MegaLinky – August 22, 2011 – Matt Bowen: Dallas the NFC East favorite now?

Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen should upgrade the Redskins' DL, whether Giants and Cowboys fans think they overpaid or not.

On his 30th birthday, Redskins QB Beck praised by Shanahan for play against Colts – AP

The numbers are there – 14 of 17, 140, 0 TD, 0 INT, 4 scoring drives for 16 points in the first half.  Thought he threw a really nice ball to Moss on a cross on a heavy blitz – Quick release, hit him in stride.  It also appears he has some ability outside the hashmarks, and the Redskins may be looking to move the pocket quite a bit this year.  But can we see something more than 10 yards down field?

Donovan McNabb gets fresh start following trade from Redskins – Mark Maske, Washington Post

I bought the Vikes at 9-1 in Vegas to win the NFC North.  Loving that pick.

Cofield-Bowens shaping up as Redskins power duo – CBS Sports

Giants and Cowboys fans will say the Skins overpaid for their new defensive linemen, and they’re probably right, but it doesn’t change the fact that those losses will hurt the Giants and Cowboys’ D Lines, and greatly upgrade the Redskins’ atrocious DL from a year ago.

Redskins release James Davis -Rick Maese, The Insider

Already discussed how nothing good could come of Shanahan blasting this guy publicly.  That was 4 days ago.  What were they doing with this guy for 4 days?  Shopping him around the league?  Who knows?  Maybe if you handle it differently, some team out there that likes the kid gives you a 7 for him?  Or maybe a 7 in 2013 or 2014?  Never, ever talk poorly publicly about your assets, whether it’s Peyton Manning or James Davis.

Kerrigan’s confidence building at linebacker – Christopher Mudd, Redskins Mothership

He’s going to make plays from Day 1.

(Eagles, Giants, and Cowboys news after the jump)…

Larry Fitzgerald got a HUUUUGE deal, and DJax is fired up. The Eagles FO is probably not.

Congrats to my big bro @LarryFitzgerald!! Well deserved.. Wideouts ballin!! – DeSean Jackson’s twitter account


List of Eagles starting linebackers since 1999 – Ruben Frank’s twitter account

Keith Adams, Shawn Barber, Stewart Bradley, Jamar Chaney, Keenan Clayton, James Darling, Carlos Emmons, Moise Fokou, Omar Gaither, Barry Gardner, Chris Gocong, Dhani Jones, Akeem Jordan, Levon Kirkland, Mike Labinjo, Joe Mays, Matt McCoy, Ike Reese, Mark Simoneau, Ernie Sims, Takeo Spikes, William Thomas, Jeremiah Trotter, Nate Wayne, Will Witherspoon.


Eagles: Jason Kelce has ‘earned’ shot at center – Jonathan Tamari,

They all say the 3rd preseason game is the “dress rehearsal”.  Significant that Kelce is getting a shot to start in Game 3, or not?

Castillo: Linebackers “will be ready to win the Super Bowl” – Tim McManus, Philly Sports Daily

Interestingly, Jamar Chaney allowed that they are in the midst of working on a new technique. Generally, a linebacker will engage a blocker with his shoulder. But the Eagles coaches are having them use their hands and helmet instead.

“It’s a learning experience,” said Chaney.

Added Casey Matthews: “If you look around the league, they teach to take on blocks with your shoulders; here we’re just trying to do face and hands. It’s new to everyone here, and we’re trying to get it down.

“It’s a work in progress.”


NFL Training Camps: Will Dion Lewis stick with the Eagles – Cardiac Hill

I’d be extremely surprised if he didn’t.

In year 3, the Giants are still waiting for Ramses Barden's NFL career to begin.

Hixon hoping for big return tonight – Paul Schwartz, NY Post

Hixon is currently entrenched in a battle with Victor Cruz for the #3 WR spot.  This time last year, the 3 was Mario Manningham.  Major downgrade.  Speaking of Giants WRs…

Giants Ramses Barden still not back at practice, and is starting to frustrate Tom Coughlin – Ralph Vacciano, NY Insider

I remember the day after the 2009 draft.  I was talking to my father in law, a big Giants fan.  He had no interest in talking about Hakeem Nicks or Will Beatty.  Instead, he was way fired up about the 6’6 WR they stole in the 3rd round.  I think there are a lot of Giants fans out there that were similarly excited about Barden’s potential, but so far, he’s been an enormous disappointment.

