CBS Sports posts what it considers to be the all-time greatest NFL roster of non-Hall of Fame Players
Listed as 1, 2 & 3 on depth chart, if applicable.
QB: Michael Vick, Ken Anderson, Jim Plunkett
RB: Bo Jackson, Roger Craig, Ricky Williams
FB: Mike Alstott
WR1: Reggie Wayne, Sterling Sharpe
WR2: Torry Holt, Hines Ward
WR3 (Slot): Cliff Branch, Sterling Sharpe, Hines Ward
TE: Mark Bavaro, Todd Christensen, Jay Novacek
LT: Tony Boselli, Joe Jacoby
LG: Logan Mankins, Bob Kuechenberg
C: Jeff Saturday, Tom Nalen
RG: Walt Sweeney, Randy Cross
RT: Ralph Neely, Erik Williams
LDE: L.C. Greenwood, Neil Smith
RDE: Richard Seymour, Harvey Martin
LDT: Steve McMichael, Bryant Young
NT: Joe Klecko
RDT: La'Roi Glover, Tom Sestak
LOLB: Cornelious Bennett, Greg Lloyd
ILB: Zach Thomas, Randy Gradishar
ILB: Patrick Willis, Sam Mills
ROLB: Pat Swilling, Chuck Howley
LCB: Lester Hayes, Lemar Parrish
RCB: Ken Riley, Ronde Barber
FS: Jack Scott, Deron Cherry
SS: Darren Woodson, LeRoy Butler
LS: Tom Nalen
P: Shane Lechler
K: Gary Anderson
PR: Desmond Howard, Torry Holt
KR: Desmond Howard, Hines Ward
- The NFL preseason kicks off in...79 hours, as I write this.
- Serious question: Are the Colts actually better off with Carson Wentz being out 5-12 weeks?
- Current Rams and former Lions QB Matthew Stafford told the media over the weekend that if the Lions had pushed him on the issue, he wouldn't have fought to get traded or threatened to hold out or anything like that, and would have just suited up and kept playing in Detroit. As it was, he asked to be traded, they obliged. This doesn't surprise me. Matt Stafford and his wife had had nothing but positive things to say about the Lions, we all just understand why he had to go, so he could have a chance to win...
- Aaron Rodgers is back in Green Bay, for what will almost assuredly be his final season at Lambeau. With all of the demands made, the demands given in to, after this season, Rodgers is gone. He might not retire, but he isn't going to be a Packer anymore. Especially after he basically buried the entire franchise in an interview during training camp...It's clear he's only a Packer right now because the team refused to trade him. He doesn't want to be in Green Bay anymore. They are basically a separated couple, where the husband moves into the basement so that they can both still be there for the kids...
- What a Hall of Fame class this is (keep in mind, this is 2020 and 2021 combined for the ceremonies)...Peyton Manning, Calvin Johnson, John Lynch, Charles Woodson, Steve Atwater, Isaac Bruce, Steve Hutchinson (GO BLUE), Edgerrin James, Troy Polamalu's hair, and Alan Faneca...
- According to BetMGM, some poor schmuck dropped $500 on the Lions winning the Super Bowl this year...well, you know what they say.
"A fool and his money are soon parted."
- Lamar Jackson tested positive for COVID. While he might "recover" over a few weeks, COVID has affected people differently, and certain side effects could bother him all season. For the life of me, I don't understand why NFL players aren't getting vaccinated. I know the popular reasons, but dammit, when there is that much money at stake, let them poke you!
- Also, CBS Sports released it's all-time non-Hall of Fame football roster, which I am gonna post in it's own thread shortly...
Cole Popovich no longer is on the Patriots’ coaching staff. Multiple reports since have confirmed the reason is related to the COVID-19 vaccine. Popovich was masked up during the spring sessions.
All Tier-1 employees, which includes coaches, are required by the NFL to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to work with players in person during practice. The Vikings said they are in discussion with offensive line coach Rick Dennison over the COVID-19 protocols for training camp after ESPN reported the Vikings had fired Dennison over his refusal to be vaccinated.
Popovich, 36, joined the Patriots in 2015 as a coaching assistant. He and Carmen Bricillo shared offensive line coaching duties last season, but Bricillo will handle the job alone this season.
I see this as the league's final warning to players to get the vaccine. Unless you an All Pro quality player, the league isn't going to play around with you when it comes to covid vaccines.
The NFL has added an additional COVID-19 vaccination incentive for players, threatening forfeits and the loss of game checks if an outbreak among unvaccinated players causes an unresolvable disruption in the regular-season schedule.
Commissioner Roger Goodell informed clubs of the new policy Thursday in a memo. The league has encouraged vaccination for players but has not required it, per an agreement with the NFL Players Association.
