July, 29, 2009
By Matt Mosley | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
My flight to San Antonio is about to take off, but I wanted to send you a few headlines. Lots of news around the division.
- Jerry Jones was all over the map in his annual state of the team address: "I think you know I've drawn back a lot of nubs, making predictions about where we're going to be," Jones said. "But our team is very capable of being a playoff winning team."
- And Jones is backing his man Wade Phillips: "I'm so solid in my thinking that by having Wade Phillips as our head coach and what he brings with his experience and what he brings to the table this year," Jones said Tuesday.
- Phillips and Jones both defended quarterback Tony Romo during their news conference: "I do know firsthand how Tony is approaching this season, visiting with him on a very personal basis and how he's approaching the preparation, how he's approaching his role," Jones said. "You can call it leadership. You can call it execution. You can call it protecting the ball. It's all there at that position, but from my perspective as owner and general manager, I like where we are and I like the experience he's gotten over the years."
- Wade Phillips wants to see a better running game this season, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
- Jim Reeves wants more than just promises that the Cowboys will play well in such an expensive stadium: "I think our team will play to the level of the new stadium," Jones said, and it doesn't take a lot of imagination to understand the ramifications of that confession.
- Lots of tributes to Jim Johnson today: "This whole Eagles-Andy Reid regime wouldn't have been possible without Jim," coach Andy Reid said. "I think we all understand that. I think the players understand that."
- Les Bowen has more on this story, including reactions from around the league.
- Safety Quintin Mikell also had a few words to say.
- Owner Jeffrey Lurie is thankful to have worked with Johnson for 10 years.
- Here's a report from training camp from the Morning Call.
- Giants president John Mara has Antonio Pierce's back.
- Mike Garafolo has more on this story.
- According to Ralph Vacchiano, the NFL is keeping watch on the Pierce issue.
- Garafolo also sat down for a questionnaire with tight end Michael Matthews.
- Joe Gibbs doesn't think it was unfair to Jason Campbell to try to replace him twice during the offseason.
- Campbell is ready to step up and be a leader for this team. "No one has to tell me I need to push myself, I need to be the leader of the team and I have to set an example," Campbell said. "I know that, and that's why I work as hard as I do, because I want to be the type of quarterback who takes us to the next level. But you always have things you can work on, things you can do to improve, and one thing is I'm going to be a lot more vocal this year. I really think it's time for me to take that role, and I'm going to let all my teammates know that and see that."
- Jason Reid reports that defensive end Jeremy Jarmon signed with Washington.
- The linemen in Washington are a bit lighter than last season.
- Ryan O'Halloran has your training camp position battles.