Tag:Charley Casserly
Posted on: December 5, 2010 12:30 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2010 2:00 pm

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

Posted by Will Brinson

We mentioned yesterday that the NFL claims they're not targeting James Harrison for personal fouls and/or illegal hits. People, judging by the comments, didn't really agree. (Or maybe they hate bully analogies.)

Well, expect the conspiracy chatter to heat up even more if Harrison picks up another personal foul penalty during this week's game -- CBS Sports Charley Casserly reported on The NFL Today that Harrison is one flagrant foul away from picking up a suspension from the league.

"First of all, I can tell you if [the Week 12 hit on Ryan Fitzpatrick] were helmet-to-helmet, I guarantee you he'd be suspended and not playing this weekend," Casserly said. "Next, this is a correct call, because when you hit with the forehead to the quarterback after he's released and is defenseless and therefore should be fined.

"Another flagrant foul and this guy is going to be suspended. He's also in the position as Roy Williams, who got suspended for horsecollar tackles -- multiple penalties eventually add up to a suspension. He's close to that right now."

Harrison obviously walks a fine line in terms of making some aggressive hits; it's why he's been fined $125,000 this year.

And if anyone were a candidate for the NFL's first illegal hit suspension since they ramped up the fines this year, it's the Steelers linebacker.

People shouldn't necessarily be okay with the fact that Harrison could be suspended if he picks up a 15-yard flag this week for hitting a defenseless player, but they (meaning fans and the Steelers) should at least be prepared. Don't say we didn't warn you.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.
Posted on: November 28, 2010 2:02 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2010 2:38 pm

McDaniels, league compare Broncos, Pats tapings

Posted by Will Brinson

You don't have to look far to find similarities between the recent Denver Taping Incident (not gonna -Gate that, sorry folks) and "SpyGate." Josh McDaniels was involved in both and the employee doing the taping was the same in both incidents.

However, there are some differences -- namely, as CBS Sports' Charley Casserly reported Sunday on The NFL Today, the Broncos didn't gain a "competitive advantage."

"I talked to the league and asked them to compare this to the Patriots," Casserly said. "And they said two things. First of all, McDaniels was only fined $50,000 [because the NFL] could not find any evidence at this time that he authorized the videotaping or looked at the video tape.

"As to why they weren't penalized a first-round pick, the Patriots gained a competitive advantage with the video tape they had -- they didn't feel the Broncos gained any competitive advantage with the video tape they had."

The league's logic here is sound, provided that, as indicated, McDaniels never saw the tape and never ordered the taping of the practice.

McDaniels also, according to Fox's Jay Glazer, explained to his team during Friday's meeting that the Denver taping "isn't like SpyGate because that was practiced and coached."

In short, McDaniels and the Broncos did the right thing by telling the league -- even if there was a delay on McDaniels part. And, unless, some sort of proof that McDaniels utilized the video emerges, it's unlikely you'll see the league take further action.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.
Posted on: November 28, 2010 12:36 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2010 2:40 pm

'Cold-weather owners' want Labor Day kickoff date

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL has long foregone a Labor Day weekend kickoff, for various reasons (people are traveling so ticket sales and ratings hurt a little, etc., etc.) but the likelihood of an 18-game season could open up Labor Day as a possible football date.

CBS Sports' Charley Casserly reported on Sunday there's another reason why the NFL might happen that weekend -- a group of 'cold-weather owners' want to keep their fans out of the cold. Literally.

"Remember, there would be a bye on Labor Day, and the season would begin the week after Labor Day," Casserly said when James Brown inquired about the 18-game schedule. "However, I've learned there's a group of northern owners, cold-weather owners, that want to start the season on Labor Day to have one less game in January.

"The reason? It's hard to sell tickets in January, and you're going to have no-shows with people that have already bought tickets."

The idea of losing ticket sales to "vacationers" takes less of a hit when suddenly, that Sunday kickoff weekend becomes a "vacation" of it's own -- fans would be able to attend NFL games with their friends and families without worrying about keeping kids out late or being, ahem, tired after hanging out in a football stadium all day Sunday.

Additionally, the NFL would get monster ratings during the Sunday time frame, as it's a pretty typical date for cookouts and gatherings of friends and family around the country.

