Friday, May 27, 2011
Breakfast links: Cowboys targeting Huff?
By Dan Graziano
All right. I'm working today. Who's with me?
Well, whatever. The few of you who stick around get a full day of NFC East bloggage before the big weekend hits. We're going to try to top last week's Eli-Romo debate and the 1,200 or so comments it generated by rolling out a new debate topic later this morning. This afternoon, we'll post the results of the "Flash Points" polls in which you guys voted on the most important event in the history of each of the division's four franchises. And we'll even start with a sing-songy riddle:
What walks down stairs, alone or in pairs and makes a 'Linkity sound?
A spring! A spring! A marvelous thing! Everyone knows it's ... the NFC East breakfast links!!!!
Eric Edholm at Pro Football Weekly believes new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will talk Jerry Jones into upgrading at safety once free agency starts. Oakland's Michael Huff, an old Ryan friend from his Raider days, could top the list. A lot of the Dallas safety speculation seems to assume the departure of Gerald Sensabaugh, but whether he's back or not, they'll still have a need for a veteran there. Huff might actually make more sense for the Cowboys than CB Nnamdi Asomugha, whose name must appear in he NFC East breakfast links at least four times per week per contractual agreement.
Blogging the Boys tried to answer the question of how much longer the Cowboys' core group of players will be young enough to have a chance to win a title together. Those windows do shut rather quickly in this league, don't they?
New York Giants
Rich Cimini moonlights on ESPNNewYork.com's Giants blog with a funny little item about Hall of Famer Floyd Little and his memories of Tom Coughlin complaining about a lack of carries while he was sharing a Syracuse backfield with Little and Larry Csonka in the '60s. "Why would we let you carry the ball when we have me and Csonka back there," Little recalls telling Coughlin more than once. "Are you crazy?" At least he gave it to him straight. Gotta believe Coughlin appreciated that.
The Giants' Facebook page is taking a look at the evolution of the team's logo through the years, which is kind of cool if you like that sort of thing. Which I do.
And there's more Tiki stuff today on the Anne Frank comments, but I'll spare the Giants fans a long diatribe on that one. You don't want to answer for that clown anymore, and you shouldn't have to.
Kevin Kolb says Eagles head coach Andy Reid told him, "I'll do what's best for you" in a recent text message about Kolb's desire to be traded to a team for which he can start at quarterback. There's reason for Kolb to believe him. Reid consulted Donovan McNabb last year before trading him to the Redskins, in part because Washington was where McNabb preferred to go. Of course, there's a careful-what-you-wish-for lesson in that for young Kevin, no?
At the request of the U.S. Attorney's office, Michael Vick spoke to high school kids about the dangers of gun violence. Seventeen shootings in Philly this week, 11 of the victims under 21 years old. Vick called the stats "astonishing" as he spoke to the kids about "decision-making." Think what you want, but I guarantee you those kids were paying attention.
Mike Jones makes it sound as if Kedric Golston wouldn't mind sticking around to be part of the defensive line solution in Year 2 of the Jim Haslett 3-4 defense. The big man appears to have been working hard during the players-only minicamp that just wrapped up Thursday.
Jets coach Rex Ryan said he called former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs to ask for tips about weathering an NFL work stoppage, since Gibbs' Redskins teams won the Super Bowl after the strike-shortened seasons of 1982 and 1987. This feels like a good time to plug my column from yesterday, in case you didn't read it, and to go eat breakfast. Enjoy your day, and please ... try to concentrate. The long weekend will be here soon enough!