Touching on four teams as we reach the final week of the preseason:
I still think it's more likely Leinart is on the opening day roster than he isn't. But he's not doing himself any favors by speaking out against the decision to give
The two rookie quarterbacks, fifth-round pick
`The Hall of Famer says he won't appear when the Browns induct their inaugural 16-man class in the team's Ring of Honor this season. In a situation getting uglier by the day, Brown wrote a letter to the Browns obtained by the
I remember when the Browns were searching for a replacement for
Slow to recover from winter arthroscopic knee surgery, Sharper is on the physically unable to perform list.
Talked to coach
Now onto your e-mail:
• PLAYERS SHOULDN'T BE BANNED FROM THEIR TEAMS DURING SUSPENSIONS.
Many people agree with you. I do too. But I think the league is trying to do three things. One, scare the player straight. Get him out of his football comfort zone, and get him to deal with the problems in his own life. Two, give the public the impression that this is a serious offense, and the player is being banned from the team to reinforce that. Three, the penalty to the team is much more severe if Roethlisberger is banned from meetings and practices for 28 days, and it puts the team at an obvious disadvantage when he returns; if the player is around the facility and practicing every day, he's at full-speed in all ways when the suspension is over. There's an element of a penalty to the team here that I think the league wants to be part of the sanction.
• HE WANTS A BIGGER BAN FOR BIG BEN.
Thanks for the kind words. The reason I fully expect the Roethlisberger suspension to be reduced is because when Goodell imposed the ban, he gave Roethlisberger a pathway back to the game. He told him if he complied with all the conditions of the suspension -- in effect, if he turned his life around and showed evidence that he was not the lout and possible sexual deviant that he'd been shown to be in the last couple of years. A month ago, Goodell said Roethlisberger had done what had been asked of him "and more.'' So I can't see, barring some new, disturbing evidence in the Ben case, Goodell not reducing the ban to four games.
• JOIN THE CLUB.
Yours is one of about 100 such comments I got on Twitter, on the phone and in e-mail in the last 24 hours. And I know no one wants to hear the Colts bleating about the change in position by the umpire. But let's go back to the rules clarification issue after the playoff game in which the Colts complained about contact with the receivers past the five-yard bump zone. That wasn't the Patriots' fault. The Patriots played smart that day. That was the fault of an officiating crew that let the game be played like the Patriots were the Detroit Pistons in the Laimbeer era. If a crew is going to let defenders get away with contact, then the defenders are going to contact the receivers as much as they can.
• CHRIS WANTS THE NFL TO IMITATE COLLEGE.
But in the college way, teams trying to run the no-huddle would still be slowed by the officials. If the offense is ready to go, and the ball has not been placed and the clock started, it's going to be the same effect as the umpire in the current system spotting the ball and scurrying back to his position.
• THIS IS NOT A BAD SUGGESTION.
Very interesting. I think it would be hard to do that because of the physicality involved in offseason scrimmages. The rule I think that would really help is an extra official on the sideline being, in essence, the spotter of the football. He'd be a more well-conditioned guy, and able to run on and off the field quickly between snaps.
• HE LIKES JEFF.
Fisher's one of the good humans in the league. He's handled a bunch of situations in his career the way he handled Johnson, and that's why he has players who swear by him.
• HE LIKES TIM.
In my three sentences on Tebow, I may have been too rough, but I can't get the third-down-conversion worm-burning miss to