In case anyone missed it, Chris Mara, the Giants Vice President of Player Evaluation, was on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sport Radio channel Friday.
Yanagi was replaced by Erik Kunttu from Syracuse, where he had worked alongside new Lions head coach Matt Patricia, and Richardson by William Brown.
Yanagi was the Lions’ director of video operations since 2004, and Richardson was assistant video director since 1991. They filmed practices and games and processed the footage for the coaching staff’s immediate use following practices and games, as well as for in-game adjustments, through tablets used on the sidelines.
Yanagi joined the Lions from the San Francisco 49ers and was the first Japanese-American video-operations director in the NFL.
Richardson’s promotion in 1991 marked the first time a black man was hired as an assistant video director in the NFL. Richardson began working with the Lions as a janitor in 1989, and was promoted to office manage in 1990, before joining the video department.
The surprising news came after ESPN earlier Tuesday ranked the Saints as the NFL’s fourth-best team in its post-draft power ratings, behind only the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC. The New Orleans Saints’ potent running game will be short on some firepower to start the season. Will Ingram’s suspension throw a wrench into the Saints’ lofty ambitions? It certainly won’t help.
The NFLPA doesn’t name the owner, but its release meshes with what Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported last month. According to PFT, Bengals owner Mike Brown asked Reid questions about his protesting plans. Brown reportedly told Reid, who was visiting the team in free agency, that he plans to restrict players from protesting during the national anthem and then asked Reid for a response.