Friday, February 15, 2013
Breakfast links: Bruce Allen doesn't get it
By Dan Graziano
What kind of recovery can Redskins fans expect from linebacker Brian Orakpo? And assuming recovery from a second straight season-ending pectoral injury, what kind of production can the Redskins expect from their former first-round pick? Mike Jones takes a look at these questions whose answers will be a huge part of the Redskins' 2013 defense.
Redskins GM Bruce Allen says it's "ludicrous" to think that the team is is trying to upset people with its nickname. But the problem with that remark by Allen is that no one thinks that. No one on this side of the argument thinks the current GM or coaches or players on the Redskins are doing anything with the intent to offend. Allen is in the wrong discussion, and saying what he said indicates that the team doesn't want to have the right one. That's the disappointing thing. On Twitter on Thursday, RedskinsST21 wrote to me, "This conversation is so frustrating as a fan. Feels like we did something wrong." It shouldn't. This is just an opportunity to do something right. It would hurt absolutely no one to change the name of this or any other professional sports team. In the grand scheme of things, the name of a professional sports team is incredibly insignificant. If changing it allows us to take a step toward greater respect for fellow human beings, it's simply a no-brainer. And it's disappointing that the team doesn't see that side of it.
New York Giants
Ohm's looking today at special teams, where the main question right now seems to be whether the Giants are moving on from free-agent kicker Lawrence Tynes. The return game seems in good hands, especially with David Wilson on kickoffs.
Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis has been providing inspiration for Giants defensive back Terrell Thomas as the latter attempts to come back from a third ACL surgery.
Bill Callahan, who may be given offensive play-calling duties if those are taken away from head coach Jason Garrett, thinks too big a deal is being made of this particular issue. And he may well have a point, but surely someone of Callahan's experience understands the extent to which offensive play calling as an issue fires up football fans.
The Cowboys believe DeMarco Murray can be an "elite runner," especially if they can find ways to keep him healthy. I think they're right. Murray has shown a lot when he's been on the field the past two years, especially considering the way the offensive line has played in front of him. But they need to find a way to keep him healthy, that is beyond doubt.
Running backs coach Duce Staley wants the Eagles' running backs to improve in blitz pickup. This has been a hole in LeSean McCoy's game, to be sure, and with the questions the Eagles face at quarterback and trying to get their banged-up offensive line healthy, it's likely to take on even more importance in 2013.
Continuing a position-by-position look at the Eagles' offseason, Zach Berman takes up the question of safety, which has been a thorny one in Philadelphia now for quite some time.