Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney voiced his concern with the team's running game by dumping offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. As Kurt Warner can tell you, new hire Todd Haley is not afraid to spread teams out. Haley also is not afraid to shove the ball down your throat when the situation dictates, like when he with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Haley sent a blunt message to his bosses and players about his vision for "Steelers football" during the team's first padded practice over the weekend.
Haley barely called a single pass.
It was a good weekend for ...
1. Randall Cobb -- one of my favorite breakout candidates -- turns heads daily at Green Bay Packers training camp. Coach Mike McCarthy lines Cobb up all over the field, including at running back. I'd be stunned if Cobb doesn't have a bigger role on the Packers' offense compared to Donald Driver and James Jones.
2. New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram and Chris Ivory survived the weekend without getting hurt. There isn't a deeper and more versatile backfield in the NFL than the Saints' four-pronged attack with Ingram, Ivory, Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas. (If they stay healthy.)
3. I am driving the Kansas City Chiefs bandwagon because of all their under-30 talent. Seeing Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry, and Tony Moeaki all back on the field together should give general manager Scott Pioli a warm feeling inside.
"For those -- the scribes, pundits, so-called experts -- who have gone so far as to say that (he's) going to be a bust, should just stop. I recommend that because they're making themselves look more clueless than they already did," Harbaugh said.
Thank you, Jim Harbaugh, for not being another head coaching drone. Have no fear: You can't possibly be more sensitive to media criticism than Bill Walsh. It worked out pretty well for him.
The biggest story in the NFL right now â¦
The Cleveland Browns are about to rebuild. Again. Their potential sale is the biggest thing to happen in training camps so far. It's such a fascinating story, it couldn't be contained in Monday's training camp morning buzz. (So I already posted something this morning on Mike Holmgren's uncertain future. Check it out, won't you?)
Not a good weekend for ...
1. Absolutely loved this tweet about Antonio Brown's contract extension:
The Steelers say they won't trade Wallace; I believe them. He's likely to play for "only" $2.7 million this year. He almost has no choice but to arrive at work before the season starts.
2. Rex Ryan called out receiver Jeremy Kerley this weekend while praising Chaz Schilens. Subtlety: Not Rex's strong suit.
3. Nine months since his last concussion, Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best still hasn't been fully cleared for contact. This is not good.
Hard out here for a
These are rough times for talented, enigmatic, aging wide receivers. Braylon Edwards remains out of work despite a Miami Dolphins workout. Terrell Owens plays softball with my NFL.com buddy Jim Reineking. Plaxico Burress can't buy himself a job with the Philadelphia Eagles.
On the same weekend Burress said "nothing would make him happier" than to play in Philadelphia, Eagles No. 4 receiver Riley Cooper broke his collarbone. Coach Andy Reid said the Eagles still won't sign a veteran to replace Cooper.
I wouldn't blame Burress for being a little bitter. His last, best years as a pro evaporated in jail.
1. The Doug Martin vs. LeGarrette Blount battle in Tampa might be over before it started. Martin, the shifty Boise State rookie, ran with the first-team offense right away. All reports from Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporters indicate he'll stay there.
2. Tarvaris Jackson took the first snap at quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks in training camp. He's still an underdog to keep his job no matter what Pete Carroll says. Sports Illustrated's Peter King says rookie Russell Wilson has a legitimate chance to start. (We'd still roll with Matt Flynn.)
3. I've said all summer the starting Dolphins wide receiver spots were wide open. Coach Joe Philbin supported that claim by lining up Chad Johnson and Legedu Naanee with the first team early in training camp. Johnson was signed barely more than a month ago, back when he was an Ochocinco. Naanee is a career special teamer. Philbin will likely rotate players till someone sticks, just like at quarterback.
4. Packers cornerback Sam Shields, so crucial to the team's Super Bowl run, could slide right off the Green Bay roster if he doesn't turn things around after a rough start to camp.
5. Stevan Ridley looks like the early favorite to be the New England Patriots' primary running back. (This assumes New England has a primary running back, which probably is silly.)
Unlucky Team of the
The Bucs can't afford injuries in their already-thin secondary. That's why the broken bone in No. 3 corner E.J. Biggers' foot matters. Wide receiver Arrelious Benn also is expected to miss a month with a sprained MCL. Tampa's shaky depth took a hit early in camp.
What you missed while pretending to
have a life
Kyle Boller retired from football one day after signing with the San Diego Chargers. This entire sequence makes me sad. â¦ Baltimore Ravens tackle Bryant McKinnie returned to the Ravens after a mysterious injury suffered at home -- he later said he fell and hurt his back. That's usually a bad omen. â¦ Giants tackle David Diehl says he will not be suspended. â¦ Reports in San Diego suggest 2009 first-round draft pick Larry English might not make the team. That's one of A.J. Smith's biggest misses.
On the agenda
Two first-round draft picks remain unsigned: Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon and Tennessee Titans receiver Kendall Wright. They are setting back the "wide receivers aren't really divas" movement by at least a few days. ... "NFL AM" kicked off Monday morning at 6 a.m. ET. That starts 14 straight hours of live camp coverage. It's July. This is beautiful. ... Thanks, as always, for making it this far. The Monday "Camp Buzz" post will be a little longer than usual each week so we can get caught up from the weekend. Apologies for making you scroll. ... I'm on the left coast this week for our first ever "Around the League" summit. Say hello if you see me at your local Poquito Mas.