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Posted on: December 18, 2011 1:42 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2011 1:58 pm
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Video: Cowher, Boomer on new tackling methods


In the wake of James Harrison's hit on Colt McCoy Bill Cowher and Boomer Esiason breakdown proper hitting techniques on quarterbacks as well as receivers under the new rules.


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By Ryan Wilson
 
The NFL's competition committee convenes every offseason to discuss which rules need need to be overhauled, tweaked, or abolished altogether. When the committee gets together after the 2011 season, Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay and committee co-chairman, expects launching and helmet hits to get plenty of attention.

"I think the launch will be discussed more and more and eventually we will see helmet hits modified in the open field," McKay said, according to wire reports.

"When we are trying to deal with an issue like the launch, we are trying to protect the runner and the hitter," McKay continued. "Some hits, a defensive player is leading with his head and not using his arms and really is exposing himself to injury as a flagrant foul is committed."

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Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:53 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2011 12:59 pm
 

Merril Hoge admits he was wrong on Tim Tebow

Tebow is converting non-believers with each come-from-behind win. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Way back in in August, a week after the lockout ended and just days into training camp, ESPN analyst Merril Hoge spoke frankly about Tim Tebow's prospects as an NFL quarterback. Via Twitter, Hoge said "It's embarrassing to think the Broncos could win with Tebow!!" Later he added, "College credentials do not transfer to NFL raw raw [sic] speeches do not work! You must poses [sic] a skill set to play! Tebow struggle [sic] with accuracy!"

Tebow's response (also via Twitter): "Hey Merril, 'ppreciate that."

Four months later and not only is Tebow the Broncos' starting quarterback, he's 7-1 in the role, the team is on a six-game winning streak, and they're atop the AFC West by one game over the Raiders.

Turns out, college "rah rah speeches" do work in the NFL. And even Hoge can admit that now. During a Monday appearance on ESPN's Mike & Mike radio show, he owned up to his mistake.

"The lessons that (the Broncos) are showing (are) what sports are about. ... I've been obviously very hard on Tim Tebow, very critical of him as a quarterback and his skill set," he said.

"... I've been wrong on a lot of levels with (Tebow). I've lost the ability, or the opportunity, I should say ... to shed light on what an amazing story (about) how he has worked, persevered, changed -- his diligence -- all those things that you try to teach young people ... (what) sports are really about."

Tebow, we'd imagine, has already forgiven him.

As an analyst, it's Hoge's job to weigh in on players -- good or bad. And it's not like he was the only guy beating the "Tebow is really, really bad" drum. Just about everybody thought he had no chance to succeed in today's NFL with a style that is better suited for the college game. The widespread belief that Tebow was overmatched extended into November, after he was summarily dismantled by the Lions in his worst game of the season. The aftermath was particularly brutal.

An anonymous Detroit player told Yahoo.com's Michael Silver that Tebow was "embarrassing" and "a joke."

The post-mortem also included this from Hoge: "Watching last week's tape, the thing that was most disturbing was his ability to not understand where the ball has to go. His [lack of] awareness is mind-boggling to me." And CBS Sports' Boomer Esiason said that what the Lions did to Tebow “…means that there’s no respect for Tim Tebow as the quarterback. And they want to make sure that when they play him, they want to show that to the world that Tim Tebow can not play in this league at this position.”

Such sentiments have changed in recent weeks, and those who continue to pan Tebow do so reflexively and irrationally because as CBSSports.com's Gregg Doyel wrote Monday, "…We can't [explain it]. Nor do we have to. Whatever Tebow is doing, and however he's doing it, it defies description. Beauty usually does."

Returning to Hoge's original tweets one more time, even Broncos executive vice president John Elway, also one-time skeptic, admits that Tebow has the uncanny ability to motivate his teammates to greatness.

During a recent appearance on 102.3 the Ticket in Denver, Elway was asked why he thinks the team rallies about Tebow (via SportsRadioInterviews.com):

“I think when you look at it I guess I just believe everyone believes that something good is going to happen," Elway said. "Tim’s been the guy that has led that thinking and he’s just such a strong believer. He’s got everyone else believing that if you stay strong, stay positive, that something good is going to happen. There’s no question that those things … that you really can’t explain that are happening are happening. It’s the power of the mind and the power of positive thinking."

