Posted on: January 11, 2010 11:20 am

Giants defensive coordinator candidates

Former Bills interim coach Perry Fewell, who interviewed with Tom Coughlin last week, could accept an offer to become the Bears' defensive coordinator when he meets with coach Lovie Smith, according to the Bergen Record.

Fewell left his meeting with Coughlin with the understanding he would call back the Giants after visiting with Smith.

Fewell entered the NFL as a defensive backs coach under Coughlin with the 1998 Jaguars, but he's also worked with Smith as part of the staff on the Rams and Bears.
Posted on: January 11, 2010 11:04 am

Vick wants to start but happy as backup

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Michael Vick wants to be a starter, but he would welcome staying with the Eagles even if he were still a backup.

It appears unlikely, however, that the Eagles would pick up a $5 million option on Vick just for him to be a backup to Donovan McNabb or Kevin Kolb.

Vick said he has become a better quarterback since his release from prison on a dogfighting conviction nine months ago.
Category: NFL
Posted on: January 11, 2010 10:56 am

Could McNabb or Kolb be traded?

After the 34-14 first-round playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys, coach Andy Reid and team president Joe Banner will have to seriously discuss whether the Eagles' best chance to win an elusive Super Bowl rides with the aging arm and legs of Donovan McNabb or the still unproven Kevin Kolb, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Reid might be more comfortable with McNabb, but there are recent examples of first-year starters taking their teams to a Super Bowl title. Kurt Warner did it in St. Louis in 1999, and Tom Brady did it two years later with New England.

McNabb and Kolb have one year left on their respective contracts. It's possible one of them will be traded in order to fill other glaring needs, particularly on defense.

The Eagles' other big offensive decision is running back Brian Westbrook, who had just one catch and no carries Saturday night. Two concussions and eight missed games left Westbrook with his least productive season since his rookie year.

If Westbrook returns, he'll be paid $7.25 million next season.
Posted on: January 8, 2010 2:34 pm

DeCosta expected to interview with Seattle

According to the Baltimore Sun, the Seahawks have received permission from the Ravens to talk with Eric DeCosta, the team's director of player personnel.

General manager Ozzie Newsome didn't talk about DeCosta's availability for the Seattle job or other front office jobs that might open.
Posted on: January 8, 2010 2:27 pm

Josh Cribbs feels his days with Browns are over

Browns Pro Bowl all-purpose star Josh Cribbs cleaned out his locker and said his goodbyes to some people, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Cribbs said a trade request will come next.

Cribbs, who has three years remaining on his contract at just over $1 million a year, was given a $1.4 million a year offer.

"I'm not just insulted by the number, but by the fact they consider me just a kick returner," Cribbs said.
Posted on: January 4, 2010 11:59 am

Bucs' Morris to return?

The Tampa Tribune is reporting that Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris sounds like a guy who knows he'll have a job next season.

When asked about QB Josh Freeman on Sunday, Morris' answer indicated that he was, at the very least, confident that he'd be kept in place by Tampa Bay.

"Josh Freeman will be judged based on what he does next year," Morris said. "So will I."

Posted on: January 4, 2010 11:46 am

Bears players show love for Lovie

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that while Bears management is mum on the future of coach Lovie Smith , some of the team's players are coming out in support of their coach.

"I believe he deserves another shot," the story quoted defensive tackle Tommie Harris as saying. "Unfortunately, this business is known for throwing people under the bus."

Linebacker Lance Briggs is another Smith supporter.

"As far as I go, I hope Lovie is here."

The Bears have gone 7-9 for two straight seasons. It would cost the franchise a reported $11 million to get rid of Smith.

Posted on: January 4, 2010 11:08 am
Edited on: January 4, 2010 11:09 am

Taylor on his way out of Miami?

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that Jason Taylor seems less committed to the Miami Dolphins in the wake of their loss to Pittsburgh -- and their 7-9 finish this season, missing the playoffs -- than he was a year ago.

The story noted that Taylor told the media before this season that Miami was the only place he wanted to play football, but did not give as convincing a response after Sunday's loss, despite being asked twice.

"We didn't win today and we'll see what happens later on," Taylor said. "Things need to be sorted out. I'm sure the team is going to meet and figure out what they want to do and I'll be on a golf course somewhere figuring out what I want to do."

Taylor will become a free agent this offseason.

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