Inside Pulse » Terrell Owens A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Sun, 01 Feb 2015 20:49:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse » Terrell Owens NFL News: Terrell Owens Injured Mon, 27 Jun 2011 21:29:31 +0000 According to, Terrell Owens has underwent knee surgery during the off-season. The surgery was done on his ACL, and it is currently rumored by two different sources that he either injured himself during a television shoot, or during a personal workout. Nonetheless, the cause is unconfirmed at this time, and it looks as if he will need about six months to recover, at best.

Owens ended his season last year in Week 14 with torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee, but sources indicate that this new injury is not related to the previous injury.

This injury could place Owens’ career in jeopardy, as it is often difficult for a receiver to bounce back from a knee injury. Owens ranks second only to Jerry Rice in receiving yardage all-time, and ranks third in receiving touchdowns behind Rice and Randy Moss.

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2010 NFL Preview Part 2: AFC North Sat, 04 Sep 2010 07:48:00 +0000 Team                                        Projected Wins-Losses(Range)

1. Baltimore Ravens                    10-6 – 13-3

The Ravens could be one of the best teams in the NFL this season and have very few weaknesses. Joe Flacco is ready to be an elite QB if he wasn’t already. The offense around Flacco is stacked with talent including. At Running Back the Ravens have a very versatile player in Ray Rice. Rice is not only a great runner but he is also a major weapon in the passing game. Backup Willis McGahee is a beast at the goaline, but this year Rice should get more carries. Baltimore also has a solid group of Wide Receivers with Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton, Donte Stallworth (although he is out for 2 months). Throw in 3 time Pro-Bowler Anquan Boldin and Joe Flacco has a lot of good options to work with. The Ravens also have one of the best offensive lines in the league, and now Michael Oher, who was great as a rookie, has a year of experience. The Ravens have put together a great defensive line with run stuffer Haloti Ngata, veteran tackle Kelly Gregg, and situational pass rusher Trevor Pryce. They also added veteran DE Cory Redding and drafted Terrence Cody who is a monster (Cody was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list July 27th). With Terrell Suggs, Ray Lewis, and underrated Jarrett Johnson, Baltimore has an excellent group of linebackers. The spot opposite Ray Lewis in the middle is still a question mark. Tavares Gooden, Jameel McClain (currently listed as the starter) and Dannell Ellerbe all have potential, but none of them have a great resume in the NFL. The Ravens biggest concern is their secondary. Strong Safety Dawan Landry is good, but with Ed Reed likely to be put on the PUP list, 3rd year player Tom Zbikowski steps in at Free Safety. Zbikowski is a good hitter and tackler but he just doesn’t have the ball skills Ed Reed has. Top CB Domonique Foxworth is out for the year leaving the Ravens corner position in shambles. Hopefully for the Ravens their superb front 7 will save the defense from giving up too many big plays. If Baltimore can control their secondary issues they might be the AFC favorite, if not their just another 10-6 team.

2.Cincinnati Bengals                     7-9 – 11-5

The Bengals have put together a pretty good football team, but not an elite one. Carson Palmer showed us last year he is not the same QB he once was, but with a strong running game (provided Cedric Benson stays healthy and can handle another year with a high amount of carries), and the addition of Terrell Owens, he will look a little bit more like himself. Until the recent release of receiver Antonio Bryant, I thought the Bengals would have a very nice passing game. Chad Ochocinco and T.O. should be a nice duo, but can 2 teammates with huge egos and both have reality shows learn how to share? I think that releasing Bryant without him even taking a snap is not a good move because they would’ve been set at their top 3 WR positions. Now who the slot receiver will be is in question. Andre Caldwell only averaged 8.5 a catch last season and in my mind the only other option is rookie Jordan Shipley. Shipley has had a strong preseason could make an impact, plus he is suited perfectly for the slot. Looking at Cincinnati’s offensive line I can’t say I’m too impressed. Last year Marvin Lewis surprised us by coaching a top 10 defense, and I think they will have a similar year. The return of Antwan Odom could help their pass rush quite a bit, but I’m thinking his 8 sacks in 6 games last season was a fluke. Rookie Carlos Dunlap is listed as the starter over Odom, but unless he works hard all year, stays out of trouble, and matures, I don’t see him keeping that job. Defensive Tackle Domata Peko has turned into a pretty effective run stopper, but the rest of starter on the line are Tank Johnson (or Pat Sims), and Robert Geathers. Johnson can be pretty good, but I’m not sold on him, and Geathers is ineffective at pass rushing. I really like the Bengals linebackers. Both Rey Maualuga and Keith Rivers are ready to break out, and middle linebacker Dhani Jones is still a productive player. Cincinnati easily has one of the best corner combos in the league with Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph, but the rest of their corners and safeties are just average. Like I said earlier the Bengals have a pretty good team who could end up in the Wild Card spot.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers                   7-9 – 11-5

With Ben Roethlisberger the Steelers are always a threat to make it to the Super Bowl. But Big Ben has been suspended for 6 games, which could be reduced to 4 depending on how his meeting with Roger Goodell goes this friday. RB Rashard Mendenhall is ready to build off his excellent 2009 campaign, and could be a top 10 back this year. Troubled star receiver Santonio Holmes may be gone, but Pittsburgh has 2nd year man Mike Wallace, who is a threat to go deep on any play. Slot receiver Antaawn Randle El was brought back after a few productive years with the Redskins, and Hines Ward is still on top of his game, giving the Steelers a good batch of wideouts. One of the strangest offseason moves this year was the Steelers signing of former Cowboys RT Flozell Adams. Adams is 35, slow, and gets too many holding penalties called on him. Pittsburgh has a mediocre offensive line at best. On the defensive line the return of underrated veteran end Aaron Smith will help a lot. Casey Hampton and Brett Keisel make this a very good line. 2nd year player Ziggy Hood should have a bigger role this season. Outside linebackers James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley are both Pro-Bowlers, and on the inside James Farrior and Lawrence Timmons are very good players. This front 7 is one of the best in the league, but last year the Steelers did not live up to their high expectations on defense, mostly because of the loss of Smith and Troy Polamalu, arguably the best strong safety in the league. The return of Polamalu helps the Steelers tremendously. Free Safety Ryan Clark is also a very underrated player and the Steelers would suffer if they lost him. At corner Ike Taylor is good, but the return of Bryant McFadden will help a lot. Pittsburgh should be a very good team, but without Roethlisberger it could be disastrous, which is why the Bengals get a slight edge.

