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Friday, October 14, 2011
Breakfast links: Romo fires back

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Friday. Links. You know the drill.

Washington Redskins

Redskins coaches seem to think it doesn't matter which of their three running backs is technically the "starter," but Tim Hightower says it matters to him, and he doesn't want to give up that designation.

And while we debate the merits of Hightower vs. Ryan Torain as a starter, Rick Maese has a very interesting in-depth look at the third running back in that equation -- Roy Helu, the rookie of whom the University of Nebraska team chaplain says, "He has a unique spirit about him."

New York Giants

Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell thinks the Giants' defense needs some help communicating, especially when the opponent is in the no-huddle offense, and is considering putting wristbands on his players to help them grasp and communicate defensive play calls better.

Ahmad Bradshaw remembers his big 2007 game against the Bills -- one that included an 88-yard touchdown run -- and hopes this week's game can trigger a return for the Giants to their run-first roots.

Dallas Cowboys

Nothing that's happened over the first four games of the season has rattled the Cowboys' confidence, and quarterback Tony Romo had some comments Thursday about Deion Sanders saying he wasn't the guy to lead them to the Super Bowl. Romo promises these Cowboys will win a Super Bowl "at some point," and that when that happens they'll remember who stood by them and who didn't. Hey, it's tough talk, but these Cowboys really do think they're good, and they have a chance over the next couple of months to prove it.

The Patriots rank last in the NFL in total defense, but the Cowboys aren't buying it. Jason Garrett thinks it's because New England gets so many leads and teams have to throw a lot to try and keep up with them. We'll see. They looked pretty good against the Jets last week, but the Jets don't have the Cowboys' weapons.

Philadelphia Eagles

The 15 turnovers the Eagles have committed on offense are obviously a huge problem, but so is the fact that the defense, which for years has focused on generating turnovers, has claimed only five this year in five games. Shrinking that there ratio would fix a lot of problems.

King Dunlap has back spasms and didn't practice Thursday, and Jason Peters is still out, so that could mean Winston Justice and Todd Herremans as starting tackles Sunday against Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan and the Redskins. Is that good?