It was a mess around Cincinnati this morning. Earlier, I went to my car that was layered with ice. Taking a screw driver to chip away the ice, it took me nearly 30 minutes just to open my car door. The steps that precede to my front door slopes with ice, and as I write this, another thick snow is falling. So if you're out and about, drive safely -- as opposed to the opposite of not driving safely. Is that one of those annoying things that when people ask that you take care of yourself, you irritatingly say, "NO, I don't wanna."
Note: I wrote that early this morning, but my cable modem went out for about three hours.
Jackson has second interview. Minutes after we updated the site to say that there's no update, we learned that Hue Jackson will have a second interview with San Francisco for the vacant offensive coordinator position. Joe Reedy points out that the Bengals have made no official announcement about the team's 2009 coaching staff. We think that if the Bengals were interested, they would have made their offer by now rather than waiting to see if Jackson lands elsewhere. And if they made their offer, then Jackson likely rejected it (or else we wouldn't be speculating about it now). But we watch anyone. A hope? No. A fool's hope.
Another point about Chad's trade value. I pointed this out in the comments, but there's another reason why we're not sure that Johnson would get traded. Consider that 2009 is the final capped season, and 2010 is uncapped. As per the agreement, all signing bonus money would be applied to only capped seasons. Therefore, as I understand it, if Chad gets traded, he'd likely sign an extension with his new team. All that signing bonus money would be applied to the remaining cap season (2009) which could cause teams hesitation to trade for him. Remember, his agent is Drew Rosenhaus who gets paid as Chad Johnson gets paid; so an extension with a heavy signing bonus would benefit the agent, but harm the team's salary structure.