JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: Jan. 26, 2014

JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: Jan. 26, 2014 (Image 1)

Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Barret Robbins. …

  • Former Titans player/head coach Mike Munchak landed on his feet in Pittsburgh where he has been hired as the Steelers offensive line coach.

    Munch grew up a Steelers fan in Scranton, Pa. and I would think he and Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin will share a lot of similar thoughts on coaching the game.

    The Steelers fired former offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr., after last season. All of the offensive line troubles last season were not Bicknell's fault.

    Only eight snaps into the season opener against the Titans, the Steelers lost the heart of their O-line when All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey for the year with a torn ACL.

    Additional injuries piled up on the offensive line, leaving veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on his back all too often.

    Big Ben was sacked 36 times over the first nine games. With a patched up line, Roethlisberger was sacked only six times in the final seven games.

  • I'm just wondering how James Franklin will fare at Vanderbilt-North this season. He needs to change their uniform colors to black and gold, just to make all his Vandy verbal commitments that followed him like a Pied Piper will feel at home.

    It's clear those who broke their verbal commitments are not to be believed. Yes, the NCAA is culpable in allowing verbal commitments to be as binding as the paper they are written on. But what kind of message is that sending to teen-agers and the grown men who chase them?

  • Need a Super Bowl ticket to that winter wonderland in north New Jersey?

    Pro Bowl punter Johnny Hekker is trying to unload four tickets on Twitter. It's a buyer's market as you can get them for face value of $1,000 each.

    Hekker, who is the Rams punter, gave notice on a Tweet. “Have 4 SB tickets that need homes. Holler at me.''

    Prices have been plunging like the stock market. Nothing against those who drop a thousand Washingtons to go sit five-six hours in an igloo without a roof, but I would take the money and head for a tropical paradise.

  • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he will explore eliminating the point after kick, claiming it has become virtually automatic and a waste of time.

    Look for the competition committee to study it later this year. They will look at the fact PAT's have been made 99.1 percent of the time since 2004.

    Two place kickers have, not unexpectedly, come out against changing the rule.

    The Ravens Justin Tucker and Patriots Stephen Gostkowski, claim the PAT is an integral part of the game and has been for years.

    Gostkowski nailed a NFL record 74 point after kicks in 2007.

    I would endorse eliminating the point after kick, but only if they don't replace it with some circus-like rule. I think it would add excitement if they placed the ball where they do now and teams are required to go for one point. They could choose to try a two-point conversion, but the ball would be placed at the seven-yard line. How about it, Rog?

  • Goodell also has an ongoing love affair for sending NFL teams to London for regular season games. They had two games in Wembley Stadium last season

    This year, there will be three games in the land of fish and chips, with the Jags, Falcons and Raiders each have one of their home games in London. Not so incidentally, all three of those teams are seeking new stadium deals.

  • Nashville golfer Brandt Snedeker loves playing Torrey Pines, but last week wasn't meant to be for the former Vanderbilt All-American.

    His first round was on the South course, the more difficult of the two courses used in the tournament. He shot a 77, with a 40 on the front nine. It included a triple bogey six on a par-3 hole.

    Snedeker came back on the second day with a par-71 on the North course, but it was too little, too late. He missed the cut by five shots.

    He has been quoted as saying he has fully recovered from injuries suffered near the end of last season when he fell off a Segway he was riding.

    Snedeker enjoyed his best season last year, finishing fifth on the money list. He is still seeking the first major of his career.

    Snedeker shouldn't feel too bad. Tiger Woods narrowly avoided posting an 80, by making a par putt on his final hole.

  • NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah was in Mobile all week, evaluating players in the Senior Bowl.

    Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews caught his eye. Matthews was the only senior to make Jeremiah's top 10 list of wide receivers going into the May draft.

    Draft experts vary on where Matthews will land. One mock draft had Matthews going to Carolina with the No. 60 pick.

    Walter Football's mock draft has Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater at No. 1 to the Texans. No. 2 sees the Rams taking South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney. UCF QB Blake Bortles is predicted to go No. 3 to Jacksonville. Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel is projected No. 4 to the Browns.

    As for the Titans first pick at No. 11, Walter Football has them taking Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan. Another mock draft has the Titans taking Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert.

  • I see where the Broncos are listing quarterback Peyton Manning with an ankle injury.

    He is listed as probable. Somehow, I think Manning will be active before the Super Bowl starts.

  • Have you seen the Team USA Winter Olympics uniforms for the Opening Ceremonies in Sochi? They were designed by Ralph Lauren. This time they were made in the USA, and not China as they were last Winter Olympics.

    They will wear black boots, white pants and a red, white and blue toboggan with earflaps. No problem there. They follow with a heavy cardigan sweater. The back is classy with white stars on a navy blue background.

    The front? Well, it is BUSY. It reminds me of a Christmas sweater on steroids. Talk about winning the ugly Christmas sweater contest next year, this one is for you.

    One comment left on a website that shows the apparel, nailed it.

    They said it “looks like Captain America threw up on a Christmas sweater.''

  • Old school vs. new blood. Seattle QB Russell Wilson is 26 years old while Denver's Peyton Manning is 37 with four next surgeries in his past.

    It's the widest divide of ages between starting quarterbacks in Super Bowl history.

  • Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman's post game tirade took away any accolades from his deserving teammates.

    Even though the NFL levied a $7,875 fine, Sherman's agent is saying there have been numerous endorsement offers for Sherman.

    Even though he didn't sound like it, Sherman is actually known as a very bright person. He reportedly made a 1400 on his college entrance exam. He was an A-student in high school at Compton, Calif., and the first player from his school to get a scholarship to Stanford.

    At Stanford he got a degree in communications and has started working on a Masters.

    Meanwhile, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sought out winning QB Russell Wilson after Wilson led the Seahawks to the Super Bowl.

    “Hey, good luck to you,'' Kaepernick told Wilson. “Go get yourself a ring, baby.''

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