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Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:43 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 7:03 am
 

Raiders hire Broncos DC Dennis Allen

Bruce Allen has been hired to be Oakland's next coach (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz


Dennis Allen, the former defensive coordinator of the Broncos, has been hired to be the next Raiders head coach, CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman has confirmed (the news was originally reported by Fox’s Jay Glazer).

Reports out of Oakland suggested Allen had done well in his two interviews with the Oakland front office and that early favorite Winston Moss, the Packers assistant head coach, had not.

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In his only season as the head of Denver’s defense, he helped lead a unit that propped up quarterback Tim Tebow for the last half of the season and allowed the Broncos to win the AFC West and beat the Steelers in the first round of the postseason.

Glazer writes that the two sides still have to negotiate a deal, but with Allen, the Raiders will get a coach whose defense finished in the bottom half of the league standings but who was lauded for the improvements his unit made in the final half of the season.

Although Moss -- who knows new Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie quite well from their days together in Green Bay, leading to the speculation that he had a good chance of landing the job -- seemingly fell out of favor during the interviewing process, Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg reportedly had a good shot at landing the job.

The Raiders also interviewed Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice and former Dolphins defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, while Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy declined his chance to interview.

Considering former owner Al Davis was such a big proponent of hiring offensive-minded coaches (see: Hue Jackson, Tom Cable, Lane Kiffin, Art Shell, Norv Turner, Bill Callahan, Jon Gruden, etc.), seeing a defensive-minded coach hired is an interesting concept.

It shows that Mark Davis, Al Davis’ son who is now in charge, will take a different tact than this father. Only time will tell whether this new path is the beginning of a Raiders resurgence or if Al Davis had the right idea the whole time.

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Posted on: January 21, 2012 3:17 pm
 

Raiders interview Mornhinweg for head coach job

Marty Mornhinweg interviewed with Oakland on Friday (US Presswire).By Josh Katzowitz

Suddenly, Eagles coach Marty Mornhinweg has become a legitimate head coaching candidate again, and this time, it has nothing to do with the Colts and their new general manager, Ryan Grigson, who worked with Mornhinweg in Philadelphia.

As the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, Mornhinweg interviewed for the Raiders head coaching job on Friday. While Mornhinweg has been mentioned as a candidate to replace Jim Caldwell in Indianapolis, the newspaper writes that the Eagles haven’t been contacted for permission (and considering Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted today that he plans to hire a coach next week, it seems like Mornhinweg doesn't have a shot at that job).

While Mornhinweg failed at his only other head coaching job, going 5-27 in two seasons in Detroit in 2001-02, he’s been a solid hire in Philadelphia.

This year, via Football Outsiders, the Eagles had the eighth-best offense in the league. Since he was hired as the Eagles offensive coordinator in 2006, Philadelphia consistently has ranked in the NFL’s top-10 points scored and yards gained.

Mornhinweg left Oakland on Friday without the job, but that’s probably because new general manager Reggie McKenzie has a long list of candidates, including Todd Bowles (who’s already interviewed), Packers assistant head coach Winston Moss, new Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice, and Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen.

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Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:09 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 5:11 pm
 

The next Colts head coach: the early candidates

Who are the likely coaching candidates now that Jim Caldwell is out in Indy? (Getty Images/US PRESSWIRE)

By Will Brinson and Ryan Wilson

It's that time of year: head coaches get fired and we speculate as to who will replace them. On Tuesday, the Colts dismissed Jim Caldwell after a 2-14 effort this season. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that it took so long. Owner Jim Irsay got rid of Bill and Chris Polian early this month but Caldwell's future hung in the balance until Indianapolis hired a new general manager. The team announced Ryan Grigson in that role last Wednesday, and six days later, Caldwell was let go.


Which brings us to this: who's on our very early list of potential replacements? Glad you asked.

Brad Childress

Any other head-coaching gig and Childress probably wouldn't get much consideration. But the Colts are different. Whatever their plans are for Peyton Manning and/or Andrew Luck, the coach, at least in recent history, has served more as facilitator than a fire-and-brimstone motivator. Childress is best (and perhaps unfairly) remembered for selling his soul to convince Brett Favre to be Minnesota's quarterback.

That PR disaster aside, Childress was 39-35 in five years with Minnesota (including 10- and 12-win seasons in 2008 and 2009), and the Vikings were one Favre interception away from the Super Bowl in '09.

Before arriving in Minnesota, Childress served capably as Philadelphia's offensive coordinator (2003-05). Since the Colts already have a franchise QB (possibly two by late April), Childress won't have to worry about shuttling players to Mississippi to convince an over-the-hill quarterback to play one more season.

