Thursday, October 13, 2011
Breakfast links: All about the turnovers
By Dan Graziano
Good Thursday morning to you. The eggs will be a few more minutes. Meantime, you can get started on the links.
Rex Grossman says he and the Redskins' offense will play better. Grossman likes predictions. Remember, he said during training camp that the Redskins would win the division. And they are leading it, which is of course why their links are first. So you never know.
Punter link! Sav Rocca says the idea of punting against his former team -- and against Philadelphia's great punt returner, DeSean Jackson -- does not faze him. He also has some stuff to say about the Eagles and why they might be off to a slow start. There is wisdom in this punter, and he's pinning it inside the 20-yard lines of our minds.
New York Giants
One of the last things Aaron Curry did as a Seattle Seahawk was wreck Henry Hynoski's shoulder pads. Hynoski also suffered a "burner" on the hit he took from Curry on Sunday, and it's possible he'll have to miss this week's game against the Bills. There's no word here, however, on whether being named to the latest edition of the NFC East All-Division Team is making Hynoski feel any better about any of this stuff.
Tom Coughlin always preaches to his Giants the importance of being careful with the ball. They don't always heed him. But this week, against a Bills team that loves to take the ball away and is extremely good at it, the Giants know it's even more important than usual to protect the ball and not commit turnovers. Maybe they'll try running.
Rob Ryan has experience, last year as defensive coordinator of the Browns, beating Tom Brady and the Patriots. Now the defensive coordinator of the Cowboys, Ryan is planning to bring "the kitchen sink" Sunday when Dallas travels to New England. Doesn't sound as though that will include Jason Hatcher, though.
Tony Romo says the key for the Cowboys is to eliminate the fourth-quarter turnovers. You know the scene in the elevator near the end of "Tommy Boy" when Dan Aykroyd tells Chris Farley, "Went a little heavy on the pine tree perfume," and Farley says, "It's a taxicab air freshener," and Aykroyd says, "Good. You've pinpointed the problem. Step two is wiping it out?" That's what the Romo thing made me think of when I read it.
Jeff McLane writes that part of what the Eagles' players talked about in their players-only meeting Wednesday was the criticism that coach Andy Reid is taking as a result of their horrendous performance. "We're going to fight for him every minute," Michael Vick said. I'm guessing Andy would settle for a tackle here and there. Or maybe seeing Mike throw the ball out of bounds when no one's open. But fighting's good too.
Sheil Kapadia has a thorough breakdown of Vick's performance this year that begins with the basic question of whether or not Vick is regressing, since his passer rating Sunday was the worst of his Eagles career. Sheil seems to conclude that the major difference between last year's Vick and this year's Vick is the turnovers, which could certainly be reined in.
I talked on the phone yesterday with Brian Orakpo about how upset the Redskins' defense still is about last year's embarrassing "Monday Night Football" loss to Vick and the Eagles, so look for that later today, along with a few other Thursday goodies.