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Playoffs? Playoffs? Yes, the playoffs continue with the top four
teams clashing for the right to advance to the Super Bowl, and our Seahawks site
has pulled together these two reports for our Scout.com subscribers. Check out
the AFC Championship News and
Notes and then the NFC
Championship News and Notes to help you get ready for Sunday's games!
Talking with Toomer: Ken Palmer at our Giants site conducted a
Q&A with receiver Amani Toomer, whose season ended due to a knee injury
after he had helped push the team to a 6-2 record. When asked for his thoughts
on quarterback Eli Manning, he said, "I think
he’s learning that he has to handle things the right way, which he has. He’s
not pointing fingers at anybody or saying that it’s everybody else’s fault
like some other quarterbacks do. You can respect that. He understands that when
things are going well it’s not all because of him and that when things
aren’t going well, it’s not all his fault. There’s a whole team behind it."
The Giants wide receiver also talks about his surgery and rehab, the plight of
the Giants this year and more in
this Scout.com subscribers' feature.
Quotable: "...I mean [Tom] Brady is the type of guy where
he can hurt you and he'll exposure weaknesses. So we just got to make sure we're
on the details and we focus in on what we need to get done." -- Colts
defensive back Bob Sanders on the Colts - Patriots matchup during his NFL
conference call with the media. You can read the highlights at
our Colts site.
I'm outta here... Denis Savage at our Raiders site reports that
starting right tackle Langston Walker has voided the final year of his contract
and will become an unrestricted free agent. Savage says, "Good
riddance." Get his take on the situation and how this might impact
Oakland's draft strategy this April in
this Scout.com subscribers feature.
Six minutes: Jim Wexell at our Steelers site reports that assistant
head coach Russ Grimm spent six hours interviewing for the head coach position
on Wednesday and then six minutes with the media. When asked if he was
disappointed that Bill Cowher didn't recommend him for the job, Grimm said,
"I don’t know if that’s an accurate statement. It’s been said, but it
wasn’t said to me. It hasn’t been said here, so we’ll leave that one
alone." Scout.com subscribers can read the
entire transcript of the interview to stay on top of the interview process
Sign him or trade him? Nick Athan at our Kansas City site believes the
Chiefs need to commit to a long-term deal or consider trading him. " You
see, age is going to eventually come up and bite Johnson in the rear," he
says. "He’ll be 28 next season, which means he’ll be at the peak
of his NFL prowess. If he wants serious money after the 2007 season (as an
unrestricted free agent), teams are going to want the entire package."
Scout.com subscribers can get his
full analysis of the situation here.
Chiefs RB Larry Johnson (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) |
No longer the runner-up? Our Green Bay site is reporting that
former Packers wide receiver and Hall of Famer James Lofton almost snagged the
Oakland head coach position last year instead of Art Shell. And now he appears
to be a top candidate again this time. "Raiders owner Al Davis has
interviewed three others: the Raiders’ popular defensive coordinator, Rob
Ryan, Southern California assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach Steve
Sarkisian, and former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel," says Steve
Lawrence in this update at our
Offseason analysis: Our Broncos site takes a look at their
quarterback and running backs situation heading into 2007. Find out who's
staying and who's leaving by
Quotable: "There simply was no margin for error on any of our parts.
I know that some of the national media has been getting their digs in at us, but
I think we stayed in this and proved them wrong." -- Bears defensive
lineman Mark Anderson in his rookie diary feature at our Chicago site. Scout.com
subscribers can read this entire feature and find out what he thought about
last weekend's win over Seattle and on this weekend's game.
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