Friday, February 22, 2013
NFC East links: Kelly mum on scheme for D
By ESPN.com staff
ESPN Insider Bill Polian identifies the top need the Cowboys need to address: offensive line. Polian: "As a whole, the offensive line is a huge need here. Only Tony Romo's ability to move and avoid pressure kept the QB from taking more than the 36 sacks he suffered in 2012. Any position except for left tackle would be an upgrade for the Cowboys."
Cornerbacks will be asked to do more in the run game under new coordinator Monte Kiffin, writes ESPNDallas.com's Todd Archer, so the Cowboys would like cornerback Mo Claiborne to add some bulk.
The Dallas Morning News finishes up its countdown of the best draft classes under Jerry Jones with No. 1 -- the 1989 class, headed by quarterback Troy Aikman.
New York Giants
Guard Chris Snee, who battled through a torn labrum and bone chips in his hip last season, had hip surgery earlier this week, according to Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News.
SI.com's Chris Burke recaps the 2012 season and has an offseason preview for the Giants.
Co-owner John Mara weighed in on the futures of receivers Victor Cruz (restricted free agent) and Hakeem Nicks (unrestricted free agent next season): "They’re both priorities for us. They’re both terrific players," Mara said at the NFL combine Thursday, via Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger. "We hope they’re both Giants for a long time."
New coach Chip Kelly is keeping mum on the defensive scheme the Eagles will employ, writes Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I really think it's going to be an evolving thing," Kelly said Thursday at the NFL combine. "And again, it's personnel-driven."
GM Howie Roseman gushed over former Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti during his news conference at the NFL combine Thursday. “He's truly an incredible guy. Talk about someone who has faced so much adversity and he's been able to rebound from it,” Roseman said. “He just has an incredible heart and incredible passion."
Former coach Andy Reid briefly spoke with Kelly and Roseman Thursday and wished his former employer well, writes Martin Frank of The News Journal. “I care about ownership there,” said Reid at the NFL combine. “I care about those players. I want them to have the best possible situation they can have so they can win football games."
The Redskins may be able to fill their needs in the NFL draft -- even without a first-round pick, argues Mike Jones of the Washington Post.
Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog has the story of a Redskins fan who won a bet and will name his son after Robert Griffin III -- and avoid having to name him after Miles Austin.
The Redskins have a need at a right tackle, a position that is often undervalued, writes Rich Campbell of the Washington Times.