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Refs will flag coaches who leave the sideline to argue calls
NFL officials are usually pretty tolerant about coaches yelling at them. Yes, a coach can get a penalty for going too far, but an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on a coach in the NFL is nowhere near as common as an NBA coach getting a technical foul or…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL looking to focus on replay issues, safetyESPN.com Updated Feb 20, 2013The next time Jim Schwartz or any other NFL coach throws a challenge flag on a scoring play, he might get a penalty.Upvote Share Tweet
James Jones: I don’t need the NFL to protect my headThe NFL is taking increasing steps to protect receivers from hits to the head, but Packers receiver James Jones says he’d rather do without. Jones said on NFL Network that if he had the power to change one thing about the league, it would be the eliminaUpvote Share TweetTwo of the NFL's best cornerbacks have taken to Twitter to air out their differences.Upvote Share TweetPatriots CB Alfonzo Dennard has been convicted of felony assault on a police officer and could face up to six years in prison. Dennard is facing legal trouble, but he could also face consequence from the league.Upvote Share Tweet
Bills curious to hear what Te’o has to say for himselfEach team at the Combine gets to schedule 60 college players for formal interviews this week. The Bills, like most, want to hear exactly what Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o was thinking. Bills assistant general manager Doug Whaley told Tim Graham of tUpvote Share TweetThe Cowboys apparently won’t be pulling their bus up to the quarterback workouts in Indianapolis. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said that with the focus on extending starter Tony Romo (though they haven’t started negotiating yet), theUpvote Share TweetIt’s no surprise that the Jets are done with quarterback Tim Tebow. It will be a major surprise if they get anything in return for the remainder of his 2010 first-round contract. Still, they’ll try. Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com reports that theUpvote Share TweetWith all 32 teams and every agent descending upon Indianapolis, the next few days are going to be filled with a lot of talk about meeting between teams and the representatives for their impending free agents. One such meeting will involve the Texans and…Upvote Share TweetThe Saints cut bait on cornerback Johnny Patrick less than two years after they made him a third-round pick, but the NFL waiver wire has once again shown that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Or at least another man’s opportunity to take aUpvote Share TweetESPN has hired Ray Lewis as an NFL commentator, and the president of the company says that’s a decision that was made after careful consideration of his personal history. That history includes Lewis initially being charged with murder and later pleadingUpvote Share Tweet
PFT on NBC Sports Network: Ike Taylor, Defensive rookie reviewThere’s been a lot of talk about issues in the Steelers locker room over the last few days, which makes it a good time to catch up with cornerback Ike Taylor. He’ll talk to Erik Kuselias on Wednesday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports NetwUpvote Share Tweet
Seahawks say flexibility is the key to their draft evaluationsNo NFL team had a better 2012 NFL draft than the Seahawks, who nabbed offensive rookie of the year candidate Russell Wilson, defensive rookie of the year candidate Bobby Wagner and eight-sack defensive end Bruce Irvin with their first three picks. A big…Upvote Share TweetOver the next few weeks, "Shutdown Corner" will pay homage to "Office Space" (TPS reports) as we take a quick look back at each team's 2012 season and a look at what lies ahead for the 2013 offseason. We head to the NFC South and beg…Upvote Share TweetThis year’s version of the crop report has not yet been disclosed, in part because it still hasn’t been determined. But the indications are that the salary cap will increase more than expected. As mentioned on Tuesday, a source with knowledge of theUpvote Share TweetBroncos quarterback Peyton Manning isn’t the only one courting Dwight Freeney ahead of the start of free agency. Falcons wide receiver Roddy White took to his Twitter account on Wednesday to let it be known that he would like to share a locker room withUpvote Share TweetThe headline to this post sounds like the setup to a punchline. “And neither will anyone else given the quarterbacks in Arizona.” Ba-dum-dum. That’s an unintended benefit, however. It really has to do with the offensive philosophies of new head coacUpvote Share Tweet
