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Posted on: November 19, 2010 12:58 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2010 1:34 pm
 

Deion Sanders talks Vick, McNabb, NFL Top 100

Posted by Will Brinson

CBSSports.com: I picked the Falcons to win the Super Bowl before the year -- do you think they can make a case for being the dominant team in the NFL?

Deion Sanders: I don't know about dominant. I think the win over Baltimore a week ago did a lot for their confidence and did a lot for them getting tot he next level physically and emotionally and psychologically. I don't know about dominant because the back end of their defense is not dominant -- you've got [John] Abraham who's one of the best pass rushers in the game, but when you think about dominant you think about a dominant defense.

CBS: Alright, how about Michael Vick then?

DS: Unbelievable. Can you win MVP and Comeback Player of the Year? Because right now, I think he's the frontrunner for both.

CBS: Yeah, and it's crazy because so many people passed on him for PR reasons and then so many people wanted him to be something like a wide receiver or running back …

DS: Well that was ignorant -- ignorant folks who probably have never played the game really wanted to be the first to make a stupid statement like that. How could a guy that's gone to the Pro Bowl, you say he's going to have to change his whole position? That's like saying a guy who has a knee injury and then come back and subsequently next year have another injury should change position. That's crazy -- just sitting out two years of incarceration, he's still a quarterback. Not only that, he led his team to the NFC Championship before and made a few Pro Bowls so to change positions, that's just crazy.

CBS: How much of his success -- and it's unbelievable to see how he's developed as a pocket passer -- do you put on the situation that he landed in, with Andy Reid and the Eagles?

DS: You put that on the team -- you put that on the team he plays with. How can you stay in the pocket with the Falcons when they're one of the worst offensive lines in the game? So being in the pocket where you've got not only two receivers [DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin] but maybe three receivers, because [Brent] Celek is a great alternative and one of the better tight ends in the league. Having someone to throw to in a real scheme and having confidence in his abilities, I think that attributes to his success right now. And having a year to really sit back … and I think if you asked him to pinpoint some things, I think he would tell you what a vital role Donovan McNabb played in his life. The preparation, getting ready mentally, physically and psychologically during the week as well -- I think that's the first time he saw a professional act as a professional at the quarterback position that he can identify with.

CBS: Speaking of McNabb, the details of his contract changed and it looks more favorable for Washington -- do you think he's making a mistake by leaving himself open to getting locked in with Mike Shanahan again next year?

DS: No, I don't think he's making a mistake. One thing about athletes -- you want sure money. And I think that's what he did. I think both situations lend itself to one another, because if he goes to another team, he'll still get his guaranteed money, and [the Redskins] took care of themselves at the same token. So I think both parties win.

CBS: The NFL Network recently did the Top 100 players of all-time, and for those of us who grew up cheering for the Braves and the Falcons, your ranking seemed a little auspicious -- do you think a versatile guy like yourself got kind of hosed there?

DS: The thing about it is that some people who voted in that selection process, they let personal feelings get in the way of reality. And that should never come into play. You should never let the way you feel personally about a person get into what's real about a person and what's genuine about a person as well.

CBS: On that same note, personal feelings seem to factor into the Hall of Fame discussion too -- a guy like Terrell Owens comes to mind immediately because---

DS: How can he not be in the Top 100 players? That's just crazy.

CBS: So you think it's crazy if he doesn't get serious Hall of Fame consideration?

DS: Well, he wasn't in the Top 100, so lets you know right there how they feel about him and you can't go by personal stuff, you've got to go by what they did on the field.

CBS: Alright, is this the craziest NFL season you've ever seen, between the parity and all the different storylines?

DS: No, not really. There's a lot of parity -- it's not really crazy, there's a lot of parity. And that's what you want -- you want every team to have the ability to win the Super Bowl. And it goes back to what we were saying, there's no dominance right now, like the Cowboys did in the 90's, like the Patriots did, even Pittsburgh, who won two Super Bowls out of the last few, there's no dominance right now.

CBS: Speaking of dominating, I would assume if you're working out with every day people, which I believe you're doing with EA, I would assuming you're dominating some people there?

DS: [Laughing] Yeah, I'm having a good time with the EA Sports Training Camp and it's wonderful. Not only are we getting kids off the couch, but we're getting adults off the couch and allowing them to participate and compete as well. There are over 70 drills and eight challenges in this game -- it's designed to increase your strength, power, balance and agility just to name a few areas of concern for people. It gives you a total body workout and it monitors your heart as well and I'm really happy to be one of the guys behind the scenes who helped develop this thing.

