty, given that his power is key to New York’s run-based offense. Manning signed his contract shortly after winning the Super Bowl – nobody raised any objection then.

The Cassel deal could haunt Scott Pioli for a long time. The fact that Carey made nearly $1 million per game last season is shocking. He’s a solid but unspectacular right tackle.

Roy Williams has cost the Cowboys money and draft picks, but it’s the Cowboys’ fault for not realizing that his north/south style of play was ill-fit for Jason Garrett’s catch-and-run offense.

The Redskins are getting what they deserve with Haynesworth. The man is a superstar, but only when he smells new money. Throughout his entire career, Haynesworth has griped and underachieved in every non-contract year. This isn’t to say he’s a bum. No matter what, Haynesworth attracts double teams, which will always make him more valuable than his stats indicate. But $41 million guaranteed? Ouch.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 2:57 pm
 

Some Quick Running Back News

Some running back news….
Marshawn Lynch is participating in his first voluntary practice of the offseason. There are rumors about him being traded to Seattle soon.

The Vikings signed Ryan Moats. Some might view this as the team posturing with Adrian Peterson not around, but more likely, it’s the Vikings simply taking advantage of an opportunity to build depth at a somewhat thin position.

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 15, 2010 2:39 pm
 

Chad Ochocinco's Latest Quote

From the Cincinnati Enquirer....

“I’m dependable like birth control, 99.9 percent of the time.”

--Chad Ochocinco



--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 15, 2010 2:32 pm
 

Regular Season Extension To Be Discussed Wednesda

The great debate looming for fans in all these labor negotiations is the possibility of an 18-game regular season. Good idea or bad idea? Be prepared to choose a side at some point.

Jason La Canfora writes that Wednesday’s labor negotiations between the NFLPA and NFL will likely touch on this subject. Owners generally like the idea of an extended regular season; players don’t. This issue could impact roster sizes, salaries and, of course, television schedules. You’ll hear more and more about it over the next year.
 
P.S. It’s worth noting that in La Canfora’s article, the regular season extension is referred to as “regular season enhancement”. Could this be because La Canfora works for NFL.com, and Roger Goodell is in favor of an 18-game schedule?

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 1:59 pm
 

Manning's Contract Could Reveal NFL's Future

Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports astutely pointed out that Peyton Manning’s contract status with the Colts could be an indication of how the labor situation is expected to shake out in 2011. Cole quotes one agent as saying, “If Manning doesn’t get the kind of contract we all expect or, worse, doesn’t get a deal done at all, that really means it’s going to be war. There has never been a player with more leverage than him. No one. If he can’t get a deal done at his price, we’re all in trouble.”

Colts president Bill Polian is very active within the NFL business ranks. (So is Colts owner Jim Irsay.) Polian recently said that he understands why two of his other stars, WR Reggie Wayne and DE Robert Mathis, want long-term contracts, but that it’s difficult to orchestrate any deals given the tenuous state of the league’s system. But if Polian is able to get a deal completed with Manning before 2011, that could be an indication that he thinks labor peace is imminent.

As one AFC executive told Cole, player salaries are generally based on what quarterbacks makes. Guys like Manning (and Tom Brady, who is also in the final year of his contract), set the benchmark for the entire league. Manning and Brady are likely to garner $20 million annual salaries.

The executive went on to say, “There’s no way I could see that any owner is going to spend that kind of money on one player and not have football. You spend $7 [million] or $8 million on somebody, OK, that’s just common-sense business. You spend $20 [million] or $30 million, you’re making a commitment.”

--Andy Benoit

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