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Posted on: July 1, 2011 7:38 pm
Edited on: July 2, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Kafka ready, Kolb to bring 'surprise' in return?

Posted by Will Brinson

There's a reasonable argument that no one's benefited more from the lockout than Eagles' quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Sure, he might be the starter for a team right now if the league weren't locked out, but his value's gone through the roof as teams have found themselves in need of capable signal callers and unable to make personnel moves.

In fact, Kolb's been getting so much love that Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter tweeted today that the Cardinals, where Kolb landing is supposedly a "slam dunk" are offering up a name for the quarterback that "will surprise" people.

Right off the bat, Patrick Peterson pops in my head for this, if only because he was initially considered a strong possibility as a draft-and-trade, and it would be pretty shocking if the Cards ended up handing a No. 5 overall pick for Kolb.
Kevin Kolb: So Hot Right Now

Other names that would qualify as a "surprise" include: Larry Fitzgerald (not happening), Darnell Dockett (the tweets would make it worth it), Alan Faneca (since he's, you know, retired), Beanie Wells (the Eagles don't need a running back and wait, what, he still has value?), and Max Hall (because that would be a bamboozling).

Realistically, Peterson is the only name that can shock at this point, but even that seems like a stretch, right?

But, hey, you never know, and if the Eagles have that deal in place, they have to take it. Especially since Mike Kafka's already got John Beck-like confidence coursing through his veins.

"I definitely think they’re confident I can run their system and run the plays they call," Kafka said recently, per Tim McManus of Philadelphia Sports Daily. "I’m excited for the opportunity to go out and do that."

Alright, that's a stretch, but Marty Mornhinweg's got even better things to say, pointing out to McManus that Kafka might "be the best rookie that I’ve ever had in 15, 16, 17 years."

That's high praise, and a clear-cut indication why the Eagles will be willing to move Kolb for a player that can improve their team in another area.

Fortunately for them, the offseason's given plenty of teams reason to up the ante.

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Posted on: May 10, 2011 2:47 pm
 

Alan Faneca, 9-time Pro Bowler, retires

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After 13 seasons in what is almost certainly a Hall of Fame career, Cardinals G Alan Faneca has decided to retire, according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Apparently, the Cardinals thought Faneca was leaning toward ending his career and wanted to give him all the time and space he needed to make the decision. Now, he has.

Said Faneca in a statement:

"After a lot of thought I am announcing my retirement from Professional Football. Playing in the NFL has been a childhood dream come true. Thirteen years later I have decided that it is time to move on.

"From the dog days of training camp to winning a Super Bowl the memories are endless. The greatest memory that I will leave the game with is all of the lifelong friendships I have made.

"I want to specifically thank the Steelers, Jets, and Cardinals. Each and every teammate, coach and front office employee has made a lasting impact on my life. It was a pleasure playing for first class organizations who surrounded me with incredibly dedicated individuals. I want to thank each of the beat writers that covered me throughout my career. These guys work hard and always treated me with respect. I want to also thank the fans. The roar of the crowd kept me going more than the fans will ever know.

"It is time to move on to the next chapter in my life. I can't wait to spend more time with my family. Playing in this league for as long as I did takes sacrifice, not only by me, but by each of them. I want to thank Julie, Annabelle and Burton for allowing me to fulfill all of my boyhood dreams. I couldn't have done it without you."


Faneca played 10 years with the Steelers, the Jets from 2008-09 and the Cardinals last season, and he was elected to the Pro Bowl every year from 2001-09.

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Posted on: December 31, 2010 1:31 pm
 

Hot Routes 12.31.10: Artest for Jets TE?