Instead, the league has set up a series of incentives. As of Thursday, Goodell wrote, more than 75% of NFL players were at least partially vaccinated and more than half of the league's teams have player-vaccination rates above 80%. Sixteen NFL teams have hit a vaccination rate of 85% or higher, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.
Unvaccinated players will be subject to severe protocols during training camp and the regular season, including daily testing, mask-wearing and travel restrictions. Thursday's memo made it clear that unvaccinated players could, in theory, be responsible for the losses of games and paychecks as well.
The new policy drills down on a scenario that never occurred in 2020, when the NFL postponed five games and moved 10 others to accommodate outbreaks. A forfeit will be called in 2021 if all of the following circumstances occur:
• A game is postponed by requirement of government authorities or medical experts, or at the discretion of the commissioner, because of ongoing health concerns of an outbreak.
• The league can't find a suitable date to reschedule within the 18-week framework of the regular season.
• The original postponement was caused by an outbreak among unvaccinated players of one team.
The NFL was able to reschedule all of the games it postponed in 2020, but it's possible it might not go to the same extremes -- such as playing a game on a Tuesday or Wednesday -- as it did during its first pandemic season.
According to the memo: "Whether to reschedule a postponed game will be dependent on health and safety reasons at the recommendation of medical experts as well as considerations of stadium availability, schedule integrity, fan convenience, and other appropriate matters."
If the forfeit occurs, players from both teams will lose their game checks. The team that suffered the outbreak would be responsible for any shortfall in the league's revenue-sharing pool and also would be credited with a loss for the purposes of playoff seeding, with the opposing team credited with a win.
According to Caesars William Hill, if a game is forfeited, a wager for standard spread, money line and total wager on that game will be voided.
"These operating principles are designed to allow us to play a full season in a safe and responsible way," Goodell wrote, "and address possible competitive or financial issues fairly. While there is no question that health conditions have improved from last year, we cannot be complacent or simply assume that we will be able to play without interruption -- either due to Covid outbreaks among our clubs or outbreaks that occur within the larger community. These principles are intended to help inform decisions, recognizing that, as in 2020, we will need to remain flexible and adapt to possibly changing conditions."
According to the memo, if an outbreak among vaccinated players causes the postponement of a game, the league "will attempt to minimize the competitive and economic burden on both participating teams."
Police in Redmond, Washington, say Richard Sherman resisted arrest and as a result both he and a police officer sustained minor injuries.
The police made the statement at a press conference today, saying that Sherman physically resisted officers’ efforts to take him into custody. Police say Sherman’s injury was a minor laceration to his lower leg, apparently a dog bite when a police dog was used.
Sherman was arrested for burglary domestic violence and malicious mischief for attempting to break into a home in Redmond, where police say Sherman’s ex-wife’s parents live. Other reports have indicated that the police were incorrect and that Sherman is still married to the woman whose parents live in the home.
Sherman did not gain entry into the home but had what was described as a “verbal altercation” with the occupants of the home.
Washington State Patrol is also investigating Sherman for crashing his car, leaving the scene and suspicion of driving under the influence. Police drew Sherman’s blood to determine whether he was under the influence, and those results are pending.
It's been a long, weird offseason. Over the past year and a half, we've had to deal with quite a bit. With COVID forcing many of us to work from home, or forcing us out of our jobs, we've all had some major adjustments in our lives to make. I know with nhguy, his work schedule has pretty much taken all of his time away from this community, and at least for the last few months, I haven't been posting nearly as much as I could have either. Those of us who have the ability to post articles on the Chatters network have kind of let the community go a little bit. We went from multiple articles a week, to maybe one or two articles a month, and that simply isn't good enough. The last thing I wanted to do when I signed up, was to let this community become an afterthought...yet, that's exactly what I let it become in my own priorities. For that, I apologize. I know it's the offseason, and things really slow down, but still, this has been a particularly slow one...
There is a light at the end of the tunnel though. In 8 days, on July 21st, the Steelers and Cowboys will both be getting started with training camp, as they get ready for the annual HOF game. Then, on July 27th, the rest of the NFL gets started. The long drought is almost over my friends. In less than four weeks, on August 5th, the NFL hosts the Hall of Fame game. From that point on, there will be NFL football every single week until February of 2022.
And those games will have FANS in attendance. With more and more people getting their COVID vaccinations, we are slowly returning back to normal, including live sporting events with stadiums full of fans cheering. I am not a big soccer fan, but I will confess, I watched the UEFA championship game this weekend, and what I saw was marvelous. Not the game itself, which admittedly was quite good, but rather, Wembley Stadium. It was packed. The fans were raucous, it just felt...right. We kind of got used to quiet sports, played in near empty stadiums...but just because we kind of got used to it, doesn't mean grew to like it. Seeing Wembley in full attendance, reminded me of just how much I missed the 12th man at football games.
