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Mike Ditka critical of proposal to eliminate kickoffs

Mike Ditka critical of proposal to eliminate kickoffs

profootballtalk.com Updated Dec 11, 2012
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…
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  • Paul Tagliabue Bountygate ruling meaningless for New Orleans Sa…

    Paul Tagliabue Bountygate ruling meaningless for New Orleans Saints since Sean Payton's suspension still stands

    Paul 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 G
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  • The Saints bounty scandal: A timeline of events

    The Saints bounty scandal: A timeline of events

    yahoo.com Dec 11, 2012
    On 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 …
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  • Panthers place Haruki Nakamura on IR

    Panthers place Haruki Nakamura on IR

    profootballtalk.com Dec 11, 2012
    The 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 center
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  • PFT on NBC Sports Network looks at the bounty decision

    PFT on NBC Sports Network looks at the bounty decision

    profootballtalk.com Dec 11, 2012
    Tuesday 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 Sp
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  • Drew Brees on bounty ruling: Some things can never be taken bac…

    Drew Brees on bounty ruling: Some things can never be taken back

    profootballtalk.com Dec 11, 2012
    Saints 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 f
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  • Ownership meeting figures to be “interesting”

    Ownership meeting figures to be “interesting”

    profootballtalk.com Dec 11, 2012
    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…
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  • Tagliabue vacates players' bounty penalties

    Tagliabue vacates players' bounty penalties

    Paul 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.
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  • NFL: Week 14 knee-jerk reactions

    NFL: Week 14 knee-jerk reactions

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    You’ve heard the chatter by the sports pundits and on the talk shows. Heck, you might even have heard it here. So, are the knee-jerk reactions about your team based in reality? Our NFL bloggers weigh in.
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  • Paper Tigers: The Texans and Falcons look likely for the No. 1 …

    Paper Tigers: The Texans and Falcons look likely for the No. 1 …

    CNNSI.com Dec 11, 2012
    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.
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  • Where they rank on offense, defense

    Where they rank on offense, defense

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    The latest NFL statistics, which include the Monday night game, are out and the New Orleans Saints continue to have the league’s worst defense. The Saints are No. 32 in total defense. They also are No. 32 against the run. They’re No. 30 against the pa
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  • Around the NFC South

    Around the NFC South

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    Let's take a run through the top headlines from around the division: ATLANTA FALCONS The Falcons lost on Sunday, so it’s time for another round of “Bash The Falcons." A lot of people have said the Falcons aren’t as good as their record indicates. Th
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  • Don Banks: AFC-leading Texans make poor statement in blowout lo…

    Don Banks: AFC-leading Texans make poor statement in blowout loss to Pats

    CNNSI.com Dec 11, 2012
    The 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.
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  • Video - Should top teams be worried? 01:49

    Should top teams be worried?

    Dec 11
    Is 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.
  • Video - Pierce: A Black Eye For The League 03:23

    Pierce: A Black Eye For The League

    Dec 11
    Antonio Pierce and Herm Edwards react to Paul Tagliabue's ruling that voids all player discipline in the Saints bounty case.
  • Video - Woodson: Bounty Case Mishandled 03:24

    Woodson: Bounty Case Mishandled

    Dec 11
    Darren Woodson reacts to Paul Tagliabue's ruling that voids all player discipline in the Saints bounty case.
  • Video - Player Suspensions Vacated 03:47

    Player Suspensions Vacated

    Dec 11
    John Clayton discusses Paul Tagliabue vacating all player suspensions in the Saints bounty case.

Sports Columnists

  • Alabama's Nick Saban to Cleveland Browns doesn't add up

    Dec 11
    Having experienced the unique pressures of the NFL, why would Nick Saban vacate his Alabama throne for Cleveland?
  • Kerry J. Byrne: Inside the Numbers: Week 14

    Dec 11
    Seattle 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, coaches

    Dec 11
    In 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 scandal

    Dec 11
    Everything that's gone wrong for Saints is fault of man in charge during scandal, Sean Payton, writes Jeffri Chadiha.