-- As first reported by George Wallace of WTOP Radio, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris is in Washington, D.C., talking to the Redskins about … well, something. And since the Shanahans don't need any specific advice on how to tank a season like the Bucs just did (they have that well-covered, thank you), we can assume that Raheem might be discussing a position on the team's defensive staff.
Of course, Raheem has a history with Kyle Shanahan — both men were on the Bucs' staff for a time, and that's where Kyle was arrested and charged with misdemeanor intoxication in February, 2005, during the week of the scouting combine.
Great sentence in the linked article: "Shanahan was being 'loud, belligerent and causing a scene' after being escorted from the Have a Nice Day Cafe at 2:07 a.m. Sunday, according to a report filed by Indianapolis Police Officer Eric B. Simmons." Raheem was with Kyle at the time, though there is no record of him causing a scene as well. Yay, Redskins! You could make covering the 2012 combine even more interesting! [Tampa Bay Times]
-- In a move that surprises nobody, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler went to Lovie Smith and let him know that it would really be OK to move on without offensive coordinator Mike Martz, who resigned this week due to "philosophical differences." We get the sense that the primary difference was this: Martz thought he should still have a job, and the Bears did not. Here's a question: Which "offensive genius" fell further in 2011, Martz or Josh McDaniels? Dueling egos at high noon! [Chicago Tribune]
-- Deposed Indianapolis Colts vice chairman Bill Polian believes that it was his failure to put together the right backup quarterback plan that got him fired. "I've always told the staff that our approach should be to hope for the best but plan for the worst, and I didn't do an adequate enough job of planning for the circumstances we were in," Polian told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "It led to this catastrophe."
Well … there was that, but the Patriots went 11-5 without Tom Brady in 2008, Bill. The real reason you got fired was that your last five drafts were abysmal (not a front-line starter among them), you put your son in charge of those drafts, you tried to intimidate anyone who questioned your "genius," and when you're going to be as jerky as you generally have been, you'd best continue to be great at what you do. The whole "reign of terror" thing doesn't work as well when you've lost your fastball. We're just sayin'… [Indianapolis Star]
-- Read about Tennessee's first-and-35, Mike Adams' 60-yard penalty, Victor Cruz's 89-yard YAC, and other statistical oddities. [Football Outsiders]
-- In 2011, the Atlanta Falcons became the first team in NFL history to feature all of these things at the same time: a 4,000-yard passer (Matt Ryan), a 1,000-yard rusher (Michael Turner), a wide receiver with 100 catches (Roddy White) and a tight end with at least 80 catches (Tony Gonzalez). And yet, only Gonzalez made the Pro Bowl. Ryan may be right when he claims that the Falcons are under the radar. [Wall Street Journal]
-- Finally … have you gone the entire New Year without seeing former Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans great Eddie George as Julius Caesar at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival? Well, that's why we're here — to fill those little gaps in your life. You're welcome.