That being said, though, there's probably nothing good about a division of opinion amongst one of the sides in an already contentious debate -- if the owners can't agree on how to handle an 18-game schedule that most players don't prefer ever to see, negotiations could get even uglier than they already are.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.
Posted on: November 21, 2010 1:07 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2010 4:05 pm

Casserly: Vick's value between Eli and Cutler

Posted by Will Brinson

Michael Vick is a front-runner for the MVP award this year, but there's also plenty of concern about how the Eagles will handle his long-term future. As we've mentioned, they can franchise Vick (assuming the franchise tag survives the CBA), or they can sign him to a long deal and, most likely, try to trade Kevin Kolb.

Charley Casserly of CBS Sports discussed the issue with James Brown on Inside the NFL and provided a pretty good baseline for Vick and Kolb's respective valuations.

"He's unrestricted free agent next year," Casserly said of Vick. "However, the Eagles can franchise him at a one-year contract for $16 million.

"If I'm the Eagles, I would look to sign Michael Vick to a long-term contract. However, I'd wait until the season's over so I can get a true picture of what his value is. The second thing is I wouldn't want any distractions during the season."

Most interesting, though, is what the Eagles would look to pay Vick over the long run.

"Eli Manning's contract is valued at $16.2 million by the NFL Players Association," Casserly said. "Jay Cutler? $14.6 million by the NFLPA. I would put Michael Vick in the middle of that around $15 million."

Anyone who's seen Cutler play (versus Vick) knows that's a steal, particularly when the Eagles could save some money next year by inking him for the long run.

Speaking of saving money, many people will recall that Vick still owes the Falcons money -- Casserly reports that any money paid back by Vick next year could result in the Falcons seeing a boost in their cap space.

"Michael Vick still owes [the Falcons $6.5 million]," Casserly said. "Any money he pays them in a cap year, next year, will be credited to the cap, so the cap will actually increase [for the Falcons]."

And then there's the Kolb issue -- what do you do with a really talented pocket passer stuck behind Michael Vick? Well, you do the same thing that the Falcons did with Matt Schaub when he was on the depth chart behind Vick back in the day; you trade him.

If the Eagles decide to take that route (and, as Casserly notes, there won't be any trades if a lockout is in progress), he believes they'd probably seek something similar to what the Texans paid for Schaub -- two second-round picks.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.
Posted on: November 14, 2010 12:41 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2010 3:08 pm

NFL wants big names for Player Safety Committee

Posted by Will Brinson

Player safety has dominated the headlines in 2010, and more changes are coming -- CBS Sports' own Charley Casserly reported Sunday on Inside the NFL that Commissioner Roger Goodell is going to form a Player Safety Committee which will make recommendations to Goodell and the Competition Committee in order to improve the game.

Casserly reports that Goodell is considering John Madden, Willie Lanier, Ronnie Lott, Derrick Brooks, Anthony Munoz and perhaps a game official to comprise this committee.

What will the committee discuss? Items that Casserly listed include: better consistency with the game officials calling the rules, how to educate players on applying rules as they play, making pads -- hip pads, thigh pads, knee pads -- mandatory.

And, maybe the most interesting thing Casserly mentioned was "widening the field -- widening the hash marks, opening up the middle of the field." Casserly noted that there's some belief that widening the field would make the game safer.

There will also be a meeting of helmet manufacturers in the future, where those manufacturers will discuss innovations to keep improving the quality of their product, including adding padding on the outside of the helmet and making the helmets lighter.

In other words, player safety is the type of storyline that won't be fading from the spotlight any time soon, and with good reason.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.
Posted on: November 7, 2010 12:35 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2010 5:54 pm

Casserly: Moss was a bad influence on Harvin too

Posted by Will Brinson

Randy Moss left Minnesota under plenty of scrutiny -- there were questions about both his ability to coexist with Brad Childress and his locker room behavior.

On The NFL Today CBS Sports' own Charley Casserly reported that Moss' bad influence on young wideout Percy Harvin also helped hasten his departure (Casserly also pointed out that a 'number of things' resulted in Moss getting released).

Particularly this story -- Casserly reported that Moss, in the middle of a practice, took off his pads. Harvin approached Moss and asked him, "Randy, practice over?"

Moss' response? "Well, it is for me."

That fits in nicely with Moss' previous behavior ("I play when I want to play," etc.), but clearly, Brad Childress didn't think having Moss hang around, poison his team teach and Harvin how to be a malcontent was a good idea.

This is fairly reasonable, but it doesn't justify Chilly flexing his power over team personnel (without consulting ownership) on such an important and high-profile decision.

Although it may not have even mattered -- provided that the reports that Childress and Harvin nearly brawled are true, it's pretty clear that Moss' already blackened Harvin's soul made his influence known.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com