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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."
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."
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. "Oh yeah, I can?t wait. I cannot wait. I felt like I taught Roddy [White] a thing or two," Hall said. "As well as the rest of those guys. I can?t want to get out there and match up with them on game day and see if I taught him good enough." Hall is just hoping for a win this weekend, personal statistics don't matter. "Just a win. Stats don?t really matter. They could take me to the house for five touchdowns as long as we win. 48-42, I?m good," he said. "We need a win as a team bad. That?s probably the first and foremost thing that?s going through my mind."
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. "To be honest, and it's not about individual stats or anything like that with me, but I really don't feel like I have performed well in the first half, especially watching the film," Peterson said in a teleconference. "I really haven't played my best ball this year at all." Peterson rushed for 121 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown, against the Bears two weeks ago in what he considers his best game of the season. "I really see a lot of things I was doing differently in that game that I'm going to take on to the second half," Peterson said. "I just look forward to doing better the second half, which I am going to do. I'm just going to help my team any way I can."
Simpson Looking To Marry Romo?
Pop star Jessica Simpson is reportedly thinking about marriage with Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo. "[Tony and I] are definitely compatible in all areas," Simpson said. "Any person who I'm gonna date for longer than six months, I definitely am investing in something long-term," "If I get married again, then it will be the last time."
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. "It's like the team gave up on me," Curry said. "It's a tough pill to swallow, especially when you go from (starting) to not playing at all. "The picture's pretty clear. My mind-set now is to go out there, work hard and put film out there for other teams." Curry expects the Raiders to release him after this season. He is due $3.5 million in base salary in 2009.
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.
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".
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.
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.
Saints' Nesbit Sues Drug Maker After Positive Test
Saints' guard Jamar Nesbit has sued the maker of a weight-loss supplement, alleging it was improperly spiked with a diuretic that is banned by the NFL.
Taylor: Burress Puts Himself Above Giants
Lawrence Taylor believes that wide receiver Plaxico Burress has put himself above the Giants this season.
Vikings' Allen: Fines Are 'Getting Out Of Hand'
Vikings' defensive end Jared Allen believes fines in the NFL are getting out of hand and are starting to restrict players' freedom of speech.
Singletary: Davis Isn't Among Team's 'Cancers'
49ers' Coach Mike Singletary claims that tight end Vernon Davis isn't among the team's "cancers".
Rams Send Tape Of Non-Calls To NFL
The Rams have sent a tape of non-calls against the Patriots to the NFL after New England was called for zero penalty yards on Sunday.
Steelers' Holmes Will Start Against Rams
The Steelers won't punish wide receiver Santonio Holmes anymore for being charged with a marijuana-related offense last week and plan to start him Monday night against the Rams.
Chargers Fire Cottrell, Name Rivera New D-Coordinator
The Chargers on Tuesday named Ron Rivera the team's new defensive coordinator, following the termination of Ted Cottrell.
Giants, Eagles Share Top Slot In RealGM's Team Rankings
The Giants and Eagles are tied atop RealGM's NFL Team rankings this week after wins over the Steelers and Falcons, respectively.
Cowboys 'Expect' Johnson To Start Sunday
Cowboy' Coach Wade Phillips expects Brad Johnson to start against the Giants on Sunday despite reports that the team is losing faith in his abilities.