Marty Mornhinweg

Some might cringe at Mornhinwheg here considering he won five games in two seasons in a previous stint as an NFL head coach. But he's got an easy out: that was with the Lions. Also, he's worked for the Eagles since 2006, meaning he and Grigson have plenty of time as colleagues. Mornhinwheg's passing offenses have been consistently ranked in the top 10 or 15 in the NFL, and that's a huge plus for a team that's likely draft Andrew Luck first overall in three months. Mornhinwheg would go into a situation where the expectations would be low with a rebuilding franchise. Grigson running the show would mean that Mornhinwheg would get significantly more patience from his bosses than he might in a different situation.

Wade Phillips

Much like Childress, Phillips wouldn't be the first name that came to mind for most head-coaching opportunities. But again, Indy's a different situation, and Phillips, while short on charisma, is long on experience. He's also a proven defensive coordinator, something the Colts are going to need if the Luck era begins this summer.

Plus, there's this: Grigson is 39 years old. Would Irsay want an unproven GM paired with an unproven head coach? One or the other, fine. Both, however, could delay a rebuilding process that Irsay has already admitted won't happen overnight.

Phillips withdrew his name for the Buccaneers head-coaching search last week, stating that he preferred to stay in Houston as the defensive coordinator. It was the right decision, but Indy ain't Tampa Bay. This is a team that, prior to 2011, had won at least 10 games in 11 of the last 12 seasons, appeared in the Super Bowl in '09 and won the Super Bowl in '06. There's a recent history of success there that most other organizations can't match.

Rob Chudzinski

If we're Grigson and Irsay, we call up Chud and offer him a pile of money to run the offense and grow with Luck. Or, worst case, Chud comes in and works with Manning, if they keep him. The work that Chudzinski did in Carolina this year with Cam Newton can't be understated, and nothing's more important for the future of the Colts than preparing Luck to succeed going forward. Chud's shown that he can get a rookie quarterback up and running pretty quickly, and without requiring too much in the way of offensive weapons (grab some tight ends, sign a marquee, young wideout, draft an offensive lineman and you're good).  The obvious exception to this, of course: Chud's unproven (see Phillips above). 

Steve Spagnuolo

Shortly after Caldwell was dismissed Tuesday, FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reported that Spagnuolo interviewed for the Colts' defensive coordinator position earlier this week and Caldwell was one of the people Spagnuolo interviewed with. (We're immediately reminded of the Bobs asking "What would you say you do here?")

If the Colts thought enough of Spags for the DC gig, maybe they also think he deserves consideration for Caldwell's old job. Spagnuolo sandwiched one- and two-win seasons in St. Louis around a 7-9 effort, so his resume alone doesn't make him a particularly attractive candidate. But again, this isn't a typical head-coaching position and Spagnuolo appears to have the right demeanor for the situation. Which is to say that he's not a showman (see Ryan, Rex or Rob) or a screamer (Todd Haley, for example). We also shouldn't underestimate his ties to the Eagles -- just like Childress, Mornhinweg and Grigson.

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Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:07 pm
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Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:51 am
Edited on: January 12, 2012 6:50 am
 

Ryan Grigson hired as next Colts general manager

Ryan Grigson is the next Colts general manager. (PhiladelphiaEagles.com)
By Will Brinson

Ryan Grigson, the Eagles director of player personnel, was named the next general manager of the Indianapolis Colts, the team announced on Wednesday.

Grigson interviewed for a second time in Indianapolis on Tuesday and emerged as the favorite to land the job.


There are a number of issues Grigson will face when he steps into his new role, but the two hardest decisions may not even be on him. Colts owner Jim Irsay's said that he'll be handling the call as to whether or not Peyton Manning is retained and it's believed that the Colts are all but locked-in on Andrew Luck as the No. 1-overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

One interesting aspect of Grigson leaving the Eagles after nine years is what will happen with Jim Caldwell. Caldwell's job is still safe, in theory, but it's hard to imagine that a new general manager would want an old coach running the show.

It may depend on what ends up happening with Manning, but Albert Breer of the NFL Network points to an interesting name: Marty Mornhinweg, the Eagles offensive coordinator.

Mornhinweg got a shot at a head-coaching gig once, but it didn't turn out too well: he went 5-27 with the Detroit Lions in 2001 and 2002.

It's believed that, at the very least, Grigson will end up bringing along some personnel with him to Indy, which could make for some interesting changes in Philadelphia as well. Grigson was promoted to director of player personnel in 2010 after four years as the director of college scouting.