4. Cleveland Browns                    3-13 -6-10

Cleveland does not seem like a place you’d want to live if your a sports fan, the Browns haven’t made the playoffs since 2002, LeBron is in Miami, the Indians are terrible, but at least they the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Not to mention a nice stadium. Their consensus best player is Josh Cribbs, who is a great return man but not much of a receiver. He is going to be featured more in the offense but without any other weapon at wideout, QB Jake Delhomme is going to be throwing a lot of interceptions again. Running backs Jerome Harrison and rookie Montario Hardesty, (who has a great name), should complement each other very nicely. Tackle Joe Thomas, Center Alex Mack, and Guard Eric Steinbeck form a pretty decent offensive line, but without a passing game the Browns will struggle on offense. Defensively the Browns are among the worst in the league. Shaun Rogers is still a good player but he cannot stop the run by himself. MLB D’Qwell Johnson is solid, but is injured making his season unclear. The Browns have absolutely no pass rush, trading Kamerion Wimbley to the Raiders was a big mistake. Cleveland does have some talent at corner, with Eric Wright, veteran Sheldon Brown, and the 7th overall pick in this years draft, Joe Haden. Haden is currently listed as the nickleback but could overtake Brown. Rookie safety T.J. Ward could be good, but needs time to develop, the other safety Abram Elam a player Eric Mangini brought over from the Jets in the Braylon Edwards trade, is average. The Browns have a couple of things to be excited about, Mike Holmgren knows how to build a winner, they’re going to have a very high draft pick, they did play well the last couple games of the season, and Colt McCoy could be the QB of the future, but for this year expect another typical bad season.

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NFL Preview: Cincinnati Bengals Thu, 26 Aug 2010 13:00:15 +0000 Head Coach: Marvin Lewis
Offensive Coordinator: Bob Bratkowski
Defensive Coordinator: Mike Zimmer
Special Teams Coordinator: Darrin Simmons
President/CEO: Mike Brown

Offensive Starters (Projected)
QB: Carson Palmer
HB: Cedric Benson
FB: Fui Vakapuna
WR: Chad Ochocinco
WR: Terrell Owens
LT: Andrew Whitworth
LG: Nate Livings
C: Kyle Cook
RG: Bobbie Williams
RT: Dennis Roland
TE: Jermaine Gresham

Defensive Starters (Projected)
DE: Robert Geathers
DE: Antwan Odom
DT: Domata Peko
DT: Tank Johnson
LB: Rey Maualuga
LB: Keith Rivers
LB: Dhani Jones
CB: Leon Hall
CB: Johnathan Joseph
FS: Chris Crocker
SS: Roy Williams

Special Teams
K: Mike Nugent
P: Kevin Huber


@ New England
@ Carolina
@ Cleveland
Tampa Bay
@ Atlanta
@ Indianapolis
@ New York Jets
New Orleans
@ Pittsburgh
San Diego
@ Baltimore

Position Battles:

Obviously, all eyes are on the position of wide receiver in Cincinnati. According to the official Bengals website, the number two spot still belongs to Antonio Bryant, but let’s be honest, can anyone see T.O. taking a backseat to ANYONE? Even if he did, he’d complain so much that the coaches might play him just to shut him up! No, in all seriousness, the Bengals wouldn’t sign Owens simply to bench him, so it’s obvious where this will go. Of course, it will be interesting to see where Adam “Pacman” Jones will fit into the mix…

Rookies to Watch:

The only one to watch here is Jermaine Gresham. It will be interesting to see how he could be used in the Bengals offense, considering he can be used as a possession receiver. He will also make for a nice end-zone target for Palmer…the only question is, how will he be used when the Bengals decide to rush?

Season Expectations:

The Bengals have all the right pieces to have a season to remember. If Palmer can get good chemistry going with Owens, the Bengals could wind up with a prolific passing game that will be mentioned in the same sentence as New England or Indianapolis, or to a lesser extent, Dallas. Cedric Benson is also nothing to sneeze at either at the running back position. Also, the Bengals have one of the most underrated defenses in the NFL, and they seem to be getting better every season. If this trend continues, and everything clicks in the offensive category, the Bengals could be serious playoff contenders this year.

On the other hand, if Owens’ trend of destroying team chemistry continues, the Bengals could be looking at a mediocre season. I see two possibilities coming out of this:

One: Ochocinco and Owens will wind up in a friendly rivalry to outdo one another, and could wind up getting 1000-yard seasons in the process.

Two: One will wind up complaining about being upstaged by the other, and it will cause havoc among the team’s chemistry. (Refer to: Owens, Witten, Romo; Dallas.)

Of these two scenarios, who can say? Either way, I believe the talent will step up, and I can honestly say…the Bengals no longer look like the Bungles.

