Brian Dawkins & Lavar Arrington on NFC East

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  1. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    Arrington, Dawkins size up NFC East

    Eagles safety Brian Dawkins and Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington were on the set of NFL Total Access to talk about the NFC East with host Rich Eisen. NFL Total Access airs Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. ET/PT (aired June 30, 2004).

    Eisen: Did any of you guys during the offseason sit around and say, "Wow, this division is stacked more than ever?"

    Dawkins: Yeah, absolutely. With the amount of guys we had coming into this division, and not just the guys but the coaches also that have been placed into this division and each coach you look at their winning percentages and it's pretty good. So it's definitely going to be stacked and it's definitely going to be a tougher division.

    Arrington: I think it's great for football. Parcells versus Gibbs again, and then you got Andy Reid, who has been to the division championship all these years is the new kid on block again, so he's got something to prove against Parcells, Coughlin and Gibbs. It's just stacked. I mean they bring in T.O. as if they didn't already have enough talent in Philadelphia. They bring in "The Freak" which is sickening! I think the Redskins did alright, I think we did okay.

    Dawkins: Oh yeah, they brought in some big talent. They're not just bringing in just decent guys, they bringing in big-time players. So when you have that, and hopefully they'll get that family unit camaraderie together -- that's the way you do it. Once you get that together you can run with it.

    Eisen: Is there a franchise in Washington?

    Dawkins: I don't think so!

    Arrington: Richest franchise in sports.

    Dawkins: I don't know how he does it, but I don't think he has one.

    Eisen: The Dallas Cowboys have also brought in Keyshawn Johnson into the division. Who would you say is the team to beat? Would you still say it's the Eagles?

    Arrington: They have to be just because they've proven every year consistently that they're the team to beat. So until you come on the block and knock the bully off, they're the team to beat.

    Dawkins: I mean it's never easy. You may look at the records and whatever, but it's never easy to go out and do what we've been able to do. It's a tough thing to go out and do every year, to try to get to that point we've been talking about. You add these type of guys and these type of coaches and it makes it that much more tough. So guys hopefully are at home preparing for a real tough season this year. You can look at your schedule and say that it's not as strong, but you never know which team is going to be the one that's going to jump up and be the one that much more tougher than they were last year.

    Eisen: Remove both your teams' acquisitions now and put them to the side. The most important acquisition, the one that you think is wow that was the best move out there would be?

    Arrington: It's got to be Terrell (Owens). People can feel the way they want to feel about him and say the things they want to say about him, but he's a proven playmaker. I've always been one to say if you're going to talk it, at least walk it. If you're not going to back up what you're saying, then please just keep your mouth closed because it doesn't do anything but make you look bad. There's nobody that can say that Terrell Owens doesn't do what he's going to say he's going to do. By far I would imagine he's the biggest pick up. It could be Jevon (Kearse) if he stays healthy. It could be very close.

    Dawkins: Wow. I would think it would be two running backs: Clinton Portis and Julius Jones. Jones could come out and give Bill Parcells the type of running game he wants, the one that controls the clock and can eat up the clock running the ball. Whoever's going to be at quarterback they don't have to be winning the game for them. If those two guys can get some ground game going for those two organizations I think they're going to be better off.

    Eisen: If I can add my two cents I would go with Joe Gibbs in a way. I still can't believe that he's back.

    Arrington: That man has the Midas touch and it seems he still has it. Everything he touches just turns to gold. I'm excited to play for him.

    Dawkins: You know what else happens? When you have a guy that has won numerous times and is known for winning, it's just an attitude that he brings and it's completely different. You can totally believe in this guy because you know he got it done at one point so you know what he does, you know, it has some merit to it. Hopefully those guys buy into his system fast. If you buy into his system fast then you're going to move fast.

    Eisen: Plus he's replacing a guy like Steve Spurrier. How bad did it get, LaVar?

    Arrington: I just think with coach Spurrier we just needed guys to be a little bit more professional, and Steve isn't the type of guy that's going to be very confrontational and be all up in your face and pointing at you and telling you you need to do it a certain way. I think Steve believes that you're a professional, that you're here making money to perform and that's you're responsibility, that's your job. It's your duty to do it and I just don't think that we quite grasped that as a team and it kind of made it an awkward fit for a coach in their first year with the team.

    Eisen: And again, that's been rectified

    Arrington: I'll tell you what, these coaches from day one have set the tone for how things will be conducted and if you have a problem with it you can take it up with the ownership and go from there. Pretty much you can do it their way or you can hit the highway.

    Eisen: Especially since the owner has been dreaming about this since he's been watching football in front of a TV as a kid.

    Arrington: This is the final frontier. If coach Gibbs can't do it ... I hate to put this pressure on you, coach, but if coach Gibbs can't do it, I can't see anybody that would be able to do it. I think Joe Gibbs has really done a great job to bring all those doubts and to bring all the questions to ease in players minds.

    Eisen: I can't wait.

    Arrington: I can't wait. I'm excited because I'm in the division. Obviously all the attention is going to be on us because ... I don't think its hype. I really believe it going to be what people really think it's going to be so I'm excited.
  2. Skeptic

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    Here's hoping for season-ending injuries to both Arrington and Owens.

    I have no personal malice for either player's lives, but after watching their behavior the last few years I have to say that something needs to put them in their place.

    Especially Owens. I sat less than fifteen feet away as he stole the home game from us.

