The Patriot influence continues to infiltrate the AFC West.
First, the Raiders trade for Richard Seymour.
Then the Chiefs coach Todd Haley, influenced by former Patriots exec Scott Pioli, hires a pair of new coordinators in Bill Belichick disciples Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel.
Now the Denver Broncos, with former Pats’ assistant Josh McDaniels in charge, have split with defensive coordinator Mike Nolan with Profootballtalk.com reporting the new coordinator could be ex-Patriot Dean Pees.
The only New England-free zone is in San Diego, which did performed another playoff face-plant against the Jets Sunday.
But here’s the thing about all the former Patriots making their way to other organizations. Their effect has been far from spectacular.
After Seymour’s debut, weren’t you thinking along the lines of double-digit sacks, instead of just the four he ended up with? And if Seymour took care of business to the extent he says he did, the rest of the line must be really bad, considering the way the Raiders defended the run.
Weis was asked to leave Notre Dame with millions and Crennel was replaced in Cleveland by another former Patriot Eric Mangini, who held on to the job by his fingernails.
— Good read in the Los Angeles Times on former Raider Napoleon McCallum, hoping to run a marathon and philosophical about the grotesque injury in the 1994 season opener that ended his career.
— Nnamdi Asomugha isn’t going to complain, not with $45.3 million over three years headed his way, but he had to be at least a little envious watching the Jets’ Darrelle Revis play as spectacularly as he did on the biggest stage in New York’s win over the Chargers.
It only makes sense for a defense to adjust its scheme to put its best players in position to make plays. It’s something John Marshall should be thinking hard about this offseason, doing what Rex Ryan has done with Revis.
— At some point, Tom Cable and Warren Sapp must have had words. Sapp has taken to trashing Cable every chance he gets. He’s said Cable couldn’t lead a team to a backyard barbecue, hammered him last week on the Dan Patrick Show, claiming he knew which way Cable’s center was going before the snap 90 percent of the time, and then had this to say on his NFL.com live chat:
Q: Cable, Russell, who would you keep?
Sapp: Tom Cable couldn’t guard my dog house. At least I know Russell has skills. I don’t think Cable will be back.
— LaDainian Tomlinson has always been good on conference calls and has long had a great reputation, but his sideline demeanor when things aren’t going his way, particularly in the Chargers’ postseason meltdowns, has been awful. He has defeat written all over his face while sitting on the bench while his teammates are fighting it out.
Looks like LT has played his last game in the Raiders-Chargers series, which, considering his production against Oakland, won’t bother Raiders fans one bit.
— If the Vikings want to jam in one more touchdown against the Cowboys, so be it. Keith Brooking can complain all he wants, but as he conceded, it was up to Dallas to stop it.
Here’s the reason why the Raiders would take a knee in the same situation (if they ever happen to be up by 24 points in a playoff game) _ taking a knee is more deflating to the opposition than scoring the touchdown.
You score the touchdown, they get angry and can temporarily focus on something else other than the whipping they received. Take a knee and you’re saying, “We could score if we wanted. We just don’t have to. We’re taking it easy on you.”
Taking a knee is not only better sportsmanship and prevents fluke injury, but it’s a crushing symbol of superiority.
— Time will tell if the Raiders are in the market for a head coach, but if Buffalo is really zeroing in on Chan Gailey as its head coach, Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier ought to make the highly speculative “candidates” list despite being on the “wrong” side of the ball.
— Sure, it would be nice if Nate Kaeding to vacate his Pro Bowl spot after three missed field goals. Not that it would help Sebastian Janikowski any. Seabass’ shortest miss was from 45 yards, but he wasn’t even an alternate.