In an interview from the Falcons' team bus on their way to play the Dolphins tonight, Dunn told SI.com: "I'm challenging guys on every NFL team, except the Saints, to donate at least $5,000 to help people come back from this catastrophe. If we get players to do that, that would amount to $260,000 per team. I have heard from so many players both on my team and around the league who just want to do something. Well, this is the best thing that we can do and it's something we should do."
If Dunn is successful in getting 53 players on the 31 NFL teams to respond with the $5,000 donation, NFL players would be able to give $8.2 million to the relief effort.
Dunn is from Baton Rouge, La. He said he still does not know if his grandfather, who lived in New Orleans, "is dead, alive, at the Superdome, or on a bus somewhere." He also said his grandmother is housing 40 extended family members in one house in Baton Rouge.
The reigning NFL Man of the Year said he thinks players have a moral obligation to help the people of the Gulf Coast. "If guys don't donate," Dunn said, "they're being selfish.
"We're such a great country and it's at times like this a great country has to come together. We're looking at people on TV who have no money, no homes, no job and no idea what they're going to do with their lives. Now is when they need us most. We just have to respond and we have to respond."
Tight end Doug Jolley (one catch for nine yards) closed out a disappointing preseason with an ugly drop, missing a short pass in the open field. Jolley, acquired in a pre-draft trade with the Raiders, failed to unseat Chris Baker.
|DATE||LEAGUE||MATCH||LINE||PAY||BEACH||W/L||CFC Pick||CFC W/L|
|09.01.05||NCAA||E. Michigan at Cincinnati||+10||-110||EMU||W||UC||L|
|-||NCAA||Oregon at Houston||+8.5||-110||HOU||L||ORE||W|
|-||NCAA||Vandy at Wake||+8||-110||VU||W||VU||W|
|09.03.05||NCAA||USF at Penn St||+21.5||-110||USF||W||USF||W|
|-||NCAA||Notre Dame at Pitt||-2.5||-115||PITT||L||PITT||L|
|-||NCAA||Ga. Tech at Auburn||+7.5||-110||GTU||W||AUB||L|
|-||NCAA||BC at BYU||-2||-110||BC||W||BYU||L|
|-||NCAA||FIU at Kansas State||-30.5||-160||KSU||L||FIU||W|
|-||NCAA||Texas A&M at Clemson||+1.5||-110||CLEM||W||CLEM||W|
|09.05.05||NCAA||Miami at FSU||+4||-115||FSU||W||UM||L|
|09.08.05||NFL||OAK at NE||+14/u56.5||-120||OAK/Und||W||OAK/Und||W|
|-||NFL||OAK at NE||-1/u56.5||-120||NE/Und||W||NE/Und||W|
|09.09.05||NCAA||Pitt at Ohio||-14||-115||PITT||L||Ohio||W|
|09.10.05||NCAA||Notre Dame at Michigan||-.5/o49.5||-130||UM/Over||L||ND/Under||W|
|-||NCAA||Clemson at Maryland||ML||-125||Terps||L||CLEM||W|
|-||NCAA||Texas at Ohio St.||-1||-120||OSU||L||UT||W|
|-||NCAA||Rice at UCLA||o/u 56||-110||Over||W||Over||W|
|-||NCAA||Army at BC||+28||-120||Army||L||Army||L|
|-||NCAA||Stanford at Navy||ML||-150||Stanford||W||Navy||L|
|-||NCAA||CSU at MINN / ND at Michigan||-6.5/-1||-120||UM/MINN||L||UM/MINN||L|
|-||NCAA||Wake Forest at Nebraska||+7||-120||Wake||L||Neb||W|
|09.11.05||NFL||SEA at JAX||ML||-160||JAX||W||JAX||W|
|-||NFL||SEA at JAX||-2.5||-135||JAX||W||JAX||W|
|-||NFL||TEN at PIT||+7.5||-120||TEN||L||TEN||L|
|-||NFL||TEN at PIT||ML||+270||TEN||L||PIT||W|
|-||NFL||NYJ at KC||ML||-145||KC||W||NYJ||L|
|-||NFL||NYJ at KC||-2.5||-120||KC||W||NYJ||L|
|-||NFL||ARZ at NYG||ML||+130||ARZ||L||NYG||W|
|-||NFL||ARZ at NYG||+3||-110||ARZ||L||NYG||W|
|-||NFL||IND at BAL||-2.5||-120||IND||W||BAL||L|
|09.12.05||NFL||PHI at ATL||+1||+100||ATL||W||PHI||L|
|09.17.05||NCAA||FSU at BC||+1.5||-105||BC||L||BC||L|
|-||NCAA||FSU at BC||+2||-115||BC||L||FSU||W|
|-||NCAA||FSU at BC||+2.5||-125||BC||L||BC||L|
|-||NCAA||FSU at BC||+3||-135||BC||L||FSU||W|
|-||NCAA||FSU at BC||+3.5||-145||BC||L||FSU||W|
|-||NCAA||FSU at BC||+7.5/u43||-110||BC/Under||L||BC/Under||L|
|-||NCAA||Ole Miss at Vandy||-3||-105||Vandy||W||Vandy||W|
|-||NCAA||Toledo at Temple||-28||-105||Toledo||L||Temple||W|
|-||NCAA||UCF at USF||-7||-125||USF||W||USF||W|
|-||NCAA||OU at UCLA||-6.5||-105||UCLA||W||OU||L|
|09.18.05||NFL||BAL at TEN||ML||-190||BAL||L||TEN||W|
|-||NFL||DET at CHI||-1||-110||DET||L||DET||L|
|-||NFL||BUF at TB||ML||-145||TB||W||BUF||L|
|-||NFL||BUF at TB||-2.5||-120||TB||W||BUF||L|
|-||NFL||NE at CAR||+3||+100||CAR||W||NE||L|
|-||NFL||MIA at NE||+6||-110||MIA||L||MIA||L|
|-||NFL||CLE at GB||+6||-105||CLE||W||GB||L|
|-||NFL||SD at DEN||ML||-145||DEN||W||SD||L|
|-||NFL||SD at DEN||-3||+105||DEN||W||SD||L|
|09.19.05||NFL||NO at NYG||+3||+100||NO||L||NO||L|
|-||NFL||NO at NYG||ML||+150||NO||L||NYG||W|
|09.24.05||NCAA||Western Michigan at Temple||-3||-125||WMU||push||Temple||push|
|-||NCAA||TCU at BYU||+3||-125||TCU||W||TCU||W|
