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Circle the wagons
After one week, Campo, Cowboys face uncertain future
Latest: Sunday September 10, 2000 12:47 PM
By B. Duane Cross, CNNSI.com
ATLANTA -- Proving that he may have indeed fallen off the last turnip truck that rolled through Big D, first-year Dallas Cowboys head coach Dave Campo spent the early part of this week trying to explain why Joey Galloway is out for the season.
Torn ACL is the answer, but the question remains: Why?
After all, it was the waning moments of the fourth quarter when Galloway went down along the Pokes' sideline. Not to mention, the Philadelphia Eagles led 41-14.
Circle the wagons, 'Boys, We're gonna rally!
In easily the biggest bonehead decision of Week 1, Campo's legacy has been etched in stone. No matter what Campo does (and certainly that will not include winning a Super Bowl), he will forever be remembered for this gaffe.
Elsewhere, could the end be near for Jon Kitna in Seattle? Second-year head coach Mike Holmgren, not known for his patience when dealing with young quarterbacks, says the Seahawks offense has lost confidence in Kitna, a fourth-year QB. One possible answer: Brock Huard. One possible drawback: Huard had never taken a snap in a regular-season game before Sunday. ...This is not the time to be pressing the panic button.
However, if the coach has to suffer through another sub-par QB performance, season-ticket holders will be given right of first refusal to Seattle's latest implosion: Holmgren's head.
| Under pressure |
Week 2 and the (head) games continue if you're Washington's Norv Turner. How many losses before the plug is pulled: One, two? OK, three.
| Is there a doctor in the house? |
Atlanta visits Denver in a matchup featuring knee surgery survivors Jamal Anderson and Terrell Davis. Arthroscopic surgeons in the Mile High City are on call.
| Stopped up |
Jake Plummer needs to have his system snaked. Four years into his career, "The Snake" should not look like a deer caught in the headlights.
| Flattery -- Two years ago, Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Smith was supposed to be the answer -- for the New Orleans Saints. The seventh-year player's career season high for rushing yards is 680. He's totaled about 21 percent of that (145 yards) through Week 1. |
| Flag -- The San Francisco 49ers lost Sunday. Still, third-year RB Fred Beasley is optimistic: "Look for us to be in the playoffs. I think we're going to cause some havoc in the NFC." |
| Flattery -- Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid chose Donovan McNabb with the team's first choice in the 1999 draft. Fans booed. He who gets the last laugh.... |
| Flag -- Proving that he may have indeed fallen off the last turnip truck ... oops, we've been down that road. What were you thinking, Dave Campo? |
| Troy Aikman: How many fingers am I holding up? Nine? The same number of concussions you've suffered. Retire already. |
| Miracle: Have y'all tired of hearing "miracle" tied to Tennessee and Buffalo. It's over -- besides, in Buffalo, it wasn't a miracle; it was a forward lateral. |
| Drew Bledsoe: What color is the sky? Figured I'd ask someone who has first-hand knowledge (28 knockdowns Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers). |
| Jacksonville at Baltimore (1 p.m. EDT) -- This is the early season barometer for these AFC playoff hopefuls. It's also for sole possession of first place in the AFC Central. |
| Oakland at Indianapolis (1 p.m. EDT) -- If it comes down to a kicking contest, fans could get their money's worth. If it's an offensive showdown, Raiders will walk the plank. |
| N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia (1 p.m. EDT) -- Both teams were impressive in Week 1, and for your viewing pleasure: The Duce and Tiki Show. |
| Cleveland at Cincinnati (1 p.m. EDT) -- Wow! This place really sparkles! By the way, there's a game at Paul Brown Stadium. |
| Buffalo is doing just fine without the Social Security Three: Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed. A gut-check victory against Tennessee sets the stage for the Bills to throttle Green Bay. Matter of fact, it will be as ugly as Wade Phillips wants it to be. |
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