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Archive: October 2008

A Lombardi, Landry Ticket

They went to different churches, but they were able to work together.

By Sam Huff | October 31, 2008; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (8)

Could Fisher Fix America?

In these trying and uncertain times, America is in need of a President who can find success, no matter what the obstacles may be.

By Doug Farrar | October 31, 2008; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Mullet Man and Zorn

A Fisher-Zorn ticket would be great and Belichick has the tapes to prove it.

By Cindy Boren | October 31, 2008; 11:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Being Nominated is Cool

It's a travesty to me that assistant coaches are never considered.

By Randy Cross | October 30, 2008; 1:18 PM ET | Comments (6)

Dominant Dermontti

Don't hate on Dawson just because he played the offensive ine.

By David Aldridge | October 30, 2008; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (5)

Cortez the Killer

Kennedy was the best defensive tackle of his era.

By Doug Farrar | October 30, 2008; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (1)

Don't Forget Davis and Craig

Roger Craig and Terrell Davis were virtually indispensable cogs in their respective offenses

By Gene Wang | October 30, 2008; 12:03 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Case For Hayes, Grimm, Tagliabue

The guess here is that Bob Hayes gets in this time, but so should Russ Grimm and Paul Tagliabue.

By Mark Maske | October 30, 2008; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (1)

Can't Make the Club in the Tub

Balancing the conflicting interests of team, sport and well being is the responsibility of not just the player, but his agent.

By Peter Schaffer | October 29, 2008; 5:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Money Creates Security

It's different today because of the money and the salary cap. If I didn't play, someone might take my job.

By Joe Theismann | October 29, 2008; 1:51 PM ET | Comments (9)

Their Own Worst Enemies

The bulk of the pressure to play hurt, it seems to me, is self-imposed.

By Mark Maske | October 29, 2008; 1:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hurt or Injured?

There is always a delicate balance between taking a short term risk by allowing the player play versus sacrificing the future of the team

By Dr. A. Brion Gardner | October 29, 2008; 1:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Discipline Still Works

Look at Parcells. Look at Belichick. Singletary's way still can work but he needs the support of his superiors.

By Mark Maske | October 28, 2008; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (1)

Old School Works

Playing is about being unselfish, and what you sacrifice for the team will ultimately pay you back more.

By Keenan McCardell | October 28, 2008; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Win, and He's In

In the end, there's only one way to get your team to buy in long-term to what Singletary is trying to accomplish. You have to win.

By Doug Farrar | October 28, 2008; 9:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Keep It Real

To me, that was Mike Singletary being himself.

By Dan Reeves | October 28, 2008; 8:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

Singletary: Home Run or K

Singletary's no-nonsense approach should work in theory, but I don't think it will in San Francisco.

By Zach Leibowitz | October 28, 2008; 8:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Better Chance of Infamy

The Lions and Bengals are 0-16 threats but you still can't quite convince me it's actually going to happen.

By Mark Maske | October 27, 2008; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Perfection is Easier

16-0 has happened, and 0-16 hasn't.

By Gene Wang | October 27, 2008; 9:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

Bengals Need Implosion

The Lions are a mess, but Cincinnati faces tougher competition.

By Doug Farrar | October 27, 2008; 9:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Measured Approach

Professional football cannot be allowed to degenerate into professional wrestling anymore than it can afford to become ballet.

By Emil Steiner | October 24, 2008; 2:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Place for Bounties

Commissioner Roger Goodell should step in big time if an organization is caught putting a price on a player's head.

By Dick Vermeil | October 24, 2008; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Not Much More The League Can Do

The NFL can't issue punishments if any players who might be involved in bounties keep their mouths shut.

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2008; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bounties Backfire

If you need to put a price on someone's head to get motivated then you are in the wrong sport.

By Keenan McCardell | October 24, 2008; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

Put a Bounty Suggs

It's time for Roger Goodell to suspend Terrell Suggs indefinitely.

By Zach Leibowitz | October 24, 2008; 12:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Top Picks can Actually Hinder Rebuilding

Better to win all you can, get your draft strategy in order, and let the chips fall where they may.

