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Jason Whitlock's take on Owens versus McNabb: Positive Cowboy mention?!?!?

Discussion in 'NFL Zone' started by lurkercowboy, Nov 23, 2005.

  1. lurkercowboy

    lurkercowboy Active Member

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    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=whitlock/051123

    Terrell Owens didn't create the division in the Philadelphia Eagles' locker room. Donovan McNabb's contract did.

    Listen, there are a million reasons this column is considered must-read material by NFL executives, players, media, wives, groupies, cheerleaders and fans. What I'm about to share with you is reason number 1,000,001.

    Like the rest of America, you were probably shocked to see Philly linebacker Jeremiah Trotter on ESPN2 stumping for T.O.'s return last week. And you've probably wondered why the Philly players haven't been united in their disdain of all things T.O. The guy has been a major distraction and a major pain in the you-know-what since August. To an outsider, it would appear that T.O. has single-handedly ruined team chemistry.

    But the Philly players have been mysteriously quiet when it comes to criticizing T.O. Only team "ambassador" Hugh Douglas has had the courage to stand up to him. (And, by the way, according to several sources, Owens body-slammed Douglas and nearly opened a can of whoop-*** on the former defensive end.) All the other Eagles shy away from commenting on T.O.'s antics, or offer themselves up as mediators between T.O. and Philly management or T.O. and McNabb.

    To this date, I haven't heard or seen one Eagle step in front of a camera and say, "Ah, hell, naw T.O. I ain't gonna let you talk 'bout my quarterback like that. Donovan is our leader. When you attack Donovan, you're attacking this team."


    Donovan McNabb's teammates haven't exactly come to his defense.
    Nope. All you hear from the Eagles is some Jimmy Carter-type garbage.

    Why?

    Because Philly management has played hardball at the negotiating table with all of the veteran talent except for its $115-million quarterback, Donovan McNabb, who received a record contract extension in 2003 despite having four years left on his original deal.

    Andy Reid and Jeff Lurie have no problem kicking a money-hungry vet to the curb. Just ask Bobby Taylor, Troy Vincent, Corey Simon, Hugh Douglas and Jeremiah Trotter.

    Despite plenty of cap room, the Eagles don't mind squeezing their pennies. No one should be surprised that Trotter has elected himself T.O.'s unofficial spokesman. Reid and Lurie humbled Trotter in a very public way. They let the run-stuffing linebacker run off to the Ben Franklin-filled arms of Daniel Snyder in 2002, and then welcomed Trotter back as a veteran's-minimum special-teamer in 2004.

    Afraid to leave defensive coordinator Jim Johnson's protective cocoon after flopping in Washington, Trotter, a Pro Bowler again, signed a below-market contract with the Eagles last offseason. Trotter is now living vicariously through T.O. So are several other Eagles -- many of whom are in-the-closet McNabb haters.

    Think about it. Terrell Owens basically validated Rush Limbaugh's "overrated" charge against McNabb and no Philly player has come to Donovan's defense. If T.O. had gone on TV and said, "We'd have a better record if Brian Urlacher was our middle linebacker," I guarantee you Trotter would be offended.

    The Philly players feel that McNabb is overpaid. That's not unusual. Most NFL players justifiably believe that the starting quarterback is overpaid. Emmitt Smith was always the most valuable player on the Cowboys, but Emmitt never got his money as easily as Troy Aikman.

    The difference between Philly and Dallas -- besides the Cowboys' championships -- is that Jerry Jones eventually paid his veteran contributors. Lurie and Reid replace their vets with younger, cheaper players year after year. It's good business. But it's not good for team chemistry. And it certainly puts McNabb in a difficult spot.
  2. lurkercowboy

    lurkercowboy Active Member

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    Jerry Jones being praised over the Eagle organization? Wow!
  3. slick325

    slick325 Well-Known Member

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    Great read! I can't stand the Eagles but truly loathe their management. They treat their vet contributors like trash and got what they deserved in T.O. Philly better hope to continue to draft well because after seeing them play hardball with EVERY pro bowl player they have except McNabb, NO free agent would want to go there.
  4. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Look how long it took them to finally give Westrook what he deserved- and that could be argued that onlly happened due to TO situation where they thought they had to make it look like they will negotiate.
  5. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    From the same article:

