Thursday, July 5, 2012
Breakfast links: Cowboys' center issues
By Dan Graziano
Morning. Hope you still have all your fingers. Here are your links.
New York Giants
Ray Perkins is coaching again, at Jones County Junior College in Mississippi, and the 70-year-old former Giants coach thinks current Giants coach Tom Coughlin can coach "another 15, 20 years." Coughlin turns 66 at the end of next month and has so far not commented on the idea of coaching into his mid-80s.
And since we're already down memory lane here, remember Derrick Ward? I think he was "Wind?" Or was he "Earth?" No, I think "Wind." Anyway, he's retired.
Jon Machota thinks there's a chance the Cowboys pick up another center before the start of the season. Apparently, the plan was to give newly signed Mackenzy Bernadeau a shot to wrest the job from Phil Costa. But Bernadeau's injury knocked him out of the offseason program, so they haven't been able to see him there. If Costa doesn't impress and if Bill Nagy doesn't look like he can handle the job, it'd be no surprise to see them in the center market in August.
Hey, what about Dwayne Harris for the Cowboys' No. 3 receiver spot? He's impressed coaches by coming into this offseason leaner, and he did some nice things in minicamps and organized team activities. Todd Archer takes a look at Harris' case.
There was some chatter a few days ago about Fred Davis and a long-term contract with the Redskins. Rich Tandler believes that's unlikely at this point, as the Redskins want to see Davis get through this year without any further trouble before deciding whether to commit to him long term. I think Rich is 100 percent correct.
If you listen to the Redskins on the radio, you'll hear a little bit less of Sam Huff this season. He's only going to do 10 regular-season games, citing the rigors of travel as the reason for cutting back. Man's 77 years old, so it's certainly understandable.
Here are four suggestions for keeping Michael Vick healthy and on the field that have nothing to do with Vick's style of play or his own responsibility for same. "Run the ball more" is an interesting one. The Eagles were 12th in the league in rush attempts last year and fifth in rushing yards. Of course, take away Vick's rushing numbers and those rankings drop to 30th and 22nd. So as the piece explains, the key is to run the ball more with the running backs.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and his wife, Christina, have announced that they are getting a divorce. They say it won't affect the operations of the Eagles. Christina has been pretty heavily involved in off-field matters and promoting the Eagles as a force in the community, so it's worth watching what happens there.