Snap Judgments (cont.)
Posted: Friday February 23, 2007 7:42PM; Updated: Saturday February 24, 2007 10:35AM
Ray Sherman might be the bravest man in the NFL. Sherman is also the new receivers coach for the Dallas Cowboys. Which means that Terrell Owens is now his responsibility. I asked Sherman if that particular assignment gave him any pause before he jumped from Jeff Fisher's Tennessee staff for Dallas in recent weeks?
"To go to Dallas? No pause,'' said Sherman, a veteran NFL assistant who was the Titans receivers coach. "I know guys who have coached him, guys who are friends of mine, like David Culley with the Eagles and George Stewart (then with the 49ers). Nobody counseled me and said 'You're crazy.'''
For the record, Sherman has put in a call to Owens, but the two have yet to speak. "Drew Rosenhaus (T.O.'s agent) ran into him and said he's looking forward to working with me,'' Sherman said. "I'm looking forward to working with him. We met at the Pro Bowl a couple years ago and spent some time talking. He knows me, and I know him.''
Sherman also said he won't be trying to reach former Cowboys receivers coach Todd Haley, who Owens feuded with last season. He doesn't want to know what happened in 2006 in Dallas.
"I want to go in with a fresh start and go from there,'' he said. "It's always good to go into a situation where you formulate your own views and opinions and don't go by what somebody else says. Because sometimes that kind of puts something in your mind going in.''
Thanks to the recent off-field incidents that "Pacman" Jones and Dominic Rhodes have been involved in, player conduct continues to be a hot topic among the league's coaches and front office executives at the Combine. Titans coach Fisher and Colts coach Tony Dungy both said it's an issue the league has to get under control, and you can expect that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will make it his priority objective this spring to work with the NFL Players Association and toughen up the penalties for those who run afoul of the law.
Wanna bore me to tears? Make me endure another round of the Tiki Barber-Tom Coughlin melodrama. Can we both just let it die, gentlemen?
Even though he wasn't too chatty with the media Friday, I think I'm going to like JaMarcus Russell. Asked his best attribute, he didn't go all high-brow on us and talk about his work ethic or his dedication to his craft.
"I'd say I'm a lot bigger than most quarterbacks,'' he said. "Sometimes you're bigger than most of the defensive guys. It's a lot of fun when you've got big guys trying to tackle you and you're really not falling.''