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Mike Ditka critical of proposal to eliminate kickoffs
Ever since Roger Goodell floated the idea proposed by Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano to eliminate kickoffs in a TIME magazine feature last week, many people have called the proposal ridiculous. Former Chicago Bears tight end and coach Mike…Upvote Share Tweet
Paul Tagliabue Bountygate ruling meaningless for New Orleans Saints since Sean Payton's suspension still standsPaul Tagliabue’s 22-page decision affirmed the Saints operated a bounty program, put the blame on the coaches and staff and vacated the suspensions of four players, but there was nothing in there that can reverse the greatest damage inflicted by Roger GUpvote Share TweetLeSean McCoy expects to step right into his starting role. Michael Vick has no choice but to stand on the sideline.Upvote Share TweetAs Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman becomes more and more popular and respected and recognized for his stellar play, his motivation comes from a place where plenty of great players have found that thing that coaxes a high level of performance. A draf…Upvote Share TweetThe Patriots will be shuffling their wide receiver corps once again. Donte’ Stallworth is heading to injured reserve with an ankle injury a week after he rejoined the team as a free agent. Stallworth certainly got the most out of his brief stay on the aUpvote Share TweetSteelers running back Rashard Mendenhall has gone from the doghouse to the outhouse. Mendenhall, recently demoted to third string, has been suspended for conduct detrimental to the team. The one-game ban will cost Mendenhall more than $41,000. He has b…Upvote Share Tweet
Plenty To Learn FromThe 49ers squandered a 31-3 lead, but beat the Patriots 41-34. Winning in this fashion could prove quite valuable in the weeks ahead for San Francisco, says Chris Burke.Upvote Share Tweet
The Saints bounty scandal: A timeline of eventsOn Tuesday, former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue vacated the suspensions of the current and former members of the New Orleans Saints who were suspended by current NFL commissioner Roger Goodell over an alleged "bounty" program that ran over …Upvote Share TweetThe Panthers placed safety Haruki Nakamura on injured reserve Tuesday, their 13th player on the list and fourth defensive starter. Having previously IR’d cornerback Chris Gamble, linebacker Jon Beason and defensive tackle Ron Edwards (along with centerUpvote Share TweetBaltimore Ravens reserve cornerback Asa Jackson has been suspended without pay for the team's next four games for violating the NFL's policy for performance-enhancing drugs.Upvote Share TweetDefensive tackle Corey Williams has been bothered by knee problems all year and they’ve now caused his season to end three games early. The Lions placed Williams on injured reserve Tuesday after missing four of the last five games because of the injury.Upvote Share TweetThe Deadspin NFL Coach Challenge Challenge is a tournament pitting the throwing motions of 20 NFL coaches against one another. More »Upvote Share TweetWide receiver Braylon Edwards reunited Tuesday with the New york Jets, who acquired him on waivers. Edwards was released Monday from the Seattle Seahawks' injury-reserve list.Upvote Share TweetNeeding to add some bodies to the backfield for their surprising playoff run, the Colts signed running backs Mewelde Moore and Deji Karim Tuesday, placing Donald Brown and fullback Robert Hughes on injured reserve. Injuries have kept Brown from being th…Upvote Share TweetTuesday brought Paul Tagliabue’s ruling on the suspensions to players issued by the NFL as part of the punishment for the Saints’ bounty program and the ruling brought plenty to talk about. All angles will be covered during Pro Football Talk on NBC SpUpvote Share Tweet
Super Seahawks?: The Seahawks have a deadly combination that could…The Seahawks have a deadly combination that could take them to the Super Bowl.Upvote Share TweetThe Steelers might finally get a return on their first round pick. According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that rookie David DeCastro could play right guard this week against the Cowboys. That wou…Upvote Share TweetSaints quarterback Drew Brees has been steadfast in his support of his suspended teammates, and suspended coach Sean Payton, since NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell cracked down on them in the league’s bounty investigation. So while Brees is pleased that fUpvote Share Tweet
RG2 says RG3 plans to play this SundayRedskins wide receiver Pierre GarÃ§on threw some cold water on hopes that Robert Griffin III would be able to start at quarterback against the Browns this weekend when he talked about what the team needs to do when Kirk Cousins is in the game, but there…Upvote Share TweetThe Dallas Cowboys paid tribute to Jerry Brown at a private memorial on Tuesday that included Josh Brent, the player charged with intoxication manslaughter in the one-car accident that killed his teammate.Upvote Share TweetReading what people have written about splendid Texans defensive end J.J. Watt from last night's Patriots romp, you'd think New England's line squashed Watt. "Kudos to Dante Scarnecchia and the New England offensive line for keeping Brady so clean,…Upvote Share TweetTerrell Owens, NBA player? It could have happened this past summer. The L.A. Clippers' Blake Griffin, speaking Tuesday morning on the Dan Patrick Show, said Owens wanted to latch on to the Clips. "He was at our practice facility this summer, beggin…Upvote Share TweetOlindo Mare is officially the new kicker for the Chicago Bears. The Bears placed Robbie Gould on injured reserve Tuesday, shortly after Mare won a competition over fellow veterans Billy Cundiff and Neil Rackers for the right to be the replacement should…Upvote Share Tweet
