Tag:Charley Casserly
Posted on: October 16, 2011 11:21 am
Edited on: October 16, 2011 3:00 pm

Eddie Royal on block, Lloyd had 'confrontations'

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We told you a couple days ago about the Broncos supposed desire to trade receiver Brandon Lloyd, in part because of Denver’s apparent move toward a ball-control, run-oriented offense under new starting quarterback Tim Tebow.

Now, it’s beginning to appear like a fire sale, as CBS Sports' Charley Casserly reported on The NFL Today that Eddie Royal is also on the trading block for Denver.

"Both [receivers] are in the last year of their contract," Casserly said Sunday. "Four teams -- I've been told by one of these four teams -- are interested: San Francisco, New England, Tennessee and St. Louis.

"Another team told me that Denver said one of the reasons they're trying to move Lloyd is he's had some confrontations with the coaching staff."

Considering both are in the final year of their respective deals, it might make sense for Denver to get rid of them if they’re not in the team’s long-term plans.

As CBSSports.com’s Will Brinson wrote the other day, Lloyd apparently is being pursued by the Rams and the Titans (but not the Panthers), though it’s looking less likely Denver will move him before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. trade deadline. Royal, by the way, has only played two games this year, and he’s got four catches for 51 yards.

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Posted on: October 9, 2011 3:02 pm

Casserly on Terrell Owens: 'I wouldn't sign him'

Posted by Will Brinson

Terrell Owens, currently unemployed wide receiver, is slated to return to action from a torn ACL sooner rather than later. (He went as far as venturing to Korea for stem-cell treatment in order to get back on the field sooner -- it appears he'll be back faster than the originally-planned six months timeframe.)

But will anyone want him? CBS Sports Charley Casserly, speaking on The NFL Today, didn't say no one would want him, but he did say he, acting as a GM, wouldn't go after Owens. And Casserly had a few very specific reasons.

"I wouldn't sign him today," Casserly said Sunday. "When I go back to Cincinnati [film] last year, he wouldn't go across the middle, he wouldn't block. My sources in Cincinnati told me a couple things: he still had that selfish attitude and he's still a disruptive guy in the locker room. Not for me."

Owens could potentially provide some production for a team that desperately needs a wideout, but it's quite unlikely that a) anyone will pay him and b) any team that wasn't in the thick of a playoff hunt would bother.

And while there are a ton of teams still very much looking at a postseason berth, there are plenty of teams (Bills, Eagles, Cowboys, Bengals) that won't have any interest because they've already dealt with Owens.

In other words, there are probably a lot of general managers in the NFL who feel the same way as Casserly.

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Posted on: October 9, 2011 1:01 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2011 1:41 pm

Casserly: Raiders have post-Al Davis plan ready

Posted by Will Brinson

The Raiders lost the single-most important figure to their team on Saturday, when Al Davis died at the age of 82. Davis was their owner, their GM and their Director of Player Personnel. He ran the team.

We mentioned Saturday that Mark Davis, Al's son, would take over as managing partner. Charley Casserly of CBS Sports reported Sunday on The NFL Today that the Raiders actually have a full contingency plan in place to move forward after Davis' death.

"Right now the control of the team will be with his wife Carol and his son Mark," Casserly said. "Through the years he told me this is exactly what his plan was. The Raiders verified it to me yesterday. The biggest decisions you make in-season from a football point of view are roster decisions.

"I talked to the Raiders yesterday -- the mechanism is in place with the scouting department to handle that. Obviously Hue Jackson takes a bigger control and voice in those decisions."

Casserly also reported that CEO Amy Trask -- the first woman ever hired for such a position in the NFL -- will represent the team at the owners meetings on Tuesday, and that she will handle all business decisions for Oakland moving forward.

Worth noting: it's a very nice tribute to Davis' legacy that two often under-represented minorities (Jackson and Trask) will handle the majority of the day-to-day decisions for Oakland going forward.

Remembering Al Davis

And it's also worth noting that this contingency plan isn't that different from the Raiders previous operation; there's no new authority figures outside of Mark stepping in, and it appears as if Davis was grooming members of the organization for a seamless transition after his death.

The team will need to add a general manager, of course, and as well as someone to handle player personnel, but that will probably involve a more detailed process than simply looking for the first available name. Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network also notes that there will be plenty of speculation about additional outside ownership, the team moving to Los Angeles and stadium security.

In other words, there's only so much planning an organization can do when one man meant to much to the process of running the team.

