Around the NFL: Crabtree Questioned, Rob Ryan Visits St. Louis, Mallett to Cleveland?
By Danny Cox
Finally, the news on NFL coaches and vacancies is starting to slow down after the mess that was Black Monday and all of the wrath that it brought. Now though, there are still a bit of interesting happenings going on in the NFL regarding certain coaches, tradable players, and some that may be in a little bit of trouble with the law.
Wide receiver Michael Crabtree being questioned by police
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree is part of an investigation being done by police that has to deal with a sexual assault allegation. The alleged assault happening in a San Francisco hotel room early on Sunday after the 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.
Crabtree has his attorney present when interviewed by the police and he has cooperated during the entire investigation per a written statement from police. The 49ers receiver has not been detained or arrested, but did agree to make himself available for future questioning if necessary.
Besides the fact that the investigation was handed over to the special victims unit, there have been no further details released by the police. 49ers general manager Trent Baalke released a statement advising that the team is well aware of the allegations and all that is going on with Crabtree.
“The 49ers take such matters very seriously,” he said in a statement. “We will have no further comment at this time as the legal process is ongoing.”
This investigation should cause no problems for Crabtree as he flew with the team to Atlanta for the NFC Championship Game on Sunday against the Falcons. All other questions have been forwarded by the team to Crabtree’s attorney.
Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan meeting with the Rams
Rob Ryan was recently let go by the Dallas Cowboys as defensive coordinator, and he advised everyone that he would only be “out of work for five minutes.” While it has technically been a bit longer, he may not be out of a job for too much more time. Ryan met on Friday with the St. Louis Rams regarding their vacant defensive coordinator position.
Last season, the Rams’ defense was guided and coached by a random array of assistants after newly hired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was indefinitely suspended by the NFL for his role in the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal. It was revealed earlier in January that Williams would not be with the Rams next season.
The NFL still had not revealed when Williams would be reinstated by the NFL.
Quarterback Ryan Mallett possibly heading to Cleveland?
NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi was just recently named as the new general manager of the Cleveland Browns. When that happened, many remembered comment she made back before the 2011 NFL Draft in which he speculated that Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett could be a first-round pick.
Now, the two could possibly come together in one place.
Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe tweeted that Lombardi’s hiring in Cleveland puts a “possible Ryan Mallett trade back on the front burner.” The New England Patriots’ quarterback is entrenched as backup behind Tom Brady at the time, and some new blood could be used in Cleveland.
It is believed that Colt McCoy is just about officially done with the team, and the Browns would like some viable competition brought in for Brandon Weeden.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.