Tag:Chester Pitts
Posted on: May 10, 2011 4:27 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2011 1:02 pm

Crankin' the NFL Commish (video)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Seattle’s Raheem Brock and Chester Pitts are funny dudes, and in the latest episode of Crankin’ the NFL Commish (via atom.com and the Seattle Times), the two, naturally, fake crank-call commissioner Roger Goodell.

Of course, this is a propaganda film for the NFLPA, but that doesn’t mean it’s not funny. Because it is fairly humorous.

My favorite part of the video: Brock and Pitts making the calls on a bed like a couple of teenage girls during a slumber party. Good stuff.

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Posted on: April 30, 2011 12:55 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2011 12:56 pm

Cam Jordan tries to ignore labor situation

C. Jordan will be OK during the lockout (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

NEW YORK – There were times when Saints DE Cameron Jordan’s father, Steve – a 12-year NFL veteran himself who was around for two work stoppages in his career – would try to explain the current labor situation to his son.

Steve would talk and explain, and eventually, Cam would have to excuse himself.

“My dad is trying to throw his advice in there, and it makes my head hurt and I’d rather not deal with it,” said Cam Jordan, taken at No. 24 by the Saints in Thursday’s first round. “I thought it was solved, but it’s not. I’d said, ‘OK? I’m just going to bench press and go run some 40s. All I can focus on is training. That’s what I know is going to be there for sure.”

When I asked Jordan on Friday if he had followed the labor dispute, the lockout was not in effect. Then, a few hours later as I was transcribing his quotes, the lockout had been reinstated. Except that it was an incorrect report, and the lockout actually was NOT on. Now as I write this post, the NFL actually is closed again. 

It’s a confusing time for those of us who follow the NFL, but it’s absolute chaos for this year’s draft picks. In past years, you’re drafted, you travel to your new team to visit the facilities and meet the coaches and front office, you participate in a news conference, and you ready yourself to begin rookie camp (and then OTAs and then mini-camps, etc.).

This year, though, everything changes in the time it takes for a judge to sign an order. The NFL is not open right now, but the lockout might be lifted by this time next week.

“I look at it like this: football will resume eventually,” Cam Jordan said. “Whether that’s today, next week or whenever the court is done with this process, all I can do is keep training. It’s definitely a little murky right now.”

So, how are the new draft picks supposed to act?

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“It’s kind of tough, because it’s a situation of limbo that shouldn’t be a situation of limbo,” said Seahawks G Chester Pitts. “The lockout was lifted Monday, so the doors should have been open Tuesday. It’s one of those things where the NFL wasn’t prepared for that to come down the pike so quickly. For the young guys, my advice is to continue to stay in shape. It’ll be easy to be ready. When they come in, there’s nothing that’s going to be expected of them to flow right in. It won’t be that difficult.”

Perhaps, but many of these new players will need the money that comes from signing bonuses and paychecks. Jordan doesn’t have to worry about that scenario, though.

“All I can say is, ‘Thanks dad.’ I come from a pretty solid support system, anchored by my mother and father,” he said. “So I’ll be OK.”

You mean because your parents are footing your Bills?

“So,” Jordan said with a big smile, “you understood that.”

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Posted on: March 1, 2011 5:37 pm

NFLPA 'cautiously optimistic' about today's talks

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For those who are looking for a little bit of hope – hell, ANY kind of hope – Seahawks G Chester Pitts has got just the news for you.

As the labor negotiation talks between the NFL owners and the NFLPA began to wind down today in Washington, Pitts emerged from the room and talked to a small circle of media members.

He said the meetings will continue Wednesday (remember, the CBA expires late Thursday night), and from the “we’re taking anything we can get” department, he said he was “cautiously optimistic.”

"The fans should know that both parties are hammering away at it and really trying to get a deal done,” Pitts told reporters, including NFL.com’s Albert Breer.

Also this: "It’s two groups doing business. The tone, none of that matters."

While that’s a bit difficult to believe – especially, because the tone, throughout this entire labor process, has been pretty unfriendly, and because nothing has gotten done – it looks like the two sides are beginning to work toward … well, something.

That maybe is good news, and tonight, we can go to bed with a little more positivity.*

*It might be the last optimistic night for a while, so make the most of it.

