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Archive: April 2010

League should take action

The NFL has a responsibility to incoming players to more closely monitor pre-draft interviews so questions like the one Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland asked Dez Bryant are prohibited.

By Anthony Stalter | April 30, 2010; 12:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Questions complicate larger issues

The public outcry surrounding Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland's inappropriate question to Dez Bryant could forever change the protocol for prospect interviews

By Doug Farrar | April 30, 2010; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

An inexcusable inquiry

There's no way to sugarcoat the question Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland posed to Dez Bryant in a pre-draft interview, and the NFL should encourage future draft prospects to report that type of questioning.

By Brandon Benson | April 30, 2010; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (1)

Whistle blowing aspirations

The real outrage in the Dez Bryant-Jeff Ireland situation should be directed at the sports writer who blew this story out of proportion to brighten his own star.

By Matt Infante | April 30, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Crossing the line

Asking a potential NFL draft pick personal questions about his own background is one thing, but interrogating him about his family is crossing the line.

By Dave Goldberg | April 30, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Context and tone

Without knowing the tone or context of the questions posed to Dez Bryant and Myron Rolle, it's impossible to know whether or not they were inappropriate. What we do know is both men were mature enough to handle them.

By Michael Kun | April 30, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Let them ask

Before investing millions of dollars in a player, NFL franchise executives should be permitted to asses a player's character...only if they are willing to accept whatever any and all responses.

By Dan Parker | April 30, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Interview regulation?

Should the NFL more closely monitor and regulate how franchises conduct pre-draft player interviews?

By Reader Poll | April 29, 2010; 11:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ratings say it all

For true fans of the NFL draft, the new prime time format was a smashing success.

By Anthony Stalter | April 27, 2010; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Drafting America's idols

For fans of the NFLs best teams and its worst, April is the best time of the year.

By Brian Tarcy | April 27, 2010; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Online is the way to go

NFL.com provided updates, scouting reports and all the information the television broadcasts were lacking.

By Brandon Benson | April 27, 2010; 9:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Driven Away from ESPN

The new NFL draft prime time format worked for ratings but ESPN's coverage was a train wreck.

By Doug Farrar | April 27, 2010; 1:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Best draft coverage ever?

Did you enjoy the 2010 NFL draft broadcast more than broadcasts in previous years?

By Reader Poll | April 27, 2010; 12:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

ESPN ruins the moment

By beating Roger Goodell to the podium time and time again, ESPN stole the thunder of the NFL commissioner and ruined the spirit of the 2010 NFL draft.

By Michael Kun | April 27, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Picks over shtick

All the interviews, on-set arguments and fluff of ESPN's 2010 NFL draft broadcast took away from what viewers actually wanted to see -- the picks.

By Edward Valentine | April 27, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bumblin' and fumblin'

The overblown overkill of ESPN's NFL draft coverage team detracted from the event, leading at least one draftnik to flip to the NFL Network.

By Dave Goldberg | April 27, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Slippery slope

By issuing suspensions to players who have not been charged with crimes, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is in danger of becoming Big Brother

By Jason Maloni | April 22, 2010; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (1)

Goodell had to do something

It's hard to find a fitting punishment when the full extent of the offense remains unknown, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had to take action against Ben Roethlisberger and the four-to-six game suspension is about the best he could do.

By Dan Parker | April 22, 2010; 9:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

Moral vs. criminal code

Roger Goodell's decision to suspend Ben Roethlisberger for six games protects the integrity of the NFL's moral standards without overstepping his bounds as commissioner.

By Doug Farrar | April 22, 2010; 1:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

Not about the number

It's not the length of the suspension dolled out to Ben Roethlisberger that matters. It's how he uses that time to recoup his image and grow up.

By Anthony Stalter | April 22, 2010; 12:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fortunate son

Ben Roethlisberger should consider himself lucky to walk away with the suspension handed down by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and clean up his act now.

By Robert Littal | April 21, 2010; 11:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

Not the Rooney way

Ben Roethlisberger's alleged transgressions have placed him in a group of former Pittsburgh Steelers who the Rooney family saw fit to unload to maintain the team's values. And like those before him, Roethlisberger is likely on his way out of the Steel City.

