As discussed in a production meeting for NFL Total Access, here are a few of the topics for today’s show with host Fran Charles and analysts Jamie Dukes and Rod Woodson. Barring any breaking news between now and 7 p.m. ET, here’s a glimpse of what you’ll see:
- Early in the show, Rod and Jamie will take a look at key players who need to have breakout seasons, or at least step up, in order for their teams to be successful next season. Who should be on this list? The obvious players are at QB, and Matt Schaub and JaMarcus Russell might be in the mix.
- As the network churns through the “32 Teams in 32 Days” series, the Bears are on the clock at No. 14. To this point, much of the conversation on the Bears has centered on QB Jay Cutler. However, other topics to be examined are Devin Hester’s impact at WR, the Bears’ offensive line with veteran LT Orlando Pace and how the pieces now fit together, and coach Lovie Smith calling the defense in the Windy City. Earlier today, we posted the Bears’ offseason spotlight, with Brian Billick and Brian Baldinger discussing whether the addition of Cutler makes the team the favorite to win the NFC North.
- NFL Network reporter Jason La Canfora will join the show for a couple of segments, examining the top available veteran free agents — a topic he blogged about today — and coaches who might find themselves on the hot seat this season. The “hot seat” topic generated a lot of debate in today’s meeting. With 11 rookie head coaches in 2009, it’s a short — but still debatable — list. Names such as Houston’s Gary Kubiak, Dallas’ Wade Phillips, Minnesota’s Brad Childress, New Orelans’ Sean Payton, Buffalo’s Dick Jauron and Washington’s Jim Zorn were tossed around. We’ll see who makes the list.
- Finally, last but not least, Rod unveils his latest “Best In The Biz” — his list of the top five safeties. Will Ed Reed, Troy Polamalu or someone else be at No. 1? Rod’s position rankings have generated quite the buzz. Earlier this week, Rod disclosed his top middle linebackers, edge rushers and defensive tackles.