Bill Parcells has suddenly become a hot commodity again in the NFL. In an off-season that has already featured more than its share of unexpected twists, here’s yet another one: Vikings owner Zygi Wilf is going hard after the 70-year-old former coach and executive to “run the show” in Minnesota, according to the New York Post. Parcells, whose last NFL job as executive vice president of football operations with the Miami Dolphins ended midseason in 2010, has been rumored to be a candidate for the New Orleans Saints‘ interim coaching job if his close friend Sean Payton‘s one-year suspension is upheld.
We’ve never seen an NFL team adjust to having its coach being on a forced one-year sabbatical. For the NFL Films-produced Knocks to show how the team adjusts to Sean Payton being sidelined because of his team’s paying bounties — and how the team reacts to Bountygate generally — could give the NFL’s vaunted film arm even more credibility. The NFL, having been happy to hail the Saints as a symbol of a beleaguered city, should cast a spotlight on a team it put in a bizarre situation.
Only the Seattle Seahawks underwent a significant change to their uniform jersey and pants, incorporating elements that pay homage to the Native American roots of Seattle and to “the 12th Man” support of its fans at home games. The Carolina Panthers changed their logo, too, but that was handled by the NFL, not Nike. The NFL restricts its teams from making significant changes to their uniforms more than once every five years and tends to be dominated by conservative owners who would rather not rock the boat with fan bases that have supported them for a long time. (The league dates itself to 1920, and some franchises are even older.) So most teams limited their changes Tuesday to the design and technological advances Nike had already introduced with colleges it supplies, including Oregon and Oregon State.
We already know the New Orleans Saints will kick off the preseason by playing in the Hall of Fame Game. We now also know the Saints will play at Tennessee in Week Four of the preseason.
Within a few hours, we should know all the preseason matchups for the Saints and the other three NFC South teams.
The Philadelphia Eaglesand offensive tackle Demetress Bell have agreed to terms on a five-year deal, the team announced Wednesday. Bell, who has spent all of his three-year career with the Buffalo Bills, visited with the Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers before deciding to play in Philadelphia. The Eagles were in need of a tackle after losing five-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters to an Achilles injury recently. Peters had surgery Tuesday and could miss the entire 2012 season.
The 2012 NFL Draft is less than a month away, so scouts are meeting around the clock to put the finishing touches on draft boards as pro days come to a close. Although team visits, private workouts and medical evaluations could alter the landscape leading up to draft day, here is how I envision most draft boards across the league at this point in the process:
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