Cam Newton to challenge Steelers’ defense


PITTSBURGH – Ben Roethlisberger dismissed comparisons with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton earlier this week, though not because the Steelers quarterback has won a pair of Super Bowls while Newton has yet to win a playoff game.

“He’s a lot better athlete than I am. He can throw it further than I can,” Roethlisberger said. “So I don’t know where the comparisons are. I guess they just say because he’s big, and he’s bigger than me, too.

via ESPN.com – NFL Nation http://ift.tt/1AXvias

Posted in NFL | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Browns, Gordon release statements


A statement from Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer on Josh Gordon’s season-long suspension being reduced to 10 games:”We are aware of the new NFL policy related to the reduction of Josh Gordon’s suspension to 10 games. We will continue to support and work with him under the NFL guidelines throughout this process. Our team’s focus right now remains on preparing for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.”
Gordon released this statement through the NFL Players Association, pointing toward his return for the stretch run and making clear he’s permitted to be back with the team during this suspension:””I”m happy that the NFLPA and NFL worked hard to agree on a new Substances of Abuse policy.

via ESPN.com – NFL Nation http://ift.tt/1mnS8Xz

Posted in NFL | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Rob Ryan: ‘On me’ to fix Saints’ defense


METAIRIE, La. — Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan reiterated Friday that the New Orleans Saints’ early struggles are “on us” as a defense — and “on me” in particular.

“Hey, those are the facts,” Ryan said during his weekly visit with the media. “You don’t like to admit ‘em standing up here, but it’s the damn truth. …

“We want to be great on defense, we want to be a little tiny part of our success. And we’ve been a big part of our failure right now.

via ESPN.com – NFL Nation http://ift.tt/1tAl3sg

Posted in NFL | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Cardinals work through off-field stories


TEMPE, Ariz. — The avalanche of off-field stories continued for the Arizona Cardinals when running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on assault charges.

Being asked about contracts, injuries, play-calling and, now, a teammate’s legal issues, has become routine for the Cardinals.

“We move on,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “It’s not a distraction. It will not be a distraction. Our team’s kinda gotten used to what everybody else would consider a distraction, and get ready for a huge football game this Sunday.

via ESPN.com – NFL Nation http://ift.tt/1p4v6AH

Posted in NFL | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Broncos defense wants less bend, no break


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio knows all about bend-but-don’t-break defense.

It’s just he’s not all that interested in either.

“I’m not looking for any bend,” Del Rio said this week. “But at the end of the day, we want to make plays. It just so happens that we’re giving ourselves a chance and then coming up with plays to stop people from scoring in key moments.

via ESPN.com – NFL Nation http://ift.tt/1tAl0Nj

Posted in NFL | Tagged , | Leave a comment

More Saints references from Goodell critics


METAIRIE, La. – The New Orleans Saints and coach Sean Payton continued to be referenced Friday by critics of Roger Goodell, suggesting that the NFL commissioner is not holding himself to the same standards that he held the Saints to during the 2012 bounty scandal.

Goodell held a press conference Friday, during which he again admitted that he made mistakes in his handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence investigation and the ensuing punishment.

via ESPN.com – NFL Nation http://ift.tt/XxjlLx

Posted in NFL | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Ravens piling on with jersey exchange


BALTIMORE — By all accounts, the Ray Rice jersey exchange organized by the Baltimore Ravens was a tremendous success. The lines outside M&T Bank Stadium rivaled the longest ones for the latest iPhone.

The only problem is that it should never have occurred. Nobody is condoning Rice’s act of domestic violence, but this event was excessive. The Ravens made the point that they disapproved of Rice’s actions by cutting him on Sept. 8. It’s time to let it go.

via ESPN.com – NFL Nation http://ift.tt/1sFmvWf

Posted in NFL | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Gordon’s suspension officially 10 games


BEREA, Ohio — Josh Gordon will be on the field for the Cleveland Browns for the stretch run — that as a result of the new drug testing and punishment policy agreed to and announced Friday by the NFL and NFL Players Association.

Now it’s up to the Browns to make sure the final six games of the season mean something.

Gordon’s suspension for marijuana use officially was reduced from the entire 2014 season to 10 games, the NFL and NFLPA announced.

via ESPN.com – NFL Nation http://ift.tt/1qSk3A8

Posted in NFL | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Poll: What Falcons’ win means to Bengals


CINCINNATI — As I watched the Atlanta Falcons recover turnover after turnover and score touchdown after touchdown Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I kept seeing Cincinnati Bengals fans chiming in on social media about how advantageous the blowout was for their team.

Personally, I think they’re right.

If the Falcons, a team the Bengals seemed to get by with relative ease without their best playmaker (A.J. Green), can perform as well against another team as it did in that game, then it has to mean that not only are the Falcons pretty good, but by association the Bengals are, too.

via ESPN.com – NFL Nation http://ift.tt/Xx3Nr2

Posted in NFL | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Bengals should be concerned about Burfict


CINCINNATI — Vontaze Burfict should not play Sunday when the Cincinnati Bengals host the Tennessee Titans at Paul Brown Stadium.

There. It’s been said.

Because the third-year Pro Bowl player was listed as doubtful on the Bengals’ injury report released Friday, chances already were strong that he wasn’t going to suit up. Still, since he wasn’t declared as “out” for the game, the possibility that he could play one week after suffering his second concussion of the two-week-old season exists.

via ESPN.com – NFL Nation http://ift.tt/Xx3JHZ

Posted in NFL | Tagged , | Leave a comment