My Projected Record: 10-6

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NFL Preview: St. Louis Rams Mon, 02 Aug 2010 14:00:56 +0000 Here is the first of 32 team previews for the 2010 NFL season:
St. Louis Rams

Since I’m not a huge football fan, but resident St. Louis sports fan, I deferred to my co-workers in a roundtable to preview the upcoming season. The preview is after the required info about this season…

2010-11 Schedule
Sep 12 Arizona 3:15pm
Sep 19 @ Oakland 3:05pm
Sep 26 Washington 3:05pm
Oct 3 Seattle 12:00pm
Oct 10 @ Detroit 12:00pm
Oct 17 San Diego 12:00pm
Oct 24 @ Tampa Bay 12:00pm
Oct 31 Carolina 12:00pm
Week 9 BYE
Nov 14 @ San Francisco 3:15pm
Nov 21 Atlanta 3:05pm
Nov 28 @ Denver 3:15pm
Dec 5 @ Arizona 3:15pm
Dec 12 @ New Orleans 3:05pm
Dec 19 Kansas City 12:00pm
Dec 26 San Francisco 12:00pm
Jan 2 @ Seattle 3:15pm

2010 Draft Picks
1.1 Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
2.33 Rodger Saffold, OT, Indiana
3.65 Jerome Murphy, CB, South Florida
4.99 Mardy Gilyard, WR, Cincinnati
5.132 Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, Illinois
5.149 Hall Davis, DE, Louisiana-Layfayette
6.170 Fendi Onobun, TE, Houston
6.189 Eugene Sims, DE, West Texas A&M
7.211 Marquis Johnson, CB, Alabama
7.226 George Selvie, DE, South Florida
7.254 Josh Hull, LB, Penn State

Key Additions
Victor Adeyanju, DE*; Oshiomogho Atogwe, S*; Travis Brown, WR*; Quincy Butler, CB*; Bobby Carpenter, LB; Craig Dahl, S*; Kenneth Darby, RB; Kevin Dockery, CB; A.J. Feeley, QB; Hank Fraley, C; James Hall, DE*; Darcy Johnson, TE; Jordan Kent, WR*; Chris Massey, RB*; Kevin Payne, S; Fred Robbins, DT; Mark Setterstrom, C*; David Vobora, LB*


Key Subtractions
Alex Barron, OT; Kyle Boller, QB; Marc Bulger, QB; Samkon Gado, RB; Paris Lenon, LB; Leonard Little, DE; Randy McMichaels, TE; Jonathan Wade, CB; Claude Wroten, DT

Question 1: What, if anything, went right for the 2009-10 Rams?

Matt: The only thing that went right was that they didn’t ruin the season by winning a game. By losing every single game they were able to lock up the #1 pick overall in the draft with ease.

And I guess the fact that somebody didn’t spontaneously combust into a pile of intestines and other organs can be seen as a plus. Though it might have helped with ticket sales.

Nick: They won once – at Detroit (had to look that up). But I agree – locking up the pick for Sam was a positive to be taken from the season. Other than that, not much else went right. They had a few games where they hung with teams they weren’t supposed, but then negated that by getting blown out by teams they should’ve hung with.

And a key offseason addition who is missing from the list is Chris Hovan. He wears Alice Cooper eye black.

Tony: Nice Alice Cooper reference.

The only bright spot for the Rams last year in my opinion was Stephen Jackson. I mean the Rams still couldn’t punch the ball in the end zone to save their souls and our defense was giving up 25-30 points per game, but Stephen Jackson was consistent and was in the Top 5 in rushing.

Eugene: The fact he started 15 games was the bright spot.

Tony: True. I can’t stand Stephen Jackson, but he was the only player we had last year.

Question 2: How would you rate the 2010 Rams Draft and the play so far of the 2008 and 2009 draftees?

Tony: The Rams are pretty much broken in every position. Bradford won’t have an immediate impact, but I do want to see him succeed. I felt that the Rams should have gone into the Draft with a Defensive mindset. When your defense, offense and special teams are shot to h*ll I personally believe you start rebuilding on the defensive side of the ball first. Maybe Bradford will sell tickets, but he’s not the answer to winning games (at least not right now). It’ll be 3-5 years before the Rams will be considered “good” again.

I haven’t paid much attention to the 2008-2009 draftees so I can’t give you an educated answer.

Matt: Can’t say I like the 2010 draft, but I didn’t hate it. I was on board with taking Suh, solidifying the D-Line to take focus off Chris Long (2008, Pick 1.2) to see if he can take over for the departed Little as a worthy #2 overall draft pick in 08 and impact pass rusher. Plus he would have offered protection for Laurinaitis (2009, pick 2.35)who appears to be shaping into the real deal at Middle Linebacker. Lastly, Coach Spags is a D coach and doesn’t make that a secret so them taking Suh would have better fit his style of coaching. But I accept the Bradford pick because it’s hard to argue that QB isn’t the most important position on the team. Though the Ravens have proved that you don’t need one to win it all (ie Trent Dilfer). The only other knock I have against Bradford is that you drafted a guy with an injured shoulder, more importantly his throwing shoulder. His “camp” and all the experts can say he’s fully healed, but I’ll believe it once I see it. If the shoulder can stand up to its first true NFL sack without injury, all the better and I hope this guy proves my doubts wrong. I’m interested to see if Saffold is a worthy replacement for Barron, which shouldn’t be too hard as long as he can keep himself from false starting roughly 15x/game. Gilyard has the ability to be explosive and a potential replacement for Donnie Avery from the 08 draft (pick 2.33) as he appears to have been a stretch and makes us go, “hey, wasn’t DeSean Jackson available at that pick??” I’m also hoping they picked up a sleeper in Selvie in the 7th round. If he can return to his JR yr form, could have a solid rotation on the D-Line.

08 review – Chris Long has shown flashes, but hasn’t lived up to the #2 pick overall expectation. Absolutely nothing else to be said about the remaining picks from that year. Poor draft in my opinion.

09 review – Jason Smith has also not lived up to #2 overall expectations, though injuries come into play. Hopefully he can redeem himself otherwise, bust pick. Laurinaistis is the big bright spot from 09. Seems to be embracing the role of a leader that is required from the MLB. Hopefully he continues to just get better.

Nick: This is a pretty solid assessment. I think this year’s draft ended up pretty good.

I felt the same way about Suh for awhile, but I get that Bradford had to be the pick and I am starting to believe he is going to be better than I expected. Not right off the bat, but I’m looking forward to seeing him progress.

I think the 3rd and 4th rounds are the steals for the Rams this year and will make impacts this year. Murphy is a needed hitter and Gilyard is going to be fun to watch.