 Linval Joseph slimmer, ready for more responsibility – Mike Garafolo, Star-Ledger

With no more two-a-days in training camp, a better understanding of the playbook and more refined technique, Joseph feels faster, freer and ready to step into a bigger role.

Which is appropriate because, after Barry Cofield signed with the Redskins, Joseph became the presumed starter next to Chris Canty.

Six pack of players to watch against the Bears – Ralph Vacchiano, The Blue Screen

Of his list, the two guys of most interest to me are Will Beatty and Travis Beckum.


Why I’m starting to think Dallas is the NFC East favorite – Matt Bowen, National Football Post

Not a lot of meat here.  Just that Rob Ryan is awesome.  Of course, in 7 years as a defensive coordinator in the NFL, Rob Ryan coached teams have never won a division title.

Phillip Tanner making coaches take notice – Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas


Romo on his intercetion: That was diappointing – Rainer Sabin,

I don’t think Romo played bad, frankly.  That pass was really bad though.  He had all sorts of time and a clean pocket.  Seems to me he should have easily seen Weddle.

Rob Ryan: It’s all my fault – Charean Williams, Cowboys Corner

At times, Phillip Rivers made it look easy, and it probably was.  But again… preseason.  And the Cowboys were missing their 2 starting corners.

Dez Bryant: My standards are real high about catching the football: One drop is too many – Jon Machota, SportsDay DFW

You can see the talent.  There was a little screen pass that he caught, and the defender met him 2 yards past the line of scrimmage, but Bryant wiggled his way for a nice 7 yard gain.  But you can’t have the kind of drops that he had on 3rd down last night.  The Chargers blitzed, the Cowboys picked it up, and Romo delivered an accurate ball with good timing to the sideline on a 10 yard comeback.  Hard part done.  And then Bryant drops it.  Can’t have that – That’s mental.

Chargers 20, Cowboys 7: Dallas runs it back to the past – Rafael Vela, Cowboys Nation

Game Review from Raf.


  1. BigBlueIntervention says:

    I would be one of the Giants fans that was legit excited about Barden. Unfortunately, I’ve been waiting…and waiting…and waiting…

    1. brisulph says:


      1. Skinsaholic says:

        I feel your pain as a constant defender of Malcolm Kelly. That ship is about to sail though

  2. The Legend says:

    Can we officially say that Rob Ryan is the most overrated DC in the NFL? People seem to think he’s a miracle worker when he’s not he lives off of his family’s name

  3. Tracer Bullet says:

    And I’m trying to think of any LB who tries to take on blockers with a shoulder. That lets a blocker — usually a bigger, stronger OL — into his body and, if the LB’s guess about the direction if the play is wrong, he seals himself out of the play. That’s just a recipe for failure.

  4. Tracer Bullet says:

    Could you build a decent LB corps out of all those players? Obviously Trotter and Emmons start, but who’s the WIL? Nate Wayne? Spikes? Reese, Adams and maybe Barber provide depth and special teams expertise, but it’s a stretch to find six NFL-quality linebackers out of 26 players. That is goddamn wretched.

    1. The Legend says:

      Spikes-Trotter-Emmons would of been a good corps. Spikes was good before he came to us. Witherspoon too but he didn’t work out either except for the first game.

      I don’t even remember some of those guys on that list though, I wonder if they are week 16 starters when we had it all wrapped up? I know Clayton is but I have a feeling he’ll start games for us that aren’t in week 16 when it’s all wrapped up

      1. Steve D. says:

        I would personally take Shawn Barber (in his first stint with the Eagles in 2002) as a started in addition to Trotter and Emmons. He played really well that season. That is, unless we could have Spikes from his young days in Cincy.

  5. AndrewM says:

    Beck had a real pretty pass on one of the drives where it was tackled right at the one. Idk if that was to Moss but idts. I didnt see Grossman play last week who looked better?

    1. Skinsaholic says:

      It was Jabar Gaffney

      I think Grossman played slightly better, but Beck is clearly more athletic and can make more plays with his legs. My only beef with Beck is he looked like he didn’t want to throw down the field, which Grossman has no issues doing.

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