OK, I am rambling a bit, so I am gonna close this out. Guys, it's almost football season. We survived yet another offseason (mostly).
If it feels like the football world was robbed of more years of watching Calvin Johnson manhandle defensive backs, that's because it sort of was. The four-time All-Pro receiver hung up his cleats for good in 2016, formally announcing his retirement from the NFL that March following his ninth year in the league. It appears that wasn't his first decision, as often speculated, and his career instead followed a similar arc as another Detroit Lions legend -- Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders.
As it turns out, Johnson wasn't actually done playing football. After racking up 11,619 receiving yards and 83 touchdowns -- including six consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and seven overall despite a very lean and discombobulated decade with the Lions -- Johnson was simply done playing football in Detroit.
"We asked would they release me or let me go to another team," Johnson told WoodwardSports.com. "They wouldn't."
The ending to Megatron's story is much different than that of Matthew Stafford, his former quarterback who also recently came to the conclusion it was time to move on from the Motor City. Stafford wasn't met with contention from the team's brass, however, and ultimately got his wish in a trade that sent him to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for a blockbuster package that included Jared Goff and two first-round picks. It's something that didn't go unnoticed by Johnson, whose situation wasn't much different -- if at all.
"You know what, it sucked that they didn't let me go," he said. "But they let Matthew go, but hey, you know, it is what it is."
Don't misconstrue this as any type of angst toward Stafford, though. It's aimed squarely at the Lions.
"I was talking to Matthew yesterday -- [he's] doing well," Johnson added. "I'm happy for him because he's happy that he's out in California. You know, him and his beautiful family, they're loving their time out there. When he's comfortable, he's good where he's at.
"So you can only expect good things from him. I look forward to seeing him out there."
Eventually, Sanders and the Lions buried his respective hatchet, and he has become one the team's most prominent ambassadors, but that's not happened just yet with Johnson. There's also no guarantee it'll ever happen, and it appears it's more on the team being unwilling to mend fences than it is Johnson holding a grudge. Still maintaining a good relationship with players who spend time with the Lions, there's still a very noticeable canyon between the two sides.
For a team that once saw Johnson reel in 1,331 yards and 12 touchdowns in an 0-16 season -- with a rotation of Dan Orlovsky, Jon Kitna and a declining Daunte Culpepper at quarterback -- he feels the least they can do is come to the table and talk.
"I'm not back in the family with the Lions or anything like that," Johnson said. "It would be nice to if they try to resolve things, but that's neither here nor there."
Dear Megatron, I was one of your biggest fans when you were a player. When you said you were retiring because your fingers were so mangled, that it was just too painful for you to keep trying to catch footballs, I not only believed you, but I defended you. And here we are, 6 years later, and you basically just admitted that you were completely full of shit. You didn't retire because of your injuries. You "retired" to try to force a trade to another team so you could keep playing. You see, here's the problem with the timeline you just presented, Calvin...
You retired in 2015. You claim you asked the Lions to trade you in 2016. A year after you retired. By doing that, you just admitted that you actually were healthy enough to play football, and that your claims about your mangled fingers were just a lie you told the team and us Lions fans so we wouldn't question you.
And then, you had the BALLS to demand the Lions pay you the signing bonus they didn't owe you, for the years you didn't play under the contract extension you signed...You painted yourself out to be this victim of the Lions greed, while the entire time, you were trying to get them to trade you, because you knew you were still healthy enough to keep playing, and heaven forbid the Lions ask you to honor the terms of your contract!
And I especially take issue with the following, first, from the author:
and it appears it's more on the team being unwilling to mend fences than it is Johnson holding a grudge.
Horseshit. The only one holding a grudge here is Calvin Johnson. And then there is Calvin Johnson himself:
"It would be nice to if they try to resolve things, but that's neither here nor there."
They have, you arrogant asshole. It's you that refused to let it be resolved. The Lions have done everything they can to reach out to you, and you always respond the same way: GIMME GIMME GIMME.
You were a fantastic football player, Calvin. I am glad that I got to watch you play, and I glad that the #81 has a special significance in Detroit...but at the same time, go fuck yourself, asshole. You lied. You schemed, you whined when you didn't get your way. You held, and continue to try to hold the Lions hostage with your petty bullshit, as if the team can't possibly function without being in your good graces? Fuck off.
- Dave, a currently pissed off Lions fan who will probably forget all about this 10 years from now...
- First, RIP Jim Fassel.
