Tag:Mike Tice
Posted on: February 17, 2011 11:06 am

Hot Routes 2.17.11: The Westminster NFL show

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Chuck Cecil -- you may remember him from such films as "My Middle Finger Caught on National TV" -- will interview for the Steelers defensive backs coaching gig.
  • Is there anyone out there that wants to argue that Da'Quan Bowers is a better pick for the Panthers than Nick Fairley? Yes, yes there is.
Posted on: December 31, 2010 1:31 pm

Hot Routes 12.31.10: Artest for Jets TE?

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Ron Artest apparently said at Christmas time that he wants to play tight end for the Jets. All "could this guy actually make the transition from the NBA to the NFL" analysis aside, is there an NBA player who fits better for a particular NFL team better than Artest and the Jets? "Crazy Pills," as Artest is commonly known, wouldn't even be a blip on the radar for that organization.
  • Mike Tice's stock is quickly rising when it comes to assistants who are potential head coaches. This is logical -- the Chicago Bears have one of the least talented offensive lines in football and yet Tice and Mike Martz have managed to make them pretty, pretty productive ever since the Bears' bye week.
  • Would a rookie wage scale increase the number of underclassmen who bolt for the NFL? Well, not necessarily, but maybe so if that makes any sense. If not, check out Mike Florio's breakdown on how the changes in a future CBA would impact kids leaving college early.
Posted on: October 7, 2010 7:36 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2010 8:09 pm

Forte sick of 'frustrating' Bears running game

Posted by Will Brinson

The Bears rushing attack isn't what one would call "potent." In fact, at 68.8 yards per game and 275 total yards, they don't just average less yards than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (who feature Cadillac Williams who features a 2.5 yards per carry average!), and Tampa's only played three games. 

Or put more simply, the Bears are in next-to-last. And it's starting to get frustrating, of course.

"It's frustrating to the nth power," running back Matt Forte said to the Chicago Sun-Times. "It's very disappointing and frustrating. I'm a running back; you want to run the ball."

Adding to Forte's frustration is that the Bears have only even tried to run the ball 84 times; Denver, in dead last in yards per game is at least over 100 attempts on the season (and not to mention they aren't repeatedly punching their quarterback depth chart in the side of the head, metaphorically speaking). 

He's not the only one frustrated either -- Olin Kruetz, Mike Tice, Lovie Smith, Chester Taylor and pretty much everyone except Mike Martz made it seem kind of silly that they weren't at least trying to tote the rock a little bit. Indeed, the point of the article seemed to involve some sort of "tipping point" for everyone's gaskets getting blown about passing on every down.

But, hey, Martz is the guy who got them to a division-leading 3-1, and, well, now's certainly not the time to question his strategy. After all, look how safe and healthy and his quarterbacks are! 
Posted on: October 7, 2010 10:40 am

Moss ignored Belichick on plane

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Just because we can’t help ourselves, we’re bringing you the latest Randy Moss speculation (seriously, it’s like when you’re jonesing for some coffee, and your hands shake until you get the caffeine past your lips, that’s the effect these Moss stories are having on me).

According to csnne.com, which talked to former New England WR Troy Brown, Moss ignored Patriots coach Bill Belichick and refused to speak to him on the flight home from Miami on Sunday.

"Apparently, Belichick came to the back of the plane to speak with Randy and Randy just pretty much ignored him and didn't respond to anything he had to say," said Brown. "I guess there were a few other members of the team – some front-office people and maybe some players – that tried to talk to him, just talk to him in general, and he didn't respond to those guys, either.”

In the past two days, if you believe that he ignored Belichick a few hours after getting into a heated confrontation with QB coach Bill O’Brien, Moss’ immaturity has once again come to the forefront.

You have to wonder how Minnesota coach Brad Childress will handle what could be his team’s newest problem child. Especially when you think back to how Moss acted the first time he played for the Vikings (walking off the field before games were over, pretending to moon the Lambeau Field crowd). Mike Tice couldnt handle him. Childress now gets his chance.

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