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Is Philbin’s job too big for him?

Is Philbin’s job too big for him?

profootballtalk.com Updated Feb 14
For high-level executives whose subordinates engage in misconduct, the most common defense is to claim a lack of knowledge, even if the persistent claims of “I didn’t know” make the executive look like Quincy Magoo. After all, it’s better to be perceive…
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  • Sports of The Times: Time for N.F.L. Sponsors to Demand Change

    Sports of The Times: Time for N.F.L. Sponsors to Demand Change

    nytimes.com Feb 14
    The way to help rid the league of its abusive locker room culture is for corporate sponsors to take a stand. It should be an easy call, but there’s big money at stake.
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  • Incognito: “You could not define me in 144 years let alone 144 …

    Incognito: “You could not define me in 144 years let alone 144 pages”

    Via his verified Twitter account, Dolphins offensive guard Richie Incognito appeared to offer a 113-character take on the Wells Report on Friday night: “You could not define me in 144 years let alone 144 pages Mr Wells,” Incognito wrote, referring to at…
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  • Court filing: Darren Sharper a suspect in seven alleged rapes

    Court filing: Darren Sharper a suspect in seven alleged rapes

    A sworn declaration from a Los Angeles detective in a legal filing in Los Angeles Superior Court Friday claims former NFL safety Darren Sharper is a suspect in seven alleged rapes from September 2013 through January 2014. In the court filing, which was …
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  • Stephen Ross: Obviously, the report is deeply disturbing

    Stephen Ross: Obviously, the report is deeply disturbing

    When the report about bullying on the Dolphins was released on Friday morning, owner Stephen Ross asked for time to review the matter. Now Ross has reviewed the matter, and he acknowledges that his franchise looks bad. “I now have had a chance to read t…
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  • NFL explains that it does indeed pay taxes

    NFL explains that it does indeed pay taxes

    From time to time, the NFL faces criticism and confusion over its ‘tax-exempt” status. Some think this means the NFL and its teams pay no taxes at all. But taxes are indeed paid. And the NFL felt compelled to point this out on Friday, in the wake of the…
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  • Wells report confirms Ireland’s suggestion of “fisticuffs”

    Wells report confirms Ireland’s suggestion of “fisticuffs”

    Not long after it became clear that Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin believed guard Richie Incognito was the primary culprit regarding the harassment of Martin, we reported that former G.M. Jeff Ireland suggested to agent Kenny Zuckerman that Martin shou…
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  • NFL draft: Rehabbing Georgia QB Aaron Murray says he’ll ‘do eve…

    NFL draft: Rehabbing Georgia QB Aaron Murray says he’ll ‘do everything’ at pro day

    yahoo.com Feb 14
    Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray came back for his senior season with a chance to do something special. He already had thrown 71 touchdowns in 28 college starts for the Bulldogs, and the team looked to have something special brewing heading into 2013. T…
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  • Report: Chargers sign CFL pass rusher Cordarro Law

    Report: Chargers sign CFL pass rusher Cordarro Law

    Near the end of the regular season, the Chargers and Patriots both had defensive end/linebacker Cordarro Law down from Canada for a workout. We’re not sure how things went in New England, but the Chargers apparently liked what they saw. Michael Gehlken …
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  • Brandon Weeden: I just want to play football and win games

    Brandon Weeden: I just want to play football and win games

    Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden didn’t exactly confirm or deny the report that he wants out of Cleveland, instead saying today that he just wants to play football somewhere. “I want to play football,” Weeden told the Oklahoman. “I don’t care. I just w…
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  • Paid well: Goodell earned $44.2 million in '12

    Paid well: Goodell earned $44.2 million in '12

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made $44.2 million in 2012, according to tax returns the league has submitted.
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  • Just the Beginning: We don't know how the NFL will move on from…

    Just the Beginning: We don't know how the NFL will move on from the T…

    We don't know how the NFL will move on from the Ted Wells report, but we do know the fallout from it will be significant.
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  • Rick Spielman: Christian Ponder “will be here” next season

