Linky, February 7, 2012: The nurturing, affectionate Tom Coughlin

Blog note: I’m going to try to get back to doing a Linky post every morning during the offseason, starting today.  Just like last offseason, we’ll start with the division (er, SB) champs on the front page with the others after the jump, and take turns from there.

Giants stand tall when it counts to head up final 2011 Power Poll – NFL.com

The good news…No more Power rankings, or power polls, or whatever you want to call them for the next 5 months or so.  The bad news… Everyone with a keyboard, a basic knowledge of some college players, and a few minutes of free time will be putting together a mock draft.

On a side note, the Eagles and Cowboys were the highest-rated non-playoff teams.  WOOOOOOOO!

Tom Coughlin and Brandon Jacobs with a pre-game snuggle

Coughlin played cards right by showing “love” – Paul Schwartz, NY Post

The way the Giants banded together, cared for each other and accepted Coughlin’s nurturing affection had to affect the way this team held together when, after 14 games, it was 7-7 and should have been on the verge of coming apart.

“Nurturing affection?”  Did he breast feed Brandon Jacobs and Osi Umenyiora?

A Sea of Big Blue fans expected for Giants victory parade – NY Daily News

For Giants fans living in the NYC area, the parade is today, in case you’re living under a rock and this is the first you’ve read about it.  Hey, wait a second… The last time the Giants had a parade, the Phillies had one 9 months later.  Giants, you just conceived a Philly World Series Championship to be born in October.

We should be more like (fill in the team that just won the title, in this case the Giants) section:

Eagles, Reid, should take a tip or two from the Giants – Jeff McLane, philly.com

Cowboys should study the Giants’ way – Matt Mosley, Fox Sports Southwest

Giants are a cut above the Redskins, regardless of regular season – Jason Reid, Washington Post

Eagles, Cowboys, and Redskins after the jump…

I already learned something very important about Luke Kuechly from Sheil's series... that his name is pronounced "KEEK-ly"

Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly on prepping for NFL draft – Sheil Kapadia

About this series: Over the next two months, philly.com’s Sheil Kapadia will be chatting weekly with Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly and chronicling his preparation for April’s NFL draft on his blog, Moving the Chains (www.philly.com/mtc).

Kuechly could be an obvious target for the Eagles.  Great idea by Sheil.

Eagles have a better chance to win Super Bowl XLVII than the Giants? – Fox Sports

And so it begins again.

Some notes on D.J. Jones – Tommy Lawlor, IgglesBlitz

In case you missed it, the Eagles signed backup OT D.J. Jones off waivers from the Ravens.  Tommy wonders about the futures of King Dunlap and Winston Justice in Philly.

Completing the Cowboys inside linebacker rotation – KD Drummond, Blogging the Boys

Bradie James and Keith Brooking are done.  The Cowboys drafted Bruce Carter last year, but he couldn’t find his way onto the field (43 snaps the entire season), despite the fact the Brooking and James were terrible.  In fairness, Carter was coming off a torn ACL in college and wasn’t expected to produce immediately, but ILB could still be a target for the Cowboys.

The final post card from Mobile: Centers, QB’s, and other things – Rafael Vela, Cowboys Nation

Raf talks to Wes Bunting of the National Football Post.

Hasselbeck likes Cowboys’ chances in 2012 – Scott Crisp, Blue Star

I’m going to need a little more than “healthy Miles Austin” to convince me of that.

Marion Barry: Redskins owner Dan Snyder sucks – Huffington Post

Insert some kind of “You know it’s bad when even the crack heads are getting after you” joke here.

Redskins also in running for Flynn – Total Packers

So, while Flynn could end up in Washington, we still believe Seattle is his most likely destination, followed by Miami. Washington looks like a distant third. Of course, it all depends on how the dominos fall.

Agree.  I don’t really see Flynn in D.C.

Under new CBA, football not allowed – Rich Tandler, Real Redskins

The Redskins and other NFL teams start the first offseason under the new CBA and there are a few peculiarities that the players and coaches will have to get used to.

For example, players will be able to go to Redskins Park and talk to the coaches. But, according to the new rules, they will not be able to talk about football.

What?

No, there is no lockout in effect but the CBA prohibits players and coaches from talking to each other about football until the voluntary offseason workout program starts on the third Monday in April. The players can’t be coached, they can’t talk about tackling technique or what will be added to the playbook. Maybe they could chat about Sunday’s Super Bowl but even that might cross the line.

Tim Hightower would like to stick with the Redskins – Brad Biggs, National Football Post

He should.  When he was healthy, the Redskins fed him.  He had 18.8 touches per game before he got hurt, in previous seasons, he averaged 10.9 in ’10, 12.9 in ’09, and 11.1 in ’08.  Of course, he’ll have the whole pesky ACL recovery to overcome.

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  23. WeNeedLinemen says:

    There seems to be a lot of chatter coming out of Redskins Park linking them to Orton, ahead of Flynn. It’s been claimed that the only reason they didn’t put in a waiver claim last season was because of the bad blood that existed between Orton and Grossman from their time in Chicago.

    All of which sounds a bit odd to me.

    Shanahan is almost pathologically secretive. It’s immensely hard to believe he or anyone in the organisation have been disclosing his actual preferences. What he has said is public that QB is a big need. That it is a difficult spot to fill and that he likes what his personnel department has done over the last two years.

    I don’t know where “lack of interest in Flynn” rumours originate from within the organistion, or whether they’re just a media invention, but I have a really hard time believing that they can be trusted to represent Mike Shanahan’s actual opinion.

    The media have made a lot of predictions about the Redskins during Shanahan’s tenure but have almost completely failed to nail a single story.

    The original McNabb trade completely blindsided the media, whose inside sources were strangely quiet at a time when they could have offered something that went against expectations.

    Media pundits continually predicted that Albert Haynesworth would be traded, except he wasn’t. Until that is he was almost universally declared untradeable and a certain cut, at which point he was traded to Patriots. McNabb was also declared untradeable and a certain cut, he was traded to the Vikings.

    McNabb was benched mid-season causing a media-storm but, despite the immense amount of coverage it generated, the “I don’t want to wear a wristband in case it makes people think I am stupid” story didn’t come out until long after the season was finished. It was a huge story and it didn’t reach the press for months, long after almost everyone had stopped caring.

    During last year’s draft Jason La Canfora declared that the Redskins were desperately trying to work out how to trade up into the two spot so they could select Gabbert. They passed on him when he fell to them at the 10th pick, trading down six spots to pick Kerrigan.

    Shanahan almost seems to enjoy dicking with the press. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Flynn isn’t their number one target and that he is signed within hours of the start of free agency.

    1. WeNeedLinemen says:

      Massive, pointless diatribe over.

      That’s what a season of Rex Grossman and a decade of Snyderato can do to you.

      1. Free Plax says:

        Praying you guys to get a QB, Skins have been down way to long.

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  25. brisulph says:

    “Nurturing affection?” Did he breast feed Brandon Jacobs and Osi Umenyiora?

    Ye gods I hope not.

    1. Free Plax says:

      Nope but he changed Jacobs diaper a couple of times.

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