I agree on Selvie (he’s an IF, but could join the others as a huge steal)…and if this D-line can stay healthy; I think we start to see them become a strength this year. If some of the young legs work out – the rotation system Spags seems to be implementing will hopefully resemble his successful years in NY.

Eugene: It’s Revisionist History, but I think the Rams would have taken Suh if they knew that Jimmy Clausen would have been available in the second round. The Bradford/Saffold duo will be compared to the production from Suh and Clausen for quite a while if one of the Rams guys don’t work out.

I think it’s too early to label Long and Smith busts yet. Long has gradually improved each of his 2 years; I do think if he doesn’t take a real step forward this year, that bust label might be warranted. If Smith can come back from the concussion fine, I think he’ll be solid this year.

Question 3 – How big of an impact will Bradford have this year?

Jason: Little to none, without an OLine to protect him his impact will be minimal.

Nick: I think he will have a relatively significant impact. If he’s utilized properly, he will be effective. SJ’s health and them picking up another RB will be some of the keys to Bradford’s success. The other thing I think he has going in his favor is having Feeley here as a mentor.

I can see the logic in starting the season with Feeley, but I’d prefer to see Sam start right off the bat and get his bumps in the road out of the way sooner rather than later.

Either way, I think Sam will hit double digits in TD passes by season’s end. And double digits in INTs as well. He’s a rookie so I’m tempering my expectations somewhat for this season.

I’ll be satisfied with something like 12-14 TD, 18 INT, and 2,500 yds.

Tony: I agree with Jason’s assessment. Even if Bradford adjusts well to the NFL pressure the Rams are only going to win 3-4 games max. We’ll be lucky to average 10-17 points per game Offensively and our Defense will still give up 25-30 points per game.

I hope you’re right Nick. I’m tired of the Rams sucking!

Nick: They’re still going to suck. 5 or 6 wins, tops. But I think we will at least see flashes from Sam that will give us a little hope. The QB position won’t be as God awful as it’s been the last couple years.

Tony: True…watching Bulger near the end was horrific.

Bobby: I think that Bradford could have a minimal impact on the field if the rams can establish that they can protect him and run the ball effectively. I think the biggest impact he can have though is motivating a fan base that has had nothing to cheer about the last few years with a few flashes hear and there of franchise quarterback potential.

Matt: Can you blame the guy? He took a beating here and then was ran out of town. He was a solid QB, our line was just god awful – shameful way to end his time here. Hopefully a healthy Smith, and the addition of Saffold to the mix, will not only improve pass protection for Bradford, but also make SJ that much more effective. We would also need Jacob Bell to play up to his contract. Perhaps getting rid of Incognito will eliminate some distraction on the field, although having a fiery guy that will throw down to protect his QB is something that line will need. They need to establish an attitude that nobody messes with The Franchise which I believe is an accurate nomenclature as they are placing all their bets on Bradford being the guy. Nick’s assessment of needing an impact 2nd running back is an excellent point as well. Not sure how much longer SJ can physically carry the load solely. Bradford’s impact will be minimal, other than the previous mentioned fan interest.

Eugene: Bulger was in a hole before he was the starting QB, since he displaced fan favorite Kurt Warner. Half the city was hoping for him to fail, and were all to happy when he finally did.

I really wish the Rams would have gotten someone better than Feeley so they could let Bradford watch a few games first – a la Warner and Eli Manning with the Giants. No matter who is QB, the team won’t be winning.

Matt: I’m against that completely. The formula of having a vet QB starting for a few games serves him no purpose. #1 overall franchise QB needs to step in and show that he is the guy. See Stafford last yr, Ryan yr before. Go back to Peyton Manning. They will fail at the beginning, but it only accelerates their development by learning while playing. Step in, throw the interceptions as expected but learn from it.

Eugene: I see what you’re saying, but Eli won the Super Bowl before any of those other guys did or will. Yes, the Giants built the team around him quicker than the Colts were able to for Peyton, but it says something about how he was brought along.

Question 4 – What will it take to get Bradford signed?

Nick: Lots of money – I would assume he’ll be signed soon. If he holds out, he’s a buttf*ck.

Eugene: #1 Overall QBs Since 2001:
Matt Stafford 6 yrs $72MM ($41.7MM guaranteed)
JaMarcus Russell 6 yrs $61MM ($29.2MM guaranteed)
Alex Smith 6 yrs $57MM ($24MM guaranteed)
Eli Manning 6 yrs $54MM ($20MM guaranteed)
Carson Palmer 7 yrs $49MM ($14MM guaranteed)
David Carr 7 yrs $46.2MM ($14MM guaranteed)
Michael Vick 6 yrs $62MM ($15.3MM guaranteed)

Based off the recent trends, I would think that Bradford would get something like 6 yrs, $75MM. Of that, roughly $35MM will be guaranteed. I don’t think he’ll hold out, but I know that the Rams will have to top Stafford’s deal to get him signed.

Every team is waiting for him to sign, as only Dez Bryant has signed. Bradford’s deal will set the tone for everyone else.

Bobby: If you track the gradual increase in guaranteed money, I dont get why Stafford’s jumped $12MM from Russell’s. I guess Russell was that bad that Stafford’s agent just convinced the Lions his client wasn’t taking comparable money.

Question 5 – Would Terrell Owens have been a good pick up?

Jason: His ego wasn’t going to help our reconstruction period.

Bobby: Yes, whether the Rams like it or not, they have no playmaking ability outside of Steven Jackson. Terrell Owens is at a point where he is most likely humbled by the fact that nobody wants him. I once heard Steve Young say that not everybody on your team has to be a good guy.

Eugene: I agree. They need someone that will catch anything Bradford throws his way. It’ll be more about Bradford’s confidence than TO’s ability.

Nick: I agree with everything here, but I would just be hesitant to pair him up with a rookie QB.

I honestly think the Rams were kind of the pawn in this scenario anyway and he will end up in Cincy.

Final Question – How do the Rams finish the season (record, place, potential highlights/lowlights, etc)?

