With it being the offseason in the NFL, Sundays just aren’t the same right now. There’s no big games, no big plays, and certainly no big hits. Well, thanks to this player from the UMass and the invention of YouTube, we can still watch someone get hit. And this particular case, we can watch someone get hit really hard. More »
I’ll be the first to admit it. My rugby knowledge is limited. But if you looked at both American football and rugby on paper, you might find some similarities. So perhaps that is why Australian rugby star Greg Inglis is getting some attention from a few NFL teams, the Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos. More »
The Associated Press decided to hold a re-vote for its Defensive Rookie of the Year award after the announcement of a positive test for a banned substance in regard to Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing. Public assumption said that Cushing would be stripped of the award and the second place finisher from the first tally, Buffalo Bills safety Jarius Byrd, would likely haul in the hardware instead. In a bit of a surprise, the voters reconvened and still named Cushing the recipient of the award which needless to say has caused a bit of controversy around the sports media world. More »
In a year of free agency which has seen several changes that could never have been predicted, many big names have changed uniforms after years of service to their former employers. LaDainian Tomlinson was jettisoned from the San Diego Chargers and later signed by the New York Jets while Donovan McNabb was shipped from the Philadelphia Eagles to their inter-division rival Washington Redskins in yet another blockbuster. It really wasn’t a shock that the team also said goodbye to their Mr. Everything running back Brian Westbrook in favor of getting younger at that position as well. More »
Pacman’s back AGAIN and no, not the Atari dot-eating classic yellow character scurrying away from ghosts. Adam “Pacman” Jones has had a number of opportunities in the NFL and still managed to throw each and every one of them away with reckless behavior and a track record of criminal behavior. In a league where personal conduct policies now rule the domain and the Commissioner Roger Goodell rules with an iron fist, Jones has somehow warranted yet another look and this time with the Cincinnati Bengals who never shy away from a controversial acquisition. More »
In a proof positive example that the NFL Draft is far from an exact science, the St. Louis Rams and Dallas Cowboys exchanged former 1st round draft picks in a deal that could have once been considered a blockbuster, but in reality was just a swap of on-field disappointments. The Boys and Rams had a swap meet of sorts filling needs for one another with Dallas receiving offensive tackle Alex Barron to fill a void left by the recently released Flozell Adams while the Rams got linebacker Bobby Carpenter in return to try and fix a woeful defense with an infinite amount of holes. More »
With a number of offseason image problems plaguing the NFL from the Ben Roethlisberger scandal to the collective bargaining agreement being in limbo, the last thing that the league wanted was one its young up-and-coming stars to test positive for a banned substance. Unfortunately that is exactly what happened when Houston Texans linebacker and 2009 Rookie of the Year Brian Cushing was officially suspended for the first four games in the 2010 season after testing positive for a non-steroidal banned substance. It was revealed that Cushing appealed the failed test in February, but the NFL found that the test was legit and went ahead with the announcement to suspend Cushing. More »
The inevitable has finally turned into reality as the Oakland Raiders decided to officially cut ties with their former bust, errr 1st overall pick Jamarcus Russell on Thursday. Much of Russell’s pre-draft hype was a result of his phenomenal workout during which he threw a 60 yard pass from his knees and made the ball whistle through sound barriers. Raiders owner Al Davis has long been known as a sucker for the workout warriors and Russell won the heart of the old softee with his cannon arm and imposing physique.
Things really got off to a rocky start in Oakland for the number one overall selection as he held out for all of training camp and the opening weekend of the season after failing to reach a contract agreement with the team. His rookie campaign was brief considering he got little work with the team, but even years two and three were nothing to write home about as the strong armed signal caller has completed just 52.1 percent of his passes during his career. What has often been the most criticized aspect of the promising young player is his work ethic (or lack thereof) as Russell often arrived at camp out of shape and not at all ready to work on his craft.
There have been quarterbacks with difficult first chapters to their careers only to bounce back after a change of scenery and perhaps that can happen for Russell. At only 24 years of age, some team is going to take a chance on signing him to a league minimum deal and get him into camp for competition. One potential fit is with the Arizona Cardinals where the team is not sold on former 1st round selection Matt Leinart and the Derek Anderson signing certainly isn’t a long-term solution either. Many have also floated out the possibility of a landing with the Washington Redskins where there new head coach Mike Shanahan has done wonders with different quarterbacks in the past and could reinvigorate Russell’s work ethic learning behind Donovan McNabb for a year or two. Even the New England Patriots have been discussed as potential suitors where Bill Belichick is no stranger to reclamation projects and learning behind one of league’s best in Tom Brady could be a humbling experience for an athlete with tremendous potential.
All of there stops of possibilities, but none of them will be willing to bring Russell into the fold unless he shows some sense of understanding his past mistakes and willingness to correct those shortcomings. It will be a long road back to what was expected of him just three short years ago as the number one overall pick, but stranger things have happened. There is a ton of football left in Russell’s future if he chooses to rededicate himself and shows a selfless love for the game again as a competitor.
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