    Rick Spielman: Christian Ponder “will be here” next season

    Matt Cassel opted out of his contract with the Vikings and Josh Freeman hits free agency next month after his run on the Minnesota bench, which leaves Christian Ponder as the only quarterback with a contract to play for the Vikings next season. General …
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  • Buccaneers sign D.J. Moore, Steve Maneri

    Buccaneers sign D.J. Moore, Steve Maneri

    The Buccaneers have added a reserve cornerback with experience in Lovie Smith’s defense. The club announced the signing of former Bears and Panthers cornerback D.J. Moore on Friday. The 26-year-old Moore was a fourth-round pick of Chicago in 2009 and pl…
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  • Seahawks add Greg Van Roten

    Seahawks add Greg Van Roten

    Seahawks General Manager John Schneider made the move from Green Bay to Seattle several years ago and now he’s added a player to the roster that will be making the same trip. Offensive lineman Greg Van Roten tweeted on Friday that “I play for the Seahaw…
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  • Report: Chiefs sign Richard Gordon to one-year deal

    Report: Chiefs sign Richard Gordon to one-year deal

    The Chiefs have reportedly signed a potential restricted free agent to a new contract. According to NFL writer Brian McIntyre, the Chiefs and tight end Richard Gordon reached a one-year, $645,000 deal this week. The 26-year-old Gordon signed with the Ch…
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  • Judge approves gag order in Hernandez case

    Judge approves gag order in Hernandez case

    ESPN.com Feb 14
    A Massachusetts judge says she found no ethical violations by prosecutors in the Aaron Hernandez murder case, but she did impose a formal gag order to protect the ex-New England Patriot's right to a fair trial.
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  • Packers o-lineman doesn’t want to be stereotyped by Dolphins

    Packers o-lineman doesn’t want to be stereotyped by Dolphins

    Two of the common responses to the bullying within the Dolphins locker room have been, “That’s just how locker rooms are,” and “That’s just how offensive linemen act.” One NFL offensive lineman wants to let people know that’s not the case. Green Bay Pac…
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  • Jonathan Martin has “taken the necessary steps” to play next se…

    Jonathan Martin has “taken the necessary steps” to play next season

    Among the many text messages included in Friday’s release of Ted Wells’ report on the Dolphins was a list of pros and cons to playing football that Martin sent to a friend while he “seriously contemplated suicide” in May after enduring what he described…
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  • Shutdown Corner Offseason Blueprints: Minnesota Vikings

    Shutdown Corner Offseason Blueprints: Minnesota Vikings

    yahoo.com Feb 14
    After the Seattle Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII, all 32 teams officially entered the offseason and started plotting how they could position themselves for a shot at Super Bowl XLIX. Shutdown Corner will look at the offseason blueprint for each of the 3…
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  • Report: Dolphins huddling, weighing next response to Wells Repo…

    Report: Dolphins huddling, weighing next response to Wells Report

    Upon the release of the Wells Report, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross asked for time to “review it in detail before responding relative to the findings.” And now, with the report having been out for several hours, all eyes are on the team, league and promin…
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  • Gary Kubiak: We’ve got to get Ray Rice going

    Gary Kubiak: We’ve got to get Ray Rice going

    The Ravens had no luck running the ball in 2013 as both Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce struggled to find holes and exploit any openings they did find on their way to a league-worst 3.1 yards per carry. New offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak knows that has t…
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  • Jaguars owner treating his soccer club like the Browns

    Jaguars owner treating his soccer club like the Browns

    Jaguars owner Shad Khan has not revealed himself to be a patient man. But the way he’s handling his English soccer team is positively Browns-ian. Fulham has fired its second manager of the Premier League season, with Rene Meulensteen getting sacked (a p…
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  • Could Haslam try to stiff Banner and Lombardi?

    Could Haslam try to stiff Banner and Lombardi?

