April 4, 2012 |
Joe Flacco believes he's the best quarterback in the NFL. Who are we to doubt him? After all, the Baltimore Ravens quarterback did just set the record for most passing yards in the NFL.... No, wait, that was Drew Brees. All right, he threw for the second-most yards ever.... No, that was Tom Brady. OK, he just won his second Super Bowl.... No, that was Eli Manning. Oh, then he just made his fifth Super Bowl appearance.... Nope, Brady again. Well, he must have at least one trip to the Super Bowl -- or maybe the pro bowl?
March 21, 2012 |
Let's take a deep breath and hold off on the canonization of Roger Goodell. The puffs of white smoke coming out of the chimney are a bit much. Yes, Goodell, the commissioner of the NFL, slapped down the New Orleans Cheating Saints pretty good Wednesday. Somebody will make a T-shirt out of that soon. The big letters on the front: NOCS. On the back: a picture of Brett Favre, bleeding from the nose. Goodell didn't have a difficult decision. One of his teams got caught doing something really stupid and Neanderthal and then lied about it. Suspend the guy in charge for a year, do the same to the guy in charge of the guy in charge for six months, collect some cash and take away some draft choices.
March 7, 2012 |
The Miami Dolphins figure to be one of the most aggressive teams in bidding for the services of Peyton Manning, who will be released by Indianapolis on Wednesday morning. In doing so, the Dolphins will be mindful of what happened six years ago when they let a prime opportunity get away. In 2006, the Dolphins were in the market for a quarterback and had a chance to sign Drew Brees, who was coming off a devastating shoulder injury. Brees had been released by San Diego, which had decided to cast its lot with Philip Rivers.
March 6, 2012 |
Randy Moss to the New Orleans Saints? Sounds kind of crazy with everything else that the Saints have going on right now, but it could happen. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer is reporting that the awesome-when-he-wants-to-be wide receiver will work out for the defending NFC South champions on Tuesday. Moss is one of the best wide receivers in NFL history and, even though he spent all of 2011 out of the league, he still could be a valuable asset to a team ... if he wants to. And he says that he wants to. But do the Saints, who were the No. 2 seed coming out of the NFC last year, really need to bring in the talented but controversial receiver right now?
January 19, 2012 |
Reporting from Santa Clara, Calif. In the last two weeks, Scott Tolzien of the San Francisco 49ers has thrown for more than 10,000 yards. And he's never taken a snap in an NFL game. Tolzien is the third-string quarterback whose job it is to emulate the opposing passer to help prepare the 49ers defense. His assignments in the playoffs so far? He has played the role of New Orleans' Drew Brees and the New York Giants' Eli Manning, who combined for 10,409 yards passing this season.
January 15, 2012 |
The San Francisco 49ers suddenly have an offense. The New York Giants suddenly have a defense. And the two quarterbacks whom nobody could hang with, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, now have all off-season to hang with each other, because the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints are out of the playoffs. In San Francisco, 49ers faithful are sounding like Saints fans, still wondering, "Whodat dat threw dat?" That was Alex Smith, the quarterback nearly cast aside by the organization, who Saturday threw one of the greatest touchdown passes in franchise history — a 14-yard strike to Vernon Davis with nine seconds left to upset New Orleans, 36-32.
January 12, 2012 |
The little guys are out of the NFL playoffs. For only the second time since realignment in 2002, the second round is composed entirely of division champions. What's more, three of this weekend's four games are rematches of regular-season meetings. New England beat Denver. Baltimore beat Houston. Green Bay beat the New York Giants. And even New Orleans at San Francisco is a rematch of sorts; the Saints beat the 49ers in an exhibition opener. But now, maybe more than in other years, anyone is capable of beating anyone else.
January 11, 2012 |
There is no truth to the rumor that the 49ers are bringing in the Alabama defense and six tanks from Camp Pendleton to try to stop Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints on Saturday. But there is also no denying that San Francisco's defense will have its hands full. We are down to the final eight in the NFL playoffs, and projections have a Green Bay Packers-New England Patriots Super Bowl. That is the oddsmakers' pick. But next in line on the betting sheets are the Saints.
January 7, 2012 |
Reporting from New Orleans -- Haven't San Diego Chargers fans suffered enough? No, there was more pain to be had, right there on their TVs Saturday night from the Superdome. While their team was sitting home, eliminated from the playoffs again, there was little Darren Sproles, once one of theirs, once among their pride and joy, once the Chargers' choice as a franchise player, picking up his new team and helping carry it to a second-round NFL playoff game. Sproles is 5 feet 6, is listed as weighing 190 pounds -- probably with sandbags in each pocket.