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The Steelers or All Sports As We Know It?

September 26, 2007

This is totally off-topic, which might become slightly more the norm around here (hey we’ve had over 125 posts on this blog and I don’t think we’ve ever been more than slightly off topic, so we need to loosen up a bit). Doubt About it has a pretty interesting poll going on, with the expected results so far from yinzers.

The premise of the poll is you have to choose: For one year you would have to banish, exile, not mention, destroy, forget, etc… either the Steelers or basically ALL OTHER SPORTS. Of course as I write this the Steelers are winning by 20%. I don’t understand this, as the Steelers play 16 games per year. The Pens alone play at least 82 games a year, 41 at home. And then you add in Pitt basketball and Pitt and Penn State football (WVU was pardoned somehow) and even the Pirates and you’re looking at around 15 times as many games as the Steelers give you. I just don’t see how you can choose the Steelers, but this is Pittsburgh I guess.

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Celebrate Curtis Martin Day

September 13, 2007

The New York Jets are going to be honoring Curtis Martin during halftime of the team’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 18. Here is the information from the Jets’ official website. It doesn’t really give any specifics on what will be done to honor Martin, but it sounds like he will be honored for both his on and off the field accomplishments:

“Curtis Martin is one of the greatest running backs to ever play the game and his impact on the New York Jets and the National Football League will never be forgotten,” said Jets Chairman and CEO Woody Johnson.

“While millions of people witnessed his amazing accomplishments on the field, few knew the depths of his philanthropy off the field. His drive to give back, especially to the New York area that became his adopted home, will be his lasting legacy from which all of us can draw inspiration. As a player, Curtis approached philanthropy the same way he approached the game: with humility and grace.”

Since I’m sure a good number of Steelers fans will be making the trip, maybe someone can take some pictures and send them into us.

Sunday NFL Roundup

October 2, 2006

Eight games with former Panthers on the field yesterday, so let’s get right to it:

New Orleans 18
Carolina 21

Nick Goings did play, coming back from his thigh injury, but didn’t get much action. He did get a holding call in the 4th quarter. His biggest play of the game was probably his recovery of an onside kick with less than two minutes left with New Orleans trying to get a chance to tie the game.

Dallas 45
Tennessee 14

Another fullback not seeing much action was

Arizona 10
Atlanta 32

Larry Fitzgerald
Gerald Hayes

Indianapolis 31
New York Jets 28

Kevan Barlow

San Francisco 0
Kansas City 41

Antonio Bryant was part of the overwhelmed San Fran offense, finishing with only two catches for 29 yards on the day. I can’t imagine the loss of Vernon Smith really hurt SF this much, maybe it was just an off day…at least AB and company had better hope so.
Shawntae Spencer
One guy who is always busy when his team gets blown out is the punter.

For KC, Kris Wilson’s only true action was a tackle on a kickoff. KC probably wasn’t throwing the ball much late, but if you can’t get a touch when your team puts up 41 points…that’s probably not a good sign.

Cleveland 24
Oakland 21

Darnell Dinkins

New England 38
Cincinnati 13

Hank Poteat
Seattle 6
Chicago 37

Ruben Brown

Final Cuts – Petitti, Miree, Lay, Jemison

September 3, 2006

Four former Panthers couldn’t make the final cut as NFL teams got down to their final 53-man rosters:

Rob Petitti, who started all 16 games last season and throughout training camp was looked at as a swing tackle, was let go by the Cowboys Saturday:

Rob Petitti played every offensive snap as a rookie last season for the Dallas Cowboys. The offensive right tackle won’t even be on the roster this season.

Even though Petitti started every game last season, it seemed that he would be a “swing” tackle this season, a player able to start or back up on either side. Nine-year veteran Jason Fabini, signed during the offseason, or Marc Columbo will start at right tackle.

Petitti could have also been undone by the emergence of rookie tackle Pat McQuistan, a seventh-round pick from Weber State. McQuistan got extended time in the preseason because of two-time Pro Bowl tackle Flozell Adams’ calf injury and impressed Parcells.

What is sort of surprising about this whole thing is Dallas hasn’t even named a starting right tackle, and I’m not sure either one of the remaining candidates can back up the left tackle, and Adams is old…that could be bad. Parcells seemed determined to only keep three tackles though, and he seemed to keep the best three regardeless of which position they could or couldn’t play. I’m sure Rob will catch on with someone.

Brandon Miree was also released by Denver with little fanfare. Brandon’s shot to make this team was really at fullback, but he just didn’t play well enough and most teams don’t keep multible fb’s.

