Good Morning, MHR Friends! Couple quick thoughts about the weekend. First of all, let's not say the Pats are done. Over the next two years, they have 3 first-round picks and 4 second-rounders. They'll be reloaded before we know it, and they still have these two guys named Belichick and Brady. Secondly, I hope I don't have to explain Aaron Rodgers' greatness here anymore...
"Denver’s draft preparation will be different, McDaniels said. He said last year the front office didn’t get a full opportunity to evaluate college players because he was hired in January. This year, the Broncos
already have preliminary draft rankings after scouting players during the season."
"Cutler has been pushing the Bears
to hire Bates for their offensive coordinator vacancy. Last year at this time, he was lobbying new Broncos coach Josh McDaniels to retain Bates. McDaniels appeared willing, but Bates wanted to call plays, so he left to become the assistant head coach at Southern California." I'm not sure if this was ever made clear, but Pompei's assertion that McD would've kept Bates is interesting...oh, and it's amusing that if Bates is hired by the Bears, then Cutler is basically running the show in Chi-town.
was definitely not an elite QB when he won the SB. Not even close. Aside from that, Krieger's list is reasonable. Now, what's the point? If Krieger thinks the Broncos should consider using a high draft choice on a QB (which he doesn't say), he must keep in mind that of the guys he listed, Johnson (9th), Brady (6th), and Warner (UD) weren't high picks. If his point is the Broncos are more likely to win a SB with an elite QB, then I don't really know why he bothered. We all know that.
DPP - In NFL playoffs, when going gets tough, tough get winning - Jeff Legwold
NFL - Baltimore Ravens 33 at New England Patriots 14
NFL - Fans may have witnessed the end of dynasty of the decade - Vic Carucci
Y! - Pats have to rebuild aura of invincibility - Dan Wetzel
SI - Pats just a shell of selves, more wild-card week Snap Judgments - Don Banks
CBS - Wild-card Judgements: Officials screw Pack; Pats miss Seymour - Clark Judge
ESPN - Team in transition just not tough enough - Mike Reiss
FH - Brady Ends Season With a Whimper - Dan Graziano
FH - Back to Basics, Ravens Roll the Pats - Dan Graziano
NFL - Green Bay Packers 45 at Arizona Cardinals 51
FH - Packers-Cardinals Game Ends in Officiating Controversy - Matt Snyder
Y! - Rodgers shakes off nightmarish beginning - Mike Silver
SN - 'Blessed' Cardinals survive thanks to flawless Warner - Dennis Dillon
SI - Highest scoring NFL playoff game ends with Arizona win over Green Bay - Don Banks
CBS - Warner, Rodgers make 'The Shootout' one to remember - Mike Freeman
FOX - Warner's season (and career) not done yet - Marvez
How is a team that allows 45 points at home in the playoffs really a threat?
NYT - A.F.C. Divisional Playoff Matchups - Judy Battista
NYT - N.F.C. Divisional Playoff Matchups - Judy Battista
FH - Stage Set for Divisional Round - Dave Goldberg
NFL - This is why Saints and Vikings played for dome-field advantage - Steve Wyche
SN - Wild-card Round Checkdown: Who can win next week, as well? - Vinnie Iyer
CBS - Ravens will need more from Flacco, but can he deliver? - Clark Judge
ESPN - John Clayton examines the AFC divisional playoffs
ESPN - Jeffri Chadiha asks and answers 10 NFC divisional playoff questions
AFC West News
SDUT - Zeroing in on next foe: Jets - Kevin Acee
SDUT - Interview respite for Rivera - Kevin Acee
SFC - Can Cable pass Al Davis' final exam? - Ray Ratto
SFC - Keeping Cable: pros and cons - David White
OT - To review: It's Al bad at the top - Gary Peterson
NFL - Reports: Carroll hands in resignation, will take Seattle job
NFL - Heckert leaving Eagles to become GM of Browns under Holmgren
NFL - Warner heading toward retirement?
NFL - Rooney Rule debate sparked by recent questionable interviews
PFW - Bucs' Phillips arrested on felony battery charges
SF - The Mothership - Ted Bartlett
FH - Admit It, Goodell: Rooney Rule Is a Sham - Jay Mariotti
NFP - Early entry juniors: Part II - Wes Bunting