Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we close within a month of the opening of NFL training camps...
Billick's former Ravens assistants include
Dungy also has four of his former assistants in NFL head coaching jobs, and all of them worked for him during his six-season tenure in Tampa Bay (1996-2001): Kansas City's
Perhaps the more amazing thing is that Dungy and Billick worked together in Minnesota from 1992 to 1995, where they were defensive and offensive coordinators on
If you're wondering whose coaching tree currently out-does even Billick and Dungy's, look to South Florida, where
• Once the Giants signed
One of my favorite training camp stops in recent years was the Giants in Albany, N.Y., just to get the chance to watch the roly-poly Lorenzen get his share of practice snaps. I always walked away entertained, and believing if
Wishing no ill will on
• I suppose it was all but inevitable at some point, the confluence of
• The more you hear about the slimy way
According to a league source, on the day Petrino resigned, his coaching staff was left waiting all day without sight or sound of him until he gathered them at about 5 p.m. that Tuesday. That's the day the staff would have normally been responsible for putting together a game plan for Atlanta's Week 15 trip to Tampa Bay, but no one knew where Petrino was from 8 a.m. that morning on.
When Petrino finally met with his staff, a source said Petrino uttered all of about two sentences of explanation, saying he had resigned from the organization and that he had enjoyed working with his assistants. With that, he left the room and headed for his introductory news conference with the Razorbacks.
If you tried to handle such a departure with less grace or class than that, I'm not really sure how one would manage it.
• If the indications coming out of Baltimore are correct and former Heisman winner
"Cam's very good at figuring out a player's strength, figuring out what he does well, and then tailoring the offense around those skills,'' the Ravens source said. "He's got Troy moving around and doing a lot of the same things he had success doing at Ohio State.''
• New rule that the Raiders would be wise to insert in
And yes, that could mean he's in for quite a wait in Oakland.
• I see where
That's great. Now if the Cowboys always-telegenic quarterback can somehow negotiate an actual playoff victory as his next feat, I'm sure the slightly out of order procession of these accomplishments will quickly be forgotten.
• Bit of a head-scratcher that
Culpepper's familiarity with the NFC North from his days in Minnesota seemingly would have been another check mark in Green Bay's favor. Culpepper is thought to be hopeful of landing in Jacksonville, which isn't far from his hometown of Ocala, Fla. But with
• What a precipitous fall from grace it has been for former Chargers starting right tackle
But Olivea's play was never as impressive after the new deal, and the three-year starter lost his place in the lineup mid-way through 2007, with Chargers officials questioning whether big money played a role in him losing his motivation. San Diego released Olivea in February, no one signed him, and this week came news that he has been suspended while team-less for the first four games of the coming season due to failing a league drug test.
Sometimes the NFL really does stand for Not For Long.
• Didn't you just know Dallas would eventually find itself in a messy contract stalemate of sorts with that veteran receiver who entered the league in the 1996 draft? But didn't we all assume it would be
• Has anyone thought of printing up "Free