Record: 4-12

Standings: Last place in the NFC West

Highlights: Stephen Jackson and Bradford for having a solid rookie year.

Lowlights: Rush defense, very little offense and no special teams.

Record: 3-13

Standings: Last

Highlights: Bradford living to the hype (I hope).

Lowlights: Defense shows little to no improvement.

Record: 2-14

Highlight: Steven Jackson, Bradford showing flashes, linebackers improving, possibly George Selvie being a steal as well as Mardy Gilyard.

Lowlights: The offense as a whole, Steven Jackson possibly being overworked again, having to watch AJ Feeley take a snap.

Record: 5-11

Standings: Last in the West

Highlights: Bradford’s development and seeing how they use Mardy Gilyard. He could make special teams a threat again.

Lowlights: The beginning of Steven Jackson’s gradual decline if they don’t get a competent backup in to camp – pronto.

Bonus Discussion: Danario Alexander

Bobby: Alexander Anxious to Return

Supposedly the Rams are interested in bringing him in for a physical but i dont know if they are one of the teams he’s interested in. Supposedly he had a workout the other day and ran a 4.4.

Nick: Hopefully Avery has some sales skills.

You talked about re-energizing the fan base yesterday. Landing him would add a lot to that.

Bobby: Supposedly the other 2 teams are the Eagles and Vikings, and thats assuming the Rams are one of the 3. I don’t see how he doesnt go to Philly unless he thinks its too crowded.

Jason: He’d have room to grow in St Louis and could become the #1-2 receiver faster here than any other team

Nick: Agree – hopefully he’ll realize this.

Playing with Maclin…or a team that was a game away from the Super Bowl last year will be hard to pass up, though.

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Full Court Press: Haynesworth vs. Shanahan and the Newest Bengal Fri, 30 Jul 2010 10:00:28 +0000 Ladies and gentlemen, Washington sports has a powerplay that would shame the Capitals (actually, now that I think about it, most powerplays shame the Capitals).  I’m refering of course to the face-off that is currently brewing between filthy rich DT Albert Haynesworth and new Redskins Coach/Enforcer Mike Shanahan.

The root of the problem is really quite simple:  Shanahan expects Haynesworth to play nose tackle in the Skins’ new 3-4 defense, and Haynesworth seems to think that the Redskins gave him a 120 million dollar deal to play the way he wants.  Basically, Haynesworth boycotted the 3-4 transition as much as he could, skipping every offseason workout and showing up in less than ideal shape.

And Shanahan is not pleased with his star DT.  That’s why the coach is making Haynesworth take a conditioning test consisting of three full field sprints; a test that Haynesworth failed yesterday.  As a result, Shanahan ordered Haynesworth to spend extra time on the treadmill, as he will have to do for each day he does not complete the conditioning test.  In addition, Haynesworth will not be practicing with the first team until he proves he is properly conditioned.

Shanahan has justified his actions to the press, saying that he doesn’t want to put an unfit Haynesworth on the practice field and leave him vulnerable to injuries.  I don’t believe that excuse.  My thought is this:  Shanahan is angry that Haynesworth skipped workouts to continue his stupid boycott, so now he’s making him pay.

And honestly, I don’t have a problem with that.  It’s not unreasonable for Shanahan to expect his players, particularly a richly paid star such as Haynesworth, to show up to camp in the expected shape.  Conditioning is critical to team success and absolutely should not be optional.  Furthermore, slacking off because of an unwillingness to play the new 3-4 is even more egregious.

Now, to be fair for a moment, I would like to address the argument that Haynesworth did not sign with Washington to play nose tackle.  That is a valid point, as the shift to the 3-4 was unexpected and swift.  But the fact is that if Haynesworth wants to collect his massive paycheck, and something tells me he does, than he should do what his team orders.  They are his employers, and as long as he is a Redskin, he plays by their rules.

The 3-4 shift is no doubt highly affecting for other players.  Consider the defensive ends who must adjust from quick pass rushing to forceful bull rushing.   Consider the linebackers who will be playing with new positioning, new roles and a new playbook.  Shifting to the 3-4 is not supposed to be easy for a front seven.  But despite this, I’ve only heard Haynesworth complaining publicly.  Am I the only one who sees the problem here?

If you read my article on Brett Favre last week, you know that I condemn athletes who subvert their coaches’ authority and act like they are bigger than the team.  Thus, I consider Haynesworth’s behavior entitled and inappropriate, and I support Shanahan for cracking down on him.  For starters, it appears to be working:  Haynesworth has gone from refusing to play nose tackle to accepting that it is now what he is paid to do.  And it would not have happened if Shanahan had backed down like some coaches may have (ahem Brad Childress ahem).  He is the head coach, the Redskins are his team, and all of them have to follow his rules.  If Haynesworth isn’t cool with that, he can take a lot less money to play somewhere else.  It’s as simple as that.

Speaking of subversive athletes who act out:  Terrell Owens.  The granddaddy headache-inducing maniac has signed with the Bengals, who lately seem unable to avoid signing headache-inducing maniacs, including notorious pouter Larry Johnson, seismic underachiever Cedric Benson and proven trouble chasing whacko Adam Jones.  Oh, do I even have to mention Chad Johnson (I refuse to call him Ochocinco), the face of team chatterbox-psycho-maniac?

Now, the Bengals are not always wrong with their apparently idiotic acquisitions.  Benson defied the odds to have a terrific season in 2009, and Johnson, for all of his faults, is one of the better receivers of the past decade. So before I rip Cincinnati’s brain-dead front office, I would like to acknowledge those two success stories.

But signing Owens seems absolutely crazy.  To begin, he’s a team wrecker who destroyed his relationship with the 49ers and Eagles and couldn’t convince the Cowboys to re-sign him even though he was the top receiver they appeared to be lacking (tangent:  this is when all Cowboys fans say thanks for the emergence of Miles Austin.  It’s always rewarding for a team when they discover they don’t need Owens to have a potent passing attack.  It’s like realizing you don’t need alcohol to make it through the day.)  This guy is not exactly a hot commodity.

