NFC East: Houston Oilers
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
After a flurry of activity in free agency last week, things have calmed down this week. That is, if you don't count a certain free-agent wide receiver. Anyway, the Philadelphia Eagles have zeroed in on a replacement for Brian Dawkins -- and he looks like a good one.
Every time I hear the name Sean Jones, it makes me think of the former Oilers defensive end. But the player the Eagles are talking to is the Cleveland Browns' Sean Jones, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound strong safety who would likely move to free safety.
Jones, the Browns' second-round draft pick in 2004, has 14 interceptions over the past three seasons. That's the third-best total for a safety in the league during that time period. And as Bob Brookover pointed out today in the Inquirer, Jones has as many interceptions in that time period as all Eagles safeties combined.
Say what you will about the regrettable Browns' defense, but the secondary wasn't that bad last season. In fact, Jones led a pretty talented group. And he did so without the help of a consistent pass rush. I'll get AFC North blogger James Walker on the phone real quick (if he's up yet) and see what he thinks about Jones.
As you're sitting around tonight watching an Orange Bowl that features two suspect teams, ask your buddies the following trivia question: Can you name the four players in NFL history who started a playoff game in the same season that were drafted No. 1 overall?
Hint: One of them played in the NFC East, which makes this blog entry semi-relevant.
- Earl Campbell, Houston Oilers, 1978
- Kenneth Sims, New England Patriots, 1982
- Russell Maryland, Dallas Cowboys, 1991
- Jake Long, Miami Dolphins, 2008 (when he starts against the Ravens)
Source: ESPN Stats & Analysis