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NFL: Jackson has ‘wanted change’ but not now

May 5, 2010 Comments off

Tavaris Jackson admits there have been times he thought a change might be best for him, but the Vikings one-time (and perhaps future) starting quarterback told Sirius NFL Radio on Tuesday that he never requested a trade after Brett Favre joined the Vikings last August.

“Being a competitor and knowing the business side of it you have to think about different situations like that or what they’re thinking,” Jackson said while appearing on a show with Adam Schein and former Vikings quarterback Rich Gannon. “If they’re thinking, ‘OK, we’ve had enough … we’ve got our guy,’ or whatever.

“You have to think everything through and think of different scenarios and just try to be ready for anything because you never really know what [coaches and front office people] are thinking. Honestly, it crossed my mind and I’ve wanted change, but change is not always good. The grass is not always greener on the other side. The Vikings are all I know right now and I’m just trying to do my best around here.”

Jackson and Sage Rosenfels find themselves in an extremely difficult situation this offseason. Many assume that Favre will return in 2010, despite last week’s report that he needs ankle surgery. However, if he doesn’t Jackson and Rosenfels likely will battle for the starting job and Vikings coach Brad Childress indicated at the NFL Owners meetings in March that Jackson would have the upper-hand entering that competition.

That means Jackson must prepare as if he’s going to be the starter, knowing full well he probably won’t be in that role on Sept. 9 when the Vikings open the regular season at New Orleans. Jackson’s approach this offseason has been to worry about himself and let everyone else concern themselves with the other things.

“One thing I learned from Brett is just be yourself regardless of the situation and the circumstances,” he said. “Just go out and be yourself today, every day and they [can] take it or leave it. That’s what I’m going to do and that’s how I’m approaching it. Just trying to get better every day like I always did, working hard. That’s all I can do and that’s how I’m going to take it.”

Jackson was candid in admitting that possibly being the starter isn’t the same as knowing you are the team’s choice: “It’s different when you know you’re the guy or when you kind of think you’ll be a backup. You can say you’re going to work as hard, but it’s a lot different when you know you’re going to be the guy and you’ve got those guys depending on you.”

Jackson, who is 10-10 as a starter since being selected in the second round of the 2006 draft by the Vikings, has traded messages with Favre this offseason but he hasn’t asked the veteran about his plans.

Asked if he feels the way the Favre situation is being handled by the Vikings is a “little bit wrong,” Jackson said: “That’s not for me to say. I’m not a head coach or GM or owner or anything. I look at it as everything happens for a reason and that’s the approach I always took and I will continue to take that approach. Whatever happens is going to happen and I can’t control it. Sage can’t control it. We just have to go out and do our part and pretty much just fight. Just do our thing. That’s all we can do.”


NFL: NFL needs more time to determine Roethlisberger punishment

April 19, 2010 Comments off

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell joined the show to talk about the state of the NFL on draft week and where he stands on Ben Roethlisberger.

Goodell was asked if reports that he would announce his suspension today or tomorrow were true. “There may be plenty of reports. I make the decision when I”m prepared to do so,” Goodell said.

Goodell was asked if there has been a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

“Yes, there has been a violation of that,” Goodell said. “The issue here is respect to a pattern of behavior … bad judgments.”

Goodell said he needed time to review all the facts. “Obviously there is a depute about the facts that occurred that night,” Goodell said.

Here are some of Goodell’s other takes:

— Goodell still wants to add two regular-season games. “We’re thinking of flipping two preseason games and making them regular-season games,” Goodell said. “It’s in response to our fans and better for the game. We would still be staying within our 20 games.”

— Goodell said he still wants a franchise in Los Angeles, but the NFL has to settle the CBA first.

— Goodell said Tim Tebow hasn’t let him know yet if he’ll be coming to the draft. Goodell said that Jimmy Clausen called him and he’s not coming so he can spend time with his family.

NFL: Sam Bradford said he hasn’t heard from St. Louis Rams

April 19, 2010 Comments off

Quarterback Sam Bradford joined the show to talk about Thursday’s draft.

Bradford said he hasn’t started negotiating with the Rams. And he wanted to clear up any notion that he doesn’t want to go to the St. Louis Rams. He said the team hasn’t called him or his agent. And reports he didn’t want to negotiate with them aren’t true.

“People out there think right now that I’ve said no or my agent has said not,” Bradford said. “That’s not the case at all.”

Bradford said that he just wants to play in the NFL and didn’t specify any teams.

Bradford, who grew up a Steelers fan, also said that his agent and family did talk to him about the Ben Roethlisberger case. And he realizes he always has to be aware people around him have camera phones.

NFL: Report: Cowboys to Retain Wade Phillips

January 18, 2010 Comments off

Despite an embarrassing 34-3 playoff loss in Minnesota Sunday, the Cowboys will reportedly bring Wade Phillips back for his fourth season as the team’s head coach.

ESPN’s Ed Werder, citing a high-ranking Dallas team source, reported Monday that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones plans to retain Phillips, whose contract includes a team-option year for the 2010 season.

Phillips’ fate has been up in the air all year, as Jones has opted not to offer him an extension. The Dallas owner has, however, voiced his support for Phillips on multiple occasions during the season — one in which Dallas finished 11-5, won the NFC East (for the second time in Phillips’ three years) and beat Philadelphia in a wild-card round playoff game.

I really don’t know how you can sit here and make a change with the winningest-percentage coach that we’ve had in the history of the Cowboys,” Jones told reporters after Dallas’ Week 17 division-clinching win over Philadelphia.

Phillips is 33-15 in three years as Dallas’ head coach and 1-2 in the playoffs. For his NFL head coaching career, Phillips holds an 81-54 record — he has coached Denver, Buffalo and Dallas, in addition to brief in-season stints with New Orleans and Atlanta.