    As the hiring and firings mount in Cleveland, so do the buyouts financed by owner Jimmy Haslam. It’s hard not to wonder whether, at some point, Haslam will try to stiff one or more of his former employees out of the ongoing pay to which they’re otherwis…
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  • Johnny Manziel: I want to be first rookie quarterback to win Su…

    Johnny Manziel: I want to be first rookie quarterback to win Super Bowl

    Johnny Manziel wants to move away from his Johnny Football persona as he tries to sell the Texans on the idea of picking him first overall in May’s draft. That shift doesn’t include a lack of bravado at this point. Manziel told John McClain of the Houst…
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  • Doug Marrone not sure if Kevin Kolb plans to play in 2014

    Doug Marrone not sure if Kevin Kolb plans to play in 2014

    The Bills started the preseason with a quarterback decision to make between E.J. Manuel and Kevin Kolb, but the competition came to a halt in August when Kevin Kolb was placed on injured reserve because of a concussion. It was the latest in a series of …
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  • Martin admitted thinking suicide because of abuse

    Martin admitted thinking suicide because of abuse

    As we sift through the Wells Report on the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito investigation, it becomes clear that Martin felt helpless, or at least expressed that to those near him. After enduring what he described as verbal and emotional and physical ab…
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  • NFL futures of key players in Dolphins hazing case are very unc…

    NFL futures of key players in Dolphins hazing case are very uncertain

    yahoo.com Feb 14
    The Wells Report on the Miami Dolphins fiasco has been released. Its findings were disturbing and even haunting, and you can bet that several people's futures will be affected by the outcome. Here's a look at what might happen to the principle figures i…
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  • Dolphins O-Line Coach Was Aware Of, Participated In Harassment

    Dolphins O-Line Coach Was Aware Of, Participated In Harassment

    deadspin.com Feb 14
    A portion of Ted Wells's investigation into the Miami Dolphins locker room focuses on offensive line coach Jim Turner. According to the report, Turner was aware of much of the harassment suffered by Jonathan Martin and another anonymous teammate at the …
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  • Jonathan Martin Listed Reasons To Leave The NFL: "Won't Di…

    Jonathan Martin Listed Reasons To Leave The NFL: "Won't Die From CTE"

    deadspin.com Feb 14
    One of the more compelling passages in Ted Wells's investigation into bullying and harassment in the Miami Dolphins locker room has to do with a text message Jonathan Martin sent to a friend last spring, when he was seriously considering leaving footbal…
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  • Messages Between Jonathan Martin And His Parents Are Heartbreak…

    Messages Between Jonathan Martin And His Parents Are Heartbreaking

    deadspin.com Feb 14
    Included in Ted Wells's investigation into the Jonathan Martin bullying case is a series of messages Jonathan Martin wrote to his mother and father detailing the the extreme mental distress he felt while a member of the Dolphins. While the outward-facin…
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  • Independent Report Details a Pattern of Harassment on the Dolph…

    Independent Report Details a Pattern of Harassment on the Dolphins

    A report commissioned by the N.F.L. to explore bullying accusations in Miami concluded that the taunting extended beyond the players Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito.
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  • Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has lasik surgery to improve …

    Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has lasik surgery to improve his game

    If Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is traded this offseason, he will have a better view of the opposition. Cousins, who recently said he was open to a trade, underwent lasik surgery earlier this week, according to ESPN.com. He previously wo…
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  • Jimmy Graham: Seahawks “grab and hold as much as you can”

    Jimmy Graham: Seahawks “grab and hold as much as you can”

    Jimmy Graham was limited to a total of just four catches for 50 yards in the Saints’ two games against the Seahawks last season, and he says Seattle had the best defense he has faced, by far. Part of the reason for the Seahawks’ greatness, Graham says, …
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  • Ben-Gals cheerleader lawsuit cites low pay, ‘no slouching breas…

    Ben-Gals cheerleader lawsuit cites low pay, ‘no slouching breasts,’ no panties

    yahoo.com Feb 14
    The Cincinnati Bengals team cheerleaders are required to follow a stringent set of rules pertaining to their appearance and skimpy uniforms, and they aren't even paid minimum wage for it, a recent lawsuit contends. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, …
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  • Dave Tollefson announces his retirement

    Dave Tollefson announces his retirement

    Defensive end Dave Tollefson jumped from the Giants to the Raiders as a free agent before the 2012 season, but lasted just one year in Oakland and was out of football entirely in 2013. He won’t be coming back in 2014. Tollefson has announced his retirem…
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  • Sam's father 'misquoted' about gay son

