Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Breakfast links: Eagles' nitty-gritty WRs
By Dan Graziano
Wednesday's links are actually Thursday's links this week because all of the games this week are on Saturday. I don't think that means we'll do predictions on Thursday, but I guess you never know. All we do know for sure is that we can count on our links, served hot and fresh and always right on time.
Tim MacMahon writes that one of the things that's helping everybody get along in the Cowboys' wide receiver corps is the strong relationships quarterback Tony Romo has helped forge among them and between himself and them. Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Laurent Robinson each caught a touchdown pass in Saturday's victory over Tampa Bay, and there's no better way than that to keep wide receivers happy.
Running back Felix Jones missed Tuesday's practice with a hamstring injury, which is alarming since Sammy Morris is the only other tailback on the roster. I'm sure Cowboys fans would enjoy seeing Jones practice today. I promise to keep you posted.
New York Giants
Ed Valentine of Big Blue View is getting a little bit of a run in The New York Times' NFL blog in the days leading up to the big Giants-Jets game Saturday. On the topic of which team owns New York's heart, Ed offers a nice contrast between this historical basis for the feelings of Jets and Giants fans and concludes that whichever team is winning will turn out to be the answer.
Tom Coughlin strongly believes that leadership needs to come from within the locker room and that players need to be accountable for game-day performance, and he says he's leaning harder on his team's leaders this week and believes they will deliver.
Geoff Mosher writes that the Ryan brothers seem to bring out the best in the Eagles' offense for some reason. Saturday's game against defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and the Cowboys will be the Eagles' third game this year and second in a row against a Ryan brother-coached defense. They whipped head coach Rex Ryan and the Jets Sunday in Philadelphia.
Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson aren't having the statistical seasons they would have liked or expected, but as Jeff McLane writes, they're finding other ways to chip in. Maclin's blocking, for instance. With the year LeSean McCoy has had, the Eagles are wise to lean more on him and de-emphasize the deep passing game, no matter how talented their wideouts are.
With the Redskins in need of a franchise quarterback this offseason, Amy Shipley takes a look at the process teams go through in trying to find one. Hint: It's not easy.
Rick Maese writes of Jabar Gaffney's emergence as the No. 1 receiving option for quarterback Rex Grossman. With Santana Moss having missed time with that broken hand and all of the tight ends having disappeared, Gaffney has indeed been one of Washington's constants this year. If he sticks around, he could be a big help to whoever the quarterback is in 2012.