Wednesday, January 23, 2013
NFC East links: Fast-paced Eagles
By ESPN.com staff
After Jay Ratliff's DWI arrest -- in an incident that took place less than two months and just a few miles from where teammate Jerry Brown lost his life in a drunken-driving accident involving a car driven by Cowboy Josh Brent -- Todd Archer writes that the nose tackle "should not wear a Cowboys uniform again."
In his strongest comments yet about the Cowboys' play-calling situation, owner and general manager Jerry Jones implied to reporters at the Senior Bowl that coach Jason Garrett would no longer call the team's offensive plays and that offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Bill Callahan would take over that role.
Callahan, meanwhile, responded to charges that, as their head coach, he "sabotaged" the Oakland Raiders' chances in Super Bowl XXVII, calling Tim Brown's allegations "ludicrous and defamatory."
New York Giants
Ohm Youngmisuk takes a quick look at the Giants' five biggest contracts.
At a charity event Tuesday night, Justin Tuck promised better things in 2013, and weighed in on the predicament of Manti Te'o, whom Tuck helped recruit to Notre Dame.
At practices in Mobile, Ala., ahead of Saturday's Senior Bowl, new coach Chip Kelly and general manager Howie Roseman met with Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib -- who's from the Philadelphia area and is an Eagles season-ticket holder. Nassib's take, per the Inquirer: "That was cool as hell."
Kelly likes to play fast. How fast? Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News breaks it down. "The average NFL team ran 64 plays per game in 2012. The Eagles, the sixth-fastest team in the league, averaged 67 plays. The Patriots -- schooled by Kelly and, by far, the fastest-paced team in the NFL -- averaged 74 plays per game. Oregon last year? Try 81 plays per game."
Alfred Morris gets some love from the Examiner's John Keim after his breakout season in Keim's running back position review.
With all of the success Washington had on offense this past season, questions remain heading into the offseason because of Robert Griffin III's knee injury.