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Posted on: May 7, 2011 6:59 pm
 

Hot Routes 5.7.11: The Vikings will negotiate



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • It sounds like the Vikings are willing to kick more money into the pot in order to secure a new stadium. That might mean the organization would have to pay 40 percent of the cost, instead of 33 percent.
  • The Ravens aren’t going to transform sixth-round pick, QB Tyrod Tayler, into a WR. Instead, they’ll probably use him in situations where they can get him outside the pocket and exploit his athleticism.
  • The Packers hope to begin a stadium expansion project that would add about 7,500 new seats to Lambeau Field. That would push capacity to over 80,000.

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Posted on: May 5, 2011 5:41 pm
 

Steve Smith wants to be a Raider or Charger?

Posted by Will Brinson

It's pretty common knowledge that Steve Smith wants out of Carolina. Or, at least, since he refuses to talk about his situation, so it's common knowledge that Smith is doing everything -- including cleaning out his locker and attempting to sell his Charlotte-area home -- to indicate that he wants out.

But where could he go? Well, Chuck Carroll of FootballNewsNow.com reports that Smith is interested in going to either the Raiders or the Chargers next season.

Smith is a native of Lynwood, California, so if the report is true, it makes sense from the perspective of Smith, 31, wanting to get closer to home as he wraps up his career.

The actual part of trading him is tricky, of course. First, there has to be a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and/or league rules in place. Right now, that seems kind of far off.

Secondly, um, Oakland? Because, they have, um, a quarterback? I kid ... kind of. Hue Jackson's an offensive guy, he'd know how to utilize Smith, and Jason Campbell's at least going to have more success than Jimmy Clausen in 2011. (Or, at the very least, you can definitely make that argument and not get anyone fighting you on it.)

And finally, could a deal between the two teams work? Oakland would probably make a play -- Smith is FAST and we know how much Al Davis likes SPEED. But would San Diego give up a talented youngster or an early-round pick for Smith when it's already clear that they can operate successfully with low-end wide receivers on the field? I'm not so sure about that.

That being said, Smith doesn't exactly control his destiny in terms of where he'll end up playing in 2011, and you can expect the Panthers to use his value in an effort to try and rebuild on the fly.

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Posted on: May 2, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Steve Smith not tipping his hand about future

Posted by Andy Benoit
S. Smith
You may have heard that Panthers receiver Steve Smith cleaned out his locker the other day. The 10-year veteran could be on his way out of Carolina. If he does want a change of scenery, he’s not saying.

"I'm going to stick with what I've been saying since the beginning," Smith said, according to Pat Yasinkas of ESPN.com. "It's a private matter. It'll be between me and my family when we make the decision."

The Panthers are disputing rumors that Smith asked for a trade prior to the lockout.

"When the decision is made people will have their opinions about it,’’ Smith said. “But I love Charlotte. I've enjoyed playing here. And the reason I say that is because we're not allowed to play right now. We've been locked out. So unfortunately that's the way you've got to talk about it. I just don't see the point of talking about things that you can't even do right now."

Yasinkas thinks Smith will be dealt. He says owner Jerry Richardson has “deep regrets” about the way Smith was able to walk all over John Fox the past two years.

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Posted on: April 27, 2011 11:58 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 11:46 am
 

Report: Panthers are down to four choices

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s either going to be QB Cam Newton, DT Marcell Dareus, CB Patrick Peterson and WR A.J. Green. One member of that quartet, according to ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, will be the Panthers’ No. 1 pick Thursday night.*

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Like I wrote earlier this evening, Newton is the most likely to hear his name called first (his advisor Warren Moon thinks so anyway), but Green also could make sense, especially if Panthers WR Steve Smith keeps his locker cleaned out and doesn’t want to return to Carolina.

For the record: in their mock drafts, Rob Rang and Chad Reuter had the Panthers taking Newton, the Broncos taking Dareus at No. 2 and the Bengals grabbing Green at No. 4. Rang has Peterson going to the Browns at No. 6, and Reuter has him going to the 49ers at No. 7.

*Isn't a little hard to fathom that, less than 24 hours before the NFL draft, the Panthers STILL don't know who they're going to take and that they've ONLY narrowed it down to four players? That, for me, is rather hard to believe.

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Posted on: April 26, 2011 7:24 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 12:00 pm
 

Steve Smith has cleaned out his locker in CAR

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Panthers WR Steve Smith apparently figured he should get out while the gettin’ was good.

Perhaps that’s why he decided to empty out his locker at Bank of America Stadium of all his personal belongings before the NFL lockout began.

