Peep Show

Updated: January 29, 2004, 11:13 AM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
Houston Texans: To call Drew Henson a quarterback is almost a misnomer. He hasn't thrown a meaningful pass in almost four years and he's currently a minor-leaguer in the New York Yankees farm system. But former NFL quarterbacks coach Larry Kennan, who has been working with Henson in Florida, believes the former Michigan signal-caller is still a stellar prospect. "There's no question in my mind that people are going to fall in love with him when they see him in person," he told the Houston Chronicle. "There's also no doubt in my mind that he'll be the first or second pick in the draft, and I don't care who the competition is. Since November, I've been going to Florida on a fairly regular basis working with him on all kinds of stuff. And let me tell you, Drew Henson's very impressive." Henson's rights belong to the Texans until April's draft, and in February, the club will allow Henson to work out for interested teams, and then they'll try to trade him to a team that offers the best deal.

Detroit Lions: Coach Steve Mariucci is now only a defensive backs coach away from completing his new staff. The Detroit Free Press reports Mariucci hired Larry Brooks Wednesday as the new defensive line coach, replacing George Dyer, who was fired after the season. Brooks is very familiar with Detroit's new defensive coordinator Dick Jauron. He was the defensive line coach last season with the Chicago Bears. Brooks played 11 seasons with the Los Angeles Rams as a defensive tackle and has also coached with the Rams, Green Bay, Seattle.

Green Bay Packers: QB Brett Favre broke his long and uncomfortable silence Wednesday, and toaled about his heave-ho interception in overtime that cost the Packers a shot at the Super Bowl. An unapologetic Favre said, "I haven't watched that play. I remember it as if it were yesterday. I wish I had it back. Do I wish I had a lot of passes back in my career? Yeah. But they had the perfect blitz for the play we had called. To say (it was) a miscommunication between Javon and I would be an understatement. He wasn't wrong. And in some ways I wasn't wrong." Favre also explained why he hadn't made himself available to the press until last night. "I know you guys feel like I just ran out on you with the press conference ...I felt like at that time I didn't have a lot of good things to say. I didn't have a lot to say period."