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Thursday morning one-liners

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USA Today selected QB Ryan Fitzpatrick as the Bills’ most valuable player for the 2010 season.

Retired WR Ike Hilliard will be the Dolphins’ wide receivers coach.

The development of former third-round picks Taylor Price and Brandon Tate is key to the future of the Patriots’ receiver corps.

The New York Daily News previews the Jets’ offseason.

Ravens LB Terrell Suggs silenced his critics in 2010 after a sluggish 2009 season.

Here’s a thorough scouting report on Alabama RB Mark Ingram, who may appeal to the Bengals if they trade down in the draft.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper sees just two candidates for the Browns’ first-round pick: Georgia WR A.J. Green and North Carolina DE/OLB Robert Quinn.

ProFootballReference.com’s Simple Rating System (SRS) considers the Steelers 2.3-point underdogs to the Packers.

Texans fans have until Friday to vote in RB Arian Foster for FedEx Ground Player of the Year.

Colts C Jeff Saturday described his Pro Bowl selection as “a super special feeling.”

Jaguars.com provides a rundown of the team’s regular season statistical leaders, and where they ranked across the NFL.

The Titans’ Pro Bowlers arrived in Honolulu Tuesday night.

Outgoing Broncos defensive coordinator Wink Martindale is drawing interest from the Jets, Cowboys, and Ravens, presumably for linebacker coach positions.

The Chiefs could use a true nose tackle; why not Baylor NT Phil Taylor?

Raiders coach Hue Jackson agreed to an exclusive one-on-one interview with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco.

Former Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson is no stranger to unhappy endings, like the one he experienced with the Jets this season.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expects an “immediate contribution” from the No. 9 overall pick.

Asked what improvements 2010 NFL interceptions leader Eli Manning needs to make, Giants G.M. Jerry Reese responded “I think they have to come from within himself.”

The Eagles have reportedly shown interest in Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi at the Senior Bowl.

Florida State QB Christian Ponder has been told by scouts that he fits best “in a West Coast (offense),” like Redskins coach Mike Shanahan’s.

The Bears have hired Kevin O’Dea as assistant special teams coach.

The Lions are unlikely to get a shot at either of this draft’s top cornerbacks with their first-round pick, according to ESPN’s Mel Kiper.

Peter King praises Packers G.M. Ted Thompson in this week’s column for Sports Illustrated.

Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reviews the Vikings’ 2010 season.

Falcons coach Mike Smith is coaching the Pro Bowl for the NFC, and says “there’s no better place on earth than to be in Honolulu this week.”

ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas examines whether the Panthers might use the No. 1 overall pick on a cornerback.

Josh Freeman of the Bucs is the starting quarterback for the USA Today‘s “All Joe” team.

Saints special teams coordinator Greg McMahon promises to fix his unit after a lackluster 2010 season.

Dolphins DBs coach Todd Bowles has emerged as a potential favorite for the Cardinals’ defensive coordinator vacancy.

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora predicts that the 49ers will not draft a QB with the No. 7 overall pick.

The Seahawks’ offensive approach was significantly altered by tight end injuries in the divisional-round loss to the Bears.

Dating back to 1976, Rams QB Sam Bradford’s 2010 season was statistically the best ever by a rookie quarterback among teams currently in the NFC West.

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15 Responses to “Thursday morning one-liners”
  1. villagoo says: Jan 27, 2011 8:29 AM

    How about Dallas, Mike Smith?

  2. huskerguy says: Jan 27, 2011 8:36 AM

    “Peter King praises Packers G.M. Ted Thompson in this week’s column for Sports Illustrated.”

    I will be the first to say I was never a fan of TT or McCarthy… I will give each credit where it is due… HOWEVER, TT brought the talent but NO ONE is talking about McCarthy as coach of the year.

    Really?!

    6 starters replaced by midseason, some waiver pick ups, no running game and a D from hell and no props?

    Just my opinion.

  3. bigdmr2007 says: Jan 27, 2011 8:55 AM

    @ villagoon

    He said “this week”….

    The super bowl is next week.

    Mike Smith has forgot more about football than you will ever know!!!!

