February 2014


The NFL's competition committee is unlikely to make major changes to the replay system or playoffs this year. More meetings are scheduled later this week as league and team officials convene for the NFL's annual scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. ''There's still a lot of discussion to be done,'' New York Giants owner John Mara said when asked about using one location to determine replay reviews. ''I think it's going to be difficult to get done on that this year.'' Under the current replay system, the lead referee goes under a hood, then makes a decision about whether to overturn the original call.
The Washington Redskins are willing to part ways with backup quarterback Kirk Cousins. It may not happen this offseason if Washington does not lower its asking price. The Redskins want a second-round draft pick in exchange for Cousins, according to Mark Maske of The Washington Post. Washington does not have a first-round pick in this year’s NFL draft due to a 2012 trade with the St. Louis Rams that enabled the Redskins to move up and select Robert Griffin III. The Redskins do have a second-round selection. Giving up a second-round pick helps Washington, but may not benefit another team. Cousins is a former fourth-round pick who has not been spectacular as a starter. When Griffin was shelved late last season, Cousins had 381 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions during a loss against Atlanta. He followed up that performance with 197 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception in a loss against Dallas. Cousins had 169 passing yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions during a loss against the New York Giants during Washington’s season finale. He finished last season with a 58.4 passer rating. Overall, Cousins has 1,320 passing yards, eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions in two NFL seasons. Even though Houston, Jacksonville, Cleveland and Oakland are teams that could use an upgrade at quarterback, neither franchise may be willing to give up a high draft pick for an unproven quarterback. He did not light it up like former Patriots quarterback Matt Cassell, who had 3,693 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions after Tom Brady sustained a season-ending injury in 2008. There is nothing wrong with Washington putting a high price tag on Cousins, but it will likely scare off most NFL teams. - - - - - - - Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @AnwarRichardson
I do remember I was nowhere close to getting used to wearing a tie to first grade every day at St. Paul School in Allentown, Pa., because I never got used to it. I do remember Bill Mazeroski's home run winning the World Series for the Pittsburgh Pirates a few months earlier because he was Polish and so was my mom's side of the family, which celebrated like we were related to him. And I do remember Chuck Bednarik of the Philadelphia Eagles squashing Jim Taylor of the Green Bay Packers on the last play of the National Football League championship game that day after Christmas. I don't remember being aware of the Philadelphia Eagles before that day.
Packers fall short of championship goal
Packers fall short of championship goal
COMMENTARY | I am not an NFL scout, nor do I play one on television. I have, over the past couple of years, seen plenty of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, and I've spent portions of the past few weeks catching up on Johnny Football's performances. Manziel continues to be linked with multiple NFL teams, one of which is the Cleveland Browns. I've heard and read all of the criticisms on Manziel.
I have little doubt that Teddy Bridgewater is the top quarterback in this class, but the NFLs obsession over size and build is real. Bortles will draw some poor mans Andrew Luck comparisons thanks to his strong pocket movement and mannerisms, but there are some major differences between the two. 2. Cleveland Browns (Trade via STL/WAS) - QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville A report stated GM Ray Farmer preferred Marcus Mariota to any other QB in this group, but he later told the media he has a quarterback in mind at this point in the process.
COMMENTARY | The Tennessee Titans hold the 11th pick in the NFL draft, and that can be a very valuable pick in such a talented draft class.
I have little doubt that Teddy Bridgewater is the top quarterback in this class, but the NFLs obsession over size and build is real. 2. Cleveland Browns (Trade via STL/WAS) - QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville A report stated GM Ray Farmer preferred Marcus Mariota to any other QB in this group, but he later told the media he has a quarterback in mind at this point in the process. Rather than be patient and wait, I think owner Jimmy Haslam might push to trade up and land their guy.
COMMENTARY | Much has been made lately about sports versions of Mount Rushmore. Kobe Bryant offered his NBA Mount Rushmore on Sunday night. Bryant's comments got me thinking about who would be featured on a Mount Rushmore that was a tribute to the Cleveland Browns. The Browns weren't always known for losing and for changing coaching staffs every season.

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