This is the time of year that all types of rumors begin to circulate. The Chicago Bears fired OC Ron Turner last week and are in search of his replacement. Recently fired Redskins coach Jim Zorn is said to be a hot candidate.
So is Giants' OC Kevin Gilbride. Only problem here is that Gilbride is under contract until next season, so the Bears would need permission to speak to him.
From what I understand, Gilbride and the Giants are unaware of any such request from the Bears. I think this was just a Chicago reporter thinking out loud. As far as I can see, Gilbride would not leave unless he is given a promotion and a guaranteed multi-year deal.
Steve Smith, Don't Pack Up Yet....
Steve Smith, a first alternate at WR for this year's Pro Bowl, has a good chance of being named to the roster after all.
Since the game is being played the week before the Super Bowl this year, players from the the NFC Champion club will not be playing in the game. There is a good chance that Larry Fitzgerald, Miles Austin and Sidney Rice could find themselves in that situation, opening the door for Smith.
NFC Divisional Round Set
After last night's 51-45 arena-style match between Arizona and Green Bay, the NFC Playoffs promise to test the wits of every Vegas over/under handicapper on the strip.
The Cardinals won a crazy game in overtime, but we saw how the recent pass-coverage rule changes have altered the game dramatically. The officials are becoming stars in this league with all the pass interference and illegal contact calls they are making. It is hurting the game greatly.
Ironically, they missed two flagrant blows to the head on the quarterbacks. Kurt Warner could have been knocked out on a helmet-to-helmet in the 4th quarter that wasn't called, and Aaron Rodgers was clearly hit in the helmet by Michael Adams on the play that caused the game-winning fumble.
The Cardinals now go to New Orleans for another possible shootout vs the Saints on Saturday afternoon. Dallas will play at Minnesota Sunday at 1pm..
Of the four teams, Dallas has the best defense. If defense still wins championships, I say they would be favored. But after yesterday's onslaught of offense in Arizona, that mantra may be a thing of the past.