Mac's NFL Blog - 9/5/07

In today's NFL Blog: Tiki Barber and Vernon Davis compete for the "Just Shut Up!" award (even though Tiki is right about Commander Tom), the Saints and Colts believe that their defenses are better, the Bears and Chargers fight for bragging rights, and Walter Jones just wants to block the Bejeezus out of somebody.

New York Giants DE Michael Strahan was saying all the right things as he returned to the locker room, and even picked up a new nickname.

In his new book "Tiki: My Life in the Game and Beyond", former New York Giants RB Tiki Barber says current Giants head coach Tom Coughlin burglarized his passion for the game.

According to the Star-Telegram, Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips "violated the No. 1 rule for workplace long-term survival" when he released CB Aaron Glenn, who had a cap-friendly contract and was a team leader.

New Orleans Saints defensive ends believe they can be difference-makers.

The Indianapolis Colts defense understands the skepticism, but believes they are more physical than they were in 2006.

Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl guard Shawn Andrews was just testing the media with his "tear-jerker" remark from three weeks ago.

The Minnesota Vikings need to sell 3,500 tickets to avoid an embarrassing TV blackout.

Miami Dolphins right tackle LJ Shelton has earned the starting job over Anthony Alabi.

Pete Kendall already feels at home in Washington.

Mind games are common whenever the Jets and Patriots do battle. For example, both teams keep their opponents in the dark when it comes to how they might use key players. And both Bill Belichick and Eric Mangini routinely bring in the other guy's discarded players for a visit, as Mangini did yesterday with the recently released WR Reche Caldwell.

Tennessee Titans defenders would've rather faced Byron Leftwich than new Jaguars starting quarterback David Garrard.

The Jaguars aim to be more consistent in 2007.

Another reason the Broncos signed Simeon Rice? To mentor rookie DE Jarvis Moss.

Buffalo Bills safety George Wilson overcame long odds to make the team, but his willingness on special teams earned his roster spot in Buffalo.

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is still tinkering with the depth chart.

Since 1950, each time the Pittsburgh Steelers have changed head coaches, the new coach has lost his first game in Cleveland.

St. Louis Rams LB Quinton Culberson found out from his family in Jackson, Mississippi that he wasn't going to be cut. (They saw it on the Internets)

The Carolina Panthers added offensive lineman Kevin Sampson and reached an injury settlement with TE Michael Gaines.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards vowed to limit RB Larry Johnson's carries, and is thinking of innovative ways for the fans to remind him to take it easy.

Six players remain from the Houston Texans inaugural season in 2002.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Ronde Barber feels better going into 2007 than he did finishing 2006. (Could the 0-0 record have something to do with that?)

Seattle Seahawks left tackle Walter Jones is eager to get back out on the field, which he'll do when the Seahawks resume practice today.

Chicago Bears LB Brian Urlacher calls out San Diego Chargers LB Shawne Merriman and declares that this year's Bears defense is better than last season's.

A Chargers outside linebacker named Shaun (not Shawne...or Chone...or Seamus) has quietly made a name for himself.

In a Mike Martz offense, brainpower is a must. (And tinfoil is essential)

Everyone in Oakland is remaining tight-lipped about who the Raiders starting QB will be. (My money is on Josh McCown)

After discovering that 10 pounds of muscle that was mysteriously added to his body once he turned 31, Baltimore Ravens DE Trevor Pryce thinks he's got another five seasons left in him.

As he approaches free agency, Bengals DE Justin Smith is looking to be a more complete player.

Each of the remaining members of the 2007 Arizona Cardinals draft class will play an important role this season.

49ers second-year TE Vernon Davis doesn't lack self-confidence.


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