Linky – Brandon Jacobs thinks opposing defenses are afraid of RBs that rush for 3.4 yards per carry

Haven’t done one of these since September.  They take a surprisingly long amount of time to do, and I got sick of waking up at 5:30 to bang them out every morning before I went to work.  But since my dog woke me up ridiculously early this morning and I couldn’t fall back asleep, I figured I’d do a Linky.  Beginning with the division leaders…

Romo tries to call timeout when he shouldn't, doesn't call them when it's a no-brainer.

Does DeMarcus Ware get empty sacks? – SportsDay DFW

Well, I’d have to go through them all (and maybe I will), but off the top of my head I know he had 4 of them in Philly.

Dan Bailey prepares to move on from Arizona game – Shawn Lealos, Yahoo

Largely agree here.  He missed two long kicks, one of which could have been made easier had the Cowboys called a timeout and continued to try to move the ball downfield.  Like Shawn, I’ve seen several analysts (mostly ex-players) blame the game on Bailey.  That’s nonsense.  League-wide, what’s a 49 yard kick?  50/50?  Bailey has had a Pro Bowl worthy season, has been a massive upgrade over David Buehler, and has nailed several “ice water in the veins” kicks.

How Jerry Jones likely reacts to head coaching offer to Rob Ryan – Rainer Sabin

I keep seeing suggestions that Rob Ryan is some sort of head coaching candidate… but… why would he be?  Can someone please point out what exactly on his resume makes him a legitimate NFL head coach?

How much blame should Romo get for timeoutgate? – Drew Magary, Blue Star

After the game, Romo clumsily explained that he didn’t call the time out because he didn’t know whether the Cowboys had gotten a first down.

I hadn’t seen that until now.  I don’t want to overreact without hearing Romo’s exact words (I’m not trusting PFT’s paraphrasing), but if indeed that’s what Romo said, that’s a flat out lie.  How hard is it to know if you got a first down or not?  You look at the receiver, and then you look at the sticks.  It was 3rd and 11.  The play went for 15 yards.  Bryant clearly had the first down.  Inexcusable.

Apparently, Andre Carter was almost a Giant.

Andre Carter almost signed with the Giants – Rich Tandler, Real Redskins

Interesting.  Carter was a DE in the Redskins’ 4-3 scheme in 2009 and collected 11 sacks.  He struggled in the transition to OLB in the 3-4 the following year.  He has 9 sacks so far this year for the Pats once again in a 4-3 scheme.

With a disgruntled and injured Osi Umenyiora at the time, I would assume the Giants envisioned Carter as a potential fill in and/or insurance policy for Osi.

Giants could be playing for Coughlin’s job – Gary Myers, YES

I get it.  If the Giants don’t make the playoffs this year, that’ll make three in a row. Tough to overcome that.  Back when the Giants were 6-2, I was saying that TC should be a serious Coach of the Year candidate, and I stand by that.  Look at the personnel on defense.  Holes galore.  Look at the OL.  It’s junk.  This season, if indeed it does include a playoff berth, in my opinion, is on Jerry Reese, not Coughlin.

Giants have all the answers in war of words with the Cowboys – Jeff Roberts, NorthJersey.com

It’s weird.  Going back to the Lady Gaga stuff with LeSean McCoy and numerous other examples, the NY media eats up uncreative, unfunny comebacks the Giants’ players have spouted all season.  Women be shoppin’!

Bully Brandon Jacobs: Cowboys are afraid of me – CBS NY

Brandon, you average 3.4 yards per carry.  Nobody is afraid of you.

Please don't talk about OL play unless you actually watch it.

Eagles fans are the toughest – Paul Domowitch, philly.com

And yet, despite the difficult fans, the Eagles are 1-8 in their last 9 home games.

Injured birds ready to take off – Jonathan Tamari, philly.com

Vick and Maclin return.  Yay?

Eagles to have 4th nickle LB combo this season – Reuben Frank’s twitter account

Jamar Chaney heads to the bench.  None of the Eagles’ starting LBs will play in the nickle, because that makes sense.  The comical LB chaos under Andy Reid continues.

Bell begins to toll for Juan Castillo – Dan Graziano, NFC East Blog

Dan points out a blurb from Adam Schefter’s mailbag:

First and foremost, they need to hire a quality defensive coordinator, whether it’s someone like Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo or former Browns head coach Eric Mangini. Philadelphia’s defensive coordinator, Juan Castillo, is a great coach but not a great defensive coordinator. He never had called a defense — or an offense — before this season. Improving the defense will help the offense. And it also wouldn’t hurt if Andy Reid went back to drafting some offensive linemen in some of the early rounds. But the one thing to remember about some NFL teams is that sometimes they’re not as far off as some think. Philadelphia, to me, is one of those teams.

Not to nitpick the one little throwaway sentence about the OL, but methinks Adam isn’t actually watching the games.  Before the season began, the offensive line was near the top of the list of the things that could potentially submarine the Eagles’ Super Bowl hopes.  But they’ve more than lived up to their end of the bargain, and in fact, have played very well.  It’s probably one of the best OL units in a league where bad OL play has become an epidemic.  At the very least, it’s by far the best in the division.  Assuming the Eagles are able to get something done with upcoming FA Evan Mathis, the Eagles have no holes along their OL.  The Eagles may very well continue to bolster their OL through the draft, but it just seems weird that Schefter singled it out.

