Video: Sean Smith One-Handed Interception in Preseason

Utah’s loss certainly was the Dolphins’ gain in the draft this year. Cornerback Sean Smith has looked strong in training camp and has carried that performance into the games. He had a pick against the Jags and this sick interception against the Saints on Thursday night. Check out these sweet hands:

The Dolphins made a concerted effort to beef up their secondary in the offseason, drafting Vontae Davis and Sean Smith with their top two picks, signing free agent Gibril Wilson, and re-signing Yeremiah Bell and Will Allen. Maybe they figure if they want to keep up with Brady and Moss, not to mention T.O., that they better have a good secondary. We’ll see how much the moves pay off in the regular season because the strategy seems to be working so far. By the way, what is Mark Brunell still doing out there? Hasn’t the guy filed for social security already?

Charles Rogers to Blow ‘Ay Day’ with Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Winnipeg is now the official home of NFL refugees. A day after the Blue Bombers of the CFL signed Pacman Jones, the Globe and Mail says former Lions first-round pick Charles Rogers has agreed to a contract with the team. The Blue Bombers are 3-5 this season and apparently are in desperate need of a boost.

One has to wonder whether or not they’re going about things in the right way. Is publicity really worth adding a WR who hasn’t played since ’05 and a defensive back who was mediocre last year, not to mention a menace to society? I doubt it. I can’t imagine that Rogers has any skills left considering he’s 28 and hasn’t played in four years. Imagine a number two overall pick playing just nine games for your franchise. 36 career receptions, 440 yards, and four touchdowns in his bust career. Hey, at least he tied Ricky Williams for the league lead in bong hits.

Looks like both the Rogers and Pacman deals fell through

Pacman Jones Signs with Winnipeg Blue Bombers of Canadian League

CFL/Pacman Jones: at long last in his most suitable destination — Canada. With no NFL teams taking a bite of the badboy, Pacman had few choices left if he wanted to play professional football. The latest Jerry Jones bust has signed a one-year deal to play for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL. Pacman says he’s disappointed to be out of the NFL but excited to have a new opportunity. As for Winnipeg, it’s a win-win deal:

“If I was in the same position in the NFL I might have a lot more reservations,” [player personnel director John] Murphy said. “But for me it’s a win-win. I’m smart enough to know that if I’m looking for somebody who can be a playmaker for the second half of our season, there isn’t a better football player who’s not in the NFL, at 25 years old, who’s ready to play football, is going to play with a chip on his shoulder, and is going to bring some fun and excitement to our team, our locker room, our city, and our league.

“And at the same time it’s a business decision as well as football decision. From a marketing standpoint, a business standpoint and a football standpoint, I could go to 100 NFL training camps and every preseason game and more people will hear and know about the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the next two weeks — from the coverage we’ll receive — than in the last 10 years.”

Does that mean they’ll sell more tickets or just become a more popular name amongst players looking for a job? I’m actually wondering why Pacman didn’t wind up in the UFL. Is the UFL trying to play it straight or did the CFL offer more money and Pacman chose to do that? Could this actually be a step in the direction towards an NFL return for the strip club lover?

Video: Brett Favre’s Dirty Chop Block on Eugene Wilson

The Wildcat offense has swept its way through the NFL, all the way from Miami to apparently now Minnesota. One potential problem with the formation is that it often keeps quarterbacks on the field but split out as a receiver. On running plays, their assignment is to block. For some quarterbacks that could be a problem. For Brett Favre it’s not an issue because he just chose to play dirty instead. Check out the video of Brett Favre’s block on Eugene Wilson.

The Monday Night Football crew rightfully skewered Favre for the play and didn’t hold anything back. I’m glad to see people are putting as much consideration into that play even if it’s not the quarterback being hit. As for good ole #4, you woulda thought he learned from Trent Green’s scrambled eggs. Guess not.

via Shutdown Corner

Aaron Rodgers, Packers, Poised to take NFC North

Packers Cardinals FootballA lot of people will say that the NFL preseason is meaningless. Yes, win-loss records in the preseason are meaningless, but as a whole, the preseason has a lot of significance in my mind, much like spring training for baseball. Here’s why: if you’re having trouble executing in practice games, chances are you’re not going to magically turn things around in real games. The converse would be the case for dominating performances, much like that of the Green Bay Packers this preseason.

