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…
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.
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.
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’!
Brandon, you average 3.4 yards per carry. Nobody is afraid of you.
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
This is excellent work.