THREE TAKEAWAY’S FROM SUNDAY’S 24-20 STEELERS WIN 1. DOMINATING AT THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE: The Steelers are suddenly a team where there is some buzz about them in the AFC when discussing the top teams in the conference. The sense around the league is that Pittsburgh has the look of a football team that is peaking and two areas that standout over the past three to four weeks is Pittsburgh being a team that is dominating at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the football. Pittsburgh gave up four sacks against the Giants but against the pass rushers New York has on the edge, that is going to happen. Where Pittsburgh’s O-line dominated was in the trenches, opening up huge holes in the running game. Maurkice Pouncey and Willie Colon might be developing into one of the best center/guard combo as punishing run blockers…….. Ramon Foster continues to shine and MikeRead More »
New York 21 – New England 17 The New York Giants did it again to the New England Patriots with a last minute fourth quarter rally, defeating the Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI for their second Super Bowl Title in four years. Eli Manning led the Giants on yet another magical scoring drive. Trailing 17-15 and taking over at their own 12 yard line with 3:46 remaining, Eli Manning connected with Mario Manningham on a 38-yard pass down the left sideline on first down and the Giants drove 88 yards on 9 plays, capped off by a 6-yard touchdown run by Ahmad Bradshaw to take a 21-17 lead with 57 seconds left On Bradshaws touchdown run, the Patriots let him score and Bradshaw wanted to stop at the 1-yard line but fell backwards into the end zone in what many pundits were calling a major gaffe giving Tom BradyRead More »
Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher has expressed a strong desire to return to coaching in 2011 but the issue for Cowher is that there likely won’t be any viable options out there for him. Cowher is seeking the right situation, top dollar and total control. In reality, those kind of options just aren’t out there as teams are exploring cheaper options and going the assistant coach or college route. It was reported last week that the three teams on Cowher’s wislist are the New York Giants, Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins. The Giants are bringing back Tom Coughlin taking them out of the running and the Texans are bringing back Gary Kubiak. Houston had been the team mentioned most prominently in Cowher’s inner circle.
The New York Giants have released WR Plaxico Burress little more than four months after the talented but troubled wide receiver accidentally shot himself in the thigh in a New York City nightclub, according to reports. This comes as a surprise as teammates and even the front office have talked about Burress returning once his legal troubles go away. The Giants signed Burress to a five-year, $35 million contract extension in September
NFL Mock Draft ¬†1) DETROIT LIONS> MATTHEW STAFFORD, QB, GEORGIA– With Sam Bradford returning to Oklahoma for another season, Stafford holds on to the top selection. Sanchez has closed the gap between him and Stafford, but I still think that Stafford is the better selection. Stafford has a stronger arm and he has greatly improved his decision making this season. Sanchez is more of a project, he has significant injury issues, and he tends to make the stupid decisions that Stafford would make last year. 2) ST. LOUIS RAMS> ANDRE SMITH, OT, ALABAMA-¬†¬†I don‚Äôt see any reason to change this pick as a result of Smith‚Äôs issues at Alabama. They don‚Äôt seem like the kind of behavioral issues that would seriously hurt his draft stock and the Rams are still looking to beef up the O-Line, which they failed to do last year by missing out on Jake Long. ¬†3)Read More »
1/27/09 Agent for Cardinals’ Warner says client will shop around Mark Bartelstein the agent for Kurt Warner is hatching an all-inclusive plan that would give other teams a chance to make an offer to his client. A return to Arizona remains a strong possibility but Warner is going to give other teams a chance to make an bid. Bartelstein told the Chicago Tribune, “The Bears obviously have to figure out which direction they want to go with the quarterback thing,” Bartelstein said. “It has, obviously, been a point of contention for quite a while. We have to wait and see what they decide they want to do.” Ravens eye Williams in the draft? According to the Carroll County Times, the Ravens‚Äô scouts spent a lot of time at the Senior Bowl evaluating and talking with wide receiver prospects, including Penn State‚Äôs Derrick Williams and Cal-Poly‚Äôs Ramses Barden, a 6-foot-6, 228-poundRead More »
The New York Giants appear very close to signing quarterback Eli Manning to a 7 yr – $99.2 million contact. This deal would surpass the deal his brother Peyton signed. Peyton Manning received $34 million in guarantees a few seasons ago. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger signed a 8 year – $102 million extension with $36 million in guarantees last off-season. Source Bergen Record
Wide receiver Plaxico Burress was suspended by the New York Giants for one game after failing to show up to team activities this week. Burress was a no show Monday and did not return phone calls from the team seeking an explanation, according to Fox Sports. Burress who recently signed a new 5 year – $35 million contract agreed to participate in more team activities than he has in the past. Guarantees and portions of the contract are contingent on Burress showing up to team activies. Source ESPN