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Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:13 pm
 

Bears promote Mike Tice to offensive coordinator

By Will Brinson

The Bears recently decided to not invite offensive Mike Martz back for another season as offensive coordinator and announced on Friday the promotion offensive line coach (and former Vikings head coach) Mike Tice to the position.

Tice, entering his 16th season as an NFL coach, was hired as the offensive line coach before the 2010 season in Chicago. The Bears offensive line isn't exactly renown for their high-level of talent and for the early part of both 2010 and 2011, Jay Cutler spent the better part of the season on his back, ducking defenders who waltzed through the protection schemes in Chicago.

But Tice deserves credit for his adjustments, as the offensive line dramatically improved over the course of the season.

In telling news, the Bears pointed out in their press release that Tice "interviewed for the position with coach Lovie Smith on Thursday," indicating that Lovie's gig for the upcoming season is, in fact, safe.

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Tice's five years as Minnesota's coach indicate precisely what kind of difference we should expect to see from the Bears offense going forward: only once did the Vikings, even with Daunte Culpepper under center, rank in the top-10 in passing attempts. Twice they ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in rushing attempts, and in all but one of those years, the Bears ranked in the top 10 in yards per rushing attempt. (Certainly worth noting: Daunte Culppeper piled up some rushing yards as well.)

In other words, while Martz was pass-pass-pass and then pass again, Tice is likely to be run-run-run and run again. It should be a stark contrast, and if the Bears can improve the offensive line and keep Matt Forte in town, it could be a more productive offense as well, even as the NFL shifts to more pass-happy offenses.

Certainly Cutler, who reportedly didn't want Martz back in the first place, should be happier. Or at least healthier.

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Posted on: August 28, 2011 12:16 pm
Edited on: August 28, 2011 12:17 pm
 

JaMarcus Russell pays off $200K in property taxes

Posted by Will Brinson

JaMarcus Russell is still currently out of football, having successfully submarined his career with enough purple drank that he's behind guys like Josh McCown and Daunte Culpepper on the desperation tryout list.

But here's some happy news about the former Raiders quarterback: he's paying off his debts!

So says TMZ, who reports that Russell recently paid back a $223,180.05 property tax lien from the State of California.

Unfortunately, he still owes debt and penalties on a $2.4 million mansion in Oakland that's scheduled to be auctioned off in foreclosure next month.

So he's not paying off all his debts, per se, but he is working through the stack of papers that's sitting on his desk enough to kick back more than two hundred grand in property taxes.

Although considering that he made $60 million guaranteed from the Raiders, you'd think he might have enough hanging around/left over in order to keep himself from completely falling into debt and losing all the nice things he's got.

But you'd also think he'd still be in the league less than five years after being the No. 1 overall pick. And you'd be wrong.

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Posted on: August 17, 2011 7:00 pm
 

49ers sign Josh McCown, not Daunte Culpepper

Posted by Will Brinson

The 49ers are a team that's making no bones about their quarterback situation: they brought Daunte Culpepper in for a workout on Monday and on Wednesday they signed 32-year-old Josh McCown to a one-year deal, the team announced Wednesday.

Per our 49ers Rapid Reporter Michael Erier, the deal is worth the veteran's minimum of $810,000.

McCown has 31 starts in his NFL career and has played with the Cardinals, Lions, Raiders and Panthers since he entered the league in 2002. McCown's completed 57.7 percent of his passes over that time while throwing 35 touchdowns against 40 interceptions.

So, pretty pedestrian.

Which is heavily indicative of the problems that San Francisco has with its quarterback position -- Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick were supposed to provide a bridge to the future and the future, respectively, but it's patently obvious at this point that Jim Harbaugh doesn't trust either to help the 49ers succeed immediately.

It's also let's the world know just how good Culpepper looked in his workout on Monday. Which is to say, "not very."

It's hard to blame Harbaugh for his desperation, given that Smith has struggled mightily since being drafted first overall in the 2005 NFL Draft and Kaepernick's just a rookie.

The cynic will tell you that the "good news" is the 49ers are in prime position to make a run at top prospect (and former Harbaugh protégé) Andrew Luck.

The optimist will tell you that it's a good thing Smith only signed a one-year deal this offseason.

But good luck finding an football-related optimist anywhere near the San Fran metro area.

