A midweek linkage for all to read.
Let's start with Frank's story for today, centering on some roster moves.
On to this week's opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers...
From the Post-Gazette and beat writer Ed Bouchette: head coach Mike Tomlin knew his team was going to lose eventually. The Steelers aren't as beat up physically as people thought. But the Steelers know this stretch of upcoming games is the toughest part of their 2007 schedule.
On Tuesday, the Post-Gazette and columnist Chuck Finder did a pair of stories on the old Steelers cheerleaders, including the first male cheerleaders in the NFL --- frightening.
From the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Tomlin wasn't going to criticize his offensive line, despite a less than optimal performance. Receiver Hines Ward took some time to address some high school students about financial pitfalls.
Around the NFC West...
In Arizona, Matt Leinart backed off his critical comments about head coach Ken Whisenhunt to Yahoo's Michael Silver. Not surprising in the least. This notebook talks about the importance of one pass Leinart completed, and also about the Cardinals fans influencing the game, including false starts. (Hmm, four, they have some catching up do to reach Hawks fans). Anquan Boldin is going to try and play Saturday against the Rams despite a hip injury.
Over in St. Louis.... the Rams will have a new starting QB against the Cardinals -- his name is Gus Frerotte. The Rams don't want Marc Bulger and his broken ribs to take any more punishment. Cornerback Fahkir Brown returns from suspension and immediately takes the starting spot from Lenny Walls, who looked like he couldn't cover and offensive tackle on Sunday. There probably isn't in the team in the NFL with more injuries than the Rams. Columnist Bryan Burwell blames the "bean counters" in the front office for the Rams issues. The Rams are going to spruce up the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams are still patching up their offensive line.
Let's head to San Francisco...QB Alex Smith is seeking a second opinion on his ailing shoulder from specialist Dr. James Andrews. The Niners waived receiver Taylor Jacobs. The 49ers wish Norv Turner was still their offensive coordinator... so do Chargers fans. Trent Dilfer takes a few shots at Ravens coach Brian Billick.
Here's a story from the Sacramento Bee on how team's handle running backs and their number of carries.
Around the NFL...
Jerramy Stevens will be spending 12 days in jail for his DUI arrest.
Here's Michael Silver's 32 questions from Yahoo.
Here's some musings from Peter King, starting with the Leinart-Warner situation.
Here's ESPN Page 2's Tuesday Morning QB by Gregg Easterbrook..
ESPN's Len Pasquarelli writes about the numerous injuries in the NFL already.
The Dallas Morning News' Rick Gosselin writes a solid, weekly notes column that has got some good NFL info.
Tampa Bay Running back Cadillac Williams has a long road to get back.
OBvious column of the week: The duo of Tom Brady and Randy Moss is good.
Here's 10 ways to make the Chicago Bears' offense better... ONly 10,I'd figure there were at least 20.,
Devin Hester needs to hold on to the ball better--- when he's returning every other kick for a touchdown.
A bye week couldn't have come at a better time for the Bengals.
Chargers team president Dean Spanos isn't worried about his team, he might be the only one.