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Laurent Robinson in a Dallas uniform.
The Cowboys’ wide receiver was, this side of Tim Tebow, one of the NFL’s nicest feel-good stories.
Robinson was cut by the Chargers and out of football when the Cowboys decided to have a look one week into the season. He ended up becoming Tony Romo’s favourite end zone target, scoring 11 touchdowns.
As a free agent, that would likely get him some offers to fill the pantry for several years to come. But Robinson looks like he knows a good thing when its hitting him in the hands — and Romo hit him 54 times for 858 yards.
“I think I fit in good here, you know, getting along good with the guys,” Robinson told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “This is where I want to be. It doesn’t matter if I’m the No. 1, 2 or 3. I feel like I have a good fit here. Money doesn’t drive me to play this game. I play because I like to have fun. I think I have a good fit here with the Cowboys.”
It only took a New York minute.
Tony Sparano has been the Jets’ offensive coordinator for mere days and already Joe Namath is giving him the willies.
The iconic former Jets quarterback, on his weekly radio spot, voiced his reservations about Sparano’s qualifications. “I’m stumped. I am stumped,” Namath, who now lives in south Florida, said. “I’ve watched Tony work down here with the Dolphins and I thought he carried himself very well through all the adversity and all, but other than having called some plays with the Dallas Cowboys, I don’t know what his credentials are for an offensive coordinator.”
Sparano was fired as head coach by the Dolphins this season and he has never been an offensive coordinator in the NFL. Namath claimed the hire is simply an example of the NFL old-boys’ network at work. Sparano and Jets’ general manger Mike Tannenbaum are linked through Bill Parcells.
“This is the football fraternity, the coaching fraternity, the GMs, with their friends and all,” Namath said. “That’s basically what I think about Tony getting that job. But credentials as an offensive coordinator? I don’t see it. I hope he’s a great one, but I don’t see it.”
Which way will the Bills go?
The Buffalo Bills draft in the top 10 for the third consecutive year.
They face a conundrum. Do they pick someone to help protect quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, or do they select a someone to beef up their anaemic pass rush?
The Bills have had issues at left tackle for so long they might as well put up a flashing green light to keep linebackers from running into each other on their way to the quarterback. True, they allowed only 29 sacks but that doesn’t mean the O-line isn’t an issue. And, what is the point in laying out millions in Fitzpatrick as the quarterback of the future; then jeopardizing that future by failing to protect him from getting blind-sided?
That makes Iowa’s Riley Reiff a nice pick, suggests Wes Bunting in the National Football Post.
Buffalo desperately needs to add a pass rusher. So, according to Fox Sports, take Devon Still from Penn State. But, then, North Carolina’s defensive end Quinton Coples could be a sleeper top 10 pick.
Or, maybe not. Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin says Russ Lande, of Sporting News, “would be an immediate upgrade on the left side.”
So many choices. So many holes. So everybody agrees there are a lot of ways to mess this up; but nobody quite knows how it can get messed up. Good thing Bills’ head coach Chan Galey has us media to help him, or he might be really confused.
Boys hire coach
The Cowboys have hired Bill Callahan from the Jets are their offensive coordinator.
Now if only they’d let him coordinate something.
Apparently head coach Jason Garrett doesn’t want to give up the play-calling.
On the other hand, in New Orleans head coach Sean Payton hasn’t been calling the plays ever since he was injured on the sidelines and gave it over to offensive coordinator Peter Carmichael Jr.
Payton had called every play for six seasons. But since Carmichael took over the Saints have won eight straight.
Head coaches don’t like to give up control. That’s one reason they like being head coaches.
But there are a lot of things to think about during a game. So, what’s the point in hiring a guy to run the offence; then refusing to let him run it.
Payton’s Saints are rolling into the playoffs and have scored 40-plus points in four consecutive games. Garrett, with all the control, can’t get his team into the playoffs and is becoming notorious for mismanaging games.
Perhaps it is not a coincidence.