October 2008 - Football Wiretap
Teammates Defend San Francisco TE Davis
49ers' tight end Vernon Davis is thought of highly by his teammates, who claim he is a hard-worker and a good guy both on and off the field. "Whenever you're in here on Monday and you're watching the game film, you see extra effort plays from him," quarterback Shaun Hill said. "He's not a prima donna out there. There's been times when he's been asked to block great defensive ends one on one in pass protection. And he's done it. There's not many tight ends in this league that you can ask to do that." Frank Gore, who gets frustrated from time-to-time with the team's offense, concurs with Hill. "He's just so competitive," Gore said. "He just wants to make plays. And it hasn't happened yet and it's frustrating. I told him, 'You know, you just have to keep doing what you're doing. And one thing you're doing is blocking your behind off.' It'll come."
Singletary Explains Why He Dropped Pants
49ers' coach Mike Singletary explained on Friday why he dropped his pants in front of the team at halftime of their loss to the Seahawks last Sunday. "The only point I was tying to make is 'Guys, this is what's happening on the field,' " Singletary said on a radio show Friday. "There are a lot of different words to express it ... there are a lot different things to try and get it across. But I've only got so much time [at halftime]. "I'm just telling you this is what I see happening out there -- we're getting our tails kicked, we need to figure out a different way, let's go out there and get it done."
Witten Questionable After Missing Practice
Cowboys' tight end Jason Witten still hasn't been ruled out against the New York Giants even after missing practice again Friday with a broken rib. "He does everything right in practice; that's why he doesn't need to practice as much," Coach Wade Phillips said, leading many to believe that he could very well play. Witten is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game.
Packers Sign Rodgers Through 2014 Season
The Packers signed first-year starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a contract extension through the 2014 season on Friday, according to an Associated Press report.
Rams' Jackson Hopes To Take On Cards
Rams' running back Steven Jackson hopes to return this weekend against the Cardinals after missing a game because of a thigh injury. "I'm practicing to play, if that tells you anything," Jackson said Thursday. St. Louis Coach Jim Haslett believes Jackson has a 50-50 shot to play on Sunday. "I think he's going to be a game-time decision, but he worked a little bit today," Haslett said. "I know he feels a lot better."
Lions: Tampa 2 Isn't Problem
Lions' defensive coordinator Joe Barry contends that the team's Tampa 2 defense isn't the reason for their dismal performance thus far. "If the defense is played right, and if we play it properly and we keep the ball inside and in front of us like we are supposed to, and if we make tackles like we are supposed to, and if the guy coming in off the outside edge makes a sack like he is supposed to," Barry said. "Those are not things that the offense is catching up. Those are us not paying attention to detail. That is us not doing things right all the time. And when we do that, we play better."
Haynesworth: Packers Aren't Same Without Favre
Titans' defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth doesn't think the Packers are the same team without Brett Favre. "I had my helmet and stuff ready for him to sign, and now he is not going to be there," Haynesworth said of meeting Favre. "I'll definitely be bringing that Green Bay helmet when we play the Jets."
Cowboys' Jones: Johnson Gives Us Chance To Win
Dallas owner Jerry Jones believes that quarterback Brad Johnson, who has struggled, gives the team their best chance to win this weekend. "Our best chance is to have him," Jones said Thursday of the 40-year-old. There have been reports that the Cowboys will replace Johnson with Brooks Bollinger at the first sign of trouble this Sunday. "No, I don't see that," Jones said. "That would not be fair to our ability to win the game. We have got a guy who has years and years of making decisions here. We have every reason to believe he can make decisions and make the throws to win this game for us."
McNabb: Eagles Capable Of Following In Phils' Footsteps
Eagles' quarterback Donovan McNabb believes that the team can follow in the footsteps of the Phillies and bring a World Championship home to the city of Philadelphia. "We have an opportunity to get to that," McNabb said. "The only thing we can do at this particular point is take one game at a time, do our jobs and let the chips fall where they may." The Eagles insist that the Phillies' victory hasn't placed additional pressure on them to bring home a title. "Since I?ve been here I?ve been a part of the Sixers in a championship series," McNabb said. "Unfortunately they didn?t win. We were part of the Super Bowl and we didn?t win. The Flyers were one series away from the championship this last year. So I?ve seen people kind of get close and just be that far away from winning. And now I?ve seen a team from Philly win the whole thing. "I?m very happy for them. You work extremely hard to get that goal and when you finally get a chance to accomplish it, it?s not only a big-time feeling for you, but for your teammates. And obviously, as you can see here in Philadelphia, it?s a major thing. The fans deserve it with everything that they?ve been going through."
