Tag:Jay Cutler
Posted on: October 22, 2010 11:52 am
Edited on: October 22, 2010 3:07 pm

NFL Week 7 Podcast Preview

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL's Week 7 might be the most parity filled of the entire season -- there are nine games with a three-point spread, and in case you didn't notice, there have been a lot of close games and there are a lot of teams in contention (more on that later).

Andy and I break down the action with our weekly Friday run-through, asking the big questions, like, will James Harrison retire before he gets to lay wood on the Dolphins? Are the Redskins and Bears respective defenses good enough to carry a pair of clearly flawed offenses? 

Just how uncanny are the quarterback similarities between Philadelphia and Tennessee right now? What the what -- both the Buccaneers and Rams have a shot at being over .500 through seven week? OHMYGOD SEATTLE AND ARIZONA TOO? Can the Chargers beat the Patriots by 25 points like they have the rest of their opponents at home? And will this be the most Favre drama we've ever seen? All that and much, much more.

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 1:12 pm

Hot Routes 10.14.10: Rudy Does Dallas

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Jesse Holley, former UNC football player and winner of a Cowboys roster spot vis-a-vis Michael Irvin's reality show could end up getting called up to the actual roster soon. It's a pretty cool story, like a "Rudy Does Dallas" or some such. And Irvin is proud of him, obviously.
  • Earlier this week, Greg Jennings got pretty upset about the fact that he hasn't been seeing the number of catches/targets that you would expect from a guy who's topped 1,000 yards for two straight years. Totally understandable, ESPECIALLY FOR HIS SEETHING FANTASY OWNERS. Ahem, anyway, he apologized, but, seriously, please throw him the ball.
Posted on: October 13, 2010 9:37 am

Hot Routes 10.13.10: Beast Mode Bounce Back?

Posted by Will Brinson & Andy Benoit

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  • Even the always sensible John Morgan Field Gulls seems excited by the Marshawn trade -- the hardest part, he writes, is really trying to figure out what the Seahawks have on their hands, exactly.
  • Michael Jenkins is BACK, baby! And he's starting. No, seriously, he is -- Harry Douglas will go back to the slot role. Which, honestly, probably works out better for the Falcons as they can really utilize his speed and let Jenkins, um, do something over on the other side.
Posted on: October 10, 2010 4:34 pm

Brandon Marshall: Future NFL analyst?

Posted by Will Brinson

Brandon Marshall, on bye this week, made a little cameo on America's favorite presume show, "NFL Today" -- if you missed it, we've got video below, and either way you should watch, because he was pretty awesome.

Even better, he was very forthright about tons of topics -- he discussed Bill Parcells' possible retirement and the leadership change in Miami ("we all know who our leader is"), why he left Denver (saying Josh McDaniels' "philosophy was totally different" and that "He wanted to do some things that I guess I didn't fit in to") and stated that if Mike Shanahan was still in Denver, he and Jay Cutler would "absolutely" still be there.

He also talked about possibly playing for the Miami Heat, although you could tell that he was doing so mostly in jest. Which, you'll recall, is not how he discussed the possibility of him playing basketball before, even using the phrase "I'm serious."

Marshall touched on the Darrelle Revis/Antonio Cromartie trashing Randy Moss stuff, and said, to much laughter, that since Revis is busy training and nursing a sore hammy, he should probably shut his mouth and "let the legend live." Maybe most interesting, though, was his theory on why wide receivers are so, ahem, needing of attention and end up getting traded after wearing out their welcomes -- he believes that since they're "the only guys that can really ask for the ball," that changes how they're required to generate attention. It makes some sense, but what's so impressive about it all is that Marshall looks like a guy who could end up in a booth or on the television after he's done playing.

Provided he's not running an NBA team or something.

Posted on: October 10, 2010 12:14 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2010 12:14 pm

NFC inactives, Week 5

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Steve Smith, WR, Panthers: It's not going to be easy for Jimmy Clausen when he has to throw to players like Brandon LaFell and David Clowney and David Gettis.

Jay Cutler, QB, Bears - No surprise here. But it simply confirms to Chicago fans that they're starting quarterback is, indeed, Todd Collins.

Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, Giants - New York was fine without one of its best defenders last week, sacking the Bears nine times. But still, at some point, the Giants would enjoy having Kiwanuka back in the starting lineup.

Mark Tauscher, OT, Packers - This opens the door for Bryan Bulaga to get his first NFL start.

Albert Haynesworth, DL, Redskins - His half-brother died this week in a motorcycle accident, so this is not at all surprising.

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Posted on: October 7, 2010 7:36 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2010 8:09 pm

Forte sick of 'frustrating' Bears running game

Posted by Will Brinson

The Bears rushing attack isn't what one would call "potent." In fact, at 68.8 yards per game and 275 total yards, they don't just average less yards than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (who feature Cadillac Williams who features a 2.5 yards per carry average!), and Tampa's only played three games. 

Or put more simply, the Bears are in next-to-last. And it's starting to get frustrating, of course.

"It's frustrating to the nth power," running back Matt Forte said to the Chicago Sun-Times. "It's very disappointing and frustrating. I'm a running back; you want to run the ball."

Adding to Forte's frustration is that the Bears have only even tried to run the ball 84 times; Denver, in dead last in yards per game is at least over 100 attempts on the season (and not to mention they aren't repeatedly punching their quarterback depth chart in the side of the head, metaphorically speaking). 

He's not the only one frustrated either -- Olin Kruetz, Mike Tice, Lovie Smith, Chester Taylor and pretty much everyone except Mike Martz made it seem kind of silly that they weren't at least trying to tote the rock a little bit. Indeed, the point of the article seemed to involve some sort of "tipping point" for everyone's gaskets getting blown about passing on every down.

But, hey, Martz is the guy who got them to a division-leading 3-1, and, well, now's certainly not the time to question his strategy. After all, look how safe and healthy and his quarterbacks are! 
Posted on: October 7, 2010 12:56 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2010 1:04 pm

Cutler won't play Sunday; Collins to start

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, QB Jay Cutler is out for Sunday’s game vs. Carolina. Instead, backup Todd Collins will take over the role as starting QB.

Cutler sustained a concussion in last week’s loss to the Giants in which the New York defense recorded nine sacks.

Originally, the concussion was deemed minor, and news reports said, as late as Wednesday, Cutler likely would play vs. the Panthers.

This will be Cutler’s first missed start since 2006 and the first he's ever missed because of an injury. On the season, Cutler has completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 912 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions while leading Chicago to a 3-1 start.

Collins hasn’t started an NFL game since 2007, and since 1997, he’s attempted just 166 passes. 

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 2:29 pm

F&R NFL Approval Matrix: Week 4

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 our first-ever NFL approval matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) .

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