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Saturday morning one-liners

The Bills aren’t talking like a team that plans to take a quarterback in the first round.

Notre Dame WR Golden Tate was scheduled to interview with the Dolphins on Friday night.

While he was unemployed last summer, new Redskins coach Mike Shanahan got a rare glimpse inside a Patriots practice, thanks to his friendship with Bill Belichick.

The Jets are planning contract talks with C Nick Mangold and CB Darrelle Revis.

Oklahoma TE Jermaine Gresham, who missed the 2009 season, said that his knee is healthy — and that might interest the Ravens.

The Bengals will give a second-round tender to LB Brandon Johnson.

Browns LB D’Qwell Jackson expects to be with the team in 2010 but isn’t banking on anything beyond that.

A desire to improve on the run could put Idaho G Mike Iupati on the Steelers radar for the draft.

Texans DE Mario Williams will be part of a NFL contingent taking part in an USO tour of military bases in Asia.

The Colts are deciding whether their offensive line needs major or minor changes this offseason.

Said Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio, “I think people are so quick. They either want to make somebody king
and the greatest ever and somebody else is not good enough and never
will be.  And I just don’t think that’s the way it works in sports.”

Getting younger doesn’t worry Titans coach Jeff Fisher very much.

Broncos coach Josh McDaniels will take his turn in front of microphones at the Combine on Saturday.

Chiefs G.M. Scott Pioli got testy after being asked several questions about what’s wrong with the Patriots.

Paul Gutierrez of the Sacramento Bee wonders why the Raiders didn’t roll the dice with a non-exclusive franchise tag for DE Richard Seymour.

Chargers TE Antonio Gates will have his basketball number retired when he’s inducted into the Kent State Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

One Cowboys scout was very impressed with Maryland T Bruce Campbell’s body.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said that LB Antonio Pierce’s neck injury wasn’t a big factor in the decision to release him earlier this month.

The Eagles won’t offer a tender to TE Alex Smith.

The Redskins hired Malcolm Blacken, who was with the team from 1996-2000, and Chad Englehart as assistant strength and conditioning coaches.

Bears K Robbie Gould addressed the kickers at the combine and shared his story of going from undrafted rookie to longtime NFLer.

Tom Kowalski of MLive.com discusses the difficulties the Lions face in attempts to trade down in the draft.  

Packers coach Mike McCarthy insists that the team wants LB Aaron Kampman back next season.

Although they knew he suffered them, the severity of WR Percy Harvin’s migraines surprised the Vikings.  

Falcons coach Mike Smith anticipates QB Matt Ryan’s toe will be fully healed by the time the team starts their offseason program.

With DE Julius Peppers on his way out of town, the Panthers have turned their attention toward signing key members of the team going forward.

Saints K Garrett Hartley was one of several athletes on hand for the opening of Disney’s Wide World of Sports.

The Buccaneers will not be offering tenders to WR Brian Clark, LB Matt McCoy or FB Byron Storer.

With the draft focus expected to be on defense, the Cardinals will need to look elsewhere for depth at quarterback.

Former Rams running backs Eric Dickerson and Marshall Faulk were part of the group put together by Dave Checketts’s unsuccessful bid to buy the Rams.

Niners offensive line coach Mike Solari will run combine drills at that position, which is helpful since the team could use a tackle.

Browns president Mike Holmgren spoke briefly about his former team and said that he hopes Seahawks T Walter Jones returns to the field in 2010.
 

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6 Responses to “Saturday morning one-liners”
  1. Citizen Strange says: Feb 27, 2010 11:56 AM

    Re: Shanahan visiting the Patriots practice.
    …. Shanahan was REALLY impressed with how Belichick was able to accidentally draft future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady in the sixth round and change himself from a below average coach to a media (and self) proclaimed genius.
    Shanahan added “If I could have somehow done that after Elway retired I wouldn’t have been fired from the Broncos in the first place!”

  2. tigerlilac says: Feb 27, 2010 1:24 PM

    “Chiefs G.M. Scott Pioli got testy after being asked several questions about what’s wrong with the Patriots.”
    One would have to be a fool to believe the Patirots 2007 and 2008 drafts were weak.
    The 2007 draft produced three (3) Pro Bowl players (Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Brandon Meriweather) for the Patriots and led to the Patriots going 16-0 that year. Trading draft picks counts to the value of a draft.
    The 2007 draft produced the the NFL defensive rookie of the year (Jerod Mayo) plus four (4) additonal players that made the team. They also picked up a starting linebacker as a rookie free agent.
    You can’t pick a TomBrady every year in the sixth (6th) round, nor can you turn a seventh (7th) rounder (Cassel) into a trade for a top of the second round pick every year.
    Not to mention how the Patriots effectively use their draft pciks without burdening the team financially.
    I read all the time on PTF about the Patriots’ poor drafts and how they are a team in a major decline. Some of the people on PFT are dumb as wood.
    They have 12 players from the 2009 draft on the roster, not counting the back-up quarterback they picked up as a rookie free agent.
    The Patriots have four picks in the top 53 this year, in a draft that experts say is the best crop of talent in 32 years. That is not an acccident.

  3. spyboots says: Feb 27, 2010 1:54 PM

    Shanahan also visited the Steelers’ practice.

  4. Route36West says: Feb 27, 2010 6:45 PM

    Niners offensive line coach Mike Solari will run combine drills at that position, which is helpful since the team could use a tackle.
    They most have more then 1 coach running the offensive line drills because the Eagles offensive line coach Juan Castillo does it every year and Im watching him run the drills right now as right this.

  5. jimicos says: Feb 27, 2010 7:49 PM

    Although they knew he suffered them, the severity of WR Percy Harvin’s migraines surprised the Vikings.
    ————————
    They should’ve interviewed him or something.

  6. nozzleman454 says: Feb 27, 2010 11:24 PM

    Ya and when Shannahan was at Pittsburgh he was REALLY impressed how they have became such a dominant franchise thats won a record 6 titles!
    I am very excited that PIT has made Iupati thier number 1 lineman. I hope he wwears the black and gold next season!!

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