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • Ron Artest apparently said at Christmas time that he wants to play tight end for the Jets. All "could this guy actually make the transition from the NBA to the NFL" analysis aside, is there an NBA player who fits better for a particular NFL team better than Artest and the Jets? "Crazy Pills," as Artest is commonly known, wouldn't even be a blip on the radar for that organization.
  • Mike Tice's stock is quickly rising when it comes to assistants who are potential head coaches. This is logical -- the Chicago Bears have one of the least talented offensive lines in football and yet Tice and Mike Martz have managed to make them pretty, pretty productive ever since the Bears' bye week.
  • Would a rookie wage scale increase the number of underclassmen who bolt for the NFL? Well, not necessarily, but maybe so if that makes any sense. If not, check out Mike Florio's breakdown on how the changes in a future CBA would impact kids leaving college early.
Posted on: November 4, 2010 8:35 am
 

Hot Routes 11.04.10 bumps and bruises, no Moss

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

It’s not often that Donald Driver misses a game, but the veteran receiver has been ineffective the past two weeks fighting through a quad injury. He’s going to sit out against a Cowboys defense that must be suffering from quad injuries across the board.


Ryan Pickett (ankle) also missed practice Wednesday and is unlikely to play.
 

Raheem Morris keeps talking up his Bucs

 
The Ravens had some interest in Merriman

 
If you’ve ever found yourself wishing you could know more about what Alan Faneca is like away from the field, here’s your chance.

 Normally something like a starting quarterback change would get its own post, but in the case of the Cardinals, what’s the point? If you still care, they’ve given the job back to Derek Anderson.

 
The Bills placed ailing right tackle Cornell Green on IR Wednesday. (No link, but trust us…)

 
DeAngelo Williams missed last week’s game with a sprained foot and missed Wednesday’s practice with a “still-sprained” foot.


And, to prove we don’t favor big name running backs over small-to-medium-sized named cornerbacks, we’ll tell you that Chicago’s Zack Bowman is also still battling a sprained foot

 
Forget Moss, can we start cranking up the Mangini-Belichick drama this week, PLEASE? They’re now in separate divisions, folks. These chances aren’t going to come around often.


 
With this being their bye, the Broncos have been sent on vacation…even though they took one two weeks ago against the Raiders


 
Some props for a Lions defensive line that is really coming alive.


 
Two interceptions and a touchdown got Aqib Talib NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

For the second time in three years, the Chargers have placed wide receiver Craig “Buster” Davis on IR. It doesn’t bode well that he’s a former first-round pick and yet hardly anyone has noticed this move. (It actually happened Tuesday!)


 
Rolando McClain is willing to talk to the media if fans can give the Raiders a home sellout. How the media and fans’ ticket purchases are related is hard to say, but that’s McClain’s offer – take it or leave it. 


 
Ellis Hobbs’ struggles may be due to a hip injury. You have to love the cornerback’s attitude about the whole thing (seriously).

Posted on: August 2, 2010 11:10 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2010 11:56 pm
 

Cardinals' training camp fights are melee du jour

Apparently, some monster brawl(s) broke out at the Arizona Cardinals' training camp in Flagstaff on Monday night, although you'd think from hearing the quotes about the fracas that it wasn't that big a deal.

Here's the setup (via Ken Somers of the Arizona Republic ): Darnell Dockett and Alan Faneca were doing the whole "football thing," and Dockett knocked Faneca over. As they were lying on the ground, Dockett apparently "took a swipe" at Matt Leinart's feet. Leinart got cheesed and spiked the ball down on the field (note: this might have secretly been the most humorous part of the story).

So, naturally, Levi Brown decided he needed to punch Dockett.

Of course, Darnell Dockett isn't the type of person who takes that in stride, so he threw a punch back. And, just like that, the entire team was "dancing across the field" (read: fighting like crazy).

I haven't come across any video just quite yet ... and somehow , the picture above is actually a DIFFERENT fight -- one that involved Rashard Johnson and Stephen Spach and was a result of a facemask (and, probably, heightened tension on the field).

Additionally, Somers reports that lineman Tom Pestock "threw a couple of uppercuts" at Mark Washington.

So, yeah, if you happened to be hanging out in Flagstaff, it was probably a pretty fun day. Although apparently, it was all for funsies (or something) and no one's "actually" angry.

