Jul 4, 2011
A slow time of year for news is even slower during this holiday weekend, which means an abbreviated blog today. Here is a look at some of the news, notes, and nuggets from around the league.
We’ve gotten some interesting tidbits from Camp Alex, the 49er player-run workouts led by QB Alex Smith. However, one of the most important components of the team’s offense has been rehabbing across the country. RB Frank Gore broke his hip in November, but Smith said the updates he’s gotten on Gore have been “encouraging.” Also, Smith noted that Gore should ready when he hits the field since he met with RB coach Tom Rathman extensively before the lockout to learn the new offense.
A few weeks back, we learned that the #1 overall pick, QB Cam Newton, would be working with former Panther QB Chris Weinke to learn the team’s new offense. Newton got a playbook on the one day the lockout was lifted, so he’s been able to share that with Weinke. Newton is also getting help from former NFL QB Ken Dorsey, who played for new Panther OC Rob Chudzinski at the University of Miami and with the Browns. Dorsey’s knowledge of Chudzinski’s offense has allowed him to share the nuances and concepts of plays with Newton. Both Weinke and Dorsey work for IMG, with Weinke serving as the director of the IMG Madden Football Academy. Weinke believes that about 90 percent of the offense has been installed, not only on the field, but in the classroom as well.
While Kerry Collins looks like the most logical option to be the veteran QB the Titans are looking for in 2011, don’t count out the possibility of Matt Hasselbeck filling that role instead. In addition to members of the team’s front office having ties to Seattle, rookie QB Jake Locker has worked with Hasselbeck when they were both in Washington.
It wouldn’t be a blog without an update on the labor talks, and there looked to be some optimism heading into the weekend. While the two sides won’t meet until Tuesday in New York, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello made it known that the two sides were continuing communication over the weekend with lawyers drafting language for a potential agreement.
Finally, be sure to check out John Hansen’s blog with an extensive update on the health of Maurice Jones-Drew, who was a guest on Sirius/XM Fantasy Football on Friday night with Hansen and Adam Caplan. Speaking of the show, Joe Dolan and I will be back hosting tonight from 8-11 EST on Sirius 210/XM 87.