Mac's NFL Blog - 9/14/07

BeliGate. PatriotGate. HandyCamGate. Whatever you chose to call it, hopefully the punishment handed down by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell can allow us all to move on and actually start talking about the world's greatest game, instead of those who attempt to cheat it.

Personally, I think Bill Belichick got off light. A $500K fine? For him, that's something that can be recouped on a few extra corporate speaking engagements next off-season.

The only real punishment was the Patriots' potentially losing their 1st round pick in 2008. For anyone other team, that would be a severe penalty. However, New England has two first round picks, and since they're a virtual lock to make the post-season, they'll retain the higher of their first round picks.

This is quite a departure from the heavy-handed punishment Goodell has dished out in his reign at the top. Wade Wilson got five games for using HGH to treat diabetes on the sole basis that Goodell is holding coaches to a higher standard than the players. If a player is caught cheating, even if it's unintentional and negligible, he is suspended for 4 games.  And yet, despite the "higher standard" for coaches, Bill Belichick got nothing?

Shameful.

Below are the scandal-free links of the day. Enjoy!

Atlanta Falcons rookie linebacker Stephen Nicholas outplayed fellow linebacker Demorrio Williams on Sunday, but there's no word on who the starter will be on Sunday in Jacksonville.

D. Orlando Ledbetter's Falcons notebook in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that rookie DE Jamaal Anderson received some special attention in Minnesota last Sunday.

Do you live in Jacksonville and want to see the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Atlanta Falcons? You'd better buy a ticket, because the game will be blacked out locally.

Buffalo Bills CB Jason Webster was placed on injured reserve; LB Leon Joe has been signed to take that roster spot.

35% of women in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area consider themselves loyal football fans, which is more than any other city in the United States.

Within this Pittsburgh Steelers notebook in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, we learn that Steelers CB Deshea Townsend returned to practice on Friday and the Steelers have some ideas for why they lead the league in female fans.

The New Orleans Saints secondary knows it must perform better than it did in Week 1 against Indianapolis.

After starting three rookies in the 2006 season opener, the Saints used just one rookie against the Indianapolis Colts.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Cadillac Williams returned to practice on Thursday, but the news isn't so good on CB Brian Kelly.

Green Bay Packers WR Koren Robinson has filed for reinstatement with the NFL.

Packers running backs coach Edgar Bennett believes rookie RB Ryan Grant is the second coming....of former Packers running back Dorsey Levens.

New York Giants QB Eli Manning plans on being ready for Sunday.

Can the Houston Texans go from double-digit losses to double-digit wins?

Carolina Panthers rookie LB Jon Beason got his first hit in the NFL on St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson, and it was much different than what he was used to in college.

San Francisco 49ers rookie LB Patrick Willis thanked assistant head coach Mike Singletary for being his coach.

St. Louis Rams WR Drew Bennett hopes to make his St. Louis debut this Sunday.

Rams LB Chris Draft is practicing for injured starter Pisa Tinoisamoa.

Indianapolis Colts LB Tyjuan Hagler could make his first NFL start this Sunday in Tennessee.

New Tennessee Titans DE Bryce Fisher is learning that Southern hospitality does exist.

Cincinnati Bengals RB Rudi Johnson always has a good day when he faces the Cleveland Browns.

Cleveland Browns CB Leigh Bodden says Bengals WR Chad Johnson won't be getting into the end-zone against him.

Seattle Seahawks WR Nate Burleson is looking forward to starting and returning punts.

Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck thinks the Arizona Cardinals are one of the better defenses they'll face all season.

Cardinals QB Matt Leinart has to do a better job of reading the defense.

Mac Engel of the Star-Telegram has five things the Dallas Cowboys can do to repair their defense.

The surgery Cowboys WR Terry Glenn had this week could allow him to play this season. Dallas also got encouraging news on CB Terence Newman.

Fox Sports has used scientific methods to determine that, with a good running start, Miami Dolphins LB Joey Porter hits opposing quarterbacks at 14 miles per hour. (Which is 86 miles per hour slower than his mouth)

The Miami Dolphins don't have anyone who can emulate what Cowboys WR Terrell Owens can do on the field.

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Erasmus James is at least another week away from returning from a serious knee injury he suffered a year ago.

Despite a rather glaring mistake, Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz believes Lions QB Jon Kitna played mistake-free football against Oakland a week ago.

The Lions have until 4:05pm today to sell 2,000 tickets to avoid having their home opener blacked out locally.

Now that QB JaMarcus Russell has joined the fray in Oakland, QB Andrew Walter is the odd man out.

Oakland Raiders DT Gerard Warren is returning to Denver this Sunday, but insists he has no hard feelings towards his former team.

Kansas City Chiefs DT Alfonso Boone made a big impression in his Chiefs debut.

Chicago Bears free safety Danieal Manning is trying to put a rookie mistake on the game's biggest stage behind him as he heads back in the starting lineup.

New York Jets WR Justin McCareins has the strongest rapport among the wide receivers with new Jets starting QB Kellen Clemens.

Baltimore Ravens QB Kyle Boller is prepared to start his first game since the end of the 2005 regular season.

The San Diego Chargers are going out of their way to be politically correct when discussing their opponent this week.

New England Patriots LB Rosevelt Colvin has some words for the Chargers.

Patriots DE Richard Seymour, who is on the physically unable to perform list, says he's "doing just fine".

Everyone expects the Washington Redskins to use cornerback Shawn Springs more this week.

It sounds like it might be awhile before Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb is a threat to run.


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