"There's a lot of intensity out here," Dockett said. "That's what teams do. You don't take nothing from nobody. I love that at the end we came together as one, as a family."

Mmmhmm. Bet Steve Smith wishes he'd thought of that line two years ago.

Update (11:52): Looks like we WILL have video soon, as the Cardinals' own site has promised as much , in addition to offering up a still of one of the actual blows being exchanged between Brown and Dockett.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 21, 2010 11:50 am
Edited on: July 21, 2010 12:00 pm
 

Kris Jenkins calls ex-teammates 'women'

Kris Jenkins ' appeared in a video interview with Rich Eisen on NFL Network's "Total Access" on Tuesday, and he had words for, well, everyone. His teammates, Jets fans, his ex-teammates and his dietitian, who apparently bakes cookies for a living.

Keeping in mind that it's entirely possible Rex Ryan sent a team-wide mandate to have his players publicly run their mouths as much as possible leading up to their appearance on HBO's "Hard Knocks," let's parse through it, shall we?

Jenkins, on teammates Darrelle Revis , Nick Mangold and David Harris , all of whom want their contracts reworked in some shape or form:

“Suck it up,” Jenkins quipped. “That’s what you all have been doing so far.”

On that, Jenkins backtracked a little (he was laughing while he said it, I  suppose), by saying what a prankster he was. Although I bet he was at least being a little serous.

He was not joking at all, apparently, when he threw out some words for some former teammates of his, presumably some combination of Kerry Rhodes , Alan Faneca and Thomas Jones :

We’re not here to play games. It’s one thing when you’re on camera and you’re being funny about things. We have great guys who have come in to step up and fill the void of some of these big losses that we have had this [offseason]. Then, in some other cases, we have had some real men come in and step in for the women that we lost. So, we’re going to be OK. Don’t worry about it.”

It's a real shame that the Cardinals (where Rhodes and Faneca landed) aren't playing the Jets this year. Because I'd be willing to be that things would be somewhat heated leading up that little melee.

Jenkins was much, um, nicer to Jets fans, telling them that the team was really gonna try to win! And if they failed that the fans could go get their torches and pitchforks and whatnot:

“If we win, then you get all of your dreams come true,” Jenkins offered. “If we lose, then you all get do what you’ve been doing for a long time, which is talk about us until you basically run us out of the city. So, you’re going to get what you want either way. But we’re going for a Super Bowl, so sit back, enjoy the ride. We’re planning on doing it big. That’s how we’re doing this.

But the best part of the interview had to have been when Jenkins talked about how he's lost 25 pounds in the Jets' weight-losing contest ... because of an all cookie diet

Which means cookies for breakfast and lunch apparently. Do you know a) how awesome that is and b) just how horribly out of shape you have to be in order to eat ONLY COOKIES AND STILL LOSE WEIGHT?

So, yeah, it's a pretty amazing interview and I  suggest watching it -- just like the rest of everything that's happened this offseason, it's just another indicator that "Hard Knocks" will be must-watch television.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 14, 2010 12:36 pm
 

Position rankings: guards

Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit resume their debate, with today’s focus on guards.

Andy Benoit’s top five
J. Evans (US Presswire)
5. Leonard Davis, Cowboys

4. Steve Hutchinson, Vikings

3. Carl Nicks, Saints

2. Kris Dielman, Chargers

1. Jahri Evans, Saints

As you can see, an unsexy list from the unsexiest position in football. Leonard Davis makes it because he knows how to use his 365-pound size. Everyone thinks Steve Hutchinson is a God, but that’s only because most fans don’t know the names of any other guards. Hutchinson was once the best, but at 32, he’s lost half a step (which is half a step less than Alan Faneca). Of course, Hutchinson had plenty of steps to spare. He still offers good mobility, but his strength in a phone booth has declined.