Josh Lay was cut by the Saints on Saturday. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him make a team’s practice squad, possibly the Saints. Josh was beaten out for the final spot in the secondary by Anwar Phillips, former Penn State Nittany Lion.

Mike Jemison was actually cut by the Giants. We’re positive this time. Jemison most likely will make the Giants practice squad if he clears waivers though.

Petitti – swing tackle, trade bait or roster casualty?

August 30, 2006

PetittiThis could be one of the more confusing stories of the preseason regarding a Panther in the NFL. Rob Petitti has gone from the 16 game starter last season for the Dallas Cowboys to starting the preseason as the starting right tackle, to the backup at left tackle, to the swing tackle. According to different articles on the Cowboys’ official site today he could now be either the swing tackle, trade bait or just cut by the end of the week.

First, this article by Mickey Spagnola has Petitti as the swing tackle or trade bait:

At tackle he has Colombo or Fabini or Petitti, and now this McQuistan kid who he basically put on the roster here Tuesday during his media briefing.

Lastly, there are those five offensive tackles. This one is a hard call to make. Obviously Adams is one, and at the other end of the spectrum, McQuistan is two. After that, well, it’s the Tackle Tre, Colombo-Petitti-Fabini. Two would stay for sure, but three? Or might the Cowboys go looking for another?

“Based on the calls were getting on offensive linemen wanting some of ours,” Parcells said, “I’m not expecting too much to be out there.”

Wanting some of ours? Could someone want Marc Colombo, who has started the past two preseason games but has played little the past two years, or possibly Rob Petitti, who started 16 games last year but is working as the swing guy this year?

He is speaking of Bill Parcells there, who has been getting calls about multiple offensive linemen from other teams. This is suddenly an option for Rob, and it looks like if he does end up cut by Dallas he would have no problem finding another team.

Mercury News also has Parcells deciding whether or not to cut Petitti:

Marc Colombo appears to be the starter at right tackle and Flozell Adams at left tackle, when he’s healthy. Pat McQuistan is on the team, and Parcells isn’t sure whether he wants to cut Rob Petitti, an intelligent player who has physical limitations, or nine-year veteran Jason Fabini, who makes Parcells comfortable because he knows exactly what he’ll give him.

“I’m wrestling with that position,” Parcells said. “Wrestling with the numbers on the offensive line.”

Another article on the Cowboys’ official site has Petitti as the swing tackle for now. Parcells says that he only wants to dress three tackles for a game though, two starting and one “swing” tackle. Apparently he favors McQuistain to back up left tackle, but it doesn’t mention if he thinks that McQuistain can be a “swing tackle”:

The right tackle position isn’t exactly settled, either. In fact, Parcells has yet to announce a starter while Marc Colombo and Jason Fabini continue to battle for the job. Rob Petitti, who started all 16 games last season, began training camp as the first-team right tackle but moved to the left side, where his playing time has been limited in the first three preseason games.

All along, Parcells has suggested Petitti could be used as the “swing tackle,” able to back up both sides. Monday, Parcells said Petitti is working in that role and called it a good thing.

Parcells said he only expects to dress three offensive tackles in a regular-season game and since he hasn’t seen McQuistan play the right side, it’s unlikely the rookie would be active for a game, especially early in the season.

But on Tuesday, the coach was singing a slightly different tune, stating that McQuistan might have a chance now to back up Adams.

BUT Petitti isn’t really battling McQuistain, who Parcells said will be on the roster:

Parcells solidified his spot on the 53-man roster on Monday, stating other teams “would be on him like panthers” if the Cowboys waived him with hopes of re-signing him to the practice squad.

“Don’t worry, he’s staying,” Parcells said of McQuistan, who started last Saturday’s game at left tackle and is expected to start Thursday against an imposing Vikings defensive line. “He’s got that (defensive end) Erasmus James, so that’ll be a big test for him.”

So Petitti is battling Jason Fabini for the fourth tackle spot, which most likely won’t dress for most games this season. I’d have to think being traded or being released and catching on with another team would be best for Rob. It’s not that Parcell’s doesn’t like Petitti, it just seems he is enamored with McQuistain, a guy he drafted (See Kevan Barlow-Frank Gore-Mike Nolan), and coaches love to get guys they drafted to work in their systems.

Like I said…confusing. Will be interesting watching this one play out in the next week.

Andy Lee still battling for his job

August 29, 2006

Andy LeeFormer Panther punter Andy Lee has been in a battle all of training camp for his job as the 49ers punter. Even though they brought in veteran Tom Rouen to compete for the job, it was always Andy’s job to lose. Nothing has been done to lose the job, but Rouen may have changed the terms of battle on Saturday when he placed all three of his punts inside the 20, and Lee put neither of his attempts there.