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Posted on: October 2, 2011 3:06 pm

Casserly: No talks on new Jermichael Finley deal

Posted by Will Brinson

Jermichael Finley is the guy everyone's expected to become the "next great tight end" but injuries have derailed a potential breakout for a while now. Last Sunday, Finley caught three touchdowns (or, as James Brown says in the clip below, "the hat trick") and appears to be on his way to the first big season of his career.

However, despite that, CBS Sports Charley Casserly reports that Finley and the Packers have not discussed a new contract, even though Finley's in the final year of his career.

"The reason is they want to see more of a body of work from him," Casserly said Sunday on The NFL Today. "He's only played in eight of the last 23 Packers games. They've gotta see more consistency and continuity from him over a long period of time."

The Packers may change their tune if Finley can stay healthy over the course of 2011 and put up his early season numbers over the course of a full season. But until that happens, expect Green Bay to let Ted Thompson do what he does best: successfully build rosters.

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Posted on: September 18, 2011 8:14 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2011 8:15 pm

'The NFL Today': Week 2 postgame show

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL Today wraps up the week that was in the NFL -- postgame coverage right ... here:

And, just to recap, here's the news, notes and quotes from our award-winning team of analysts during the pre-kickoff show.

Shannon Sharpe on Tim Tebow playing any time soon:
"There might come a time at some point in time during the season that might happen. Talking to John Elway and John Fox, I don't see that happening any time soon. I think he might be able to be successful but you'd have to scrap your entire offense to make this guy successful. Then what happens, if he gets nicked and somebody else has to come in because you have nobody else on this team with his skill set. Everyone talks about his intangibles, his big heart, his desire to win, he won the Heisman. Arguably, one of the five or six greatest college players to ever play the game. But what about accuracy? That's an intangible you must have to be successful at any level to play quarterback, especially in the National Football League. I just don't see how this guy can be successful consistently when he can't throw the football accurately."

Boomer Esiason on the Jets throwing the ball more:
"Ground and pound got him to two AFC championship games, I get it. And they were protecting a young quarterback who was a liability as opposed to an asset. Now he's a third year starter. He's a captain. He's wearing the "C." I get they have a little problem protecting him. Wayne Hunter had all he could handle last week from DeMarcus Ware. You got Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress, and maybe the most under-utilized tight end in football in Dustin Keller – start throwing the ball. That's what this league is going to, and that's why you traded up to get him in the first round."

Boomer on the Jaguars cutting David Garrard:
"Yes, they did. They didn't believe he could take them to the Super Bowl. So why pay him $8 million if you’re a small market team. They did the right thing."

Kris Jenkins on whether Ndamukong Suh is the best defensive player in the NFL right now:
"Absolutely not.  Right now the current premiere defensive tackle in the league is Haloti Ngata.  And you have to look at the best players in the league on defense: Revis, Polamalu, Demarcus Ware, and so on and so forth.  You can go down that list for a long time."

Boomer on Cam Newton:
"I love Cam Newton's performance last week, and the thing that I saw more than anything was poise. You also have to realize why he had so much success. The Arizona defense was a disaster. They had communication problems. They busted coverages. But give the kid credit because he found where those busted coverages were. I think he's going to be a tremendous player in this league. I just don't think we're going to see that today against Dom Capers and this defense because they won't have the same breakdowns."

"Inside the NFL" GM Charley Casserly also dropped a lot of knowledge in his segment:
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Posted on: September 18, 2011 3:55 pm

Casserly: Dolphins looser because of no Parcells?

Posted by Will Brinson

Chad Henne's coming-out party on Monday night was heavily obscured by the fact that Tom Brady went absolutely HAM on the Dolphins.

But make no mistake, Henne looked substantially better than he had his entire career. And there's reason for it -- as noted before the season began, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll was going to give Henne "full reign" to call audibles at the line.

CBS Sports' Charley Casserly noted during The NFL Today that this has resulted in

"He likes the fast-paced offense, he likes the quick-rhythm passing game he's in and he also likes his ability to get through his progression on the passing plays rather quickly," Casserly said.

Most interesting, though? Casserly noted that the Dolphins in general are a much more "loose" team now. And he said there's some belief that this is a result of Bill Parcells not hanging around the complex anymore.

That's an interesting theory, and one that makes sense, because of Parcells general method of leadership. (He's a bit of a hardass, you may have heard.)

And it's not necessarily a rip on Parcells and the way he ran things in Miami -- the team is just looser now than it was when he roamed the office. Because we don't even know if that's a good thing just quite yet.