And honestly, from a football perspective, this is a savvy move.  Owens is old and his skills have diminished, but even though he couldn’t manage 900 yards for the anemic Buffalo Bills he may have another year or two of solid play in him.

For starters, he won’t be the top receiver on the Bengals, meaning he’ll have an easier job getting open.  Secondly, he is playing for a decent quarterback in Carson Palmer, who signed off on the Owens acquisition (thank goodness).  Third, Owens is a gym rat who is famous for his superior conditioning and physique.  Now I’ve never played in the NFL, but I assume that the older you get the more helpful it is to be in fantastic shape, as Owens likely is.  Fourth, he is no longer playing for the Bills.  I’m not high on the Bengals, but they are certainly not the sinkhole that is the Buffalo Bills.

Considering all of this, there is reason to believe that Owens is not done.  And if he isn’t, he will certainly be a solid weapon opposite Johnson.  He is big, strong and tough, allowing him to make catches over the middle, in traffic and in the redzone.  That is an asset to any team, particularly for the Bengals, who showed absolutely no ability to throw over the middle, in traffic or in the redzone in their humiliating playoff loss to the Darrell Revises.  A healthy, happy, not washed up Owens can be a critical asset to the Bengals.  So that’s saying something.

Of course, there’s no guarantee that Owens won’t be washed up, and there’s certainly no guarantee that he’ll stay happy for sixteen games.  Let’s face it, the guy will be more mercurial than, well, mercury.  If the Bengals lose (something they have excelled at in recent years), Owens may blow up like a time bomb.  And nothing destroys a team like time bomb mode Terrell Owens.  We all saw that in Philly, and you could argue that his grumbling about the Tony Romo-Jason Witten bromance was a damaging factor in Dallas.  So, that is a major risk.

Also, we know that Owens can damage a team filled with normal, professional guys, such as the Eagles.  Now that he has an equally crazy guy to hang out with?  Horror.  I would believe any of the following Johnson-Owens headlines (note:  for the sake of accuracy, I will use the moniker Ochocinco for the next few sentences):

“Ocho and T.O. Room Together, Trash Executive Suite”

“Ocho and T.O. Steal Team Playbook, Blame Carson Palmer”

“Ocho and T.O. Watch Each Others’ Reality Shows During Film Study”

“Ocho and T.O. Race Sled Dogs on Heinz Field, Get Tackled By James Harrison”

Basically, I’m arguing that if you thought T.O. was a crazy attention seeker before, he is going to be twice as bad next year now that he has Johnson to push his limits.  And if you don’t think those two can completely ruin the already shaky Bengals (remember how they started 7-1 and finished 3-5?  Grisly stretch run for those guys) then you do not have the trainwreck radar I do.

And if it works out, wonderful.  But the Bengals are once again playing with fire.  And you can only be burned so many times before people stop feeling sorry for you.  We wouldn’t want the fans to lose interest, would we?  Because then, Ocho and T.O. will be more entertaining than the team itself.  And when that happens, we’re all doomed.

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NFL News: Cincinnati Bengals Agree To Contract With Terrell Owens Tue, 27 Jul 2010 22:15:54 +0000 T.O. and Ocho on the same team. Should be fun TD celebrations.

The Bengals and Owens agreed to a one year $2 million contract. The deal also has $2 million in incentives.

Owens spent last season with the Buffalo Bills. He caught 55 passes for 829 yards and hauled in five touchdowns as the Bills finished the season 6-10.

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NFL News: New York Jets Talking To Terrell Owens Tue, 27 Jul 2010 15:19:35 +0000 T.O. would give the Jets another high profile piece on offense.

While the chances of the Jets signing T.O. are reportedly small, the team has reached out to Owens’ agent Drew Rosenhaus.

The team is debating how much Owens could help the team with Head Coach Rex Ryan saying he wants anyone that can help the team win.

The Bengals remain the favorites to sign Owens, they made him an incentive laden offer that the receiver has until Wednesday to accept.

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Fantasy Football Pitfalls – Week 13 Wed, 02 Dec 2009 03:25:07 +0000 By Ryan Lester,

Before we get started, check out my Week 13 NFL picks.

I’m going to look at the matchups each week and pick five fantasy starters that could be in for a tough week. Here’s a look at players who could struggle this week.

Kurt Warner, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Warner makes the list again this week, but it’s more a reflection on who he’s facing than anything. I’m confident he’ll be able to play this week, but he could have a hard time finishing the game against Minnesota’s front four. The Vikings lead the league with 40 Sacks, and it’s hard to have faith in a QB coming off a concussion against a defense that brings so much pressure.

I’m also iffy on Ben Roethlisberger coming off his concussion and facing the Raiders, who are tied for fourth with just ten passing TDs allowed.

Ryan Grant, RB, Green Bay Packers
This is not a good week to use Ryan Grant. He faces Baltimore’s 6th ranked rushing defense (97.6 yards/gm). They are also tenth with just seven rushing TDs allowed. Grant plays at home, where he has actually been less productive.

Home:  87.5 total yards per game (72.5 rushing, 15.0 receiving)
Away:  111.0 total yards per games (91.0 rushing, 20.0 receiving)

Brandon Jacobs, RB, New York Giants
Jacobs faces Dallas’ 9th ranked rushing defense (102.7 yards/gm). They allowed just five rushing TDs on the season. In his last four games against Dallas he has scored just one TD with an average of 84 total yards.  Not exactly numbers you can bank on in this crucial juncture of the season.

Terrell Owens, WR, Buffalo Bills
T.O. is on fire, but squares up against Darrelle Revis. The Jets are #2 against the pass with 175.7 yards allowed per game, and tops with just seven passing TDs allowed.  When the Bills faced the Jets in Week 6, T.O. was held to 13 yards on three catches.

