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Archive: November 8, 2009 - November 14, 2009

Hate not essential to rivalry

The Colts and Patriots already have a terrific rivalry, not because they hate each other but because they divvied up history together.

By Sean McCann | November 13, 2009; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (1)

A media rivalry

There's no hate between the Colts and the Patriots because it's not really a rivalry.

By Dan Levy | November 13, 2009; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (4)

Hate is good

Patriots and Colts as rivals? Please! Maybe friendly rivals.

By Brian Tarcy | November 13, 2009; 9:59 AM ET | Comments (2)

Players are pros

"Hate" or "respect" as the basis for a football rivalry is a matter for fans and the media.

By Michael Oriard | November 13, 2009; 9:46 AM ET | Comments (1)

Great QBs, not a rivalry

After Brady and Manning decline and then retire this so-called rivalry will fade and fizzle.

By Dave Goldberg | November 13, 2009; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Respect tackles hate

Today a great rivalry has to have an air of respect, and it's for the best.

By Joe Baker | November 13, 2009; 9:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Too much love

A rivalry really needs to be based more on the dislike for one another than the mutual respect teams have.

By Matt Loede | November 13, 2009; 9:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

How hard is keeping quiet?

If he doesn't grow up and put on some big boy pants he's going to find himself out of the league.

By Dan Levy | November 11, 2009; 1:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

Anything's Possible

If Michael Vick and Ricky Williams can turn it on again, why not LJ?

By Jason Maloni | November 11, 2009; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

LJ's revenge

Don't be surprised if Johnson makes a late run at the Pro Bowl just to spite his previous employers and fans.

By Chris Richardson | November 11, 2009; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (1)

LJ's numbers don't lie

I'm not saying he doesn't deserve another shot. I just don't know how much he has left.

By H. Gore | November 11, 2009; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

He'll be back

NFL teams have signed drunk drivers, sexual assaulters, petty criminals, felons and dog killers -- Larry Johnson is no exception.

By Mike Freeman | November 11, 2009; 8:50 AM ET | Comments (5)

Performance trumps slurs

Johnson could have said just about anything had he been averaging five yards a carry for a Chiefs team that was 7-1 and not 1-7.

By Jim Buzinski | November 11, 2009; 8:28 AM ET | Comments (5)

If the team fits

Larry Johnson can be effective but the situation has to be perfect or it'll blow up in the head coach's face.

By Joel Thorman | November 11, 2009; 7:57 AM ET | Comments (3)

Follow Cedric Benson

If Larry Johnson takes responsibility and finds a genuine desire to chance, then he has the talent to find a renaissance.

By Josh Kirkendall | November 11, 2009; 7:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

He's not Cedric Benson

I don't know if Larry Johnson has had the "man in the mirror" moment where he realizes that a lot of his wounds are self inflicted.

By Robert Littal | November 11, 2009; 7:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Will Larry Johnson rebound?

Crime, homophobia, dissing his coach, can Larry Johnson ever recover? Vote now...

By Reader Poll | November 11, 2009; 7:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Front office first

History is rather definitive that coaches, left to their own devices, aren't the best judges of talent.

By David Aldridge | November 9, 2009; 1:38 PM ET | Comments (2)

Harmony is key

Having a strong general manager and a strong head coach who can gel is how you win a Super Bowl.

By Shawn Zobel | November 9, 2009; 1:19 PM ET | Comments (1)

Does it matter?

The Browns are so messed up that they will be nearly impossible to fix anyway.

By Dan Parker | November 9, 2009; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (2)

Owner is king

The most critical person is the one who hires the coach and GM.

By Dave Goldberg | November 9, 2009; 9:45 AM ET | Comments (2)

GM trumps coach

Control over personnel is the overwhelming key to any team's success or failure.

By Doug Farrar | November 9, 2009; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

GM has it easier

Put Belichick back in a Browns hoodie and he'd be lucky to go 5-11 again.

By Sean McCann | November 9, 2009; 9:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

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