Another busy day around the NFL. Let's get to the news first and then catch everyone up on the latest chaos in Dallas.
The Denver Broncos have fired Mike Shanahan, according to reports that surfaced just minutes ago. I don't think anyone saw this one coming. Shanahan becomes the fourth head coach to be fired since the season ended Sunday night. The Broncos collapsed at the end of the season, losing their final three and missing the playoffs for the third straight year.
Shanahan spent 14 seasons with the Broncos, winning Super Bowls in 1997 and 1998 and compiling a regular-season record of 138-86. Denver made the postseason seven times during his tenure.
The firing of Shanahan should throw an interesting twist into the pool of candidates available for openings.
Cowboys' implosion continues
And now on to Dallas. Where to begin? Let's start with cornerback Terence Newman. Here's what he told Jennifer Floyd Engel of the Fort Worth Star Telegram:
“It is like the problem when you had the anonymous player saying all that stuff,” he said. “They are a coward, you know, and that kind of stuff ruined this season.”
According to the article, Newman was referring to tight end Jason Witten.
Welcome to what happens when you have a Cupcake for a coach. This Cowboys team lacks leaders, or enough of them. Too few guys hold themselves accountable. This group requires a coach willing to do both and what they got instead was Wade Phillips. And what we have at Valley Ranch as a result is a mess.
Meanwhile, the Dallas Morning-News wonders whether the Cowboys would be better off without Terrell Owens.
And there's this incident with linebacker Bradie James. A fan at the team's practice facility reportedly wore a sign that said "The Cowboys have no heart, and coach Wade Phillips is an embarrassment to the star."
James got out of his car, ripped the fan's sign and broke his glasses in the process.
And finally, fullback Deon Anderson and offensive tackle Flozell Adams reportedly got into a fight on the plane ride back from Philadelphia.
Just another offseason in the Big D I guess.
Meanwhile, here's what you can expect from me the rest of the week. Tomorrow we'll have the "What they're saying" piece with links to Eagles coverage from around the Web. Thursday I'll have a breakdown of the NFC playoff picture. Friday will be picks. Saturday will be "Who's picking the Eagles?" And Sunday is our live game chat. Plus links, breaking news, etc. sandwiched in between.