Raiders defensive coordinator update
Among the potential candidates to become the Raiders’ next defensive coordinator could be Denver linebackers coach Richard Smith, New Orleans defensive line coach Bill Johnson and San Francisco secondary coach Ed Donatell. Broncos coach Dennis Allen has coached with all three men. Smith and Donatell both have coordinating experience. Johnson coached Allen at Texas A&M and worked with him in New Orleans and Atlanta.
As is customary in the NFL, it's a strong likelihood Allen will be allowed to take at least one or two assistants with him, even if it's to Oakland.
Broncos hire Jack Del Rio as defensive coordinator
The Denver Broncos announced Friday night they had agreed to terms with Del Rio to become the club’s new defensive coordinator. Del Rio was Fox’s first defensive coordinator in Carolina in 2002 before leaving after one year to coach the Jacksonville Jaguars, who fired him in November.
Del Rio replaces Dennis Allen, who left after one year in Denver to coach the Oakland Raiders.
Del Rio is the Broncos’ seventh defensive coordinator in seven seasons. Other men who have filled the Mile High musical chair in the last six seasons are Larry Coyer (2006), Jim Bates (2007), Bob Slowik (2008), Mike Nolan (2009) and Don Martindale (2010). Allen was the only one who left for a head coaching job.
“We are thrilled to be able to add such a well-respected defensive coach to our staff,” Fox said in a statement issued through the team’s Twitter account.
Del Rio's hiring didn't come as a shock, although many thought they would promote from within.
More on this development to come, but Del Rio's work as the defensive coordinator for Carolina in 2002, in which the Panthers ranked #2 in total defense, got him this gig.
Just keep chopping wood, Denver.
Love Me, Hate Me, Just Don't Ignore Me
Owens may have made a lot of money in his career—at least $80 million—but he insists almost all of it is gone.
He let other people take care of things. He says his financial advisers (informally recommended by Rosenhaus) put him in a series of risky, highly leveraged ventures that he didn’t discover until autumn 2010, when he finally demanded a full accounting. And of course there were the houses and condos, which he had always figured he could rent out; they became dead weight when the real estate market collapsed in 2008. Individually they weren’t terribly lavish, but together the mortgage nut is reportedly almost $750,000 a year. The Atlanta house is on the market; the south Jersey place he paid $3.9 million for was sold for $1.7 million in late 2010. Most egregious of all was the ill-fated Alabama entertainment complex (with an electronic-bingo component) that cost him $2 million. He invested, he says, at the suggestion of his advisers and a lawyer they steered him to, Pamela Linden. The venture turned out to be illegal in the state, not to mention a violation of the NFL’s policy prohibiting players from investing in gambling. Owens is suing Linden, as is Clinton Portis, the former Redskins running back who also invested.
Stop me if you've heard it before:
It's easy to make fun of Owens here. Stupid is as stupid does. And if it mattered, I would drop in a spreadsheet right now showing the future value of $80 million (or even his base salary for one year) if left in an almost risk-free asset like TIPS (Treasury-Inflation Protected Securities) over a time horizon, like, say, the rest of Owens' working life (age 60). But we all know it wouldn't matter.
The NFL is bigger than any one player. Owens is finding this out. The lights have dimmed, no one is watching, and soon, sooner than he realizes, the advisers, agents, magazines like GQ, and so-called friends won't care either. Sad? Yeah? Suprising? No, not really.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that Morris turned down a chance to become the Vikings’ defensive coordinator because he already had verbally accepted the Redskins’ defensive backs coach gig. Morris didn’t want to renege on his agreement with Washington, so he turned down Minnesota.
“A lot of people might think it’s a missed opportunity not going to Minnesota after they offered, but I believe that in this game, all you have is your word and your tape, and I gave these guys my word, and I wanted to come here and help them this year, and I was going to do it,” Morris said.
Morris must know that hell hath no fury like a scorned Shanny, as Al David could have attested.
Alleged victim sues Rolando McClain
An Alabama man who was allegedly assaulted by Rolando McClain and another man has sued the Oakland Raiders linebacker alleging “brutal and prolonged assault and battery.”
The suit says Tapscott suffered broken bones, bruises and lacerations. It alleges that McClain “smiled and laughed as he pointed a gun at Mr. Tapscott and Mr. Tapscott begged him not to kill him.”
Can't resist another opportunity to post McClain's epic arrest photo.
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2012 Senior Bowl Blog
I asked Washington Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan what qualities he looks for in a quarterback and this was his answer:
“I’m asked that all the time and it is really hard to pinpoint it. Cause there is so many things you look for. A guy’s gotta be competitive, very competitive. A guy’s gotta be bright, extremely bright. You’d like a guy that is an athlete that can make plays on his own sometimes. Usually if he doesn’t have that athletic ability he’s got to be a little bit taller because he can see and be able to dump the ball off instead of using his feet. But at the end of the day there is so many things you look for and it’s always hard to find the prototype guy and a lot of times you have to adjust your offense to the type of quarterback you do have.”
‘Tim Tebow homeschool law’ gains momentum in Virginia
There are three bills in the Virginia legislature that are modeled after a Florida law informally known as the “Tim Tebow law,” which was passed in 1996 and gave the homeschooled Tebow a chance to play for local private and public schools on his way to an NFL career. Similar legislation has failed in Virginia in previous years. But now Republicans control the governorship and the General Assembly; the recent change in control in the Senate makes it more likely that some form of this law could pass in the state. McDonnell said earlier this month that he would support it. He expressed the view of those who support it by saying on a radio show: “Home-school parents pay taxes like everybody else. It’s just fair.”
But opponents don’t see it that way…The Virginia Association of School Superintendents is opposed, as is the Virginia Education Association, which represents more than 60,000 public school teachers. Another foe is the chairman of the House Education Committee, a Republican from Virginia Beach named Robert Tata, who was a successful high school coach and a University of Virginia athlete who played briefly for the NFL’s Detroit Lions, the Associated Press reported. Tata opposes allowing homeschooled students to play on local sports teams in part because he worries that coaches will game the system by recruiting top players. Other opponents say that allowing homeschoolers to play for local teams would devastate eligibility and participation requirements and would be unfair to full-time students and teachers.
Homeschooling and sports is one of those gray and nuanced areas in which, depending on your standing, you can make a case either way. So, have at it.
John Fox in no rush to find Broncos defensive coordinator
“I don’t really have a direction set, not yet,” Fox said. “We’ll sit down as a staff as we get away from the Senior Bowl and put a plan together.”
“I guess I’d like to have someone in place some time before next season, that’s the deadline,” Fox said, laughing. “More than likely, we’ll feel good about it when we make a move. But we’ll do what think would be the best fit and we’ll keep trying to make the kind of progress we want on that side of the ball.”
That's what I like about The Marlboro Man: he's so cool, he's not on anyone's timeline but his own.
Tim Tebow backing out of AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am due to injury: report
It looks like America will have to wait to see if Tim Tebow’s drives off the tee are as erratic as his throws on the football field.
The Denver Broncos quarterback has reportedly backed out of next month’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am due to injuries he suffered in the Broncos’ AFC Divisional playoff loss to the New England Patriots a little over two weeks ago.