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Posted on: August 14, 2011 8:42 pm
 

49ers 'kicking tires' on Daunte Culpepper

Posted by Will Brinson

Daunte Culpepper hasn't had gainful employment in the NFL since 2009 and given the current set of quarterbacks employed by a number of teams, it's a bit surprising.

But he'll have a shot at getting back in the league on Monday, when he works out for Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers.

That news, originally reported by Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, has since been confirmed by Harbaugh himself, who said, per Jaymee Sire of Comcast, that he's looking forward to "kicking tires."

Harbaugh said earlier on Sunday that should "the right person (becomes) available" the 49ers would certainly be interested in pursuing an additional roster spot.

Such news comes on the heels of Harbaugh's decision to leave the quarterback battle wide open.

"There isn’t a clear cut winner so far," he said following the Niners poor showing in New Orleans during the first week of the preseason.

And while Culpepper, who last went 0-5 with the Lions while throwing three touchdowns and six interceptions in 2009, might not be the answer, it's clear that 49ers fans are already fed up with Alex Smith. Again.

Per our 49ers Rapid Reporter Michael Erier, the fans at Candlestick Park for practice on Sunday were "absolutely letting him have it, booing loudly after every incompletion."

It's hard to imagine that Culpepper is going to suddenly make the 49ers Super Bowl favorites. But right now, it's becoming clear that Harbaugh doesn't feel comfortable with either Smith or rookie Colin Kaepernick beginning the season as the team's starter.

Which is why it certainly doesn't hurt to take a look and kick some tires.

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Posted on: August 21, 2010 3:34 pm
 

UFL attracting former NFL players

Posted by Andy Benoit

We’ll pass along this list from Pro Football Talk of former NFL players who are now in the UFL. You know about Daunte Culpepper and Jeff Garcia. Here are some other names:

The Florida Tuskers have added cornerback Fakhir Brown.

The Omaha Nighthawks have added defensive back Ricardo Colclough, linebacker Angelo Crowell, defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek, receiver Robert Ferguson, tackle George Foster, linebacker Marlon Greenwood, receiver David Kircus, guard Fred Matua, quarterback D.J. Shockley, linebacker Gary Stills, defensive tackle Hollis Thomas, receiver Craphonso Thorpe, and cornerback DeJuan Tribble.


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Posted on: July 2, 2010 4:09 pm
 

Everybody's fault but JaMarcus Russell's

J. Russell getting crushed in a KC sandwich (Getty) I found this New York Times Fifth Down blog post today slightly humorous and slightly bizarre. Asking about the rumors that imply former Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell – largely considered one of the biggest No. 1 draft pick busts in NFL history – might work out a deal with the Jets, reporter Kristian R. Dyer spoke with well-regarded quarterback instructor Tom Martinez, who trained Russell before he was taken No. 1 in 2007.

What’s funny – and sort of head-scratchingly weird – Martinez blames a variety of reasons why Russell was terrible in Oakland. Very little of which, Martinez seems to say, was Russell’s fault.

Among the issues that were not Russell’s fault.

1)Russell should have been starting from day one and not relegated to backing up Josh McCown and Daunte Culpepper. That start-from-day-one decision might have worked for Colts QB Peyton Manning – who led his team to a 3-13 record in his rookie year, mind you – but the other option, allowing your top-picked QB to have a redshirt year, also works. Ask Bengals QB Carson Palmer, who’s had a pretty good career after sitting behind Jon Kitna for a season.

2)Bad offensive line and receivers who didn’t know – or simply couldn’t – separate from DBs.

3)The Raiders signed him for too much money as a rookie.

4)The coaches didn’t like him; only owner Al Davis did.

Yes, the fact that Russell didn’t work hard and played at a heavy weight didn’t have much to do with the reason he failed out of Oakland. Nothing at all.

OK, ok. Martinez isn’t being that ridiculous. He makes some valid points, but surely, Russell wasn’t so clearly not at fault.

From the article:

Of course, many in the league have questioned Russell’s work ethic, including his teammates, who liked him and wanted him to succeed, but grew tired of what they perceived as his indifference. Russell’s actions suggested he wanted out of the organization.

Martinez said bringing in Russell to back up Mark Sanchez would be a “brilliant move from a talent standpoint,” but even he concedes that if Russell doesn’t work hard, it will be the last we hear of him. All he needs is a fresh start, Martinez said, but the rest is up to him.