CBS: Alright, good stuff, Deion, thanks for talking to us and take it easy.

DS: Alright man, have a good one.
Posted on: November 18, 2010 11:33 am
 

Hot Routes 11.18.10 bye bye to bye weeks

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit


All 32 teams will be in action each week from here on out, which just means more potential Hot Routes to sift through.


There is a great deal of anticipation for the Andre Johnson-Darrelle Revis matchup this Sunday.

FINALLY! A movement in Denver for the Broncos to make their alternate third orange jerseys their official home jersey. The Falcons and Titans have both done this in recent years (Falcons’ red jerseys used to be an alternate to their black; Titans sky blue jerseys used to be an alternate to navy blue).


A record number of players have landed on IR so far this season.


The season-ending injury to Cardinals right tackle Brandon Keith has given veteran Jeremy Bridges a chance to start again.


Ron Artest hopes to try out for the NFL after his basketball career is over. Just what we need: another basketball player turned tight end (we’ll assume he’d play tight end) whom announcers can remind us goes after red zone catches by boxing out the same way as if he’s going after a rebound.


T.O. spoke with Buffalo reporters Wednesday and greeted them with an interesting cheer.


Brian Urlacher is four tackles away from passing Mike Singletary as the Bearsall-time leading tackler.


Talk about a fair yet unfair headline. From the Detroit Free Press: “Jason Hanson is the losingest NFL player ever”. That’s Hanson’s reward for longevity.


At a University of Maryland function Wednesday night, Dan Snyder called the loss to the Eagles “embarrassing”.


Jeff Fisher regrets losing LeGarrette Blount.


Rex Ryan wants more from his defense.


Pretty much every NFL-related story from Giants beat writers this week has been tied to Michael Vick.


Todd Haley won’t even discuss his own injuries with the media.


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Posted on: November 17, 2010 6:09 pm
 

T.O. tries to clear up McNabb mess

T. Owens tried to clear the record regarding D. McNabb (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

OK, we’ll talk about the Terrell Owens/Donovan McNabb/Twitter situation just one more time this week (when I’m on the clock, at least). But this will be it. Promise.

Owens spoke to the Bills and Bengals reporters today in separate interviews, and he tried to clear up what he meant regarding McNabb when he tweeted during the Monday Night Football game, “How do u justify a 78 million dollar contract w/this type of performance?” 

On Tuesday, Owens said his brother was the one who tweeted the comment, but today, he said he was actually speaking to his brother on the phone when T.O. updated his status.

He also didn’t necessarily mean the comment as a criticism of McNabb.

“It wasn’t a knock at McNabb, more so at management, how do you justify that, again, they just benched the guy, you know, two weeks prior,” Owens said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. "Then you turn around and you pay him 78 million dollars.”

He also discussed the theory that he’s not giving as much effort as he should (there were at least two occasions last week during the Bengals loss to the Colts when this was evident, by the way).

“People that say I have a lack of effort, they can go pound sand,” Owens said. “There’s nothing that’s been a lack of effort on my part. For someone to say that, then they don’t know me very well.”

So, I guess I’ll see you guys later. After I, you know, go pound all that sand.

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 3:40 pm
 

Terrell Owens keeps on talking: Blah, blah, blah

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Seriously, how unlikeable has Terrell Owens become this season?

Not that he was a pleasant ray of sunshine for most fans before this year. But while he proves he, when he actually tries, can still contribute significantly in an NFL team’s passing game (it’s been clear for most of the season that Bengals QB Carson Palmer trusts him more than any other receiver on the team), he also has proven he can still make waves.

And really, for no reason.

His latest beef – and it’s one of his older feuds, as well – is with Redskins QB Donovan McNabb – who signed quite a contract Monday that maybe wasn’t quite as big as it originally sounded and then got blasted in a 59-28 loss to the Eagles.

Wrote Owens on his Twitter account, “How do u justify a 78 million dollar contract w/this type of performance?”

Today, via Chris Russell, McNabb responded by saying, "It's unbelievable how they can comment on what I'm doing over here.” Then, McNabb cited the Bengals record of 2-7 and the fact Palmer makes more money than McNabb.

We now wait breathlessly for Owens’ response to McNabb’s response. Hopefully, he'll just keep his mouth shut.

