Tag:Brian Westbrook
Posted on: February 18, 2011 3:34 pm

Hot Routes 2.18.11: Lots of labor talk

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Marvin Miller, the former head of the MLB Players Association, says the NFL owners are a dangerous bunch who are greedier than the baseball owners with whom he dealt for so many years. Miller also seems to take delight in questioning their intelligence.
  • A U.S. District Court judge will decide next week whether documents pertaining to the NFLPA’s protest of the NFL’s so called lockout insurance money should be unsealed.
  • The Bengals introduce the Who Dey Perspective, the club’s response to what they feel are misconceptions in the community about the organization. Good guy PR man Jack Brennan – one of the best in the business – pens the first edition.
  • Some answers to some questions regarding the labor dispute from a Tulane law professor. Some answers in here that I haven’t seen before.
  • For those of us who yearn for the days of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, there’s a report that the Falcons have determined a new open-air stadium near the current Georgia Dome site is feasible.

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Posted on: February 1, 2011 3:55 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2011 6:30 pm

Ward lets loose on NFL and concussions

H. Ward had plenty of interesting things to say in the latest issue of GQ. Posted by Josh Katzowitz

ARLINGTON, Texas – I spoke with players on both teams at Media Day today about concussions and about the effect they have on their personal lives. I probably interviewed five or six guys about the issue, and most of them went fine.

But I kind of wish I would have spoken to Steelers WR Hines Ward instead.

In the latest issue of GQ magazine, Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver talked to a number of players about the concussion issue and the new NFL rules that go along with it.

Some interesting comments from the likes of Buccaneers CB Ronde Barber, Ravens C Matt Birk and Browns LB Scott Fujita.

But Ward? Man, Ward was in a class of his own with these comments (FYI, the video he’s talking about is the tutorial the NFL sent out in the middle of the season to showcase what IS and what is NOT a legal hit. Seems like everybody who saw it was a little more confused afterward than they were before).

“Man, nobody paid attention to that video,” Ward told Silver. “We don't know what they want. They're so hypocritical sometimes. They came out with these new helmets that are supposed to stop concussions. If they care so much about our safety, why don't they mandate that we wear the new ones? If they're so worried about what concussions will do to us after our careers, then guarantee our insurance for life. And if you're going to fine me for a hit, let the money go to veteran guys to help with their medical issues. To say the league really cares? They don't give a f--- about concussions. And now they want to add on two extra games? Are you kidding? Come on, let's be real.

“Now that these new guidelines are in place, you'll see more and more guys lying to doctors to stay on the field. Contracts aren't guaranteed. If a guy's contract is coming up and he gets his bell rung – and if he has a concussion, he'll have to leave the game and maybe miss another one – trust me, he ain't tellin' nobody. Look at [49ers running back] Brian Westbrook. He was an elite player who had concussion issues, and he struggled to find work after the Eagles cut him. Guys saw that. I'm telling you, if you're a guy on the bubble or playing for your next contract, you're going out there and jeopardizing your life to get that payday.”

You might think Ward is crazy, but I’m telling you the guys to whom I spoke today would certainly agree.

Hines Ward discusses Ben Roethlisberger's status in the clubhouse.

And I’ll also let you read Fujita’s anger as well.

“Everybody doubts the league’s sincerity,” he said. “Quit pretending to be the flag-bearers for our health care and safety when you're telling us in the next sentence that we need to go to 18 games. That doesn't cut it. Obviously you don't give a s--- about our health and safety. Remember that photo of [Steelers linebacker James] Harrison making a hit on [Browns receiver Mohamed] Massaquoi? They fined him $75,000 for that – and at the same time, they were selling it on NFL.com for $24.99. They kept it there until someone shamed them into taking it down. I was so pissed off by the hypocrisy of it all.”

Wow, great stuff in the article. Make sure to read it.

More Super Bowl coverage.

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Posted on: December 14, 2010 11:29 am

Hot Routes 12.14.10 no snow problems here

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit & Josh Katzowitz

Cardinals rookie QB John Skelton certainly wasn’t great in the first start of his career Sunday, but he was good enough to earn another start from Ken Whisenhunt.

Colt McCoy is optimistic that his return from a high ankle sprain is near.

If the Vikings want to play next Monday’s game at the University of Minnesota, they need to let the school know by today. It’s because removing the snow from the field would take 5-6 days.

