Former Browns HC Pat Shurmur is expected to join Chip Kelly's coaching staff in Philadelphia, likely as Eagles' offensive coordinator.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 20, 2013
Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter Former Browns HC Pat Shurmur is expected to join Chip Kelly's coaching staff in Philadelphia, likely as Eagles' offensive coordinator. ProFootballTalk says: "Shurmur and Kelly have very different offensive backgrounds, and questions could be raised about whether their two approaches to coaching offense can mesh. But it’s also to Kelly’s credit that he wants to bring in an experienced NFL coach who does things differently than he does. Kelly has said that he wouldn’t necessarily run the same kind of spread offense in the NFL that he ran at Oregon, and hiring Shurmur as offensive coordinator would be a strong indication that he wants to employ a more conventional approach in the pros." http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/01/20/pat-shurmur-expected-to-join-chip-kellys-staff-in-philadelphia/
The Cowboys’ defensive staff is beginning to look more like the successful Tampa Bay staff of the late ‘90s. Rod Marinelli is set to rejoin defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin as the Cowboys’ new defensive line coach, after leaving his post as the defensive coordinator of the Bears.
Nick Eatman reports that Anthony Spencer will be attending his first Pro-Bowl, replacing Clay Matthews. Demarcus Ware was selected but unable to attend because of his surgeries, so that also helped make room for Spencer as the second OLB alternate. Much deserved. Congrats, Always Anthony!
By Jason La Canfora | CBS Sports NFL Insider "I wish I had a dollar for every time someone told me one esteemed coach or another advised one of the Eagles' top candidates not to take the job precisely because of Roseman's presence there. Roseman isn't the general manager they should tie their wagon to. It's clear Chip Kelly wasn't leaving Oregon for anywhere unless he had a large measure of control over the organization, and owner Jeffrey Lurie has already entrusted that to Roseman. There has been trepidation by some candidates to go all-in given the questions about this existing power structure. The rumblings about Roseman lacking nuance and foresight, about him turning people off with how drunk with power he's become, only grow louder as his coaching search grows stranger."
Bo Martin has a general breakdown of the Tampa-2 defense, and how he seems Cowboys personnel fitting the scheme.
CSN Philly reports the Eagles interviewed ex-Ravens head coach Brian Billick for their head-coaching vacancy last Monday. The timing of the report is interesting, as Billick is currently announcing Sunday’s NFC Divisional round game on FOX. The Super Bowl XXXV winner has drawn just cursory interest around the league since being let go by the Ravens after the 2007 season. Although Billick’s background is on offensive side of the ball, his Baltimore defenses often carried the weight of the offense on its back. CSN Philly’s Reuben Frank is told Billick is "considered among the leading candidates" for the position. Source: Reuben Frank on Twitter https://twitter.com/RoobCSN/status/290554724569190400
A league source tells Profootballtalk.com that there is "much greater concern" about Robert Griffin III's reconstructed right knee than Griffin or "anyone connected to the Redskins" has let on. Griffin will end up rehabbing both knees because surgeons were forced to use a patellar tendon graft from his left knee in order to fix his right. He tore the ACL, LCL, and partially tore his meniscus in the right knee. Per PFT's source, the "biggest concern" is with Griffin's knee cartilage. Due to two knee constructions and ultimately three surgeries since 2009 at Baylor, there is concern "about how much (cartilage) remains and how long it will last" in Griffin's knee(s). A potential end result could be a bone-on-bone condition, which can lead to microfracture surgery and/or shorten a football player's career. Jan 12 - 2:30 PM Source: Profootballtalk on NBC Sports
SI's Pete Thamel reports Brian Kelly has decided to turn down the Eagles' head coaching job, and remain at Notre Dame. There had been talk in recent days that Kelly's interest in the Eagles was legitimate, but it reeked of a leverage play from day one. Already due a big raise after taking the Fighting Irish to the national title game in his third year on the job, Kelly's coffers should only be filled further following his NFL flirtation. The Eagles have now attempted to lure each of Kelly, Bill O'Brien and Chip Kelly from the college ranks, only to be spurned each time. According to CSN Philadelphia, Seahawks DC Gus Bradley is now the Eagles' "top candidate." (Source: Rotoworld)
Link is to Cowboys Break from yesterday. Starting listening at about 24:30, Eatman says some stuff about being "not Kumbaya" on the defense and "rumors and little stories" coming out, and then says... "Rob Ryan was setting up meetings and not even in the meetings for the last month of the year, didn’t run the meetings, Matt Eberflus was running it. Been told that Jerome Henderson wasn’t even attending meetings at time, because of that."
