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Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:51 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2012 9:05 am
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Report: Redskins 'expected to pursue' Peyton

Shanahan and Peyton together: What could go wrong? (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Between now and March 8, there will be plenty of speculation about what teams will be interested in Peyton Manning if and when he hits the open market. We've already talked about the possibility of Miami, and now we get to mention the other team that everyone expects to pursue Manning: the Redskins.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Washington is "expected to pursue" Manning if he becomes a free agent.

This shouldn't be a surprise. For starters, this is the Redskins. If someone with a big name is available, they'll be rumored as a potential team of interest. But that's exacerbated in this instance, because the Redskins rolled out Rex Grossman and John Beck as their starting quarterbacks in 2011.

The result was predictably disastrous, as the Redskins won just five games (oddly, two were over the NFC champion Giants) and finished dead last in the NFC East.

Is Manning the best fit in Washington, though? Mike and Kyle Shanahan like mobile quarterbacks who can roll out of the pocket. Manning is the opposite of that. Would the Shanahans change up their offense to fit Manning? If they're interested in landing him, they'd almost have to.

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Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:26 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2012 12:29 pm
 

Chris Canty predicts 28-17 Giants win on Twitter

Does a prediction count as a guarantee? (Twitlonger.com)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- There's nothing better than when an athlete guarantees a win. That's mainly because it almost always backfires, but whatever. But here's a strange one: Giants defensive lineman Chris Canty predicted a final score of the game on Sunday afternoon.

Jason Romano, an ESPN producer, asked his Twitter followers for a prediction on the final score of the game. Whoever got the closest win a book as a prize. Canty retweeted him and added "Giants 28, NewEngland 17."

Canty is totally within his legal NFL rights to tweet on Sunday morning. In fact, he can spend all day on Twitter if he wants, up until 90 minutes before kickoff of the Super Bowl. That's probably not the best way to get prepped for a game, but, hey, to each his own.

The questions is whether or not this counts as a guarantee. Technically, it doesn't, because it's just a prediction. But it does mean that Canty firmly believes the Patriots and Tom Brady can't score more than 20 points against he and the rest of the Giants defense. It means he thinks the Giants are more than 10 points better than the Patriots.

It means, ultimately, that he thinks the Giants will win Super Bowl XLVI pretty handily. And since plenty of Patriots are on Twitter, there's a pretty good chance they'll see this and figure out a way to use it as motivation.

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Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:01 pm
 

Swimsuit Issue talk with Kate Upton on Radio Row

Kate Upton celebrates during the 2012 DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Kate Upton's star is rising fast. The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model's blown up the past few months thanks to her heavy presence on Twitter and other areas of social media. And probably because she's somewhat attractive.

We caught up with Upton on radio row, and asked her who she things will win the Super Bowl, what's going on with the DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl, the new Sports Illustrated swimsuit app, and much more. Enjoy:



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Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:27 am
Edited on: February 6, 2012 8:59 am
 

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

Goodell said the Pro Bowl could be eliminated. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Last Sunday's Pro Bowl was a sloppily-played joke of a game that was ripped by fans and the media. Aaron Rodgers came out and said some of his NFC teammates should be "embarrassed" by the way they played. LeSean McCoy told us that he was "one of those guys" who didn't try.

Which may explain why Roger Goodell said on Sunday morning that the NFL is "considering eliminating" the Pro Bowl.

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"I really didn't think that was the kind of football that we want to be demonstrating for our fans," Goodell said on Mike and Mike Sunday morning. "And you heard it from the fans. The fans were actively booing in the stands. They didn't like what they were seeing."

At the very least, Goodell said, something's going to change or the game will go away.

"We're either going to have to improve the quality of what we're doing in the Pro Bowl or consider other changes or even considering eliminating the game if that's the kind of quality game we're going to provide," Goodell said. "I know players love to be in Hawaii but we have to start with the quality of what we're doing.

"If the fans are responding negatively to what we're doing, we better listen. And that was my message."

Say whatever you want about Goodell (and if you're a Steelers fan, you'll probably say a lot), but the guy knows how to make the game of football more popular. If getting rid of the Pro Bowl does that, then Goodell won't hesitate to do so.

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Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:12 am
Edited on: February 5, 2012 11:45 am
 

Report: Fins owner Ross 'infatuated' with Peyton

Peyton's next trip to Miami might look a little different. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

The idea of Peyton Manning playing for a team other than the Colts in 2012 seems like a lock after all the back and forth between Manning's camp and Jim Irsay in Indianapolis this week. One team that's always mentioned as a possible landing spot for Manning is the Miami Dolphins, and over the past two days, the notion of Manning's gotten revved up a little bit.

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There's a report Sunday from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, where Jackson writes that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is "infatuated with the idea of signing" Manning.

Adding fuel to the fire is a report from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that the Dolphins are on the "short list" of teams that Manning has interest in, if/when he leaves the Colts.

The marriage makes sense: Manning owns a condo in South Beach so he's familiar with the area. The Dolphins have a decent set of weapons headlined by Brandon Marshall and Reggie Bush. Miami already has a good defense.