“If he repeats the same mistakes, then it’s his last chance,” Martinez said.


If he, in fact, gets another chance.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 12:00 am
 

Starting over in the minors

On Monday, we learned former Redskins QB Doug Williams, the MVP of Super Bowl XXII will become the GM of the United Football League’s hot-off-the-presses approved team in Norfolk, Va.

Williams is only the latest former NFL star to turn up in the UFL. Last week, the rumors were hot and heavy that former Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell would show up in the league, though that hasn’t happened. You also might remember former Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper has joined the Sacramento Mountain Lions (working, by the way, with his old coach Dennis Green), while former Packers star RB Ahman Green – a four-time Pro Bowler – is continuing his career with the Omaha Nighthawks.

You’ll remember last year (or, probably, you don’t) that former Bills QB J.P. Losman, former Bengals RB DeDe Dorsey and former Giants coach Jim Fassel starred in the league. The league also is expanding. Last season, four teams played six times. This year, there’s a fifth team – the Nighthawks, coached by Jeff Jagodzinski (who’s had quite a ride himself these past few years ) – and in 2011, Norfolk will join.

If you have a minute, take a look at a UFL roster. You’ll see players who you’ll recognize from the NFL but players you probably haven’t thought about in a while. A guy like Tim Rattay or Eric Ghiaciuc or Chris Perry or Brooks Bollinger (last season’s league MVP). Plus, you’ll see plenty of all-conference college players who simply weren’t good enough to stick in the NFL.

Or you’ll find somebody like Culpepper – a three-time Pro Bowler who threw for more than 24,000 yards and 149 touchdowns in his 11-year NFL career.

This is what he said when he signed:

"My goal for this year was to get on the field and play football," Culpepper said in a statement released by the league. "When the opportunity came for me to sign with the UFL and play for coach Green in Sacramento, I could not resist. I am impressed with his approach to the game and to his players."

He must really want to play. After all, he could have been the Detroit Lions starting QB last year (if he had beaten out Matthew Stafford for the job). I wanted to get a current NFL player’s opinion on the NFL, so I asked Bengals FS Chris Crocker about it.

“Those guys obviously think they can still play football,” Crocker said. “It kind of depends on where they are in their career. Take Daunte. If you can make $200,000 or $300,000 and play eight games, that’s not a bad gig. But you won’t see guys like Tom Brady or Peyton Manning doing something like that, because it tarnishes your reputation.”

I’d say there’s very little chance Culpepper is making $300,000. In fact, I’d be shocked if that was the case. At the maximum, I’d guess he’s making $50,000. But if he thinks he can play well enough to earn another chance in the NFL, why not take the plunge?

All you have to think about is Kurt Warner, who went from obscurity in the AFL to a probable Pro Football Hall of Famer. It's not an impossible task. It's happened before, and Culpepper hopes it can happen again.


--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 8:59 pm
 

A JaMarcus Russell post, but please read anyway

It’s obvious Russell himself has no future in the NFL. Sure, his arm is a cannon. But so is the rest of him. Like a cannon, Russell is heavy, slow-moving and unable to make quality decisions on his own. At least you can get a cannon to work when you ignite its fuse. Russell? What fuse?

Russell’s football future is clearly the minor leagues. The UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks want him, but sources say that, at this point, the former No. 1 overall pick prefers to continue working out and honing his mechanics in Arizona. Russell still hopes to latch on with an NFL team.

Is it better for a quarterback to try to regain his career via the NFL, or better to go through the minor leagues? The NFL offers more money but less playing time. You’ll get better coaching in the NFL, but you won’t get as much of it. And, again, you won’t get many opportunities to showcase what you’ve learned.

J.P. Losman spent last season in the UFL. He rejoined the NFL as a Raider last year and is now in a third-string role with the Seahawks. Daunte Culpepper, unable to get a genuine shot at a starting job in the NFL, is trying his hand in the CFL (Sacramento Mountain Lions). A lot of people thought Michael Vick should have gone to the UFL last year rather than toil away in near-obscurity with the Eagles. In Vick’s case, the additional playing time of the UFL would have served him well, and he probably would be in contention for a starting job somewhere right now. Of course, keep in mind, Vick is currently the No. 2 quarterback in Philly. That’s a considerably better situation than any of these aforementioned quarterbacks are in.

--Andy Benoit

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