I haven't given up on the season. But when news for '06 breaks, you can't let it slide.
-- The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports today that Vikings safety Corey Chavous is all but certain to hit the free agent market next year. Chavous was rumored to be a Cowboys target in the early summer but remained in Minnesota.
Pro Football Weekly ranked Chavous 8th at his position in its 2005 annual, saying,
One of the smartest, hardest working players around...aggressive and instictive with very good range... has played a lot of strong safety, for which he has the toughness and demeanor, but would be a much better fit at free safety.
-- With LB coach Gary Gibbs passing on the Texas A&M defensive coordinator's job, the Cowboys will likely keep their coaching staff intact in '06, unless Parcells cycles out some assistants. Those on the biggest hot seats, IMO, are TE coach Paul Pasqualoni and OL coach Tony Sparano.
The Giants and Redskins, on the other hand, could have major roles to fill. According to Newsday Giants' DC Tim Lewis has a strong chance to land a head coaching job next season.
The odds are even stronger for Redskins' DC Gregg Williams. The Washington Post reports that five teams have already made indirect inquiries about Williams, with the strongest speculation centering on the Rams and Texans. Redskins' officials and fans worry that Williams would take many key defensive assistants with him.