This is usually the week of nothing around the National Football League for the most part. That week of the lull before the week of the build up to Super Bowl XLI which will start in earnest on Monday with everyone and their mothers brother reporting live from Miami for the entire week. With that, there was some interesting stuff that hit the wires between Tuesday and Wednesday, including:
T.O. speaking out about Bill Parcells retiring from the Cowboys – Mr. Team Player did not exactly shed a tear upon hearing the news that the Tuna was walking away from coaching. The most interesting quote that surfaced had Owens stating “I still think he is a great guy. But he is like my grandmother. You love the person, but they are stuck in their old-school ways. You can’t move them from their way of thought.” And we wonder why Owens is known as a mouthy, self-centered, loner who never gets along with anyone?
Jeff Garcia claims he’ll test the free agent market – While this is not exactly breaking news, it does put Garcia at the top of the list along with Damon Huard for the two best quarterbacks that will be on the market. Garcia, at 36 years old, will likely be able to land a 2 or 3-year deal somewhere where he may be the starter. In the eight games that he played in while Donovan McNabb was hurt, Garcia posted a QB rating of 95.8.
The Cowboys coaching search begins – Jerry Jones will have a lot of money and a good job to throw out at someone, but so far the names that are popping up as the next possible Cowboys head coach are not all that impressive. They include mostly current Cowboy assistants Tony Sparano, Todd Haley and Todd Bowles. One guy that I think would be an interesting prospect would be former Rams coach Mike Martz, who would love to have an offense with a passing game with players like Tony Romo, Owens and Terry Glenn.
NFL and players union reach agreement on tougher drug testing – The game of football and the NFL cannot find itself in the same boat as Major League Baseball, and that is exactly why this is great news for the league. Players that cheat should be held accountable, and this new set of stiffer rules will do just that. I love the part that first time offenders will forfeit a portion of their signing bonus money. I still say if you hit a player in the pocketbook, it will mean just about more than anything else.