Mac's NFL Blog - 9/18/07

Today's NFL Blog features Eli Manning getting all "dramastic", the Redskins getting back to basics, Morten Andersen knocking on George Blanda's door, the Ravens suffering more injuries, and the Jon Kitna "miracle" that might be more of a debacle.

The back-to-basics approach on defense is working for the Washington Redskins.

Redskins guard Randy Thomas tore his left triceps on Monday night.

Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia media conglomerate recaps the Philadelphia Eagles loss to the Redskins.

Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb told HBO's James Brown that white quarterbacks aren't criticized as much as African-American quarterbacks are. The interview appears on tonight's episode of "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel".

Quarterback Eli Manning doesn't think the New York Giants don't have to make "dramastic" changes.

Giants rookie wide receiver Steve Smith will miss two weeks.

Free agent defensive tackle Tank Johnson will be visiting the Dallas Cowboys for an interview and physical today.

Cowboys wide receiver Patrick Crayton won't let a dislocated finger keep him out of practice. (Do you think he wants to keep the starting job?)

Atlanta Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino is concerned that quarterback Joey Harrington isn't playing with confidence.

Free agent quarterback Byron Leftwich visited the Falcons on Monday night. (Which should do wonders for Harrington's confidence.)

The Falcons have signed 47-year old kicker Morten Andersen.

Now is not the time for the New Orleans Saints to panic.

Saints wide receiver Devery Henderson was benched Sunday after dropping passes early in the game.

Within Stan Olson's notebook in the Charlotte Observer, Carolina Panthers guard Jeremy Bridges returns from a team-imposed two-game suspension that he called "fair" and cornerback Curtis DeLoach was re-signed to replace Dante Wesley, whose cracked collarbone will land him on injured reserve.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks is having his playing time tampered with.

Jamison Hensley from the Baltimore Sun has five concerns for the Baltimore Ravens.

Ravens head coach Brian Billick accused the New York Jets of some illegal ploys.

Ravens defensive end Trevor Pryce will miss 3-5 weeks with a broken wrist, and rookie guard Ben Grubbs has been splitting time at right guard.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that it's early, but Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger appears to be back.

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said the players aren't on the same page as the defensive plans.

The Bengals special teams aren't that special.

The Cleveland Browns are reminding themselves that it's only one win.

The support of his players and fans touched New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. (Hard to believe that the people who only care about wins and losses and/or depend on Belichick for their continued employment support the Patriots head coach, isn't it?)

Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune opines that the 1972 Miami Dolphins may have finally met their match.

Belichick compared the touchdown run by linebacker Adalius Thomas to a play made by Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor.

Miami Dolphins head coach Cam Cameron said "This can be a good football team!".

Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett made some more progress over the weekend.

Bills quarterback JP Losman backpedaled Monday from the comments he made immediately after the game.

New York Jets quarterback Kellen Clemens knows he's the backup.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson could be sidelined by a groin injury.

Detroit Lions quarterback Jon Kitna called his return from a concussion on Sunday was "a miracle". A board member of the Brain Injury Association of America had a much different take on Kitna's return.

Lions running back Kevin Jones could return this week.

The Green Bay Packers ground game has been inconsistent.

Packers guard Tony Palmer fractured a bone in his neck on Sunday.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is the quarterback the Chicago Bears thought they were getting when they drafted Rex Grossman.

Bears rookie tight end Greg Olsen could make his NFL debut next Sunday.

Houston Texans Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson has a sprained knee and will miss Sunday's game against Indianapolis.

With his contract extension done, Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher is focused on the future.

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio has publicly called out the team's 2005 1st round pick.

Indianapolis Colts running back Joseph Addai has been a busy man this season.

The Denver Broncos got big plays out of their drafted and undrafted rookies in Sunday's win over Oakland.

Broncos guard Ben Hamilton continues to suffer from dizziness from a concussion he sustained six weeks ago.

Despite the embarrassing loss, Oakland Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin is sticking with Josh McCown as the team's starting quarterback.

In a bizarre display of AFC West solidarity, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards is copying Kiffin's "embarrassing loss = stick with the lackluster quarterback" idea.

San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan doesn't think he's conservative. (Ditching the tie would dispel that notion, Mike)

Within this notebook in the Contra Costa Times , the 49ers have the 32nd ranked offense in the NFL, the team got a "Victory Monday", tight end Vernon Davis needs a timeout, and wide receiver Darrell Jackson hurt his back against the St. Louis Rams but will probably play next week.

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch calls out St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson for showing up his head coach on Sunday. Jackson was diplomatic in his comments on Monday.

The Rams will be without cornerback Tye Hill for another 3-5 weeks.

Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt thought the crowd had an impact on the game.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren came to the defense of running back Shaun Alexander on Monday. Top Stories