Here is a quick coaching update. David Shaw, from Stanford, is getting a lot of buzz recently. Those in the know swear that he loves that job and will not leave. Stanford could be great because there isn’t huge pressure there. Shaw has been in the NFL. Could be that he didn’t like his time here and does prefer the college game.
Jon Gruden continues to be rumored to the University of Tennessee. The Vols are desperate to hire a big time coach. Gruden was once an assistant there and his wife was a cheerleader there. I think he’d be good in college because it would force Gruden to work with kids and not obsess on veteran players. He does well with the QBs on his pre-draft specials. Gruden coached Donovan McNabb at the 1999 Senior Bowl and that had a big impact on McNabb going 2nd overall.
The buzz is starting to pick up on Greg Roman, the Niners OC. I need to do a lot of research on him, but it is a lot of fun to watch that SF running game.
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Speaking of SF…they are bringing in Kickers for a workout. Old friend David Akers is just 19 of 27 this year. For all the fans who shredded the Eagles for moving on to Alex Henery, that move is starting to look quite a bit different. Alex is 20 of 21 this year and has made more FGs of 40 or more yards.
Henery is the best college PK I’ve ever seen. I don’t know that he’ll become a great NFL kicker, but the potential is there. He’s certainly headed in the right direction.
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Jimmy Bama and I did a podcast. We started off talking about Babin and Vinny Curry. We then covered DJax and the WRs. We finally got into a game review. Lots of humor is mixed in. We discussed Jimmy and DeSean doing a rap album together. Oh, what I’d give to hear that. We also discussed whether cutting Jason Babin is the top highlight for the 2012 season. How sad is that?
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Here is some draft talk by David Syvertsen, as he reviews the Stanford-UCLA game from Saturday. Oddly, they meet in a rematch this Friday night in the Pac-12 title game.
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Earlier I wrote that LB Ryan Rau had been added to the roster. I’m told that he wasn’t. The team then has 2 spots open. Could promote a WR from the practice squad to replace DJax or they could stick with just 5 WRs.
I looked around some practice squads to see if there were any players of real interest. There are some Safeties I’d consider. QB BJ Coleman is on Green Bay’s PS. Talented player with some potential.
One interesting idea would be NT Alameda Ta’Amu from the Steelers. He was cut from their regular roster just recently. He was a mid-round pick that had a bad arrest due to a crazy traffic situation. If the new coach in 2013 wants to go to a 3-4, Ta’Amu could be the NT or a huge DE in that system. Ta’Amu would not benefit us now, but that would be an interesting idea for the future. If the new coach doesn’t like him, you just cut the guy. No loss.
OG Brandon Washington is on someone’s PS. The Eagles could add him. They liked him last spring and drafted him in the 6th round.
There are a few OTs out there, but since you don’t know what kind of OL the new coach will want, that can be tricky.