Chris Chambers, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Chambers has been a godsend for the Chiefs, especially with Dwayne Bowe serving his four-game suspension. This week though, he faces Champ Bailey and Denver’s 5th ranked passing defense (185 yards/gm). They are also tied for fourth with ten passing TDs allowed.

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Week of September 28, 2009 News Tue, 29 Sep 2009 10:23:35 +0000 Obama to push for Olympics in 2016

Presidents in other countries push for Olympics to come to their countries, so why not Obama?  Not to mention it will be in his hometown of Chicago.  I missed the last time the Olympics were here in the USA, and being from St.Louis, this will definitely be a must go to event if Chicago gets the ok.

Tweeting banned at Texas Tech football program

Seriously? I guess if you live, eat, drink and sleep football you can talk about it but only to the team and not the rest of the world. Leave that to the professional journalists. I honestly have never even been to a twitter website and don’t see the hype in it. I guess you can be a jock and have an opinion.

KU problems

No one really knows what the fights stemmed from but if I had to guess it was probably trash talk from each side. Basketball program saying they are better than the football program and vice versa. Now if you know anything about NCAA, you know KU is a heavily basketball dominated school. Being good at football for 2 years doesn’t mean anything and of those 2 years having a cupcake schedule for one of them helps a lot.

T.O. Drama

What else is new with T.O.?

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NFL Divisional Breakdown AFC East Wed, 12 Aug 2009 15:00:21 +0000 I have no opening this week. So instead I’ll share one of my new favorite quotes “Failure is just success rounded down.” Remember that when you’re team is in the crapper by week 5.

New England Patriots
Better than ever? I think that might be a little too optimistic.

Head Coach: Bill Belichick
Offensive Coordinator: N/A
Defensive Coordinator: Dean Pees
Special Teams Coordinator: Scott O’Brien
Chairman/CEO: Robert Kraft

Offensive Starters (Projected)
QB: Tom Brady
HB: Laurence Maroney
FB: Sammy Morris
WR: Randy Moss
WR: Wes Welker
LT: Matt Light
LG: Logan Mankins
C: Dan Koppen
RG: Stephen Neal
RT: Nick Kaczur
TE: Ben Watson

Defensive Starters (Projected)
DE: Richard Seymour
DE: Ty Warren
DT: Vince Wilfork
LB: Derrick Burgess
LB: Tedi Brusci
LB: Jerod Mayo
LB: Adalius Thomas
CB: Terrence Wheatley
CB: Leigh Bodden
FS: Brandon Merriweather
SS: Patrick Chung

Special Teams
K: Stephen Gostkowski
P: Chris Hanson

Position Battles:
RB: This is going to be a RBBC so it won’t be so much who starts, but who gets the bulk of the carries. Maroney, Fred Taylor, Green-Ellis, and Faulk will all see plenty of time.
CB: In classic Pats fashion I can’t figure this one out. Shawn Springs was signed so I figure he’ll get a chance to win the job. Darius Butler is a rookie with a chance to see some playing time. But I think Wheatley holds onto the job he won for one game last year before getting injured like the rest of the team.

Rookies to Watch:
Belichick is not exactly fond of rookies, so for rookies to get much time is a surprise. However, Jerod Mayo’s success last year might make it easier on Rooks this year. Patrick Chung has the best chance to take advantage of this. He was a good safety in college and should make for a smart, Belichick system safety for a few years. Darius Butler might get a chance to make his biggest mark in the return game. He did some returning for UConn and could do that for the Pats.

Season Expectations:
I’m a little bit hesitant on this coming season for the Pats. Yes they get Brady back and Randy said the offense could be the best it’s ever been. But I just don’t have full trust in any QB coming back from the knee injury Brady suffered. Even if he says he’s fine and doesn’t think about the knee anymore, it’s still back there in his mind. I believe it will affect the way he plays this year, although he’s good enough that it might not matter. I expect him to want to get the ball out of his hands as quickly as possible this year because of the knee, which means Welker and the RBs will probably be targeted more often than Moss on deeper routes. They’ll still chunk it up to Moss for his yearly 10 TDs but he won’t have the high number of catches he’s used to. The defense on the other hand, could be one of the best in the league. The entire front 7 could probably have an easy case for going to the Pro-Bowl especially with the addition of Derrick Burgess. Pressure on the QB was the team’s biggest problem last year and Burgess fixes that in a heartbeat.

Buffalo Bills
T.O. is in town and he still likes Trent Edwards, this could be the start of another train wreck.

Head Coach: Dick Jauron
Offensive Coordinator: Turk Schonert
Defensive Coordinator: Perry Fewell
Special Teams Coordinator: Bobby April
Owner: Ralph Wilson

Offensive Starters (Projected)
QB: Trent Edwards
HB: Marshawn Lynch
FB: Corey McIntyre
WR: Terrell Owens
WR: Lee Evans
LT: Langston Walker
LG: Andy Levitre
C: Geoff Hangartner
RG: Eric Wood
RT: Demetrius Bell
TE: Derek Fine

Defensive Starters (Projected)
DE: Chris Kelsay
DE: Marcus Stroud
DT: Kyle Williams
DT: Aaron Schobel
LB: Keith Ellison
LB: Paul Posluszny
LB: Kavika Mitchell
CB: Terrence McGee
CB: Leodis McKelvin
FS: Donte Whitner
SS: Bryan Scott

Special Teams
K: Rian Lindell
P: Brian Moorman

Position Battles:
RB: Marshawn Lynch will be sitting on the sidelines for the first three games of the year which means the backups will be running the show. Dominic Rhodes, Fred Jackson and Xavier Omon will be in line for carries during that stretch, and they hope after that stretch also.
DE: Schobel is slated in at one end and if Maybin would have been to camp on time he probably could have been slated in on the other end. But with Maybin’s hold out it opens up a spot on the line. Kelsay started the first preseason game, but he doesn’t have the strongest grip on the position.