In the face of hardship, Stephen Bowen overcomes – Jack Anderson, NBC Washington

Bowen was voted the Ed Block Courage award by his teammates.  If you haven’t read his story yet, do so now.

Apologies from Fred Davis, Trent Williams are sincere, but ‘our whole team feels let down’ – Rich Campbell, Washington Times

While Stephen Bowen continues to play despite the death of one of his premature twins and the other still only weighing 12 pounds at 6 months, these two dopes can’t lay off the weed even when they know they’re going to be tested.

Film Breakdown of an intricate look into Kyle Shanahan’s play call vs Dallas – UkRedskin, Hogs Haven

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  13. deg0ey says:

    I find myself wondering whether the Eagles fans being “the toughest” is actually part of the reason that they seem to have a disadvantage playing at home. I could be mistaken (am only going by what I’ve heard during games on TV) but it seems like the Philly fans are very quick to turn on the team if things don’t start out great and at that point, they become more of a problem for the Eagles rather than the team they’re playing against.

  14. Steve says:

    I feel like the whole offensive line thing is one of those throwaway lines that commenters use when they feel they need to say something significant but don’t really know what they’re talking about. It’s the kind of thing you say about a team in the broadcast booth and then everyone nods their heads sagely, because using early picks on OL instead of skill players is like, wise and responsible you know? The unsexy thing that is secretly very clever.

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    1. RogerPodacter says:

      my thoughts exactly

  17. Imp says:

    Brandon Jacob’s fantasy owner is afraid of him.

  18. Begatts says:

    Regarding Shefter’s comments regarding drafting O-Linemen: AR never really devoted early picks to OL anyway, that’s always been a myth. The only OL prior to Watson this year was who? Shawn Andrews? Herremans was a mid-rounder. Mike McGlynn mid to late-rounder. Jamal Jackson was UDFA, right?

    1. Justice was a 2. And they traded a 1, a 4 and a 6 for Peters. So they do value the OL. But they’ve gone DL early in the draft far more often.

      1. Shaun says:

        Spot on Jimmy…it seems like the past few drafts theyve got DL heavy and we’ve missed alot more than we’ve hit (bryan smith, abiamiri-ugh) bunkley was hot and cold, while c. gocong switched positions and is actually doing well in cleveland. I dont want to mention the brain fart that was Daniel Teo’ whatever and the book is still out on B Graham (couldve had JPP right now….crap) It all started it seems with the J. McDougle pick….

    2. Shaun says:

      Watson??? you mean Watkins right? AR also has drafted Justice and Bobbie Williams (who??) in the 2nd round. Doug Brzezinski (3rd round) AR’s tendency is usually to draft a glut of lineman (offensive and defensive) in the mid to late rounds of the draft or grab a developmental UDFA and hope a couple pan out as solid starters (Jam Jackson) or late round gems (T Cole, Raheem Brock-although he plays elsewhere he was a AR draft pick)

  19. brisulph says:

    The only thing people are afraid of in relation to jacobs is that he has at least a 50% chance of being unemployed next year. Granted, they are only afraid for him if they care about him, but the point stands.

    1. Free Plax says:

      Defense’s around the league don’t fear Brandon , but to his credit have you ever watched Mike Jenkins actually try and tackle Brandon? Becuase from what I have seen he is afraid to tackle him.

      1. Hell, Mike Jenkins is afraid to tackle James Jones.

        1. Tracer Bullet says:

          Shit. Mike Jenkins is afraid to tackle Nora Jones.

        2. steve says:

          Jimmy- are you putting a TV schedule up for this weekend? I’m trying to see if my beloved (and aggravating) Birds will be on in my area. Or, do you know where I could find it?

          1. Gary says:

            Not sure if Jimmy’s planning on posting it, but here you go: http://the506.com/nflmaps/2011/wk14.html

  20. bula says:

    mos national pundits think the eagles offensive line is struggling due to the amount of hits mike vick takes. they don’t pay enough attention to know that the hits mike takes are mostly the fault of mike vick

  21. Smitty2K3 says:

    And not to nitpick. But the Pat’s aren’t playing a 3-4 this year. They’ve been playing a 4-3 almost exclusively.

  22. Smitty2K3 says:

    That comment from Schefter about the Eagles OL makes no sense to me. The Eagles OL has been one of the few bright spots this year. Shady has been the brightest of bright spots and he’s an amazing player, but you don’t lead the league in rushing with a bad OL.

    1. Free Plax says:

      National Pundits never really watch the teams they talk about play football, they pick up on something early in the season and keep pounding that drum, right or wrong.

  23. Smitty2K3 says:

    “Can someone please point out what exactly on his resume makes him a legitimate NFL head coach?”

    His last name is Ryan… that’s all I got for ya.

    1. Tron says:

      beat me to it lol, so Ill add this Mad Men quote

      “We gave you everything. We gave you your name. And what have you done with it?”

    2. Free Plax says:

      He also has the wild man look down too. Let’s face it Rob Ryan is riding his brothers coatails and let’s not forget he is in Dallas so he is getting overhyped like everything else that comes out of Dallas when you talk football

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