Friday, January 11, 2013
Breakfast links: Long weekend
By Dan Graziano
Many of you have asked, since all of the NFC East's teams' seasons are over, whether I'll be taking time off. Of course, the answer is yes. Significant time off looms in the future. I do not know for certain when. That is all being worked out. However, I am taking today off and letting the rest of the league enjoy its playoff weekend while I watch from the sideline and reacquaint myself with my family. I'll be back Monday, I promise. And the deal I made was that I'll work if the Eagles hire a head coach, so you never know. But for the next three days I will otherwise be shut down. You know, however, that I wouldn't leave you without your links.
Dr. Mark Adickes, a former NFL offensive lineman and a Harvard-trained orthopedic surgery who performed Robert Griffin III's knee reconstruction in 2009, writes of what Griffin faces as he recovers from this week's reconstruction of the same knee. Lots of interesting stuff in there, including a tidbit about how Griffin had his medial meniscus repaired Wednesday along with the two ligaments. The official release from the Redskins and Dr. James Andrews did not mention the meniscus repair, which likely complicates the rehab.
Former Redskins running back Tim Hightower knows how arduous and challenging an ACL surgery recovery can be. From a distance he sympathizes with Griffin, with whom he spent training camp before his own bad knee robbed him of a spot on this year's Redskins team.
New York Giants
Even after he broke his foot in minicamp, the Giants believed the health of Hakeem Nicks would not be an issue this year. But as it turns out it was one of Five Giant Issues -- one that not only damaged their chances this year but also raised questions about the decisions they need to make at the wide receiver position moving forward.
Did you know that the 2012 Giants scored the second-most points in a season of any team in Giants history? Of course, they also set a team record for yards allowed on defense. So, you know.
One of Monte Kiffin's greatest former players says Kiffin is motivated to earn back his reputation as one of the NFL's top defensive minds. Kiffin is the man the Cowboy have targeted to replace Rob Ryan as their defensive coordinator.
Todd Archer has a statistical look at what Kiffin might bring to the Cowboys, based on what he's brought to his previous NFL destinations.
Remains to be seen where Lovie Smith stands on the Eagles' priority list of head coaching candidates, but former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy thinks Smith would be the right man to lead the Eagles into the future.
Paul Domowitch writes that, since this is the NFL, where things can turn around quickly, there's no reason to assume the Eagles can't rebound and be a playoff team in 2013. And he's right. They just need to figure out coach and quarterback and go from there.