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Posted on: September 2, 2010 3:27 pm
 

Podcast: Leinart, Big Ben and QB controversies

Posted by Will Brinson

Podcast time, people. And what else COULD we talk about outside of Matt Leinart?

Well, Ben Roethlisberger, that's who. And Vernon Davis. And Michael Crabtree.

Those are all topics broached -- along with other possible quarterback controversies around the NFL -- when Andy Benoit joins me for the latest installment of our award-winning* audio efforts.

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 11:40 pm
 

Leinart and Giants might be good fit

M. Leinart might be better off if he was traded to New York (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

As I discussed with Lauren Shehadi this afternoon during Around the League, the Cardinals have shown some interest in trading Matt Leinart. ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter reported three teams who had returned the eye-batting were the Raiders, Bills and Giants.

Since then, the Raiders and Bills have denied their interest, but we haven’t heard anything of the sort from New York.

And there might be a good reason for that. Dealing Leinart to the Giants would make sense for the Cardinals. It would make sense for New York. Maybe Leinart wouldn’t like it – since he’d be the backup to Eli Manning – but it would make sense for him as well.

Here’s why: without backup Jim Sorgi, who was placed on IR last week, around, the Giants have nobody to back up Manning in case of injury. They obviously have somebody they could throw on the field – in this case, it’d be second-year player Rhett Bomar and/or rookie Dominic Rudolph – but these guys have virtually no experience.

And really, the Giants, in good conscience, can’t simply hope Manning doesn’t go down and keep Bomar and Rudolph in the quarterback room. If they can secure Leinart, that would really ease some minds in the Giants locker room.

It makes sense for the Cardinals, because that coaching staff – not incorrectly, in my opinion – thinks Leinart has no future in that organization. Arizona has given Leinart ample opportunities to take the starting position, but instead, he lost the job to Kurt Warner (nothing to be ashamed about) and now apparently to Derek Anderson (absolutely something to be ashamed about).

The Cardinals don’t want him, and if they don’t want him, they should get rid of him.

And it makes sense for Leinart. As further evidenced by Anquan Boldin’s comments today, it doesn’t appear that Leinart and coach Ken Whisenhunt have a great relationship. Sure, Leinart wants to be a starter, but if you can’t beat out Anderson for a starting job, you don’t deserve to have one in the NFL.

The next best thing? Perhaps it’s being Manning’s backup.

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 10:26 am
Edited on: September 1, 2010 11:21 am
 

Bills deny talks for Leinart, who wants to start

Posted by Will Brinson
For whatever reason, Matt Leinart is the dominating storyline this week. I mean, the reason is obvious, it's just weird that he's becoming a left-handed, less-talented, backup-worthy version of Brett Favre.

Or something. We mentioned that he's on the trading block -- that doesn't appear to be at issue right now.

What might be at issue is the Buffalo Bills' interest in the former Heisman Trophy winner: Buffalo Bills [dot com]'s Chris Brown has called the report that Buffalo is interested "erroneous." He states that the "Bills have not had any discussions with the Cardinals" regarding Leinart and that "the report is simply not true."

Jay Glazer adds an update to his his earlier report that "three teams" have talked to the Cards, saying he's spoken with Leinart, who tells Glazer that "he wants to start somewhere and not be a backup."

All of these reports create quite the conundrum: Leinart will NOT start in New York, he's unlikely to start in Oakland, and he could absolutely start in Buffalo. However, if the Bills aren't interested in Leinart, which they claim they are not, it's going to be tough for him to find a team where he can start.

Adding to the bizarre nature of all of this, Schefter responds to the Bills report on Twitter by saying that the "Bills are adamant they are not trading for Leinart, despite discussions they did have this summer with the Cardinals for the QB."

Emphasis mine, because if the Bills previously spoke with the Cardinals about Leinart (and I'm drawing a blank on that, honestly, but it's entirely possible), they DO have at least some interest, even if they haven't recently spoken with the Cardinals about the possibility for a trade.

And in an email to Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk , Schefter clarifies the report: he "didn't report Leinart would be traded to Buffalo" but "simply reported that Buffalo and Arizona discussed it this summer. There's nothing erroneous in that."

In other words, when Schefter tweeted in the past tense, he didn't mean "yesterday" or "this morning" he meant "this summer."

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 8:46 am
Edited on: September 1, 2010 4:48 pm
 

Here's who's intererested in Leinart

Posted by Will Brinson

Update2: Kent Somers reports that the Cardinals are indeed open to trading Leinart AND guard Reggie Wells, and have been talking with teams. The Raiders, according to the Raiders, are not one of those teams, having said on their website that "Adam Schefter is once again making untrue statements." Mercy.

