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2014 NFL Draft: McCarron unable to shed 'game manager' label
2013-12-02

Instead, the Tide finally turned.
Auburn's Chris Davis returned a field goal attempt an improbable 100+ yards for the game-winning touchdown to shock the college football world, ending any chance at Alabama's return to the BCS championship and McCarron winning the Heisman.
Lost in insanity following the game was another solid, if somewhat unspectacular performance from McCarron, among the more polarizing NFL prospects in the country.
McCarron's stat-line against the Tigers was impressive. He completed 17 of 29 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns without turning the ball over. Further, though he's not known for his athleticism, he twisted and spun his way to critical first downs on scrambles as the Tide's offense struggled with consistency throughout this game.
And yet, while McCarron's production looks good on paper, NFL scouts likely noted that several of the senior quarterback's passes were late and inaccurate in this game.
On the 99-yard bomb to Amari Cooper, for example, McCarron lofted the pass deep up the right sideline, giving his sophomore receiver an opportunity to make a play on the ball. The pass was thrown into double coverage and Cooper had to slow down and leap to make the play. His ability to make the grab and run through an arm-tackle by the Auburn defender was more impressive, frankly, than McCarron's pass.
It was one of a handful of vertical throws attempted by McCarron in which Alabama receivers had to wait on the ball.
McCarron had an opportunity to hit senior wideout Kevin Norwood on a quick post for a touchdown in the fourth quarter but waited too long and his far riskier attempt to drill the ball with the defender near fell incomplete.
This isn't to suggest that McCarron, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 4 rated senior quarterback prospect, didn't make NFL-caliber throws in this contest. His second touchdown, a beautifully lofted pass over the middle to senior wideout Kevin Norwood, for example demonstrated great poise, touch and accuracy. Further, McCarron also showed enough arm strength to rifle a deep out down the left sideline in the fourth quarter to put the Tide in position for a field goal attempt that would have given them a commanding 10 point with just a few minutes remaining.
Further, whereas many of his teammates seemed rattled by the pressure of this game, McCarron played with composure, traits that every NFL team values at the quarterback position.
With Davis running away with McCarron's opportunity to play the hero role, however, the quarterback was robbed of the chance to answer his critics with another game-winning (rather than game-managing) performance.




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NFL revised drug and banned substances penalties
2010-10-21

Player conduct is one of the most important things that the NFL is concerned about. Following this, no mercy is given a player is deemed to be behaving contrary to the set of regulation. Apart from maintaining league discipline in the national football league, the drug rules are part of the most welcome amongst the players although criticism cannot be hidden. Drug rules were conceived when many players were suspected to be playing under influence and apart from just being indiscipline and ineffective players, their health was being weakened and this could translate to very bad criticism and fall of reputation to the league as a whole.

The national football league introduced drug rules long ago but was revised in the year 2007 with more tough requirements and penalties this time round. One of the repercussions was that players would dig deeper into their pockets for their misconducts in relation to the drug policy. Performance enhancement drugs and especially steroids were quite inevitable among many players. In the same year, the NFL made it clear that EPO, a blood boosting substance to their list of banned substances. this was after intensive discussions and negotions between the officials of the players union and those of the league.

Among the agreed penalties of misconducct and use of banned substances among plyers included suspension to players who would be evidenced as using the drugs. Apart from this, players should be forfeited off their bonuses by an a determined percentage and even more tough, such players in their first time of testing positive cannot be paid during the time they are away on suspensions. Formerly, the salaries would be cut down but the bnusess maintauined yet in most instances, players get bonuses that are mopre fat than their salaries.

The NFL commissioner on behalf of the league Roger Goodell while announcing these changes in the drug and banned substances policy had expressed concern that its programs were being affected because of the wide usage of drugs among players. And this was not only the end because this regulation can be amended in future either to toughen it further or make it more use-friendly.

To make the players more responsible, this policy was implemented with tougher actions such that the testing of drug users would be done weekly and that any ten team players would selected randomly for the samples and EPO test as taken more seriously. Previously only seven members would be selected for the test and a total of about 10000 would undergo the test in the league which means that from 2007, this of players tested in each season is about 12000. In the United States by then, there was no other league that would carry EPO test at that close interval.


NFL Saturday Preseason Betting Action
2010-08-21

The bulk of the NFL Week 2 Preseason action is scheduled for Saturday evening, as 11 different games are on tap, offering up a pretty extensive betting menu. Let’s take a look at some of the more intriguing action, looking for holes in Sportsbook.com’s prices.