Dallas’ opening-round win over Philadelphia was Phillips’ first career postseason win. Following Sunday’s loss at Minnesota, he’s 1-5 all-time in the playoffs.

“It’s like the elevator falling from the top. It’s tough when it’s over,” Phillips said following Dallas’ season-ending defeat. “If you don’t win it all, you have not reached your goal.

For now, it appears that Phillips will get at least one more shot to get Dallas over the top.

NFL: Del Rio staying with Jaguars in ’10

January 12, 2010 Comments off
After a profitable meeting with owner Wayne Weaver this morning in Jacksonville, Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio will stay in his current job for at least the 2010 season.
Del Rio, 58-57 in seven seasons at the helm, was thought to be on shaky ground with Weaver for a few reasons. He’s only won one playoff game in his tenure and the Jags had a miserable end-of-the-year stretch by finishing with a four-game losing streak. Complicating matters, it was no secret the job at USC held some allure for Del Rio, a Trojans’ alum, in the wake of Pete Carroll leaving for the Seahawks over the weekend.

But Weaver opted for something few owners in the league choose these days — stability. The Jaguars played 16 rookies this season, including both starters at tackle on offense, and 33 players appeared in their first games for Jacksonville in the 2009 season.

Going forward, Del Rio will have to figure out who his quarterback is short- and long-term; David Garrard had a shaky season, suffering a career-high 42 sacks for the second consecutive season. Florida quarterback Tim Tebow would be a tempting pick for the marketability of the franchise. General manager Gene Smith is thought to not be a great fan of Tebow as an every-down quarterback, and Jacksonville has the 10th pick overall in the April draft. But that’s probably too high to pick Tebow. If he’s there in the second round … who knows? Jacksonville also needs to find someone to pressure the passer. Its two high picks last year, Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves,  have been huge disappointments.

The offshoot of this story is that Southern Cal will have to move on in its search for a new coach, having seen candidates Mike Riley, Chris Petersen,  Jeff Fisher,  Steve Sarkisianand now Del Rio stay in their jobs rather than seek one of the premier jobs in college football.

NFL: Report: Raiders To Fire Tom Cable Today

January 12, 2010 Comments off

Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis is expected to fire coach Tom Cable today, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

A meeting between Davis and Cable was scheduled for today, and the newspaper reports Cable will be let go, but it’s uncertain for exactly what reason (the Randy Hanson scandal or the failure to win games and groom No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell into a starting quarterback).

Just last week, Cable held a team meeting, met briefly with Davis and began roster evaluations with his assistants in a typical start to an offseason.

“All I know is I have a contract right now,” Cable told the Associated Press on Jan. 5. “Whether or not that’s honored is not up to me. I’m a ball coach. I’m a damned good football coach so things will work out. They always do.”

Cable has a 9-19 overall record since replacing Lane Kiffin early in 2008.
That‘s part of the reason why I wanted to come here. I think about it a lot.”

NFL: Sources: Seahawks Reach Deal With Pete Carroll

January 9, 2010 Comments off

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Pete Carroll has reached an agreement in principle with the Seahawks on a deal to be their next head coach, multiple NFL sources confirmed early Saturday morning.

Carroll was fully expected to be introduced by the Seahawks as early as Monday, assuming they comply with the Rooney Rule this weekend.

The hangup could be locating a candidate to interview that would put the Seahawks in compliance with the rule, which requires teams to interview a minority candidate for head-coaching and senior-football-operations hires.

On Friday, Jim Mora became the first Seahawks coach to be let go after one season.

Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier could agree to interview, but he is unwilling to do so if Carroll has been promised full control of the Seahawks — and multiple sources say he has.

Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke told Frazier that Carroll definitely does not have Seattle’s job.

Believing Leiweke, Frazier will interview for the Seahawks head coach job Saturday morning.

Seattle also contacted the agent for Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, but as of Saturday morning nothing had been set up.

But the bottom line is, Carroll’s agreement with Seattle is “100 percent done,” one NFL source close to the situation said.

In a text message to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen on Friday, Carroll said, “You know I haven’t responded to a NFL question in two years.”

But a league source told Mortensen that Carroll was trying to persuade USC offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates to join him in Seattle — as opposed to Bates pursuing the same position with the Chicago Bears.

Carroll is no stranger to the NFL, having served as the head coach for the Patriots from 1997-99 and for the Jets in 1994.

He was the Jets’ defensive coordinator from 1990-93 after stints as the defensive backs coach for the Vikings (1985-89) and Bills (1984).

The ripple effect from Carroll’s pending move has reached beyond the NFL and college ranks.

When the news broke Friday that Carroll could be headed to Seattle, USC’s incoming freshman class at the U.S. Army All American Bowl in San Antonio began franctically calling USC’s assistant coaches.

For the rest of the day, not a single USC assistant returned a single phone call, according to sources at the game.

By now, calls might have been returned.

But witnesses to the scene said that players such as All-American wide receiver Kyle Prater and running back Dillon Baxter could not figure out what was unfolding with Carroll.

Baxter, for one, had verbally committed to USC as a high-school freshman and never looked at another school. But now that Carroll is expected to leave USC, other schools already have begun contacting the players scheduled to enroll there in the fall with hopes they will change their mind.

Meanwhile, the Seahawks’ search for a new general manager is also under way.

Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross will interview for the vacant position Wednesday, according to John Wooten, the chairman of the committee that oversees Rooney Rule compliance.

The panel, called the Fritz Pollard Alliance, agreed to allow the interview only after being given assurances Carroll would not have full control of Seattle’s organization, but rather only control over the 53-man roster.

That‘s part of the reason why I wanted to come here. I think about it a lot.”