May 11, 2014 |
WHEN HE WAS coaching at FCS East Tennessee State, Marcus Satterfield saw Marcus Smith play at Hardaway High School in Columbus, Ga. Only he didn't watch the guy the Eagles just took with their No. 1 draft pick play defensive end or outside linebacker. At that time, the 6-3, 250-pounder was still a quarterback. And a pretty good one. "It's ironic, because you could recruit him, but you knew he was going to be a BCS-type kid," recalled Satterfield, who's now in his second year as Temple's offensive coordinator.
April 25, 2013 |
IT TURNED OUT there were no franchise quarterbacks to be found in the 2007 NFL draft, but that didn't stop the Oakland Raiders from selecting JaMarcus Russell first overall, or the Browns from taking Brady Quinn 22nd. A franchise QB is the holy grail, the one thing everybody agrees a team needs to win the Super Bowl. That hasn't always been the case - Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson won Super Bowls for Baltimore and Tampa Bay a decade or so ago. But since then, it's been the guys with pedigrees on the podium, Pro Bowl performers who tended to have been drafted in the first round, with the exception of Tom Brady.
April 3, 2013 |
THE OAKLAND Raiders are changing directions at quarterback once again. The Raiders acquired Seattle backup Matt Flynn on Monday for draft picks, signaling an end to Carson Palmer's brief tenure as starter in Oakland. Fox Sports reported Palmer was expected to be dealt to Arizona. The Raiders paid a hefty price when they acquired Palmer from Cincinnati midway through the 2011 season, trading a 2012 first-round draft pick and 2013 second-rounder for the former Pro Bowler. Oakland will send a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a conditional pick in 2015 to Seattle for Flynn.
August 27, 2011 |
Tandon Doss is a rookie wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens, was a finalist for Indiana's Mr. Football Award his senior year of high school, and is Batman . Yes, Batman. Before the Ravens' 34-31 win over the Redskins on Thursday, Doss broke up a knife fight at a Five Guys in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Like any good action hero, he deflected praise. "I saw somebody start fighting, and I broke it up," Doss said, according to NFL.com. "That's all it was to me. " The Baltimore Sun said a police spokesman reported that two men attacked a manager at the restaurant at about 4:30 p.m., cutting his chin with a knife.
April 15, 2011
IN 2007, THE RAIDERS used the top pick in the NFL draft to select quarterback JaMarcus Russell out of LSU. They ended up signing him to a 6-year deal with more than $31 million guaranteed. Fast-forward to May of last year when an out-of-shape Russell, who had ballooned to 300 pounds, was released by the Raiders. Five months later, the free agent began working with life coach John Lucas - yes, the same guy who once coached the Sixers - to try to get back into NFL shape. Now, Russell has reportedly messed that up, too. Yahoo!
October 22, 2010
Thumbs Up To the NFL owners and players, who interrupted their stalemate over how to slice up their $9 billion-a-year revenue pie this week long enough to do something good for former players stricken with ALS. They agreed to expand benefits provided under the "88 Plan" to include reimbursement of expenses to qualifying players who are suffering from this horrible disease. The "88 Plan," named after Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey, was developed in 2006 to provide coverage to former players diagnosed with dementia.
July 8, 2010
The Oakland Raiders responded to former quarterback JaMarcus Russell's recent arrest Wednesday by saying they did all they could to help the former No. 1 pick before releasing him two months ago. The Raiders issued a statement two days after Russell was charged with possession of a controlled substance - codeine syrup - after being arrested at his home in Mobile, Ala. "We did all that we could to intervene and assist with a myriad of issues...
May 9, 2010
1. Jay Cutler 2. Jake Delhomme 3. Brady Quinn 4. Ben Roethlisberger 5. JaMarcus Russell
April 25, 2010 |
NFL teams were almost as busy dealing veterans as they were making picks Saturday. Jason Campbell, LenDale White, Leon Washington, Kirk Morrison, and Bryant McFadden all changed teams on the final day of the draft. And Alan Faneca was cut. With ex-Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb now in Washington, Campbell became expendable and was sent to Oakland for a fourth-round pick in 2012. "Working with Jason, we were trying to find him a proper home where he had a chance to compete for the starting job," Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said.
March 17, 2010
THIS IS FOR THOSE who believe former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has flown over the cuckoo's nest. Animal Planet has announced plans for a reality show that will feature Tyson competing in the sport of pigeon racing. The working title for the show is "Taking on Tyson. " It is scheduled to begin taping this spring and will air early next year. The show will give viewers an inside look at the burgeoning sport that is "intensely competitive and bizarrely fascinating.