Buccaneers rookie DT Gerald McCoy tore his biceps muscle vs. the Redskins on Sunday. He’ll need surgery to repair the damage.

Redskins SS LaRon Landry, who actually had been having a pretty strong season, has been placed on the IR list.

Is it really that big a deal that Tashard Choice got Michael Vick’s autograph after the Eagles-Cowboys game Sunday?

They just won a Monday Night thriller on the road…now John Harbaugh wants his team to get a Monday Night game at home for a change.

Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer questions the constructiveness of Steve Smiths’ comment about Jimmy Clausen. (He ain’t at Notre Dame anymore.)

The Bengals placed underrated run-defending safety Chinedum Ndukwe on IR (knee).

If Flynn had gotten hurt last Sunday, the Packers would have turned to Jordy Nelson at quarterback.

Dolphins NT Paul Soliai has had a surprisingly good season. Now there’s pressure on the Fins to pay the man.

Tom Cable refutes the report that he and offensive coordinator Hue Jackson aren’t seeing eye to eye.

Mike Singletary intimated that Brian Westbrook’s time on the bench earlier this season was a blessing in disguise, as now the veteran RB is fresh. Westbrook doesn’t exactly agree with that, though he’s not raising a stink over it.

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Posted on: December 13, 2010 4:34 pm

Hot Routes 12.13.10 box score tidbits Week 14

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Ryan Torain ripped off 172 yards against a Bucs front seven that had major problems getting off blocks early on.

Thanks to a 64-yard reception, Bucs rookie wideout Arrelious Benn had his first 100-yard game as a pro (122, to be exact). In fact, Benn’s previous high was 53 yards.

The Browns ran nine plays on their opening field goal drive against the Bills but just 37 plays the rest of the game.

The Packers were 2/12 on third down and 0/1 in the red zone at Detroit.

Though no player had more than 51 yards rushing for Detroit, the Lions still racked up 190 yards on the ground.

Hines Ward had his best outing since Week 7, catching eight passes for 115 yards against Cincinnati.

In addition to an interception returned for a touchdown, LaMarr Woodley had two sacks and two tackles for a loss.

Michael Turner rushed for over 100 yards for the third time in four weeks. The Falcons running back is getting stronger as the season wears on.

Kroy Biermann and John Abraham both had two sacks against the Panthers.

The Raiders and Jaguars combined for 387 yards rushing. Three players – Darren McFadden, Maurice Jones-Drew and Rashad Jennings – went over the century mark.

Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis had four catches for an important 57 yards. He also scored his career-high ninth touchdown.

The Rams were just 1/4 in the red zone against the Saints. (Unless you count Sam Bradford’s pick-six to Malcom Jenkins as a score.)

Pretty simple what happened in San Francisco: Niners zero turnovers, Seahawks five.

Brian Westbrook had 87 yards on six receptions.

The Patriots recorded 27 first downs at Chicago.

Perhaps the only Bears defender who played well was Brian Urlacher. He had 11 tackles (three for a loss), a sack and three pass breakups.

Chad Henne’s 5/18 performance was the lowest completion percentage that a winning Dolphins quarterback has had since 1980.

Dolphins punter Brandon Fields had 10 punts for 564 yards.

More special teams notes: Cardinals kicker Jay Feely was 5/6 on field goals.

Part of the reason the Cardinals-Broncos game took forever to end: Kyle Orton 19/41; John Skelton 15/37.

The Chargers had 25 first downs, which was 20 more than the Chiefs had.

Brodie Croyle probably isn’t the answer: Kansas City finished the game with 19 total yards passing.

Antoine Cason took over as the punt returner for San Diego. He averaged 15.2 yards per return with a long of 42.

The Eagles held Miles Austin and Roy Williams to a combined four catches for 45 yards.

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 12:58 am
Edited on: November 30, 2010 1:07 am

Frank Gore likely out for year with fractured hip

Posted by Will Brinson

The 49ers climbed back into playoff contention with a win against the Cardinals, but they suffered a tremendous loss as well -- Frank Gore, who left the game early with a hip injury, and then pulled himself out of the game, is out for the year with a broken hip.

Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network first reported that Gore had a fractured right hip and would miss the remainder of the year. The 49ers confirmed Gore's injury status following the game.

