Adam Schefter on D&C 11/6
|11.06.09 at 1:28 pm ET|
ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined D&C this morning to talk about potential coaching moves and firings in the upcoming weeks, his opinion on Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, and his relationship with fellow analyst Chris Mortensen.
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Which NFL team is the biggest mess right now? There is no other answer than the Oakland Raiders.
Cleveland get some votes.
Exactly, I wondered this week if I would rather be a Raiders fan or a Browns fan.
Are you thinking [Tom Cable] survives the season?
I think he may survive the season. I think that we all would expect that he won’t survive beyond that. I think that’s certainly fair to say. He was on thin ice as it was this report only cemented that. Let’s keep in mind, he was never charged with anything in these reports. He never had a civil case brought against him. And while domestic violence is deplorable and I emphasize that deplorable, he never broke the law with these cases. The problem here is when you tack onto what he went onto what he went through with Randy Hanson, he was absolved of those it doesn’t look good and there’s a pattern of behavior here that’s very disturbing. Certainly leaves everybody to wonder is this man capable of leading a football team as head coach and I think Raiders fans have their answer.
I think there’s sort of a Raiders against the world mentality that might get Cable to the end of the season.
I think he gets to the end of the season . Maybe not the end but maybe two, three, four games left. At some point these owners are going to want to take a running start at some of these coaches that are available. Now, you can’t go interview the hot, young coordinators, usually Al Davis likes to go interview somebody that’s hot and young and nobody knows. He has his eyes on people like that. There may be a rush to go get the Mike Holmgrens and Mike Shanahans and Jon Grudens and Bill Cowhers of the world. So, you may see some of these firings a little quicker this year than normal. I think that’s one of the reasons that we saw that play in Washington why there was so much chatter there with Jim Zorn. Usually we always see a firing or two right around Thanksgiving, shortly there after. To me, that’s usually the time when I start punching the clock and say “Okay, my coach watch begins right now, right after Thanksgiving weekend.” I think maybe even this year it moves up a week or so.
Do you see guys holding out and trying to play Daniel Snyder against Jerry Jones?
Absolutely, I think that’s the smart move on anyone’s part at this point in time. Now, we don’t know if Dallas is going to make a move. Dallas may wind up winning the NFC East. It wouldn’t shock me at all the way Dallas is playing.
There are just as many former Super Bowl champion coaches as there are jobs available.
Let me give you the hot spots to watch: Dallas, Washington, Carolina, Buffalo, Oakland, San Diego, Tennessee, Tampa, maybe Cleveland, maybe Jacksonville, maybe Chicago, maybe Houston, that 12. Some of those teams are going to make a late push for the playoffs and absolutely save their coach’s job, enhance their coach’s standing, maybe even land their coach an extension. But some are going to fall off the map and struggle. I gave you 12 places that there could be a change. There’s always a surprise or two. So, you’re looking at all sorts of changes potentially. Again, it’s no different than any other year, we’ve seen a lot of it lately, we are going to see more of it in the future.
Would it be more current Super Bowl winners who are offensive-minded?
I think every city and every franchise is going to have its own preferences. I think that if you are Carolina you just want to make a change. You plug in Bill Cowher who played for NC State and is popular in that area who lives in that area I think that move makes a lot of sense. I think if you’re the Washington Redskins and Jim Zorn and you went the unproven coaching route and it didn’t work the way you wanted, you want to go proven be it Mike Holmgren or Mike Shanahan or whoever. I think if you are Dallas and you went with a defensive-mind like Wade Phillips, you want to go offense now be it Mike Holmgren or Mike Shanahan. Every situation is different, every circumstance is different and a lot of that will determine where these coaches wind up landing.
In your estimation, is it possible that it has gone so bad for [Eric] Mangini in Cleveland and Zorn in Washington that they might not get another job?
No, I think if [Mangini] loses that job in Cleveland, I think for him to ever be a head coach again it would take a situation like this. Let’s just say again, hypothetically, the Jetshired him back as an assistant coach defensive backs and two years from now Rex Ryan just the team went in the tank, they’re 0-4, everyone’s fighting. They make a change the middle of the season and they go with Eric as the interim guy because he’s experienced and all of a sudden he rallies that team together. Short of that, I don’t see him getting a head coaching job anytime soon.
Do you think there’s any way we’ll see a repeat of last year [with Brett Favre] when he was 8-3 and ended up 9-7 and cost the coach his job? Was that an aberration? Is he physically and mentally ready to go 16, 18, 20 games into the season?
I think what’s funny and ironic about that whole question and it’s a question we’ve been asking since he’s signed with Minnesota is that we’re talking about the player that has been the most durable player in NFL history and we’re wondering whether he can last and rightfully so. Because what happened last year when the Jets were 8-3 was that he had the torn bicep tendon, the Jets were not the same, they floundered down the stretch. I think that Vikings team is better I think its defense is stronger and sounder, its running game is stronger and sounder its got more weapons in wide receiver and on special teams and I think its better team in a softer division, so I don’t see that happening. I do wonder whether Favre can hold up the entire year like anyone else because he is 40 years old and you have to wonder whether the Vikings have him on some kind of pitch count in practice. But if Favre can stay healthy, we’re looking at one of those stories where he can lead that team to a Super Bowl title. They are to me the best team in the NFC. I think they are better and tougher than New Orleans.
Who is the second-best team in the AFC East?
Right now would be the Miami Dolphins.
Who will finish in second at the end of the season?
I think Miami will finish in second. They’ve beaten the Jets twice so they have that advantage so the Jets have to beat them by a full game and that may not be easy to do. The Jets have had a decent season, they already beat the Patriots those two killer losses to Miami really were a major setback to that organization right now.
I will go to Detroit at Seattle only because I love the stadium in Seattle and Jacksonville is going to have no electricity in the air and it may be a better game, but I’ll take the up-and-coming Lions against the struggling Seahawks in a great atmosphere in the Pacific Northwest in a great stadium that has coffee stands all around the stadium. I could live with that.
It appears you and Mort [Chris Mortensen] get along well. That’s an act, right?
Honestly, it makes me glad to hear you say that because that’s the truth. He has been incredibly supportive. He helped recruit me to ESPN, he’s been behind it. He’s welcoming and gracious, a real pro. It’s been an honor for me to get to work side-by-side with him. It’s kind of cool to go into work and say “What do you got today, let me here” and we got these results and we’re comparing and we go on air with. He’s got great information and it’s fun to sit down to have somebody else that you do that with that you watch for years and you respect. What you sensed was real.
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