Rider's NFL Whispers (09/17/08)


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Rider's NFL Whispers (09/17/08)

Could Tory Holt be on his way to Dallas soon?

Below are some tidbits I've gathered from different sources. Keep in mind that I'm passing along this information. It's not my OPINION. If I want to add my thoughts after I post the info, I'll write it under "Tommy's Two-Cents." Also, these are RUMORS. A lot of media people and personnel guys hear things but media people, in particular, can't just publish everything they hear. That's where I come in. I'm not stating these things as fact, just buzz going around the league. If you don't like that sort of thing then you probably won't like this column. I have no favorites. If I hear something on Tony Romo, I will let you know about it. I will run this whispers segment once a week if you guys find it interesting and helpful.

Last week in my Whispers column I gave out this nugget that turned out to be right on the money from a good source:

--Speaking of the Super Bowl, another team that believes they should be in the mix is the Minnesota Vikings. Tarvaris Jackson is under the gun big-time this week against the Colts. A loss on Sunday to Indy and the Vikings will be sitting at 0-2. And if Jackson doesn't perform well, don't expect Brad Childress to sit still. I'm told Jackson needs to step up his game this week or Childress could be ready to hand the offense over to Gus Frerotte. Childress still likes Jackson and believes he can be a good NFL quarterback but on the other hand, it's hard to let him learn on the fly when the Vikings are trying to make a Super Bowl run. Ideally, Childress would just like to have Jackson lead the team to the postseason but watch this situation closely because if Jackson doesn't make plays this week, the veteran Frerotte could get the call against Carolina.

I have a ton of stuff for this week so I'll try and relay the information I believe is the most important.

--It may only be Week 3 in the NFL but a lot of coaches are already feeling the heat. If things don't turn around soon for many of these guys, we could be seeing a lot of changeover in NFL coaches this offseason. Here are the coaches I'm hearing are in the most trouble:

Scott Linehan, Rams - Arguably the worst coach in NFL history. It's highly doubtful Linehan will be the coach of the Rams a month from now.

Marvin Lewis, Bengals - I'm told that if the Bengals get blown out by the Giants this week, Lewis could get fired as early as Monday morning. Again, there is very little chance that he survives the season.

Rod Marinelli, Lions - Unless the Lions turn things around and make the playoffs, Marinelli will be fired at the end of the season.

Eric Mangini, Jets - I'm told that some people in New York are very disappointed in the team's performance Sunday against the Patriots. Remember, a lot of the higher-ups in the Jets organization hate Bill Belichick and they hired Mangini to beat him. But after last Sunday, there is a growing belief that Mangini will never be able to overtake his mentor. Trust me, Mangini is in big trouble. If Gang Green doesn't make the playoffs, he's gone.

Jack Del Rio, Jaguars - The problem with Del Rio is the franchise has always been split on him. Some people think he's a good coach, while others believe he's in way over his head. But make no mistake about it, the Jaguars believe they should be competing for the Super Bowl and a 0-2 start isn't doing much for Del Rio's job security.

Norv Turner, Chargers - As I said in an earlier blog entry, I'm told Turner needs to take this team all the way or A.J. Smith will hire someone that will. It's that simple.

Brad Childress, Vikings - My first  "Boner of the Week" is in serious trouble if the Vikings don't turn things around fast. Childress has now hitched his wagon to Gus Frerotte. If that experiment fails, Childress will most likely be gone at the end of the year.

--I'm hearing the Titans are a new team with Kerry Collins at quarterback. As I mentioned in an earlier Whispers, some of the defensive players in Tennessee were getting a little annoyed that the Titans offense wasn't holding up their end. One of my NFL guys told me this week that the team has a new attitude with Collins running the show and the defense now doesn't have the added pressure of holding opponents to 10 points every week because they have confidence in Collins. In other words, you have probably seen the last of Vince Young in Tennessee, at least for this season.

--Just an FYI for gambling purposes. Last week I gave out the Giants as my "Inside the Huddle" play. The reason I did so is because I talked to three different NFL people on Saturday night and without bringing up the Rams to any of them, they all mentioned how the team has quit on head coach Scott Linehan already. One person was at Rams practice and he said the players were more interested in joking around with each other than listening to what Linehan had to say. Like I mentioned above, he won't last the year as things have turned ugly in St. Louis.

--Finally, I was told by my guy down in Dallas that the Cowboys are exploring options of bringing in another receiver and that the name Tory Holt has been mentioned. As I have stated many times here, the team still doesn't believe Patrick Crayton can be counted on in big games. Dallas will be watching the Rams situation closely and if Holt becomes available, Dallas would be willing to overpay a little bit for him because they believe it's their year to win the Super Bowl.

  • The vikings remind me of the Chicago Bears, good all around team with NO QB. Great stuff Tommy.

  • I don't know Bullet but wherever Buddy Ryan is right now, he can't be happy. lol

  • I notice that.  Whatever happened to jamming the receiver?  I don't get it either sometimes.

  • Bullet, you can forget about the defense. As long as they continue to play their corners 15 yard off the ball, I have no hope for them. They have four corners who excel in press, man-to-man coverage and they are playing soft. I just don't get it. You are giving up big plays anyway so you might as well be more aggressive. All that talent and they play scared on defense. I'm clueless.

  • After Monday night, I'd worry more about the defense than getting Holt.  They can already put up points, they need to stop points against 'em...just like my Broncos...IMO

  • I saw it Matt. I had the Giants -8.5. Trust me, I saw it. lol The combo of TO and Holt would be scary but I don't think it will happen. A lot of things would have to fall into place for that deal to get done but for now I can dream.

  • Tom if the 'Boys get Holt they will be scary.  Did you see the TD catch he had on Sunday?  He is a great and very smart receiver.

    Great job getting the info, interesting stuff.

  • What's going on with Deuce McAllister with the Saints? Is going to be able to Play this Year?

  • Thanks guys. It's a lot of fun for me just to get the info. It's amazing what some of these freaking guys know and can't report. Trust me, I have even better stuff that I was told, "Don't print this" before they started talking. Yeah Steeltown, I had a tough Saturday last week so I called a couple of NFL guys I know and they couldn't stop talking about the mess up in St. Louis. That's why I had a top play on the Giants. However, with all the injuries the Hawks have, I'm not sure they can even field a team. I will probably pass on that one. Good luck.

  • Always enjoy your ingisht & especially in the NFL Tommy.

  • Love the weekly whispers Tommy.  Scary to think what that offense will be like with Holt opposite T.O.  Two of the best route runners in the game.  Is it just me, or does Norv Turner always look confused on the sidelines?  Your bit on the Rams makes me wanna take the Hawks this week, even though I had a fade policy on them this year.