Published: March 22nd, 2010 | Tags: Brad Childress, Chicago Bears, Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant, Jay Cutler, Julius Peppers, Lovie Smith, Mike Martz, Mike Mayock, Myron Rolle, NFL Total Access, Rich Eisen, Solomon Wilcots
Much of the focus in the NFL universe right now is on Orlando, Fla. If that feels odd, you’re not alone. But that’s the case when the NFL Annual Meeting takes place every March in a non-NFL city (typically a warm-weather one).
The production meeting for Monday’s NFL Total Access just wrapped up, and a lot of what’s planned for the show (7 p.m. ET) comes straight from F-L-A. Host Rich Eisen will be joined early by insider Jason La Canfora for updates on the contract status of both Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, as well as the latest from the meetings.
NFL playbook analysts Solomon Wilcots and Mike Mayock are in from the other coast to join Eisen. Here’s a look at what else to expect:
- Mayock takes a deeper look at the two receivers who have first-round grades — Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant and Georgia Tech’s Demaryius Thomas. Both come with big question marks. Wilcots throws another name into the mix, Golden Tate, who he believes could sneak into the first round. Wilcots doesn’t believe the comparisons between Tate and Hines Ward are that far off.
- La Canfora had one-on-one interviews with Bears coach Lovie Smith and Vikings coach Brad Childress.
- The Draft Journey series featuring Myron Rolle is back with a new segment.
- The State of the Franchise series continues with the Chicago Bears. Have the Bears done enough this offseason to move ahead of the Vikings and Packers in the NFC North? Wilcots and Mayock will also examine the expected impact of new offensive coordinator Mike Martz as well as Julius Peppers, and if the problems along the offensive line can be addressed. And then there will be some thoughts on Jay Cutler, who could be facing a make-or-break year in his career. Is he more Jeff George or Dan Marino?