Welcome to the first (of hopefully many) edition of RotoWorld.com headlines. RotoWorld.com is a website that compiles just about every newspaper in America’s sports updates and gives a fantasy outlook on each. They talk about all sports and I consider it one of the best websites around to get up-to-date opinions on fantasy sports, as well as sports in general.
What I am doing is taking the 12 headlines they post on their front page and giving my own opinion on eight of the headlines. The headlines are pretty much what ESPN.com has but engulfs all sports. So here we go. Edition I of Rotoworld.com headlines. Feel free to comment and give your own opinions and let me know what you think of this idea.
1. Boldin expected to be game-time decision
Arizona Cardinals’ wide receiver Anquan Boldin is battling a high sprained ankle as well as a sprained MCL, making him questionable at best for his first round matchup against the Packers. If the Playoffs were not coming up, Boldin would surely sit out. Even if he is able to play, he will not be at 100 percent and might be more of a hindrance than anything.
2. Report: Jags’ Del Rio not out of woods yet
After dropping their last four games, Jaguars’ head coach Jack Del Rio is suddenly on the hot seat. He will meet with owner Wayne Weaver next week and interview for his job, and to me this makes sense. Despite a promising start and a solid core of young players, expectations have not been met. Del Rio’s time might be up in Jacksonville and there are some pretty big name coaches on the market right now. If they go a different direction, this might be the year to do it.
3. Mariners acquire Kotchman from Sawx
Seattle traded Bill Hall and a PTBNL for Kasey Kotchman Thursday, marking a nice move for the Mariners. With Chone Figgins in the picture, Hall was not the right fit in Seattle anymore and Kotchman, at just 27 years of age, could give the aging Mariners a solid defender and average bat. For the Red Sox, the dumping of Kotchman is the end of a failed experiment. He never fit in Boston and Hall has good utility potential.
4. Browns decide to stay the course with Mangini
Mike Holmgren and the Browns have decided to stay with Eric Mangini next season. The Browns won their last four contests and showed some promise in December, led by Jerome Harrison and Josh Cribbs (though he probably won’t be there). A defensive mind, Mangini will need to improve the offense and keep the 3-4 defense alive. A Mike Holmgren-run draft could do the trick next season and Brady Quinn will turn into a decent starting QB. I like the move.
5. Colts pick Stover over Vinatieri for playoffs
The names might surprise people because of Vinatieri’s past Super Bowl field goals, but his injured knee combined with Stover’s excellent kicking (9-11) means the Colts are making the right move here. It’s tough to see Vinatieri not kicking in the playoffs, even though he will remain on the roster, but Stover has had a great year and is comfortable kicking in a dome.
6. Details of Crittendon, Arenas standoff emerge
The new details include Arenas bringing guns to the locker room to “make it easy for [Crittendon] to shoot Arenas over a gambling argument”, but then Crittendon pulled out a loaded gun of his own, clearly not needing Arenas’s. Crittendon’s gun was not found but WOW, if any of this is true, both these guys will be done for a long time. It’s really a shame to see Arenas go down the toilet (to put it nicely), but bad judgment is going to cost him. Looks like Arenas will be doing major blogging for a while instead of shooting a basketball.
7. Agent: Josh Cribbs to formally request trade
Josh Cribbs cleaned out his locker yesterday and believes he has played his last game as a Cleveland Brown. It’s tough to argue against the game’s best return man here, as the Browns offered Cribbs just $1.4 million a year. A lot of false promises were made to Cribbs by the front office and he has clearly had enough. The list of suitors will be almost endless for Cribbs, who can return and is also a stud in the Wildcat offense.
8. Weis agrees to coordinate KC offense
Charlie Weis will be named the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator in the next couple of days, meaning a huge boost for the Chiefs’ 25th ranked offense. Weis has had a ton of success on offense his whole coaching career and has a history of developing quarterbacks, meaning good things for Matt Cassell. Notre Dame did not work out but Weis’s philosophy matches Todd Haley’s, so it will be interesting to see what happens next season.