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The Miami Dolphins in the Super Bowl? Smart people think so!

Nestled somewhere in the cozy confines of Cambridge, Massachusetts is a little old college that you may have heard about. Harvard is known for producing things like U.S. presidents, Nobel Prize winners, and Supreme Court Justices. And in the football world, it has produced NFL players like Matt Birk and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Now we can add NFL team projections to that list. The esteemed...
Via PhinManiacs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

New England Patriots guard Dan Connolly calls it a career

If you write a script as to how an NFL player would like to end their football career, it would be going out a champion. John Elway did it. Matt Birk did it. Now, longtime New England Patriots guard Dan Connolly will be able to write that storybook ending to his solid, underrated career. Connolly, who was one of the Patriots’ captains during their 2014 Super Bowl winning campaign...
Via EndZoneScore
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Parsing Jason Kelce’s comments about Eagles not making the playoffs in 2014— “You can’t handle the truth”…

I tend to take what a center says seriously. Centers are the heart and soul of a football offense. Often, like Matt Birk, they are gifted with near-genius IQ’s. Eagles center Jason Kelce reminds me a lot of a young Matt Birk. Generally when he speaks it bears listening. Kelce didn’t go to Harvard like Birk did, but he probably would have qualified academically. Maybe you’d...
Via Eagles Eye
June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Youth football and rugby to get together

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Football and rugby are getting together to promote player safety. A youth clinic featuring the Heads Up Tackling program will be held on May 31as part of the final day of the Collegiate Rugby Championship. Former players and NFL executives will help educate coaches and young players on the value of safe tackling at the new Academy Fields located on the grounds...
Via AP on Fox
May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Many still chasing the NFL dream at veterans combine

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) While Trent Steelman was on active duty in the Army, often his thoughts strayed to getting another shot at the NFL. While Michael Bush and Felix Jones were at home, wondering why they weren't still in the league, they also focused on one more chance. On Sunday, all three were chasing the dream again at the first veterans combine. Which is exactly the idea. ''This...
Via AP on Fox
March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Five HBCU alumni to compete in NFL Veterans Combine

Former Texas Southern receiver Joe Anderson will participate in the first-ever NFL Veteran's Combine. (eagledelphia.com photo)For years, the NFL Combine has been the chief proving ground for NFL hopefuls. Now that hope is being spread not only to rookies, but younger veterans as well.Five former HBCU standouts will participate in the first-ever NFL Veterans Combine will take place...
Via HBCU Gameday
March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Former NFL players now on other side, working for league

NEW YORK (AP) While many current players are striking the mother lode in free agency this week, nine men who once made their living on the field now work for the NFL. Their mission? A unanimous response of ''serving the game.'' From Super Bowl winners Merton Hanks, Matt Birk and Roman Oben to veterans Dwight Hollier, Keith Elias, Charles Way, Patrick Kerney and James Thrash, life...
Via AP on Fox
March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL might do away with 40-yard dash at combine

Could the 40-yard dash become a thing of the past at the NFL Combine? Matt Birk, the NFL's director of player development, hinted at the league making changes to the testing drills that have become a staple to the annual event. "That's a project we'll be working on this offseason," Birk told ESPN on Friday. "Once we look at the data that was gathered in-game this year, it may be...
Via Fox Sports
February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Considering Changing Scouting Combine Drills, Including 40-Yard Dash

“What was his 40 time?” At future NFL Scouting Combines, that question might go unanswered. The 40-yard dash highlights several drills that have been staples of the combine at Lucas Oil Stadium for decades, but apparently those drills aren’t set in stone. Speaking at MIT’s annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Friday, former NFL lineman and...
Via NESN.com
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Combine, Vince Young, Dolphins, Steelers

Combine NFL director of player development Matt Birk says that the NFL will consider changing Combine tests during the offseason, per Mike Rodak. “It may be important to know how fast a receiver or defensive back can go 60 yards,” Birk said, per Rodak. “Maybe for an O-lineman it’s only 20 yards.” Vince Young Ian Rapoport reports that veteran QB Vince Young registered...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Harvard, Ivy League Honor Matt Birk '98 at 2015 IFA Dinner

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Via Harvard Crimson - Official Site
January 23, 2015

NFL Introducing Combine For Veteran Players This Offseason

It seems as though the National Football League will continue to expand its offseason schedule, this time hosting a second Combine—only this one is for players who are already in the league. According to a memo sent out by NFL director of football development and former Pro Bowl center Matt Birk, the league is set […] NFL Introducing Combine For Veteran Players This Offseason...
Via Steelers Depot
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL adds veterans combine

The NFL has added a combine for veteran players to go with the event the league holds for potential draftees. The veterans combine will take place March 22 at the Arizona Cardinals’ training facility in Phoenix, about a month after the rookie combine in Indianapolis. NFL director of football development Matt Birk sent a memo to the 32 teams on Thursday about the new combine....
Via Sports-Glory
January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL will hold combine exclusively for veteran players in March

