Usually when we do an afternoon links post in addition to our morning links, it’s either a sign of an incredibly slow day, or there were a handful of compelling stories that weren’t quite worthy of their own post.
We’ll let you decide which excuse is used today.
- Last Friday we first heard from Eagles head coach Andy Reid that teams have “shown a little interest” in quarterback Kevin Kolb, and that the organization is evaluating its next move regarding a possible trade. Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News asked Reid for an update on the Kolb talks. Reid compared Kolb to Matt Hasselbeck circa 2001, and repeated that he has no desire to trade Michael Vick.
- One possible destination for Kolb is San Francisco, where new head coach Jim Harbaugh may or may not be content with Alex Smith.
- ESPN assembled some of their analysts to vote on the best pass rushers in the game, which triggered a profane reaction from Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo.
- Darren Rovell passed along another creative idea for a lockout-themed Madden ’12 cover.
- The autopsy report for Dave Duerson is pretty tough to read.
- Tony Sparano is seeing signs of progress from Chad Henne. The problem with Sparano’s optimism is that the numbers don’t back him up.
- Nick Fairley has emerged as the biggest “boom or bust” candidate in this year’s draft, according to ESPN analyst Todd McShay.
- The attention of the draft silly season is also focused on the battle to be the first receiver off the board between Julio Jones and A.J Green. McShay chimed in here too, saying that Green still provides the most explosiveness. Meanwhile, Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution thinks the Falcons should do everything in their power to trade up from their 27th overall slot to get Green.