NFP Friday Buzz: Babin, McClain and more

*Jason Babin’s release in Philadelphia wasn’t so much about Babin’s ability as much as it was about where the Eagles are as an organization. Ownership and management, from what we’ve been told, want Andy Reid to start using more young players so the team can get a good feel going into 2013. Getting rid of Babin was the only way defensive line coach Jim Washburn was going to play Vinny Curry more. The rebuilding project in Philadelphia starts now.

*Rolondo McClain’s hints that he soon will be leaving Oakland had personnel men all across the league watching tape of the Raiders defense—and not liking what they’ve seen from McClain. As the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft, McClain was highly regarded for his physical style, instincts and play speed. But scouts aren’t seeing that now. They say he has not attacked blocks well, plays slow, is exposed in space and is marginal in coverage. One questioned if McClain might be going through the motions. “Looks like he’s lost his edge,” he said.

*The word around the NFL is former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo is getting some play as a potential general manager or consultant and is likely to get back in the game in 2013. The Bears’ success this year reflects well on him, as Angelo constructed the roster, hired Lovie Smith and most of the front office. What’s more, he oversaw a team that had sustained success.

*The firing of Titans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer caught some by surprise only because it happened with five weeks remaining in the season. Some suspected it might happen about a month ago, but it’s late in the season for a change. The buzz from Tennessee is head coach Mike Munchak hopes that new coordinator Dwight Loggains will be able to tailor the offense more around the personnel, and specifically quarterback Jake Locker. There is a feeling Locker was not allowed to play to his strengths.

*It’s no secret around the league that Dolphins left tackle Jake Long is not having a great season in his contract year. This could affect his future in Miami. Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland did publicly say he wants Long “around for a long time,” but several personnel people around the league who are evaluating free agents are speculating Long will not have his contract extended. In addition to Long’s play, another interesting factor is Joe Philbin has a history of not being afraid to develop young offensive linemen. This will be an interesting one to watch.

Upcoming Games

Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

Carolina +3.5 -110

Minnesota -3.5 -110

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Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

Tennessee +3 -120

Indianapolis -3 -120

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Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

Arizona -1.5 -110

New England +1.5 -110

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Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

Cleveland -6.5 -110

Jacksonville +6.5 -110

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Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

Miami -7 -115

NY Jets +7 -115

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Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

Las Vegas -3 -110

Atlanta +3 -110

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Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

NY Giants -6 -110

Cincinnati +6 -110

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Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

LA Chargers +5 -110

Buffalo -5 -110

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Nov 29th, 1:15 PM

Baltimore +4.5 -110

Pittsburgh -4.5 -110

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Nov 29th, 4:05 PM

San Francisco +6.5 -110

LA Rams -6.5 -110

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Nov 29th, 4:05 PM

New Orleans -6 -110

Denver +6 -110

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Nov 29th, 4:25 PM

Kansas City -3.5 -110

Tampa Bay +3.5 -110

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Nov 29th, 8:20 PM

Chicago +8.5 -110

Green Bay -8.5 -110

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Nov 30th, 8:15 PM

Seattle -5 -110

Philadelphia +5 -110

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Dec 3rd, 8:20 PM

Dallas +7 -110

Baltimore -7 -110

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Dec 6th, 1:00 PM

Cleveland +3.5 -115

Tennessee -3.5 -115

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Dec 6th, 1:00 PM

Indianapolis -3 -120

Houston +3 -120

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Dec 6th, 1:00 PM

Detroit +5.5 -105

Chicago -5.5 -105

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Dec 6th, 1:00 PM

Jacksonville +9.5 -115

Minnesota -9.5 -115

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Dec 6th, 1:00 PM

Las Vegas -8 -110

NY Jets +8 -110

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Dec 6th, 1:00 PM

New Orleans -3.5 -120

Atlanta +3.5 -120

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Dec 6th, 1:00 PM

Washington +10.5 -110

Pittsburgh -10.5 -110

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Dec 6th, 1:00 PM

Cincinnati +10.5 -110

Miami -10.5 -110

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Dec 6th, 4:05 PM

NY Giants +7.5 -115

Seattle -7.5 -115

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Dec 6th, 4:05 PM

LA Rams -1.5 -110

Arizona +1.5 -110

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Dec 6th, 4:25 PM

New England +2.5 -110

LA Chargers -2.5 -110

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Dec 6th, 4:25 PM

Philadelphia +7 -110

Green Bay -7 -110

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Dec 6th, 8:20 PM

Denver +13 -110

Kansas City -13 -110

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