Friday's NFL Blog

January 19, 2007 ... Randy Moss to Green Bay? ... Championship Game Weekend stories and notable quotes ... new head coach in Miami ... despair in Detroit ... a Senior Bowl preview ... cap problems in Carolina and much more in today's NFL Blog!

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Quotable:  "We're going to have to block a kick for him to miss one." -- Patriots LB Mike Vrabel on Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri. subscribers can check out the highlights of his press conference at our Patriots site.

Miami's choice:
  Cam Cameron, San Diego's former offensive coordinator, has been selected as the new head coach of the Miami Dolphins. That leaves just Pittsburgh and Oakland as teams still searching for a new head coach. Learn more about Miami's new top dog at our Dolphins site

Why not?  Randy Moss in Green Bay? Matt Tevsh at our Packers site thinks it just might work out for Green Bay and the troubled wide receiver. "The Packers have the structure that Moss needs and could thrive on," he says. "Though he would not seem like a Thompson guy, do not forget that Thompson did bring in Koren Robinson this season indicating he is willing to give controversial players a chance." subscribers can check out more of his analysis of the situation here.

That time of year:  While the final four NFL teams are set to do battle this weekend to secure a spot in the Super Bowl, 28 other teams are looking to the future. And next weekend, the Senior Bowl will give the scouts from your favorite team an opportunity to assess how the best college players perform against the best. Tony Pauline, our draft expert at, has this preview of the defensive talent that you and the scouts will see in Mobile.  

Miami DT Vonnie Holliday will be a free agent (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Talent for hire:  Find out who some of the top AFC players are in this year's crop of free agents through this report at our Vikings site. If your favorite team is looking to plug some holes, be sure to check out this subscribers feature.

Quotable:  "I thought, poetic justice. I didn't really believe we'd be able to get to a Super Bowl without facing New England at some point. And you have some teams that have been your nemesis. You've got to go through them..." -- Colts head coach Tony Dungy on his first thought after learning the Colts would face the Patriots this weekend. Find out what else he had to say at our Colts site and subscribers can listen to the 8-minute audio compliments of Sirius NFL Radio!

No Motor-City Miracle:  Things are still a mess in Detroit as the team tries to figure out what it'll take to get back on the right track. And that might be easier said than done since it appears that there's some disagreement between what the coaches are seeing as talent versus their personnel department. Our Lions site is reporting that, "Perhaps more telling was the fact that Marinelli and his staff -- offensive coordinator Mike Martz, in particular -- rejected several players that the Lions' management and personnel department thought they could build on."  Take a look at the shaky situation in Detroit in this feature.

Set Jerry Porter free! 
Nick Athan at our Chiefs site thinks Kansas City could shore up their wide receiver situation with the addition of the Raiders' Jerry Porter. "In recent days there have been rumblings Porter could stay if the right coach, like USC Assistant Steve Sarkisian, is hired, but let's assume for the moment he's going to be set free in March or June," he says. "If he is, the Chiefs need to make sure he's their number two priority in free agency." subscribers can find out why Athan feels so strongly about Porter in this feature.

We've got trouble, my friends...  Brad Thomas at our Panthers site reports that the team is $3.1 million over the cap and will have to make some moves before free agency begins. Find out what they'll have to do and get caught up on other news out of Carolina in this feature.

49ers QB Alex Smith (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Mr. Fix-It: 
Craig Massei at our 49ers site says that while San Francisco showed improvement offensively this season, "there's still work to be done to get the team over the top ... With $38.5 million in space underneath the NFL's 2007 salary cap to go bidding for top veteran talent in free agency, and an expected eight selections in the first four rounds of the April draft, the 49ers have plenty of resources to fill holes in their lineup that are necessary to get the team back in the playoffs." subscribers can find out what areas of the offense need to be addressed by the 49ers.

The envelope, please... 
Frank Derry at our Browns site passes out his postseason awards for the best and worst of the 2006 Cleveland Browns. Here's just one of his winners:  "BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: Nominated are Ted Washington and Reuben Droughns. Droughns, coming off a 1,232-yard season, was expected to carry the Browns' running load, but instead at times ran like he was carrying an excess of weight in his wallet created by his new contract..." Check out all the winners at our Cleveland site.

What's going on?
  Want the inside scoop on the Seahawks' roster situation for 2007? We've got it at our Seattle site. Here's just part of what they're saying about Seattle's defensive line, for example: "Seattle probably needs a starting-caliber end and another big body at tackle. [DT Russell] Davis wound up being an important addition in free agency, proving that a team can never have too many competent defensive linemen on its roster...." subscribers can find out whether or not Seattle's going to be pursuing talent at the same positions that your favorite team will be trying to secure.

Key matchup:  One of the great matchups in this weekend's Colts-Patriots game is Indy WR Marvin Harrison vs. New England CB Asante Samuel. "The bad news is that for Samuel it's been a case of pick your poison against Colt receivers," Greg Talmage says at our Colts site. "Playing right corner earlier this year, Samuel got beat repeatedly by [Reggie]Wayne. Playing left corner last year, Harrison had his way with Samuel. In that game, Marvin garnered 7 catches, 123 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns." Will this weekend be any different? Check out the great analysis in this feature

Quotable:  ""If we can't stop the run, it's going to be a long day for us." -- Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher on Chicago's upcoming playoff game against New Orleans. subscribers can find out what else he had to say at our Chicago site.

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