Linky, February 17, 2012: Howie Roseman attempts subtlety on possibility of trading Asante Samuel, fails

Five Cowboys who failed to meet expectations in 2011 – David Moore, SportsDay DFW

Number 5 – Miles Austin

Number 4 – Bradie James

Number 3 – Doug Free

Number 2 – Felix Jones

Number 1 isn’t revealed yet.  So many options… Marty B? I’m not sure anyone had high expectations anymore for him.  Spencer?  He wasn’t #1 disappointment level.  Dez?  No, his numbers at least improved from his rookie season, even if people think he should be better.  Any of the interior OL guys?  Again, there should have been low expectations.  Brooking?  Nope, we all knew he was done.

Ahhhh… Got him.  T New!

By the way, not so sure about Miles Austin at #5.  When he was healthy, he was a force.  Remember the Niners game?  Everyone remembers the Jesse Holley play in OT, but Miles Austin won that game.  Guys get hurt.  That’s part of the game.  Plenty of other disappointments to choose from ahead of Austin.

Cowboys hope second year under Ryan will be better – CBS

In 2010, the Cowboys had the worst pass defense in team history. Last year’s unit was the third worst in team history as the coaching change from Wade Phillips as head coach and defensive coordinator to Rob Ryan as coordinator did not make much of a difference.

The Cowboys blame the lockout and the shortened offseason for some of the struggles on defense as they did not get to learn Ryan’s system. There was confusion on defense during games in the final months of the season.

The Cowboys believe they will be helped greatly by a full offseason program and full slate of minicamps. But they also know this was not just an issue of schematic breakdowns.

Rob Ryan has been a defensive coordinator since 2004.  8 seasons.  None of those teams had a winning record.

Cowboys sound ready to spend – Gregg  Rosenthal, PFT

I’ll say it again.  March is going to be fun.

Redskins, Giants, and Eagles after the jump…

Haynesworth blames Redskins for poor 2011 conditioning (of course he does) – Kevin Ewoldt, Hogs Haven

Is Big Al now the most hated former Redskin?  Has to be, right?  Who are for the other NFCE teams?  I’d go with T.O. in Philly.  The Giants and Cowboys are a tougher call.

Mike Mayock: Robert Griffin III the most exciting young player in this year’s draft – Mike Jones, Washington Post

“I love everything about the kid,” Mayock said in a conference call Wednesday afternoon. “The question I have is he doesn’t throw with anticipation, mostly because he doesn’t have to. In that offense there is minimal footwork and they spread it out so wide and he has talented receivers and he has great touch and accuracy. He has arm strength and athletic ability. He’s tough. … He’ll stay in and take hits. We all know he can run also. He initially looks to get the ball down the field. His eyes are down the field. He can make plays with his eyes and arm as opposed to his legs.”

Mayock: Draft is deep at DT , G – Gary Fitzgerald, Redskins Mothership

Holy crap…  Mayock Mayock Mayock.  Man, do people have a boner for this guy or what?

Giants star Antrel Rolle tells Guttenberg kids: Put education first – John Heinis, Jersey Journal

…at the end of the day.

Not sure about that “star” part, by the way, but good for Antrel, visiting the kids.

Diehl is feeling good days after hand surgery – Ebenezer Samuel, The Blue Screen

The Giants are about $7 million over the cap, Diehl is set to make $3.825 million in 2012, and he had a really bad season.  Add up the math, aaaand…

Umenyiora one of big offseason decision for Giants – CBS

Osi was a key piece in the title run, but in my opinion, the Giants might be wise to explore what they can get in a trade for Osi before he starts in on the contract bitching, which he inevitably will.  They can shed his money to help get under the cap and get a high pick in the process.

This image with a different team coming to your Internet in March.

Roseman plays DeSean strategy close to the vest – Zach Berman,

“I think you want to always keep your really good players under contract; that’s the way it’s always been – it’s been draft and let’s extend them and re-sign them, it just doesn’t always happen that that’s how it works,” Roseman said. “Taking out specific situations, just generally speaking, you need two sides to make a deal. It’s both a team side and a player’s side and so some stuff like this happens, you see it all around the league. You see teams that are using these mechanisms to keep their players and also try to sign players to long-term deals.”

It would seem that the Eagles have the advantage of leverage when negotiating with Jackson because of the talented group of wide receivers due to become free agents. Among the prospective available wideouts are the Marques Colston (Saints), Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs), Vincent Jackson (Chargers), Stevie Johnson (Bills) and Mario Manningham (Giants). Roseman did not tackle the idea that the Eagles have the leverage, adding that the list is reduced when considering age and injury history. Plus, other teams might use the franchise tag or re-sign their player.

“I don’t think this is about leverage; this is about a relationship we have with a player that we drafted and that we feel strongly about,” Roseman said. “We feel fortunate to have a player of DeSean Jackson’s magnitude on our football team and I think the future is bright for DeSean Jackson.”

Sure you don’t think about leverage.

Eagles need to get better at LB – CBS

No shit.

Roseman: People call and your phone does ring – Brian Solomon, McNabbOrKolb

Brian found this nugget deep in a Jonathan Tamari article.  Personally, I’d have made this the lead.

Howie Roseman on Asante Samuel’s situation:

“Whenever you have a surplus at a particular position there are talks around the league. People call and your phone does ring and that’s happened in the past couple years by our quarterback situation and so I think there are particular position on our team that maybe we had a surplus at and I expect the phone calls to be active. In terms of talking about a specific player or position obviously I stay away from that. But we’re always open to phone calls and to seeing if something works and really if there are win-win situations for particular teams and particular players we’ll look at that.”

It was nice knowing you, Pres.


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  27. romu says:

    Barber’s gotta be the most hated Gmen.

    I don’t think Diehl is getting cut.
    McKenzie (RT) is 33, had an awful year and is FA, he’s likely out. We won’t I don’t think we’ll loose them both.

    We won’t I don’t think we’ll draft a OT high, thus we need an experienced one at RT, and that’s Diehl.

    The Umenyiora situation is linked to the LB situation. Can we get Kiwnanuka back on the line ?
    If so, I don’t mind moving on from Umenyiora.

    1. Yeah, Tiki’s a good one.

      And good point on Kiwi, although I don’t think Kiwi is even close to the pass rusher that Osi is.

      1. romu says:

        He’s not as good a pass rusher and doesn’t have the strip sack magic of Umenyiora (who does ?), I agree.

        Yet he is a solid rusher and can play the run better than Umenyiora. I know, small sample size and it was some time ago, but his start to the 2010 season as a pass rusher was solid. I’d be ok with Pierre-Paul, Tuck and Kiwanuka as DEs if that meant a “real” LB.

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