You're Hired! At our Cardinals site, you can read my report on Arizona's hiring of former Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. As I mention in the article, "The Cardinals now have Matt Leinart as their quarterback of the future, so Whisenhunt's experience in grooming [Ben] Roethlisberger -- who was Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2004 and finished third in the league in passer rating in 2005 -- certainly helped raise his odds of landing the opportunity in Arizona." Read all about it here.
Quotable: ""I didn't want to watch it. I didn't see the hold or anything. I was just waiting around, and I saw the ball in the air. And I kept following the ball, and it was unbelievable. What a great ending." -- Bears quarterback Rex Grossman on the kick in overtime that won the game for Chicago. Read the Bears' players' locker room comments in this Scout.com subscribers feature at our Bears site.
Still growing up... It's been eight years since the Browns re-launched their franchise in Cleveland. So Frank Derry at our Browns site takes a look at how Cleveland compares to other expansion teams as a measurement of their progress since starting over in the NFL. This is an interesting piece, especially for fans of the eight other teams that joined the league since the mid-1960s -- the Dolphins, Jaguars, Texans, Bengals, Panthers, Seahawks, Saints, Buccaneers and Falcons. It'll also appeal to NFL history buffs. Visit our Browns site and take a look.
|Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reacts after San Diego wins a replay challenge (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)|
Stop this crap! At our Cowboys site, they're reporting that owner Jerry Jones fired that line at a pair of radio show hosts this week when they pushed him on the future of Bill Parcells and Terrell Owens live during his weekly show. Find out more about how they pushed his buttons and his response here.
The right move? Nick Athan at our Chiefs site reviews the team's decision to extend tight end Tony Gonzalez's contract explains why it was the right decision for Kansas City. "Some people are still questioning this move," he says. "After all, Gonzalez will be playing in his 11th season, and how productive can he this side of 30? I can tell you with zero hesitation – extremely productive." Scout.com subscribers can read his analysis of the situation here.
Yuck... After his team's loss to the Colts on Saturday, Ravens
quarterback Steve McNair said, "This is a bitter taste." He also talks
about the momentum shifting interception by Colts rookie safety Antoine Bethea.
"On the squeeze play, Todd [Heap] actually beat his man and once he went to
the left, I just reacted and didn't see the guy on the backside. The backside
guy made a hell of a play," he said. "We didn't make the play and
that's something in the playoffs you cannot do regardless of them making good
plays or not." Scout.com
subscribers can read the transcript of his remarks to the media.
|Packers QB Brett Favre (Getty Images/Doug Pensinger)|
New approach, same results: Our Broncos site is reporting that
Denver changed their defensive scheme a bit this year, relying less on blitzes
and more on the front four to apply the pressure. But once again the team
finished in the middle of the league (16th) with 35 sacks. Get
the inside slant on the Broncos and the decisions they are facing this offseason
The top three: Our Vikings site has collected input from a number of NFC beat writers regarding the top three personnel needs of their respective teams that they follow. You know what your team's needs are. Find out which NFC teams may be competing for some of the same players in free agency and in the draft in this Scout.com subscribers feature.
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