We play them next season. It’s one of our two "3rd place" conference games. that will be an interesting storyline. now we can go back to rooting to beat the Ryans! lol
Rotoworld: ESPN's Ed Werder stated on SportsCenter Friday that the Cowboys will likely let free agent OLB Anthony Spencer walk in free agency following the hire of Monte Kiffin as defensive coordinator. Spencer was a 4-3 defensive end at Purdue, but the Cowboys must feel he's much better suited to 3-4 outside linebacker in the pros. Kiffin will be changing Dallas' defensive scheme to a 4-3. Spencer is coming off a breakout season in a franchise-tag year with 11 sacks, two forced fumbles, and 95 tackles playing on the typically production-unfriendly strong side. The 29-year-old will be a highly sought-after commodity on the open market.
Dez Bryant has been named Pro Football Weekly's Most Improved Player for 2012...X Factor getting recognition— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) January 10, 2013
Clarence Hill @clarencehilljr Dez Bryant has been named Pro Football Weekly's Most Improved Player for 2012...X Factor getting recognition
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon @edwerderespn just said on @ESPNDallas’ Ben and Skin Show that he believes Monte Kiffin is the Cowboys’ top DC target.
Andy Levitre - G - Bills Impending free agent LG Andy Levitre made it clear while cleaning out his locker on Monday that he intends to shop for the best offer on the market this offseason. The Bills opened preliminary talks in the offseason, but they went nowhere. A picture of durability on an oft-injured offensive line, Levitre has started 64 consecutive games since entering the league as the 51st overall pick in the 2009 draft. Levitre is Rotoworld's No. 1 ranked guard on the market this year. He should attract plenty of suitors if the Bills don't re-sign him before free agency kicks off. (Rotoworld.com)
Now when I get up or I go to a league meeting or I do anything that’s got NFL on it, I’m higher than a kite.Jerry Jones, in an interview with Bob Costas, via DMN blog (yes, taken out of context, but doesn't that explain a lot? lol)
According to NFL Films' Greg Cosell, Eli Manning's struggles the past 2-3 weeks are due to a "tired arm." Cosell said colleague Ron Jaworski first noticed the arm fatigue on game tape. They then got it confirmed with someone in the know. "I looked at Eli on Monday; Jaws looked at Eli on Wednesday," Cosell said. "And he made a very interesting comment. It really struck me ... It looks to him like Eli’s arm is a little tired. And that he’s not driving the ball at the intermediate and deeper levels the way we’ve come to expect. Because Eli has a strong arm. And we even got that sort of confirmed by someone who’s a lot closer to the situation. His arm’s a little bit tired right now. He’s missed some throws that he would normally make." Manning has struggled in each of his last three games, and in the last two completed just 25-of-54 passes (46.3 percent) for 317 yards (5.87 YPA), no touchdowns, and two interceptions. The Giants head to Cincinnati on Sunday.
Eagles placed C Jason Kelce (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season. A Tuesday scope revealed that Kelce will need his ACL repaired along with the MCL. He'll be out anywhere from 6-12 months. It's a major loss for the Eagles, as they'll now have to roll with inexperienced Dallas Reynolds and fringe talent Steve Vallos at the pivot spot. They were already playing without All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters, who tore his Achilles' tendon during the offseason. Source: Jeff McLane on Twitter
DE Adam Carriker is expected to undergo surgery after seriously injuring his knee in the Redskins' Week 2 loss to the Rams. Carriker went down on the second play of the game and never returned. He'll have an MRI on Monday, but the Redskins are not optimistic. "It doesn't look good," coach Mike Shanahan said. The 'Skins also lost OLB Brian Orakpo to another pectoral injury, leaving a gaping hole in their pass-rushing stable. It's good news for their Week 3 opponent, the Bengals. Source: Washington Post
Eagles waived S Jaiquawn Jarrett. Jarrett was widely viewed as a reach when the Eagles selected him with the 54th overall pick in last year's draft. Although he was billed as an athletic hard hitter, Jarrett's instincts never developed. Often left floundering in coverage, Jarrett also showed a penchant for taking bad angles and missing tackles. Though he was given plenty of opportunities to win a starting job, Jarrett had tumbled to third-team defense after a disastrous preseason opener a month ago. He was picked four picks after Bruce Carter. The Eagles second round pick has washed out already. Our second round pick took a redshirt year from injury, but now appears to be a dynamic starter. Just a little perspective when it seems like we're the only team that misses on picks...
