January 31, 2014 |
ELI MANNING has more Super Bowl rings than his brother because he is a lesser quarterback. Jim Kelly didn't win one ring in any of his four Super Bowl appearances because he was too damn good. Jim Plunkett, Mark Rypien, Brad Johnson, Jeff Hostetler, Doug Williams and Trent Dilfer have more rings each than Dans Marino and Fouts, Fran Tarkenton and Sonny Jurgenson because they played on defensively dominant teams that more than offset any disadvantage on offense. I point to these self-evident truths to reinforce yet another one. Peyton Manning will still be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time (if not the greatest)
November 15, 2010 |
Twelve facts and figures in advance of tonight's game between the Eagles and Redskins: 1. With 18 takeaways and nine giveaways, the Eagles were tied with the Steelers for first in the NFL in turnover ratio at plus-9 entering the weekend. The Redskins were tied for third at plus-8 (19 takeaways and 11 giveaways). 2. The Redskins are second overall in third-down defense with the opponent converting at 31.78 percent. The Eagles are seventh in third-down offense at 42.48 percent.
September 13, 2004 |
The emotions were churning on the eve of Joe Gibbs' first opener in 12 years, for both the coach and his family. "Good gosh! I don't know when I've ever wanted one like this," Gibbs recalled his wife as saying. Pat Gibbs must have been nervous in the fourth quarter yesterday, when the score was still tied. Antonio Pierce's interception turned the momentum, however, and host Washington beat Tampa Bay, 16-10, to welcome the Hall of Fame coach back to the NFL. "It was huge for me, I can tell you that," said Gibbs, who got his 125th regular-season victory and 141st overall.
September 3, 2003 |
Nine months ago, the Eagles were still Super Bowl favorites and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were a bunch of underachieving veterans whose playoff road was destined to come to another screeching halt in Philadelphia. History, as the Eagles know too well, changed dramatically on Jan. 19. "What constantly sticks out in my mind was leaving the field and looking back through the tunnel and watching them celebrate," Eagles cornerback Troy Vincent said yesterday. "That experience was the one I had always visualized myself in," he said.
January 26, 2003 |
This isn't the first time Rich Gannon and Brad Johnson have spent a week in the same city, preparing for a football game. In 1992, when Johnson was a rookie with the Minnesota Vikings, Gannon was the starting quarterback. The next year, Gannon was traded to Washington. A year after that, he was out of football, considering a chance to play in the Canadian Football League. Johnson didn't become a full-time starter until his fifth season, 1996. When he emerged as a winning quarterback for the Vikings in 1998, he broke his leg. Randall Cunningham took his job and Minnesota finished the season 15-1.
January 20, 2003 |
In October, when the outcome was different, Eagles defenders battered Brad Johnson, sacking him five times and knocking him out of the game with a rib injury. Yesterday, when it mattered, they barely laid a glove on him. No sacks. Only a couple of knockdowns. Johnson's lack of mobility, which was supposed to play into the Eagles' hands in a big way, was a nonfactor. In the three previous Eagles victories over Tampa Bay at the Vet, the Bucs didn't score a single offensive touchdown.
January 2, 2003 |
Tampa Bay quarterback Brad Johnson showed no ill effects from a back injury that sidelined him for the final two games of the regular season and was declared the starter for the Buccaneers' second-round playoff game next weekend. "I'm moving great, I feel great, I'm not worried about any hits, I'm not worried about anything," Johnson told the team's Web site after the 90-minute workout. Johnson was taking part in a full workout for the first time since getting injured late in a Dec. 15 game against Detroit.
November 22, 2002 |
Brett Favre was fined $5,000 for his late hit on Minnesota defensive back Jack Brewer on Sunday, and he was none too happy about the ruling. The Green Bay Packers quarterback said yesterday that he had not seen the letter from the NFL informing him of the punishment, but a league spokesman confirmed that he had been fined. Vikings defensive tackle Jack Hovan also was fined $5,000 for a verbal confrontation with Favre. There is an official appeals process, and Favre said he intends to use it. "It's ridiculous is what it is," Favre said.
January 11, 2002 |
Given the circumstances that led Brad Johnson to Tampa Bay, it seemed like a reasonable question. It has been, after all, easy to assign blame for the Buccaneers' lack of postseason success. They've had a Super Bowl-caliber defense, a potent running game and, in Keyshawn Johnson, a world-class receiver. But, first with Trent Dilfer and then Shaun King, they haven't had a quarterback to get them over the top. That's clearly why the Bucs outbid the world-champion Ravens for Johnson in March, paying the 33-year-old Huckleberry Finn look-alike $28 million over five years.
September 6, 2001 |
The prospectus for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is beginning to sound like a broken record. As they have for most of the five seasons that Tony Dungy has been head coach, the Bucs once again are picked to go far, if not all the way. The high-water mark for this team was an 11-6 loss in the 1999 NFC championship game to eventual Super Bowl champion St. Louis, in which a promising late drive was halted by a controversial ruling on a pass to Bert Emanuel....