Two days after Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner reportedly met with former Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren, Lerner was unwilling to discuss it when contacted by The News-Herald, which covers Northern Ohio.
“I have no comment on any matter related to the search to strengthen the Browns’ management,” Lerner wrote in an e-mail response to the News-Herald.
Lerner reportedly is not looking for a head coach, but a general manager to run the football operations side of the team, and ultimately to determine whether or not they keep head coach Eric Mangini.
On Tuesday, former Cleveland running back Jim Brown implied to a group at a luncheon that Lerner was meeting with Holmgren.
TNT columnist Dave Boling delves into the long and impressive career of Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre.
Seattle wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh says even though the Minnesota Vikings are 8-1, he still has no regrets about spurning them over Seattle.
Offensive guard Steve Hutchinson departing to Minnesota in free agency almost four years ago still haunts the Seattle Seahawks.
Gregg Bell of the Associated Press reports that the poison pill loophole the Vikings used to get Hutchinson still exists.
ESPN’s Tim Hasselbeck has his brother’s back, calling Arizona defensive tackle Darnell Dockett’s elbow to Matt Hasselbeck’s throat a dirty, cheap move.
I talked with KJR’s Ian Furness about Seattle’s lack of pass rush in this audio link.
Deon Grant talks with Furness about the upcoming game against Minnesota in this audio link.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic said defensive tackle Darnell Dockett downplayed the incident with Matt Hasselbeck. Dockett: “I would never hurt Matt Hasselbeck. I have a lot respect for guys who come in, play week-in, week-out, broke ribs, play hurt. I take my hat off to him and I would never try to do that. It’s kind of disappointing what the coach thinks.”
Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt doesn’t believe the Rams look like a 1-8 team, according to Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says strong safety Adrian Wilson is closing in on 20 interceptions and 20 sacks, which would make him the 10th person to join that elite group.
San Francisco 49ers
John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Alex Smith remain linked by the 2005 draft.
More Crumpacker: There will be no frozen tundra when the 49ers and Packers meet in Green Bay this week. I’m hoping for the same thing a month later when Seattle travels to Green Bay.
Kevin Lynch of Niners Insider says the benching of wide receiver Isaac Bruce, who apparently plans to retire at season’s end, his 16th year in the league, brings to conclusion part of the St. Louis era that included Kurt Warner, Torry Holt and head coach Mike Martz.
St. Louis Rams
Former Seahawks receiver Jordan Kent tells Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he’s ready to jump in and help, particularly on special teams.
Jim Thomas of the Post-Dispatch says former Washington State receiver Brandon Gibson has proved a quick study for the Rams.