- Aaron Rodgers is officially a holdout in Green Bay. The notion that eventually, the Packers will be forced to trade or cut Rodgers is getting more realistic every day, as it appears Rodgers has absolutely no intention of playing in Green Bay anymore, and with the money he has made in his career, he can easily afford not to cave in...Hell, he might decided to completely screw the Packers and retire, so they can't even get any trade value for him...and Lions, Bears and Vikings fans are just kicking back and enjoying all of it, lol
- Julio Jones is now a Tennessee Titan, but will wear #2, not #11, in deference to Titans WR AJ Brown.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick's beard vs. (former?) WWE Wrestler Daniel Bryan's beard...who wins?
- Saints head coach Sean Payton says that the New Orleans Saints offense will be built around whichever QB (Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill) wins the starting job. In other words, the Saints offense that focused on Drew Brees' marvelous arm will be changing, and that the Saints will not try to squeeze a square peg into a round hole, but rather adapt. Exactly the right decision.
- Adam Vinatieri is finally retiring. Just as a reminder of how old he is, the first Madden he appeared in was Madden 98, which was released for both the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis...
Now, there are more tweets involved in this, but what I really want to address is the sheer level of denial Le'Veon Bell is living with. If you remember, back in the day, Bell wanted 15+ million dollars per season, and held out for an entire year to try to force the Steelers hand in giving him a new contract. Instead, the Steelers did the sensible thing, and got rid of him for being a malcontent instead.
Now, Bell is claiming that the New York Jets never gave him an opportunity, which is absolutely nonsensical. The Jets gave him every opportunity, given what they paid to sign him to the team...You don't pay a guy over 13 mil a year (his Jets contract was 4 yr/52.5 mil) with the intent on keeping him on the bench. Even the New York Jets understand that idea...You pay a RB that kind of money, you expect him to perform. The reason Bell didn't get more carries, is because he wasn't producing. It's that simple.
Now, I could make this a long rant, but the reality is, Le'Veon Bell hasn't done jack shit to convince the Steelers they made a mistake in letting him go...
- Guess who's baaaaack? (maybe) Sources are reporting that the Jacksonville Jaguars plan on signing former Heisman winning QB at the University of Florida Tim Tebow to a 1-year deal, as a Tight End. I don't wanna be that guy, but if Tebow can get good enough at TE to be signed by an NFL team in just a few workouts at age 33, had he done so coming out of college, he would have been a STAR at the position. Now, granted the Head Coach is Urban Meyer, but still...
- Seattle Seahawks WR DK Metcalf is ridiculously fast.
- In a rare win for the Detroit Lions, overall opinion of their draft has been positive, and their 1st round selection of Penei Sewell has been overwhelmingly praised.
- In other Detroit Lions news, they released RB Kerryon Johnson, who was very shortly afterward claimed by the Philadelphia Eagles. What this tells me is that the Lions don't want to focus so much on the "committee" in the phrase "RB by committee" anymore, and will be leaning on 2nd year RB De'Andre Swift to play a bigger role for the offense.
- After looking at who KC drafted and have already signed/traded for, it would appear that the Chiefs strategy for getting back to the Super Bowl includes simply not letting Patrick Mahomes get his uniform dirty...ever. if the Chiefs offensive line is even half as good as it looks to be on paper, Mahomes is probably going to have a really, really good year.
- Some pundits are predicting the Patriots to win the AFC East instead of the Buffalo Bills. To that, I say, "I'll believe it when it happens". I am not saying they can't, just that I have my doubts...The Patriots will need two playbooks, as Cam Newton and Mac Jones have completely different skillsets as QBs. Regardless of which one is the starter, they have to prepare for both play styles, in case whichever one starts gets hurt...and that's more plays to run in practice, and less reps per play. Mac Jones can't run an offense tailored to Cam Newton's playing style, and Cam Newton won't be that effective running an offense tailored to Mac Jones...
- Further proving that QBs can be so humble that nobody actually believes their humility, new Jets QB Zach Wilson believes he is in an actual QB competition, that his position as the starter in W1 is not certain...Right now the Jets QBs are Wilson, James Morgan and practice squader Mike White. Uh...Sure, Zach. It's a QB competition. No, really...
- Tamba Hali plans on signing a 1-day contract with KC, so he can retire as a Chief. Hali had 89. 5 career sacks.
- Unlike Aaron Rodgers reaction to the Packers drafting Jordan Love, Bucs QB Tom Brady has already contacted rookie QB Kyle Trask to do throwing workouts together. Although, it should be pointed out, Brady is 44, and has 7 Super Bowl rings. He can afford to not bother looking over his shoulder.
- In case you missed it (because of course you have, everyone has) the Spring Football League has started...ESPN is actually airing a few of the games, so go watch your favorite teams and players you have never heard of before! GO TEAM!