Mac's NFL Blog - 9/8/07

Thursday night, the NFL Network brought back one of the programs that made their network desirable to football fans in the first place. "Playbook", a twice weekly X's and O's program that breaks down the upcoming NFL games using "All 22" film evidence and insider access to teams that none of the other networks who broadcast football games can provide.

This is a total breath of fresh air for a network that has spent the last two years in a downhill sprint, and it almost makes me forgive them for giving Jamie Dukes his own show. ("Put Up Your Dukes" is a bizarre cross between "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" and "Mad Money with Jim Cramer", by the way.)

How good is "Playbook"? Let me put it this way: Not even Sterling Sharpe can derail it. Now that's impressive.

Today's Links

Philadelphia Eagles backup safety Quintin Mikell has earned an expanded role in Jim Johnson's defense.

Eagles TE LJ Smith isn't sure he'll play on Sunday, but the team has him listed as "probable".

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy answers a bunch of questions from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

It doesn't look like Packers WR Greg Jennings or RB Vernard Morency are going to play this week.

KMSP, Minneapolis' FOX affiliate, stepped in and purchased the final 400 tickets to Sunday's Falcons-Vikings to lift what would have been the first local TV blackout in 10 years.

Vikings WR Troy Williamson believes he no longer has the dropsies.

Atlanta Falcons DT Rod Coleman had debris removed from his knee and could miss up to a month.

The durability question people have about Falcons DE John Abraham is caused by a recurring groin injury.

Miami Dolphins receivers coach Terry Robiskie hates the Washington Redskins.

Dolphins LB Zach Thomas is entering his 12th season and would like to get back to the playoffs.

The Redskins are getting younger on defense.

Everyone practiced in Washington this week.

New England Patriots CB Asante Samuel says he's ready, but whether he plays is up to Bill Belichick.

New York Jets WR Laveranues Coles is fine-tuning his game.

Tennessee Titans DT Corey Simon is excited to play for the first time in nearly two years.

An 11th hour rush for tickets prevented Sunday's Titans-Jaguars from being blacked out in Jacksonville.

Denver Broncos LB DJ Williams is the man in the middle of the Broncos run defense.

The new Cleveland Browns offense will be unveiled this Sunday.

There's no doubt in Browns WR Josh Cribbs' mind that the Browns are going to win this Sunday.

Cleveland Browns RB Jamal Lewis has been tormenting the Steelers all decade.

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has power of veto over the plays put in the gameplan by offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.

If something were to happen to Marc Bulger and Gus Frerotte, either Marques Hagan or Drew Bennett would be the emergency quarterback.

Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson expects to have a breakout year. (Fortunately for him, he'll be on the field enough for that to happen.)

The Houston Texans defense is confident heading into the season.

LB Derrick Brooks is the Don of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense.

The Buccaneers had no statement following the DUI conviction of TE Jerramy Stevens.

Seattle Seahawks cornerbacks Jordan Babineaux and Josh Wilson could share the nickel CB duties.

Chicago Bears DT Tommie Harris finds the Shawne Merriman-Brian Urlacher feud amusing.

The Chargers will have a new pair of inside linebackers in 2007.

Detroit Lions RB Tatum Bell isn't happy that the Oakland Raiders named a fumble-recovery drill after him.

The Raiders and unsigned #1 draft pick QB JaMarcus Russell are still working on a contract.

The injury to Dallas Cowboys WR Terry Glenn opens the door for Patrick Crayton to start.

Cowboys CB Terence Newman will be a game-time decision tomorrow night.

New York Giants DE Michael Strahan has been elected a team captain by his teammates.

Giants RB Brandon Jacobs is poised to have a big year.

Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Johnson has a name for the Baltimore Ravens defense: The Best.

Bengals cornerbacks Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph could split time on the right-side on Monday night.

The fractured left hand of Arizona Cardinals nose tackle Alan Branch will keep him out of the lineup on Monday night.

San Francisco 49ers right guard Justin Smiley and rookie right tackle Joe Staley need to communicate to make sure QB Trent Dilfer doesn't play.

Within this article in The Times-Picayune, we learn that New Orleans Saints CB Jason David was at work early on Friday reliving the nightmare, the Saints escaped Indianapolis intact physically, and the Saints have signed veteran DE Reynaldo Wynn to a one-year deal. Top Stories