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Hi, Nick. Thanks again for the 'bag. One question and one comment. Why is everyone saying that Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel are here to stay? Isn't the Raiders vacancy still there? Why hasn't there been more interest in Weis by the Raiders? In typical Patriots fashion, I think you have to look closely at Weis and the system he's in to see just how good he is. Imagine if he had free reign and Rich Gannon? Wow. Then everyone will say: what a surprise. Yeah, right. As for Crennel, I think the Raiders already have interest. My comment concerns Daniel Graham. I recall David Givens dropping a lot of balls last year while he learned the offense. Remember in order to drop a ball, you have to be close enough to touch it. And in this system, that is huge progress. Graham does a lot of great things that go unnoticed (block, run routes, etc.), and next year he will be more relaxed, and like Givens, break out. It would be foolish to even consider giving up on him.
-- Timothy Cardozo, New York, N.Y.
A: Tim, I keep hearing Al Davis wants to interview both, but it all depends on whether he wants a coach in their prior to the end of the Super Bowl, Now, with Sean Payton supposedly backing out of the job, I would think he'd want to wait for Charlie. On Graham, he shows you flashes of being a good player, a complete tight end. You didn't draft him in the first round to be blocking tight end, so I hope you're right that the light goes on in the near future.
Hello, Nick. This may be a dumb question and maybe you already answered a similar question at one time. I was thinking that if the NFL made a rule for when teams fired coaches after the season, that they can`t interview or hire a new coach until after the Super Bowl. That way all coaches like Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel would have a fair shot at getting interviewed and possibly hired. Not just the coaches who aren't in the playoffs. Would this work or is this a crazy idea?
-- Danny Griffin, North Pole, Ark.
A: Danny, I think there has to be some reform there. These coaches who win really are penalized for winning. Those are the guys, I would think, you'd want to hire. Now if you wait until after the Super Bowl, the problem is you've already missed out on a great scouting opportunity at the Senior Bowl. You want your coach in place for that important event. The Senior Bowl was this past week in Mobile, Ala., and all of the coaches were there. I say, let these teams not only interview coaches during their bye weeks, but allow them to hire them too. Charlie Weis isn't going to tank the Super Bowl for the Patriots because he's going to take a head coaching job someplace else. You're hired because you have integrity. Continued...