Thursday, January 10, 2013
Breakfast links: A new Kelly for the Eagles
By Dan Graziano
Thomas Boswell has this comparison on the Robert Griffin III knee situation and the other player health issue that dominated the Washington sports scene this past season -- Stephen Strasburg's early shutdown by the Nationals.
With Griffin's knee surgery complete, the focus is now on the future and whether or not he can be ready for the start of the season. There will be many who weigh in on the likelihood of this over the coming months.
New York Giants
Ohm Youngmisuk's latest in his "Five Giant Issues" series deals with missing intangibles, which is an interesting issue and likely difficult to fix. As Ohm points out, that kind of stuff generally has to come from within, and as we have discussed the Giants aren't loaded with self-motivators.
The Carolina Panthers have selected Dave Gettleman from the Giants' front office to be their new GM.
DeMarcus Ware is having shoulder surgery, but believes he will be ready for training camp. Ware was obviously diminished by arm injuries in the final few weeks of the season, and it'll be interesting to see if he can hold up as a full-time defensive end if the Cowboys do switch to a 4-3 defense.
The Cowboys face a difficult financial situation with their other outside linebacker, Anthony Spencer, who might be tough to fit under this year's salary cap.
The interesting new name that came up overnight in the Eagles' search for a head coach is that of Notre Dame's Brian Kelly, who's on vacation right now in the wake of his BCS title game loss but has spoken with the Eagles and plans to again. Me, personally, having watched the game, I'd have gone after Nick Saban. But different strokes and all that.
The Eagles could lose their team trainer to Kansas City, as Rick Burkholder is off to meet with former Eagles coach Andy Reid about a job there.