NFC East: John Gonzalez
- Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com thinks that Wade Phillips has earned the right to coach another season.
- It's a done deal that Phillips is coming back in 2010, according to The Dallas Morning News. A source also confirmed that nightfall will arrive at approximately 6:10 p.m. local time.
- The man who once spent countless hours explaining the salary cap to me, Todd Archer of the DMN, has a helpful guide to the offseason.
- Jacques Taylor says it's high time the Cowboys made Felix Jones the starter.
- A man who covered the Cowboys of the early '90s, Tim Cowlishaw, says this current group won't be able to pull off any miracles this offseason.
- Did you hear that Brett Favre performed "Pants on the Ground" following Sunday's win? Good thing Keith Brooking wasn't around.
- Jen Engel of the Star-Telegram pays tribute to Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
- A radio icon in Philly has reported that Brian Westbrook's career is in jeopardy because of a left knee injury.
- Bob Ford says Eagles fans should hold off on saying their goodbyes to Donovan McNabb. Bob also digs up some numbers that illustrate how tough it is for a first-year starter to lead a team to the Super Bowl. Ford's research staff is second to none.
- Rich Hofmann, the esteemed columnist for the Daily News, says the Eagles need to start at the back end of their defense while making changes.
- Philly native and Inquirer columnist John Gonzalez has a funny column on Eagles fans.
- Is there any way for a Giants fan to root for the Jets?
- In case you missed it, Gary Myers of the Daily News said that Tom Coughlin is one more bad season away from getting canned.
- Left tackle David Diehl and right guard Chris Snee will join Shaun O'Hara at the Pro Bowl, according to Ralph Vacchiano.
- Perry Fewell's former players are saying some nice things about him, writes the Post's Paul Schwartz.
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
As we discussed Monday, the Eagles are receiving some serious backlash over the firing of part-time employee Dan Leone because of something he wrote on Facebook regarding the departure of safety Brian Dawkins. Leone discussed his firing, which was first reported by Inquirer columnist John Gonzalez, on the ESPN Radio affiliate in Philly on Tuesday.
Here's the audio from 950 ESPN. Leone, the former West Gate chief at the Linc, has become a martyr in Philly. And the Eagles' heartless response to the story didn't help their cause. By pointing out that Leone was a "seasonal employee," the Eagles just added fuel to the fire. I'm about to board a flight to Philly for a march outside the West Gate.
And you wonder why I'm not on Facebook? One of Leone's so-called "friends" ratted him out to the organization. So be careful who you approve as a friend today.
And by the way, can you imagine how many new Facebook friends Leone has now? I guess that's the one positive in this sad tale. Here's hoping the Eagles have long lines at the West Gate next season.
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Some of my buddies have chided me for not signing up for Facebook. They talk about the ability to reconnect with long lost high school and college friends and how addictive it can be. For many reasons -- mainly because I worked so hard to disconnect from many of those people -- I've resisted their efforts.
Dan Leone was a rabid Eagles fan (like there's any other kind) who was living out a dream of working for the organization as a part-time employee. When the Eagles allowed Brian Dawkins to sign with the Broncos, the 32-year-old Leone fired off an angry message on his Facebook. It's the sort of thing you could get away with in a crowded bar in South Philly -- but not in Cyberspace.
The Eagles relieved Leone of his duties over the phone, which added fuel to the fire of the Inquirer's muckraking (and entertaining) new columnist John Gonzalez. You have to appreciate a newspaper that can convince a grown man to pose for a picture while holding his keyboard like a helpless animal.
I often do this when I'm struggling on deadline, but rarely on camera. I'm anxious to see what you guys think about Leone's plight. Did he deserve the firing? Should the Eagles give him a second chance?
Are we being a little melodramatic over a "seasonal employee" -- as the Eagles put it?
I'd love to hear from ya. You can also vote on our SportsNation poll.