Yeah, I said that a couple of nights ago too, before the phone woke me up in the middle of the night. Oh well, as the man says, beats the alternative.
Anyway, here's what I've gathered after a day split between texts and calls and hanging with my daughter (who's showing signs of becoming quite the bowler) thanks to a teachers workday.
-- You know how when people reach that uncomfortable point in the relationship and they leave and say "it's just time"? That's kind of where the Panthers and former DC Mike Trgovac were. Everybody respects everybody else, but they needed to get away from each other.
Trgovac's been doing good work and getting his toes stepped on and not saying anything, while taking a lot of crap about it. So now he goes to Green Bay with Dom Capers, and that defense is 10 spots better in the rankings even if they don't change any of the players.
(Side note: I do think former Appalachian State star Jason Hunter might be one of the true beneficiaries of the deal. He's too narrow to be a traditional defensive end, but he can rush the passer, as we well know. Dom might fall for him, as he's been trying to find such tweeners for years. Jason, from one Mountaineer to another, this is your chance. Find Dom as soon as he gets to Wisconsin, offer him your guest room, whatever. Don't let him out of your sight.)
I also think Trgovac's worn down by the entire process, as he sounded weary Friday on the phone, like he was looking forward to nothing more than watching his son play hockey tomorrow morning.
-- I don't think Herm Edwards ends up here coaching defensive backs. I don't think Herm Edwards ends up coaching anywhere. I think Herm Edwards ends up in a TV studio on Sunday mornings and afternoons.
At this point, it's probably his best bet, because he'd likely be able to go straight from TV to a head coaching gig in a year or two, and he'd be really good on TV. Really good. If you're a producer, put him next to Keyshawn, roll tape and put your feet up.
-- Call it a hunch, but I think the Panthers are going to have their staff together before the Super Bowl kicks off next Sunday night.
The one thing John Fox might be best at is talking people into stuff, and getting four guys to come work for him is the next thing on his list.
There are enough established guys out there to pick from, and honestly, I think they could take any of the established guys -- Dave McGinnis (a sleeper pick, who'd do a great job), Jim Haslett or Romeo Crennel -- and be fine.