In case you’ve missed it, the Packers have been the most dominating team in the preseason this year. They’re 3-0 and coming off a win over the Arizona Cardinals on Friday night, 44-37. Yes, put the record aside and just look at the straight facts that bear the significance. In 12 possessions this preseason, Green Bay’s first-team offense has scored nine touchdowns and kicked one field goal, and they didn’t even have to punt the other two drives. Aaron Rodgers is 28/37 for 458 yards, 6 touchdowns and no interceptions. And it’s not just the first-team offense that’s getting it done; the first-team defense held the Cards to 10 points in the first half and they shutout both the Browns and Bills.

Yes I realize that these statistics and records are meaningless towards the regular season but there’s no doubt in my mind that the Packers are ready to roll and dominate this year. Want to know another offense that looked this good in the preseason? The Saints last year, and their quarterback threw for over 5,000 yards. You heard it hear first — the Packers are poised to take the NFC North.

Chad Ocho-Tweet-O Now Serving as NFL Reporter

chad-johnsonChad Ochocinco aka Chad Johnson has officially become the Gilbert Arenas of the NFL. By that, I mean the guy has become bigger for what he does off the athletic field than what he does on it, but he’s good enough for us to respect his work on the field. The difference is that Gilbert became the first athlete to maximize the reach of a blog while Chad’s using twitter. Oh yeah, and Chad’s taking his twitter game to a new level — that of NFL reporter.

After holding out for the first three weeks of the pre-season, Bengals first-round pick Andre Smith finally signed with the team. Where was the first place the news broke? Ocho’s twitter account. As if that wasn’t enough, Ocho also did some investigative journalism to check on the status of Tom Brady who got hurt in his pre-season game against the Redskins. Couple those two news items with Chad’s tweets reaching out to Barack and Oprah and it’s pretty clear that this guy is doing everything he can to build the Ocho brand.

Lastly, in case you missed it last week, Chad’s been trying to find a loophole in NFL policy so that he can tweet to his followers during games. His latest idea is to fly one of his fans to each game and develop a system of hand signals so that the fan can tweet on behalf of Ocho during games. Sure sounds like his head is in the right place, right? I guess this is only the next level up from touchdown celebrations.

‘Schism’ Brewing in Philly … Or Just in McNabb’s Head?

Donovan McNabb was commended for personally recommending the Eagles pursue Michael Vick and give him a chance in the NFL. There was talk that the two were friends from the days McNabb hosted Vick as a recruit at Syracuse and that the two have stayed in touch ever since. While McNabb did a pretty selfless act, it appears as if the move has either backfired or that he may be regretting things. Well, that is unless the Eagles change things around. During the first half of the Eagles’ preseason game on Thursday night, McNabb complained on the sidelines that he couldn’t get in a rhythm because the team kept shuffling its offensive personnel around:

I know what we were trying to do [with Vick] and we were able to get that done. And I thought it was time for us to kind of get our offense going. After the first play when I tried to go deep to DeSean [Jackson] and threw it out of bounds a little, we started to get positive plays. We got the drive going and I think that’s very important in a game, whether it’s in the regular season or the preseason, to get that rhythm going. If you’re going to show different looks make sure it’s the right time. That’s the what the preseason’s for to make sure you know when that time is, and we’ll get that time together. I thought it was important at that time to get out and run our offense.”

There’s a couple of ways to go when you think about this. You could say that this is the beginning of McNabb getting defensive. After all, Donovan got supremely pissed when he was benched last year and had his feelings hurt; he’s very protective about his starting job. You could also say that this was a learning experience for Philly and that they’re trying to figure out when and where to work Vick in. That’s what Donovan was suggesting with that comment and also what Andy Reid wants to convey. But let me tell you, there will be at least one point this season where people are calling for Vick to be the starter for the Eagles. And judging by Donovan’s past, that will be perfect to light a fire under his ass — he always plays his best when the world is against him.