By Doug Farrar | October 23, 2008; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Empty Tank

You're better off trying to build momentum going forward. It's not like basketball

By Charley Casserly | October 23, 2008; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (1)

Tank Away

While it's true that drafting high is no guarantee of success, it is the best shot a team can get at the top college football players.

By Emil Steiner | October 23, 2008; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Draft's a Crap Shoot

There's no use trying to lose games to get a top pick when top picks so often turn out to be expensive mistakes.

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2008; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bookmakers Dilemma

Obviously I'd love to have the information way in advance but I doubt the NFL teams are about to accommodate a bunch of bookmakers in Las Vegas.

By Johnny Avello | October 22, 2008; 2:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Conflict of Information

I remember we got fined once because on a Friday, Steve McNair got the flu.

By Floyd Reese | October 22, 2008; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Behind the Secrets

Between you and me... don't tell anybody!

By Dr. A. Brion Gardner | October 22, 2008; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Art of Deception

Teams aren't in the business of assisting their opponents with confidential and internal information about their own teams.

By Peter Schaffer | October 22, 2008; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Full Disclosure? It'll Never Happen

Teams disclose what the NFL requires them to disclose, and very little else.

By Mark Maske | October 22, 2008; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not the Same Colts

They may end up being the football version of the series "24."

By Randy Cross | October 21, 2008; 2:48 PM ET | Comments (1)

One Year Interruption

Are they that far away? No. But the plays that have gone their way in the past aren't going their way now.

By Joe Theismann | October 21, 2008; 2:19 PM ET | Comments (10)

Don't Count Colts Out Yet

Indianapolis will be a contender down the stretch this season and may be representing the AFC in the Super Bowl.

By Gene Wang | October 21, 2008; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Will Rally

You don't panic. You just fight. That's all you can do, and the Colts will do it.

By Archie Manning | October 21, 2008; 11:53 AM ET | Comments (5)

The Colts Are Crumbling

It's still possible they could get this turned around, but you don't get that feeling about this team.

By Mark Maske | October 21, 2008; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's Over... This Season

But Manning is too good to be down for long.

By David Aldridge | October 21, 2008; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Losing Stud Status

The Colts may still very well make the playoffs this season. However, the 13 and 14-win seasons are part of the past in the Manning era.

By Zach Leibowitz | October 21, 2008; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (2)

Haslett Not the Difference

People are entitled to their opinion, but firing Scott Linehan had nothing to do with the Rams turnaround.

By Dick Vermeil | October 20, 2008; 1:34 PM ET | Comments (2)

Haslett Has Saved the Short-Term Rams

It was obvious to anyone who has observed the Rams this year that a change had to be made

By Doug Farrar | October 20, 2008; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Haslett Got Them Believing

He's got them not worrying about history and he's got them moving forward one step at a time.

By Dan Reeves | October 20, 2008; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (2)

Rams No Longer Lambs

Haslett absolutely deserves credit for the Rams sudden resurgence.

By Zach Leibowitz | October 20, 2008; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Losing Linehan Was Key

Give Jim Haslett some credit, but don't go overboard. This is more about Scott Linehan being gone than who succeeded him.

By Mark Maske | October 20, 2008; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

In Person, the NFL Is Third

I'd rather go to a college -- or high school -- game.

By Jon DeNunzio | October 17, 2008; 1:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

College Is King

The rivalries are just bigger in the NCAA

By Robert Smith | October 17, 2008; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (1)

Major vs. Minor League

.Never mind that the "integrity of amateur sports" argument was proven to be a canard decades ago

By Doug Farrar | October 17, 2008; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Watch How the Pros Do It

It's hard to completely dedicate yourself to a college system that still can't produce an undisputed champion.

By Zach Leibowitz | October 17, 2008; 11:17 AM ET | Comments (4)

NFL Is King

College football is exciting, but it can't compare to the raw emotion and parity of the NFL.

