Woke to the sound of angry storm clouds here in the East. A portent of Fired-up Friday, you say? Well, it just might be. Today's going to be a good one. And if you're lucky, we might even see a return of the video mailbag.
First, however, we link:
Some interesting thoughts in here about why Jason Garrett might have a better chance to succeed as head coach than did some of his predecessors. Jean-Jacques Taylor says part of the reason is that he played for Jerry Jones and knows how he thinks. He also seems to think the draft-day additions of Tyron Smith and DeMarco Murray should help Garrett lean more on a physical run game than he has in recent years on the pass. Sensible points. It'll be interesting to see if the league ever plays again so we can find out if he's right.
And a good point in this Todd Archer analysis of a recent NFL.com ranking of the league's top pass-rushers. Todd points out that, sure, DeMarcus Ware is in the top five along with Jared Allen, Dwight Freeney, James Harrison and Julius Peppers, but that three of those four other guys has a teammate who shows up elsewhere on the list (Ray Edwards, Robert Mathis, LaMarr Woodley). If Anthony Spencer could play the way he did in 2009, Todd reasons, it would only help Ware.
Oh, and nobody has to tell me content is tough to come by right now, but Blogging the Boys is really scraping the bottom of the barrel for interview subjects.
New York Giants
A year after he blew out his knee on the first practice on the Giants' new field, Domenik Hixon says he's ready to return. And while he may be blocked at WR, if he does make it back he has a pretty good chance to help out in the return game.
The one and only Ohm breaks down the potential fallout from Thursday's revelation that Osi Umenyiora has called Giants GM Jerry Reese a liar in a sworn affidavit. Ohm is of the belief that trading Osi would do the Giants more harm than good, since their advantage post-lockout will be the relatively small number of players unfamiliar with their system. We'll see. Umenyiora does have two years left on his deal. It's impossible to imagine him getting the new deal he wants, especially after all this, but what will he do if they tell him he's stuck? Sue? He's sort of already tried that!
Apparently, Kevin Kolb has hired Trent Cole as his new agent. Nah, only kidding, but sheesh. Cole's comparing Kolb to Tom Brady makes you think he's thinking about a post-playing career as an agent, right?
Oh, and we touched on this a little bit in Thursday's item on Osi, but shortly after Adam Schefter's story on that broke, Eagles RB LeSean McCoy tweeted that Umenyiora was "overrated n soft 3rd best d-line on his team honestly." While the relative accuracy of McCoy's statement is debatable, it's unquestionably noteworthy that he made it at all in such a public forum. Should make things very interesting the next time the two play against each other -- and would make things very interesting if Osi were ever cut loose by the Giants and ended up on the Eagles.
Shemar Woods takes a quickie look at the Redskins' WR situation with the help of one of the receivers -- Anthony Armstrong, who makes it clear he thinks the young group needs a veteran in the mix. Armstrong is hopeful that Santana Moss will return, but he also said he wouldn't mind seeing Plaxico Burress sign with the team.
I wrote yesterday about how well the Redskins were doing with their player-organized workouts. Here's an item from earlier in the week that I missed. Apparently, would-be starting QB John Beck has begun videotaping the practices and reviewing film with Chris Cooley and some other players in the evenings after the practices are over.