QUOTE: “Middle management means that you got just enough responsibility to listen when people talk, but not so much you can't tell anybody to go ‘F’ themselves.” -- Howard "Bunny" Colvin, “The Wire”
Friday Three Dots
...Brian Cushing needs to be quiet and just accept his penalty. The more he denies that he took hCG, the more he starts to sound like Mark McGwire.
...Speaking of being quiet, Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson might need to focus more on playing than talking since he always says something he regrets.
...Unless Terrell Owens is willing to take a modest contract right now, he will not find work in the NFL. Either that or he’ll have to wait until an injury happens in camp to get back into the league.
...I think Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has the right plan for deciding his starting quarterback. He’ll use all of the minicamps to collect data, then make a firm decision the first week of camp.
...The Bears should sign quarterback Marc Bulger as a backup to give them a veteran behind Jay Cutler. More important, it will give them someone other than Mike Martz who can help Cutler understand the offensive system.
...The Jets and Pro Bowl corner Darrelle Revis are talking contract extension, which will take some time to finalize. Revis is looking for a huge deal, as is Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold. The Jets will be busy in the coming months.
...The 49ers are smart to keep extending their talented young players, first Patrick Willis and now working on tight end Vernon Davis.
...Chris Johnson won’t be the first Tennessee Titan/Houston Oiler to hold out trying to get owner Bud Adams to pay -- but it won’t work. Adams was strong even when the rules were not in his favor as they are with this Collective Bargaining Agreement. Johnson deserves a new deal, but holding out is not his best option.
...I’ll be extremely surprised if Cowboys first rounder Dez Bryant doesn’t beat out Roy Williams as a starter in Dallas. Bryant is nifty, explosive and powerful as an athlete, and he can run all the routes that quarterback Tony Romo favors.
...I get the sense that no matter who represents Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman, the message is going to be the same from teams -- he is not the same player he once was and hasn’t come back to the same level since his knee injury in 2008.
...I love the fact that Denver rookie Tim Tebow is focusing on playing and not signing endorsements. This sends the right message to his teammates.
...I hope LeBron James stays in Cleveland, and I really hope the Cavs get him some more help. Shaq needs to retire.
Look for the Sunday Post this weekend.
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