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Posted on: November 28, 2011 10:05 am
 

Report: Eagles assistants had to be separated

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

As if things couldn’t get any worse in Philadelphia, there were reports after the Eagles 38-20 loss to the Patriots that assistant coaches Marty Mornhinweg and Jim Washburn got into a verbal confrontation on the sideline and actually had to be separated before it got physical.

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And it actually occurred when Philadelphia was still leading New England.

According to CSN Philly, the two have not had problems with each other before, and while there’s been no official word on why the two went after each other on the sideline Sunday, the Philadelphia Daily News speculated that Washburn -- the defensive line coach -- didn’t appreciate the play-calling of Mornhinweg, the offensive coordinator.

Particularly during the second quarter when the Patriots were in the middle of a 17-point spree and Mornhinweg continued calling for pass after pass (you’ll note that Vince Young threw for 400 yards but LeSean McCoy only recorded 10 carries). At one point, the Eagles went three-and-out on three incomplete passes, not giving Philadelphia’s defense enough time to rest.

Which might have contributed to a terrible second quarter for the Eagles defense. Not to mention an upset Washburn.

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Posted on: November 17, 2011 5:38 pm
 

Mornhinweg says Kolb had no impact on Eagles

K. Kolb was trying to call out Philadelphia's signals to his Arizona teammates (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Even though Kevin Kolb wasn’t on the field helping his team to a big win against his former Eagles squad last week -- apparently, John Skelton was exactly what Arizona needed -- he still tried to help out as best he could by calling out the plays Philadelphia ran on its final drive.

"During the two-minute drill, you almost feel guilty," Kolb said. "Mike (Vick) is sitting there giving the signals, and I’m standing there on our sidelines, screaming at our corners, 'Hey it’s a go ball, hey he’s running a screen, hey he’s running a slant.'"

In the end, Kolb said his screaming probably didn’t have much of an impact on Arizona’s defense, and a day later, Eagles offensive coordinator Mary Mornhinweg said Kolb was absolutely correct.

"That’s a story you can always anticipate, an ex-player that's on another ballclub and who’s injured and wants so badly to be a part of a win," Mornhinweg said, via Philly.com. "In the two-minute (offense) we only called two plays on the line. Completed the third down and then dropped a big one."

Mornhinweg also said he went back to review the film to see if Kolb had any discernible effect on the Cardinals defense, and he found nothing (though as the website points out, how would he know, since Arizona DID stop the Eagles on that drive?).

"It’s clear on film,” Mornhinweg said. “Also I think that stuff's sort of overrated. Just put yourself in a corner's position, and some guy on the sideline’s yelling at you something. You've got to trust yourself."

But if you also know you’ve got a former quarterback of the opponent you’re playing yelling about the plays that are being called, it also isn’t a bad idea to listen up either. You might just help your team stuff the offense and win the game. Which Mornhinweg said didn’t happen. But it could have.

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Posted on: September 30, 2011 4:51 pm
 

DeSean Jackson's No. 1 priority is his health

JacksonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

All too often we hear players who claim that winning is the most important thing in the world to them. And while it’s nice for fans and teammates to digest that, I’m sure that’s not always rooted in reality.

Which leads us to the refreshing comments made Thursday by Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, who said his health (which he needs in order to land a huge new contract) is of the upmost importance to him.

“That’s the No. 1 priority is to stay healthy,” Jackson said, via the Philly Sports Daily. “I wouldn’t be able to play the game if I wasn’t healthy. In my book, that’s the No. 1 priority. Winning is next in that category. As long as I’m healthy and we’re winning, regardless of my numbers, I think I’ll be very happy.”

Chances are if Jackson is healthy, he’ll probably put up strong statistics, and chances are if Jackson puts up strong statistics, he’ll be in line for a big raise (he, ahem, wants $10 million a year).

But at the same time, Jackson wants to point out that he’s not futzing around on the field. He’s not going out of his way to avoid getting hurt (especially when Dunta Robinson is on the same field as him).

“Every time I step on the field I leave it on the line,” said Jackson. “I never go out there and try to hold anything back because that’s how people get hurt.”

Unfortunately for Jackson, his contract year hasn’t gotten off to a great start, and he’s only caught four passes for 51 yards in the past two games.  Michael Vick has said it’s because opposing safeties are playing Jackson deeper, and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg says opposing defenses are playing soft in coverage to avoid Jackson’s big play-making abilities.

But Jackson seems OK with the number of targets he’s getting. After all, he’s got his health right now, and even if Jackson doesn’t stay healthy and, for some reason, can’t continue his career, at least he has the comfort of knowing that he’s got a big insurance policy to cash in on himself.

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