News and notes are common, but rumors and speculation around the league have begun, and we tune in on what we've been told.
Francisco 49ers General Manager Terry
Donohue has been less than satisfied with the play of the team and some of the
decisions of head coach Dennis Erickson in recent weeks. Donohue had a lengthy
discussion about the team, its play, and preparation early this week. On a
side-note, the 49ers are not going to make a serious effort to resign wide
receiver Terrell Owens.
Detroit Lions owner William Clay Ford Sr. has been wavering for weeks as to the future
of team President Matt Millen. While having the ability to communicate well with
Ford, Millen has failed to field a team that is remotely competitive. The leash
is short on Millen, if the team continues to play an embarrassing brand of
football, Millen may not make it till the end of the
the league the belief is the Seattle Seahawks will suffer a meltdown. The
opposition is catching up to the scheme of defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes'
defense and has started to exploit the youth and deficiency within the
Seattle defense. Offensively, teams have
geared themselves to control running back Shaun Alexander and place the game
into the hands of quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.
Miami, all quarterback Jay Fiedler has
done is win games, too bad the majority of them have been early in the season as
the team has struggled late in the season. Fiedler sat out the team's Monday
night affair against the San Diego Chargers with a sprained knee (right, Fiedler
could have played) and backup Brian Griese started and played well. The
Miami coaching staff has tossed the idea
of getting Griese into action, as he is looked upon by the organization as an
upgrade in the passing game. Head coach Dave Wannstedt knows this Dolphins team
must not collapse in the second-half of the season or this will be his last
season at the helm in Miami. So, he is placing his hope on
Griese providing this Miami team with the presence in the
passing game to overcome the conservative and uninspired passing offense. Griese
will start again for the Dolphins against the Indianapolis Colts on
Williams, the head coach of the Buffalo Bills remains on the hot-seat,
especially after the Bills recent 38-5 flop Sunday night against the Chiefs. Two
names that are surfacing for the potential head coach opening in
Buffalo are former
Jacksonville coach Tom Coughlin and current
Steelers offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey.
of the Steelers, long-time head coach Bill Cowher is not on solid ground. Word
coming out of Pittsburgh centers on the team's inability to
regroup and adjust, not just during the game, but from week to week. Cowher's
persistence in utilizing the 3-4 defense has been a figure of much debate, as
the team has struggled against the run and has not generated a pass rush to help
a secondary that can be exploited. Now, the coach is being watched closely from
the men upstairs as quarterback Tommy Maddox continues his inconsistent play
behind a patchwork offensive line. As a side-note, Director of Football
Operations Kevin Colbert was an instrumental figure behind the team not
reworking and rewarding Maddox with a new contract following the 2002
the team in Jacksonville and in some league circles, head coach Jack Del Rio
isn't as highly thought of, as he is/was by the Jaguars upon his hire in the
off-season. The feeling is Del
Rio may say the right things, but is
not prepared or ready to be ahead coach in the NFL. His handling of veteran
quarterback Mark Brunell turned many heads as Del Rio was been said to be less
than respectful to some veteran players on the roster than he inherited from
former coach Tom Coughlin.
the Jim Fassel watch continues in New
York, his fate is far from determined
according to the organization. Almost like clockwork, Fassel's Giants teams will
struggle and be left for dead, only to experience a revival and make a charge at
a playoff spot. Again this season,
Fassel's crew is expected to be a playoff team, but only making the playoffs
will not be good enough in the 2003 season.
Cincinnati Bengals running back
Corey Dillon, the malcontent he is will not create a stir within the locker room
of the team, as he has in the past. Head coach Marvin Lewis has been deemed a
pushover in some corner as to his manner of handling internal issues within the
team, such as the latest Dillon outburst stating he wanted out of
Cincinnati. While Lewis noted to the media
Dillon's beef was with the media, he told Dillon his conduct will not be
tolerated and will not become a distraction to the team. As the Bengals'
resurgence continues, Dillon will either be onboard or will ride time on the
pine. Look for the Bengals to deal Dillon in the off-season if the team is
comfortable with Rudi Johnson or another back.