Monday, January 28, 2013
Breakfast links: Live from Louisiana
By Dan Graziano
NEW ORLEANS -- Greetings, and welcome to Super Bowl week, which is a bit of an eat-your-heart out affair for NFC East fans this year. The New York Giants beat the San Francisco 49ers, and the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles beat the Baltimore Ravens, but those are the two teams here for the Super Bowl this week, and as I mentioned Sunday I will be here all week and for the game as part of ESPN.com's Super Bowl coverage team.
That doesn't mean I plan to forget the NFC East teams, of course. Or the links.
As you likely have heard by now, Redskins left tackle Trent Williams did not enjoy his Pro Bowl experience in Hawaii. Perhaps this will be merely the first of many Pro Bowl invites for Williams, and he'll be able to play in the game next time. The good things for him are that he's all right and does not appear to have been the cause of the trouble.
One of the several positive things that came out of this surprise Redskins season was that they appear to have found some answers on their long-suffering special teams units.
New York Giants
Ohm recently put up a list of breakthrough candidates for the Giants in 2013, leading with second-year running back David Wilson. I think the way the running back situation shakes out will be among the most interesting storylines in Giants training camp come August. My sense is that Ahmad Bradshaw had his chance to show he could hold up as the lead back and couldn't do it. It remains to be seen what Wilson would do with such a chance, but he just might get it.
Some Giants fans may be getting antsy about the idea of Victor Cruz and restricted free agency, simply because the long-discussed deal has not yet been done. I don't get the sense yet that there's anything to worry about. I expect Cruz to sign with the Giants long-term this offseason.
Todd Archer writes that Anthony Spencer's first Pro Bowl appearance, which came Sunday night, may also have been the final time he wears a Cowboys helmet. Spencer's dicey contract situation, combined with the Cowboys' dicey cap situation, is one of the tricky stories of the offseason in Dallas.
And Calvin Watkins, in his mailbag, writes once again that the Cowboys do not need to be in this offseason's quarterback market and that they're better off with Tony Romo than they'd be with any other currently available option.
The feeling among some in NFL circles is that new Eagles coach Chip Kelly should be able to succeed in Philadelphia, but that it will require time and patience. I think we're all interested to see how much of that he gets.
If Ed Donatell is Kelly's pick for defensive coordinator, one of the great all-time Eagles defenders supports the move strongly.