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Posted on: November 13, 2010 11:40 am

Week 10 injury news and analysis, part I

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Chiefs at Broncos

Right now, it’s unclear what will happen with Denver LB D.J. Williams, who was charged early Friday morning with a DUI – his second alcohol-related charge since 2005. He didn’t practice Friday, and coach Josh McDaniels expressed disappointment with Williams – who’s been one of the best defenders on the squad this season.

He could play this Sunday, but he’s looking at discipline from the NFL at some point and probably from the Broncos as well. That said, he very well could be out there this weekend. You’ll remember that when Braylon Edwards was charged with DWI in September, he played the very next week.

Kansas City rookie WR Dexter McCluster – who’s missed the past two games with a high ankle sprain – is listed as questionable and will be a gametime decision. He was limited at practice all week, and if he could play Sunday, he’d be a big boon to the Chiefs. Aside from McCluster, OG Brian Waters, S Kendrick Lewis and S Jon McGraw are questionable.

Cowboys at Giants

The big blow for the Giants will be that WR Steve Smith won’t play because of a partially torn pectoral muscle he suffered in Thursday’s practice (luckily for him and his team, it doesn’t appear to be a season-ending injury). His team will miss his production, and Hakeem Nicks will miss Smith’s ability to take some of the opposing secondary’s attention off him. Mario Manningham should get more playing time in place of Smith.

We also could see the return of T Will Beatty, who’s been out since mid-September with a broken foot. This week, he started doing agility and footwork drills for the first time since his surgery, and he’s listed as questionable on the injury report. RB Brandon Jacobs, who missed Wednesday’s practice with an illness, is probable.

For Dallas, CB Terence Newman hasn’t been himself since he hurt his ribs three weeks ago, and he’s been burned for big gains and big touchdowns because he’s having a tough time accelerating. Considering the Cowboys are thin in the secondary, Newman likely will continue to play. He had full participation in practice all week and is probable.

Seahawks at Cardinals

Arizona RB Beanie Wells just cannot seem to get healthy. Once again, he’s listed as questionable this week after missing practices Wednesday and Thursday (he was limited Friday) with continued swelling in his knee. It’s not just the fact he’s hurt. He’s also missing valuable practice time, and that combination does not bode well for him. He played last week, but carried just once for minus-two yards. Until he’s healthy, Tim Hightower will get the bulk of the carries.

DL Darnell Dockett, one of the Cardinals most important defenders, suffered a shoulder stinger in last week’s loss to Minnesota, and he’s questionable. He practiced all week (albeit in a limited fashion), but he seems likely to play. LB Paris Lenon, who aggravated an ankle injury last week, also is questionable to play. But he progressed well this week, and he very well could play as well.

Seattle, once again, could miss first-round pick LT Russell Okung, who’s been battling injuries all season. Now, he’s dealing with an ankle injury, and the Seahawks listed him as questionable to play. Without him, the Seahawks likely will start G Chester Pitts in his place.

Rams at 49ers

Obviously, the big absence for San Francisco is starting QB Alex Smith, who is out with a left shoulder injury. Troy Smith will get the start in his place. Considering he helped lead San Francisco to a big win against the Broncos two weeks ago in London, Troy Smith deserves another shot this week against San Francisco. Plus, as LB Takeo Spikes told me recently in Five Questions (or More), Smith’s presence in the pocket was a comfort to the team.

Of the 11 Rams who are on this week’s injury report, two (WR Danario Alexander and S James Butler) are out, one (TE Fendi Onobun) is doubtful and everybody else is probable.

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Posted on: November 6, 2010 6:57 pm

Week 9 injury report analysis Part III

Posted by Andy Benoit

Bucs @ Falcons

The Bucs will once again be without starting offensive linemen Jeff Faine (quad) and Jeremy Trueblood (knee). Also missing is fullback Earnest Graham, which is noteworthy because his lead-blocking abilities fit perfectly in what has become a strict power run approach for this offense. Wideout Sammie Stroughter did not practice all week due to a foot injury. Thus, rookie Arrelious Benn has a chance to start carving out a true niche in this offense (Benn caught a 53-yard touchdown pass last week, but that’s basically been the extent of his contributions).

The Falcons likely will not have OLB Sean Weatherspoon; the first-round rookie has been out since Week 5 with a knee injury. Fullback Ovie Mughelli is questionable with a hamstring. That’s crucial because Atlanta’s best approach against this Tampa Bay D is to pound them between the tackles on the ground.

