• Tommy and I recorded a new show. We recapped Eagles minicamp. Podcasting excellence lies within.
• ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano did a Twitter Q&A, and here was one of his answers:
He then elaborated on that prediction:
Dan is a smart guy, and I like him, but holy hell that’s an awful call. Chip Kelly has a 5 year contract worth $32.5 million. He’s the 9th highest paid coach in American sports. You simply don’t give a guy that kind of coin unless you really believe in him. The Eagles won’t have a quick hook with Kelly if he gets off to a rocky start, and even if the returns are disappointing after 3 years, eating $13 million to fire him doesn’t seem realistic (assuming Kelly’s salary is spread out evenly across his 5 year deal), unless his first 3 years are a complete and total failure. It’s not like he’s Mike Mularkey, who lasted just one year with the Jaguars. The Eagles invested heavily in Kelly. Can he fail horribly at the pro level? Sure, it’s possible, but if you don’t think he’ll last 4 years, you’re betting on a catastrophe.
Also, why refer to him as “this guy” instead of “Chip” or “Kelly?” Am I reading into something that isn’t there, or is that phrasing weird?
• The Giants reportedly have interest in Vonta Leach, who was recently released by the Ravens:
Waaaaay back in the early days of this site, I suggested that the Giants should give Leach a hard look in free agency. He’s a nice fit, and still a good player, but the Giants don’t have any money. Can the Giants sign him for something close to the league minimum? Don’t count on it.
• Ahmad Bradshaw signed with the Colts. The pressure is now on David Wilson to master all the little things Bradshaw did for the Giants. He’s going to be hard to replace.
• The Redskins brought in Donte Stallworth for a workout, and he is expected to sign with the team. This is nothing new for Shanny, who loves collecting veteran receivers off the scrap heap. Stallworth was recently involved in a hot air balloon accident in which he was burned… badly.
• Rich Tandler broke down the punt returner competition for the Redskins. The Redskins moved on from Brandon Banks, a player I loved to talk about because of his amazing track record of fumbling, and yet not losing fumble. Here’s what I wrote about Banks a few months ago:
The Skins also finally said goodbye to Brandon Banks. The Skins loved to try to shoehorn Banks into the regular offense, for reasons I’ll never understand. He was also one of the most prolific fumblers in the NFL, and probably the luckiest.
I went to Amsterdam once. In Amsterdam, when the weather is nice, an absurd number of people ride their bikes. In the 3 or so days I was there, I marveled at how so many people on bikes could be riding around, and not collide with a high level of regularity. By the end of my trip, I was almost kind of rooting for it, not because I’m a sadistic jerk, but more because it just made sense for me to have seen at least one crash. To have not seen at least one would have defied all reason.
Finally, literally as I was walking to the train to head to Brussels, two bikes smashed into each other, and all was right in the world. Conversely, I never got to see Brandon Banks lose a fumble in Washington, and that is very unsettling to me.
• Kyle Wilber is reportedly putting on weight to move to DE from OLB. Wilber played at 240 last year, and is up to 252. He said the Cowboys want him at 255. It was previously reported that Anthony Spencer also put on weight. He played at 253, and is up to 263. DeMarcus Ware put on weight as well, although I can’t find any reports of what he is up to. The Cowboys will still be on the smaller end of DEs tandems across the NFL. But clearly, Monte Kiffin recognizes the obvious need for his ends to bulk up a bit.
• Jason Garrett apologized for the way he handled acknowledging the news that Bill Callahan will be calling the plays on offense this year:
“We made that decision months ago. Where we did have a little bit of miscommunication is when we were going to present that publicly…The communication publicly…didn’t happen as cleanly as I wanted it to last week, and I take full responsibility for that.”
Lol. Poor Jason Garrett. Jerry Jones reveals that Garrett has been stripped of his play calling duties, unbeknownst to Garrett, who is then left to answer questions from the media, having no idea what was said by his boss. And he’s the one apologizing for the way the switch was communicated to the public.
Jerry Jones… Please live to be 150.
Quick programming note: The last few days have just been these “random notes” posts. Busy with some non-football stuff lately. I’ll be back to more original content soon.