Ownership meeting figures to be “interesting”The ruling from former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue overturning the suspensions imposed on four players arising from the Saints bounty case comes, coincidentally, as the owners are preparing to convene for a quarterly meeting. As one high-level source fr…Upvote Share TweetCowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday that the ultimate decision about whether or not wide receiver Dez Bryant continues playing with the finger injury he suffered against the Bengals. If that’s true, Bryant’s going to be in the lineup. He told MikeUpvote Share TweetPrior to this year’s NFL draft, analyst Mike Mayock called Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict a “non-draftable kid.” Burfict protested that Mayock was being “hurtful,” but it turned out that the NFL’s 32 teams agreed with Mayock, as BurfUpvote Share TweetPaul Tagliabue affirmed the findings of Roger Goodell in the NFL's investigation of the New Orleans Saints' bounty program but vacated all discipline issued to the players who were punished, league spokesman Greg Aiello announced on Twitter.Upvote Share Tweet
Like it or not, Atlanta’s getting a new football stadiumThe Georgia Dome is a perfectly serviceable football arena in downtown Atlanta, a 71,000-seat facility opened in 1992 that's hosted everything from Super Bowls to Final Fours to Olympics events. And since the key words in that sentence are "perfect…Upvote Share Tweet
We're Pretty Sure Steve Young Did Not Say The Texans Had "The Biggest Dick In The League" Last NightWe've received a number of emails about this, and at least one other site has now reported it, no doubt because it has all the trappings of an epic malapropism by one of ESPN's on-air personalities. "Where is that dramatic fight from a team that th…Upvote Share TweetFew expected him to walk away with the franchise records for carries and rushing yards by a rookie, but Washington Redskins rookie running back Alfred Morris always believed he could make it in the NFL. He's proven the doubters right with an amazing sea…Upvote Share TweetTwo of the NFL’s eight division titles have already been clinched. By Sunday night, that number could grow to six. The Texans, Ravens and Packers all clinch their divisions if they win on Sunday, while the 49ers will clinch the NFC West if they win andUpvote Share Tweet
Paper Tigers: The Texans and Falcons look likely for the No. 1 …The Texans and Falcons look likely for the No. 1 seeds, but is anyone scared? Both teams look vulnerable, Peter King writes, and having home-field isn't all it's cracked up to be.Upvote Share TweetAn Indianapolis hotel valet faces drunken driving charges for allegedly taking Colts receiver Reggie Wayne's luxury car from the hotel and driving it while intoxicated.Upvote Share TweetThe pulse of the NFL season changes weekly. Every Tuesday, SI.com will break down the front-runners for the major NFL awards.Upvote Share TweetIn the wake of the report that the mother of late Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown wants Josh Brent to ride with her and sit with the family during Brown's funeral, chilling details of what allegedly occurred at the crime scene are beginning to eme…Upvote Share TweetWhile all the reports on Robert Griffin III seemed positive yesterday, Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon may have let the cat out of the bag regarding his quarterback’s status for this week’s game. Talking about their meeting with Cleveland, he saiUpvote Share TweetESPN.com Updated Dec 11, 2012Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who shot and killed his girlfriend before taking his own life earlier this month, was laid out Tuesday in an open silver casket surrounded by flowers and displays of family snapshots at a church where hundred…Upvote Share TweetThere have been no shortage of negative developments during Mike Mularkey’s first years as Jaguars coach, including Monday’s visit to the hospital for tests after Mularkey fell ill at the team’s facility. Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker was sent ouUpvote Share Tweet
C.J. Spiller should get plenty of touches the rest of the wayOn Monday, Bills running back C.J. Spiller said that he’d like to have the ball in his hands more often than the Bills have given it to him so far this season. Spiller should get his wish. With Fred Jackson finished for the season because of a knee injuUpvote Share TweetThe bad news for the Steelers is that they’re near the point of needing to win out to make the postseason. The good news is that their next two games are against teams with winning records, which seems to get their attention. Their next two are againstUpvote Share TweetLarry Fitzgerald on Monday said, although his father believes the Arizona Cardinals have quit on the season, that's not the case.Upvote Share Tweet