    Go Falcons!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. jc1958coo says: Jan 27, 2011 9:02 AM

    is hue jackson a joke or what? e wants winner, ive heard that before!! raiders don’t have a first round pick, that means AL will save 30 mil with no bust!!! lol

  5. minnesconsin says: Jan 27, 2011 9:09 AM

    Peter King’s article is pretty stupid, to be honest. How could he write:
    //Rare is it when a legend leaves and his successor is up to the task of replacing him. Perhaps only once in the last generation has it happened: When Sidney Crosby took over for Mario Lemieux with the Penguins in 2006. No one else of such gravitas—not Michael Jordan, not Cal Ripken, not John Elway—has been succeeded by anyone much better than a Jay Fiedler.//

    So by that argument, Steve Young was not “much better” than Jay Fiedler…ok, I’m followin’ ya, PK.

    ugh.

  6. toe4 says: Jan 27, 2011 9:33 AM

    Jeff Saturday sure sounds like a guy getting ready to retire.

  7. jerruhjones says: Jan 27, 2011 9:36 AM

    Does anyone really care what Mel Kiper thinks?

  8. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Jan 27, 2011 9:38 AM

    minnesconsin says:
    Jan 27, 2011 9:09 AM
    Peter King’s article is pretty stupid, to be honest. How could he write:
    //Rare is it when a legend leaves and his successor is up to the task of replacing him. Perhaps only once in the last generation has it happened: When Sidney Crosby took over for Mario Lemieux with the Penguins in 2006. No one else of such gravitas—not Michael Jordan, not Cal Ripken, not John Elway—has been succeeded by anyone much better than a Jay Fiedler.//

    So by that argument, Steve Young was not “much better” than Jay Fiedler…ok, I’m followin’ ya, PK.

    ugh.

    ___________________________________

    1) There was a hell of a lapse between Lemieux in his prime and Crosby. Keep in mind, Jagr was pretty good in that absence.

    2) Not many people give Young the credit he may deserve….probably because the Niners could’ve won WITH Jay Fiedler, as deep as that team was for those years following Montana.

    3) Peter King is the sportswriter version of Dear Abby. The guy makes up more crap than Pervy and uses his column for shock value more time than not, to get his name back at the forefront…like his old buddy BrInt Favre.

  9. villagoo says: Jan 27, 2011 9:46 AM

    NO kidding, any competent coach would still rather be preparing for the sb this week than the pb this week. Not like the Falcons will ever know, though.

  10. cappa662 says: Jan 27, 2011 10:17 AM

    The 49ers are best going with a veteran QB like Mike Vick. Paying a top rated QB isn’t worth the trouble nowadays unless you see him as a Peyton Manning type (which I don’t think anyone is rated this year). Imagine if the Browns drafted Brady Quinn over Joe Thomas or anyone taking Jimmy Clausen in the first round last year. Both guys obviously do not have what it takes to be an NFL QB.

  11. contraryguy says: Jan 27, 2011 11:45 AM

    “jerruhjones says: Jan 27, 2011 9:36 AM

    Does anyone really care what Mel Kiper thinks?”

    Somebody at ESPN, if that. And his barber.

    Kiper’s nuts if he thinks that AJ Green will last to the 6th pick. Cleveland would be better off taking advantage of the depth in this draft; Patrick Peterson should be there by #6, as will a lot of good D Line guys.

  12. contraryguy says: Jan 27, 2011 11:50 AM

    meant to say D line guys who are better than Quinn from NC, who didn’t even play last season. I doubt Holmgren drafts a guy just because he’s a freak and not a player.

  13. youboettcha says: Jan 27, 2011 12:58 PM

    @bigdmr2007

    Well then, maybe it would be better to be in Green Bay or Pittsburgh this week, getting ready to head to Dallas.

  14. youboettcha says: Jan 27, 2011 1:00 PM

    @minnesconsin

    Perhaps since Montana to Young happened 20 years ago, he considers that last generation. He did say this generation. I think 20 years may equate to a full generation.

  15. youboettcha says: Jan 27, 2011 1:12 PM

    @contraryguy

    If you have a chance to draft a freak with the 6th overall pick who isn’t just a workout warrior (Vernon Gholston), you do it!

    Freaks from the past:
    Randy Moss
    Jevon Kearse
    Adrian Peterson
    Calvin Johnson
    Julius Peppers

    These guys are physical freaks and would all have been worth a 6th overall pick.

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