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Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:29 am
Edited on: November 2, 2011 6:50 am
 

Esiason: there's 'no respect for Tebow as the QB'

Esiason: "I don’t believe that Tim Tebow knows what he’s doing on the football field." (AP)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

There is no middle ground with Tim Tebow. Everybody agrees that he's a great person with an impressive college resume, but with each start, it's also evident that he's not an NFL quarterback. Not yet and maybe never. After a dreadful effort against the Lions on Sunday, the media scrutiny has intensified (turns out, it's possible). The latest to weigh in: Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason, who works as an analyst for CBS' The NFL Today and also hosts a radio show on WFAN.

“(Starting Tebow) is a bad move for two reasons,” Esiason said Monday, via CBS New York (listen to the audio here). “One is, I don’t believe that Tim Tebow knows what he’s doing on the football field. … Number two, those hits that are coming his way are coming with authority. Meaning that players are out to get him.”

Esiason, who before the season was critical of Tebow's prospects as an NFL quarterback, said that Tebow Mania may have unwittingly made him a target.

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“The mocking by the Detroit Lions and all the talk after the game and all that other stuff leads me to believe that people are after him,” he said.

“In all the years that I’ve covered and played in professional football, I have never seen a team like the Detroit Lions do what they did last week,” Esiason said. “It just means that there’s no respect for Tim Tebow as the quarterback. And they want to make sure that when they play him, they want to show that to the world that Tim Tebow can not play in this league at this position.”

Esiason's not wrong. After the game, an unnamed Lions player told Yahoo.com's Michael Silver that Tebow was a joke.

“Can you believe No. 15 [Tebow]? Come on – that’s embarrassing. I mean, it’s a joke. We knew all week that if we brought any kind of defensive pressure, he couldn’t do anything. In the second half it got boring out there. We were like, ‘Come on – that’s your quarterback? Seriously?’”

And ESPN analyst Merril Hoge, one of Tebow's biggest critics, echoed many of the sentiments Esiason brought up.

"And watching last week's tape, the thing that was most disturbing was his ability to not understand where the ball has to go. His [lack of] awareness is mind-boggling to me," Hoge said Monday.


Tebow gets Tebow'ned by Lions LB Stephen Tulloch.

Back in August, when John Fox named Kyle Orton the Broncos' starter and said that Tebow had a long way to go, Esiason told USA Today what many people were thinking.

"He can't play. He can't throw. … I'm not here to insult him. The reality is he was a great college football player, maybe the greatest college football player of his time. But he's not an NFL quarterback right now. Just because he's God-fearing, and a great person off the field, and was a winner with the team that had the best athletes in college football, doesn't mean his game is going to translate to the NFL."

Through two and a half games, Esiason's been proven right. Tebow is a great human being and a Heisman Trophy winner. But he's not a competent NFL quarterback. Maybe that changes, but for now, he looks lost. And things don't look to get any easier; the Broncos head to Oakland on Sunday and Fox said Tebow will be his starter. Beyond that? Who knows.


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Posted on: October 9, 2011 12:44 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2011 12:46 pm
 

Exclusive: Rex Ryan OK with Jets struggles

Posted by Will Brinson

What a production we got here, huh? That's what Rex Ryan says to kick off his interview with CBS Sports Boomer Esiason in the video below that aired on The NFL Today before Week 5. It's a fitting description of the New York Jets, though, too, given the insane number of personalities they have on one team.

However, the Jets have struggled mightily the last two weeks, and there are some concerns about their success this season and locker room issues that are starting to swirl right now. (After the interview, Boomer noted that the Jets "need a win today," especially after the "mutiny" news.)

He and Boomer discuss giving Santonio Holmes a captain's "C," and if there are concerns with "where their locker room is" right now. They also talk about voices outside the team, particularly the criticism that Joe Namath's sent towards Ryan and his crew. Plus, a little discussion of Rex's "Hall of Fame" credentials.

It's classic and/or typical Ryan. AKA awesome.





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Posted on: September 18, 2011 8:14 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2011 8:15 pm
 

'The NFL Today': Week 2 postgame show

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL Today wraps up the week that was in the NFL -- postgame coverage right ... here:


And, just to recap, here's the news, notes and quotes from our award-winning team of analysts during the pre-kickoff show.