Much still has to unfold with Manning, and the pursuit of No. 18 could potentially blow up in the Dolphins face. Manning could be released as late as March 8; free agency begins on March 13. If Ross and Jeff Ireland chase Manning and fail to get him, Packers backup and would-be free-agency cash cow Matt Flynn could sign elsewhere.

That's not a situation that will make anyone's heart flutter in South Beach.

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Posted on: February 4, 2012 7:14 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2012 11:28 am
 

Giants.com posts ad declaring Super Bowl champs

You might see the same thing in the Pats locker room. (Giants.com)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- There are hundreds of preparations that go along with the Super Bowl. Hats and t-shirts are made, speeches are written and interstitial ads on websites are created. In the case of Giants.com, that ad was accidentally placed live on the site a touch early. Like, today.

If you visited Giants.com during the day on Saturday, you might have seen this ad, which gave you the option to represent your team strat via social media, shop for championship gear or just continue on to the site.

"It is common practice for both teams to create web pages in advance of the conference championship games and Super Bowl," the NFL said in a statement. "In this case, the hidden URL for the page was inadvertently available for a brief period of time while it was being positioned on the NFL server for possible post tomorrow night."

Fortunately, this is the Internet age and someone snapped up a picture of the mistake. That's precisely what this is -- every team in the Super Bowl would create the same ad (you best believe the Patriots have one ready) but someone at the Giants website turned it live too early.

And now it's going to be a motivational tool for Bill Belichick and a perceived slight at the Patriots.

It's not, but that's how it's going to look.

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Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:39 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2012 12:02 pm
 

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Your 2012 NFL MVP is Rodgers. (Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Aaron Rodgers won the 2012 NFL MVP Award on Saturday night with Peyton Manning presenting him the hardware at the first-ever NFL Honors awards in Indy, the night before the Super Bowl.

"Looking forward to seeing you on the field again," Rodgers said as Peyton walked off the stage, before thanking his teammates and fans.

Rodgers was in a close race with Drew Brees for MVP late in the season but blew away the Saints quarterback in the voting, as he received 48 of a possible 50 first-place votes.

Brees got the consolation prize of winning the AP Offensive Player of the Year Award on Saturday night in a season where he broke Dan Marino's record for passing yards in a single season, throwing for 5,676 yards and a record-setting 468 completions. Brees received 43 votes for the award.

"Some pretty remarkable things happened that we were all lucky to be a part of," Brees said, reminiscing about his season. "The older you get the more you appreciate the opportunities and the moments."

The Ravens Terrell Suggs landed the award for Defensive Player of the Year Suggs, also known as T-Sizzle, delivered the funniest line of the night during his acceptance speech.

"I want to thank my parents for deciding to go through with it," Suggs said.
Newton is the NFL's rookie of the year. (Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com)

Cam Newton, the Panthers star quarterback, was the first award-winner at the first-ever NFL Honors ceremony, netting the AP Rookie of the Year Award in Indianapolis at the Super Bowl. He also won the Pepsi Rookie of the Year Award, voted on by fans. Broncos linebacker Von Miller won the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Newton received 47 of 50 votes from AP voters; Miller received 39 of 50 possible votes. Andy Dalton and Aldon Smith were the respective runner-ups.

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"Even with the lockout, that still didn't stop my process for preparing for the NFL," Newton said. "Whether it with Chris Weinke, George Whitfield, IMG -- everyone had a major role in the success I had this year."

Miller recorded 11.5 sacks with the Broncos and helped lead them to a shocking AFC West division title. Newton broke a number of different records, throwing for the most passing yards (4,051) by a rookie in NFL history, breaking the mark that Peyton Manning set in 1998. Newton also set the record for most rushing touchdowns by any quarterback, scoring 14 times on the ground.

Jim Harbaugh led the 49ers to a 13-3 record and garnered 45 of 50 votes for the AP Coach of the Year Award. Mike McCarthy netted three votes and Denver's John Fox received two.

Matthew Stafford received 21 of 50 votes in winning the AP Comeback Player of the Year Award. The presumed favorite, Alex Smith, only finished third.

Ravens center Matt Birk was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.

"This award is not about the recipient, but rather a celebration of the decades-long tradition of NFL players using their unique platform to touch lives and make a positive impact in the communities in which they work and live," Birk said.

He wouldn't comment on whether or not he would return to play again in 2012.


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Posted on: February 4, 2012 2:37 pm
 

Brandon Lloyd would consider Rams return

Brandon Lloyd's pumped about the Rams coaching change. (Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Brandon Lloyd blew up under Josh McDaniels in Denver and he said earlier in the season that he wants to play wherever McDaniels is coaching, which will be New England in 2012. (And, um, now.)

But Lloyd said Friday night that he wasn't entirely sold on bouncing out of St. Louis just yet, and that with Jeff Fisher and the new coaching staff in place, he's seriously contemplating a return to the Rams.

We also chatted with Lloyd about his time in Denver, the trade and, of course, Tim Tebow.



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