The Raiders axe to grind aside, it makes a LOT of sense that the Cardinals are trying to deal Leinart (and would be relatively open about their interest). After all, they only have a few days to make something happen before they're forced to either keep him or cut him; keeping him would involve either dumping one of the rookies they like or holding onto four quarterbacks.

One big problem, though, is that Leinart wants to start, and there just aren't a lot of starting spots out there.

Update: The Bills are now denying their interest in Leinart , but Schefter is also reporting that the Cards and Bills talked this summer. It's not convoluted at all.

Last night we discussed the fact that the Cardinals had placed Matt Leinart on the trading block -- now we know who's interested.

Jay Glazer writes that "several teams have confirmed" that they've chatted with the Cards -- Adam Schefter points out that the Bills, Giants and Raiders are very specific possible destinations for the former first-rounder.

All three spots make a lot of sense: Eli Manning and Jason Campbell both suffered preseason injuries, while Jim Sorgi and Bruce Gradkowski remain injured. The Bills, for their part, are being forced to start Trent Edwards again, and that's no fun.

Leinart is probably hoping -- provided he actually wants to start and play football -- that Buffalo can pull something off. There, he'd have at least a chance of starting.

The downside, naturally, is that Buffalo weather isn't exactly on par with Southern Cal, brah.

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 11:00 am
Edited on: August 29, 2010 11:19 am
 

Hot Routes 8.29.10: Just a big ole hot mess

Posted by Will Brinson

In hindsight, yes, I'm beyond furious that I didn't use the Jay Cutler - Matt Leinart bro pic for this. Dagnabbit.

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  • The headline of the day pretty much has to be this one from Sean Jensen of the Sun-Times on the Bears: 'Saturday night summary: Hot mess." Yes, that makes me giggle. Almost as much as Jay Cutler getting sacked four times, throwing two picks and finishing the night with a QB rating of THIRTY ONE. Bwah. Meanwhile, in Arizona, the quarterback competition is going to come down to "chemistry with the team ." Really.
  • The fellas at The Wayne Fontes Experience make a good point: Willie Young has sacked the quarterback two weeks in a row. I have no earthly idea how he lasted until the SEVENTH round, but he'll be good. Also, guys, I'm the one driving the Jahvid Best bandwagon. You can hitch your wagon by calling 555-BEST. Also, Steve Schroder is right : why aren't they locking Detroit/Cleveland in for Thanksgiving? It's consistently more awesome than whatever else beatdown we're watching.
  • The score of the Panthers - Titans game might lead you to believe that it's the, you know, preseason. It also might lead you to believe that the Panthers defense is pretty good. As Jaxon writes at Cat Scratch Reader , that's not too far off. Offense, Tom Sorensen says at the Charlotte Observer , is "at a premium," which means that the failure/success of this season might actually hinge on the quarterback position for Carolina (once again). NO PRESSURE, Matt Moore.
  • I actually landed C.J. Spiller in a fantasy draft (for the first time) last night. I'm not upset but this news -- he is, as right tackle Cornell Green put it, "something else. " The guys at Buffalo Rumblings think the offense was "efficient and the defense was "lacking" -- if that's the biggest issue facing the Bills heading into the season, I think they take it and run.
  • Mike Tomlin has yet to announce a starting quarterback, but Ryan Wilson of Steelers' Lounge makes an excellent note : the two-headed quarterback monster of Dennis Dixon and Byron Leftwich is probably the smartest move. Or the only move. Whatever.
  • Dave Halprin of Blogging the Boys makes an astute point: this IS the preseason and all, but you still can't "wash away the stink that was the Cowboys on Saturday night." The good news is that Jerry Jones isn't that concerned ; pretty sure t that won't last if the shoddy play continues through into the regular season.
  • Not that anyone actually roots for failure, but it's kind of funny when a New York team stinks, it usually results in fun headline-writing. "Giants still 'a ways' away from being good " and "Nothing goes right for Giants " are two examples. Basically, the point that you should be getting from this is that the Giants are an "at-risk" team for 2010. On the bright side, Joe Flacco is definitely the starter in Baltimore. Which is, um, unsurprising?
Posted on: August 28, 2010 1:14 pm
Edited on: August 28, 2010 1:36 pm
 

NFL comic counterpoint: Florence as 'Mr. Freeze'

Posted by Will Brinson

Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco have been parading around town, when Ochocinco isn't getting booted from Apple stores for Ustreaming, using the phrase "Batman and Robin" just enough to make sure that we all know that Ocho isn't threatened by Owens' usurping his role as "loud-mouthed wideout who craves attention."

