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Friday, January 27, 2012
Breakfast links: Cruz and Coughlin

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Good morning from New Jersey, where the links are checking Indiana weather forecasts and deciding what they need to pack.

New York Giants

The seeds of Victor Cruz's brilliant season were sown in Hoboken last summer, when Cruz was able to get something pretty close to one-on-one time with Giants quarterback Eli Manning at players-only workouts during the lockout. Here's Ohm Youngmisuk with Cruz's funny retelling of his reaction to seeing 'Eli Manning' pop up on his cell phone in the dead of summer.

Somewhere along the line there popped up this idea that 65-year-old Giants coach Tom Coughlin might retire if the Giants win him a second Super Bowl. I don't know where it came from, and Coughlin himself denied it when asked Sunday night. Giants guard Chris Snee, who's married to Coughlin's daughter, also says he "highly" doubts it, and I don't get any sense at all from anyone connected with Coughlin or the Giants that it's a remote possibility. The man doesn't exactly have a lot of hobbies or off-field interests. And if it were me, I'd cash this run in for a new three-year contract extension. Personally, that is.

Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles tight end Brent Celek was in a car accident Thursday. He was not injured, but the driver of the car in which he was riding is being charged with driving under the influence, which means Celek made a big mistake getting in the car. Celek agrees, and promises to use better judgment in the future.

And hey, someone found Andy Reid! He was at a 76ers game, and he actually did an interview. Sadly, the folks from Sixers.com failed to ask Reid about the Eagles' defensive coordinator situation, DeSean Jackson, Michael Vick or anything else football-related. So we continue to wonder on a lot of issues.

Dallas Cowboys

Calvin Watkins' first offseason mailbag for ESPNDallas.com takes up the issues of why Orlando Scandrick got a contract extension, what the Cowboys should and will do in free agency, and whether Jerry Jones would ever consider hiring a GM. (Hint: You already know the answer to that last one.)

Rainer Sabin answered questions at the Dallas Morning News, too. Guess it's a mailbag time of year out in Big D. Rainer looks at Bruce Carter's 2012 prospects and the chances of moving Jay Ratliff from nose tackle to defensive end.

Washington Redskins

It has been 20 years since the Redskins' last Super Bowl title, which upsets me because I remember well being a sophomore in college in Washington and that shouldn't be 20 years ago. Anyway, the Washington Post got some of the folks involved to share their memories from that Super Bowl season.

London Fletcher said "I hope so" when asked whether he believed he'd be back with the Redskins next year, and he left it at that. Mike Shanahan has called Fletcher a priority in free agency, and I imagine the team will want to address his situation as soon as possible. But for now, Fletcher is enjoying his week as a Pro Bowler in Hawaii.