Good afternoon from Green Bay, where it was 3 degrees when I woke up this morning. Of course, it's warmed up a lot since then -- to 8. Which is still tropical compared to what they're talking about for Sunday's 5:42 p.m. CT kickoff.
More pressing matter are going on back home, apparently. Clearly, if the stories from around the country are any indication, the Ravens' job is being lumped in with the Falcons' gig as ones that should be avoided like it comes with a daily injection of ebola. How did that happen? It can't be because Jason Garrett used the Ravens to get his pay jacked up to head-coaching level without having to take on the actual responsibilities of the job, and to stay in his nice, warm cocoon and remain the people's choice in Dallas every time the Cowboys lose and the heat turns up on Wade Phillips.
That makes the Ravens a bad organization to coach for? That reflects more on Garrett than on the Ravens, I think. And lobbing in the other candidates who declined to be considered can't possibly count against them. This is a poor excuse for a franchise because Bill Cowher passed (he passed on everybody)? Kirk Ferentz (same thing)? Rod Chudzinski? At least he didn't lead Bisciotti and Co. along, like certain golden-child candidates we know.
And this is not to come off like some kind of purple and black shill. It's more about how Garrett played two franchises for his own gain. He gets rewarded for his selfishness and insincerity, but the Ravens get the bad national rep. They sure shouldn't be put in the same category as the Falcons, who really are a sad sack, with an owner who appears more clueless by the day.
My guess? The Ravens don't have a coach yet because they haven't interviewed the right people yet. Just one very wrong one.
* Still no progress on Rex Ryan's quest to be a head coach somewhere. Now you have to wonder what the problem really is.
* Is it possible to send a more mixed message about what kind of coach, and team, the Ravens want than to consider John Harbaugh and Marty Schottenheimer?
* The two coaches here at the frozen tundra are proof positive that you just never know when or how good candidates can surface. For three years and well into this season, Tom Coughlin came off as the wrong man in the wrong place, and when the Giants caught fire, it was perceived by many that his hard-line, gruff approach was finally justified. Wrong -- according to this week's Sports Illustrated, Coughlin softened his stance considerably, made himself more approachable to his players, and is now reaping the rewards. Kind of reminds us of Brian Billick's owner-ordered alterations last year, which worked -- last year. Meanwhile, few candidates looked worse two years ago than Mike McCarthy, offensive coordinator for the 49ers, who were last in the NFL in offense that season. The Packers' offense isn't the worst in the league now, it's safe to say, and it ain't just because Brett Favre has risen from the dead. In fact, it's more the other way around, the offense has revived him.
* Long item to short. What if this time, it really isn't Randy Moss' fault? Of course, this is not to take sides or present every aspect of his case with the woman in Florida, but here is Moss' side, from his agent, sent to the Boston Globe. Not flattering to the accuser. But it is only one side.