Rookies to Watch:
Maybin will help the defensive line a ton when he gets into camp. He can be a force on the edge and with Stroud and Schobel already on the line, there aren’t enough blockers to double them all. They also have a couple O-Line rookies that started the first preseason game. Eric Wood and Andy Levitre. Wood was a highly rated center in the draft process, but he was playing RG during the game. I think long term he has more value as a center, but getting him work while someone else handles the blitz calls can only help him.

Season Expectations:
Trent Edwards will be the big question mark this year. He’s shown touches of brilliance in his career and he’s going to need to come through with more for this team. The addition of Owens makes this offense very threatening and if they continue to run the no huddle they will cause havoc on the rest of the division. But they’ll only be as good as Edwards makes them. He’s got all the toys to play with this year, good running game and very good receivers, with great depth at each of those positions. The O-line is young and definitely showed some holes early and they will have to improve to give Edwards a chance. The defense should be pretty good. They are solid on the back 7 and the front line has a couple really good players. If Maybin gets into camp and can get some playing time even as just a 3rd down pass rusher it will help the secondary and the defense as a whole. They’ll need a lot of things to go right for them to make a lot of noise, but they should be a solid team all year.

New York Jets

Head Coach: Rex Ryan
Offensive Coordinator:
Defensive Coordinator:
Special Teams Coordinator:

Offensive Starters (Projected)
QB: Kellen Clemens
HB: Thomas Jones
FB: Tony Richardson
WR: Jerricho Cotchery
WR: Chansi Stuckey
LT: D’Brickashaw Ferguson
LG: Alan Faneca
C: Nick Mangold
RG: Brandon Moore
RT: Damien Woody
TE: Dustin Keller

Defensive Starters (Projected)
DE: Marques Douglas
DE: Shaun Ellis
DT: Kris Jenkins
LB: Calvin Pace
LB: Bart Scott
LB: David Harris
LB: Vernon Gholston
CB: Lito Sheppard
CB: Darrelle Revis
FS: Kerry Rhodes
SS: Jim Leonhard

Special Teams
K: Jay Feely
P: Reggie Hodges

Position Battles:
QB: The rook Mark Sanchez or the young veteran Kellen Clemens who has had the rug pulled out from under him so many times it’s not fair. Sanchez could have used another year at USC, so a year under Clemens would be great for him.
WR: Cotchery is solid if not spectacular and after that you’ve got a bunch of fodder. Stuckey and Brad Smith are the best candidates to hold down the other starting job but that still leaves a lot to desire. Maybe newly acquired Aundrae Allison will sneak in and get the starting spot.
OLB: Vernon Gholston was selected in the first round last year to give them a pass rush off the outside. A holdout kept him from making much of an impact and he’s in a battle with Bryan Thomas for the starting job this year.

Rookies to Watch:
Hopefully you’ll be watching Mark Sanchez hold a clipboard, he had better weapons surrounding him at USC that he does here so to throw him out there could be brutal and would only hurt his development. Shonn Green is the player to keep an eye on. Jones is over 30 and starting to decline. Green in the future of the Jets at RB, he had a solid college career and will be a solid, but not eye popping pro.

Season Expectations:
Where they are good, they are really good. Where they are bad, they are really bad. When you pick up a castoff of the Vikings WR corp and he is immediately one of your top 2-3 WR, that’s not a good sign for your WR depth. But then you look at the positives, this offensive line is one of the best in football. Mangold is one of the best centers in the league, Ferguson is becoming a great LT, Woody can play any position on the line well. It’s just a great unit. And that is how the Jets are going to have to win games this year. Just like the Ravens did last year, they are going to have to run the ball a ton with many different backs and just wear down opposing defenses. The QB battle will deliver a capable QB but the WR’s are not game breakers who you can rely on to win games. And that’s why the defense is going to be so important this year. The Jets are going to have a hard time coming back in games. If you can get them down 14-17 points or more, they’re going to have to start throwing and that is not their strong point. Luckily for them, Rex Ryan is a defensive genius and they’ve got good players scattered around the defense. It’s going to be an up and down year for the Jets, but at least this time the team will be to blame, not a certain old QB.

Miami Dolphins
Why are they in the AFC East and not South? You could move Baltimore over to the East and Indy up to the North.

Head Coach: Tony Sparano
Offensive Coordinator: Dan Henning
Defensive Coordinator: Paul Pasqualoni
Special Teams Coordinator: John Bonamego
Owner: Stephen Ross and Wayne Huizenga

Offensive Starters (Projected)
QB: Chad Pennington
HB: Ronnie Brown
FB: Lousaka Polite
WR: Ted Ginn Jr.
WR: Davone Bess
LT: Jake Long
LG: Justin Smiley
C: Jake Grove
RG: Shawn Murphy
RT: Vernon Carey
TE: Anthony Fasano

Defensive Starters (Projected)
DE: Kendall Langford
DE: Jason Ferguson
DT: Phillip Merling
LB: Jason Taylor
LB: Channing Crowder
LB: Akin Ayodele
LB: Joey Porter
CB: Will Allen
CB: Eric Green
FS: Gibril Wilson
SS: Yeremiah Bell

Special Teams
K: Dan Carpenter
P: Brandon Fields

Position Battles:
Only a couple here.
WR: Ginn is going to play but the other starter is up for grabs.
CB: Will Allen and Eric Green are penciled in as starters, but Vontae Davis has a lot of talent and might make a case for playing time.

Rookies to Watch:
Vontae Davis has as much talent as any CB in the draft and while he’s not going to be a superstar, he’ll be a solid DB. Pat White will give them another threat out of the Wildcat formation.

Season Expectations:
They had a great year last year and it would be hard to repeat that success. Pennington had a huge year but the receivers don’t exactly fit his strengths. The defense is aging and might not have enough for another year in them. The O-line is one of the team’s strengths and it really helps their other strength, the running game. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are a good double whammy out of the backfield. Add in Pat White to the Wildcat formation and it’s an offense that can cause problems but they don’t have the consistent offense to make a serious run. The defense has playmakers, but position by position they don’t match up talent wise with teams in the rest of the division or the league in general. Of course, the same things could have been said last year and look what they did.

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