Good morning... as usual, there is no rest in our business and plenty to talk about...
Winston Moss has been mentioned as a potential candidate for the Raiders head coach. I remember him as a player but what can you tell me about him as a coach? Who else do you think will be consider?
Truthfully, I can't give you a entailed scouting report on Moss but he those believe he is a leader and you're always looking for that type in a head coach. Also, Packers secondary coach Darren Perry would be a candidate. What's interesting is both are guys from the defensive side and the history of the Raiders and also of Ron Wolf - former Packers GM and ex-Raiders personnel man who helped greatly with this search - is that you select your coach from the offensive side of the ball. Would that put Packers OC Joe Philbin in play? However, Philbin is dealing with the terrible tragedy in losing a son and with the Packers in the midst of the playoffs, I wouldn't expect any fast action with the Raiders. New Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie has the authority and will respect that.
Hey Mort! Any chance Von Miller is healed enough to remove that cast soon? Maybe by Saturday?
Broncos coach John Fox really felt good about Von Miller last week that the hand will not impact his play as much as it did previously.
There is growing sentiment that the Rams will trade the #2 pick in the draft to a team that wants Robert Griffin III, and that really does make sense for them. What do you think they can get for that pick, maybe taking into account they could get a top ten pick back right away?
Yes, if Andrew Luck goes #1 and Griffin shows well in pre-draft evaluations then I expect the Browns, Redskins and Dolphins to make a play for that
The blitz buffet that the Saints served Alex Smith in a early preseason game was bush league in my opinion. After defeating the Lions in the wildcard playoff game I noticed Mr. Payton whisper something in Mr. Schwartzs' ear followed by a wry smile and laughter by both parties. I wondered if Mr. Payton said something to the effect "Watch for my handshake after we kick their a$$". I'm curious to know your take on this Mr. Mortenson.
I don't know what Payton said to Schwartz but you can live AND die by the blitz. And I would expect that Gregg Williams' blitzes will be more designed to stop the run.
Was Ryan Grigson the right choice for the Colts? You think they will let the HC go and get someone in that will improve the D. Who would be the best target?
When I started hearing about Jim irsay's fascination with Grigson, I did some "intel" on the Eagles director of player personnel and here's what came back to me - a football junkie, good evaluator, and midwesterner and he also played football at Purdue. I think it could be an exciting hire for the Colts and I'd be surprised if Caldwell remains as coach. I do think that with Andrew Luck the most likely No. 1 pick, one name to remember is Marc Trestman, who spent 17 years in league, a true West Coast scheme guy who has had head coaching experience and has won a couple of Grey Cups in Montreal. Andrew Luck and Trestman would be a strong fit but everything has to fit.
The 49ers red zone offense improved in the last couple of games. How many points do you think they need to beat the Saints, and do you see them winning?
I think the 49ers need at least 27 points to win the game.
If Peyton is not a Colt next season what team is he playing on?
Under that premise if IF he is not a Colt, I would say the Redskins, Dolphins and Jets are the most likely landing spots. But he has to get healthy first and then big decisions lie ahead.
Who do the Falcons have on their short lists for OC and DC? I'd love to think that they will be looking to open up the offense and get a little more aggressive on defense.
I'm pretty sure the Falcons would love Steve Spagnuolo but guys like Mike Nolan and Jack Del Rio also come to mind. That's off the tip of my head. As for opening up the offense, they have to make sure they can protect. Interesting decision for the franchise.
Mort, given the experience TJ Yates is getting and his relatively good performance, do you think Matt Leinert is going to remain in Houston for much longer?
Very good question. The Texans really do like Leinart and they have decent money invested in him. It would seem to me they would stick with all 3 QBs for another year.
With the Jaguars getting an offensive coach in Mike Mularkey, do you see them going offense with their premium draft picks?
I think GM Gene Smith will do much like Ted Thompson does in GB - just stay true to your draft board.Obviously, they need skill position players at wide receiver but also have needs on the back end of the defense.
Why would the Raiders fire Jackson? How is that team ever supposed to get any continuity and stability when they fire the coach every 2 years? And that Palmer trade is looking worse by the day, classic Raiders.
New GMs like their own guy. On the Palmer trade, it was a huge bounty but I think you give him an off-season with the team and you will see a very good QB.
Will Mike Lombardi ever get a look at a GM position again?
It's been awhile for Mike. He's a sharp guy and a lot of coaches in this league enjoy conversing with him. I thought he would have another job by now but there are a pool of excellent personnel people who haven't been rehired - guys like Tom Donahoe, Bill Kuharich, Ron Hill and even Charley Casserly, just to name a few (and I'm leaving good names out) - that I haven't figured out why more organizations don't utilize these guys' experience in some fashion even if it isn't in an authority role.
Is Jeff Fisher really that good or is he a fast horse in a slow race?
I believe Fisher is excellent. I know people look at the overall record but he took over a franchise mess when the Oilers were fighting with the city of Houston, then the move to Memhis and Nashville. When he had a healthy Steve McNair, the Titans were tough. He had to coach through some front office issues. Physically tough on defense and physical on offense. Fisher is one of the best game managers I've seen. So, I believe there's a reason he is a strong candidate and it doesn't hurt and obviously it's an inexperienced candidate pool.
What do you think about the coaching hire in Jax and Gabbert's potential to improve?
I believe the pairing of Mike Mularkey and GM Gene Smith is good for the Jaguars and good for Gabbert.
Have the Dolphins contacted Oregon HC Chip Kelly about thier HC vacancy?
I haven't heard that's true. I do think Kelly is starting to get some looks by NFL teams but don't know if that will materialize with a team.
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