Chicago Bears trim fat, bigger cuts coming


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The Chicago Bears cut the required amount of players to get the roster down to 75. The initial cut usually involves players that had little to no chance of making the team, or were let go with the hopes of latching on elsewhere.

The final day of roster reckoning is August 30. Rosters will have to be down to 53 by 4p.m. ET.

There were a couple of surprise cuts, but the biggest news will come Saturday afternoon.

The players that stood out from the initial cuts are defensive backs Isaiah Frey and Craig Steltz, defensive tackle Nate Collins, linebacker/special teams ace Jordan Senn, running back Michael Ford, and quarterback Jordan Palmer. Palmer is interesting because he signed with the Buffalo Bills shortly after being waived. Chicago welcomes Buffalo to Soldier Field Week 1. [Read more...]

Michael Irvin gives nuanced take on Washington team name change


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We’re reaching critical mass now when it comes to changing the Washington football team nickname. But whether you’re on the side of Daniel Snyder/Sarah Palin/Mike Ditka, or you’re on the other side with Phil Simms/Greg Gumbel/Washington Post/Christine Brennan/Bill Simmons/Tony Dungy/Dave Zirin/Kansas City Star/U.S. Patent Office…well you get the idea….the point is, you need to see the other side too.

If you know where the opposite side of the debate is coming from, it tests your position.

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New York Jets Season Preview with Michael Irvin


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So what does the 2014 season hold for the New York Jets? Here to break it down is NFL Network Analyst Michael Irvin. You pretty much know that the New England Patriots will own the division, but who will be the biggest threat?

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Boomer Esiason articulates how horrendous NY Giants offense looks


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Boomer Esiason made some very strong comments about Jay Cutler last season. I don’t think he was wrong. I think he was totally right. And this summer, I had another chance to speak with him, and we covered a bunch of topics, including Cutler. The full podcast of our exclusive is below.

Eli Manning had a really rough year last season. His 2013 kind of ended the ELIte talk, didn’t it? Local New York as well as national media pundit Boomer Esiason gave me a very informative and entertaining exclusive at NFL on CBS Media Day.

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Arizona Cardinals season preview with Steve Mariucci


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The Arizona Cardinals are yet another of why the NFL is a copycat league. For everyone. And right now, every team wants to be like the Super Bowl Champions.

Like the Seattle Seahawks ripped off Texas A&M with the “12th man,” designation for their home crowd, the Arizona Cardinals are “borrowing” from the Michigan State Spartans in nicknaming their secondary “the no-fly zone.”

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N.Y. Jets hire Amanda Pflugrad, former Oregon cheerleader


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Former Oregon Ducks cheerleader, CBS Sports and Pac 12 Network hostess Amanda Pflugrad has a new gig with the New York Jets. She will promoting the NY Jets on their website. Amanda Pflugrad is SEO Gold, and it’s easy to understand why. Her name has been trending on the internet today. The Jets website refers to her as a “reporter” but you and I know that you can’t use that designation/term when you work for the team that you’re covering.

When Amanda Pflugrad was with Fox Sports Arizona, she was a reporter. With the Jets, she will now anchor the online Jets postgame show.

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Miami Dolphins Season Preview with Michael Irvin


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So what does the 2014 season hold for the Miami Dolphins? Here to break it down is NFL Network Analyst Michael Irvin.

It’s fitting that the NFL Network has both Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin as part of their on-air talent roster. Both of these phenomenal athletes helped define what today’s NFL truly is with their physical talents and outsized personalities. Sanders (exclusive with Neon Deion here) and Irvin established the precedent of what a National Football League superstar must be in today’s mass-marketed, mass media landscape.

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Dallas Cowboys season preview with Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders


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If the Dallas Cowboys are known for one thing these days, it’s going 8-8. Blame it on Tony Romo all you want, but it takes a whole team to pull off mediocrity like that, year in and year out. Possibly the greatest receiver in Cowboys history, Michael Irvin, knows all about the talent in Big D, and what it can’t and can’t do.

“There was a lot of great talent, but they weren’t altering games. They went 8-8 with that talent,” NFL Network Analyst Michael Irvin said in an exclusive conversation with The Sports Bank at NFL Network/CBS Media Day.

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Jenny Dell talks about her new NFL on CBS gig (Exclusive)


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Within five minutes of meeting and speaking with Jenny Dell, one realizes that her personality is perfect for her new job. Dell has a genuine friendliness that will inspire mainstream appeal. Her down-to-Earth personality will resonate across all demographics.

When the New Orleans Saints take on “my” Indianapolis Colts in the Circle City on Saturday, (8:00 PM, ET), CBS Sports’ Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, and Jenny Dell will be the announcing team at Lucas Oil Stadium.

It’s Dell’s first assignment at the new gig since her controversial, highly publicized exit from NESN. As I learned in New York City on Monday, the career stock of Dell is trending upward; even more than shares of Dell Corporation on the New York Stock Exchange.

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ATL Falcons Legend Deion Sanders sings Johnny Gill (exclusive)


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It’s fitting that the NFL Network has both Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin as part of their on-air talent roster. Both of these phenomenal athletes helped define what today’s NFL truly is with their physical talents and outsized personalities. Sanders and Irvin (the exclusive with him is coming tomorrow, it will be posted in a “Prime Time” slot) established the precedent of what a National Football League superstar must be in today’s mass-marketed, mass media landscape.

To my younger readers, I hope you realize that without Neon Deion or Irvin, who came into the league at almost the exact time a quarter century ago, you just don’t have a Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson, Richard Sherman or Darrelle Revis.

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Dallas Cowboys: 1st American team to reach $3Billion


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J.R. Ewing is a fictional representation of the tremendous wealth found in Dallas, but their NFL franchise is the definition of the affluent fact. The Dallas Cowboys are ranked as the most valuable team in the NFL according to Forbes, for the 8th straight year. The Cowboys are the most valuable of all American sports franchises, only Spanish La Liga franchise Real Madrid has a higher valuation at $3.4 billion.

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Greg Gumbel hasn’t said the Redskins name on air in three years


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There’s a current movement of NFL on-air personalities away from using of the name “Redskins,” and Greg Gumbel has been ahead of that curve for a few years.

“I was just telling our PR Department I haven’t said the name on the air in three years, I just didn’t feel the need to call a news conference and announce it. It’s just my personal choice,” Gumbel told me during our exclusive chat at CBS/NFL Network Media Day. The CBS play-by-play man then rhetorically asked “would I feel differently if I owned the team?

“I don’t know, but I do feel there’s a PR gap to jump, and whether they will make that jump or not remains to be seen.”

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