Saturday morning one-liners

Playmakers are in short supply among the Bills linebackers.

Former Dolphins TE and current broadcaster Jim Mandich is in the hospital battling bile-duct cancer.

The Patriots will be showing Jets QB Mark Sanchez different looks than they employed in their second regular season meeting.

Injured Jets S Jim Leonhard has found different ways to help the team prepare for the Patriots.

It will be a strict officiating crew led by referee Jeff Triplette for Saturday’s Ravens game.

Bengals K Mike Nugent is working hard to get his knee back in shape after tearing his ACL in November.

Browns DE Robaire Smith is convinced that he can play again after suffering a season-ending back injury.

There’s snow in the forecast as the Steelers prepare to host Saturday’s game with the Ravens.

The Texans won’t be raising ticket prices for the 2011 season.

Colts K Adam Vinatieri was happy that he was able to bounce back from injuries in 2009 to have a strong 2010 season.

Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew will skip the Pro Bowl to rehab his knee injury.

Titans CB Alterraun Verner is back at UCLA working toward a degree in Mathematics-Applied Science.

Broncos CB Champ Bailey is a fan of new coach John Fox.

The best moments for the 2010 Chiefs defense.

The Raiders are expected to name a head coach “sooner rather than later.”

Chargers coach Norv Turner said he didn’t consult any players who had played for Greg Manusky before deciding on him as the new defensive coordinator.

A look at the future prospects of Cowboys C Phil Costa.

Now it can be told: The Giants say they didn’t play all out in the 2007 season finale against the Patriots.

It’s hard to imagine the Eagles won’t address the offensive line this offseason.

CB Reggie Jones was never active for the Redskins in 2010, but still sees a bright future with the team.

Pisa Tinoisamoa will be back at starting linebacker for the Bears for the first time since having his knee scoped in early December.

Who might be around for the Lions with the 13th overall pick of the draft?

Packers CB Tramon Williams won’t be cowed by the prospect of facing off against Falcons WR Roddy White.

Said Vikings coach Leslie Frazier of QB Joe Webb, “Yeah, he has the ability to be able to play wide receiver, can line up in the backfield, he can run options. There are a myriad of things you can do with Joe. He’s a special talent.”

Falcons owner Arthur Blank is happy with the football operations staff he has in place.

There are reports linking Jay Gruden to an assistant job with the Panthers.

Will the Saints take a running back or a front-seven defensive player with their first pick in April’s draft?

Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy reflects on his rookie season and the injury that ended it prematurely.

The Cardinals re-signed FB Charles Ali, who spent time with them in training camp.

QB Sam Bradford has made the Rams offensive coordinator job a very appealing one.

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said that his newly hired assistant coaches have enough experience to know what it takes to win in the NFL.

The status of LB Lofa Tatupu remains a big question mark for the Seahawks.

9 responses to “Saturday morning one-liners

  1. WHAT!?! Oh come-on!!

    Why does the Steelers/Ravens game have to have a strict Officiating Crew. Both teams are regarded as being the ‘most’ physical etc etc but that always seems to equate to “bad” calls made when it’s the 3rd down or the 4th quarter.

    PLEASE, Please don’t let the Refs give either team a BIG play due to a bad call. I’m a Steelers fan and cannot fathom watching the Refs give the Ravens a 1st down at the Steelers 35 after a ticky tack QB tackle on what would have been a 3rd & 8 …stop by the Steelers D …but Flacco gets bumped or hit releasing the ball. DON’T DO IT

    Oh and I don’t want to see Ben get a ticky tack call either …besides the Refs don’t seem to feel Ben gets hit illegally …why start this game.

    GO Steelers

  2. “It will be a strict officiating crew led by referee Jeff Triplette for Saturday’s Ravens game.”

    Put another way, “the officials will influence the outcome.”

  3. “I’ll tell you what,” Jets linebacker Bart Scott told Newsday. “Be very careful what you say about our coach. His (Welker’s) days in a uniform will be numbered.”

    Yeah because a few clever jokes about your coach deserves threatening to end someones career. Way to rise above it.

  4. @masteel

    People get your point about officiating deciding the game. But you get a lot of Thumbs down for whining and acting like it only happens to the Steelers. It’s 50/50, and if anything you should never complain about officiating. Lots of people think the Steelers won their 5th Super Bowl because of bad officiating.

  5. I’m not excited about the strict officiating crew either. I hope they don’t take control of the game.

    I think the NFL needs to be honest with itself about the appeal of this matchup and why so many people rave about it and are excited for it.

    If there’s any matchup in the NFL where I’d like to see the refs “let them play”, it would be this exact one: Ravens vs Steelers in the playoffs.

  6. There should be no exceptionally strict or lax officiating crews.

    There should be no “this ump calls a tight strike zone” “while that ump is generous on the corners.”

    I never got that. Don’t be overzealous – and don’t cast a blind eye. Recommendation to the refs today and every day: just officiate the game as the rules are stated; and aside from that, stay the hell out of the picture and be a non-story.

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