Tuesday, January 25, 2011
BBAO: Frazier completes coaching staff
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier filled the last significant job on his inaugural staff Monday by hiring James Saxon as his running backs coach. Saxon spent the past three seasons in a similar role with the Miami Dolphins, who use the kind of power running scheme that Frazier hopes to utilize in Minnesota.
It will be interesting to see exactly what Frazier and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave scheme up for this team, which includes one of the NFL's elite running backs in Adrian Peterson but also a number of skilled receivers. Much of it will depend on who the Vikings acquire to start at quarterback, but it would be a shame to see them minimize the potential of receivers Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin, along with tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, in favor of a run-heavy scheme.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- The Vikings have agreed to terms with former CFL receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux, who caught 130 passes in the past two seasons. The Star Tribune has more.
- Arceneaux worked out for eight NFL teams this winter, notes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
- Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy is following a Super Bowl bye-week schedule similar to the one former Packers coach Mike Holmgren used, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- Packers running back John Kuhn was on the Pittsburgh Steelers' practice squad when they won Super Bowl XL, notes Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Most people don't know the person behind the fašade of Packers general manger Ted Thompson, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
- Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has a sore shoulder but it is not deemed serious, according to The Associated Press.
- Rodgers on reaching the Super Bowl, via Jeffri Chadiha of ESPN.com: "The journey is the sweetest part for me. I've really enjoyed the road that I've been forced to take in my career going all the way back to high school [in Chico, Calif.]. Just being on that journey and having to work for the success I've achieved -- and never being complacent -- has made it that much more satisfying."
- To no surprise, Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said the team plans to offer coach Lovie Smith a contract extension. Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times has more.
- Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has a Grade 2 sprain of the MCL in his left knee, according to the Chicago Tribune. The injury can take up to a month to heal.
- Smith wasn't very clear about why Todd Collins ranked ahead of Caleb Hanie on his quarterback depth chart, writes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
- Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz is in a laid-back mood these days, writes Steve Schrader of the Detroit Free Press.
- Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis doesn't think highly of the career of Lions receiver Calvin Johnson to this point, notes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.