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Posted on: February 28, 2011 2:09 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Report: Pat Dye was agent to be cuffed (UPDATED)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATED (2:40 p.m.):
Liz Mullen from the Sports Business Journal spoke with Dye, and he claimed “I have done nothing wrong or illegal.”

According to Dye, the incident occurred at the players hotel Thursday night, not at the stadium Friday. He said he was invited to the hotel by Under Armour to finalize a seven-figure deal for his client, former Alabama WR Julio Jones, and he was led through security by Under Armour personnel and was issued Under Armour credentials.

Apparently, he spent less than 15 minutes in the hotel and did not have contact with any players, but when he left the hotel, he was arrested.

Mullen tweeted that she’d have more in the SBJ, and I hope so, because I’m not sure I understand Dye’s story at all.

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News broke late Saturday night from the National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson when he reported that at least one player-agent was handcuffed and led out of Lucas Oil Field Stadium when he (or they) was found to have illegitimate passes to watch the workouts.

Now, Sports By Brooks has reported their names. According to the website, the offender was Pat Dye Jr., who was handcuffed, detained and led away from the stadium, while his partner, Jimmy Sexton, escaped arrest.

The two broke the rules and obtained their passes from Under Armour, and apparently, the person who gave them those passes was sent home immediately.

Sports by Brooks was unable to reach either agent for comment, and the NFL declined comment.

More from the blog posting:

Sexton’s NFL client list includes Tim Tebow, Ravens left tackle Michael Oher, Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams, Browns running back Peyton Hillis, and Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.  Sexton’s coaching clients include Bill Parcells, Tony Sparano, Nick Saban, Lane Kiffin, Steve Spurrier, Houston Nutt and Tommy Tuberville.

Dye, Jr., who is the son of former Auburn football coach Pat Dye, represents Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware, Jets linebacker Calvin Pace, Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain, and Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

The Sexton/Dye firm also represents DeMarco Murray, Julio Jones and Sam Acho in this year’s NFL draft class.

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Posted on: February 10, 2011 11:49 am
 

Hot Routes 2.10.11: Panthers the new Chargers?

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports is whipping through a Top-40 list of NFL Draft prospects. Ryan Mallett (who checks in at No. 37) is at one point called a "statue with a cannon attached," if that makes you feel good about your team maybe drafting him. It shouldn't.
Posted on: February 2, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Tom Brady wins Offensive Player of the Year award

Posted by Will Brinson

Tom Brady was named the AP Offensive Player of the Year on Wednesday, and the voting wasn't close enough to warrant a false-hope run on Twitter for any of the other candidates.

Brady picked up 21 votes, 10 more than runner-up Michael Vick. Of the remaining 18 votes, Arian Foster received seven, Philip Rivers received five, and Roddy White, Aaron Rodgers and DeSean Jackson all received two apiece.

That Brady won the award is hardly a surprise, and it won't likely be his only postseason hardware, either - the MVP award, to be announced Sunday of the Super Bowl, is probably his as well.

The argument against Brady is pretty nonexistent -- early in the season he failed to post eye-popping statistics, but as soon as people questioned whether or not the departure of Randy Moss was affecting him, the Pats quarterback started lighting defenses up.

And using his five-touchdown performance against the Steelers as a springboard, Brady finished with 36 touchdowns to only four interceptions, an absolutely ridiculous ratio by any standards.

It probably didn't hurt, either, that the Patriots cruised to the top seed in the AFC while Vick missed multiple games and Rivers struggled down the stretch.

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Posted on: January 30, 2011 9:13 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2011 9:35 pm
 

NFC's cornerbacks on fire

B. Grimes (US Presswire) Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The NFC secondary has taken over this Pro Bowl.

You’ve got Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall, who intercepted Chargers QB Philip Rivers and then picked up a fumble from Patriots WR Wes Welker and returned it 33 yards for the touchdown. You’ve got Falcons CB Brent Grimes, who made a fantastic interception against Colts QB Peyton Manning. You’ve got Vikings CB Antoine Winfield  who intercepted Matt Cassel.

