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Monday Morning QB (cont.)

Posted: Monday January 28, 2008 1:55AM; Updated: Tuesday January 29, 2008 6:42PM
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The Fine Fifteen

The Patriots kept Tom Brady off the practice field last week.
The Patriots kept Tom Brady off the practice field last week.
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1. New England (18-0). Boot, schmoot. My theory is Tom Brady didn't want to talk in Foxboro, nor did Bill Belichick want to show anyone how Brady could move, because it wouldn't do the Patriots any good to have the papers full of even more analysis on how Brady moved and how he'd be affected on Super Bowl Sunday. Don't give anyone a chance to properly analyze anything Brady says or does, until the team has to.

2. New York Giants (13-6). Over the weekend, Kevin Boss (who also has a "Boss Man'' T-shirt out), Plaxico Burress, Jeff Feagles, Domenik Hixon, Aaron Ross, Lawrence Tynes, David Tyree, Osi Umenyiora and Corey Webster had autograph sessions in New Jersey. What does this mean? Probably nothing. But I'm sure someone will make something of it in the next four days.

3. Green Bay (14-4). You'll get paid, Ryan Grant. Just not on the heels of one half of a very good year.

4. San Diego (13-6). I'm sure Deion Sanders' anti-Tomlinson words will ring true in the locker room to a few Chargers. But not too many.

5. Indianapolis (13-4). Colts owner Jim Irsay will allow coach Tony Dungy to leave for Tampa often during the season, mostly on Friday, early in the afternoon, so he can watch son Eric's high school football games. That leave will sometimes extend to Saturday. In the offseason, Irsay will allow Dungy to leave for days at a time to be in Florida.

I'm a little torn about this, but I think it's probably good for the team to have Dungy back, even with the reality that he'll be in Tampa more than the brass would ideally like. Irsay will be good to Dungy contractually, and he'll be good financially to his charities -- like the prison ministry work Dungy will get into, likely early in 2009.

6. Dallas (13-4). Jason Garrett's father, former Dallas scout Jim Garrett, doesn't give his son much advice anymore because Jason's a smart kid. But before his decision to stay, father told son: Do not leave Jerry Jones.

7. Jacksonville (12-6). There's not a very good crop of wide receivers on the free-agent market, but the Jags definitely need one to get to the next level. As I said last week, Randy Moss would be a good candidate to pursue, if not sign, if David Garrard could keep him happy in his adopted home state.

8. Pittsburgh (10-7). Memo to Ben: You can never engender good feelings in your locker room if you say you'd like to have something on offense you don't have, when there's a great player at that position already.

9. Seattle (11-7). Good decision, Mike.

10. Tennessee (10-7). Go easy on the cheeseburgers in Phoenix, LenDale.

11. Tampa Bay (9-8). Saw highlights of the Australian Open women's final and thought I was watching two Buccaneers cheerleaders.

12. Washington (9-8). The money must be pretty good, Jim Zorn, to get hired without knowing who your boss will be.

13. Cleveland (10-6). Browns 7-1 at home, 3-5 on the road in the regular season. Giants 7-1 on the road, 3-5 at home.

14. Philadelphia (8-8). Pretty hard to believe the Eagles went 2-4 in the NFC East this year. Andy Reid always wins in the division.

15. Minnesota (8-8). Leslie Frazier really impressed Arthur Blank and Thomas Dimitroff when he interviewed with Atlanta. He's made a nice comeback in his career after being fired by the Bengals as defensive coordinator four years ago.

Quote of the Week I

"How's the ankle? What did coach say? It's feeling good. I'll be ready to go ... I can't run anyway, so it's not going to have much of an effect.''

--Tom Brady, in his first public comments about his injured right ankle, Sunday night at a news conference in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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