The following quotes are from NFL scouts, coaches and front-office personnel, speaking on the condition of anonymity:
• "(The Eagles) had one of the greatest comebacks I have ever seen (against New York). (Michael) Vick is a true story, (a true example of) redemption. They are on a run. Andy Reid keeps looking better by the week. The best football is being played in the East right now — New England, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia."
• "The days of head coaches being paid astronomical figures are numbered. Trust me — these owners are getting together. They are all going to be looking for young, up-and-coming coordinators. Those are the guys that are winning. They are looking for the next Mike Tomlin. The Steelers have the model everyone aspires for."
• "If Gary Kubiak gets fired, he'll be in high demand as an offensive coordinator. There is a shortage of good play-callers in the NFL. The biggest problem in Houston has been the defense. They have not been able to get it corrected. The secondary is anemic."
• "The roof might as well be falling on Zygi (Wilf), Rick (Spielman) and (Rob) Brzezinski. The personnel people told (Brad) Childress to make (Joe) Webb a receiver, and he developed him as a quarterback anyway because (Tarvaris) Jackson looked awful. The front office did not want to bring in (Brett) Favre last year, and he only took them to the NFC championship game. The one position Rick has never been able to get right is quarterback. It'll be interesting to see how they handle this (situation)."
• "The problem with big-name coaches like Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher is that they want to bring their own staff with them. They want personnel people they can control. Most places have personnel people in place, and are not looking to be run out of town. Owners are looking at the bottom line as closely as ever, and I could tell you right now how ours feels about the ransom these guys are commanding. They don't even want to hear about it. It's not an option."
• "When you get the Falcons out of the dome, I don't think they are nearly as good. The challenge the Falcons are going to have in the NFC is the Eagles and Saints are both built to play on turf too."
• "I guarantee you the Redskins do not get a second-round pick for Donovan McNabb now. Trading veterans might not even be an option this spring if a new CBA is not in place. Beyond the rules, when you trade for McNabb, you now have a balloon payment. That contract is not attractive to me. There is no way the Redskins are going to be able to replace those picks they packaged. Most teams are (looking most at) trading out. Even if (the Redskins) were seeking some late-round picks for him, why give him $3.5 million? I don't get it. That's not chump change."
• "After what happened with the video taping, I think Denver has to find someone with integrity. … John Elway has been playing golf since he retired. He has a lot of catching up to do. … They have already made some changes in the personnel department. They all have one year left on their deals, but they already cleared out one scout, and I think you'll see more changes soon."
• "I don't think Jim Harbaugh will choose the NFL over Michigan. (The Wolverines) should have gone after him the last time around when some of the boosters were clamoring for him. Now they are going to have to make up for it. … I think he's in the same situation as Chip Kelly — you think he is going to make as much money in the pros as he will in college. Colleges are throwing it around more carelessly than the NFL nowadays. That's just my opinion."
• "Look at Green Bay. There are a lot of teams using (smoke and) mirrors, playing with backups, (relying on) strategic coaching and getting by. Good coaches overcome injuries. The bad ones find a way to make it an excuse."