You might read the name “Carl Nicks” and say Who?! The Saints left guard is a monster in the run game, getting to the second level with regularity. The only thing he struggles with is lateral movement as a pass-blocker. Dielman is rock-solid. Evans is an even better run-blocker than Nicks, plus he’s reliable in pass protection.

Josh Katzowitz's top five

5. Bobbie Williams, Bengals

4. Kris Dielman, Chargers

3. Chris Snee, Giants

2. Jahri Evans, Saints

1. Logan Mankins, Patriots

I agree that Evans is one of the best guards around, but I don’t think he’s earned the title of No. 1 quite yet. Yes, he had a heck of a season last year, and he was rewarded with a seven-year, $56-million contract. But he needs to mirror that performance for at least one more year before I can knight him as the top guy.

Mankins has been the most talked-about guard throughout the offseason because of his contract clashes with New England’s front office. The fact he might not play this year has to be worrisome to Patriots fans. Mankins is strong, and he has good quickness and agility. If he’s playing, he’s the best out there. Andy, I’m surprised you didn’t even put Mankins on your list.

Snee has a great initial punch at the line of scrimmage, and when he gets to the next level, he makes linebackers pay. Plus, he’s durable, starting the last 78 games the Giants have played.

Williams has been the rock of a Bengals offensive line that continues to turn over year after year. He’s underrated and has never made a Pro Bowl squad. He’s not going to wow you, but that doesn’t mean he’s not on the top five fringe. He’s just too consistent and solid for me not to put on this list.

Andy’s rebuttal

Top five fringe is different from top five, Josh. More on that in a second.

I like the Snee pick, and I can certainly live with Mankins (though, obviously, I think No. 1 is too high). Both those guys have the unique ability to land square, domineering blocks off of movement. I still think Hutchinson is elite (or borderline elite), and I’m disappointed you didn’t praise my prescience for going with Nicks now, and not after he gets his first Pro Bowl (either this season or next).

Okay, let’s talk about the fringe pick, Williams. You’re a (former) Bengals Rapid Reporter. I’m not suggesting you lack journalistic integrity – not at all – but I’m willing to bet you have a good working relationship with the 11th-year veteran. From afar, Williams seems like he’d be a good guy. He shows great on-field leadership. So, be honest, did Williams help you write your list?

The problem is, as a player, Williams is too close to the fat part of the bell curve. I’m going to break my rule of never publishing raw notes from film study to share some of what I took away from watching Williams these past two years:

Raw notes from ’09 Bengals film:

Williams shows good power and size when he’s able to be the aggressor. If he’s stepping into a block between first and second level, he’ll move guys. But if the action starts from standstill, he may not win.

Raw notes from ’08 Bengals film:

Williams is about the same as always....decent but not great. Moves okay, doesn’t have ideal power but gets in his spots, etc.
These are descriptions of a solid starter, not a top five player.

Josh’s final word

Ha! If Williams and I had written this list, we would have spent all day laughing about your exclusion of Mankins. True, I’ve covered the Bengals for various outlets for the past five seasons, but I’m an objective journalist and I don’t play favorites (hell I haven’t had a favorite NFL team since I was a kid, and it certainly wasn’t the Bengals). There are a few guys on the Bengals squad that are wonderful with whom to deal, but I haven’t put them on any of our lists. Considering this is the 11th top five list we’ve done and Williams is the first Bengals player I’ve put in the spotlight – and probably the only one I’ll include for the rest of our top five series – well, I think those facts speak for themselves.

Truth be told, I thought about Hutchinson, I thought about Nicks and I thought about Faneca (he’s just nowhere near his prime anymore). I knew you’d hate the Williams pick, but in all my extensive research – and the fact I’ve seen him play scores of games the past few years – I’m more than confident in defending the selection. He’s just too good and consistent.


Other positions: Safety | Cornerback | 3-4 Scheme Outside Linebacker | Punter  | Kicker | 4-3 Scheme Outside Linebacker | Inside Linebacker  | Defensive Tackle  | Defensive End | Offensive Tackle  | Center)


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