Posted on: February 11, 2011 6:12 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
Shaun Rogers was not the only prominent Brown who got released on Wednesday. The team also parted ways with DE Kenyon Coleman, LB David Bowens, LB Eric Barton, OT John St. Clair and TE Robert Royal.
This is a classic rebuilding move. All of these dismissed players were in their 30s (and, defensively, all were “Mangini guys”). Coleman was a solid starter in ’10, particularly against the run. But he’s tailor made for a 3-4, not the 4-3 that new Cover 2-oriented defensive coordinator Dick Jauron figures to install.
Bowens was another solid run defender, but his senescence became obvious whenever he had to make plays in space. Plus, like Coleman, Bowens is tailored for a 3-4.
Barton was still a viable downhill attacker, but with Chris Gocong and Scott Fujita able to hold down the 4-3 outside linebacker positions, there’s no sense keeping the 34-year-old around.
Bowen could still latch on as a veteran filler with a team like the Patriots or Jets; Barton’s history of neck problems make his outlook iffier.
As for St. Clair and Royal – they’re both journeymen at the tail end of their careers. St. Clair’s versatility could land him a job as a backup; Royal would probably be wise to take up some new hobbies and get mentally prepared to open the door to his post-football life.
The only member of this bunch who will undoubtedly be on an NFL roster in 2011 is Rogers. He’s coming off a quiet season in which the team mistakenly chose to play him at end instead of nose tackle. But despite this and a serious leg injury at the end of ’09, the 300-and-whatever-pounder still has impressive power and initial burst.
There have been multiple reports this week that Rogers will visit the Washington Redskins. (You can connect your own dots on what that could mean for Albert Haynesworth.) Jason La Canfora of NFL.com says that nearly a third of the league has contacted Rogers, but that he’s in no hurry to sign anywhere.
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Posted on: October 26, 2010 2:00 am
Edited on: October 26, 2010 2:01 am
Posted by Will Brinson
Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at NY Mag), we present the NFL Approval Matrix. It's running late this week because we really wanted to include Wade Phillips Disembodied Head. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).
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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Brett Favre, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, David Bowens, David Carr, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Hakeem Nicks, Jay Cutler, Josh Freeman, Kenny Britt, Lovie Smith, Miami Dolphins, Mike Williams, New York Giants, Norv Turner, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, Roddy White, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Wade Phillips
Posted on: October 25, 2010 3:26 am
Edited on: October 25, 2010 3:13 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
**For the second straight week, Seattle’s Mike Williams set a career-high for receptions (10 last week, 11 this week). Williams has incredibly strong hands and, for a 6’5”, 235-pounder, uncanny body control.
**For what it’s worth, Devin Hester cut his dreadlocks. He also had zero punt returns Sunday because the Redskins wisely refused to kick anywhere near him.
**The Redskins have scored 17 points or less in all four of their wins this season. This is remarkable considering they entered Sunday with, technically speaking, the league’s 32nd-ranked defense.
**It was surprising to hear that Roger Goodell actually called James Harrison this week.
**Even if this is only Quick Hits, I refuse to mention anything specific about the Panthers-49ers game.
**Imagine if the Chargers had won – then we’d all have to recycle the “Belichick going for it on fourth down” debate. Glad we don’t. (Though in case we do, my stance: it was absolutely the right call, just like last time; the problem on this particular play was BenJarvus Green-Ellis not trusting his blocks and bouncing it outside, where end/linebacker Antwaun Applewhite, who had a marvelous game, made the play.
Tags: Adrian Peterson, Anthony Herrera, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimiore Ravens, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Brett Favre, Bryant McKinnie, Buffalo Bills, Carson Palmer, Cedric Benson, Chad Ochocinco, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Darren McFadden, David Bowens, DeAngelo Hall, Denver Broncos, Drew Brees, Dwayne Bowe, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jay Cutler, Kansas City Chiefs, Kenny Britt, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Turner, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Philip Rivers, Ray Lewis, Roddy White, Ryan Fitzpatrick, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Shawn Nelson, Tennessee Titans, Terrell Owens, Washington Redskins
Posted on: October 24, 2010 6:03 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz
Here are the reasons why Cleveland beat the New Orleans 30-17 win today.
1) Browns special teams tricks: Cleveland was aggressive with its special teams calls, and today at least, it worked. Early in the first quarter, when receiving a punt from New Orleans, Joshua Cribbs caught the kick, ran seven yards straight ahead and then lateraled it across the field to Eric Wright, who dashed down the left sideline to the Saints 19. The Browns had to settle for a field goal, but that play set a tone.
In the second quarter, with Cleveland facing a fourth-and-eight, the Browns coaching staff went for more trickery. Punter Reggie Hodges took the snap and ran straight up the middle of the field. There was nobody near him until the Saints brought him down at the 9-yard line. It was stunning – because it was such a brazen play call and because of its effectiveness.
"When you're looking to win, you've got to be aggressive,” Saints coach Sean Payton said, as transcribed by Rapid Reporter Larry Holder. “We failed to recognize and handle that. Those are gutsy calls."
2) Cleveland’s pass defense stymies Drew Brees: The Saints QB had a tough time getting into a rhythm. He finished 37 of 56 for 356 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Yes, four interceptions, and the Browns probably should have had more. At times, Brees was incredibly inaccurate with his throws.
Brees was really hurt by Browns LB David Bowens, who returned two interceptions for touchdowns. The first one he caught off a deflection from New Orleans G Jahri Evans, and he ran 30 yards for the touchdown. The second one, he plucked the ball out of the air, and he plodded untouched for the 64-yard score. He stopped just before the goal line and then somersaulted into the end zone to celebrate.
3) Maybe the Saints just aren’t very good: The Saints squeaked by the 49ers and the Panthers (two of the worst teams in the NFL) by a combined five points. They lost to the Cardinals who were starting an undrafted free agent rookie for the first time. They made good progress last week in an easy victory against a decent Buccaneers squad, but then were terrible today.
So, what’s the deal, Sean Payton?
"We did all the things you can't do (and still) win a game. If we continue to do that, we'll muddle around, win some, lose some. That's something that will get you beat in this game."
Just like it did today.
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