By Leonard Shapiro | April 21, 2010; 7:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

It helped another QB

The suspension handed down from Roger Goodell may be tough to swallow, but Ben Roethlisberger need only look to another star quarterback to see how league mandated punishment can help a talented player mature.

By Dave Goldberg | April 21, 2010; 4:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Is the six-game suspension fair?

Is NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to suspend Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for six games fair?

By Reader Poll | April 21, 2010; 3:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Should the Rams draft Bradford?

Should the St. Louis Rams draft Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford with the No. 1 overall pick?

By Reader Poll | April 20, 2010; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Crap shoot at QB

Taking a quarterback at No. 1 is a crap shoot, but if the St. Louis Rams select Sam Bradford, I'm not going to argue.

By Dave Goldberg | April 20, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Make it Suh

The Rams may have their sights set on quarterback Sam Bradford with their No. 1 pick, but Ndamukong Suh provides just as much talent and possibly a bigger pay off in the long run.

By Joel Thorman | April 20, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's a QB league

If the Rams see Sam Bradford as a potential franchise quarterback, they've already made their decision.

By Larry Brown | April 20, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Short sighted moves

Bringing in Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie give the Jets a better chance to win now, but by the end of the season, the could be right back where they were without the draft picks to fill the same holes.

By Jason Brewer | April 14, 2010; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

Unfamiliar spotlight

The Jets flourished with a roster full of role players and team-oriented individuals in year one under Rex Ryan. He'll face a much greater test with a new trio of players who prefer the spotlight to anonymity.

By Michael Bean | April 13, 2010; 11:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cornering the market

The stability and sounds foundation Rex Ryan and the Jets posses has allowed them to take chances will talented, mercurial players.

By Doug Farrar | April 13, 2010; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

On paper, two great moves

On paper, the Jets have upgraded their talent for a relatively low price. The question that remains is how will those new pieces - specifically Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie - fit in with their team.

By Brandon Benson | April 13, 2010; 9:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Locker room test

By bringing in an aging veteran tailback and a pair of talented players with a history of off the field troubles, Rex Ryan and the New York Jets are testing the strength of the locker room chemistry that helped them reach the AFC title game last season.

By John Gennaro | April 13, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The operative word is 'if'

With a pair of talented players with off the field joining last year's AFC finalists in New York, the pay off for the Jets comes down to several big 'ifs'.

By Dave Goldberg | April 13, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

It rests on Rex

Rex Ryan must find a way for the latest additions to the New York Jets to mesh with his locker room for a team that lucked into the playoffs in 2009 to make a return trip in 2010.

By Michael Kun | April 13, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Smart moves for the Jets?

Were the trades that brought Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie to New York smart moves for the Jets?

By Reader Poll | April 13, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Business as usual

Donovan McNabb leaving the Eagles for D.C. could shake up the NFC East, but all in all, it's just business as usual for both NFL franchises.

By Dave Goldberg | April 5, 2010; 9:37 AM ET | Comments (6)

FedEx-glue factory

It remains to be seen if this will go down as the worst move in Eagles' history or the smartest in Daniel Snyder's.

By Emil Steiner | April 4, 2010; 9:32 PM ET | Comments (4)

Will McNabb fit in DC?

What do you think of the Redskins trading for Donovan McNabb?

By Reader Poll | April 4, 2010; 9:25 PM ET | Comments (28)

Realistic expectations

Outside of Philadelphia, Donovan McNabb still has the ability to be productive with a fresh start on a team in need of a steady winner.

By Sean McCann | April 2, 2010; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

The numbers don't lie

On the right team with a strong receiving corps, Donovan McNabb could continue to produce and win games.

By Doug Farrar | April 2, 2010; 12:43 AM ET | Comments (1)

He deserves better

The Eagles would be wise to see what they have in Kevin Kolb, but for all Donovan McNabb has given Philadelphia, he deserves better than Oakland.

By Dave Goldberg | April 2, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

The final piece

Donovan McNabb has plenty left in the tank, which makes him the perfect quarterback to push a borderline team into the playoffs. Think Brett Favre 2.0.

By Jason Brewer | April 2, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Could McNabb turn around a struggling franchise?

At this stage of his career, could Donovan McNabb turn around a struggling franchise?

By Reader Poll | April 2, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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