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Mike Nolan fired; Mike Singletary hired

Former linebacker coach Mike Singletary and former head coach Mike Nolan pacing the sidelines.

Former linebacker coach Mike Singletary and former head coach Mike Nolan pacing the sidelines.

Former 49ers head coach Mike Nolan caused quite the stir when he chose to honor his father by wearing a suit on the sidelines — too bad his team couldn’t do the same.

The man known in NFL circles for wearing suits and losing games was fired by the San Francisco 49ers following his team’s 29-17 loss to the New York Giants. Nolan posted a lowly 18-37 in 3 1/2 seasons with the team.

His replacement, former linebackers coach Mike Singletary, doesn’t wear a suit at games, but he wore the No. 50 jersey for a damn good Chicago Bears defense while playing linebacker in the 80s. He also wore a jersey on his first day as the Baltimore Ravens inside linebackers coach, impressing the players with his intensity and sustained athleticism.

Although the team he is inheriting lost four consecutive games before Nolan’s firing, Singletary seems excited about the teams prospects in his first shot as a head coach.

“Right now, the guys realize that we do have something here,” Singletary said. “To what degree, I don’t know, but we do have something special here. It’s a matter of stepping in and being able to bring it together, and that’s something I’ve done all my life.”

Personally, I’m excited to see one of the men who brought my city its 1986 Super Bowl Win, and don’t forget the “Super Bowl Shuffle.” Hopefully Singletary can coach better than he dances.

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Polamalu wants to see more hits

Pittsburgh's Polamalu laying a hit on the Bolts' Gates.

Pittsburgh Steelers’ Troy Polamalu says the NFL is too soft — “a panzy game” where fines are tolled out for the sake of money and not the safety of players.

These comments came after Pittsburgh received over $45,000 dollars in fines. Wide Receiver Hines Ward was the latest culprit, receiving a $10, 000 fine in the Steelers 26-21 win against Jacksonville, and $5, 000 the subsequent week for stepping over Baltimore Cornerback Corey Ivy on Sept. 29.

Polamalu went on to say that greats of yesteryear wouldn’t be able to play nor make a decent living in today’s NFL; not because the talent has elevated to such a high standard, but because they would face too many fines for hits that were legal in their prime.

“When you see guys like Dick Butkus, the Ronnie Lotts, the Jack Tatums, these guys really went after people,” Polamalu told reporters. “Now, they couldn’t survive in this type of game. They wouldn’t have enough money. They’d be paying fines all the time and they’d be suspended for a year after they do it two games in a row. It’s kind of ridiculous.”

Polamalu is no slouch when it comes to hitting himself, but he isn’t exactly a guy known for taking the league to task, let alone, claiming that money is at the root of decisions made on the playing field. Many roughing-the-passer calls add some stake to his claims. Everyone knows that the quarterback is the face of the franchise, and many people don’t typically recognize lineman or defensive back off the field; Partly because a helmet is obstructing any clear view of their face, but mostly because the league would rather fans identify with teams.

But even the casual fans know Romo, both Manning’s and they certainly know Farve, which is proven by the fact that everyone reading this recognize these one-name wonders.

Maybe the league is too soft on some calls, but the very nature of the game is to pummel the opposition. Nevertheless, their are plenty of examples for these rules to be in place. Examples can be seen with Tight End Kevin Everette or the Jets Eric Smith’s hit on Cardinals Wide Receiver Anquan Boldin that led to a scary set of circumstances, ending with him being hauled off on a stretcher.

Smith was suspended and fined for the hit, but is appealing the suspension.

Palomalu raises some valid points, but their are certainly moments suggesting that rational reasoning was behind the NFL’s latest rash of fine’s and quick whistles.

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Romo debating Sunday start

Tony Romo’s broken pinkie finger has been all the rage.

Brett Farve has made phone calls to the ailing quarterback, hell, David Letterman even brought up Romo’s status on the Late Show. Farve may have talked Romo into it. The iron man with a consecutive-games-started streak of 259 games has no doubt seen his share of injuries, and played through them all.

Romo informed coaches on Wednesday that he is ready to play Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, according to ESPN.com’s Matt Mosley. Jerry Jones followed up with radio comments saying that Romo could very well play on Sunday.

Although much has been made of this injury, football is a brutal game and injuries are inevitable. There is a 100 percent chance of injury in a football career, so Romo will not be the only player nursing an injury on Sunday. With that said, the injury incurred in the first play in overtime against the Cardinals is somewhat serious for a quarterback.

I’m a nerd so I’ve actually thrown a ball and payed attention to the use of my pinkie, and the finger serves as a guiding tool for the ball. So this may affect Romo’s play more than expected if he suits up on Sunday. If he will play is yet to be seen.

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Adam Jones goes to rehab

Last night, amid the MLB playoffs was more Adam Jones news. The “Pac Man” apparently is no longer eating up the football for the Dallas Cowboys after being indefinitely suspended Tuesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, but he is eating up plenty of airtime.

Jones at a Dallas Cowboys Practice

Jones at a Dallas Cowboys Practice

NFL live has spent several nights discussing his drunken brawl with the security guard that was hired to protect him, and now more unfolds in the Jones saga — Rehab. The league has required Jones to enlist in alcohol treatment at an undisclosed location.
Jones confidant Deion Sanders, former Cowboys cornerback, is helping Jones try in the process of being reinstated, a process Jones knows well after being exiled from the Tennessee Titans and being reinstated just before the 2008 football season with strict stipulation from Goodell. Jones will be able to apply for reinstatement after missing four games.

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