NFL.com Staff | Tags: Three and out, Aaron Hernandez, Chicago Bears, Jamaal Charles, Jay Cutler, Josh McDaniels, Kansas City Chiefs, marion barber, Matt Forte, Mike Tice, New England Patriots, Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady
Charles happy with rehab efforts: After missing nearly the entire season with a knee injury, Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles told NFL.com’s Michael Fabiano that he’s “coming back stronger and faster” next season. That’s intriguing news for anyone with Charles in a keeper league. In most instances it takes a player a full season to regain his strength and speed after major knee surgery, but considering Charles was injured in Week 2, it will be nearly a full year by the time he laces them up for the preseason. With a dearth of bell-cow RBs in the NFL, holding onto the former Texas Longhorn isn’t a bad idea.
Tice named Bears offensive coordinator: In the wake of Mike Martz’s resignation, the Bears have elevated Mike Tice to the position of offensive coordinator. While it’s hard to imagine Chicago going completely away from Jay Cutler and the passing game, NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora suggests that Tice could usher in more of a “ground-and-pound” mentality. That’s good news for Matt Forte and Marion Barber next season.
McDaniels back to Patriots?: Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has been granted permission to seek new employment and is garnering interest from the Patriots, where he was offensive coordinator from 2006-08. It’s hard to imagine New England’s offense being any more potent than it was this season, but McDaniels was at the controls during Tom Brady’s 50-touchdown season in ’07. With Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez as weapons to work with, it could be another banner year for the Patriots’ offense.
– Marcas Grant