You’ve got an AFC which has only managed 57 passing yards for the first half.

OK, so most of the rest of this game has been brutal. Defensive ends are barely getting out of their stances, offensive linemen are placing just one hand on the pass-rusher (and holding them off), and there’s not much hitting.

And that’s OK. The name of the game is to have fun and not get hurt, and that’s exactly what we’re getting.

But the NFC secondary has put on a show nonetheless, particularly Hall and Grimes, leading the NFC to a 42-7 halftime lead.

For Hall, it’s a little bit of retribution for those who said he shouldn’t have been a Pro Bowler, mostly because it seemed his entire candidancy was based mostly on his four-interception second half against the Bears in Week 6.

For Grimes, it shows as validation that the four-year player, despite the fact he was challenged a league-high 119 times this season, continued to make a name for himself with 23 passes defended and five interceptions.

For Winfield – who, like Grimes, was a replacement Pro Bowler – it shows that he still plays at a high level after 12 years in the NFL.
 
Other than that, yeah, it’s a Pro Bowl. But at least the NFC secondary is making it exciting

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Posted on: January 28, 2011 6:27 pm
 

Polian puts Ben 'up there with Brady, Manning'

Posted by Will Brinson

People who hate the Steelers will tell you that Ben Roethlisberger is the "greatest game manager of all-time." Steelers fans, upon hearing that, will throw things at whoever said it. And those black-and-gold fanatics are probably right -- Ben's a hell of a football player and ridiculously talented quarterback.

And he garnered some pretty specific praise from Bill Polian, President of the Colts, who happens to know a thing or two about decent quarterbacks.

"Bottom line, if you ask football people, they're going to put Ben Roethlisberger up there with [Manning and Brady] almost unanimously," Polian told Sam Farmer of The Los Angeles Times. "No one would leave him out. And others who have made the Pro Bowl, for example, wouldn't even get consideration if you took a poll of all 32 general managers."

Before you get upset that Polian insulted your quarterback, make sure to remember that in this day and age, 75 percent of the NFL makes the Pro Bowl, so you shouldn't be too terribly worried about whether or not your quarterback's better than Roethlisberger. (Unless that was a shot at Philip Rivers, in which case it's a little awkward.)

But the fact remains that Ben is in fact an elite quarterback. He's one of the six best quarterbacks in the NFL -- Brady, Manning, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Ben and Aaron Rodgers comprise an arguable list of top-end signal callers.

And that list might get a lot more solidified (or maybe LESS solidified??) depending on what happens at the Super Bowl.

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Posted on: January 25, 2011 9:39 am
 

Hot Routes 1.25.11: Still more talk on Cutler



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Perhaps one reason why NFL players and some media ripped Jay Cutler to shreds for not playing most of the second half of Sunday’s game: he comes across as awfully aloof and doesn’t allow anyone to know him. Maybe even his fellow NFL players.
  • NFL.com’s Albert Breer breaks the story that Bears QB Todd Collins – you might know him better as Caleb Hanie’s warmup act – suffered a shoulder injury Sunday and he might need surgery. Meaning his 16-year career is very much in jeopardy.
  • Titans RB Stafon Johnson is suing his alma mater, USC, for negligence. He alleges that the weightlifting accident that crushed his larynx and threatened his NFL career was the result of carelessness by former assistant strength coach Jamie Yancher.
  • The Broncos have hired former Saints DB coach Dennis Allen to be their new defensive coordinator. Allen was considered a candidate for the Eagles defensive coordinator position as well.

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Posted on: January 23, 2011 7:43 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2011 9:37 pm
 

What will we think of Cutler now?



Photo courtesy of Twitpic.

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The condemnation came quick and mercilessly.