Saints @ Panthers

Does Drew Brees have a fractured knee and torn meniscus or not? The Saints are saying no – in fact, Brees is not even listed on the injury report. Running backs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas are both still out (Bush is technically listed as doubtful this week). Rookie CB Patrick Robinson is out with an ankle, though the Panthers do not have the aerial firepower to take advantage anyway. Besides, both Saints starting corners, Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer, who missed the Steeler game, are probable after practicing all week.

Carolina’s 28th-ranked rushing attack will once again be missing RT Jeff Otah (knee) and RB DeAngelo Williams (foot).

Giants @ Seahawks

No Shaun O’Hara for New York. Thus, Adam Koets, who has decent movement skills but lacks O’Hara’s nastiness and veteran shrewdness at the second level in the run game, will be the fulcrum of the offensive line. The Giants are coming off a bye, which explains why basically everyone else (save for OT Will Beatty and FB Madison Hedgecock) is healthy.

The Seahawks are starting Charlie Whitehurst in place of injured Matt Hasselbeck (concussion). Rookie receiver Golden Tate (ankle) is also out for Seattle. And, likely, so is rookie LT Russell Okung (ankle). Because Tyler Polumbus is questionable with a knee injury – and, frankly, because he does not begin to have quick enough feet to handle Osi Umenyiora – the Seahawks will likely turn to veteran Chester Pitts.

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Posted on: September 14, 2010 11:55 pm

Seahawks offensive line reeling after Unger loss

Posted by Andy Benoit
M. Unger
The Seahawks have placed second-year right guard Max Unger on Injured Reserve (toe). Losing a starting offensive lineman is always tough; exacerbating matters is the fact that left tackle Russell Okung is still on the mend with a high ankle sprain.

Veteran Chester Pitts could be a suitable replacement for Unger, but with Okung out, Pitts is needed at tackle. That leaves either former Bronco Ben Hamilton or recently-acquired tackle Stacy Andrews. Hamilton, a zone-blocking veteran, struggles with power. But then again, so did Unger. Andrews would be the more dynamic option, but prior to be trading from Philadelphia, he ripped the Eagles coaching staff for making him play guard.

The only other backup lineman on the roster is Evan Dietrich-Smith, an undrafted second-year player from Idaho State.

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Posted on: September 7, 2010 6:41 pm

Okung is out for Sunday; who is in?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said today that LT Russell Okung (high ankle sprain) will not play in Seattle’s season opener against San Francisco. That’s not especially great news, considering Seahawks OL coach Alex Gibbs abruptly resigned last week and the 49ers totaled 44 sacks last year, tied for third-best in the NFL.

As Rapid Reporter John Boyle writes, that means either Chester Pitts, who only began practicing this week after returning from microfracture surgery on his knee, or newcomer Tyler Polumbus will fill in for Okung.

Of course, neither is Okung, who uses his long arms and strength to block his quarterback’s blind side. It’s unclear how healthy Pitts – who hasn’t played LT regularly since 2005 – is at this point, but you can’t argue with his resume. Before his knee injury early last year, he started all 16 games in all seven of his seasons, and he excels in pass protection.

Polumbus started eight games at right tackle last year in Denver, and though he struggled, mediocre NFL experience is slightly better than no NFL experience.

Still, the Seahawks would rather have Okung’s no NFL experience.

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 4:09 pm

Quick Hit news items from the weekend

--It looks like Dwayne Jarrett will be the No. 2 receiver in Carolina this year .

--Trent Edwards opened training camp as the No. 1 quarterback in Buffalo.

--Pisa Tinoisamoa is battling Nick Roach for a starting strongside linebacker job in Chicago (both would be better on the weak side, but that’s neither here nor there.)

--Sidney Rice’s bum hip has landed him on PUP for now .

--Giants safety Kenny Phillips is also on PUP . Phillips is trying to come back from microfracture surgery that wiped out virtually all of his ’09 season.

--David Tyree and Ike Hilliard both signed contracts with the Giants so that they could retire as members of Big Blue.

--Chester Pitts finally found a home. The longtime Texan and his surgically-repaired knee signed a one-year contract with the Seahawks. Seattle runs a zone-blocking scheme that is very similar to the one Pitts worked in under Gary Kubiak in Houston.

--Derrick Burgess has upset the Patriots by not showing up for training camp. He is leaning towards retirement.

-- Andy Benoit

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