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Posted on: November 9, 2010 4:43 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2010 4:44 pm
 

Top Ten With a Twist: Delightfully average

Miami, despite what the sign says, has been delightfully average this season (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We’re halfway through the season, which means we get plenty of first-half best-of lists from every corner of the Internet. Which, don’t get me wrong, is totally cool. In fact, here are two well-done lists – one from our own Pete Prisco and one from our own Clark Judge .

Or you can go snarky and talk about the worst of the worst through the first nine weeks of the season (Cowboys, Bills, Panthers, etc.) That’s fine too. I certainly don’t mind a worst-of list every now and again. As long as I’m not on it.

But I’ve decided to play to the middle: how about an award for the Most Delightfully Average (fill-in-the-blank)? I think this needs to happen, because, really, most of us in life are pretty average (present company excluded, of course. I’m talking about those other people that aren’t reading this article – which, by the way, is far above delightfully average).

There are a handful of us that are really, really good at what we do, and there are some of them who are absolutely terrible at their jobs. Yet, most of us fit somewhere in the middle. That said, here are the most delightfully average awards from the first half of the season.

10. Average offense – Bengals: They rank 15th in yards per game (345.0) and 17th in points per game (20.9), and despite the terrific addition of WR Terrell Owens (who would have guessed we’d be saying that a few months back?), the offense seems stuck in mud. Much of it rests on QB Carson Palmer’s arm, because he has plenty of weapons around him. He just hasn’t been very good.

9. Average defense – Colts: For a potential Super Bowl contender, this defense sure is mediocre. In order to go far in the playoffs, the Colts will have to improve on their 344.6 yards allowed average (20th in the NFL), their 21 points allowed (tied for 14th), and, in particular, the 140.9 rushing yards allowed (29th). Not having S Bob Sanders or his replacement, Melvin Bullitt, because of injury hurts the secondary, but the defensive line, even with Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney, has just 17 sacks. Which ranks, you guessed it, 16th in the 32-team league.

8. Average quarterback – Jay Cutler, Bears: When you think of Cutler, you might rank him somewhere near the bottom of the quarterbacks list. Perhaps that’s because, whenever the Bears are playing on national TV, he always seems to be throwing four interceptions per game or taking a big-time pounding from the opposing linebackers. Plus, he has that sour look on his face that probably just makes you sad. But no, Cutler ranks 16th in passer rating, 18th in passing yards, 19th in touchdown passes, 12th in interceptions and 19th in completion percentage. So, he’s simply stuck in the middle.

7. Average running back – Brandon Jackson, Packers: After Ryan Grant was placed on the IR list following an ankle injury, it was left to Jackson and John Kuhn, the only two running backs remaining on the roster, to try to replace his production. Jackson has been fine, though unspectacular. He rushed for 115 yards in Week 5, but he averages 4.3 yards per carry for a Green Bay rushing game that ranks 20th in the league. QB Aaron Rodgers probably wouldn’t mind a little more assistance.

6. Average wide receiver – Michael Crabtree, 49ers: I’m sure this is what San Francisco expected when it took him with the 10th overall pick in 2009 and then waited as he embarked upon an extended hold-out. On the season, he ranks 32nd in the NFL with 31 catches, and he averages 12.4 yards per reception (just kind of meh). One silver lining to Crabtree’s game, though: 80 percent of his catches go for first downs.

5. Average fans – Bengals: There wasn’t much analysis with this one. I just went down the list of total attendance by percentage of seats sold, and at 98.0 percent, Cincinnati was No. 16 (No. 1 is Dallas at 108 percent?!? (Wade Phillips must have been REALLY popular in the Big D); No. 32 is Oakland at 71.6 percent).

4. Average saliva-tosser – Le’Ron McClain, Ravens: If you’re going to spit into somebody’s face, you either have to be discreet or you have to go all-out (think Roberto Alomar spitting into John Hirschbeck’s face (I can’t believe that I didn’t have to look up the umpire’s name to make that analogy)). McClain did neither. He wasn’t discreet, you see his face move forward forcefully toward Miami’s Channing Crowder in the video, and he didn’t just hawk the loogie like Alomar did. Really, just an average performance.



