Holmgren tips his hand on Clausen

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…The annual NFL owners meeting begins on Monday and will take place all week in Orlando, with topics ranging from the need for a new CBA to a potential new overtime format in postseason contests. The league just began its final year of the current CBA with the players union and the sides don’t appear close to a new deal. Meanwhile, owners are expected to consider a rule change proposed by the competition committee that would give both teams a chance to have at least one possession in overtime. Other topics expected to be discussed are concussions, a Super Bowl in New York and a variety of issues involving officiating and rules. Be sure to stay with the NFP all week long for full coverage. And, really, you should always stay with the NFP.

…Could we scratch Jimmy Clausen off the list of potential draft selections for the Cleveland Browns? Sure looks like it after new Browns president Mike Holmgren admitted to The Cleveland Plain Dealer that he’s not in love with the Notre Dame quarterback. “I wish I liked him more,” Holmgren said. “You know how you have a type of player that you like? It's not scientific. People like him a lot. He'll go high. But it would be hard for me [to take him].” So for Browns fans worried about another Golden Domer coming to Cleveland, it looks like you won’t have to panic on draft day — unless, of course, this is all a smokescreen. A deal with the Rams to move up and grab Sam Bradford is highly unlikely, so it looks like the Browns will choose a signal caller after their first two selections. A trade-up into the second round is also possible. For Clausen, does this mean that he is destined for the Redskins at No. 4, or will we see the Charlie Weis protege fall down the board on draft day?

…NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora talked to Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress on Sunday, and Childress said he has not talked to quarterback Brett Favre recently, but the two are exchanging texts. I still have a hard time envisioning someone older than 40 years old texting, but that’s beside the point. La Canfora writes that there is a “sense of optimism within the organization that Favre will return for the 2010 season” and that Childress believes that Favre is enjoying some downtime. I still think Favre comes back, but can he duplicate what was such a shockingly successful 2009 with the Vikes — minus the final throw in the NFC Championship?

… Per usual, upsets occurred during the first two days of the NCAA tournament. But the real madness was saved for the weekend, when a handful of lower-seeded teams advanced to the Sweet 16. Highlighted by Northern Iowa’s thorough exploitation of Kansas, a number of underdogs prevailed. How about Cornell’s beatdown of Bo Ryan’s Wisconsin Badgers? Or Washington’s dismantling of Steve Alford’s New Mexico squad? Perhaps even more puzzling was Villanova. Granted, the Wildcats weren’t playing their best basketball coming into the Big Dance. But did you really think they could play as poorly as they did in back-to-back contests — with Scottie Reynolds leading the flame out? Baylor is a very fast team to contend with, but I’m really looking forward to the matchup St. Mary’s has with the Bears in the regional semifinals.

…It was nice to see Tiger Woods take time out of his busy life to give a five-minute “interview” to ESPN and the Golf Channel — both of which were aired on Sunday evening. Tom Rinaldi and Kelly Tilghman, respectively, were the interviewers — with no subjects apparently off limits. You have to love Woods putting a time limit on the sit-down, however. He is clearly still trying to play the conductor and the maestro in setting these parameters for the media — exposing the fact that little has changed with him on that end. Does he think by doing these interviews now that he’ll be done talking about his private life anytime soon? We all know that’s not going to happen.

The most interesting story to come out of this was CBS declining the chance to air a similar interview. CBS’ LeslieAnne Wade said the network had the chance to sit down with Woods but passed because of the time limit. Wade said, however, that there is interest in “an extended interview without any restrictions.” Kudos to CBS for wanting Woods to play on its terms — might as well get your full money’s worth out of Tiger’s travails.

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