NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi joined NFL Total Access Monday to chat with host Fran Charles about a number of topics, including the status of Bills coach Dick Jauron, trade possibilities with the Oakland Raiders and the struggling Redskins’ offense.
- In Buffalo, Jauron is once again answering questions about his job security. He declined to discuss his status with the 1-4 Bills, but acknowledged the criticism he faces.”I understand why you ask it,” Jauron said. “I understand why you have to ask it. I’ll never respond to it. I just won’t respond to the question. I don’t see any reason for me to. It’s not a decision that I make. What I think is not of interest for me to hear talking to you, talking to the media. So I won’t respond to it. Again, I understand why you ask.”
- There are issues in Oakland. That’s not news. Coach Tom Cable acknowledged many of them Monday while meeting with reporters, saying “The problem is not who we’re playing, the problem is us.” As the trade deadline approaches on Oct. 20, Lombardi notes that the Raiders have called “a lot of teams” and everyone is available with the exception of about five or six players, a group that includes CB Nnamdi Asomugah and QB JaMarcus Russell. “The Raiders want to shake it up, and certainly, they should,” Lombardi said. “They’re 1-4, they’re pathetic offensively. They need to do something to kind of stimulate and change the culture of the football team.”
- In Washington, there is plenty of blame to go around. Quetions on coach Jim Zorn’s job security abound. As the offense continues to struggle, Lombardi believes that RB Clinton Portis and the team’s running game are a big part of the problem in Washingon. “When the Redskins struggle to run the ball, that means Clinton Portis and the offense struggles to move the ball,” Lombardi said. “Ultimately, this is what is going to cost Jim Zorn his job.”