|-||NCAA||ASU at Oregon State||-6.5||-120||ASU||W||OSU||L|
|09.25.05||NFL||CIN at CHI||-3||-110||CIN||W||CIN||W|
|-||NFL||JAX at NYJ||ML||+115||JAX||W||JAX||W|
|-||NFL||CAR at MIA||-3||-120||CAR||L||CAR||L|
|-||NFL||CLE at IND||-14||-110||IND||L||IND||L|
|-||NFL||TB at CAR||ML||-180||TB||W||GB||L|
|-||NFL||ARZ at SEA||+7||-125||ARZ||L||ARZ||L|
|-||NFL||NE at PIT||-3||-115||PIT||L||NE||W|
|-||NFL||ATL at BUF||ML||-140||BUF||L||ATL||W|
|-||NFL||TEN at STL||-7||-130||STL||L||STL||L|
|-||NFL||KC at DEN||+3||-120||KC||KC|
"Brandon Jacobs, he's going to do great things for this offense this year," Barber said, "and keep us on the field in short situations and give me time to rest and be healthy for every situation throughout the game. It's the most comfortable I've been in a long time. This running back group this year will be about roles and functions. I think we have guys who understand that."In 2002 when Tom Coughlin was in Jacksonville, he had Fred Taylor healthy for 16 games and yet Stacy Mack ran the ball 98 times for 436 yards and 9 touchdowns. Jacobs could easily approach those numbers, although if Jacobs is scoring close to 10 Tds, the Giants are probably winning a wild card spot in the NFC and I don't see either of those two things happening this year. But you never really know, do you?
It will be interesting to see how Seattle coach Mike Holmgren utilizes Warrick from a formation standpoint. The Seahawks already have a terrific slot receiver, the position at which Warrick has been most successful, in Bobby Engram. The veteran Engram was moved into the starting lineup, though, this summer, when the Seahawks released former first-round wideout Koren Robinson.
"He just continues to just kind of stun me, really," Martz said. "Without telling him, he stands in the huddle and lets that clock go down, scrambles when he's backed up on a pass instead of making a risky throw, hits a couple of big plays.
"Has he made this roster? Yeah, he's made this roster. Absolutely. He made this thing about three weeks ago in my mind."
"Nobody wanted Peerless Price more than [owner] Arthur Blank," Reeves said on Sirius NFL Radio Wednesday.The story continues with this quote from Blank:
"No matter how hard you tried to tell him that wasn't a deal and you didn't need to pay that kind of money, he was determined that that was what he was going to do. So that's as much the owner as it is anybody. Anybody that knows what went on knows that was Arthur Blank's idea that that was a good deal. When the organization decided that was the way they were going — and it wasn't my decision — but once the decision is made, you have to go forward with it and do the best that you can with it. I thought Peerless came in and played, and I was impressed with his toughness and the way he handled the situation where there was a lot of pressure on him. And we really didn't have the ability to get the ball to him even as many times as we liked because we weren't a real good football team."
"You can't afford those kinds of mistakes and win in the NFL," Blank said.
Hockey seems to be doing well, and naturally baseball is the leader in sports.
But why aren't more people writing intelligent things about football?
Is it because there is already such great coverage being done by Len Pasquarelli and the rest of espn? There's also Pro Football Weekly, Football Guys, and Football Outsiders, but why aren't there more bloggers?
Surely there's always room for more.
Well, here's one who has an ACC College Football Preview up at southernpigskin.com.
http://jasonprotheroblog.blogspot.com/ OSU Beavers
http://usctrojanfootball.blogspot.com/ USC Trojans
http://ucbearcats.blogspot.com/ UC Bearcats
http://uwsports.blogspot.com/ UW Cowboys
http://mgoblog.blogspot.com/ UM Wolverines
http://www.gatorcountry.org/wearetheboys/ UF Gators
http://www.enlightenedspartan.com/ MSU Spartans
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“I’ve still got an attitude problem,” [Johnson] said. “I still feel the same I’ve always felt. I see the draft, I see guys like Cedric Benson, Carnell Williams, all those guys who have a chance to be starters on their teams. I’m just looking for my chance.I understand his point, but Yikes.
“I don’t want to waste three or four years of my prime running behind somebody, period. I don’t care who it is. I feel like I should start somewhere in this league.”
QB AHEAD BEHIND DIFF Peyton Manning 111.6 123.5 +11.9 Marc Bulger 98.4 88.7 -9.7 Trent Green 100.6 86.7 -13.9 Brett Favre 104.4 86.9 -17.5 Daunte Culpepper 121.3 101.6 -19.7 Jake Plummer 105.1 72.6 -32.5
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