@RaheemBrock (Raheem BrockSeahawks DE) “Cutler...wut a sissy! This is the NFC Championship game! Guaranteed if it was brett farve..he would still be in the game!” (and) “Cutler u little siSsy...how does it feel that ur back up's backup is the only 1that can put pts on the board!I bet cutler comes back now!”


Bears QB Jay Cutler was out of the game early in the third quarter with a knee injury, and those in the Twitter world, especially his NFL colleagues, began to brutalize him.

@Jones_Drew32 (Maurice Jones-DrewJaguars RB) “Hey I think the urban meyer rule is effect right now... When the going gets tough........QUIT.. (and) “All I'm saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee... I played the whole season on one...”


Cutler, out with a knee injury that no one had seen him sustain and that kept him on the bench for most of the second half of the Bears 21-14 loss to the Packers, showed no heart. He has no guts. One sweet-looking woman on Twitter – she looks like she makes cookies on the weekends for her children – called him the p-word.

@DBrooks55 (Derrick Brooks – former Buccaneers LB) “BEARS fans I am so SORRY, I have to be crawling and cant get up to come off field,Josh Freeman would not come out, MEDS ARE AVAILABLE


But much of the rancor came from Cutler’s fellow players. Most of them would play on a knee injury – any kind of knee injury – if they had the chance to participate in a conference championship game. Like a certain QB from San Diego.

@DBrooks55: “Knee injury has to be VERY VERY INJURED, if you come out, Philip Rivers p[layed on torn acl now its pick,seriously JAY CUTLER”

Cutler left the field a few seconds early at the end of the first half, and he was one of the last Bears on the field to begin the second half. After one series, he was done for the day.

@kerryrhodes (Kerry RhodesCardinals safety): “Cmon cutler u have to come back. This is the NFC championship if u didn't know.”

I guess the issue now is how his teammates will view him. Is he not tough enough? Did he quit on his teammates?

@Thepresidentcb (Asante SamuelEagles CB) “If he was my teammate I would be looking at him sideways.”


Hell, would his teammates even allow him to dress in the same space as they did after the game?

@ddockett (Darnell Dockett – Cardinals DT) “If I'm on chicago team jay cutler has to wait till me and the team shower get dressed and leave before he comes in the locker room! #FACT”

So, let’s hear from one of Cutler’s teammates. A guy who most likely knows Cutler better than anybody else on Twitter. A guy who watched the Bears offensive line allow an NFL-high 56 sacks behind a mediocre offensive line, a guy who watched Cutler continue to rise from those sacks to take even more punishment.

“A lot of jealous people watching our game on TV when their season is over,” Bears LB Brian Urlacher said when he was told many NFL players were blasting Cutler on Twitter. “Jay was hurt. We don’t question his toughness. He’s tough as hell. He doesn’t bitch, he doesn’t complain when he gets hit.”

Will the comments from his teammates - C Olin Kreutz indicated to reporters he thought Cutler had a torn ligament and that he couldn't believe Cutler came out for the second half at all - change the public’s perception of Cutler? Probably not. If Cutler – who declined after the game to comment on those questioning his toughness – is diagnosed with a torn ACL, will people walk back their words? Doubtful. If he needs major surgery, will people apologize for their snap judgments? No chance.

The die already has been cast for Cutler. His reputation will suffer. It might follow him for the rest of his career.

People won’t forget this, no matter the reasons he couldn’t play. People still will want to burn his jersey. His career will be tainted by this. It’s unfortunate.

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Posted on: January 18, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Hot Routes 01.18.11: Celebration motivation

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • If you want to see George Atallah and Kevin Mawae discuss the labor situation live on the internets, you can do so here.
  • CBSSports.com's Bryan D. Fischer talks to the NCAA's Julie Roe Lach about compliance and agents. If you don't think this affects the NFL, you're not thinking.
  • And because I think you should really, really read this, I'm linking another CBSSports.com article. Deal with it. (But, no seriously, if you haven't read Gregg Doyel's take on the Aaron Rodgers saga, you need to do so right now.)
 
 
 
 
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