Once practices are finished for the day, your entire staff is seen together in the stands, when everybody else is heading to the parking lots, what kinds of things are you discussing? "It's a collective effort of everybody that’s in this thing and what we’re doing is we’re reviewing the day’s practice, position-by-position, because individually, we each can’t watch everything. Everybody’s broken up into different positions, so what we try to do is evaluate each position day-by-day, have different guys evaluate positions day-by-day and then you get a cross-reference and then we just kind of get a feel for the day of how guys performed and how guys didn’t perform."
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lovie Smith: People keep talking about the Lions as the most talented team of the bunch, but I'd give the nod to the Buccaneers. Lovie Smith offers proven defensive mastery and the Bucs have a potential long-term answer in quarterback Mike Glennon. Almost every position group in Tampa has at least one legitimate building block, and I expect the Bucs to compete, despite their nasty division.
Aside from free safety Earl Thomas, a first-round pick in 2010, the Seahawks’ secondary, including its starting strong safety (Kam Chancellor) and top five cornerbacks (Sherman, Brandon Browner, Byron Maxwell, Jeremy Lane and Perrish Cox) all stand at least 6 feet or taller, weigh at least 190 pounds and were drafted in the fifth round or later. "Ever since I’ve been in the league, size matters at the cornerback position," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said this week. "I go back to the days of guys like Mike Haynes. … To me, those were real corners, (guys like) Emmitt Thomas. To me, size makes a difference. ... The receivers have gotten bigger in today’s football, too."
We had a chance to talk with some of the Chiefs players to find out what they thought of the draft, their new teams and the first day of practice. "It’s a blessing to be out here, see all the fans out here cheering us on and practicing with players that normally you wouldn’t be on the same team with," Dexter McCluster said. "We’re out here learning everything that we can and at the same time relaxing, enjoying ourselves and meeting fans."
But, where does all of that rank Smith among other NFL quarterbacks? We all know who number one is. That’s been pounded into our collective heads since day one of the season by the folks at ESPN and the NFL Network. Looking at the stats, let’s see if Smith is truly a "Top 10″ quarterback in this league as general manager John Dorsey claimed he would be at the beginning of the season.
They are claiming the Raiders have been paying the Raiderettes what amounts to a wage of under $5 per hour when considering the entirety of the hours they spend representing the team. Their duties include 10 home games, several team sponsored charity events, three rehearsals per week, a fan day, and photo shoots. The suit is claiming they should be compensated for their time and to not do so has them paid well below minimum wage and therefore violates California labor laws.
Four former Longhorns will play in the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl Sunday (6:30 p.m. Central/NBC) in Honolulu. RB Jamaal Charles (Kansas City Chiefs), PK Justin Tucker (Baltimore Ravens), DL Brian Orakpo (Washington Redskins) and LB Derrick Johnson (Kansas City Chiefs) will participate in the annual all-star game, which for the first time features drafted players, not an AFC team vs. the NFC.