There must be a glaring shortage of good coaching candidates in the NFL. This can be the only explanation for the activity we are seeing this winter.
The Indianapolis Colts fired Jim Caldwell after a 2-14 and immediately interviewed Steve Spagnuolo as a possible replacement. The Rams fired Spagnuolo for finishing 2-14 this season after going 8-24 during his first two seasons as head coach.
Spags seems more likely to return to his previous life as a defensive coordinator – the Saints are highly interested – but the fact Indy evened considered him for the head coaching gig is fascinating.
With big-name coaching candidates like Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden sticking with their television work, NFL owners don't have much to pick from.
Chicago Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice earned a promotion to offensive coordinator after Mike Martz’s departure. That left Troy Aikman scratching his head.
“I really like Mike Tice a lot,” Aikman told a Chicago radio station. “I really have a lot of respect for Mike as an offensive line coach and in his years there in Minnesota. I’ve just not seen offensive lineman come in and be offensive coordinators and be successful. We’ll see how it works out, but this is a passing league. Mike Tice wants to run the ball. … Can you win? Yeah, you can win. But if I was a quarterback, I’d want to be playing for someone who understands the passing game about as well as anyone else around the league.”
While Bears fans were questioning Tice’s promotion, he got an interview to be head coach in Oakland. You may recall Tice as the subject of much ridicule during his 32-33 run as head coach of the Vikings.
Other Raiders candidates include Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. and Packers linebackers coach Winston Moss.
McCoy is a finalist for the Dolphins opening, along with Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin and Dolphins interim coach Todd Bowles.
Since NFL players are constantly checking out the cheerleaders on the sidelines, is it wrong for cheerleaders to booty check the players?
CRUMMY EFFORT OF THE NIGHT
The Clippers are the Next New Thing in the NBA. So why did they muster just 79 points with a 29-point loss at Utah?
Sure, Chris Paul was out with a hamstring strain. But there was no excuse for that showing.
“From beginning to end, we just didn’t have the energy,” Blake Griffin said. “It was ugly.”
FROM THE TWEETDECK
Jeff Schultz: “Deion Sanders' wife has accused him of "committing numerous acts of adultery." I'll translate: He was playing a zone.”
Frank Isola: “James Dolan comes out of hiding to say Rangers are close to winning it all. Last time he was his sure of himself he traded the farm for Melo.”
Rick Chandler: “Saints had zero penalties on Sat. Niners only had three. And one of those was for excessive baggage fees.”
Mark Kriegel: “According to ESPN, it's official: @kingjames is the best 3rd quarter player in NBA history.”
FROM THE BLOG-O-SPEAR
From the folks at Outkick the Coverage:
As a general rule, you don't leave your drunk friend alone in the French Quarter.
Because bad things can happen to him.
Especially if he passes out in the French Quarter Krystal on the night Alabama beats LSU 21-0. (If you're reading this and have been to New Orleans, you've probably been in this Krystal before. It has to gross more money than any fast food restaurant in the country. It's also...gross).
At first this poor LSU fan, slumped over on the table in front of the large picture windows, is subject to some mild-mannered teasing.
But then, you guessed it, an Alabama fan decided he needed to teabag the drunk LSU fan.
And the rest in Internet history.