By Peter Schaffer | October 17, 2008; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (3)

October 12th-19th Winner

18-game schedule? YEAH!!! More Playoff teams? HELL NO! NO MORE UNDESERVING "PLAYOFF" TEAMS!!! Basically, this boils down to the fact that the NFL can charge the networks more money if they have more premium (read: playoff) games to offer. I...

By TOP COMMENTER | October 16, 2008; 5:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Don't Change It

Adding even one more playoff team per conference would distill the NFL postseason into warmed-over ginger ale.

By David Aldridge | October 16, 2008; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Let It Be Goodell

Extending the regular season is fine but don't mess with the playoffs.

By Mark Maske | October 16, 2008; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (2)

NFL not the NHL

It should be a hard earned victory just to make the playoffs. Don't saturate the system.

By Zach Leibowitz | October 16, 2008; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (1)

Real Heroes Speak Out

Let's make players' free speech rights a bi-partisan cause.

By E.J. Dionne Jr. | October 15, 2008; 3:44 PM ET | Comments (2)

Big Brother Crennel

Romeo Crennel's dictum is way out of line. Not only does talking politics belong in locker rooms but they could use more of it.

By Jess Atkinson | October 15, 2008; 12:04 PM ET | Comments (7)

Good For Political Players

Coaches might not like it, but too bad.

By Mark Maske | October 15, 2008; 9:32 AM ET | Comments (1)

We Want It Both Ways

Today's athletes are less predisposed to air their political views because their words can be twisted in just about any fashion.

By Doug Farrar | October 15, 2008; 9:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Unity Needs Paternalism

In order to remain a team, the individual comes second.

By Don Yee | October 15, 2008; 9:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

Tough to Win Without QB1

The Cowboys without Tony Romo aren't even close.

By Doug Farrar | October 14, 2008; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Romo Chokes the 'Boys

The Cowboys are better off without Tony Romo. They have a better chance of winning the Super Bowl with Brad Johnson at the helm, and here's why.

By Emil Steiner | October 14, 2008; 1:26 AM ET | Comments (4)

Time For a Cowboys T.O.

At This Point, Can Losing Romo Really Hurt Them That Much?

By Cindy Boren | October 14, 2008; 1:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Doomsday for Dallas

The Dallas Cowboys are done. Mark it down. In a season that began Super Bowl or bust, Dallas is careening toward the latter.

By Gene Wang | October 14, 2008; 1:12 AM ET | Comments (2)

Don't Count Them Out

The Dallas Cowboys are far from done despite Tony Romo being sidelined for the next month.

By Zach Leibowitz | October 14, 2008; 1:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Atlanta is Rising Again

Who would have thought the Falcons could be this good?

By Doug Farrar | October 13, 2008; 1:32 PM ET | Comments (1)

Ryan Tops the List

Matt Ryan may be the best rookie quarterback we've seen in a while.

By Jon DeNunzio | October 13, 2008; 1:25 PM ET | Comments (1)

Dr. Jones & Mr. Pacman

This week's events may have jeopardized all the positive work and progress.

By Peter Schaffer | October 11, 2008; 11:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cut Pac Some Slack

He's been improving some and deserves some credit.

By Keenan McCardell | October 10, 2008; 4:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

A clear policy is needed

The problem is there's no set policy for dealing with him and other players who get themselves in trouble.

By Les Carpenter | October 10, 2008; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lifetime Ban Seems Unlikely

The commissioner is disappointed but people around the league don't think he'll impose a permanent suspension.

By Mark Maske | October 10, 2008; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Stop Holding Back Defense

It's ridiculous, why don't you just leave the defense on the sidelines?

By Charles Mann | October 9, 2008; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (2)

No Defending Too Much Offense

Without question, fewer holding calls provide offenses with a decided competitive advantage.

By Gene Wang | October 9, 2008; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's Not Helping Scores

If the NFL was trying to increase scoring with this, it's not really working.

By Doug Farrar | October 9, 2008; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

NFL Giving Fans What They Want

The league wants passing and it wants scoring. Defensive players had better just learn to live with it because that's not changing.

