Four teams -- the Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears, St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders -- are reportedly interested in Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta for their general manager openings. The Colts, Rams and one other team have already received permission to interview DeCosta and plan to meet with him in the next couple of days, according to The Baltimore Sun.no comments
My reaction to the decision is Irsay didn’t have faith in Chris Polian. With Bill Polian moving closer to retirement each season, Chris has taken on more responsibility. The only way to read Irsay’s actions is that he didn’t trust Chris enough to put the future of the franchise in his hands.
Jeff Fisher is the hottest coaching prospect on the market. Of course, he comes with baggage. Some league execs talked gave Mike Freeman an inside look at their opinions of Fisher:
"The only negative with Jeff is: Keep him away from draft decisions," one executive said. "Just as a coach, few are better."
"There are weaknesses, but not many," said another official who knows Fisher. "He's got a huge ego, but that's a lot of coaches."
The feeling is Fisher can accomplish now what he did in the early days with the Titans. He can take a struggling franchise and quickly make it professional.
The two main issues with Fisher, team officials say: Again, don't let him have control over personnel; and his intensity can be radioactive. The same intensity that can quickly turn a team around can just as rapidly cause Fisher burnout.
Our old friend Vic
Ketchup Ketchman moved out of the AFC South and north to Green Bay but that won't stop him from getting his digs in:
The Colts are in a really interesting situation. Peyton Manning is due a $28 million bonus on March 8. Trading doesn’t begin until March 13, so the Colts would have to pay Manning $28 million or lose him without being able to trade him. If they’re not going to keep him, they need to negotiate a deal that would move back the bonus date so as to create a window of opportunity to trade him. Manning, of course, would risk losing some leverage in that deal, so he’d have to have control in where he goes and what his new contract is worth for him to agree to move the date back. Talk about needing to be creative? If the Colts can pull it off, and most doubt that it can be done, they could execute a blockbuster scenario that would provide for their long-term future.
Jimmy Kimmel featured an argument between Adam Carolla and Norm McDonald about which is greater: Peyton Manning or Bobby Orr? Football or Hockey? Manning makes a cameo as the two creatively invent the game of fockey.no comments
The Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams and one other team has contacted the Ravens and received permission to interview Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta for their general manager opening, according to league sources.
None of the interviews have taken place as of now, but that could change in the next couple of days.
The Colts and Rams have already started their interview process and it is believed that DeCosta, the heir apparent to Ravens general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome, is at or near the top of their respective wish lists.
Steve DiMatteo of DawgPoundDaily argues that Peyton Manning would be bad for the Browns. Also, water is bad for thirsty drinkers:
It’s an intriguing notion, but not one that Browns fans should get excited about. You could look at the fact that he is 35 years old and missed the entire 2011 season after undergoing two neck surgeries. You should also consider that obtaining him won’t come cheap. To put it in perspective, he is currently owed a $28 million roster bonus in March. While that would change if he was released, he would still command a hefty price in the free agency market.
It wouldn’t be a bad idea for the Browns to look for other options at quarterback, but Manning isn’t the answer. Sure, they have plenty of money to spend this offseason, but it could be put to considerably better use than signing an aging quarterback to a team that isn’t ready to make a playoff run.
It would also be bad on an astronomical level for the Browns to make a trade for Manning. Considering what he’s worth, the Browns would be looking at giving up some high-quality draft picks when they aren’t really in a position to part with any in the first place.
First, let me say that Steve's got a cool site and does good work so I write at least partially in jest. Imagine being the guy that said, "No thanks. I'll stick with Colt McCoy" or "Peyton Manning? I've already got Mark Sanchez!"no comments
There was no question someone had to take the fall for Indy's unmitigated disaster of a season, but the heavy favorite was coach Jim Caldwell. Chances are good that he, too, will be gone soon enough, since whoever assumes the front-office role shared by Polian, the vice chairman, and his son, Chris, the general manager, is likely to insist on choosing his own coach. That left Peyton Manning as the one — and maybe only — guy in Indianapolis who still commands owner Jim Irsay's unwavering loyalty. Everyone involved insisted the moves weren't triggered by a power struggle — Irsay dropped the phrase, "It was time" more than once during his opening statement — but removed any doubt about who the No. 2 man was in the Colts' organization.no comments
It seems fewer motorists want the state’s “Go Colts” tag on the back of their vehicles, with sales down 6.4 percent in November, according to Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles data.
Fans appeared hopeful in August, when the BMV sold 4,538 Colts plates—up 4.2 percent from the same month in 2010.