Rider's NFL Whispers (10/22/08)


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Rider's NFL Whispers (10/22/08)

Tommy Rider says Laurence Maroney can kiss New England good-bye after the season.

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 have been following this column, you know I've said more than once that Laurence Maroney has played his final game with the Patriots. Well, Bill Belichick made that official this week by placing Maroney on IR with a "shoulder injury." The truth is, Maroney is about as injured as I am. After that play against San Fran that I mentioned two weeks ago where he ran out of bounds instead of trying for the first down, Maroney sealed his fate in New England. Belichick has given him plenty of chances to get on board with the program but he just doesn't get it. So why put him on IR? Because now he won't be around the team, so the coaching staff doesn't have to worry about the "playful" Maroney distracting anyone. As expected, I've been told that Maroney's locker has already been cleared out and he will either be traded or released this offseason. Any way you slice it, he's played his last down in New England. I really wish I could tell you what Vince Wilfork once told us about Maroney but I don't want to start any trouble. I'll give you one hint, look at the picture at the top of this page.

One last thing about the Patriots. As expected, Rodney Harrison's career is over. I know someone who spoke to him personally and Harrison told him, "I'm all done brother."

 --Speaking of running backs who have worn out their welcome, I'm told by a pretty informed NFL Insider that this is Larry Johnson's final season in Kansas City. As reported, the Chiefs tried to move LJ before the trade deadline but no team wanted him. However, expect that to change this offseason. Johnson will be moved before the draft and the NFL Insider I spoke to said the Steelers and Broncos are two teams likely to pursue the disgruntled back 

--For those of you waiting for the Colts to wake up, you could be in for a long wait. I spoke to an NFL scout and asked him about Indy's problems so far this season. His response? The team isn't very good. "I grade out the teams on how they play, not what their record is," he said. "Right now, the Colts are a one-win team. They have only played one good game all year. The defense is the same as its always been but it's magnified now because the offense isn't nearly as productive as it was in the past. The team looks old. The line can't block anyone, the receivers can't get open and Manning is out of rhythm to the point where he looks lost at times. They just aren't a very good football team."

 --Don't expect an NFL team to ever do what the Seahawks did by naming a new coach and making the other guy a lame duck. That doesn't work when you are trying to lead players who make $20 million a year.  His players don't respect him and you can see that he is just thinking about his next tee time. According to one I spoke to, "It's just a mess up there right now. How can Holmgren preach to his team not to quit on the season when he is quiting after the season? The players just aren't responding to him the way they used to. Internally the Seahawks know they made a mistake by keeping Holmgren on for one more year and at this point, they just can't wait for this nightmare season to come to an end."

  • I couldn't agree more TR. I love watching Harrison and the old time safties play. They made receivers piss their pants if they came over the middle. Mabye Goodell wants two hand touch?

  • No I don't Altham. Safeties not named Ronnie Lott rarely make the Hall and Lott played corner as well. From the people I've talked to, they tell me Harrison has very little chance. Like I've said before, Harrison was dirty on the field but he's the nicest guy in the world off it. And I like that he was "dirty." He plays the game how we want it to be played in my opinion. Now defensive players are a bunch of pansies. You can't name a safety anymore that plays the way Harrison did. Roy Williams? Please. Harrison is the last of a dying breed. Kids aren't taught to play football the way he did anymore, so you will never see guys like Harrison and John Lynch ever again. You can't. They would be broke in two years with all the fines that Communist Goodell hands down.

  • TR,

    Do you think Harrison will make the hall of fame? What a shame if he didn't!! As always, great read.

  • Great point about Holmgren.  When players know they will outlast the coach there is a tendency to put it in cruise control and start playing for your self preservation as opposed to going balls to the wall for a guy that won't be there.

    The problem is, I don't know how many of the players respect Jim Mora either.  At the end of his tenure in Atlanta he was joke and the players had lost all respect for him.

    I'm so tired of the coach carousel and how the same guys keep getting recycled (i.e. Mora, Haslett, Philips, Norv, etc.).  It took forever for Mike Singletary to get a job and he has commanded respect every where he's been.  

  • Matty, the Cowboys have a coach? Since when?

    Spartan, I've been told that LJ is one of the worst guys in the NFL, along with Joey Porter. "Worst" meaning just a downright bad person. I don't him personally, that's just what I've been told.  

  • I think there is a strong possibility Johnson does not play another down for the Chiefs. The guy is a creep, talented but not worth all the baggage.

  • Great point about the Seahawks Tommy.  Looks like that same approach isn't working too well in Big D either LOL