Rich Gannon redux? [Gannon] was a 36-year-old journeyman quarterback without a single season over 60.0 percent on completions when Marc Trestman entered his life in 2001. Less than two years later, Gannon won the NFL Most Valuable Player award with a career year and a completion percentage of 67.6. Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown was a 34-year-old journeyman with a career completion percentage of 58.0 when Trestman first applied his Midas touch. ... NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday afternoon that the Bears are "hopeful" of getting [Jay Cutler] back from his high-ankle sprain for Week 15 against the Browns. Rapoport also surmised that with every quality performance by McCown, it's looking "less and less likely" that the Bears will re-sign Cutler to a long-term extension. (NFL.com) Comment
Might Mack Brown lose an ally in Austin? [In news] that impacts and potentially trumps the football coach situation, Texas president Bill Powers found his name and employment as an agenda item for the UT Board of Regents meeting Thursday. ... "It creates an element of uncertainty," said a source familiar with the situation. A second source indicated that [new AD Steve Patterson's] meeting with Brown about the program's future was positive and productive Sunday in their first extended talk since Patterson became AD last month, replacing DeLoss Dodds. But Thursday's regents meeting and Powers' situation have left the coaching situation in a holding pattern with no decision yet made on Brown's future. One of the sources suggested that Brown's status and the rumors swirling about Saban gave the regents an opening to look at Powers. Any complications with Powers would spill over to football. (Dallas Morning News) Comment
By moving Rudy Gay, Masai Ujiri has made it fairly clear that future takes precedence over present in Toronto these days. [Ujiri's] not done. Not close, really. This group is too talented to have a shot at the draft's big names, so more change will come. "I couldn't tell you where the team is going to go from here. Sometimes, you have to make change," Ujiri said. "I know the words everyone uses. There are different speculations. We're trying to figure out how we can make this team better. Whether it's now or the future, we're trying to keep that in mind." ... Kyle Lowry, expected to be the next Raptor to change his address, told the Sun on Sunday in Los Angeles that they get it. "You didn't expect it to happen this fast or this soon, but you knew or at least felt it was coming," Lowry said. (Toronto Sun) Comment
Julius Peppers and the Bears buried Tony Romo and the Cowboys in a 45-28 blowout. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)
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