Rider's NFL Whispers (9/24/08)


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Rider's NFL Whispers (9/24/08)

Scott Linehan could very well be coaching his last game for the Rams this Sunday.

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.

--If you are in a fantasy football league I would suggest picking up Cowboys WR Sam Hurd. Hurd will see his first action of the year on Sunday and it probably won't be long before he's starting opposite Terrell Owens from what I've been told. I've written in this column many times how the Cowboys aren't sold on Patrick Crayton being a No. 2 receiver. The Dallas coaching staff believes he's more effective playing in the slot, similar to what Wes Welker does in New England. So far this season, Crayton has been a disaster. Teams have been able to take him out of the game by using a top corner, allowing defenses to double-team either Owens or Jason Witten. The team loves Hurd and they believed this was going to be his breakout year before he was injured late in the preseason. I expect Hurd to become much more involved in the offense in the coming weeks, with Crayton moving inside as a slot receiver.

--The league is buzzing in regards to the coaching job done by Tony Sparano last Sunday in New England. Sparano is very well-respected around the NFL and he showed his innovative and aggressive coaching style on Sunday. I really believe the Dolphins are on the right path and could be a heck of an underdog this season. They laid an egg at Arizona but rebuilding teams are going to have those kinds of days from time to time. I was talking to someone in New England and they said flat-out, "In my seven years covering the team, I have never seen Bill Belichick get outcoached to that extent. He looked lost on the sidelines and made no adjustments, which is unlike him. It was weird to see, but he looked completely clueless."

--Speaking of the Patriots, I noticed that Randy Moss looked far from interested two weeks ago in the Patriots win over the Jets. I called a buddy of mine to see what he thought and he agreed with me. So this past week, his paper had him do nothing but follow Moss on every play. The result? Here is what he had to say, "Tommy, the guy has already packed it in. I monitored him on every offensive play and if it wasn't a pass directed at him before the snap, he barely got off the line. I'm sure Bill is going to see the same thing on tape and not be happy. The thing with Moss is he came here to win and he knows they have no chance without Brady. My guess is he'll come up with a hamstring or groin injury soon. He wanted no part of playing in that game last week from what I was seeing."

--I was actually told that Scott Linehan would be fired on Monday but that obviously wasn't the case. However, this week is the last hurrah for Linehan. If the Rams get blown out at home by the Bills, Linehan will be gone on Monday. From the people I talked to around the league, they all say the move to Trent Green is an act of desperation. While Marc Bulger hasn't been playing particularly well, the offensive line is a brutal mess right now. One NFL guy I spoke to said he doesn't think Green will make it to halftime behind that line. The Rams will need an inspired performance on Sunday to save Linehan's job and quite frankly, why would the players want to do that? The guy I spoke with thinks the team could lay down this week just to get rid of Linehan. The players have lost all respect for him and want him gone.

--If you remember, the Kansas City Chiefs were dying to get Herm Edwards to be their head coach. Of course, this brought Jets fans to ask the simple question, "Why?" Well, be careful what you wish for because the Chiefs are now paying the price. One of my NFL guys was in Atlanta this week scouting the Chiefs for later in the season. He knew Kansas City was bad but even he was surprised by what he saw. "That team is a comedy of errors right now. It's one thing to be young but it's another thing to be lost and poorly coached. It looks like this team doesn't even practice. I made a comment during the game that it looked like they got some guys off the street and put uniforms on them. I was asked who would win between the Chiefs and Rams? That's a no contest. The Rams would beat that team by two touchdowns. KC will win one, possibly two games this year and that's all."

--Finally, I remember someone last week asked about Deuce McAllister. I checked around with the people I talk to and no one really knows much. They think he's going to start seeing more playing time at some point but I didn't get anything about why he is just sitting on the sidelines holding his helmet right now. If I hear any updates in the future, I'll be sure to pass it along.

  • That's a great point Deep Threat. I actually made the comment yesterday that I'm a little nervous about Alabama now because so many people like them. I thought it would have been the other way around. I do agree that the favorites tend to roll in these spots. I was thinking about that a couple of weeks ago when I had Ohio State +12 against USC. lol

  • Tout, when the public is heavy on the dog in high profile (National Audience) games --this rarely, rarely happens as I'm sure you know--the favorite almost always  rolls.  It's uncanny.   I don't gamble anymore on football, but it is the #1 statistic for consistency that I have seen in the last 25 years.  The public is betting Bama vs. Georgia--Georgia covers.  That's all I know, and I know it for sure.  With conviction.  We'll talk after.  Good luck!  I trust your loving what you're doing now?  Living in Vegas?

  • I agree Chuck. The most I got is the team really likes Pierre Thomas and he's kind of taken over Deuce's role in the offense. I think he's ready to go. It's odd. Like I said, if I hear anything more I'll pass it along.

  • I asked about Deuce McAllister. Is HE Hurt? He Dresses for Games, but doesn't Play? Saints sure NEED someone who can RUN between the Tackles!

  • That Tennessee line smells funny. I thought Auburn would be DD fav. I think Tennessee will compete.

    How about WVU -14? Only 14? I know the Herd have historically played White tight but this seems like one week where they put it together to the tune of 42-17? Cann has the tools to win games, certainly down the line but not in this spot. Am I missing something here?

    I'll throw out an underdog thats a possible ML play. Indiana +275/300ish. Their D is bad but with MSU, you can cheat run on every 1st and 2nd down and at least make life tough on the Spartans. Hoyer has looked pedestrian. Indiana's secondary is banged up bad but its not like the starters were that great anyway. I really want to see what Indiana can do on the offensive side of the ball though. MSU hasn't faced anything but prostyle QB's, the last 3 on grass. Now, they have to face Lewis on the fast track. Their pass rush now doesn't mean as much and I'm not sure their team speed on D is great.  I think Indiana could score some points and MSU will need to keep up. Love the points for sure.

  • I posted about Moss before the season started......Looks like the Moss that gives 110% thinks he got injured with Brady......I was at the game Sunday.... EVERYONE saw. The guys on vacation with the fuckin Griswolds !!!

  • Hey Deep Threat. I like Bama but we'll have to see what happens. That offensive line of theirs is the real deal and I think the Dawgs could really miss their starting NT this week. I also think Mark Richt is the only reason the Dawgs haven't won a National Title yet. He's a good coach but he tends to tighten up in big games. I couldn't agree more about Tennessee. I'm not playing it but you are so right about this is the kind of game that idiot Fulmer will win. Be sure and stop by from time to time. Even if we disagree on a game, I like to hear your opinions.

  • Tommy, it's The Deep Threat down South.  Georgia is going to beat Alabama by more than two touchdowns this weekend.  It's my only game of the week.  It's the SEC lock game of the decade.  I can give you all 7 reasons why if you're interested--jweeksy@yahoo.com.  If not, just try to do well with it.  It is a gift.  Georgia beats Alabama's ass--covering easily..too many others look tough--I like the Houston Cougars a little, and Tennessee wins these Auburn type games under Fat Phil just in time to save his ass every 2 or 3 years..Good luck with the new gig.

  • thanks for the info tommy

  • Excellent stuff bro. Thanks!