Sunday's NFL Blog

February 4, 2007 ... Need a special teams ace, short-yardage back or QB for 2007? ... Super Bowl predictions ... are Culpepper and Cameron a good match in Miami? ... insight on two new Hall of Famers ... big story brewing in San Diego ... no joy in the Motor City and much more in today's NFL Blog!

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Should he stay or should he go? Chuck Hixson at our Eagles site provides his analysis on the future of unrestricted free agent Quintin Mikell, the special teams captain this year in Philadelphia. "Since signing with the Eagles, Mikell leads the team with 108 special teams tackles and led the team with 35 special teams tackles this past season," he says. Whose team can't use a guy like that? Find out if Hixson thinks the Eagles will do all they can to hold onto him or if your team might be able to snare this special teams ace.

Worth the wait:  Former Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin said that being selected for induction into the Hall of Fame was "worth the wait." Mike Fisher at our Cowboys affiliate became a close friend of Irvin's a few years ago and says that the ever-confident Cowboy "believed he could out-work, out-wit, out-play, anyone. That trait, however, was an almost self-destructive liability; it explains his brazen involvement with drugs, the grin he still wears when discussing with me his 'addiction to women' and his simply moronic decisions to pull stunts like the infamous wearing of that full-length fur coat to the courthouse."  Gain more insight on Irvin and his induction from someone who knows him well at our Dallas site

Not all sunshine and coconuts:
At our Chargers site, Michael Lombardo provides an update on the hot topics in San Diego, including an interesting story line to watch as RB LaDainian Tomlinson will be suiting up for the Pro Bowl for an AFC squad that will be coached by Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Pretty ironic after the big ruckus following the Chargers - Patriots matchup where Tomlinson called Belichick out after the game. subscribers can read all about it at our San Diego site.

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No joy in Motor City:  Lions fans just found another reason to be miserable this offseason. First there was the realization that team president Matt Millen wasn't stepping down. And then over the weekend they learned that Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre wasn't either. "No. 4 has been a crippling disease to the Detroit Lions since his arrival in Green Bay and Blair Keil's departure," Nate Caminata says at our Detroit site. "Keil was a backup quarterback for the Packers in 1991. Blair freaking Keil. And I didn't even make that name up. I couldn't if I wanted to. But because Keil couldn't hold his clipboard properly, Green Bay decided to upgrade the position and the rest, as they say, is another pathetic chapter in Lions history." Don't miss this really fun article at our Detroit site.

Top free agent quarterbacks:
If your favorite team is going to be in the market for a free agent quarterback as a starter or for depth, you'll want to check out Tim Yotter's analysis of the top available talent at the position in this subscribers feature at our Vikings site.

Huddle up:
  Amaze everyone at your Super Bowl party today with insight and facts that will leave them in awe. In this subscribers feature, you'll find out why the fourth quarter of this game is going to be really interesting from a defensive point of view, what should worry Bears fans the most about this game, what key statistic has appeared in 70 percent of the playoff games this year for the winning teams, and much more! subscribers can check it out at our NFL home page.   

Super Bowl prediction:  At our Packers site, Todd Korth provides his take on tonight's Super Bowl and who he thinks will win. "[QB Rex] Grossman will not have to play a perfect game in order for the Bears to win. All Chicago needs to do is run the football effectively and allow Grossman to complete high-percentage passes," he says. "By controlling the ball, Chicago's defense and special teams will take care of the rest as far as field position, and making game-turning plays." Read the rest of his analysis at our Green Bay site.

Off to a good start:  New Dolphins head coach has a big decision ahead his quarterback situation for the 2007 season, but according to a report at our Miami site, Daunte Culpepper has made a good first impression. "...I think anytime you're building a relationship, you're doing it one day at a time and so far we've gotten off to a good start," Cameron said this week. subscribers can find out what triggered that reaction and get an update on other issues such as Cameron's reaction to the idea of RB Ricky Williams re-joining the team.

The guardian: 
At our Seahawks site, Ryan Rigmaiden takes a look at Auburn guard Ben Grubbs since Seattle has a desperate need for help at that position. "Grubbs' instincts, athleticism and ability give him starting potential as a rookie," he says. "He could play either the left or right side and could even play center in a pinch." If your favorite team is in need of some help at the guard position, be sure to check out this feature at our Seattle site.

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Re-sign or release?  Dale Lolley at our Pittsburgh site takes a look at upcoming unrestricted free agent Najeh Davenport and weighs in on whether or not the Steelers should try to re-sign him. "At 6-1, 247 pounds, Davenport was used primarily as the team's short-yardage back and, after a season-ending injury to Verron Haynes, a third-down back," Lolley says. "He also stepped in as a kick returner, averaging 21.7 yards on 19 attempts." subscribers can find out if the Steelers are likely to make a play for Davenport, or if he might be available for your favorite team in March.

Pick 'em:  Jim Poore at our Patriots site wraps up his season of game predictions with his analysis of tonight's Super Bowl matchup. Find out who he likes and why at our New England site.

Favre's back:  While Packers quarterback Brett Favre welled-up with tears at his postgame press conference following the final game of the regular season, Bob Fox from our Green Bay site didn't believe the emotion was due to an impending decision to retire. "To me it was a sure sign about how much Brett Favre loves the game of football. A sure sign about how much Favre loves to compete. A sure sign about how much Favre loves his teammates," he says. subscribers can read more about Favre's return at our Packers site.  

Finally!  At our Cleveland site, Rich Passan pays tribute to offensive guard Gene Hickerson, who was selected for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame over the weekend. "All those years when visions of No. 66 paving the way for the likes of Hall of Famers Jim Brown and Leroy Kelly danced around in our minds. Now rewarded. What a great birthday present for Hickerson, who turns 72 on Feb. 15," he says. Learn more about this great player from Cleveland who will be inducted along with Bruce Matthews, Thurman Thomas, Michael Irvin, Charlie Sanders and Roger Wehrli.

Q&A:  New 49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky answers questions in this feature at our San Francisco site. 49ers fans and fans of any team that has San Francisco on their 2007 schedule should check it out to see what Manusky will be doing with that defense.

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