Some NFL Tidbits & Rumors. Enjoy.
In this era of blogging, Tweeting, texting and Facebooking, Browns coach Eric Mangini hopes to keep his starting quarterback a secret from the Minnesota Vikings until Sunday's opener. Will he be able to pull it off? He said Monday he's decided between Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson, but won't announce it during the week. He also said he'll tell the two quarterbacks in independent conversations in the near future.
Richard Seymour did not show up for practice with his new team yesterday. He did not report for a physical or anything else. He has yet to don the Silver & Black of the Oakland Raiders. He remains at his North Attleboro home. Because, according to Raiders coach Tom Cable, some issues need to be ironed out between Seymour and the Patriots [team stats] before the five-time Pro Bowl defensive end reports to the team. According to a league source, the hangup appears to be a financial one with the Patriots.
It is hard to see how Andy Reid will survive as the Eagles' coach if Michael Vick has an off-the-field problem that embarrasses the organization. It is hard to see how Reid will survive if Vick's presence causes a quarterback controversy that paralyzes the franchise. It is hard to see how Reid will survive if Vick can't play anymore, if he turns out to be an ineffective waste of everyone's time. It is hard to see how Reid will survive if the Eagles' rocky summer is a precursor to a rocky, unfulfilled season.
On her Twitter page, which as of Sunday night was blocked from public viewing, Tila Tequila Nguyen promises that she will address the situation on Tuesday. In a tweet, she described Tuesday as "judgment day." "I haven't release an official statement on what happened yet because I didn't lie, so no need to release 3 statements to 'cover' myself," she said in a backhanded slap at Shawne Merriman's contention that he prevented her from leaving his house because she was intoxicated.
It was all quiet on the Brandon Marshall front Monday - and it apparently will stay that way. Even though they're continuing to explore the wide-receiver market, the Jets have shifted their attention away from the Broncos' Pro Bowl wideout, according to league sources.
The New York Giants, who are still looking for a receiver to fill the shoes of Plaxico Burress, are also looking for another tight end. Per a league source, the Giants worked out Alex Smith (formerly of the Patriots) and Leonard Pope (formerly of the Cardinals) on Monday. Neither have been signed. Currently on the roster are Kevin Boss, Darcy Johnson, and Travis Beckum. Presumably, if a new tight end is signed, one of the current tight ends will be cut loose.The New York Giants, who are still looking for a receiver to fill the shoes of Plaxico Burress, are also looking for another tight end. Per a league source, the Giants worked out Alex Smith (formerly of the Patriots) and Leonard Pope (formerly of the Cardinals) on Monday. Neither have been signed. Currently on the roster are Kevin Boss, Darcy Johnson, and Travis Beckum. Presumably, if a new tight end is signed, one of the current tight ends will be cut loose.
With the Chiefs and their forlorn offense badly in need of some good fortune, they received some with quarterback Matt Cassel's return to the practice field. It remained unclear whether the Chiefs would receive whatever lift Cassel could provide in Sunday's season opener in Baltimore. Coach Todd Haley would not commit to Cassel being ready to play against the Ravens.
And so Richard Seymour is gone. In a New England Minute. Dispatched to Oakland, which is only a pooch punt from Alcatraz. Thanks for the three Super Bowl rings and the five Pro Bowls, big fella. Now take a hike and see how you like things at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. On paper, this makes a lot of sense. For the future. Seymour makes big dough ($3.685 million) and is in the final year of his contract. The Patriots figured they wouldn't be able to sign him after this season. He turns 30 next month and his best speed rushing is behind him. The Patriots have some depth in their defensive line and are looking to score a top-10 draftee in 2011. The trade presupposes that the Raiders are going to stink for another couple of years, a safe bet with calcified Al Davis at the helm. There's also a chance that there will be a rookie salary cap by 2011 -- which makes a top pick far more attractive to the ever-fiscally responsible Patriots. Nonetheless, it's a shocker. More shocking than trading Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel to the Chiefs. More shocking that the retirements of Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi. Patriots fans, ever worshiping at the altar of Hoodie, are stuck with thousands of XXXL No. 93 jerseys. And New England's pass rush is weakened. The defense is dented. The 2009 season starts a week from tonight and the Patriots just got worse. For this year.
Now with Terrell Owens out of the picture, Roy Williams taking over as the No. 1 receiver, tantalizing backfield options and two pass-catching tight ends, the pressure is on Cowboys assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett to produce. It all starts next Sunday at Tampa Bay when Garrett will don the headset as the most scrutinized offensive coordinator in the game. Garrett, who rarely reveals emotion behind his icy-blue eyes when talking to the media, speaks in monotone, offers limited information and delves mightily in cliche, said winning football games is his only focus.
Fired offensive coordinator Turk Schonert talked about the serious philosophical differences he had with Dick Jauron about the Bills offense. "He (Jauron) told me the offense wasn't simple enough for him," Schonert said. "We had too many formations, too many plays. I didn't simplify it to his liking." "He wants a 'Pop Warner' offense," Schonert said, referring to the Bills head coach. "He limited me in formations, and limited me in plays. He's been on my back all offseason."
The Raiders cut the safety net. It's JaMarcus Russell or bust. Quarterback Jeff Garcia was released Saturday, the surprise chop of 22 player cuts on 53-man roster day around the league. Garcia, 39, was hired in April to push Russell, if not for the starting job, then to teach the former No. 1 overall draft pick how to be a dedicated NFL quarterback in his third season.
Jacksonville Jaguars owners Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver know football fans are hurting because of the economy, but the pair say they're focused on building a tradition in Jacksonville that will someday result in a Super Bowl championship. The Weavers underscored that commitment before 1,400 people Friday at the quarterly Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce Cornerstone luncheon. They said the recession has hurt ticket sales to the point where officials think all home games will be blacked out from local broadcast.
Deion Sanders, who was represented during his playing career by Michael Crabtree's agent, Eugene Parker, and who still is believed to have close ties to him, said that Crabtree is willing to sit out the entire season and re-enter the draft in 2010. "You can't miss what you don't have," Sanders said regarding the money that Crabtree currently is leaving on the table. Sanders also said that two teams contacted the 49ers regarding a trade for Crabtree, that the teams were willing to pay Crabtree, and that Crabtree knows it. Though Sanders didn't say so directly, he implied that the other teams were willing to pay Crabtree a contract worth $40 million.