Barber: Ron Jaworski of ESPN. He analyzes plays like a coach does. It's like he's in our meetings.
SI: If you could have lunch with anyone on the planet you've never met, who would it be?
Barber: Colin Powell. He's living history, an African-American and a central figure in some of the most important events of our time. I wonder if he likes football, or even has time to watch.
Suffering from postconcussion syndrome, Raiders linebacker Bill Romanowski missed the first game in his 16-year NFL career on Sunday, ending his streak of consecutive games played at 243. Regardless of what you think about him as a person, the volatile Romanowski has been one of the winningest players of this era: His teams are 19-7 in the postseason, including 4-1 in the Super Bowl.
STAR IN THE MAKING
Colts strong safety Mike Doss
Rookies aren't supposed to be a force so early, and they certainly shouldn't be so cocky. But when Doss, the 5'11", 207-pound mini-Mack truck out of Ohio State, leveled Jaguars running back Fred Taylor on Sept. 21, causing a fumble, he jawed at Taylor, "I think you lost something!" Taylor vowed to "punish" Doss when the teams meet again on Nov. 9 in Jacksonville, but Doss was unfazed, saying, "I'll be ready for him." The Colts needed a jackhammer at safety, and he was a steal as the 58th pick of the draft.
MY TWO CENTS
1. Even if he costs them two high draft choices and an $18 million bonus, the Eagles should go after wideout Terrell Owens if he tests free agency in the off-season. Philadelphia has salary-cap room, and coach Andy Reid could keep the outspoken Owens in line.
2. With some teams beat up just four weeks into the season—the Patriots were missing seven regulars on Sunday, and the Eagles played without three quarters of their secondary—the NFL is crazy if it thinks moving two preseason dates onto the regular-season schedule would give fans more quality competition.