Five points to consider after a compelling weekend of football:
Maroon told me the league might consider taking the issue out of the players' hands -- and enforcing a rule mandating players use one of the new helmets in 2010. Maroon said the league is studying new helmets from five helmet manufacturers, doing 23 biomechanical tests on each helmet to determine which they will recommend. "The difference in the helmets is not the outer shell,'' he said. "The difference is the inner material, where major advances are being made.''
I'm told eight or nine teams got the money this year, averaging a little more than $10 million per team. It's an important bit of revenue, to be sure, especially when you consider that Minnesota has to battle with revenue heavyweights like Dallas, Philadelphia and the Giants for free agents. But I've had a slew of e-mails and Tweets asking about the death of revenue-sharing, and about how bad it will be for the league. Hold on. Revenue-sharing is not dying. About 1.5 percent of the revenue formerly shared won't be in 2010.
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The strength-of-schedule tiebreaker will determine that, and it's close now. But you should hope for a pick not in the top three. Too often it's more a poor allocation of money ... unless it's a year when you really want one player at the top, like Nebraska defensive tackle
It wouldn't be if you stood along the sidelines at a Falcons training camp practice four years ago, like I did, and watched Vick throw the ball 65 yards effortlessly, with a single stride. That arm strength doesn't disappear spending two years in federal custody. For raw arm strength, I'd say Vick,
Only this: Henderson's a very well-liked player on the team, as you probably know. And anytime that happens, players have to turn on the mechanism they've had to turn on at various times in their career -- the mechanism that allows them to go on knowing there's a chance it could happen to them at any time. I think that's the thing that impresses me about players in the NFL who have been playing for a long time. They know an injury like Henderson's can happen tomorrow, yet they go in and throw themselves into the game the same way they did when they were kids.
The NFL put a rule on the books in 2006 that says, in essence, that even if an official blows a whistle or points to the ground -- saying, in effect, the ball is down, and this is the spot where it I'm ruling it down -- either team can in the immediate action after the disputed fumble try to recover the ball. In this case, the whistle blew, and Washington fullback
You're in the minority there, at least as far as missing
Greg, your question spurred me to ask him. Thank you. His answer is higher in this column. I really appreciate you thinking of this, because it didn't occur to me to look at his helmet.
The infrastructure of the Colts is so good.