3. Average division – AFC South: If the NFC South (with three teams at 5-3 or better) is the best division in the NFL and if the NFC West (nobody better than .500) is the worst, the AFC South has to be the most average. The Colts and Texans are tied for first place at 5-3, while the Jaguars and Texans are tied for last with 4-4 records. All of these teams have shown major flaws during their quest to compete for a division crown. I don’t think the Jaguars have much of a chance, but of the other three, I really don’t have any idea who will make the postseason.

2. Average coach – Gary Kubiak, Texans: Three weeks ago, there’s no way Kubiak would have “won” this award. Behind Kubiak, the Texans surprised the Colts in the opener with a big victory, and despite losing to Dallas (who in the hell loses to the Cowboys, anyway?), Houston was 4-2. But the Texans have lost their last two, and for some reason, Kubiak forgets about RB Arian Foster at times while his defense plays horribly. Once again, the Texans might not make the playoffs, meaning Kubiak might be gone at the end of this season.

1. Average team – Dolphins: Miami has been a rather tough team to pin down this season. Sometimes, the Dolphins look very good, using a tough defense to beat the Vikings and Bengals, or being resilient enough to upend the Packers. Other teams, they look absolutely horrid (last week’s 26-10 loss to the Ravens, and the 41-14 debacle to the Patriots). It feels like Miami should be better, but in the end, the Dolphins are humbly – and delightfully – average.

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Posted on: November 9, 2010 9:16 am
 

Owens, Ocho going in different directions

C. Ochocinco hasn't had much to smile about this season (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s funny: Terrell Owens really is playing like Batman and Chad Ochocinco truly is responding like his sidekick.

You’ll remember that when Owens signed with the Bengals before the season, Ochocinco made the point that he was excited to play Robin to Owens’ Batman. It was a somewhat humbling statement from Ochocinco, who enjoys being the center of attention of his fan base and of Bengals QB Carson Palmer.

When those comments were made, I assumed Ochocinco was being half tongue in cheek, because he was still Cincinnati's No. 1 receiver and Owens was still in the process of being rescued from the scrapheap.

But maybe Ochocinco is unintentionally clairvoyant.

As the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy points out this morning, the two receivers are on two completely different train tracks. In this blog post, Reedy reports Owens is on pace to reach all the incentives of his contract, which would bring him $4 million.

Coming off an evening in which he recorded 10 catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns in the Bengals loss to the Steelers, Owens said afterward: “In those situations, you just have to take what the defense gives you. Obviously, we were trying to get an idea of what they were doing out there and, when those matchups come about, you try to exploit them. I’m no stranger to bump-and-run (coverage). I’ve been watching film of those guys all week, and I’ve played against them before on other teams. They’re an aggressive defense, and I think we got them when we had the opportunities to.”

With Owens on pace for 110 catches, 1,540 yards and 14 touchdowns, he would easily pass the “Tier I” incentives in his contract (60 catches, 900 yards, 10 TDs). The “Tier II” incentives mean he would have to record 100, 1,300 and 14, respectively.

In another blog post, Reedy writes about Ochocinco’s frustration. On the night, Ochocinco had one catch for 15 yards, and he’s disappeared for long stretches during the season.

“They double me every week. Allow me to be available,” Ochocinco said. “It’s not flattering because they do the same thing every week. It doesn’t become flattering, it becomes frustrating.

“You have to put yourself in my shoes. To go week in and week out, to take 85 away and not do anything. It’s not a compliment not after Week 9.”

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Posted on: November 9, 2010 12:58 am
 

F&R NFL Approval Matrix, Week 9

Posted by Will Brinson

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at NY Mag), we present the NFL Approval Matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).

Click to embiggen.

Posted on: November 8, 2010 9:43 pm
 

Terrell Owens joins elite company with 150 TDs

Posted by Will Brinson

The Bengals got a huge shot in the arm during the second quarter when Terrell Owens caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer.

And it so happens, that was TO's 150th career touchdown, putting him in some pretty elite company -- only Randy Moss (153) and Jerry Rice (like, 5,000,000 197) have more receiving touchdowns in their respective careers.

T.O. busted out a pretty sweet mime dance afterwards, which seems a little ironic, considering that he celebrated notching a huge milestone in his career with silence, something that his years in the NFL haven't actually been filled with.

Having taken an obligatory shot at Owens, though, it's worth noting that he's an all-time gamer, and despite the locker room problems he can cause, he's as hard a worker as they come, he kills it on the field and to be producing like he is at his age is a testament to his skills and dedication to the game.

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