After the win, Gore left the Cardinals stadium on crutches and is expected to miss the final five regular season games.

Gore piled up 52 yards against Arizona on just five carries in the early-going, but was replaced by Brian Westbrook who rushed 23 times for 136 yards and a touchdown.

It's expected that Westbrook will take the majority of carries for San Fran, with rookie Anthony Dixon grabbing some goal line action as well.

Regardless of how well Westbrook ran, though, there's nothing good to see here -- the Cardinals defense was completely anemic, and anyone with two legs and half a hip could have moved through their front seven.

In other words, with the coach-killing Packers looming next week, Gore's absence could mean bad things for Mike Singletary and the 49ers.

Brian Westbrook discusses filling in for the injured Frank Gore after Monday's win.

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Posted on: October 8, 2010 10:31 am

Hot Routes: Could Devin Hester play quarterback?

Posted by Will Brinson 

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  • Todd Collins is starting and Caleb Hanie is the backup for the Bears on Sunday, but they also have a super-secret "emergency" plan, and will list someone as a third quarterback in the event that both those guys are sucked into the concussion vacuum that is the Bears' offensive line. "I'll just say without going into that and giving away too much more about our game plan, we have a guy in mind, maybe a couple of guys in mind, if we get down to No. 3," Lovie Smith said. So who is it, you wonder?  Apparently either Devin Hester or Matt Forte, which is actually way scarier than Collins or Hanie -- either/or would play the wildcat the entire game
  • Could Aaron Hernandez lead the Pats in the receiving the rest of the way? Sure -- Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston notes that only 36 percent of the Patriots snaps this season have been in "pure three- or four-receiver packages," whereas they ran nearly 56 percent in those sets last year. In other words, the team was moving towards utilizing their young tight ends even before trading Moss.
  • What one word would you use to describe Danny Amendola? (Note: please don't say "Welker.") Because the rest of the Rams would say stuff like "fiesty," "electric," "quick," "tenacious," and "energetic." David Eckstein is a huge fan, duh.
  • It's 2010 and athletes announce stuff on Twitter, so it should be no surprise that Chad Hall dropped his promotion off the Eagles practice squad vis-a-vis social media.
Posted on: August 16, 2010 11:14 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 8:40 am

Westbrook happy in SF

B. Westbrook said he's happy to share the RB load with F. Gore (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Brian Westbrook landed with the San Francisco 49ers today for a couple different reasons. He wants to win. He wants to get paid (I assume). And he wants somebody else to help him carry the running back load.

He told the 49ers media that he’s still an every-down back. But as he prepares for his ninth season – and his first year without the Eagles – he’s not expecting to start in place of Frank Gore. In fact, he’s OK with that. That's partially why he chose to sign with San Francisco.

“Frank’s the man,” Westbrook said during tonight’s news conference. “He’s done tremendous things in the past. I’ve respected his game from afar. I’ve studied him an awful lot. I’m going to go and push him as much as I can and help him as much as I can. Of course, he’ll be the starter, and I’ll be the guy behind him pushing him.”

The 49ers almost came out of nowhere to sign Westbrook, who actually was offered more money from the Rams. The Redskins also showed interest in securing the two-time Pro Bowler.

But ultimately he chose San Francisco.

“I add a lot of value to this football team,” Westbrook said. “Offensively, you’ve got Vernon (Davis), (Michael) Crabtree, (Ted) Ginn, Alex Smith – a young quarterback who has a lot of weapons around him. You add to that me and Frank Gore, a very talented running back, and we’re going to be a hard offense for a team to stop.”

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 6:26 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2010 6:44 pm

Westbrook signs with San Francisco

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, it appeared free agent RB Brian Westbrook would sign today with the St. Louis Rams. Then, it was the Redskins. Then, the 49ers got in the mix to sign the two-time Pro Bowler who’s had two 1,000-yard seasons in his eight-year career.

Turns out San Francisco is the one to win his services. A few days after Glen Coffee surprisingly retired from football, the 49ers have signed Westbrook to take his place, the team announced this evening.

More details to come later. The 49ers have scheduled a presser for 5 p.m. PT.

UPDATE (6:43 ET): According to NFL.com's Jason La Canfora , "Westbrook took less money to go to 49ers than the Rams offered. He will make a base of $1.25M and could earn up to $2.5M."

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