But lest you think the nicknaming will end there, well, it won't -- Drayton Florence, Buffalo cornerback, dubbed himself "Mr. Freeze" in anticipation of tonight's preseason game against the Bengals.

"We don't want to go out there and just see how we match up. We want to dominate," safety Donte Whitner said. "We're not trying to play around. We want to go out there and try to solidify ourselves as one of the top secondaries in the league."

That's pretty awesome -- I don't care what Roger Goodell and the rest of the people in the NFL office think (I mean, I do care , just that I prefer my opinion in this particular case), it's fun as hell to see teams do funny stuff like this in anticipation of certain matchups. The very reason I love Ochocinco is that he sent the Browns' cornerbacks Maalox a few years back ... even if he didn't own up and change his name back when Darrelle Revis dominated him.

Chan Gailey, for his part, doesn't really care for nicknames .

“Obviously they’re both good players,” he said. ”I didn’t know we had nicknames for them. Whatever. Good for them I guess. It doesn’t matter. They’re like everybody else, you’ve got to produce on game day.”

With the Patriots, Ravens, Panthers and Browns coming up on the schedule, if anyone wants to avoid getting stuck with "The Penguin," they better start hustling to claim the various monikers of the Dark Knight's nemeses.

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Posted on: August 27, 2010 12:02 pm
Edited on: August 27, 2010 12:03 pm
 

Hot Routes 8.27.10: we talkin' 'bout practice

Posted by Andy Benoit

Clinton Portis is getting props for his new dedication to practice. Funny what the sense of being in your twilight can do for your work ethic.

Dez Bryant is running routes for the first time since injuring his ankle.

Giants Pro Bowl center Shaun O’Hara is out two weeks due to soreness and swelling in left ankle/Achilles. Is this a chronic injury that could follow the 11th-year veteran all season?

Sam Bradford lit it up as the starter in St. Louis’s third preseason game. So that means he’ll be under center in Week 1, right? Probably, though don’t expect Steve Spagnuolo to confirm that just yet.

Something that stood out in the Packers-Colts game was the way Green Bay’s veteran offensive tackles, Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher, handled Indy’s speed-rushing ends, Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. Very impressive.

Rhett Bomar could soon challenge Jim Sorgi for the No. 2 quarterback job in New York.

Hugh Jackson talked about the Raiders offense that he’s now in charge of.

Kudos to Marc Bulger for his charitable work to help service men and women.

The Bills aren’t revealing their quarterback rotation for Saturday’s game just yet, though we know that Trent Edwards is the starter. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm have been competing for the top backup job.

Jason Taylor talks about his frustrating time in Washington.


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Posted on: August 24, 2010 1:59 pm
 

Gailey rips fans, gets respect from Bills

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Credit Buffalo coach Chan Gailey with one thing: he’ll stick up for his players. Even if it means alienating some of the Bills fans.

After practice today, following a brief address to the team, Gailey walked over to the stands and ripped some of the spectators sitting there who were heckling a few of Buffalo’s players, most notably QB Trent Edwards.

The Buffalo News wrote that Gailey refused to sign autographs, refused to have his team sign autographs and declared, “You dog one of us, you dog all of us.”

Afterward, Gailey explained to reporters why he did what he did.

“They said some things during practice that were derogatory to a couple of our players, and if you say something derogatory to one of us, you’re saying it to all of us,” Gailey said. “So I told them don’t go sign it for that crew.”

His players, not surprisingly, appreciated that approach.

“That’s the kind of guy that Coach Gailey is,” LB Aaron Maybin said. “He’s a team-first guy. He’s really big on the team supporting itself and sticking together. When you have a coach like that, as a team you kind of have that support behind you, it really makes you want to go out and give your all for a guy like that. And in spite of the fact that we’re out here working, it causes us to push ourselves a little more knowing that we have a coach like that behind us.”

Said QB Trent Edwards: “It’s nice. Obviously, I’m going to get some criticism. Hopefully there’s more people praising me, but that’s nice that you have a coach that will fight for you. We have fans that want to win. I want to win and they’re more than willing to say what they need to say. I’m a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and they’re not playing very good baseball right now and I could probably go off on a couple of their players. I probably wouldn’t say [anything] to their face, but If I did I would expect Joe Torre to come after me and say something to me. It’s nice that I have a head coach that will do that, but they’re more than willing to say whatever they want.”

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