Teams are starting to catch on that Donovan McNabb is limited by his injury.
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Watching how Dallas and San Diego defended Donovan McNabb, there is reason to worry that a pattern is forming, and that a belief is growing among the league's defensive coordinators that McNabb cannot beat you deep. Playing despite the sports hernia that limits his mobility and pains him when he stretches the lower portion of his body, McNabb hasn't thrown long very often in recent weeks. -- Philadelphia Inquirer
With the 49ers' season close to being lost, the pressure will be on coaches to play younger players. That might include rookie running back Frank Gore. Gore, who had major surgeries on both knees while at the University of Miami, looks like he has regained his speed. That was the opinion of Redskins running back Clinton Portis, who played with Gore at Miami. The pair worked out together in Florida during the offseason. -- San Francisco Chronicle
Even in victory, the feuding apparently continues between head coach Mike Martz and the team's front office. Two sources said on Sunday that a team official was denied access to the Rams' coaching booth. The team official was trying to relay a play-call suggestion from Martz to offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild. According to the sources, president of football operations Jay Zygmunt wouldn't le the team official relay the information. After being conspicuous in his absence for the better part of a month, Zygmunt has been in the coach's boot the past two games since Martz has been sidelined with a bacterial infection of the heart valve. -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Jimmy Johnson certainly raised some eyebrows with this sound bite: "A long time ago, before I got into the NFL, Marty Schottenheimer once told me not to worry about the team owner -- worry about the guy sitting next to him, whispering in his ear. "So many times coaches are criticized when the blame should fall on personnel. (Texans general manager) Charley Casserly needs to be evaluated for some of the personnel decisions that were made when Dom Capers was there." -- Houston Chronicle
Barring a stunning turnaround, Texans coach Dom Capers will be fired at the end of the season. The bigger issue is what happens to GM Charley Casserly. At this point, Casserly appears safe, which means he'll be able to make the next coaching hire. If Casserly stays and the Texans wind up with the first overall draft pick, it's believed Casserly would deal the pick to a team that is interested in USC quarterback Matt Leinart, the presumed No. 1 pick. Casserly is convinced that David Carr isn't the problem with the Texans' offense. -- Newsday
Ahman Green's injury might be of greater concern because a tear to the quadriceps tendon would be a season-ending -- and perhaps career-damaging -- injury. -- Green Bay Press Gazette