    Sam's father 'misquoted' about gay son

    The father of Michael Sam told the Galveston (Texas) Daily News that he he was 'terribly' misquoted by the New York Times in a recent article about the reaction to his son announcing he is gay.
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  • Texans safety thinks Clowney’s a fit for many reasons

    Texans safety thinks Clowney’s a fit for many reasons

    South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney wants to be drafted first overall, for the obvious reasons. But Texans safety D.J. Swearinger, his college teammate, said their frequent conversations turn to what it would be like pairing him with Texans de…
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  • Resolution of Graham’s contract depends on when clock strikes 1…

    Resolution of Graham’s contract depends on when clock strikes 12

    Two years ago, the Saints signed quarterback Drew Brees to a deal worth $20 million per year. The agreement came as the annual July deadline was arriving to sign franchise players to multi-season contracts. That’s often how business is done in the NFL, …
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  • Matt Schaub likes Bill O’Brien, but may never play for him

    Matt Schaub likes Bill O’Brien, but may never play for him

    There aren’t many people expecting quarterback Matt Schaub to stick with the Texans in 2014. The team has the first overall pick of the draft and consensus wisdom is that they will use it to select a new quarterback to go with new head coach Bill O’Brie…
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  • Brian Hoyer grateful to Mike Lombardi for chance

    Brian Hoyer grateful to Mike Lombardi for chance

    In the week of change in Cleveland, few tears have been shed for departing General Manager Mike Lombardi. But for Brian Hoyer, the change could mean a lot, as Lombardi was his patron, the guy who got him the chance which he then made the most of. “Obvio…
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  • Nate Burleson proves he gets in with how he handled release

    Nate Burleson proves he gets in with how he handled release

    Former Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson has been around long enough — and was smart enough — to know what was coming. So when he woke up to two missed calls from the Lions offices and General Manager Martin Mayhew’s line, he knew what was coming. So ra…
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  • Friday morning one-liners

    Friday morning one-liners

    Said Bills senior offensive assistant Jim Hostler of his new role, “I think it’s a chance to not be the coordinator but have insight into the coordination of the offense, not just coaching a position. I had a lot of it in Baltimore. I had a lot of respo…
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  • Chris Boyd will tell NFL teams, “I’m not a bad guy”

    Chris Boyd will tell NFL teams, “I’m not a bad guy”

    Former Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd was kicked off the team last year for attempting to cover up an alleged rape by four teammates. But Boyd, who will attend the Scouting Combine, says he’s ready to explain himself to NFL teams. “I know the quest…
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  • Jeff Hurd to join Vikings as assistant strength coach

    Jeff Hurd to join Vikings as assistant strength coach

    When Mike McCoy took over as head coach of the San Diego Chargers, he purged most of the staff remaining from the Norv Turner era. That purge included the strength and conditioning staff manned by Jeff Hurd and Vernon Stephens. According to Alex Marvez …
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  • Ian Williams hopes to be ready for training camp for 49ers

    Ian Williams hopes to be ready for training camp for 49ers

    Ian Williams was set to be the replacement for Isaac Sopoaga at nose tackle for the San Francisco 49ers in 2013. However, that plan lasted just two games before Williams was lost for the season to a broken ankle. According to the team’s official website…
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  • Video - Will Seahawks become a dynasty? 02:49

    Will Seahawks become a dynasty?

    Feb 14
    Willie McGinest and Solomon Wilcots discuss what it takes to become a dynasty and whether the Seattle Seahawks are on their way to starting their own.
  • Video - Rapoport: Big cultural changes coming for NFL 01:32

    Rapoport: Big cultural changes coming for NFL

    Feb 14
    Ian Rapoport says that the league will make significant changes in terms of locker room conduct in the wake of Ted Wells' independent report about harassment in the Miami Dolphins' locker room.
  • Video - What repercussions could Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner face? 01:18

    What repercussions could Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner face?

    Feb 14
    NFL Media's Jeff Darlington says Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner could be suspended or fired if the allegations from Ted Wells' report are found to be true.
  • Video - Should Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin have known about the harassment? 05:10

    Should Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin have known about the harassment?

    Feb 14
    The "NFL Total Access" team discusses how it is possible that Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin was not aware of the locker room harassment as stated in Ted Wells' report.