Greg Schiano and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers remain in the headlines, much to the chagrin of fans. On Thursday evening, yet another report surfaced saying that Schiano may be losing his grip on the Bucs. NFL.com columnist Michael Silver talked to an anonymous player who said that Schiano is at risk of losing the team amidst actions that suggesting he distrusts his players.
The player also mentioned that Schiano's coaching philosophies haven't jibed well with the team. Schiano reportedly over-coaches rare situational scenarios, creating a team that is constantly over-thinking on the field. Whatever Schiano is doing, it clearly isn't working for the 0-4 Bucs.
Brian Hoyer played just one series and change against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night before leaving with a right knee injury. The Cleveland Browns quarterback slid and took an awkward hit from rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso, and had to limp to locker room with the help of trainers. Hoyer did not return as Brandon Weeden took over the offense. There is no word yet on Hoyer's long-term status. He had been a feel-good story for the Brown up until his injury, leading the team to two straight victories.
Tony Romo appeared to be praising the Denver Broncos' secondary when he said they "do a great job with their hands," during a conference call Thursday. Then he added this: "They grab, they hold, they've almost put a lot of pressure on the refs -- whether or not they're going to call the game close or not."
The Cowboys and the Broncos will face off this Sunday, and no doubt Romo is looking for every advantage he can get against what has been arguably the NFL's best team so far this season.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are in a rebuilding mode, but it appears they would like to hold on to Maurice Jones-Drew if they can. The veteran running back has struggled this season, gaining just 138 yards rushing at 2.4 yard per carry through four games, but he has consistently been one of the team's biggest bright spots since entering the NFL in 2006.
Jones-Drew is currently backed up by Justin Forsett and Jordan Todman, neither of who have been lead ball carriers during their careers. Though he's struggling this year, Jones-Drew is still likely the team's best bet for a viable running attack in 2013 and perhaps beyond.
Though Eugene Monroe is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2013 season, he seem pretty confident that he will be a member of the Baltimore Ravens going forward, saying "it doesn't look like they brought me here the way they did to not have me here for the long term."
Monroe and the Ravens appear to be a good fit. The Ravens are a perennial power that hasn't had a long-term option at left tackle since Jonathan Ogden. Monroe, meanwhile, is just 26 years old and is arguably one of the league's best at his position. He should win more games in Baltimore than he did in Jacksonville.