Also, reports Pro Football Weekly, he cleaned out the Panthers stadium suite that his contract allows him (that’s a pretty sweet contract perk, by the way).

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Considering his home is on the market in Charlotte – with the selling price dropping in recent days – it’s a decent bet that Smith has played his last game with the Panthers. Or, at the very least, wants to have played his last game there.

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Posted on: April 24, 2011 10:39 am
 

Offseason checkup: Carolina Panthers

Posted by Will Brinson

J. Clausen hopes to get Carolina turned around in 2011 (Getty).

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Not to try and bring back the Anchorman meme that probably became uncool a few years ago, but, man, things really got out of hand fast in Carolina, didn't they? John Fox is gone, Ron Rivera is in, Jerry Richardson is likely not too popular with the fans because of the labor situation, and the draft-pick situation for the Panthers is a nightmare.

There's also a pile of questions relating to how 2011 will unfold based on the rules once the labor situation is settled. And the whole problem of everyone else in the NFC South being potentially dominant or at least pretty good ... primarily because of quarterback play. And thus, we see the Panthers problem: they need a franchise quarterback. Andrew Luck's decision to return to school put a big crimp in the plans for the No. 1 overall pick, and Cam Newton's been penciled in at this point by basically anyone.  

Even if he is the pick, the Panthers can't negotiate with him, so who knows at this point? There's ample argument for why Carolina should take a cornerback, a defensive tackle, trade the top pick, or just roll the dice with Newton.




Defensive Tackle, Quarterback

The odd things about Carolina's roster is that in 2010, they had the talent to succeed. Injuries (Jeff Otah and Thomas Davis most notably), poor play (Matt Moore and Jimmy Clausen most notably) and an awkward coaching situation changed things dramatically and the team unraveled. It became pretty clear, though, that even with a talented offensive line and two superb running backs in Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams, you can't run the ball if no one respects your passing game.

Can Newton fix that passing game? Is his upside worth passing on a very-much-needed defensive tackle like Marcell Dareus out of Alabama? Does it even matter if Newton can be Tim Tebow 2.0 and sell a pile of jerseys while making the Panthers nationally relevant, at least for a season?

It seems clear that Newton's going to either be a total home run, though not likely right away, or an absolute, unmitigated disaster. There might be an in-between area, but given the hype surrounding the potential No.1-overall pick, it's hard to imagine Newton settling into something that's just "average."



1. Quarterback
Value Over Replacement Player is typically a statistic that you see in baseball. But the notion remains true when you talk about the MVP race: how would the Patriots fare if you took out Tom Brady and plugged in an "average" quarterback? Well, the Panthers showed that if you plug in the player most below average in the NFL, disaster ensues. Quarterback is absolutely the most important position of need for Carolina -- it's just a matter of whether or not Newton or Blaine Gabbert could end up becoming "the guy" in Carolina as a top pick, just one season after the Panthers apparently wasted a second-rounder on Clausen. No one -- and I mean NO ONE -- can know the answer until we sees how it plays out. That's what makes their top pick so insanely controversial.

2. Defensive Tackle
Making the Panthers' choice at the top of the draft even more difficult is the presence of Dareus, who seems like a pretty good bet to succeed in the NFL. Or, at least, to not flop at defensive tackle. With (maybe) four winnable games on the 2011 schedule, the Panthers could conceivably draft Dareus, hope they perform to 2010-level expectations with a vastly more difficult schedule, and land Andrew Luck in the next season. Playing chicken with a franchise quarterback and gambling on losing a lot isn't really an efficient way to manage in the NFL, but is drafting Cam Newton really a safer option?

3. More Draft Picks
I said this for Denver and they probably have more holes to fill than the Panthers, but Carolina doesn't even have a second-rounder because they traded their pick to the Patriots in order to draft Armanti Edwards out of Appalachian State, which might secretly be the worst draft decision in quite some time, especially because it's the first pick on the second day of the draft and a coveted spot. With a draft that's deep at defensive line, and the Panthers in need of a cornerback, a quarterback and a defensive tackle, having more picks -- as opposed to, say, LESS picks -- would be a pretty big advantage for the franchise.



2011 could be disastrous for the Panthers. I mentioned four winnable games, and that's not a joke: can they beat Detroit in Ford Field? Arizona out west? Tennessee at home in Week 10? Washington at home in Week 7? The Jaguars at home in Week 3? Okay, that's actually five, so we're getting somewhere! Or not -- those games are as far from locks as you get, and they're the easiest ones on the schedule. Maybe an upset or two in the NFC South is doable, but that's a bit optimistic for anyone who watched what happened in 2010.

