Friday, January 18, 2013
Breakfast links: Coaching staffs filling out
By Dan Graziano
Some changes and potential changes in the middle ranks of the Redskins' coaching staff. Wide receivers coach Ike Hilliard has left to take the same job on the Buffalo Bills' staff, and defensive backs coach Raheem Morris is interviewing for the defensive coordinator job with the Cleveland Browns. Hilliard's replaceable, and those close to the team say offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan works more closely with the receivers than with any unit on the offense. And Morris was never going to be a long-timer in Washington. The former Bucs head coach remains a young star, and if the Browns don't start his move back up the ranks, someone else is likely to do so soon. His relationships with Shanahan and Bruce Allen helped him get the Redskins job last year after the Bucs fired him.
London Fletcher was on our air a lot the last couple of days as a guest analyst. Did a good job, I thought. As to whether or not he's interested in doing that full-time, Fletcher says he's going to take some time and decide if he wants to retire or return for a 16th NFL season.
New York Giants
Giants linebacker Spencer Paysinger played for new Eagles coach Chip Kelly at Oregon and thinks the the rest of the NFC East could be in for a tough time against a Kelly-coached offense.
Ohm Youngmisuk's "Five Giant Losses" series takes a look at the very worst one of the year -- the Week 15 shutout in Atlanta.
The Cowboys' coaching staff is starting to take shape a bit. Secondary coach Jerome Henderson and quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson are staying put, and they're talking to former Arkansas coach Houston Nutt about becoming the new running backs coach. Of course, the big question on everyone's mind remains whether or not the Cowboys will hire an offensive coordinator to take playcalling duties away from head coach Jason Garrett. We continue to wait and see on that.
The folks at DallasCowboys.com take a look at the ways in which the Cowboys' offseason priorities could be affected by the hiring of Monte Kiffin as defensive coordinator.
Jeff McLane does not think that Michael Vick or Nick Foles will be the starting quarterback for the Eagles in the first season under Chip Kelly. Jeff seems to believe the answer lies somewhere other than the current roster.
Among the many people Kelly credits with helping convince him to take the job were Jon Gruden and Kelly's predecessor, Andy Reid. Again, it was the right thing for the Eagles and Reid to part ways. But it says everything you need to know about Reid that he'd help the Eagles hire the guy they wanted to hire to replace him.