– So Spags to New Orleans, huh? Makes sense. I’d have chosen New Orleans over Philly if I were Spags, too. That is of course, assuming Philly even made a strong push for him in the first place as we’ve all suspected they did, despite little evidence of it. Now the question becomes… “When do the Eagles sheepishly make the announcement that Juan Castillo is going to be the DC again in 2012?” I suspect it’ll be shortly after they construct a massive wall around the NovaCare Complex.
– We’re not even out of January yet, and I’m already thoroughly sick of mock drafts. The draft is April 26th, more than 3 months away, and if you google “NFL mock draft,” you’ll get 46,800,000 results. It’s a complete and utter waste of time, seeing as, you know, free agency occurs in March. Anyway, in most of the mock drafts I’ve seen, they have the Cowboys taking a defensive player, typically an OLB or a corner. Those positions would both certainly make sense for them, but I feel that their OL remains the #1 priority, as it should have been for like… the past 5 years. Depending on how free agency plays out, if David DeCastro is still sitting there at 14, and he probably will be, the thought of having Tyron Smith and DeCastro on the same line for the next 12 years would have me more than a little fired up if I were a Cowboys fan.
– Listening to WFAN up here in Giants country, you’d think the 49ers are the Rams or something. The cockiness brimming from the fan base after the Giants’ trouncing of the Packers in Green Bay is perfectly understandable, but I’m surprised by the lack of respect for this San Fran team. I think the Giants are going to win, for two reasons: (1) Eli Manning is their QB, and (2) God hates me. But the Niners are a really freaking good team. On their defense alone, they have clearly the best set of linebackers in the sport (apologies to the Steelers), the best 3-4 DE we’ve seen in quite some time, and a good secondary. They don’t miss tackles, they all hustle, they force turnovers, and they can bring the hurt. There’s one thing I can say with some fairly decent certainty: It’s going to be a very close, very physical game.
– As one of my more knowledgeable Redskin fan readers (“WeNeedLinemen”) pointed out earlier this week, if the Redskins cut DeAngelo Hall this offseason they can save $6 million in 2012, with only a cap hit of about $60oK. That’s what I would call a no-brainer.
– Another quick reminder: Senior Bowl week of practices is next week. I’ll be there. Should have a ton of coverage here all of next week.