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The League: July, 2011

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 07/29/2011

Lightning round free agency highlights

Why would the Panthers spend top dollar to bring Williams back to an already crowded backfield? And why would Williams want to come back to what will be one of the worst teams in the league just to split carries in a muddled timeshare?

By Aaron Stern  |  11:24 AM ET, 07/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 07/29/2011

Checking sources in the NFL’s Twitter frenzy

The reporter planted false information, and the bait was taken. The blogger posted the info as fact, failing to check the facts. To make matters worse, other people took that information and ran with it, too. None of them bothered to check their facts.

By Nick Houllis  |  11:15 AM ET, 07/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 07/28/2011

Free agent hitchhiking with Kyle Orton, Reggie Bush, Sidney Rice and Nnamdi Asomugha

Once the lockout ended. I hit the road. I decided to hitchhike the country. Don’t ask me why, I don’t even know why. Ironically, I was picked up by some interesting NFL characters along the way.

By Richard Boadu  |  03:10 PM ET, 07/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 07/28/2011

In trading for Albert Haynesworth Bill Belichick continues to be the ultimate collector

Bill Belichick once again lands a top talent for next to nothing as the Patriots trade for Albert Haynesworth.

By Anthony Stalter  |  02:26 PM ET, 07/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 07/28/2011

Albert Haynesworth: Bill Belichick’s newest knucklehead

So Albert Haynesworth is going to New England, huh? Gosh, I am starting to think Bill Belichick likes, and even needs knuckleheads in small doses.

By Brian Tarcy  |  01:22 PM ET, 07/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 07/28/2011

Goodbye, Matt Lienart

By turning down an opportunity to be reunited with Pete Carroll in Seattle, Matt Lienart has just thrown away his best chance to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.

By Michael Kun  |  01:05 PM ET, 07/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 07/27/2011

The players won one

The players won where it most mattered during the lockout: in hanging together without a visible crack in their solidarity. The NFLPA still has to reconstitute itself in legal terms, but the players’ actions have already recreated a “union.”.

By Michael Oriard  |  03:21 PM ET, 07/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 07/25/2011

NFL chaos continues from spring to summer to fall

My suspicion is that this year the successful teams will be the ones who best prepared during the lockout for the craziness that will start this week -- free agency; camps without any offseason practice or the like; out-of-shape players, and rookies less prepared than ever.

By Dave Goldberg  |  01:22 PM ET, 07/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 07/22/2011

More headaches expected for the NFL on concussion issues

The real new threat looming is the widening perception that football is unsafe at any speed. While safety was a priority bone of contention during labor negotiations, it is by no means certain that the issue has been resolved.

By Derede McAlpin  |  03:35 PM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Concussions, NFL Labor, Derede McAlpin

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 07/22/2011

NFL Lockout: An open letter to DeMaurice Smith

DeMaurice Smith has a chance to rewrite history. It’s not about the rhetoric of a lawyer or politician, but of the true leader of courage who knows it’s not about pleasing everyone, it’s about making things right.

By Nick Lowery  |  02:19 PM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL Labor, Nick Lowery

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 07/21/2011

NFL Lockout damage control: Five ways the NFL can renew the faith of the American fan

Now that the NFL CBA is on track to be ratified and the NFL season is approaching, I pose this question: What do the NFL owners and players owe the fans for the torment, anguish and suffering they have put them through during this four-month lockout?

By Peter Schaffer  |  01:18 PM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 07/21/2011

NFL Lockout: Just tell us when it’s over

Dragging the public through each step of negotiations guarantees only that there really were no winners in the NFL Lockout.

By Keith McMillan  |  08:52 AM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 07/20/2011

Plenty of head coaching experience sitting on sidelines in 2011

There seems to be a growing trend of solid former NFL head coaches watching games instead of being on the sidelines coaching them.

By Matt Loede  |  12:47 PM ET, 07/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 07/20/2011

Expect a different type of NFL preseason this summer

With coaches not having any needed time to work with new players, or older players not having time to work with their new coaches, something is going to have to give, and that could result in more emphasis being placed on the preseason.

By Nick Houllis  |  12:15 PM ET, 07/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 07/19/2011

NFL Lockout: Hey NFL, what about your fans?

What did the fans get out of this NFL lockout besides five months of frustration?

By Anthony Stalter  |  02:32 PM ET, 07/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL Labor, Anthony Stalter

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 07/18/2011

NFL Lockout: A gift for old school football fans

For those who prefer games to be decided less by brains than brawn, the lockout may have been a gift.

By Aaron Stern  |  03:00 PM ET, 07/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 07/15/2011

Top 5 quarterbacks with a chance to win their first Super Bowl this year

Quarterbacks who have won the Super Bowl make up a small club and those are usually the guys considered favorites to win the big one every year. But which quarterbacks could break through and hoist their first Lombardi trophy this season?

By Brian Tarcy  |  04:09 PM ET, 07/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 07/15/2011

It’s time to bring back NFL nicknames

The NFL has lost player nicknames. It’s time to bring them back.

By Michael Kun  |  11:16 AM ET, 07/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:34 PM ET, 07/13/2011

NFL Lockout: A world turned upside down

With the NFL’s owners aiming for a socialist collective bargaining system and the players targeting free market capitalism it’s no wonder the two sides can’t seem to strike a deal that would finally end the NFL lockout.

By Peter Schaffer  |  09:34 PM ET, 07/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 07/13/2011

The mysterious moving NFL lockout end date

It seems like every week, there is a new report about the end of the NFL Lockout... and every week, that deadline comes and goes. Frankly, NFL fans are like Charlie Brown and the NFL has been acting like Lucy.

By Jason Brewer  |  03:31 PM ET, 07/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 07/12/2011

A few free agents who could help any team

Versatile free agents who can help just about any team in the NFL will be hot commodities when the league finally ends its work stoppage.

By Brandon Benson  |  02:51 PM ET, 07/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 07/11/2011

Right of first refusal is worse than the franchise tag

Right of first refusal may be acceptable if the owners agree to only having one, but the whole concept goes against the very nature of what the players won back in the 1990s by striking and suing the NFL in the first place.

By Nick Houllis  |  04:13 PM ET, 07/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL Labor, Nick Houllis

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 07/08/2011

Turning adversity into advantage

The teams that stay together during the tumultuous NFL lockout will have the best chance to endure and emerge healthy, wealthy and ready to compete for an NFL championship.

By Nick Lowery  |  12:36 PM ET, 07/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL Labor, Redskins, Nick Lowery

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 07/07/2011

Chad Ochocinco and New England - a perfect fit

It’s the reason the New England Patriots are always among the NFL’s best. They find value in players that don’t seem to find much love elsewhere. Players like Chad Ochocinco.

By Matt Loede  |  01:22 PM ET, 07/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 07/06/2011

The waiting is the hardest part

What if the lockout never ends? What if the lockout ends tomorrow? And what about free agents? This is enough to drive an NFL fan to the brink, but the brink of what?

By Brian Tarcy  |  12:51 PM ET, 07/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL Labor, Brian Tarcy

Posted at 06:41 PM ET, 07/01/2011

Hollywood for the less-than-attractive people

NFL owners need to take a look in the mirror and realize their elite social status is derived from the success of the game on the field — a game they are currently road-blocking.

By Peter Schaffer  |  06:41 PM ET, 07/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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