• The NFL schedule is going to be released Thursday night. Not that it really mattered last year, but uh, NFL… Yeah, if you could maybe not make the Eagles face 4 different opponents coming off their bye week this year, and a bunch of other teams coming off a Thursday night game…. that would be great. Thanks in advance.
• Pat Summerall died. My days of beginning to understand the game began while Summerall and Madden were in the booth together:
• Mike Mayock is holding a conference call with the media on Thursday at 1pm, which NFL.com is going to stream live. I know Mayock has a lot of fans, so just figured I’d give a heads up.
• Jason Pierre-Paul and Tom Coughlin are disagreeing publicly about whether or not JPP was out of shape last season.
“People I know they got mad and upset, but there’s nothing to get upset about,’’ Pierre-Paul said. “He’s my head coach, he saw in his eyes that I was overweight. But today, standing here today, I’m the same size I was last year. Otherwise, whatever I can do to help him to be a better player I’ll do it. If that means dropping me to 265, I’ll do it. At the same time, you want to get better (production) than you got last year. You want to build up. Like I said, the numbers might not show it, but, in terms of getting to the quarterback, I do a great job of that and playing the run and everybody sees it.’’
JPP had a good season last year, but it was a faaaar cry from his 2011 season, when I thought he deserved serious league Defensive MVP consideration. Tom Coughlin was coaching 20 years before JPP was born. If Coughlin says he was out of shape, I’m inclined to take the coach’s opinion over the player’s. More alarming, however, is JPP’s response. I’m not going to pretend I know what JPP’s offseason workout regimen last year was, and what it is this year, but if he’s defending his fitness level of a year ago that’s an indication (to me, anyway) that the status quo is good enough.
• Andre Brown is shooting for 1300 yards and 22 TDs this season. If there are any enormous Andre Brown fans out there, I’m taking bets, if anyone is interested.
• Raf from over at Cowboys Nation has another draft chat up. Always good stuff, with interesting nuggets. They talk about guys that have late 1st round or 2nd round grades that could be available at 47 for the Cowboys.
Good article by Rich Tandler on safeties in the NFL:
Safeties are in short supply in part because a lot of them who used to be effective in the box stuffing the run are no longer wanted by most teams. It’s a passing league and they are looking for versatility, a player who can cover a 6-4 tight end on one play and a slot receiver the next.
Also, as Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News notes, safeties are breaking down. They are expected to hit like linebackers but they are built more like cornerbacks.
Tandler also goes on to talk about the likelihood of the Skins taking a safety at 51.
• Tommy and I recorded a show. 90 minutes of Eagles draft talk. It had been a while. Actually, more accurately, the first 5-10 minutes were about Chip Kelly, and the rest is draft stuff.
• According to the Oregonian, “The University of Oregon has agreed that its football coaches committed at least one major violation related to the NCAA’s ongoing investigation into the Ducks’ recruiting practices from 2008 to 2011.” Couldn’t. Care. Less. In fact, if indeed Chip Kelly left Oregon to come to Philly because of these violations and he winds up being a good NFL coach, then the general response from Philly fans should go something like this:
• I’ll be at the NovaCare today, interviewing players. If there’s a player you have a question for, shoot it to me via Twitter, and if I like it I’ll use it.