• Shortly after we wrote the eulogy for Chad Ochocinco‘s career and said that it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Patriots give him the Randy Moss/Terrell Owens treatment, one half of that old guy comparison said that he’s still holding on. Say what you want about Moss, but at least he knew when he wasn’t wanted, and disappeared silently into football darkness. Owens remains in deep denial, and he’s still bitter towards the Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones.
  • Brandon Jacobs apologized for insulting Gisele Bundchen.
  • The Jets used a full-page ad in the New York Daily News to congratulate the Giants, showing a rare moment of class in the New York football rivalry.
  • During a radio appearance the Boston Globe’s Greg Bedard had some interesting comments regarding Wes Welker‘s free agent status. First he said that it’s nearly certain New England will use their franchise tag on Welker. That’s not the interesting part, because that’s quite expected. The interesting part came when he said that since Welker quite rightfully wants a long-term commitment and to be paid like an elite receiver, there’s a strong possibility the tag will lead to a contentious situation, and a holdout that drags well into the season. It could be a repeat of the Logan Mankins spat.
  • The copy-cat factor of the NFL leads to the natural belief that through the draft teams will attempt to duplicate what the Patriots have done with their tight ends. The problem? There isn’t nearly enough depth at the position in the 2012 draft pool.
  • The Bears are one of the NFL’s original and most historic franchises, and they lead the league with 27 players enshrined in Canton. Yet somehow after winning a championship every 5.6 years prior to the Super Bowl era, they’ve won just one since. Bear Goggles On fears that their beloved Bears are being left behind while the game evolves.
  • Plaxico Burress is a free agent in about a month, and Philadelphia is reportedly high on his list of preferred destinations.
  • When the video of Rob Gronkowski dancing first surfaced, we launched a preemptive strike on those who believe a period of dark, bottle-hugging depression is mandatory for athletes after a major loss. Fans who think like fans instead of humans have continued to rip Gronk, which is expected, though still absurd. The NFL’s old guard has also sought to protect some ancient code of behavior, and they’ve been led most recently by Rodney Harrison. As Shutdown Corner’s Doug Farrar wrote, Harrison sounds like a bitter, out of touch old man.
  • Bill Belichick will be in a group with Nick Saban when he tees off at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am later today. To review: Gronk dancing is bad, but Belichick golfing is good. What’s the accepted period of mourning after a Super Bowl loss?
  • Before the Scouting Combine, free agency, and draft buzz take our attention elsewhere, the early days of the offseason are a time for reflection. Grantland asked Kenny Powers to look back on the 2011 season, and give his perspective on Tebowmania. Naturally, Kenny Powers compared Tim Tebow to Kenny Powers.