Indecency charge costs ex-NFL player his coaching jobFormer NFL linebacker Reggie Burnette has lost his job as a high school coach after he was arrested on an indecency charge. Burnette, a linebacker who played for the Packers in 1991 and for the Buccaneers in 1992 and 1993, resigned as Mount Vernon Presb…Upvote Share Tweet
Paper Tiger: What happens when a tenderfoot sportswriter ‘trains’ for the combineYou may be familiar with "Paper Lion," the George Plimpton book and subsequent movie from the late 1960s. In that book and movie, Plimpton tries to get on with a professional sports team to see how well and average Joe would fare among some of…Upvote Share TweetSteelers receiver Antonio Brown says his third year with the team was a lot different than his first two. Brown said on SportsCenter today that Pittsburgh’s locker room was fractured in the 2012 season, in a way he hadn’t seen previously since being dUpvote Share TweetWhen the Bengals lost wide receiver Mohamed Sanu to a stress fracture in his foot with five games to go in the regular season, they lost a player who was starting to show some signs of being the kind of receiver they needed as a complement to A.J. Green…Upvote Share Tweet
2013 NFL Draft scouting combine preview: OffenseIt's the typical meat market at this year's combine, with 333 particpants. Worried about keeping up with it all? Don't. Chris Burke guides you through what to expect on offense.Upvote Share TweetWith great success comes great pressure. The Redskins were 2012's Cinderella, but the stakes are now higher. Matt Gagne lays out how to build upon last season's breakout.Upvote Share TweetPete Metzelaars was relieved of his duties as the Bills’ tight ends coach along with the rest of the team’s coaching staff at the end of the 2012 season and he’s not shy about sharing his thoughts about why the team underperformed to the point thatUpvote Share TweetESPN.com Updated Feb 20, 2013The Dallas Cowboys will meet with the agent for linebacker Anthony Spencer during the NFL scouting combine this week in Indianapolis, a team source said.Upvote Share Tweet
All 32 NFL logos, drawn with a British twistIt's a jolly good day here on the merry olde roads of the Internet because the delightful brilliance of Dave Rappoccio - gatekeeper of TheDrawPlay.com - is again going viral. You might remember it was last year when Rappoccio incorporated Peyton ManniUpvote Share TweetThe process of the Eagles hiring Tom Gamble as their vice president of player personnel took longer than he hoped, but the former 49ers personnel man said the time was right this year. Gamble said there were several reasons why he wasn’t able to join thUpvote Share Tweet
Cal WR Keenan Allen will not participate in combine drills due to persistent knee injuryFor the third time in the last week, it's been revealed that a potential first-round prospect will not work out at the scouting combine this week because of an injury. First, USC quarterback Matt Barkley said that he will wait until his pro day to throw…Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Fred Davis ahead of schedule in Achilles rehabThe Redskins said that they want to wait until later in the spring before getting a read on the health of tight end Fred Davis after last year’s season-ending Achilles injury and, presumably, a read on their own interest in re-signing the impending freeUpvote Share Tweet
Osi Umenyiora engaged to Miss UniverseIt's good to be Osi Umenyiora. One year ago, the New York Giants defensive end was celebrating his second Super Bowl ring when he was introduced to Leila Lopes, a.k.a. Miss Universe 2011, during New York City's fashion week. The two started dating short…Upvote Share Tweet
JaMarcus Russell’s comeback effort progressing slowlyIt would be hard to find anyone who thinks the chances of former Raiders first overall pick JaMarcus Russell making it back to the NFL are anything but a long shot. Bleacher Report has been documenting Russell’s comeback efforts at the TEST Football AcaUpvote Share Tweet
On To Indy: Get ready for the incoming flood of 40 times, bec…Get ready for the incoming flood of 40 times, because it's time again for the NFL's Underwear Olympics. Andrew Perloff breaks down the hottest topics surrounding this year's combine.Upvote Share TweetIf we're being completely honest, Lauren Silberman's odds of making a NFL team as its kicker are pretty much non-existent. However, the long shot nature of her bid isn't stopping the 28-year-old New Yorker from becoming the first woman in history to reg…Upvote Share Tweet
Report: No restructuring talks for Boldin and Ravens yetThe Ravens are scheduled to meet with Joe Flacco’s agent at the Scouting Combine as they try to hammer out a new deal for the Super Bowl XLVII MVP in talks that will have a great deal of impact on the rest of the roster for the 2013 season. One player wUpvote Share TweetA healthy Marcus Lattimore might have been the top running back in this year’s draft. But while the South Carolina running back’s not healthy, he’s at least one of the most supported among this year’s rookie class. In a detailed look at his comebaUpvote Share Tweet
