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Posted on: January 14, 2012 3:24 pm
 

Report: NFL to look at coaches swapping teams

The NFL could keep teams from grabbing coaches midseason. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Josh McDaniels, who will reportedly be working from the coaches' box on Saturday, switched teams "midseason" this year when the Patriots hired him to replace departing offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien.

This didn't sit well with a number of teams and Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that the NFL will look at restricting movement of coaches from one team to another during the same league year.

The Broncos, in particular, didn't appreciate the swap, considering that McDaniels, who has intimate knowledge of their roster and personnel, spent all week helping the Pats prepare to play Denver again. (Probably not helping things: Tom Brady's assertion that McD has "inside information.")

Mortensen reports that "a few clubs lodged complaints" about McDaniels transfer and such complaints could be impetus for a rule preventing coaches from swapping teams midseason.

Implementing such a rule would be a logical move, even if the Patriots have several sound excuses -- O'Brien's already moving towards Penn State, and McDaniels will eventually be the full-time OC -- for bringing in McDaniels right away.

It's clear that having McDaniels on staff gives the Patriots some advantage and it's an unfair leg up on an opponent. It's also a gateway for some team down the road to temporarily hire a fired coach simply for a playoff or late-season matchup.

And that's why the NFL would be wise to nip it in the bud before it becomes a more serious issue.

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Posted on: March 1, 2011 11:55 am
 

McCarthy on backup QB Flynn: 'Not letting him go'

Posted by Will Brinson

In a year where there's a large group of teams who are quarterback-needy, a dearth of elite quarterbacks in the draft class -- see the full list here -- and no player trades allowed during and around the NFL draft, quality and experienced signal callers are at a premium.

The best example of this is Kevin Kolb, who's value has gone absolutely through the roof. Matt Flynn -- the backup for the Packers -- is another guy who's seen a spike in potential trade value.

But Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy says Flynn's not gonna get traded, because he's worth more than the pick the Packers would get in return.

"That's exactly right," McCarthy said, per Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "I'm not letting him go. I think the value of that No. 2 quarterback position went way up."

One of the reasons McCarthy cited? Concussions.

"Man, they're talking about new procedures for concussions and things like that," McCarthy said. "You better have two quarterbacks if you want to win a championship."

Now, he wasn't referring to the handheld concussion tests we discussed yesterday (he's talking about the NFL's requirements for sideline testing), but he makes a good point: having two quarterbacks ins't exactly a bad thing.

Especially if you're a team like the Packers, who happen to be the defending Super Bowl champs without too many weaknesses. Depth is critical, of course, and giving Ted Thompson as many opportunities to make selections in the draft is always a good thing.

But the Packers almost learned a tough lesson the hard way last year. Namely what can happen if you don't have more than one good quarterback on your roster: you can lose a shot at a Super Bowl title.

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Posted on: February 22, 2011 10:59 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2011 11:03 pm
 

Gabbert will run, won't throw at Combine

Posted by Will Brinson

It's a weird year or the NFL Draft, because there are tons of quarterback-needy teams and not a lot of guarantees at the position. If one of the top QBs can come into the Combine this weekend and light things up, they could jump up draft boards real quick.

But it probably won't be Blaine Gabbert, the top quarterback in our both our prospect rankings and on Rob Rang's Big Board. That's because the Missouri quarterback won't be throwing during the Combine.

"Gabbert will run. He's just not going to throw," Gabbert's agent Tom Condon said per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We haven't had any of our guys throw (at the Combine)."

Then again, maybe Condon knows what he's doing. After all, he's had success with a few quarterbacks in the NFL Draft -- Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Matt Ryan, and Sam Bradford leap to mind as guys who did okay on draft day.

And maybe there's no work to be done anyway. Gabbert's apparently considered the top option for at least one team, the Titans, and both Rang and Chad Reuter have Gabbert going to Tennessee eighth, which might just make things a natural fit.

Additionally, it's a logical move by Condon and Gabbert to avoid too much scrutiny on his role as a "system quarterback" at Missouri. If he struggles with certain throws at the Combine, people will wonder if he can easily make the jump to the next level.

As it stands right now, though, he's a hot commodity who actually stands to lose ground on draft boards if he doesn't come out and blow people away.

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 9:29 pm
 

Finnegan has a new training partner

Tennessee CB Cortland Finnegan wants to be more like Jets CB Darrelle Revis. Now, he’ll get his chance.

Finnegan told the Tennessean that he’ll travel to Phoenix next week to train with Revis and hopes some of that top-two CB talent will rub off on him. Obviously, Finnegan will learn plenty from Revis. But what can Finnegan teach Revis?

“I could probably teach him how to wear Vans, that’s about it,’’ Finnegan told the paper. “We are two totally different players, really. He is asked to shut down a receiver, and our defense is totally different from their defense – what we’re asked to do. But I can learn from him for sure. I wish I could teach him something, but I’ve got nothing for him."

--Josh Katzowitz

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