Cowboys Eye Jones; Quarterbacks

A few coaching rumors floating in the air here in Mobile as the final pads practice was completed. Lots of player interviews to report from Wednesday's North practice this afternoon.

The name of Geep Chryst has come up in conversation on several occasions. Many though he'd be an immediate candidate to replace Sean Payton had the Cowboy offensive coordinator left for Oakland. The Bears name has also come up but now sources on the field seem to think he will end up with the Dolphins in some capacity as Chryst has a history with many on the Miami coaching staff. The name of the coach from the CFL the Dolphins will interview Friday is, Tim Kearse.

Marty Schottenheimer was at the afternoon practice and stood on the field closely inspecting the quarterbacks. He also kept a watchful eye on the receivers and seemingly liked James Newson.

The Chargers had several different scouts the last few days watching the linemen drill in the pit and Floyd Reese stopped in to watch the action today.

The Seahawks set up an evening appointment to interview Grant Wiley.

Viking coach Mike Tice stood along with his scouts and watched the offensive linemen and tight ends. Later Tice stood by "the pit" himself to take in the lineman. During a break, Tice told fullback Thomas Tapeh he was impressive, which is unusual. A few scouts talking amongst themselves verbally stated the Viking defense will be much more "active" with Ted Cotrell as its' coordinator.

Eagle scouts have been purposely discreet here but we found a few of them speaking with Tatum Bell. This makes sense since Duece Staley is not expected back.

Bengals scouts watched the defensive backs and took note of Derek Strait and Stu Schweigert.

A pair of scouts from the Bears watched and analyzed Isaac Sopoaga in the afternoon. Chicago also seemed to like Demorrio Williams a lot.

Jacksonville was one of many teams that spoke with Michael Jenkins today as well as Teddy Lehman.

Washington continued its' pursuit of tight ends and spent extensive time with both players from the North, Kris Wilson and Chris Cooley. The Skins also concentrated on offensive linemen again and spoke with Nick Leckey and Nick Hardwick.

Even though he had a tough day Johnnie Morant was watched closely by several teams including the Broncos, Giants and Jets.

The Titans spent both sessions looking at the kickers, which makes sense as Gary Anderson has retired.

Though the Steelers have not spoken with anyone individually on the field they did have a group of scouts concentrated on the defensive linemen and offensive linemen.

Dallas liked Julius Jones again and closely inspected the quarterbacks.

Jones, who has caught the eye of several scouts this week in Mobile, has had a great week of practice and has routinely torched several linebackers.

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