October 30, 2008 |
Good and bad In honor of quarterback Kerry Collins being so good for the 7-0 Titans and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick being so bad for the 0-8 Bengals, the staff at Niffle offers these goodies and badies from around the NFL. Good news for the Chiefs: They canceled their meeting with Daunte Culpepper at which they were expected to discuss signing the old QB. Bad news for the Chiefs: They canceled their meeting with Daunte Culpepper because they're...
June 3, 2000 |
Randall Cunningham, who refused a big pay cut to return as the Minnesota Vikings' starting quarterback, was released by the team yesterday. The top-rushing quarterback in NFL history, Cunningham was benched just 5 1/2 games into his $28 million contract extension last season. He was replaced by Jeff George, who went 9-3 as a starter and guided the Vikings into the playoffs, losing to St. Louis. George turned down a minimal offer from the Vikings and signed with Washington, leaving Daunte Culpepper, who hardly played as a rookie last year, as Minnesota's starting quarterback.
November 10, 2008 |
Week 10 of the NFL season found rarities such as two safeties in a single quarter, an above-.500 record for the Miami Dolphins well into the season, and the return of Daunte Culpepper. But again, we salute the two rookie quarterbacks from the Philadelphia area. Ryan's express. Atlanta Falcons rookie Matt Ryan (Penn Charter) threw two more touchdown passes in a 34-20 win over New Orleans, giving him 11 for the season. He went 16 of 23 for 248 yards as the Falcons (6-3) continued their surprising push for the NFC playoffs.
March 16, 2001 |
Give the Eagles this much credit: They know their weaknesses; they ignore sentiment; they will upgrade at any cost. With yesterday's visit by Minnesota Vikings free agent Matt Hatchette, the Eagles continued to acknowledge that their receiving corps was poorly assembled over the past two seasons. If Hatchette signs and the Eagles, as expected, select a receiver in the first round of the draft, the team will have replaced three of its top wideouts and will call into question the role of last year's second-round pick, Todd Pinkston.
September 20, 2013 |
WITH BIG RED and No. 5 making an appearance at the Linc tonight, it's only fair to bring up the best decision of the Andy Reid era, drafting Donovan McNabb with the second pick in 1999. Of course, the booing of the choice up in New York has been played up just as much as those damn snowballs we tossed at Santa Claus, but history and stats tell us that Reid and the Eagles made the best pick. McNabb went on to win 98 regular-season games, reached five NFC Championships, a Super Bowl and was selected to six Pro Bowls.
December 7, 2009 |
Wagering on the NFL and playing fantasy football share an important characteristic. In both cases, in the midst of the most innocuous game, a field goal or a touchdown of little apparent consequence can be a source of anguish or elation. Yesterday, the betting fate of an excruciatingly ho-hum game was decided by a score that will go largely unnoticed in today's box scores - except by the bettors who made or (more probably) lost money. The lowly Detroit Lions, deservedly 13-point underdogs to Cincinnati, were trailing by 16 when they mounted a drive in the closing minutes with Daunte Culpepper in a mop-up role at quarterback.
May 10, 2003 |
There was no need to quibble about dollars, when it came down to common sense: The Minnesota Vikings wanted Daunte Culpepper as badly as he wanted them. The two sides reached an amicable middle ground yesterday, when Culpepper signed a contract extension with a potential value that will make Culpepper the third-highest paid player in NFL history. Culpepper, 26, signed a 10-year, $102 million contract extension that includes a $16 million signing bonus. "We have the potential to be world champions, which is what I want to do," Culpepper said.
November 3, 2003 |
The Metrodome always has brought trouble for Brett Favre. Maybe he just needed to play hurt. Ignoring the broken thumb on his throwing hand, Favre passed for 194 yards and three touchdowns and the Green Bay Packers saved their season last night with a 30-27 victory over Minnesota. Next up are the Eagles, who face the Packers next Monday night in Green Bay (9 o'clock, Channel 6). After two straight losses at home, the Vikings (6-2) saw their NFC North lead over the Packers (4-4)
October 31, 2005 |
Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Tice disclosed that quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who injured his right knee against Carolina yesterday, could miss the rest of the season. "The quarterback doesn't appear to be in good shape," Tice said. "I'm not a doctor, but the initial tests are not good. It doesn't appear that it's going to be anything that we as Vikings will want to hear. " Culpepper ran 18 yards on the final play of the first quarter. Panthers cornerback Chris Gamble came in from the side and tackled Culpepper's leg, and the Minnesota quarterback immediately grabbed his knee.
February 28, 2000 |
Quarterback Randall Cunningham will be released if he doesn't accept a significant salary cut, and Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green also isn't sure if he'll re-sign last season's starter Jeff George. In an interview published yesterday in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Green also reaffirmed his commitment to Daunte Culpepper, saying he hopes the team's 1999 No. 1 draft pick will become the starter as soon as next season. "We cannot have Randall Cunningham at his salary," Green said of Cunningham's scheduled $4.25 million in total compensation.