March 5, 2012 |
FORMER NEW ORLEANS Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will be in New York today to meet with NFL security officials regarding alleged violations of the league's bounty rules, sources told ESPN. The NFL said Friday that Saints players and at least one assistant coach maintained a bounty pool of up to $50,000 the last three seasons to reward game-ending injuries inflicted on opposing players, including star quarterbacks Brett Favre and Kurt Warner. "Knockouts" were worth $1,500 and "cart-offs" $1,000, with payments doubled or tripled for the playoffs.
May 11, 2011 |
The owners of the Minnesota Vikings said yesterday that the team's future is in the suburbs, announcing a deal with Ramsey County to collaborate on a $1.1 billion, retractable-roof stadium in Arden Hills, about 10 miles north of their current home at the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis. The deal appeared to end the debate over the where to put a new stadium, at least from the team's perspective. But how to fund the facility remains a major question. The plan calls for a new stadium at the site of a former Army ammunitions plant.
January 29, 2009 |
TAMPA - Bruce Arians feels Andy Reid's play-calling pain. While he's not nearly as allergic to the run as Big Red, the Steelers' much-maligned offensive coordinator knows what it's like to have fans second-guess every play he radios in to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. "Everybody thinks they can call plays better than you, whatever city you live in," said the former Temple head coach. "Nobody likes calling defense. But everybody wants to call the offensive plays. Why'd you run it? Why'd you throw it?
August 24, 2007 |
The Pittsburgh Steelers haven't reopened contract talks with five-time All-Pro left guard Alan Faneca despite being unsettled along their offensive line as the NFL season nears. Faneca, who promised during an angry outburst 3 months ago that he was done with the Steelers after this season, said yesterday there have been no discussions. "No, nothing new," Faneca said. Faneca, 30, became upset earlier this year when, he said, the Steelers' preliminary contract offer wouldn't have made him one of the league's 10 highest-paid guards.
January 5, 2007 |
With Bill Cowher showing no signs of returning next season, the Pittsburgh Steelers will hold an afternoon news conference today and likely will begin searching for a new coach immediately afterward. Cowher, the Steelers' coach for 15 seasons and one of the NFL's best-known figures, met with team owner Dan Rooney and president Art Rooney II on Tuesday and asked for a few days to weigh his plans. They had an understanding that there would be a decision by Monday because the Steelers have to move on if Cowher is not coming back.
February 6, 2006 |
Going into the Super Bowl, ABC executives had said their goal when it came to the game's TV coverage was to get it simple and get it right. In its last game before bowing out of covering NFL games, ABC clearly achieved its goal last night during Pittsburgh's 21-10 win over Seattle in Super Bowl XL. One blemish came when Ben Roethlisberger scored the Steelers' first touchdown on a 1-yard run. It was difficult to tell on replays whether the...
February 5, 2006 |
In the beginning, Ben Roethlisberger was a softy. Maybe he was timid. Maybe he was nervous. Maybe he was confused. Whatever the reason, early in his rookie season, Roethlisberger had a habit of quietly calling out plays in the Pittsburgh Steelers huddle. Sometimes he was fixated on his wristband that had all the Steelers' plays on it. Sometimes he was drowned out by crowd noise. Sometimes he simply muttered, forcing his teammates to read his lips as best they could. Roethlisberger's snap counts didn't come across much better.
January 16, 2005 |
The feeling in the Pittsburgh Steelers' locker room after last night's 20-17 overtime divisional playoff victory against the New York Jets was one more of survival than triumph. "It didn't look good for a long time," guard Alan Faneca conceded. It looked especially bad for the Steelers with four seconds left in regulation. With the score tied at 17-17, the Jets' Doug Brien lined up for a 43-yard field-goal attempt. In the stands at Heinz Field - and in the hearts of Steelers players - one simple refrain played.
June 11, 2002 |
Alan Faneca signed a six-year, $25.6 million contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers that makes him the highest-paid guard in the NFL, Faneca's agent, Rick Smith, said yesterday. Faneca, whose contract includes a $6 million signing bonus, has been a starter for the Steelers since midway through his rookie season in 1998. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman was selected as an all-pro last season for the first time. Faneca signed a five-year, $5.3 million contract with the Steelers after being selected with the 26th overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft from Louisiana State.
July 30, 1998 |
The Pittsburgh Steelers reached terms last night with first-round draft pick Alan Faneca, ending their longest rookie holdout since the NFL adopted free agency in 1993. Faneca, a 6-foot-4, 315-pound offensive guard from LSU who is projected to start as early as 1999, reached terms on a five-year deal worth about $5.3 million. Steelers coach Bill Cowher had warned Faneca that if his 10-day holdout extended past yesterday, he was in danger of seriously falling behind. Oilers.