NFL draft guru Mel Kiper has released his 1st Mock Draft of the Season. 1) Oakland: JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU2) Detroit: Joe Thomas, OT, Wisconsin3) Tampa Bay: Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech4) Cleveland: Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame5) Arizona: Jamaal Anderson, DE, Arkansas6) Washington: Alan Branch, DT, Michigan7) Minnesota: Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson8) Houston: Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma9) Miami: Tedd Ginn, Jr., WR, Ohio State10) Atlanta: LaRon Landry, S, LSU11) San Francisco: Reggie Nelson, DB, Florida12) Buffalo: Leon Hall, CB, Michigan13) St. Louis: Charles Johnson, DE, Georgia14) Carolina: Levi Brown, OT, Penn State15) STEELERS: Jarvis Moss, DE, Florida16) Green Bay: Marshawn Lynch, RB, California17) Jacksonville: Sidney Rice, WR, South Carolina18) Cincinnati: Amobi Okoye, DT, Louisville19) Tennessee: Dwayne Jarrett, WR, USC20) NY Giants: Lawrence Timmons, LB, Florida St.21) Denver: Adam Carriker, DE, Nebraska22) Dallas: Robert Meachem, WR, Tennessee23) Kansas City: Tony Ugoh, OT, Arkansas24) New England (from Seattle): Darrelle Revis, CB,Read More »
With the arrival of Mike Tomlin and his cover 2 scheme the question that will be answered in the upcoming 07 season is can Mike Tomlin and Dick Lebeau co-exists? As it stands now the Steelers personnel is obviously built for 3-4 scheme but with some help they do have the players to make adjustment. In the upcoming draft the Steelers most likely will stockpile their defensive ends and linebackers but what do they do if USC wide receiver Dwayne Jarret falls to them at #15? Let’s not forget the offense stills needs some weapons. 1. Secondary: A cover 2 scheme will benefit the young secondary. With a new sheriff in town Deshea Townsend better send his resume around the league or live with the fact of being a backup. It’s time for him and the Steelers to part ways. Ryan Clark could also be sent packing as Anthony SmithRead More »
Will the Carolina Hurricanes make a deal before the deadline? The Hurricanes have made it known around the league they are willing to part with David Tanabe for some offensive help. “At this time last year, I had a real sense that we had things going and we could keep moving,” GM Rutherford told The News and Observer. “But we have to be careful with what we’re doing now because we have not had the consistency that we should have to have the success we had last year. So that’s where a decision is going to have to be made in the next month.” With a plethora of defensemen, a deal could come. The newspaper speculated that David Tanabe and Andrew Hutchinson could be options for teams who need defensive help (Oilers, Islanders, Rangers, Pittsburgh). In return, the Canes would look for a forward. Expect them to call the BluesRead More »
Lots of interest around the league in Petr ForsbergPeter Forsberg has recently denied the trade rumors that continue to hound him and the Flyers. But according to multiple reports, there are several teams that have called the Flyers to check on the veteran’s availability. The Canadiens, Avalanche, Rangers, Canucks and Flames are among 11 teams that have expressed interest in Forsberg. According to the New York Daily News, Forsberg could consider waiving his no-trade clause, if healthy, to go to a team like New York that has a chance at making a playoff run. According to the Daily News, Forsberg’s trip will delay a meeting between the center, his agent and Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, who had wanted to meet this week to find out whether both sides could work out a contract extension before the Feb. 27 trade deadline. Indications are for the Rangers to make a serious runRead More »
The Steelers made a great hire in Mike Tomlin. Other than Ken Whisenhunt, Tomlin was the best option. Theres a reason Russ Grimm comes up short on every coaching vancancy he covets. He’s a exceptional coach on the field but off the field he doesn’t fit the mold for most teams. Most notably the Pittsburgh Steelers. Grimm is a harley kind of guy. He doesn’t come off as a family first guy and that may have hurt his chances in the end. The Steelers get highly enthusiastic young coach in Tomlin who is all business by all accounts. This season we may not see major changes but after next season expect wholesale changes.
Jason Blake leads the Islanders in scoring and he’s headed to the All-Star Game next week, but all of that success isn’t necessarily locking him up with the club. According to a report in Newsday, Isles GM Garth Snow has not yet made an offer to Blake, who is set to become a free agent July 1. Nothing has been done, but the Islanders have made it very clear they want to sign Jason. I don’t like to distract players during the season. I told Jason I don’t see a trade happening, especially if they’re in the playoff hunt.” The Columbus Blue Jackets also must made a decision on forwards Fredrick Modin and Anson Carter. With the Jackets out of the playoff hunt, they must decide whether to resign Carter and Modin or look into the possibility to moving the talented wingers for younger talent. Indications are The Blue JacketsRead More »
The Los Angeles Time is reporting the LA Kings have sent calls to all 30 teams making it known there looking for a veteran goaltender. With free-agent pickup Dan Cloutier turning out to be a bust for the Los Angeles Kings, according to the report the team might be interested in bringing in Sean Burke and there is also speculation they have interest in trading for Penguins backup goaltender Jocelyn Thibault. Burke, 39, has a 318-331-101 record over 17 NHL seasons. The Buzzontheburgh’s Final WordA trade with Pittsburgh would be difficult because another goalie would have to come the other way. The Penguins have strong interest in defesenman Lubor Visnovsky so maybe a Malone – Thibault for Visnovsky is being discussed. Don’t bet on it.
Pirates – Braves Trade Pirates get Adam Laroche Braves get Mike Gonzalez LaRoche hit 32 homers and drove in 90 runs last season and finished in a tie for seventh in the National League with a .561 slugging percentage. This deal has been talked about for months and David Littlfield was finally able to pull it off. The Pirates now have protection for Jason Bay in the middle of the order as Littlefield has been looking to upgrade an offense that ranked last in the National League with 141 home runs and a .397 slugging percentage.
Former Pittsburgh Steeler offensive coordinator Chan Gailey is a finalist for the Miami Dolphins head coaching job. To put it into perspective, Gailey is a ideal fit because the Dolphins can have Gailey hold down the fort for a couple seasons until Bill Cowher returns to the coaching ranks. The Dolphins are very high on Bill Cowhers list of teams he will consider when he comes back to the NFL. Gailey’s is the perfect stop-gap coach for the Dolphins until they can find their big name coach they are seeking. Because of Gaileys age, health, and friendship with Cowher, he most likely would step a aside to become offensive coordinator when Cowher decides to return. This is all just a theory but it has to be going through ownerships mind.The team has already interviewed Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz, former Giants defensive coordinator Tim Lewis and Jets offensive coordinator BrianRead More »