Shannon Sharpe on Tim Tebow playing any time soon:
"There might come a time at some point in time during the season that might happen. Talking to John Elway and John Fox, I don't see that happening any time soon. I think he might be able to be successful but you'd have to scrap your entire offense to make this guy successful. Then what happens, if he gets nicked and somebody else has to come in because you have nobody else on this team with his skill set. Everyone talks about his intangibles, his big heart, his desire to win, he won the Heisman. Arguably, one of the five or six greatest college players to ever play the game. But what about accuracy? That's an intangible you must have to be successful at any level to play quarterback, especially in the National Football League. I just don't see how this guy can be successful consistently when he can't throw the football accurately."

Boomer Esiason on the Jets throwing the ball more:
"Ground and pound got him to two AFC championship games, I get it. And they were protecting a young quarterback who was a liability as opposed to an asset. Now he's a third year starter. He's a captain. He's wearing the "C." I get they have a little problem protecting him. Wayne Hunter had all he could handle last week from DeMarcus Ware. You got Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress, and maybe the most under-utilized tight end in football in Dustin Keller – start throwing the ball. That's what this league is going to, and that's why you traded up to get him in the first round."

Boomer on the Jaguars cutting David Garrard:
"Yes, they did. They didn't believe he could take them to the Super Bowl. So why pay him $8 million if you’re a small market team. They did the right thing."

Kris Jenkins on whether Ndamukong Suh is the best defensive player in the NFL right now:
"Absolutely not.  Right now the current premiere defensive tackle in the league is Haloti Ngata.  And you have to look at the best players in the league on defense: Revis, Polamalu, Demarcus Ware, and so on and so forth.  You can go down that list for a long time."

Boomer on Cam Newton:
"I love Cam Newton's performance last week, and the thing that I saw more than anything was poise. You also have to realize why he had so much success. The Arizona defense was a disaster. They had communication problems. They busted coverages. But give the kid credit because he found where those busted coverages were. I think he's going to be a tremendous player in this league. I just don't think we're going to see that today against Dom Capers and this defense because they won't have the same breakdowns."

"Inside the NFL" GM Charley Casserly also dropped a lot of knowledge in his segment:
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Posted on: August 26, 2011 1:45 pm
 

So Tim Tebow really does have a future in Denver?

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Tim Tebow has hit a rough patch. After an offseason in which it seemed he would ascend to the starting job, he's plummeted down the Broncos' depth chart and currently finds himself behind Kyle Orton, Brady Quinn, and, impossibly, maybe even Adam Weber.

ESPN analyst Merril Hoge has been scathing in his criticism, and earlier in the week, CBS analyst Boomer Esiason spoke frankly about Tebow's prospects as an NFL quarterback. "He can't play. He can't throw," Esiason said, according to USAToday.com. "I'm not here to insult him. The reality is he was a great college football player, maybe the greatest college football player of his time. But he's not an NFL quarterback right now. Just because he's God-fearing, and a great person off the field, and was a winner with the team that had the best athletes in college football, doesn't mean his game is going to translate to the NFL."

An unofficial Broncos PR campaign on Tebow's behalf followed, and talk of the 2010 first-round pick getting cut or traded has since subsided.

Earlier this month, Broncos Executive VP of Football Operations John Elway told ESPN, "[Tebow's] a great young man who is really working hard. But he didn't get an offseason to work on [playing from the pocket]. He didn't get much of that in college. And it's a completely different thing than the shotgun. Plus, he's only had the one season. But he's an amazing football player. I'd never give up on Tim Tebow."

At the time it sounded like a pretty crappy consolation prize for Tebow, who weeks before figured to open the season under center. But there's a very real chance that 2012 could provide Tebow with an opportunity to win quarterback job.

The nuts and bolts: Tebow is the only Broncos' quarterback under contract beyond 2011. In fact, he just cashed a $6 million bonus check from the organization so it's unlikely he'll be anywhere but Denver for the foreseeable future. Also helping his case for the starting gig, as explained by the Denver Post's Jeff Legwold:

"Failing to convince Orton to redo his current deal was one of the reasons a trade with the Dolphins fell through. Quinn is in the last year of the contract he signed as a rookie with Cleveland, and with his improved play he is itching for a chance to be a starter.

"Orton and Quinn are relatively young, with a chance to go into the open market in 2012. They would need pretty compelling reasons to pass up that potential financial windfall, which means the Broncos would likely have to dangle more-than-market value to them before that. That doesn't seem likely given the team's controlled approach in free agency. … The Broncos appear to be positioning themselves to let him learn this season and see what they can do with him in an offseason that doesn't include a lockout."