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2008; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Accountability Please

A player absolutely should be allowed to have a difference of opinion on a call and be able to air that grievance in a public forum.

By Gene Wang | October 8, 2008; 2:26 PM ET | Comments (3)

Let the Players Speak

If the goal of the NFL is to create fair competition they owe it to themselves, and their millions of fans to end this draconian policy.

By Emil Steiner | October 8, 2008; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (4)

Integrity Means Silence

Referees cannot be ripped by the players in the public eye.

By Zach Leibowitz | October 8, 2008; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (5)

The Officials Can Take It

They're already scrutinized so closely that a little public debate wouldn't bother them.

By Mark Maske | October 8, 2008; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Don't Get Tricked Out

If you're better than your opponent, don't screw around.

By Dick Vermeil | October 7, 2008; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (1)

Vogue Patterns

Trick plays have always been in vogue, it's just they don't work all the time so you don't notice them as much.

By Zach Leibowitz | October 7, 2008; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Memorable, If They Work

That's Why We're Noticing

By Mark Maske | October 7, 2008; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Peyton's Place Ahead of Eli

With Peyton, virtually no deficit is insurmountable. Just look at the comeback he helped engineer yesterday against Houston.

By Gene Wang | October 6, 2008; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Peyton now, Eli later

I like what I've seen from Eli this season and in last year's playoffs, but I need to see him define a game without Plaxico Burress AND not facing Seattle's pathetic secondary.

By Doug Farrar | October 6, 2008; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's Still Peyton

Unless Eli wins another Super Bowl this season

By Mark Maske | October 6, 2008; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Little (Bro) Giants

Time to go with Eli. He's younger, he's won as many Super Bowls as Peyton and he's led his defending champion Giants out of the gate still undefeated.

By Zach Leibowitz | October 5, 2008; 9:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lions First, Bengals Last

Just check out the schedules, but no one is 0-16 bad.

By Mark Maske | October 3, 2008; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Character Matters, Publicly

Ideally a team would have a roster of humanitarians who date celebrities, record platinum selling albums and win the Super Bowl every year, but it ain't gonna happen.

By Emil Steiner | October 2, 2008; 1:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Madden Had it Right

Madden was right in saying that he'd rather have a team walking off the plane looking like the local Hell's Angels chapter if they knew their jobs

By Doug Farrar | October 2, 2008; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (1)

It's Not Really A Choice

The risks that teams take on players with off-field troubles usually aren't rewarded in today's NFL.

By Mark Maske | October 2, 2008; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (1)

Better to Win With Baggage

Owners are risk takers who gain little by losing with class.

By David Carter | October 2, 2008; 8:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Desire to Change Matters

Character is never expendable however everyone deserves a second chance.

By Peter Schaffer | October 2, 2008; 8:21 AM ET | Comments (2)

Hating on Hypocrisy

Save the morality play for the church pulpit, and get those players on the field because they can help you win games

By Gene Wang | October 2, 2008; 8:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

Nine Reasons Football Rules

Has the NFL ever canceled a Super Bowl because of labor issues? I rest my case.

By Tom Boswell | October 1, 2008; 9:59 AM ET | Comments (21)

MLB Wins, if My Team's In

There is nothing sweeter than the baseball playoffs when your team actually makes it. But for the majority of those out there who aren't so lucky.

By Zach Leibowitz | October 1, 2008; 9:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wild Cards Diluted MLB

Nothing matches the intensity and sense of anticipation at an NFL postseason game.

By Mark Maske | October 1, 2008; 9:55 AM ET | Comments (2)

NFL: Competition Perfected

People watch sports for numerous reasons, distraction, camaraderie, escapism. But intrinsic to all that is the competition.

By Emil Steiner | October 1, 2008; 9:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

NFL Playoffs Are a Diamond

Pro football puts on a compelling reality show over a 15-day season every January; baseball, well, um ... how 'bout those Rays?

By Cindy Boren | October 1, 2008; 8:26 AM ET | Comments (3)

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