The Tennessean informs me that the kick-off changes may not be completely terrible...
Ok, so this is an end-around link because I can't find video of the interview local curmudgeon Hope Hines did with Jeff Fisher. Hines previewed the interview, which aired Sunday night, Friday on the radio, and the preview included the following tidbits:
• Jeff Fisher looked happier and healthier than he had in years, including losing 15 lbs. and those dark bags under his eyes.
• Coach Fisher passed on doing TV, despite offers from almost every network, and instead will be a consultant with the NFL league office. Fisher will apparently work closely with the officials and the rules committee throughout the year to see where the league can improve both functions. Fisher is without a doubt the most qualified person I could think of to take this newly-created role and effect positive change.
• Fisher said he will keep his farm in the Franklin area and plans on being a life-long resident of the Nashville area.
This week's MMQB delivers what I expect is the classic example of the kind of subterfuge teams use when they like a guy but don't think he'll last until their pick:
3. There's a chill around Marcell Dareus. I've been operating under the impression that the best defensive tackle in the draft would go one, two or three, and he probably still will. When scouts and GMs begin to go over players for the fourth and fifth time, and when they parse the words in their individual interviews, they're going to get nervous. Maybe that's what this is with Dareus. I can't put my finger on why, but he's cooling off in the eyes of several people I trust at the top of the draft. I still think he'd be the best pick for defensive-front-needy Denver or No. 3 Buffalo.
On that note, here's a primer from NFP on how teams lie and confuse the competition (and their fans) to manipulate the draft.
This FO feature from last week takes a look at two of the most intriguing prospects out there this year: Robert Quinn and Marvin Austin. Both players were forced to sit-out all of 2010 for doing a whole lot less than Jim Tressel, and have been lights out through the off-season so far. THey're going to be punished for missing that year on draft day, but both guys have the kind of amazing ability it takes to be a great player in the NFL.
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