Tag:NFL Combine 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2011 3:48 pm

Portis: Another used-up back

The cruel reality of being an NFL running back slapped another Monday when the Washington Redskins did the expected and released Clinton Portis.


Each and every year, the same lesson is hammered home about backs in this league: Run them to death and then discard them like an old pair of underwear.


Portis missed 19 games the past two seasons as injuries kept him off the field. But he's also 29 years old, which means 30 is coming.


That's a magic number for backs. Few of them can still play at a high level at that age.


Portis was scheduled to make $8.2 million this coming season. But don't think money was the main issue. If he could still run for 1,5000 yards, he gets it.


We know better.


Backs break down quickly. 


That's why teams run them to death and then send them into retirement.


Category: NFL
Posted on: February 27, 2011 7:45 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2011 7:45 pm

Ponder shines

INDIANAPOLIS -- Florida State's Christian Ponder is a smart, accurate passer who has the intelligence needed to be a good NFL quarterback.
The question about him was his arm. Was he recovered enough from an elbow injury that limited him in 2010? He answered that question Sunday with an impressive throwing day here at the combine.

The impressive performance, which one scout said was a big surprise, could vault Ponder to the back end of the first round.

Andy Dalton, a player I like a lot, didn't throw as well. He has to show better at his pro day at TCU. But Dalton is not the kind of kid who will throw well in an environment like the combine. Here's a bet he throws better at his pro day in March.

Category: NFL
Posted on: February 27, 2011 7:39 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2011 7:40 pm

Agents concerned?

INDIANAPOLIS -- Keep an eye on the agents.

That was a message I got from an NFL player Sunday. Why?

The prediction he made is that some agents will be loudly calling for a quick end to the lockout because they loaned money to players or paid them to get representation.

Adding in training fees -- which can be as high as $30,000 -- you're talking about some agents who could be in to kids for $100,000 to $150,000. Multiply that by six or seven and you see a problem?

If an agent starts barking about the lockout, you can bet he's worried about his outlay of cash.

Keep an eye on the agents.

Category: NFL
Posted on: February 26, 2011 3:41 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2011 3:43 pm

Ryan "Eminem" Mallett

INDIANAPOLIS -- If Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallet is handling his team interviews anything close to the way he handled himself with the media Saturday, his stock is dropping faster than President Obama's Q-rating.

Mallett refused to discuss the allegations of drug use, which was expected, but it was the way he did so that made him come across as an arrogant, defiant player.

There is a right way and a wrong way to handle a situation like that.

Acting like Eminem is not the right way.

I half expected him to break out in Slim Shady. That's cool for entertainment, but it isn't when your in the job interview of your life.

Mallett should have just said he'd like to talk about it, but could not. Or if the allegations aren't true, why not say it?

I would scream from the high heavens that they weren't true.

But Mallett seemed defiant, more intent on backing off questioners than he did at how he would come off. Hey, Ryan. You don't have to tell us, but you also don't have to tell us off.

I will say this: If the drug allegations are not true, it's unfair to him. But the mere fact that he didn't deny them, but instead made it an issue is revealing.

Mallett had a chance to help revive his damaged image. He instead came off as a kid who wasn't prepared for the podium, which might be telling for the long run.

He was given one last chance to clear the air, but when to do so his replay was "I don't want to."

With that, Eminem slipped off the stage, a performance gone rotten.
Category: NFL
Posted on: February 26, 2011 2:15 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2011 2:16 pm

Kerrigan bigger

INDIANAPOLIS -- One of my favorite players in this year's draft is Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan.

He is an explosive player who plays with a relentless style. The knock on him is his size, but he measured in at just over 6-foot-3 here and he weighed 267 pounds -- plenty big enough to play down end in a 4-3.

Some 3-4 teams might want to move him to outside linebacker, but I see him being a force as a down end.

"I played a 4-3 defensive end in college, so I don't have too much experience with it," Kerrigan said. "But in my training for the combine I've been working on a lot of drops from a 3-4 linebacker standpoint."

Why take a player who does his best work going forward and make him go in the other direction? This kid has a chance to be a star pass rusher. Leave him as a 4-3 end.

Category: NFL
Posted on: February 25, 2011 6:17 pm

What a charade

INDIANAPOLIS -- So four of the power agents stood up together to show their unity for the NFL Players Association Friday?

What? Those guys would stab each other in the back in a minute.

Does anybody really believe that charade? Drew Rosenhaus, Joel Segal, Tom Condon and Ben Dogra, four power NFL agents, got up in front of their brethren during the annual agent meeting to show solidarity.

Nice show, but really?

Rosenhaus is the same agent who got into an almost fistfight here years ago with another agent over allegations he was trying to poach that agent's player. And this is a united group?

I know why they're playing it that way: The agent community is in big financial trouble if there is a lockout of the NFL players in their fight to get a new CBA.

Some have estimated that half of the registered agents would go out of business.

That seems high, but you never know.

The four who joined together to show they backed the NFLPA aren't among that group, but even they would feel the financial sting, according to sources.

Let's not get carried away with this gesture. If you think the agents are unified on anything, I have a plot of swamp land I'd love to sell you.


Category: NFL
Posted on: February 24, 2011 5:01 pm

Don't get comfortable, Chad

INDIANAPOLIS -- Chad Henne might not want to get too comfortable as the Miami Dolphins starting quarterback.

At least not the way General Manager Jeff Ireland was talking here Monday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Asked about Henne Thursday, Ireland wasn't too excited.

"Right now, he's the guy on our football team that we have to be committed to because he's the only one we have right now," Ireland said. "We're committed to him right now, and that's where we're at."

What they should be committed to is giving him more of a chance on first down. The Dolphins were way too predictable last season. New offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has to let Henne do more on early downs. If not, he has no chance.

Category: NFL
Posted on: February 24, 2011 4:51 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2011 4:51 pm

Fox needs to throw it more

John Fox takes over as coach of the Denver Broncos this season after spending the last nine in Carolina.

The big issue is what offense he will bring to the Mile High City.

Will it be run-heavy like it was in Carolina? It sure sounds like it. Mike McCoy is the offensive coordinator, and Fox said the Carolina offense is similar to what McCoy will use in Denver. McCoy worked on the Carolina staff under Fox from 2000 to 2008.

"I'm very familiar with his offense," Fox said. "We had it in Carolina. And he did it for 7 years. Style-wise, I think the system is pretty much the same. I have great confidence,and have watched him have great success as a play-caller. So, I'm not sure how many times he called plays last year. But I have great confidence in his play-calling ability. He'll do a great job."

Here's hoping McCoy does the wise thing and plays it more up-tempo than Fox did in Carolina.

Fox also said Kyle Orton is his starting quarterback. What that says for Tim Tebow nobody knows, but you hear talk that the Broncos aren't enamored with Tebow.


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