Some Updated NFL Tidbits & Rumors. Enjoy:
Andy Reid hasn't decided yet how Michael Vick will fit into the offense. For now Kevin Kolb is the backup to Donovan McNabb. But everything could change once Vick gets his legs back. McNabb, who has always had an uneasy relationship with Eagles fans and Reid, will be marking time until he gets that tap on the shoulder to take a spot on the sideline. All it takes is an injury or a particularly horrendous performance, and McNabb will be out. McNabb said all the right things when the Eagles decided to take a flier on Vick, but he had to know that he was planting the seed for his own demise.
The first sign of problems with Jeff Jagodzinski came early in training camp. Trying to simulate game conditions, the Bucs' offensive coordinator studied his play sheet and radioed the plays to quarterbacks coach Greg Olson, who transmitted them to quarterback Byron Leftwich. At times, the communication was too slow, resulting in delay of game penalties. Too often, Jagodzinski would look at the down and distance and determine on which hash mark the ball was spotted but reverse the formation. Or there would be only a partial play-call. Olson, offensive line coach Pete Mangurian or Leftwich would try to fix the mistake before the snap count. Jagodzinski took the advice of coach Raheem Morris and others and called plays from the coaches' box above the field, hoping that getting him away from the distraction of the sideline would help. But a simulation at Raymond James Stadium before the Bucs' first preseason game wasn't much better. To be fair, Morris believed Jagodzinski deserved a few preseason games to prove he was up to the task. He wasn't.
Matt Bryant took shots at fellow Bucs kicker Mike Nugent on Thursday and suggested that coach Raheem Morris and general manager Mark Dominik have been less than truthful. Bryant said he didn't know if he would kick in tonight's preseason finale against the Texans, though his hamstring is close to being healed. Morris on Monday had a meeting with Bryant in which he encouraged Bryant to try to kick this week if he didn't want to jeopardize his future with the team. It sounded like an ultimatum from the coach, but Bryant said Thursday that Dominik was in the meeting, too.
Forbes magazine, famous for its rich lists, just came out with its evaluations of the 32 NFL teams. No surprise, Jerry Jones' Dallas Cowboys tops the list with a current value of $1.65 billion. Only two NFL teams are unprofitable: the Seattle Seahawks, who lost $2.4 million, and the biggest loser of them all, the Oakland Raiders. Al Davis' once wondrous franchise is now the least valuable NFL club at a "mere" $797 million, plus the Raiders had the biggest operating loss in the league at $5.7 million.
Publicly, Josh McDaniels has stated Brandon Marshall is not available for treade; yet rumors and speculation persist. Word is that the Broncos' asking price for Brandon Marshall is a first- AND a fourth-round pick. Ouch. ESPN's Adam Schefter adds that the Broncos could take a first-rounder AND a player like inside linebacker David Harris.
When Brad Childress was asked about recent comments by LaDainian Tomlinson in which the San Diego Chargers superstar took umbrage with being put behind Adrian Peterson as a running back, Childress did not hesitate. "LaDainian is a hell of a back and he's entitled to his opinion," Childress said. "I'm going to tell you, my guy is the best football player in the National Football League and he's the best running back in the National Football League and I believe that."
Ongoing sibling disputes led to Tuesday's dramatic changes atop the Carolina Panthers' organizational structure, according to sources. The team issued a surprise news release during the morning practice announcing the dual resignations of team president Mark Richardson and stadium president Jon Richardson, but gave no reason for their departures. Sources said the brothers had vastly different ideas about how the organization should be run, which ultimately led their father, team owner Jerry Richardson, to decide the best thing for the business was for both of them to leave.
Ricky Williams revealed to The Miami Herald that he signed another one-year contract extension this offseason that will keep him in Miami through the 2010 season, at which point he said he plans to then retire as a Dolphin.
It turns out Josh McDaniels was interested in reuniting with Kevin O'Connell. Contrary to what was reported right here earlier today, the Denver Broncos did put in a waiver claim for O'Connell, who was awarded to the Detroit Lions. According to league sources, four clubs placed claims for the third-round pick of the New England Patriots last season -- Detroit, Cleveland, Denver and the New York Jets. So McDaniels was not blocked by just the Lions in his effort to add a quarterback familiar with his system to his stable of quarterbacks in Denver.
In recent years, the Redskins ticket office itself has sold tickets into this secondary market, making it easier for fans of opposing teams to invade FedEx. Thousands of general admission tickets were sold to brokers, who resold them on the secondary market, often at higher-than-retail prices, according to interviews and internal Redskin documents. These were often tickets to the very seats that Redskins fans have waited years to get. The Redskins acknowledged that the sales were made but said they were against team policy.
It's starting to look like A.J. Hawk is going to have to accept a reduced role in the Green Bay Packers' defense. As long as Nick Barnett's reconstructed right knee can handle a full workload, the Packers are considering using Barnett and Brandon Chillar as the inside linebackers in the nickel defense. Such a move would cut Hawk's snaps almost in half, considering the nickel is used every time opposing offenses line up with more than two receivers. What's more, it means that 3 1/2 years after making him the fifth overall pick in the draft, the Packers might be conceding that Hawk is not an every-down player.