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Posted on: August 24, 2011 4:06 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2011 4:15 pm

Casserly: OAK draft strategy for Pryor was sound

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's easy to make fun of the Raiders. Since losing to the Buccaneers in the Super Bowl following the 2002 season, Oakland has averaged 4.6 wins a year, and it's only that high because they went 8-8 in 2010. (Between '02 and '10, the Raiders hadn't won more than five games in a season.)

Then there's the suspect draft strategy (2007 first-overall pick JaMarcus Russell is the lowlight), and the organization's fascination with speed. Since 2005, the team has taken Stanford Routt, Fabian Washington, Michael Huff, Darren McFadden and Darrius Heyward-Bey in either the first or second round, and they can all fly.

So it wasn't much of a shock when the Raiders landed Terrelle Pryor in Monday's NFL Supplemental Draft. Pryor ran a 4.36 40 at his pro day and blew onlookers away with his freakish athleticism.

What was surprising, however, was that Oakland gave up a third-round pick for Pryor. Between the time Pryor left school in June and Monday's draft, most draft experts and personnel types considered him worth no more than a fourth-rounder. But Charley Casserly, a former NFL General Manager now working for CBS Sports, says the Raiders did the right thing.

"When you're drafting, and especially in the supplemental draft, you're trying to figure out where guys are going to go and what round to pick them in," Casserly told CBSSports.com on Tuesday. "But with so few players in the supplemental draft, this is a guessing game. You can put a value on a player … but there's a little bit an element of guessing. The consensus that I was getting is that most people thought this [Pryor] was a fourth-round pick. Well, when you do that, you pick a round ahead."

Unlike the regular draft held in April, the supplemental draft is an auction. Teams submit bids. Should multiple bids come in, they're ranked by round and then by record. The team with the worst record and highest-round bid lands the player.

"That's how you strategize in the supplemental draft," Casserly said.

So the price of doing business in the supplemental draft is a one-round mark-up. A player worth a fourth-rounder in April will cost you a third-rounder in August (note: the supplemental draft is usually in July; because of the lockout it was pushed back a month).

Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Pryor for the first five games of the season, which means he's basically redshirting his rookie NFL season. Casserly seemed unconcerned.

"Pryor's going into a good situation where he's not going to have to play right away," he said. "The Raiders are always committed to long-term development of players … and that's what he needs because this year is going to be a total wash for him. Without OTAs and training camp, where's he going to learn to play quarterback?"

The Raiders have every intention of letting Pryor play quarterback until he proves otherwise. We asked Casserly if Pryor would be okay with a position change.

"I think [the Raiders] will have a way of making it okay," he said, adding: "You know, they're paying him. But they're going to look at him at quarterback. … He's a project -- a big project -- and next year's almost going to be a quasi-rookie year for him in training camp. … Al Davis has done a great job of taking athletes and finding places for him to play. So you can bet they'll look at him at other positions in the next 12 months."

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Posted on: January 15, 2011 5:21 pm
Edited on: January 15, 2011 7:52 pm

Casserly: Warned players to face more discipline?

Posted by Will Brinson

Early Saturday morning, reports started filtering out that Ray Anderson, the NFL's Vice President of Operations, had spoken with the various head coaches of the eight playoff teams to alert them that actions on the field resulting from off-field trash talk would be punished. The NFL later confirmed these reports, meaning the league is a bit sensitive to any big hits this weekend, especially if they relate to people who were part of the abundance of trash-talking this week.

During his segment on The NFL Today, CBS Sports' Charley Casserly reported that there won't be any discipline for the comments, etc. made leading up to the games.

"None of the players will be fined for what they said during the week," Casserly said.

Casserly spoke with Anderson and the league on Saturday morning, and they also told him their expectations for this weekend's games.

"First of all, they expect all he players to play within the rules," Casserly said. "Second of all, they don't want any of these comments that were made during the week to carry over into actions on the field that are illegal hits. Any flagrant hits, any egregious hits -- those players are going to be kicked out of the game.

"The league doesn't want to have to do it, but they're going to warn the coaches to warn the players about that. Anybody kicked out of the game [faces] possible further discipline from the NFL."

In the early-going of the Baltimore-Pittsburgh game, there've been a number of flags (although Jeff Triplette's crew whiffed on some personal foul penalties in the first quarter), likely the result of a heated rivalry and a "chippy" game. There hasn't been anything that seems like a direct attack based on any trash-talking though (or at least anything that the refs saw), so it seems as if the Ravens and Steelers are safe. For now.

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