This means that our Tebow Tracker wasn't in vain, and more generally, the Broncos have every intention of bringing him along slowly and giving him an opportunity to be Denver's franchise quarterback. It's just not happening this year, which is for the best. Orton is clearly the better quarterback, and Tebow doesn't appear ready for full-time duty. If Philip Rivers can sit on the bench for two years, so can Tim.

And who knows, maybe by then his critics will have come around on the idea.

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Posted on: April 22, 2011 12:39 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2011 12:41 pm
 

Hot Routes 4.22.11: Sand-bagging special



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • In case you missed the CBSSports.com draft chat with Andy Benoit, Will Brinson, Rob Rang and Mike Freeman (with a cameo appearance by yours truly), you’re in luck. Click the link for the archived version.
  • Read this story from Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez about the potential of players sand-bagging their baseline concussion tests. It’s scary, and I’m sure it will happen.
  • All Falcons WR Roddy White wanted was some of his jerseys framed. Now, he’s asking for an arrest warrant to be taken out on the person who, according to White, is demanding $10,000 for the jerseys to be returned. Apparently, the two originally had agreed on a $400 fee for each jersey to be framed.
  • Former Ravens coach Brian Billick on why it’s so hard to get that first-round quarterback pick right. Money line: “I am living proof that if you miss on a first-round quarterback, as I did with Kyle Boller, you end up broadcasting games and writing about the NFL instead of coaching.”
  • Boomer Esiason sympathizes with any future Bengals QB. Said Esiason: "I have to completely sympathize with Blaine Gabbert if he does get drafted by the Bengals. I do believe he would make a great fit there, but as Cris (Collinsworth) and I both know, he is going to have to be a better player than advertised in order to be successful there because of the lack of support."
  • Lynn Chandis, who starred on Steelers teams in the 1950s and is second only to Gayle Sayers for career kickoff return average, died at the age of 86.
  • Positive news story of the day! Falcons owner Arthur Blank has donated $3 million to the Child Protection Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Nice gift.

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Posted on: October 31, 2010 5:20 pm
 

Maybe Jerry Jones should fire Phillips

Jerry Jones continues to say he won't fire Wade Phillips during the season. Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Earlier today, we brought you the Top Ten Halloween costumes in the NFL this year. Coming in at No. 4 was Wade Phillips, who we thought should dress up like Bernie Lomax from “Weekend at Bernie’s,” because, for all intents and purposes, he’s a dead coach walking.

After Dallas fell 35-17 at home to a mediocre-at-best Jaguars squad today, owner Jerry Jones might have to rethink his policy about not cutting loose a coach during the middle of the season. Perhaps, he should make sure Bernie Lomax/Wade Phillips doesn’t return next week for a sequel of an absolutely dreadful performance by the Cowboys.

They didn’t show any heart. They didn’t show any desire. They didn’t show much of anything.

QB Jon Kitna, replacing the injured Tony Romo, tried hard and completed 34 of 49 passes for 379 yards and a touchdown (he’s the first Cowboys QB not named Romo to throw for more than 300 yards since Drew Bledsoe did it five years ago). But first three of his four interceptions were the result of drops by his own receivers – one apiece by RB Felix Jones, WR Roy Williams and WR Miles Austin – and destroyed Dallas’ chances on offense.

Defensively, the Cowboys couldn’t stop QB David Garrard, who was a ridiculous 17 of 21 for 260 yards and four touchdowns, and RB Maurice Jones-Drew (27 carries, 135 yards). And you had to love the final Jacksonville TD of the game, a naked bootleg off the play-action fake in which Garrard just kind of strolled into the end zone to put his team up by 25 points.

So, if we’re blaming somebody for Dallas’ putrid effort, who do we point the finger at?

Unless you’re in the locker room, who really knows? But I know who will take the blame and who will lose his job because of it. That’d be Wade Phillips.

This is what Boomer Esiason had to say on the NFL Today before the 1 p.m. games began:

“What happened last week (a 41-35 Cowboys loss to the Giants) lays at the feet of one, Wade Phillips. I'm sorry, that is the reality of this business. If you ask me, if they don't turn it around now, I think it's a foregone conclusion that Wade Phillips will be out of a job by the time the season end rolls around.”

At this point, Phillips would be lucky to hang around that long.

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