Pittsburgh (1-0) at New York Giants (1-0), 7:00 p.m. EDT

Sportsbook.com Line: Pittsburgh -4 Total: 33.5

Tom Coughlin says that Eli Manning will sit this one out after suffering a gruesome cut on his forehead in Monday’s 31-16 win over the Jets. The cut required 12 stitches, but it appears that Manning avoided any serious damage. Backup Jim Sorgi, who used to hold the clipboard for Eli’s brother in Indianapolis, performed admirably in relief, completing 8-of-15 passes for 146 yards and 2 TD. Sorgi, however, is also sidelined, which means second-year QB Rhett Bomar will get most, if not all, of the action under center. Bomar was 6-for-7 for 67 yards and a score on Monday. Former Holy Cross quarterback Dominic Randolph was signed a free agent on Thursday and could end up seeing some fourth-quarter action.

After sitting out the Steelers’ preseason opening 23-7 win over the Lions, Ben Roethlisberger is expected to play against the Giants. Dennis Dixon, third on the depth chart, proved to be more effective than Byron Leftwich. Dixon was 6-for-7 for 128 yards, including a 68-yard scoring toss to Antonio Brown. Dixon also rushed for 31 yards on six carries. Leftwich finished 6-10 with 43 passing yards.

The Steelers are coming into this game with two more days of preparation than the Giants, a factor that could work in their favor. FoxSheets show that the NY GIANTS are 12-27 ATS (-17.7 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest since 1993. The average score was NY GIANTS 17.2, OPPONENT 20.9 - (Rating = 1*).

Baltimore (1-0) at Washington (1-0, 7:00 p.m. EDT

Sportsbook.com Line: Washington -3 Total: 38.5

Donovan McNabb played just two series in the Redskins’ 42-17 rout of the Bills last Friday, finishing off his second drive with a 4-yard TD pass to Anthony Armstrong. McNabb was 5-for-8 for 58 yards and the one score. Rex Grossman stepped in and went 11-for-18 for 140 yards and a pair of TD passes. RB Keiland Williams, undrafted out of LSU, carried the ball 11 times for 51 yards and two touchdowns.

Joe Flacco led the Ravens to 10 points on three drives in their 17-12 win over the Panthers. Flacco was 8-for-12 for 120 yards. He marched the Ravens 96 yards down the field on his third possession, which culminated with a 30-yard strike to Mark Clayton.

The Ravens defense, which did not allow an offensive TD against the Panthers in their opener, should pose a tougher challenge for the Redskins this week. FoxSheets make a compelling case for the Ravens. WASHINGTON is 1-11 ATS (-11.1 Units) in home games off 1 or more straight overs since 1993. The average score was WASHINGTON 16.8, OPPONENT 21.8 - (Rating = 3*).

Houston (0-1) at New Orleans (0-1), 8:00 p.m. EDT

Sportsbook.com Line: Saints -1 Total: 41

Matt Schaub did what elite NFL quarterbacks are expected to do in the preseason opener, a 19-16 Texans loss at Arizona. Schaub, coming off a Pro Bowl season, completed 5-of-6 passes for 78 yards, leading his team to a TD and a FG on his two drives. Schaub connected with his favorite target, Andre Johnson, for a 44-yard score. The Houston defense held strong for three quarters, blanking the Cardinals before allowing 19 points in the fourth quarter.

The vaunted Saints offense struggled in their opener in New England, where they fell to the Patriots 27-24. Drew Brees played three series, the first two of which resulted in punts, before leading a 20-play, 86-yard that was capped off with a 2-yard TD run by Reggie Bush. Brees finished 9-for-13 for 55 yards.

Just as Tom Brady led a pair of scoring drives against the Saints to start last week’s game, there’s a good chance Schaub could do the same and give the Texans another early lead. It will be up to the backups to preserve it. This FoxSheets system favors the Texans as an underdog. Play On - Underdogs or pick (HOUSTON) - off an upset loss as a favorite, in the third week of the preseason. (27-8 over the last 10 seasons.) (77.1%, +18.2 units. Rating = 2*).

Dallas (1-1) at San Diego (1-0), 9:00 p.m. EDT

Sportsbook.com Line: San Diego -3 Total: 36.5

After playing two games in five days, the Cowboys should be well-rested heading to San Diego to take on the Chargers. After defeating Cincinnati 16-7 to open the year in the Hall of Fame Game, the Cowboys let a lead slip away late and lost to Oakland 17-9 on August 12. Dallas has struggled on offense so far this preseason, averaging 12.5 points and 280 yards per game.

Offense wasn’t a problem for San Diego in their preseason opener, a 25-10 home win against Chicago. Philip Rivers tossed a touchdown pass and the Chargers ran for 120 yards, led by Ryan Mathews’ 50 yards on nine carries. San Diego’s defense also stepped up, forcing two turnovers and limiting the Bears to only 216 yards of total offense.

Because of what transpired for each team last week, there is actually a fairly impressive system favoring Dallas in this one:

Play Against - Home teams (SAN DIEGO) - after a win by 10 or more points against opponent after scoring 3 points or less in the first half last game. (27-9 since 1993.) (75%, +17.1 units. Rating = 2*).


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