For a random Thursday in June, there’s a ton of noteworthy news, and a lot of writers doing great work. A roundup:
– As noted earlier this morning, Joe Banner is out as the Pres in Philly. Bigtime news. More later after the press conference at 2:30pm.
– Two year extension for Tom Coughlin. He’s now signed through 2014. No surprise there.
– PFT (specifically, Mike Florio) is saying the Eagles could face discipline from the league because Vinny Curry tweaked his ankle “executing a bull rush maneuver.” You know how I know when a football writer is a lawyer who dabbles in football, as opposed to a knowledgeable football person who also happens to have a law background? When they say someone was “executing a bull rush maneuver.” Anyway, this is just the latest thing Florio is getting a boner over. After the Seahawks lost a couple practices for allowing contact at their OTAs, Florio is rounding up all the teams that have had a player get a little scratch. Your team could be next. Ignore.
– Good job by my buddy Parks at Hogs Haven, a Richmond native, who broke the story about the Redskins moving their training camp from Ashburn, VA, to Richmond, VA. Bad news for me. That’s like an extra 90 miles. Also at Hogs Haven, a little tutorial on some West Coast Offense lingo.
– Raf at Cowboys Nation is killing it the past few weeks with his film breakdowns. Here he shows how the Cowboys struggled against the counter against the Giants. During the last season, I did a breakdown on how the Eagles killed the Cowboys with counters. So did Raf, who found different plays than me. That’s something the Cowboys need to clean up.
– Apparently, Eli Manning was ranked the #31 player in the league by that stupid Top 100 list by the players on NFLN. That’s just ridiculous. Awesome player, no street cred.
– The Browns are saying that RG3 is “too small.” Oof. That’s the kind of comment that backfires in a major way. Every time RG3 does something good, Browns fans will sarcastically say “too small.” Never mind that the Browns put together what they thought was a better package than what the Redskins offered to get up to 2 to take RG3. Apparently, that was all for show:
Veteran beat writer Tony Grossi reports that the Browns only pursued Robert Griffin III “enough to say that they tried.” Griffin was viewed as “too small” and “eager to show how fast he was.”
Much more after the jump…
– Brian Solomon at McNabb or Kolb broke down a disturbing point on the Eagles’ linebackers’ tackling ability, specifically in regard to Brian Rolle. Yikes.
– Cowboys FB Lawrence Vickers has ants in his pants. Literally:
“I was just holding myself,” Vickers said. “And there were people outside and you don’t just be grabbing on yourself because ants are on you. People are gonna make fun of you. I don’t care as long as they got off me. I don’t care about people knowing about ants in my pants.”
I feel you, Vickers. Being from New Jersey, we don’t have red ants, or at least I’ve never seen them here. But one time, I visited a friend in SoCal, and we were going to an Anaheim Angels game. On the walk from the parking lot, I must have stepped on an ant hill and stood there for a few beats, because there were about a dozen of those little fuckers on my ankles, and they hurt like a bitch in a very weird way. But the worst part is that even after you get them off of you, you feel phantom red ants all over your body. Terrible feeling.
– Great breakdown by Tommy on the Eagles TEs, including the observation that their names (Brent, Clay, Brett, and Chase) make them sound like they’re in a boy band.
– Sean Lissemore was featured by PFF (via Blogging the Boys). I’ve noted here in the past that Lissemore is a nice hustling/plugger type, but is probably best suited as a 20 snap/game type of guy. The Cowboys’ DEs have stunk for years. If 3rd round pick Tyrone Crawford pans out and they can get consistent play from Jason Hatcher, the Cowboys could at last have a decent rotation at DE.
– Good piece by Sheil on how Jeremy Maclin stacks up against his peers in the 2009 draft.
– Rob Ryan keeps opening his mouth, this time making his players look like they have zero mental fortitude. He’s now claiming that his players on defense were messed up so badly mentally from their terrible 2010 season that they needed him to make a bunch of brash statements to get them excited again:
“Those guys had been beaten down so much that, in my opinion, I don’t think they had the confidence to go forward,” Ryan said.
That’s a pretty pathetic statement about a bunch of professional football players. But it should seem a reasonable assessment to anyone who watched that defense quit on Wade Phillips en route to allowing the most points in franchise history the previous season.
Nevertheless, Ryan pumped up expectations while inflating fragile egos with all his brash boasting. That made him an easy target… when the Dallas defense fell well short of his preseason predictions that it’d be the best in the league.