InsideBayArea.com has a feature article on Rouen and his competition with Lee today:

Trent Dilfer was walking through the 49ers locker room Monday when he saw a crowd of reporters surrounding punter Tom Rouen.”Two words,” Dilfer called out to his former Seattle Seahawks teammate. “On fire.”

It was a perfect description of Rouen’s three-punt performance two nights earlier in Dallas.

On Rouen’s first punt, the Cowboys’ Skyler Green fielded the ball at the 4-yard line and was immediately tackled by Taylor Jacobs. On the second, the ball landed at the 2 and bounced out of bounds. Rouen’s third punt was downed at the 4 by Maurice Hicks.

Rouen’s night might have changed more than field position. It might have swung the pendulum for the 14-year veteran in his competition for the punting job with third-year incumbent Andy Lee, who punted the ball out of the end zone from the Cowboys’ 37 on Saturday.

Of Rouen’s performance, Lee said, “I can’t worry about that. I can’t focus on that.”

Rouen, 38, was released in June by the Seahawks, who were looking to get younger. The 49ers signed him to provide a challenge to Lee, and indeed, this is the most serious threat Lee has faced since he arrived with the 49ers as a sixth-round draft choice in 2004.

Last year, Lee had a 36.3-yard net average, with 15 of his 107 attempts downed inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. Rouen punted 61 times for the Seahawks, with a 35.0 net average and 20 inside the 20.

Lee said, “I am the one who is going to win this job for myself or lose this job for myself. I can’t worry about what he’s doing.”

An AP article added coach Mike Nolan’s (Hail Hitler!) reaction to Rouen’s performance:

“I will just say it got my attention every time,” Nolan said of Rouen’s three impressive kicks in Dallas. “He did a nice job. It’s a pretty good competition going on. Andy is a better punter this year than he was last year. I think that has to do with the competition.”

This is a typical response from the Fuhrer, in his grand scheme to exterminate all Pitt players from his roster. He has already traded Kevan Barlow and torn Shawntae Spencer’s hamstring. After Lee is dealt with, only Antonio Bryant will stand in Nolan’s way.

All kidding aside, this has taken a turn for the worse, and Andy really needs to step it up on Friday in the preseason finale against San Diego. Let’s hope he gets the majority of the opportunities and does well with them.

First Cuts: Postell, Jemison and Ramon Walker released

August 29, 2006

The first cuts of the presason will be made official today, and three more Panthers are going to be camp casualties.  This brings the total cut in this round to four. We reported last week that Matt Morgan was released by Buffalo in anticipation of these cuts. We also reported yesterday that Malcom Postell was cut by the Steelers.

Two more are on the block today, these will be made official later in the day.

Mike Jemison will be cut by the Giants, per the Journal News and NJ.com:

The cut to 75 will be made official today, but it is believed running back Mike Jemison was added to the list of 13 others Tom Coughlin made Sunday.

The Giants did not announce their first cuts yesterday, but RB Mike Jemison was not at practice. He is likely the 14th player released in addition to a group of 13 players absent from Sunday’s practice

Ramon Walker was also release by the Texans according to The Houston Chronicle:

Receiver Derick Armstrong and safety Ramon Walker, two backup players with a combined seven years of experience with the Texans, were among the 13 players who were placed on waivers Monday.

Ramon Walker was a fifth-round pick in the Texans’ first draft.

Postell released by Steelers

August 28, 2006

Malcolm Postell was the first Panther casualty in the first round of cuts, as the Steelers released eight players Monday:

The Steelers released eight players today, as they reduced their roster to 75, according to the team’s Web site.

The Steelers released: fullback Doug Easlick, center/long snapper Kyle Andrews, linebacker Malcolm Postell, wide receiver Isaac West, safety Zach Baker, kicker Mark Brubaker, offensive tackle Nick Hagemann and offensive guard Grayling Love.

This wasn’t a surprise at all, given the Steelers depth at linebacker and the limited time Malcolm had gotten in the preseason. Hopefully he can catch on with another team’s practice squad.

Friday NFL Roundup

August 26, 2006

Three games with seven former Panthers on rosters from Friday night. Panthers on the five teams included established veterans, star players, new starters, one Panther with a new team, one Panther playing in the second half for a roster spot and two Panthers who did not play and are going to have a tough time making their teams.