    3. Vegas blows another one: Denver's defensive line will put a total clown suit on Bledsoe Thursday afternoon.

    The Broncos might shut out the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. Denver is favored by two points. I can't see them winning by fewer than two touchdowns. It's just a terrible matchup for the Cowboys. The Broncos won't have to blitz to get to Bledsoe. He'll fumble at least twice and throw a couple of interceptions. Dallas' running game won't provide any relief.
  6. slick325

    slick325 Well-Known Member

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    I can't wait until the game tomorrow! This game can go a long way in gaining national respect for this ballclub.
  7. lurkercowboy

    lurkercowboy Active Member

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    If the guy is wrong, let's send him a copy of this prediction.
  8. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    To me it sounds like sour grapes from a disgruntled Chiefs beat writer that is overstating the Broncos merely because they soundly beat KC earlier this year.
  9. hipfake08

    hipfake08 Well-Known Member

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    Yes. But what would he have gotten in free agency this summer.

    The Eagles have committed to McNabb.
    No other player even comes close to being as important as McNabb.

    You are right about team chemistry.

    I know he's saying it again....

    Thinking back on the 5 times I've gone to Eagles training camp with the KFFL'ers in the Eagle forum there. The practices were all on Saturday - lite days. Days to enjoy football and the others there.
    McNabb never had a lot of players around him at practice. Just to stop and shoot the **** for a minute or so. None but the other QB's for the most part. And they are locked into him to get information on what should be done in the WCO they run.

    So if your pointing at a team leader - your not pointing at anyone in an Eagles uni.
    Reid is the leader. They stand for no one else.
    The Eagles are lacking an on the field leader they can look up to. Not the team chosen leader.
    So if you don't like Donovan your done.

    As another point Lurie has only shown up one time in the 5 years.
    I think JJ is there all the time.

    Just random thoughts.
  10. TobiasEagle77

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    "The reason why I think he attacked the quarterback is because that's the only way you can really talk to the organization," Brown said. "It has nothing to do with Donovan. Trust me." Sheldon Brown.

    According to Brown AND Trotter (I don't have an exact quote from Trotter), Owens attacked McNabb as a strategical move.
    Per Sheldon - Owens attacked McNabb because he knew that would work. The franchise QB is the face of the org, attacking him is the best way to get a reaction.
    Per Trotter - Owens attacked McNabb because he thinks QBs are overpaid and their importance is overstated.

    This article's stipulation that players hate McNabb in Philly is bogus. Are they jealous of his contract? I'd say hell yes. It's not his fault QBs get the coin, and I'm sure all the players recognize that.
  11. lspain1

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    Whitlock is a complete jerk. Wasn't he the guy who said Priest Holmes was unmotivated (and not really injured) after his spinal injury earlier this year. His 'take' on that item was nothing less than a disgrace. Another angry mediot who grinds an axe to glorify himself. I would treat this article with the respect it deserves.....none at all.
  12. Hollywood Henderson

    Hollywood Henderson Benched

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    What is Trotter's contract status? I saw Parcells talking to him after the game...I love the way he plays...
  13. TobiasEagle77

    TobiasEagle77 Member

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    Trotter becomes a free agent in 2009.
  14. ric

    ric Member

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    Wasn't FATLOCK the one that said the cowboys wouldn't win five games this season
  15. tyke1doe

    tyke1doe Well-Known Member

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    Should we send a copy to him if he's right? ;)
  16. bbgun

    bbgun Benched

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    Why do people take it so personally when prognosticators predict a Dallas loss? Denver is a quality team. We could lose.
  17. tyke1doe

    tyke1doe Well-Known Member

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    Thank you.

    Some posters are oversensitive to the point of juvenility.

    You insulted my favorite team?!?!?

    Insert __________ hypersensitive negative response.
  18. lurkercowboy

    lurkercowboy Active Member

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    Sure, but a predicting a shutout loss?
  19. Sportsbabe

    Sportsbabe Well-Known Member

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    I've changed my reason why I can't wait. I can't wait to see Whitlock look like a darn fool. That crap he wrote about the game is so over the top. One thing to pick us to lose ... but it's another thing to say we will be complete bafoons on the field. Bledsoe ain't the only one playing against Denver. BP has his back; so does Big Larry and Barber the 3rd. What he said was a slap in the face.
  20. Sportsbabe

    Sportsbabe Well-Known Member

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    I'm with you. As Roy said, we are family. Let Whitlock write and article and say how their momma wears combat boot and their sister frightens the dog. If that's alright with them, so be it. But, yes, it makes me mad when we get totally dissed for no legitimate reason.

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