Patrick Peterson is pushing Tyrann MathieuFormer LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has gone from a Heisman Trophy finalist as a sophomore to a player whose off-field problems left him without a team to a guy who just wants to convince some NFL franchise to give him a chance. In an attempt to prove …Upvote Share Tweet
James Jones: Packers can have three 1,000-yard receivers in 2013With Donald Driver retiring and Greg Jennings looking like a safe bet to play elsewhere, the Packers receiving corps will have a different look next season. Wide receiver James Jones thinks it can be a very good look. Jones said Tuesday that he’s exciteUpvote Share TweetCalifornia's Keenan Allen, projected as one of the top two wide receivers in the upcoming draft, is nursing a sprained posterior cruciate ligament that will prevent him from working out at the combine, his agent, JT Johnson, said Wednesday.Upvote Share TweetThe Super Bowl was not a fun night for Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. LeBeau said that it hurts to see the Ravens win anything and it was especially painful this year because he thinks there’s very little difference between the 8-8 SteelersUpvote Share TweetIn discussions about the chances of impending free agent Anthony Spencer remaining in Dallas, the focus is usually on a long-term deal for a player who would be moving to defensive end with the Cowboys next season. After franchising Spencer last year, i…Upvote Share TweetThe felony assault case of Patriots CB Alfonzo Dennard is now before a jury. The Bills have re-signed offensive lineman Colin Brown. Do the Dolphins have what it takes to fix their problems on both sides of the ball? Here’s a look at some of the quarterUpvote Share Tweet
Shocker: Titus Young sails through waivers unclaimedIn a piece of news that will surprise exactly no one, no one claimed troubled wide receiver Titus Young off waivers yesterday according to multiple reports. Actually, troubled is the wrong adjective to use in connection with Young, because it implies th…Upvote Share TweetWith the Steelers not planning to use the franchise tag on receiver Mike Wallace or any other player, Wallace will go to the highest bidder. With the Steelers not inclined or able to be the highest bidder for any player, Wallace will go somewhere other …Upvote Share Tweet
Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson sees himself as a first-round pickNot many people have Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson going in the first round of the NFL draft. But Wilson says that’s where he should go. Asked by USA Today if he’s first-round worthy, Wilson said he is. “I feel that way,” Wilson said. “I knoUpvote Share Tweet
In case of Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Da'Quan Bowers, the truth does not set him free, but at least he didn't follow in footsteps ofnydailynews.com Updated Feb 20, 2013There are always explanations from these poor athletes in trouble, even the worst kind of trouble, the kind facing an accused murderer named Oscar Pistorius in South Africa, all the way down to some of these baseball players with their tortured explanat…Upvote Share Tweet
Collin Klein to workout at combine, Kawann Short will notThe NFL combine officially gets underway today in Indianapolis with kickers, special teamers, offensive linemen and tight ends arriving in Indianapolis for registration. While Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein will be among the players taking part i…Upvote Share Tweet
Dean Blandino: League looking into full-time official at each positionWith the end of the lockout between the NFL and the referees association came the possibility of full-time officials for the first time in league history. Former V.P. of officiating Carl Johnson stepped down from his role in December to return to the fi…Upvote Share Tweet
The Final Word on Some NFL Betsgrantland.com Updated Feb 20, 2013There's one final piece of business left to cover regarding the 2012 NFL season: my preseason Over/Under bets. As Jonah Keri begins to break down this...Upvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: To Franchise or Not To FranchiseFeb 20Episode 272: Adam Schefter breaks down Joe Flacco's contract negotiations and whether the Patriots will use their franchise tag on Wes Welker. The NFL32 crew talk with Seahawks' Richard Sherman about his argument with Darrelle Revis via Twitter.
Revis, Sherman Twitter FeudFeb 20Richard Sherman joins NFL32 to discuss Twitter argument with Darrelle Revis.
AFC West forecastFeb 20Is there a quarterback controversy rising for the Oakland Raiders? Darren Sharper and Shaun O'Hara discuss the situation and also forecast the AFC West for 2013.