My Two Cents
Panthers quarterback Steve Beuerlein made a star of wideout Patrick Jeffers last season, and he's on his way to doing the same for third-year veteran Donald Hayes (10 catches for 186 yards and a touchdown in his first two games)....
My MVP of the first two weeks: Giants running back Tiki Barber (10.0 yards per carry), who runs like Ron Dayne is chasing him. Which he is....
Steelers starting quarterback in 2001: Trent Green, now the Rams backup. It makes too much sense for a trade not to happen.... Darrell Green, the Redskins' corner who turns 41 in February, looked marvelous in breaking up three passes against the Lions. In fact he's the greatest over-40 player ever—in any sport.
A scout sizes up Browns quarterback Tim Couch (above), who threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-7 win over the Bengals on Sunday
"He's better than I thought he was coming out [of Kentucky]. He's wearing a sleeve on his elbow, and I read that tendinitis is bothering him. But he's made all the throws you need to make three or four times a game, except for the 25-yard out. He's a little short with that one, and it will rise up to bite him. Still, he's accurate, tough, very analytical and quick with his reads. He's also playing with absolutely no weapons. Why hasn't this team gotten him a big receiver? If the Browns don't go after the best receiver in the first round of the next draft, they're crazy."
Mike Who? In the tradition of productive Denver backs picked up late in the draft, rookie sixth-rounder Mike Anderson, playing in place of the injured Terrell Davis, galloped for 131 yards against the Falcons. Afterward Davis's 31-year-old brother, Reggie Webb, a former Long Beach State running back, wanted a contract. "I guess any back can do that in this offense," he said. Brad, Beware. The Redskins' Brad Johnson seems to have lost something off his fastball; he threw three fourth-quarter interceptions in a 15-10 loss to the Lions. Jeff George waits in the wings. Burnout? After a Week 1 loss to the Colts, Chiefs players say coach Gunther Cunningham told them he was going to resign but his wife talked him out of it An overtime loss to the Titans couldn't have done much for his psyche.
Inside the locker of which NFL player?
A photo of his children; a quote from Teddy Roosevelt, which reads, in part, "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena who strives valiantly"; an American League baseball; Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and Goo Goo Dolls CDs; a bottle of Aleve and a package of Sudafed; a Grey Cup championship cap; a playbook; 10 pairs of football shoes; a few dozen pieces of fan mail; a mesh laundry bag; two sets of shoulder pads; three practice jerseys; six short-sleeve T-shirts; a book titled Kiss of God: The Wisdom of a Silent Child.
a. Cowboys wideout Rocket Ismail
b. Bills quarterback Doug Flutie
c. Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt