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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…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 Tweet
The Saints bounty scandal: A timeline of eventsyahoo.com Dec 11, 2012On 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 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 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
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 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 TweetYou’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.Upvote Share Tweet
Paper Tigers: The Texans and Falcons look likely for the No. 1 …CNNSI.com Dec 11, 2012The 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 Tweet
Where they rank on offense, defenseThe 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 paUpvote Share TweetLet'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. ThUpvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Dec 11, 2012The 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 Tweet
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.
Pierce: A Black Eye For The LeagueDec 11Antonio Pierce and Herm Edwards react to Paul Tagliabue's ruling that voids all player discipline in the Saints bounty case.
Woodson: Bounty Case MishandledDec 11Darren Woodson reacts to Paul Tagliabue's ruling that voids all player discipline in the Saints bounty case.
Player Suspensions VacatedDec 11John Clayton discusses Paul Tagliabue vacating all player suspensions in the Saints bounty case.
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.