The following quotes are from NFL scouts, coaches and front-office personnel, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
• "Everyone was calling for Tom Coughlin's head a few weeks ago. Now look at it. It reminds me a lot of when Spags (Steve Spagnuolo) took the job his first year. That was not pretty initially. But they found a way to correct it. If you can pressure the quarterback, you have a chance, and I'll match (the Giants' defensive) line up against anyone's. If there is one thing they have done well, it is identifying pass rushers."
• "I have seen Kevin Kolb enough — he is a bust. They needed (Michael) Vick big time. If you watch 7-on-7 and one-on-one drills, Kolb looks good. When you get the other 11 coming after him, he does not read, he locks on, he does not have accuracy. He follows players with his eyes, does not move his feet and then he throws it. Throw the Green Bay game on and he was awful. He got knocked out in the first half, and Vick came in and almost brings them back."
• "New England has that attitude — if you don't want to be there, they will move you out just like they did with Deion Branch and Richard Seymour and Asante Samuel, even Logan Mankins (who's holding out and could be traded). If you don't want to be a Patriot, then don't be a Patriot. With such a young team, you have to be more aware of the effect of Randy (Moss)'s influence."
• "Buffalo just keeps trading away their best players. In hindsight, you look at what they did with Jason Peters. He is only 28 right now. Philly gave up a one (first-round pick), which was the 28th pick, and paid him. To draft a talent that gifted and talented — he would be a top-five pick if he is was coming out in the draft now. That's what is so crazy. Those guys are so hard to find. You look at Peters. You look at Marshawn (Lynch). You look at Roscoe Parrish, who they could not get on the field last year and have dangled (on the trading blocks). I like those guys in the front office, but I really question some of their moves. You gave Peters a contract before you knew he was really good. So what. Pay the guy! He will be there another 10 years. It's funny when you look at Andy Reid's success — he always has good left tackles. Do you think that might help a little bit?"
• "Quarterbacks are such a hot commodity. I thought someone might be looking to trade for (Tyler) Thigpen, but Miami might need him as a starter. … That is a team that is really starting to fall apart."
• "What made Bill Walsh so good drafting (talent) was that he knew exactly what he was looking for. With a quarterback, it was not how a quarterback threw it but when and where. He did not have to have Dan Marino or Terry Bradshaw back there — if a (passer) was accurate and knows when and where to throw it, they could be great playing for Walsh."
• "(Jacksonville CB Derek) Cox has been awful. He lost his confidence."
• "I'll admit it — I didn't see Tampa Bay getting out to a fast start. They are winning by the skin of their teeth, but they are winning. For a team with the lowest payroll in the league, you have to give (GM) Mark Dominik and the head coach (Raheem Morris) their due. They are getting it done. I don't know that it saves their jobs, but ownership should be happy with the job they are doing."
• "Put a fork in John Fox. He is done. All he wanted was 'yes' men around him. The offensive line is underachieving. The offense has no balance. They are coaching scared, playing too much soft cover-2 and bailing, covering the deep end so they don't get beat deep. That's on Fox — his fingerprints are all over the defense."