Patriots Worried About Colts' TE Clark
The Patriots are focusing on tight end Dallas Clark heading into their battle with the Colts on Sunday night. During New England's last meeting with Indianapolis, safety Rodney Harrison was in charge of covering Clark, but he's currently on the injured reserve. With Harrison out, Adalius Thomas might be assigned coverage duty on Clark in Week Nine. "Rodney is a great player and he definitely gives a big lift for their defense. They always say 'next guy in,' but I think just on this side of the fence, I think Rodney's a tough guy for them to replace," Clark said during a conference call. "He brought so much to their defense, so much versatility and just that toughness the defense always shows, so I think he allowed them to do a lot of different things." Pats' coach Bill Belichick wouldn't reveal any specific plans for Clark, but appeared worried about a number of targets. "There are plenty of concerns with Dallas Clark. There are concerns about everybody - Clark, (Marvin) Harrison, (Reggie) Wayne, (Anthony) Gonzalez and (Joseph) Addai. It is about team defense; you can?t double everybody," Belichick said. "You can?t set your defense to stop everybody; they have too many good players. In the course of playing good team defense there will be a lot of different people that will have a lot of different responsibilities all the way through the course of the game."
DeAngelo Hall Excited To Face Former Team
Raiders' cornerback DeAngelo Hall is excited to face his former team the Falcons this Sunday for the first time since being dealt to Oakland this offseason.
Peterson Vows To Have Better Second Half
Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson has 684 rushing yards, good enough for second in the NFL but vows to have a better second half.
Simpson Looking To Marry Romo?
Pop star Jessica Simpson is reportedly thinking about marriage with Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo.
Oakland's Curry Thinks His Days Are Numbered
Raiders' receiver Ronald Curry was benched two weeks ago for rookie Chaz Schilens and figures that his days in Oakland might be numbered.
ESPN To Air Obama, McCain Interviews On MNF
ESPN will air interviews with both Barack Obama and John McCain via satellite on Monday Night Football.
49ers' Singletary Dropped Pants To Make Point
San Francisco head coach Mike Singletary pulled down his pants during halftime of the team's loss to Seattle in Week Eight.
Colts Place Marlin Jackson On IR
The Colts have lost cornerback Marlin Jackson for the remainder of the season with a knee injury.
Johnson Will Start, May Not Finish For 'Boys
Brad Johnson will start at quarterback for the Cowboys on Sunday against the Giants, but if he struggles he may not finish the game.
Burress On Mistakes: 'I Am Human'
Plaxico Burress doesn't believe that his actions have been a distraction to the Giants this season, and admitted that he has made mistakes because he is "human".
Lions Vague Regarding Culpepper
The Lions were vague on Wednesday regarding free agent quarterback Daunte Culpepper, whom they met with earlier this week.
Kiffin Files Complaint Against Raiders
Former Raiders coach Lane Kiffin filed a complaint through the NFL Coaches Association on Wednesday over his firing by Al Davis "for cause" and "without pay".
Osi: I Could Have Returned To Giants This Season
Osi Umenyiora claims that he could have returned to the field for the Giants this season despite tearing the meniscus in his left knee on Aug. 24.
Belichick: Peyton Isn't Playing Hurt
Patriots' coach Bill Belichick doesn't believe that Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning is playing hurt this season.
Could Cardinals Trade Leinart?
If the Cardinals sign quarterback Kurt Warner for an additional two years, they might look to trade Matt Leinart.
Kasay, Panthers Agree To Four-Year Extension
The Panthers and kicker John Kasay have agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension that locks him up through the 2010 season.
Source: Browns' Jurevicius Will Miss Season
An NFL source claims that Browns' receiver Joe Jurevicius will be out for the remainder of the 2008 season.
Berrian's Steroids Hotline Remarks Get NFL's Ear
Vikings' receiver Bernard Berrian says that sometimes there's nobody at the other end of the line on the NFL's hotline for players if they want to find out if supplements contain ingredients banned
Report: Pats' Wilfork To Be Fined For Hit On Cutler
Patriots' defensive tackle Vince Wilfork will reportedly be fined but not suspended by the NFL after meeting with Roger Goodell about a hit on Denver quarterback Jay Cutler.
Saints' Payton 'Discouraged' By London Trip
Saints' Coach Sean Payton struggled to be diplomatic about his team's game against the Chargers in London on Sunday, railing against everything from field conditions to the flight home.