2008 NFL season talk/news

04shadow

mrbillphotography.com
Thought I would start a new thread for all those teams NOT in the Super Bowl.

First bit of news:

Long in critical condition after car crash
Associated Press

Updated: January 22, 2008, 2:39 PM ET

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Former Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Rien Long was in critical condition Tuesday after he crashed his sports car into a rock wall while driving onto an interstate.

Nashville police said Long, 26, was driving too fast down an on-ramp to Interstate 40 near downtown just before midnight Monday.

His 2005 Ford Mustang started sliding at the bottom of the ramp, went up the embankment and hit a rock wall on the driver's side before rolling over onto the roof.

Long was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Police said he was in critical condition, but hospital officials declined to give details on his condition Tuesday morning.

A passenger, 28-year-old Wesley Stephens, was treated for non-critical injuries.

Long won the Outland Trophy and was an All-American as a junior at Washington State in 2002. The Titans drafted him in the fourth round in 2003, and he started five of 39 games through his first three seasons with 9{ career sacks and 99 career tackles.

But he missed the 2006 season with a torn Achilles tendon and then was placed on injured reserve for 2007 with a knee injury before being waived.

Several Titans officials visited Long at the hospital Monday night.

"We would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to Rien and his family during this difficult time," the team said in a statement.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
 

Wandler

@nwandler
Gruden and Allen back in Tampa for 4 more years:

Bucs give Gruden, Allen 3-year contract extensions

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer
January 22, 2008

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Coach Jon Gruden was rewarded Tuesday for Tampa Bay's worst-to-first turnaround in the NFC South with a three-year contract extension that runs through the 2011 season.

Gruden, who had one year left on a contract that was extended after the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl five seasons ago, earned about $4.3 million in 2007.

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General manager Bruce Allen also was given a three-year extension, keeping him under contract for another four seasons.

Gruden and Allen were attending Senior Bowl workouts in Mobile, Ala., and unavailable for comment. Financial terms were not announced.

The Bucs rebounded from a 4-12 finish in 2006 to go 9-8 and win the NFC South this season. It was the team's third division title in six years under Gruden, who is 48-48 in the regular season and 3-2 in the playoffs since moving to Tampa Bay from Oakland in 2002.

Owner Malcolm Glazer and his sons paid a hefty price -- four high draft picks and $8 million cash -- to pry the coach away from the Raiders. The move produced immediate dividends with a Super Bowl title in Gruden's first season, however the Bucs have missed the playoffs three of five years since then.

The contract extensions are a clear indication that the Glazers agree with Gruden and Allen that the franchise is back on the right track.

The Bucs overcame numerous key injuries to escape the NFC South cellar, and Allen said earlier this month that the club will head into the upcoming free agency signing period about $23 million under the salary cap.

Despite losing to the New York Giants in the wild-card round of the playoffs and dropping four of five games down the stretch overall, Gruden considers the future bright because of the rapid development of several young players and the financial flexibility the team has to pursue offseason additions.

Allen, who also worked with Gruden in Oakland, joined the Bucs in 2004. He inherited a tight salary-cap situation that made it difficult to compete for top-tier free agents until last winter, when the team landed quarterback Jeff Garcia.
 

Wandler

@nwandler
Tidbits:

John Clayton, of ESPN, reports Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren will return for the team's 2008 season.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren said the 2008 season will be his last as the Seahawks head coach.

ESPN.com reports the Washington Redskins interviewed Jim Fassel a second time Tuesday, Jan. 22, according to a source close to the situation. Fassel appears to be emerging as a serious candidate to become the team's new head coach. He also potentially could be considered for the team's offensive coordinator position, although Fassel did not discuss that opening during his second interview.

Updating a previous item, ESPNews reports San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (knee) will require surgery to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament and could face a rehab period of up to six months.

Rick Herrin, of the Star-Telegram, reports Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the Cowboys will pick up WR Terrell Owens' $3 million roster bonus, which means Owens will return for the 2008 season.

The Chargers fired their RB and WR coaches

Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has a high ankle sprain.
 

04shadow

mrbillphotography.com
ESPN.com reports the Washington Redskins interviewed Jim Fassel a second time Tuesday, Jan. 22, according to a source close to the situation. Fassel appears to be emerging as a serious candidate to become the team's new head coach. He also potentially could be considered for the team's offensive coordinator position, although Fassel did not discuss that opening during his second interview.

Adam Scheffler (sp) of NFL Network is reporting that that Skins are also looking at hiring Rex Ryan (Def Coordinator) at Baltimore as their Def Coord.

That would mean Fassel as HC & Ryan as DC. :wtf:
 

Wandler

@nwandler
http://www.jsonline.com/watch/?watc...08&id=34570


Jack Ikegwuonu, the former University of Wisconsin cornerback, blew out his knee Tuesday in a training exercise and won't play football in 2008.

Ikegwuonu suffered tears of both his anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments as well as damage to his kneecap, according to a source close to the situation, and will need reconstructive knee surgery.

He was working out at Perfect Competition, a training facility in Davie, Fla., when the incident occurred.

Ikegwuonu, who earlier in the month decided to leave UW a year early, was pulling a sled designed to improve his speed when the injury occurred. He exploded out of a start, planted his leg and the knee buckled.

The injury will all but eliminate Ikegwuonu's chances of being selected April 26-27 in the National Football League draft. It's possible a team might take him in a late round and bring along for 2009.

"He's screwed now," an executive in personnel for an NFL team said. "He wasn't going to be that high of a pick, anyway. Fourth round.

"I blame the agent for talking the kid into coming out. Stupid. Because he wasn't a first-day player."

Ikegwuonu signed with agent Drew Rosenhaus on Jan. 5 and declared for the draft before the Jan. 15 deadline. Players had until Jan. 19 to change their minds and regain their collegiate eligibility.

At Wisconsin, Ikegwuonu intercepted six passes in three seasons. He made the All-Big Ten team as a junior in 2007.

Ikegwuonu was regarded by some scouts as a solid prospect on the basis of size and speed but was downgraded because of his performance this season.

"You've got to play, too," the scout said.
 

Chet

Lions > Bears
Lions are ready to release or trade Defensive Lineman Shaun Rogers. Because he is a tub of goo.
 

J snazzy

Cuttles!
Your probably right... It'll be interesting to see who gets the Dolphins pick.
jerry jones is smart, for the bears to draft like #5 from 14 they have to sell the farm

I think the dolphins would probably be willing to trade down to 3-4, after that IDK. The though is that they probably will take Jake Long
 
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