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Archive: May 31, 2009 - June 6, 2009

Injuries Can't Close OTAs

Every year a prominent player is injured in the supposedly non-contact Organized Team Activities that occur throughout the "off-season," leading to a groundswell of support to eliminate the workouts entirely, or to at least redefine the "voluntary" nature of the workouts.

By Rob Rang | June 4, 2009; 3:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

OTAs Command Control

If teams stopped all OTAs, minicamps and conditioning programs the quality of the league would not drop. But the coaches would feel like they have less control. Because of that, they will continue.

By Les Carpenter | June 4, 2009; 11:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

A Necessary Evil

In the end, OTAs are a necessary evil for players and teams due to the inherent risk of injuries. The best way to proceed would be capping the number of veterans involved, and encouraging teams to use the practices to develop their younger talent.

By Peter Schaffer | June 4, 2009; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (1)

What's the Difference?

Tell any player on the bubble that a team activity isn't required, whether it's implied or not, and he's likely to laugh in your face. As the NFL moves toward creating a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (we hope), the difference should either be delineated or eliminated.

By Doug Farrar | June 4, 2009; 7:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Caldwell the Hot Name

Jim Caldwell has both the luck of inheriting a solid and experienced roster and working under and for the great Tony Dungy for years. Caldwell has total familiarity with the team's entire roster, and that should help him keep the Colts in their historic and perennial perch atop the AFC South.

By Peter Schaffer | June 2, 2009; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

Anyone But McDaniels

There are too many factors that go into which team might win to make a concise and accurate choice. It's easier to peg a team whose new coach has set the entire franchise up for failure, and that's precisely what Denver's Josh McDaniels has done.

By Doug Farrar | June 2, 2009; 7:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Caldwell in Catbird Seat

Not every first-year coach has the luxury of inheriting a team with a starting quarterback who is a three-time MVP and a lock for the Hall of Fame. Fortunately for Indianapolis's Jim Caldwell, he has that and plenty more.

By Gene Wang | June 2, 2009; 6:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

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