NFL combines will take on an "older" look when the league adds one for veteran players to go with the massive event it holds for potential draftees. The veterans' combine will take place March 22 at the Arizona Cardinals' training facility in Phoenix. That is about one month after the regular combine in Indianapolis for rookies. "This is the natural evolution of our combine series...
Via AP on Fox
January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL to hold combine for veteran players

The NFL is adding a combine for veteran players to go with the massive event it holds for potential draftees. The veterans' combine will take place March 22 at the Arizona Cardinals' training facility in Phoenix. That is about one month after the regular combine in Indianapolis for rookies. Matt Birk, director of football development, told the 32 teams about the new combine Thursday...
Via AP on Fox
January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Goodell meets with 11 former players about NFL conduct policy

  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and chief assistant Troy Vincent have met with 11 former NFL players to discuss ways to improve the league's personal conduct policy. They met Tuesday with Hall of Famer Mike Singletary, plus Matt Birk, Eddie Mason, Patrick Kerney, Willie McGinest, Roman Oben, Marty Lyons, Charles Way, Tony Paige, Scott Turner and Robert Porcher. More meetings are...
Via AP on Fox
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Goodell meets 11 former players about NFL conduct

NEW YORK (AP) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and chief assistant Troy Vincent have met with 11 former NFL players to discuss ways to improve the league's personal conduct policy. They met Tuesday with Hall of Famer Mike Singletary, plus Matt Birk, Eddie Mason, Patrick Kerney, Willie McGinest, Roman Oben, Marty Lyons, Charles Way, Tony Paige, Scott Turner and Robert Porcher. More...
Via AP on Fox
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Hall of Fame LB Derrick Brooks hired as appeals officer in NFL

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks was hired as an appeals officer Friday by the NFL and the players' union. The former Tampa Bay star, who will be inducted into the hall on Aug. 2, replaces Matt Birk, now the NFL's director of football development. Brooks will hear player appeals of on-field discipline. After playing 14 seasons with Tampa Bay and...
Via Fox Sports Florida
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Former NFL Center Matt Birk Hired by League in Executive Role

Matt Birk, who played 14 seasons in the NFL and retired following the 2012 campaign, was hired by the NFL as director of player development on Thursday. According to Sporting News, he becomes the eighth former player to land an executive job with the league.  Birk earned six trips to the Pro Bowl in what has to be considered a borderline Hall of Fame career. He also won the Walter...
Via Sportsnaut
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex-Viking Birk takes NFL office job

Matt Birk's post-playing career is going to keep him in the NFL. The former Minnesota Vikings center who went on to win the Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens was named director of football development by the NFL on Thursday. A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Birk will "assist in developing the game at all levels of the sport, from players to coaches to front office personnel.  He...
Via Fox Sports North
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers trade C Jeremy Zuttah to the Baltimore Ravens

Trade for Ravens: The Ravens desperately needed a new center as Gino Gradkowski struggled mightily in his first season as a starter in place of the retired Matt Birk. The 2012 4th round pick graded out as Pro Football Focus’ worst ranked center last season. Jeremy Zuttah is not a great center, grading out 22nd ranked center out of 35 eligible last season and 24th out of 36 eligible...
Via The Football Fan Spot
April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Baltimore Ravens seeking a certain brand of big – optimizing the zone scheme

During the Ravens’ Super Bowl winning 2012 season, much of their late success was thanks to the sudden cohesion of their offensive line. The combination of McKinnie, Osemele, Birk, Yanda and Oher – from left to right – proved to be the most effective of any all year, working in unison to provide Joe Flacco the time he needed for his historic postseason run. That late season...
Via cover32 - Ravens
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 10 guards and centers in the NFL Draft

I think it’s safe to speak on every Ravens behalf when I say that we all miss Matt Birk. A great deal in fact. Having a top-notch center is crucial and many times overlooked by fans. We went from a skilled veteran in Matt Birk to raw rookie Gino Gradkowski. No knock on the young guy but let’s get real. Some like taking another, higher-rated, prospect center out of the draft....
Via cover32 - Ravens
March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Biggest disappointment this season?

The biggest disappointment for the 2013 campaign is pretty simple. Ray Rice. Now by no means do I think he is awful and deserves all of any kind of blame, but when it comes down to it, Ray Rice was disappointing. Is it Rice’s fault that center Matt Birk retired? Or that Kelechi Osemele would go down with a season-ending back surgery? Is it his fault that Bryant McKinnie was a bust...
Via cover32 - Ravens
January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

The NFL's Last 12 Players From the 1990s Active Today

We already know that London Fletcher is '99 percent certain' that he's retiring after Sunday's game against the Giants. Tony Gonzalez stuck it out one more year to try and grab that elusive Super Bowl title, but his Falcons fell embarrassingly short. He won't push it this time around.And 27 players from the 1990s played in 2012. A number of them, like Ray Lewis, Ronde Barber, Matt...
Via Football Nation
December 27, 2013  |  Discuss
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