Archive: December, 2008
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comHere's what Andy Reid had to say after the Eagles' 30-10 win over the Browns. As usual, these are not direct quotes since I wanted to get the post up ASAP...
Reid says every win is a good win. They have some things to work on, particularly in the red zone. They've been doing pretty good there but tonight didn't do very well. Congratulations to Brian Dawkins for 181 games played as an Eagle. Donovan McNabb hit nine different receivers. It was another good week for him. Jason Avant did a good job on third downs against man coverage. Quintin Demps did a nice job all around. Asante Samuel had a nice pick but you have to cross the goal line with the football. That can't happen. They've got to make sure they get across the goal line and score. Reid's respect goes out to Romeo Crennel. His players played extremely hard all the way through the game.
How much does it help to have success on third down?
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comIt wouldn't be an Eagles national TV game without someone on ESPN making a reference to the fans, Santa Claus, snowballs or booing.
Here's the quote, which has been used in some form about 98 percent of the time the Birds have ever been mentioned by someone from the national media:
"SportsCenter’s coverage of Monday Night Football from the city of Brotherly Love, unless Santa Claus is your brother," said ESPN's Stu Scott. "You know, Eagles fans once famously booed Old St. Nick."
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comUPDATED (12:20 a.m.)
Here are some quotes from Terrell Owens' post-game press conference:
Did ESPN take it too far with its reporting last week?
"No... well yeah. I think Ed Werder did. I don't know where he got his information, but it was a lie. It's unfair. I had to deal with this all week. Like I said, I don't know where he's getting his sources from and whatever his source was, they told a blatant lie."
"I don't know what his sources are talking about. He's making accusations as if he's on the practice field. I'm clueless as to what his sources are. For me I think that's a lack of professionalism in my eyes."
Did he have an altercation with Jason Witten?
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comAs the Eagles prepare for Monday night's game against the Browns, they got some good news and some bad news from other teams contending for an NFC wild card spot Sunday afternoon.
The good news first. The Redskins appear to be falling apart. After Clinton Portis and Jim Zorn went at it during the week, Washington went down to the Bengals, 20-13, this afternoon. The Redskins found themselves in a 17-0 hole early in the second quarter against a Cincinnati team that was 1-11-1 coming in. Washington came back to cut the deficit to 17-10 at halftime, but they never got any closer. At 7-7, the Redskins are pretty much out of the playoff picture, having lost five of their last six. The Eagles travel to Washington in Week 16.
Now the bad news. The Falcons held on for a 13-10 victory over the Bucs. With the win, Atlanta improved to 9-5, the same record as Tampa Bay. If the Falcons and Bucs win out, and Carolina wins the division, the Eagles would be on the outside looking in for a wild-card spot even if they win out.
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comLast week: 9-7
Overall: 108-88-4An abbreviated version of picks this week. Before we get to them, some random thoughts on Week 16.
I know some of you care, and some of you care less, so here's the latest on the T.O.-Witten-Romo saga in Dallas. Owens and Witten reportedly exchanged words before having to be separated in the Cowboys locker room Friday. Hugh Douglas, anyone? Anyway, looking forward to seeing how this plays out in tonight's game against the Giants.
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comYesterday, we wrote about ESPN.com and other outlets reporting about a possible rift with the Cowboys stemming from Terrell Owens' jealousy of the relationship between Tony Romo and Jason Witten.
In today's Dallas Morning News, T.O. responded.
"I'm not jealous of Witten," Owens told Calvin Watkins Thursday night. "I'm not jealous of nobody. I can take the approach that I got paid, so screw everything, but that's not me."
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comSitting here watching overtime of the Saints-Bears game, and the ref's explanation before the coin toss caught my attention.
After going over the normal overtime rules, here's what official Mike Carey had to say:
"If there is no winner after the first period, the game will end in a tie."
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comESPN.com's Ed Werder reports that a conflict is emerging within the Dallas Cowboys because Terrell Owens is jealous of Tony Romo's relationship with Jason Witten.
According to Werder, Owens believers Romo and Witten -- close friends -- meet privately to devise gameplans without including Owens. As a result, Owens believes Romo looks for Witten more than he does the team's other receivers during games.
Here's what an unnamed player told Werder:
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comWhile talking to reporters Wednesday, Terrell Owens took exception to recent comments made by ESPN analysts and former Cowboys Emmitt Smith and Keyshawn Johnson.
"Those two need their own show - Dumb and Dumber," Owens said, according to Tim MacMahon of The Dallas Morning News.
According to the article, Owens called Smith a hypocrite for leaving a message with his teammate Greg Ellis to pass along to the team. T.O. also pointed out that Emmitt didn't even know the players' names, calling rookie running back "Rashard" instead of "Tashard" Choice. I did not hear Emmitt get the name wrong, but I don't have a tough time believing it.
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comMeant to post on this last night, but cold medicines knocked me out. Sorry for the delay.
Redskins running back Clinton Portis went off on head coach Jim Zorn during a radio interview with John Thompson and ex-Eagle Brian Mitchell on ESPN 980.
If you haven't been following the story, Portis was benched during Sunday night's loss to the Ravens. Zorn indicated that the move was made because Portis had been missing practice (like Brian Westbrook) to get healthy.