    Hate! Hate! Hate!
  3. EGG

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    It's going to be fun having Owens in the division,,, he's a talented contemptible prick we can all root against...
  4. Rack Bauer

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    This is completely classless. You should be an Eagles fan. You already think like one.
  5. JBell523

    JBell523 That's still my Quarterback

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    Seriously Rack...

    I'd rather beat the Skins with Arrington and the Eagles with Owens anyway, it would make the win much more sweeter..
  6. Skeptic

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    Interesting thought from a poster that has Roy nearly killing a man in his signiture.

    Lighten up.
  7. Rack Bauer

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    Yeah but he didn't injure him for the season.

    Seriously though, leave the talk of opposing teams players being hurt for the season to the Eagles fans. Cowboys fans are (and should) be above that. Like Bell said, I'd rather sweep the Eagirls and Skins with TO and Arrington playing anyway.
  8. TruBlueCowboy

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    Well, hell, I'm not above it! :p I'll gladly admit that I wouldn't mind seeing Terrell grasp a broken leg in midfield. It would be payback for the star and it would help get rid of the only receiver worth a damn on Philly.
  9. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    I missed that part of the show. I stopped watching after it bacame BET Lite.
  10. LaTunaNostra

    LaTunaNostra He Made the Difference

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    Cajun, the league is composed of 80 % African American players. That means you are gonna get hip hop on Madden and a predominance of black players interviewed on sports shows. It's either develop something like a tolerance for African American culture, which is part of our own culture, or switch to hockey. :p

    But you're missing a lot if you have dircttv and are not checking out Total Access.

    They named the show right - what the "NFL Channel" has that ESPN does not IS "total access". Who else could get into the owners meetings in March or the Rookie Symposium in La Costa? See Patrick Kearney interview Jim Brown while playing lacrosse? Get SO MANY NFL players and coaches to contribute on a NIGHTLY basis? Give cameras to the players and have them out interviewing on the streets and locker rooms ?

    I wasn't crazy about Rich Eisen a tfirst. But he's doing a terrifc job..really growing into it as an interviewer and a s show host.

    Last night he had the ever loquacious Ephraim Salaam and the equally gregarious Donnie Edwards as guests, along with young Jets linebacker Victor Hobson. Of course, poor Victor, just a second year player with no skins on his wall, and rather shy, couldn't get a word in edgewise between these two, but Eisner did as good a job as possible going to him when Ephraim continually cut in.

    Did we need to see Salaam propose to his girlfriend on a movie date on TV? No. But there's been surprisingly little of that fluff this summer.

    Once the camps kick in there wil be really solid stuff.

    PS One of those "sports challenges" things is coming up in a week or so, featuring Roy Williams and filmed on the Cayman Islands.
  11. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    Tuna, I was being facecious. The truth is I don't need to watch a 10 minute segment with Arrington interviewing some guy when I can't understand what they are saying especially when it has nothing to do with football. I do watch NFL Network about every night. 90% of their programming is fine. I know they design it to meet just my tastes and that's ok. I just find it funny that there is so much hip hop in the NFL when I would imagine that it is only a fraction of their revenue generating target.
  12. LaTunaNostra

    LaTunaNostra He Made the Difference

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    Time for that hearing aid , pops. ;)

    I'll give you this tho.

    There is not much any Washington player has to say at any time in any place that I'll rank high on Must See TV.

    A few more Cowboys on that show would sweeten the pot.

    PS They know what they are doing re hip hop and revenue, all right. Hip hop is mainstream now, and has been for a long while. The last three CDs I bought, for example, were Tantric, an old Nina Simone, and yep, Nelly.


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    I sure hope you were smoking something when you made the quote above. At least that would explain your harsh words. Listen, I know you're probably just an over-enthusiastic fan trying to make a point about your dedication to the dallas cowboys, but I hope you truly realize that both Arrington and T.O. are just althletes tryIng to make a living for their families. I wouLdn't wish that type of injury on the ...the dallas cowboys! :rolleyes:

    Time to pUt away the Pipe and Grab some milk and cookies. :D
  14. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    The last 3 I bought were Ken Holloway, Jimmy Wayne and Clay Walker. Doubt I'll hear anyone interviewing them on TA but oh well. I'll just have to do it on my show.
  15. Tio

    Tio Armchair QB

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    Armless egirl, This is a cowboys forum. If you don't want anyone to talk like that about your eagles then you shouldn't visit this site...


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    He couldn't hold an Eagles ...(I'd Like to say something) on a rainy day -- you keep him. The reality of it all is that he is a Cowboy fan!


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    Rack's signature depicts an NFL football game. There are already enough opportunities for a player to get injured without you having to wish it upon them. Haven't you ever seen a game where a player from an opposing team gets injured. Both sides of the field cheer, or do something to show their concern (regardless of the team affiliation).

    Rack can talk about Eagle fans being like you, but in reality, your type of cowboy fan comes in all team affiliations. So I don't believe you are acting like a responsible fan of any Team!

    I suggest you becoMe a WWF fan (from Dallas)! :rolleyes:
  18. thevinegarsting

    thevinegarsting New Member

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    None of the Cowboys fans will ever forget the classless bums who filled the Eagles stadium the day Michael Irvins career ended. Eagles fans can't live that down.
  19. djmajestik

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    HH, love the new sigs! Really look cool, especially the last one that I saw you had up.
  20. Tio

    Tio Armchair QB

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    You're rite, hoping someone is out for the season is nothing compared to the e-girls cheering when irvin could have been paralyzed for life... :rolleyes: I love it when you e-girl fan makes the argument easy for us...

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