Hey, but hope springs eternal. Or something. Ron Rivera's got a talented staff in place and the Panthers do still have a roster with some stars; at the very least, they've got studly linebackers and a strong offensive line, should free agency fall they way they want (and when you've got your owner leading the negotiations, well, that's never a bad thing). Drafting Newton could immediately reenergize the fanbase and turn out to be an absolute gamechanger when it comes to the franchise's future. But if there's one team that actually wouldn't mind seeing a lockout last through the entire 2011 season, it's probably Carolina.

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Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:52 am
 

Steve Smith reduced sale price on house by $600K

Posted by Will Brinson

With all of the talk around the Panthers involving their No. 1 overall selection in the upcoming NFL Draft, there hasn't been a lot of offseason chatter about wide receiver Steve Smith.

This is strange because a) Smith always seems to be doing something interesting in the offseason (punching teammates, breaking his leg, etc) and b) because last we checked, the veteran wideout had put his Charlotte-area house on the market and wasn't guaranteed to be a part of Carolina's plans in the upcoming season. In fact, the 'Cats considered moving Smith in 2010, so it stands to reason that sentiment could remain.

Well, his house is still up for sale, and he's having trouble getting rid of the (what I assume is a) mansion, having dropped the price from $2.9 million to $2.3 million.

Yes, the real estate market isn't rolling along right now. And yes, if you can't sell a house at one price, you certainly lower that price to something that might help you move it.

And, as Joe Pearson of the Charlotte Observer notes, even if Smith does want out of Charlotte, there's no guarantee he's going to find himself leaving any time soon, unless the labor situation clears up quickly. 

And the odds of that happening are about as good as moving a $2 million house in this market.

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Posted on: April 1, 2011 1:26 pm
 

Offseason Checkup: New York Giants

Posted by Andy Benoit

E. Manning (US Presswire)

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Stop me if you’ve seen this one before: very talented, much talked about Giants team gets off to a fast start. At midseason they’re 6-2 and looking like a legitimate Super Bowl contender. But in the second half, things start going south. There are rumblings about Tom Coughlin’s job security.

Moronic members of the press who only understand football on a box score level see that Eli Manning is leading the league in interceptions so, predictably, they question him. (Never mind that Manning, who had one of the best seasons of his career, was plagued by receivers’ drops and bad routes.)

There is a particularly heart-wrenching loss to the hated Eagles in Week 15 (apparently the punter not only kicked to DeSean Jackson but also singlehandedly gave up 28 points in the fourth quarter…right?), followed by what would turn out to be a playoff-hopes-slashing defeat at Green Bay the following week.




A change to consider: Antrel Rolle as the new Charles Woodson

The change here needs to be made by fans and the media. It’s time to start recognizing Rolle as the Pro Bowl caliber rover that he is. Thanks to iffy linebackers, depth at safety and a schedule that frequently pitted them against three-receiver offenses, the Giants essentially converted to a three safety starting lineup in 2010. .

Rolle filled what used to be one of the outside linebacker positions. This was done because the former cornerback has the cover skills to line up against wideouts in the slot, but also the tackling prowess to play the edge on the run. What’s more, Rolle is a terrific blitzer, which allows coordinator Perry Fewell to disguise his fronts. Sound like any particular Packer you know?



1. Middle Linebacker
Jonathan Goff is not a bad player, but there is nothing electrifying about him either. This defense has a chance to be special. You can’t be special with a banal force in the middle.

2 Receiving weapon
Steve Smith’s microfracture surgery (knee) leaves his future in doubt. The restricted free agent wideout will spend the entire offseason rehabbing and may not be ready come September. At tight end, the serviceable Kevin Boss is as tough as they come, but with the focus on vertical seam routes in Kevin Gilbride’s system, a better athlete in this spot would do wonders.


3. Center
Shaun O’Hara made the Pro Bowl last season but strictly on name recognition. The 33-year-old (34 in June) missed all but six games with various injuries. When O’Hara did return to action, he looked creaky. Time to groom a replacement.




Ladies and gentlemen….your dark horse Super Bowl contender for 2011! The Giants have a veteran star quarterback, elite rushing attack (thanks in part to a cohesive offensive line) and defense loaded with talent along the front and back fours.

And most of these players have significant playoff experience. If this team can overcome the Big Apple drama that creeps up every year, it’s as tough an out as any.

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