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Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:32 pm
 

Robinson makes trip to State College for JoePa

M. Robinson made the long trip from Hawaii to State College for Joe Paterno's memorial service (US Presswire).By Josh Katzowitz

While his Pro Bowl teammates are, we assume, enjoying their stay in Hawaii as they prepare for Sunday’s game, Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson was on a long plane ride back to the mainland so he could attend the memorial service for his college coach, Joe Paterno.

“Some of the game's biggest stars, when I was down in Hawaii, were asking me, ‘Why are you going on the trip? Why are you going so far? It's, like, 11 hours in the air,’” Robinson said at the service Thursday (via the Philadelphia Inquirer). “My answer? ‘'I wouldn't be any other place in the world right now.’”

Robinson drew applause when he introduced himself at the podium during the service and reminisced about the story of how Paterno told Robinson, a Nittany Lions quarterback, that he one day would make the Pro Bowl as a running back or a fullback.

Paterno was right.

"Just because he's not with us, don't let the dream, don't let the experiment, don't let the values go away," Robinson said. "He's in all of us."

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Posted on: June 6, 2011 3:35 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Is this the inglorious end to McNabb's career?

D. McNabb (US Presswire)Posted by Ryan Wilson

Donovan McNabb remains a man without a team. Technically, he's still with the Redskins, but as soon as there's a 2011 season, he'll be free to hawk his wares elsewhere. The problem: "elsewhere" could turn into "nowhere." The former Eagles first-round pick hasn't drummed up much rumor-mill interest during the lockout. This could mean that teams keen on McNabb's talents are downplaying it for now (as typically happens in the days leading up to the NFL Draft). Or, more likely, there truly isn't a market for him.

Free-agent running back Michael Robinson told ESPN.com's John Clayton recently that he predicts McNabb will end up with the Vikings.

"[McNabb] keeps telling me all he wants to do is get with a team and take them to a Super Bowl," Robinson added.

There was no mention if McNabb would be willing to go on that Super Bowl ride as a backup, because there are plenty of teams (although none are contenders) looking for "mentors."
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Stats -- the everyday NFL.com ones that we're all familiar with and the advanced stats from Football Outsiders and Pro Football Reference -- are one way to determine just how good a quarterback is. Another, simpler way: play the "Would I want that guy starting for my team?" game. For most fans, McNabb would garner an "absolutely not," which tells you all you need to know.

It's too bad, too, because McNabb seems like a decent guy. Despite a career pock-marked by unprovoked criticism, McNabb has seldom responded publicly. But we've mentioned it before -- that's part of the deal. Want to be an NFL quarterback? Be prepared for the inevitable media backlash that comes with it. And no one's immune. If Patriots fans feign outrage over Tom Brady wearing a Yankees hat, McNabb doesn't stand a chance. Also not helping: his recent on-field performance.

The last two seasons, McNabb ranked 20th and 25th in Football Outsiders' QB total value metric. In 2010, he finished behind the likes of Jon Kitna and David Garrard. Not exactly a ringing endorsement that McNabb deserves to be a starter.

And now, barely a year after the Redskins gave up a second-round pick to division rival Philly to land McNabb, they're happy to move on without him, even if that means turning to John Beck.

Would McNabb be a good fit for the Vikings? Probably not. Minnesota just rid it of one old-timer. While rookie Christian Ponder may not be NFL-ready whenever the season begins, McNabb lost his job to Rex Grossman. That's shorthand for "he'll never be NFL-ready again … ever." If the Vikings manage their expectations for 2011 and stick with Ponder, they should be in good shape going forward. If they instead buy into the "we're one veteran QB away from the Super Bowl!" hype, Ponder will end up wasting away on the bench.

We don't expect that to happen, thanks largely to the team's recent experiences with Brett Favre, but also because to annually contend for a championship you need a franchise quarterback. For McNabb, that ship sailed a while ago.

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Posted on: September 5, 2010 5:57 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2010 7:23 pm
 

Busy day in Seattle

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Throughout the offseason, Seattle coach Pete Carroll has made news with his seemingly endless ability – and his desire – to turn over the roster. Now, the day after the NFL required each team to cut its roster to 53, the Seahawks continue to be mighty busy. 

The biggest roster shake up involves RB Julius Jones and his release from the squad. As the Seattle Times points out, he was the team’s leading rusher last year, but toward the end of the season, he had a problem with fumbling. In the offseason, the Seahawks signed Leon Washington from the New York Jets, but there were certainly concerns with how he’d recovere from a devastating knee injury.

Turns out, Washington is fine. And now Jones is gone.

But Jones was just one of many Seattle moves today.

DB Jordan Babineaux – who, like Jones, was supposed to make more than $2 million this season – has been a solid player the past five seasons for the Seahawks, and last year, he started all 16 games in what turned out to be the best season of his career. But Lawyer Milloy beat him out for the starting SS spot, and apparently, Seattle didn’t want to pay that much for a backup safety.

Among the other Seahawks that are moving addresses: FB Owen Schmitt, who likely is making room for RB Michael Robinson, and DT Kevin Vickerson.

And one last bit of news: according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Seahawks have replaced OL coach Alex Gibbs – who suddenly resigned Saturday – with Pat Ruel, formerly of USC.

UPDATE (7:21 p.m.):
The Seahawks also have been awarded CB Nate Ness off waivers from the Dolphins.

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