Daily Dose: Making His Case

Daily Dose: Making His Case
Daniel E. Dobish takes a look at the National Football League news and notes from Tuesday, including a look ahead to championship week.
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Saints CB Delvin Breaux (leg) has been medically cleared for football activities.

Jan 17 - 10:29 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak has turned down the Cardinals' request for a second interview for their head-coaching vacancy.

It's a sign the Cardinals have either already settled on a head coach or Munchak may be getting the OC job in Pittsburgh if current OC Todd Haley isn't brought back. Perhaps even Munchak is simply just happy with his OL gig in Pittsburgh and doesn't see the Cardinals job as one worth leaving for considering they have no quarterback. Munchak is going to get a second chance at some point. Schefter adds that Patriots LBs coach Brian Flores is back in play for Arizona.
Jan 17 - 10:04 AM

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs reports the Bears will interview ex-Raiders OC Todd Downing for their QBs coach vacancy.

New Bears coach Matt Nagy has most of his staff set, with Mark Helfrich taking over as OC. Both will be heavily involved in Mitchell Trubisky's development, and Downing would be another solid hire despite his dreadful one-year stint as the Raiders' OC this past season. Downing, 37, was given a lot of the credit for developing Derek Carr as the Raiders' QBs coach in 2015 and 2016.
Jan 17 - 9:53 AM

The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud believes there's "no chance" the Bucs keep Doug Martin for 2018.

Martin just turned 29 four days ago and has three years left on his contract. But as a result of his drug-induced suspension at the end of the 2016 season, the guarantees in his contract were wiped away. The Bucs decided to keep him around in 2017, but Martin proved to be a waste of $7 million for Tampa Bay, averaging a pitiful 2.9 YPC for the second straight season. He has two 1,400-yard rushing seasons to go with four sub-500-yard years and is a non-factor in the pass game. Martin's sure release will save the Bucs $6.75 million against the 2018 cap.
Jan 17 - 9:47 AM

Seahawks fired DC Kris Richard and LBs coach Michael Barrow.

It's been clear for a week that Richard would be out, though Barrow's firing was previously unknown. Richard has been replaced by ex-Raiders DC Ken Norton Jr. Norton is arguably a clear downgrade, but coach Pete Carroll was determined to shake up his staff. Carroll is something of a de facto coordinator for the Seahawks, so the move won't have as big of an effect as what the Seahawks do with their player personnel.
Jan 16 - 6:25 PM

Seahawks hired ex-Colts QBs coach Brian Schottenheimer as offensive coordinator.

It was time for the Seahawks to try something new on offense. It was not time for them to hire Schottenheimer, who has overseen one ineffective offense after another at the NFL level. Some of Schottenheimer's struggles can be blamed on the defensive-minded coaches he coordinated for — namely, Rex Ryan and Jeff Fisher — but he's simply provided zero reason to believe he is someone who should be leading an NFL attack. Throwing out an injured and aging Brett Favre, Russell Wilson will be the best quarterback Schottenheimer has worked with. It's not a good development for Wilson, who has been tasked with carrying far too heavy of a load since Marshawn Lynch's decline and departure from Seattle.
Jan 16 - 6:18 PM

Steelers re-signed CB Mike Hilton to a one-year, $555,000 contract.

The Steelers' slot corner, Hilton was an exclusive rights free agent. In other words, he could only become a free agent if the Steelers let him. Playing his first regular season snaps, the 2016 UDFA was an asset at nickel back this season, and should retain his job for 2018. He will be a restricted free agent in 2019.
Jan 16 - 4:51 PM

The Charlotte Observer believes the Panthers will have a tough time re-signing impending free agent DT Star Lotulelei.

The Panthers gave fellow DT Kawann Short a big-money deal last spring, and Lotulelei is coming off arguably his worst season. Last summer, the Observer believed Lotulelei's future would depend on Vernon Butler's 2017 play. The 2016 first-rounder took a (small) step forward. Veteran Kyle Love is also signed cheaply for 2018.
Jan 16 - 4:23 PM
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