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com Former Cowboys punter Mat McBriar will be released by the Philadelphia Eagles, according to agent Jack Bechta. Bechta tweeted that the move is likely to become official Thursday. Chas Henry beat out McBriar, a two-time Pro Bowler in Dallas, for the Eagles' punting job. McBriar, who had offseason surgery to repair a nerve condition stemming from the drop foot that prematurely ended his 2011 season, averaged 41.3 yards on eight preseason punts. "I suspect he will be snapped up quickly," Bechta tweeted. The Cowboys opted not to re-sign McBriar, who averaged 45.3 yards per punt during his eight-season tenure in Dallas, after a late July workout because they didn't want to match the $300,000 in guaranteed money the Eagles were offering. Chris Jones, McBriar's replacement, has averaged 44.7 yards on 13 punts this preseason.
Giants RCB Prince Amukamara has been diagnosed with a right high-ankle sprain. The word comes via the CBS telecast. It's a minor victory that Amukamara has avoided a break, but high-ankle sprains can often linger for more than a month. Amukamara is now extremely doubtful to be ready for Opening Night on September 5, meaning the G-Men will be forced to turn to Bruce Johnson or Michael Coe opposite Corey Webster as they wait for a timetable on Terrell Thomas (knee). Amukamara, who was limited to seven games by a foot injury as a rookie, went down untouched on a first-quarter tackle of Brandon Marshall. Source: New York Daily News
Coach Tom Coughlin indicated that the blood clot in DT Shaun Rogers' leg is a season-ending injury. It's bad luck for a player who had shown renewed commitment by dropping 50 pounds since the start of the offseason. With Marvin Austin (back) and Chris Canty (knee) also sidelined, the Giants' depth up front has taken a hit. Turning 34 in March, Rogers may have played his last NFL snap. Aug 14 - 3:35 PM Source: Ohm Youngmisuk on Twitter
Eagles coach Andy Reid revealed following Thursday night's preseason opener that Jeremy Maclin is dealing with a strained hamstring. Maclin suffered the injury in pre-game warmups and was a late scratch for Thursday's exhibition opener. The severity of the strain is unknown, but hamstrings are tricky and can cost players a significant amount of time if setbacks occur. Look for the Eagles to proceed cautiously with Maclin. They are counting on him to be their No. 1 receiver this season.
Eagles WR Riley Cooper has been diagnosed with a fractured left collarbone. Cooper went down trying to reel in a deep bomb from Michael Vick. The Eagles have yet to release a timeline, but Cooper should be considered doubtful for Week 1. It's an ill-timed injury for a player who was thought to be locked in as the Eagles' No. 4 receiver, but highly unimpressive on offense last season. Despite Cooper's edge in blocking and special teams play, his injury opens the window for sixth-round rookie Marvin McNutt to make a run at his job. Jul 28 - 5:07 PM (From Rotoworld)Jeff McLane on Twitter
Matt Bowen breaks down the run/pass keys that the Cowboys showed in personnel, WR release and TE blocking technique on the pass from Romo to Holley that set up the game winning field goal against San Franscisco in week 2 last season.
"New York Giants TE Martellus Bennett (hamstring) has not been participating in organized team activities because of a hamstring injury. Tight ends coach Mike Pope said Bennett weighed 291 pounds last week and does not think Bennett's legs can support that weight while doing the things the team has asked him to during workouts." 2012-05-31 14:02:44 | Source: New York Post - Paul Schwartz Just move him to Offensive Tackle...
Cowboys got a 4th-round compensatory pick (135th overall) in the 2012 draft for Stephen Bowen.ESPN Dallas
Bob Sturm has a "2-part series, where we take a look at the two most likely candidates to be the Cowboys top target in free agency as they attempt to fix their cornerback issues." Here's The Case for Brandon Carr and The Case for Cortland Finnegan, based on spending the past several days watching hundreds of snaps of these two players, including some "full 22" tape where he could see what they're doing when they're not in the broadcast screen. His conclusion: "In my mind, after watching them both carefully, I give the edge to Carr for 3 reasons. His age (2 years younger), his size, and his superior cover skills in a press cover situation against another team's top wide out. Carr does not tackle or blitz like Finnegan, and he also does not possess those leadership intangibles. Of course, he will never get ejected for punching a player, either, if history is our guide. I love Finnegan's physical play, but I wonder if you can give a guy who plays like "every game is his last" can hold up physically at that size for 5 years at big money, too. "Either player will be a big acquisition that will improve this defense as the team moves on from Newman. I would think the Cowboys will negotiate with both to attempt to keep the prices in check by leveraging each against the other. But, if forced to choose, I would prefer to play even a little more to get the bigger Brandon Carr."
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