Thursday, January 17, 2013
Breakfast links: Who'll run Kelly's defense?
By Dan Graziano
Rich Campbell has some thoughts on the state of Robert Griffin III's knee and the Redskins' offense moving forward. He's not optimistic that Griffin will be ready for Week 1, which is fair, but he admits that there's no way at this point to know, nor any reason to bet against the young man.
The Redskins will need help in the secondary and on the offensive line once they start making picks in this year's draft (which won't be until late in the second round), Mel Kiper, Jr. thinks they'll be able to find what they need.
New York Giants
Eli Manning is happy to be going back to the Pro Bowl, especially because it offers a chance to hang out with some of his Giants teammates as well as his brother in a place that's nice and warm.
Ohm Youngmisuk's latest entry in the "Five Giant Losses" series focuses on that Week 13 Monday Night Football loss in Washington -- a game that changed a lot of things for both teams.
Tim MacMahon points out that new Eagles coach Chip Kelly completely dominated new Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin when the two held the same roles at Oregon and USC in the Pac 12. Worth pointing out, but there will necessarily be differences when the two meet at the professional level -- not the least of which is the fact that the Cowboys have better players on defense than USC did.
The Cowboys have lost special teams coach Joe DeCamillis, who has accepted the same position on the staff of the Chicago Bears. Lots of chatter about the potential for more coaching staff changes in Dallas. I still say it's about time the guy running the team steps forward and starts explaining what the vision is and reassuring everybody he's not just making changes so he can say he did. But that's just me, right?
One of the things Howie Roseman and the Eagles liked about Kelly was that the areas over which Kelly will demand control do not conflict with those over which Roseman will retain control. Interesting detail on that here from Jeff McLane.
Among the key questions facing Kelly as he assumes the job is who will run his defense and oversee the very hard work involved in bringing it back to respectability. Jeff also reported Wednesday that Kelly wants to run a 3-4, which would be a huge change for the Eagles. CSNPhilly.com says Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is the leading candidate for that position in Philly under Kelly.