NY Giants 13
NY Jets 7

As far as Panthers, and some fantasy football owners, this was the most anticipated game of the night, with Kevan Barlow making his debut in Gotham. The Jets started Derrick Blaylock at Halfback, but Barlow got his first carry about halfway through the first quarter. On his second carry he fumbled, and did not see the ball again until he caught a pass in the middle of the 3rd quarter. Oh and making the tackle on the fumble (I believe he just fell on Sam Madison who was already down) was Holly Mangold’s older brother.

Barlow finished with three rushes for 11 yards and a fumble, and one catch for two yards.

Mike Jemison didn’t get as much work for the Giants, with only two carries for eight yards and one catch for zero yards. He did match Barlow in fumbles though with one, but he recovered his own. Not a good night for Panthers holding onto the football.

Jemison was fourth in carries on the Giants last night, and is on the bubble for the first round of cuts. We’ll update you through the weekend and next week as cuts begin.

Arizona 23
Chicago 16

Another game featuring two teams with former Panthers, except they all are starters for the Bears and Cardinals.

On the Bears side, Ruben Brown is a lock at left guard as usual. I only have seen one highlight of the Bears on offense from this game but in it Ruben completely manhandled the guy he was against. Usually anything to report for an offensive lineman is probably bad. That’s the case here as the only stat I can give you is that Ruben commited a false start penalty on Chicago’s first drive of the second quarter.

As for the Cardinals, their Panthers are more in the spotlight positions at WR and MLB.

Gerald Hayes started at MLB where we have reported he has won the starting job and his main competition James Darling was moved to OLB. Hayes played into the fourth quarter and led the team with seven tackles on the night.

Larry Fitzgerald also started and played into the second half, finishing with four catches for 45 yards. His highlight that has made it’s way onto sportscasts everywhere was a 27 yard pass from Matt Leinart in the second quarter.

Greg Lee did not dress. Another Panther staring at the cuts that are coming soon.

Pittsburgh 7
Philadelphia 16

Malcolm Postell did not play for Pittsburgh Friday night. I do not believe he was injured, but if I can verify that I will update. If not, that is definitely not a good sign for Postell with cuts coming.

Saturday NFL Roundup

August 20, 2006

Nick Goings

Saturday was a busy night for Panthers around the league…some trying to stay on the team for another round of cuts, some just trying to get in a little work and not get injured and some in between. Highlights of the night were Charles Spencer starting his first game for the Texans and Nick Goings scoring a touchdown.

I haven’t been able to see the game film of any of these games, so these updates are all from wire reports and articles around the net. I should be able to see some games as they replay on the NFL network this week though.

Miami 13
Tampa Bay 10

Dave Moore did not play as a tight end, but got in five long snaps on punts and field goals. This is how he will make this team, not because of his tight end skills.
Torrie Cox had three total tackles, all in the first half. Seemed to play a good bit in the first half and not at all in the second. Cox did pick up a defensive holding penalty on the Dolphin’s last drive of the first half. The penalty was on a third and two to keep Miami’s drive alive that eventually ended in a field goal before the half.

Carolina 17
Jacksonville 10

Nick Goings did not start but picked up three first half carries for 22 yards and a two yard touchdown. He started the night off with a 19 yard run up the middle. On the kickoff following his score, Goings made the tackle but was also offsides. Maybe a little too excited over a preseason touchdown.

Minnesota 17
Pittsburgh 10

Malcolm Postell did get into the game but made no tackles or any plays of note.

Houston 27
St. Louis 20

As reported here on Panthers in the Pros earlier this week, Charles Spencer started at left tackle for the Houston Texans Saturday night. I haven’t seen the film yet, I will tomorrow I believe, but the only thing of note so far is that Charles picked up a false start penalty on a third and five in the first quarter and Houston did not convert on the following third and ten. Probably some first start jitters for big Charles.
Ramon Walker was not active for the game. I’m not sure if he was hurt or not, I will look into this though. All I can find out so far is that he was not practicing this week, so I am assuming he has some sort of injury. The notes section I picked that up out of though said that Kubiak was not concerned about his injury or him not practicing.

Arizona 3
New England 30

Larry Fitzgerald played the first quarter with the starters and had one reception for 26 yards. Fitz also picked up a tackle on a deep pass intended for him that was intercepted. He also had a 16 yard catch called back on a holding penalty
Gerald Hayes matched Larry’s tackle output with one tackle, and also got a personal foul facemask on a touchdown run by Corey Dillon. Hayes did not start at MLB.

Tennessee 10
Denver 35

Brandon Miree did play in the game but got no carries and no penalties. If I see the film from this game later in the week I’ll update if there is anything of note. Not sure yet if Miree was playing FB as he is listed on the depth chart or HB.

Another note
I should be able to start uploading videos in the next week or so, so look for videos of all of these panthers here soon.