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News, Notes & Rumors Week 3 of the preseason

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Later this week I will post the AFC and NFC projections for the league.

When asked which team might be a surprising team, Chris Mortensen of ESPN suggested the Browns will “make it very interesting in the AFC North.”  He mentioned the improvement of QB Brandon Weeden in the new offense and the additions on the defensive line.  Needless to say that was before the Browns choked at Indy.

The Steelers traded to get RB Felix Jones from the Eagles.  Steelers’ 2nd round pick RB Le’Veon Bell has a lisfranc injury in his foot.  It is not a good idea to draft a back that has carried the ball as much as Bell did at Michigan State.  His injury could not have been a surprise.  Look for Jones to be a significant factor this year for the Steelers but the running game will struggle.

“DANGER—DANGER”  The first team of the Pats turned the ball over on 4 of their first 5 possessions against the Lions Friday night.  QB Tom Brady has been harassed consistently in the first 3 preseason games.  Brady looked disgusted with the play of his team.  Those are not good signs for the Pats.  The good news is the Pats are in the AFC Least with no real competition for the division title and the playoff spot.

Several major injuries marred week 3 of preseason.  The Cards lost OG Jonathan Cooper for the year with a broken leg.  The Jets saw QB Mark Sanchez go down with an injury to his throwing shoulder.  It does not look to be significant.  The Giants lost S Stevie Brown for the year with an ACL. That is a big injury for the G Men because he had 8 picks last year.  OLB Jarvis Jones (PT) was hospitalized after an undisclosed lung injury.  It sounds similar to what OLB Barkevious Mingo (CL) experienced.

Former Browns QB Colt McCoy has won the backup spot for the 49ers.

Colt McCoy

Colt McCoy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Notes:

The Raiders cannot start QB Matt Flynn if they expect to have a decent season.  He has looked miserable in the last two preseason games.  There is a reason he was a very late round draft choice coming out of LSU.  Against the Bears in game 3 he threw two picks and generated 0 points in almost a half under center.  Former Buckeye Terrelle Pryor seems to be the only QB that can survive behind a very offensive O line.  In four drives Pryor generated 20 points with the 2nd team O of the Raiders.  While Pryor was moving the team to scores, Flynn was sulking on the sideline and not even wearing his head piece to listen to the play calls.

The Seahawks O line issues continued in week 3.  QB Russell Wilson did throw a pick but had another because the O line did not keep the D line’s hands down.  The O of the Hawks can be explosive ONLY if they can solve the O line issues.  The D looks fine.

Chiefs’ QB Alex Smith has not targeted WR Dwayne Bowe yet this preseason.  It could be that by the time Smith makes his drop and turns around Bowe is out of range of his arm.  Don’t expect Smith to throw much down field.  That is not what he does best.  The team has also struggled to protect Smith. He needs good protection to be successful.

Rumors:

Lion head coach Jim Schwartz has to get his team back into the playoffs to save his job.  The Lions commit way too many penalties and Schwartz seems to be unable to correct that.

Bills’ QB Kevin Kolb’s concussion could end his career.  The Bills signed Matt Leinart and traded for Thaddeus Lewis for insurance.

The 49ers are trying to trade QB Colt McCoy.  So far there are no takers.  That is no surprise to Browns fans.

Jet HC Rex Ryan is taking a lot of heat from the NY Media over his decision to put QB Sanchez into a preseason game after QB Geno Smith threw 3 picks.  Sanchez got hurt.  As usual, Ryan is giving as good as he gets.  But this is the beginning of the end for Ryan in NY.  He is a nice guy but like so many others is a much better coordinator than HC.

QB Terrelle Pryor is getting first team reps with the Raiders because the Matt Flynn experiment is not going well.  Flynn will “rest” his elbow this week and Pryor will start.  Look for Pryor to end up as the #1 soon.  Flynn has proven he is not a starter in the NFL.

The Packers like what they see in QB Vince Young.  Look for him to be the #2 in Green Bay.

That’s what I think.  Tell us what you think.

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The NFL is stupid to enforce the NCAA’s inconsistent suspensions

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NFL Commissioner Goodell decided to enforce the 5  game suspension of former OSU QB Pryor in his league.  This not only sets a very dangerous precedent  it ties the credibility of the Commissioner, the league and his power to deal  with off field behavior of the players and coaches to that of the NCAA.  The issue is that the NCAA has done  everything it can to destroy whatever credibility it still had.

Pryor who sold a legal item that belonged to him for  a legitimate market value.  He got a 5 game suspension. Under the US Constitution not even the federal government can penalize someone for selling a legal product that belonged to them.  What gives the NCAA that power?  I have said several times that if one of the  players had been my son, I would have sued the NCAA for every dime it ever even  dreamed about seeing.

Then the same  power that gave Pryor and other Buckeye players a 5 game suspension faced
another issue.  University of Miami QB Jacoby  Harris and others got gifts of thousands of dollars from a convicted felon and  he got a 1 game suspension.  WHAT???????

U of M has had a history of major violations and yet  they get 1 game for their key players?
WHAT 2 ???????????

If the NFL Commish had any doubts about following  the NCAA off the cliff, this latest decision should cause him to take a step  back from the ledge.

What about players like North Carolina DL McDoo who  was permanently suspended for among  other violations committing academic fraud.  Mr. Goodell, would under your Pryor ruling be prohibited from EVER  playing in the pro league?  Of course  not.  So what is the difference?  We are all waiting for an explanation.

This is a stupid and dangerous precedent that  Goodell will come to regret.  He is  following the lead of a group that has less credibility than promised spending  cuts from Congress.  You cannot get much  less credibility than that.

That is what I think.  Tell me what you think.

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Runners Knee And Running Shoes

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Runner’s knee is the bane of many runners, simply because it is such a common but frustrating injury. If it isn’t properly treated it can linger for months if not years, and may never go away unless someone who understands the condition treats the runner. So what can you do about runner’s knee, and more importantly what can you do to help prevent it?

The proper footwear is essential if you want to avoid getting runners knee. It’s no wonder that many people get the condition when they are running on hard surfaces without footwear which cushions the foot. If you have flat feet, then buying running shoes with extra arch support is very important as this stops the tibia rotating inwards. When the tibia rotates inwards it changes the biomechanics of the leg and can lead to excess cartilage wear and, over time, runner’s knee.
One thing to remember is that runner’s knee is not a very accurate description. There are numerous conditions that could be classed as running knee, and health professionals often won’t differentiate between them. If you think you have runners knee – which could mean patella tendonitis, patellofemoral syndrome or something else – then it’s important to go to someone who is used to dealing with runners and the injuries which they are most likely to pick up.

Overall, runner’s knee is something that’s easily avoided. Just make sure that you don’t run too far in a short space of time, limit your training sessions to quality instead of quantity and back off the mileage if you start to feel pain in the knee region. The correct running shoes that are high quality, such as the New Balance MR993, are also essential. Many runners ignore this advice and end up with a serious injury that could have been avoided if they’d been more patient and listened to their body. Knee injuries are very common, but that doesn’t mean all runners need to experience them.

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