I'm glad to see Jason Ferguson get his own article in the paper. I've been pumping his play since the preseason this year. He's a big reason our run defense is so stout. In a 3-4 defense, stopping the run all starts with the NT, he has to be able to hold his ground while getting pounded by two offensive linemen. If your NT can't do that, teams will run all over you up the gut. But Ferguson wasn't always on solid ground with Parcells, early on it looked like he might not make it.
"I called my mom and said, 'I don't think this guy likes me. I may be home real soon,'" Ferguson said. "I didn't know that when he's on you, he likes you."
Good thing Parcells hit him with the figurative bat.
Unlike last season when he played on a sprained ankle suffered in minicamp, he's fine now and able to throw around his 310-pound body. He also no longer has to split time with tackle La'Roi Glover, who signed with the St. Louis Rams in the off-season.
"First of all, La'Roi is good," Ferguson said. "He got paid for a reason. So there was that. I just couldn't get warm or into a rhythm."
Here's the money quote:
Somebody make a Starbucks' run, quick. T.O. can't stay awake.
Owens told the Cowboys he had a sleeping problem before he signed with the team in the spring.
Umm...OK. Jerry what do you think?
Pretty non-committal by Jones.
"Todd is a big stickler, and he kind of got offended," Owens said. "That's one of his pet peeves about not sleeping in a meeting. I talked to him one-on-one and said, 'I'm not trying to fall asleep. I've always been like that.' "
Look, there's a Starbucks on every corner in America, let's get an endorsement contract set up that keeps Owens in the black, coffee that is. Kind of like Kramer's deal on Seinfeld.
All you ever wanted to know about our stud punter Mat McBriar. Not only can he kick, but he's kind of funny.
As one of the most famous Australians living abroad, McBriar can't let go of the fact that he was not invited to the wedding of fellow Aussies Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban this past summer in Sydney.
"I don't think they had my right address. Maybe that's what they're saying," he said. "I don't like to talk about it."
The scar is deep. Almost as deep as his decision not to accept the job as the original Crocodile Hunter, rather than the late Steve Irwin.
"I can't believe I turned it down," McBriar said. "It was between me and Steve. I thought, 'That will never work. The Discovery Channel? Who watches that?'"
Washington DC Gregg Williams talks about planning for Tony Romo in this article. It also looks like the Skins defense will finally be fully healthy for a game this season.