Luck play wasn’t reversed because referee didn’t see conclusive videoSunday’s game between the Titans and Colts, during which Tennessee owner Bud Adams apparently opted for an end-zone suite, featured a controversial call that became less problematic after the home team won. For a while, though, it appeared that the cleaUpvote Share TweetA vote in favor of tweaks, not an overhaul, for the Bills. The Dolphins are on pace for the worst four-year stretch in franchise history. Patriots WR Brandon Lloyd didn’t have much to say after his biggest game in a while. Said Jets S Yeremiah Bell, “Upvote Share TweetThere were reports yesterday of Eagles defensive coordinator Todd Bowles’ interest in the vacant head coaching job at Temple. The timing was good, since according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, he interviewed at his alma mater last night. Bowles played aUpvote Share TweetDon’t think for a moment the Patriots didn’t notice the letter jackets. Because what they gave the Texans most last night was a lesson in the difference between good and great. “They just taught us how to play championship football,” Texans linebaUpvote Share TweetJaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker played his college football at Wisconsin for coach Barry Alvarez, who is now the school’s athletic director and is trying to find a new coach after Bret Bielema left for Arkansas. But Tucker says you can stop conUpvote Share TweetAmong the many big plays in the Patriots’ 42-14 destruction of the Texans, a six-yard run by Tom Brady barely registers. But Brady’s run on third-and-5 did extend a Patriots drive, and he was fired up and pumping his fist on the field. Afterward, BradUpvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Updated Dec 11, 2012The 49ers suspended the disgruntled former Giants running back, who seems more valuable to them as a player who doesn't play.Upvote Share Tweet
Darren McFadden returns to practice for RaidersOakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden was back at practice on Monday after re-injuring his ankle in Thursday night’s loss to the Denver Broncos. McFadden had missed four game with a high ankle sprain before returning to the Raiders lineup againstUpvote Share TweetThe Houston Texans looked at Monday night’s game against the New England Patriots as the biggest in franchise history. The Patriots emphatically reminded the Texans they like the view from the top and don’t have any intention of passing that torch anyUpvote Share TweetThe Texans made the wrong kind of statement in a 42-14 drubbing by the Patriots. Houston might still claim the AFC's top seed, says Don Banks, but Monday proved who's the real No. 1.Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Updated Dec 11, 2012Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said a decision on whether Ken Whisenhunt remains as coach will be made after the season.Upvote Share Tweet
The BQBL Gets a Little Too Dark (Thanks to John Skelton)The BQBL got dark this week. Pointing and laughing at the Jets and Cardinals last week was a hoot. Their mutual ineptitude gave the game a humorous, w...Upvote Share Tweet
I Suck at Football, Week 14: Back and to the LeftOn Sunday my sister drives me to the bar so I can watch the Bengals play the Dallas Cowboys. "Well, I hope they win," she says. "But I also hope they ...Upvote Share Tweet
Fourth and Short: It's Only One Game, HoustonPatriots-Texans looked like Monday Night Football's most mouthwatering tilt for about 19 minutes of game time last night. By the time New England fini...Upvote Share Tweet
About Last Night: Patriots Remind Texans They're the PatriotsIn case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports on Monday. In a battle of top AFC teams, Tom Brady threw for 296 yar...Upvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Patriots On FireDec 11Episode 235: Antonio Pierce breaks down whether the Patriots offense is unstoppable. Pierre Garcon joins NFL32 to discuss who is the best wide receiver in the NFC East.
Brent Attends Memorial ServiceDec 11Josh Brent, the player charged with intoxication manslaughter in the one-car accident that killed Jerry Brown, paid his respects at a private memorial on Tuesday.
Mendenhall Suspended By SteelersDec 11AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley has the latest on Rashard Mendenhall, who has been suspended one game for conduct detrimental to the team.
Should top teams be worried?Dec 11Is it time for the Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons to worry? Charlie Casserly lays out the issues facing both teams in their quest to make a run to the Super Bowl.
Alabama's Nick Saban to Cleveland Browns doesn't add upDec 11Having experienced the unique pressures of the NFL, why would Nick Saban vacate his Alabama throne for Cleveland?
Kerry J. Byrne: Inside the Numbers: Week 14Dec 11Seattle is a great place to play if you want to grab a double latte or a Pyramid IPA. It's not a great place to play if you want to grab coast-to-coast NFL headlines.
Peter King: Tagliabue ruling points finger at Saints organization, coachesDec 11In vacating the 31 games' worth of player suspensions and fines handed to four players over the Saints' bounty sanctions, former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue today, in effect, slammed the Saints' coaching staff and organization for the existence of a…
Do not blame Roger Goodell for New Orleans Saints bounty scandalDec 11Everything that's gone wrong for Saints is fault of man in charge during scandal, Sean Payton, writes Jeffri Chadiha.