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Posted on: January 6, 2011 10:59 pm
 

Polamalu is one popular dude

T. Polamalu sold the most jerseys in the NFL this year. Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Tim Tebow didn’t lead the league in jersey sales this season (that’s shocking for the Wonder Boy, I know). Neither did Drew Brees nor Peyton Manning nor Tom Brady nor Roger Goodell nor Michael Vick (nor Ron Mexico for that matter).

You know who did? Troy Polamalu.

According to CNBC’s Darren Rovell, Polamalu is the first defensive player to earn this distinction since Brian Urlacher in 2006.

The list:

1. Polamalu

2, Brees

3. Tebow

4. Manning

5. Brady

6. Vick

7. Aaron Rodgers

8. Eli Manning

9. DeSean Jackson

10. Mark Sanchez

11. Tony Romo

12. Brett Favre

As Rovell writes, Vick wasn’t even in the top-25 of jersey sales through Halloween (I guess being pretty awesome at quarterback helps your bottom line). Meanwhile, Favre hasn’t been this low since 2006 when he finished 14th (I guess being a lightning rod for criticism, sexual and otherwise, helps kill your Q rating).

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Posted on: December 29, 2010 10:08 am
 

McGee could get another chance for Dallas

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If Cowboys QB Stephen McGee gets the start this Sunday vs. the Eagles – and it sounds like he has a pretty good chance of doing just that – he could continue convincing the Dallas brass that he can be the primary backup to Tony Romo, meaning the team wouldn’t have to spend a 2011 Draft pick on another signal-caller.

The fact McGee performed impressively in last Thursday’s loss at Arizona – despite the defeat, McGee completed 11 of 17 passes for 111 yards and a TD and put his team in position to make the come-from-behind victory after Jon Kitna left the game because of injury – is quite a feat for the former third-string QB.

McGee As the Dallas Morning News points out, McGee had never thrown to Jason Witten before last week – not even in practice – and after taking snaps from rookie Phil Costa in practice, he received the ball from starting C Andre Gurode in Thursday’s game, a difference in delivery point by about four inches.

What surprised me most about McGee was how poised he played vs. the Cardinals. You don’t often see a third-string guy taking his first-ever snaps in the NFL who plays that … well … un-nervously.

"What we liked about him was his demeanor," coach Jason Garrett said. "He didn't really blink. He was, 'OK coach, I got it. I got the calls. I can handle this stuff.' He showed us that, and as the game wore on, he got more comfortable."

One reason for that is because McGee rents a house only two stop signs away from the Cowboys practice facility. That was a conscious decision so he could spend as much time at work as possible.

"Every chance you do get is a huge opportunity," McGee said. "You send that video out to the whole league. Everybody sees it, everybody takes notice. It's basically a résumé for the NFL.”

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Posted on: December 23, 2010 4:59 pm
 

Steelers vs. Panthers, Cards vs. Cowboys Podcast

Posted by Will Brinson

If you happen to be stuck at work for the next little bit, we've got a great way to kill off the rest of your workday -- a good old-fashioned podcast preview.

Andy and I break down the Thursday night and Saturday night NFL games and discuss whether or not the Cowboys should turn to Stephen McGee instead of Jon Kitna. We also start to talk about Steelers vs. Panthers, realize how things will play out and come to the startling realization that whether or not the Panthers draft a quarterback in April could lend an interesting clue to the future of labor negotiations, not to mention the future of the Jimmy Clausen.

All those issues handled (plus, much, much more) below -- just hit the play button below and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.

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Posted on: December 21, 2010 12:40 pm
 

Tony Romo heads to IR

Posted by Will Brinson

Tony Romo was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, the Cowboys announced, ending the quarterback's season.

This is the smart move, by the way. Romo doesn't need "time to develop" (a la a Matthew Stafford) and the Cowboys aren't "making the playoffs" (a la a team that wasn't handicapped by Wade Phillips' coaching to start the season).

So, the Cowboys get to let him heal completely throughout the remainder of a lost season and come back to lead the offense to new heights once the more-than-likely Jason Garrett regime officially kicks off in 2010.

Plus, good news for Romo: he's got plenty of time to plan his wedding!

No, but seriously, you don't think he was begging to play the rest of the year? Do you know what happens when you have no job to go to, and tons of free time and a cell phone that's accessible by your fiancee and future in-laws? Because it's nothing but a good time, I tell you.

Back to football though: Romo's out for the year, which means Jon Kitna will get the snaps the rest of the year, unless he suffers an injury, in which case Stephen McGee will get to try and justify his roster spot.

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Posted on: December 17, 2010 6:12 pm
 

Hot Routes 12.17.10: Children's books for all



Posted by Andy Benoit

Former Braves and Falcons player Brian Jordan is a now a children's book author.

Donte Whitner doesn’t mind speaking publicly about his contract situation.

John Fox is approaching his final home game in Carolina.

Players continue to express concern about the outdoor venue for Monday night’s Bears-Vikings game.

It’s the one-year anniversary of Chris Henry’s death.

Tony Romo is engaged to the Ms. Missouri.

Vince Young showed up in the Titans locker room Friday. He didn't speak with Jeff Fisher, though.

Gerald McCoy’s biceps surgery went well.

Asante Samuel, DeSean Jackson and Winston Justice are all questionable for the Eagles-Giants game Sunday.

Rolando McClain will likely be out of the lineup for Oakland again this week.

Percy Harvin’s head is not aching this week.

Headline reads: Brian Urlacher wants to forget about the Patriots game. (Didn’t the entire Bears defense forget about the Patriots game last week?)

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:07 pm
 

Romo could play again this year

J. Kitna, assuming his broken collarbone heals 100 percent, could return to the field this year (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You could certainly make the argument that, no matter the health of Tony Romo, he absolutely should not take another snap for Dallas this season. After all, the Cowboys aren’t remotely close to being a playoff team, and there’s not much sense in playing the franchise quarterback in games that are essentially meaningless.

But that’s not the way interim coach Jason Garrett is thinking. Romo took some throws during Dallas’ practice Monday, and if Romo – who’s been out since Oct. 25 with a broken collarbone – is healthy, Garrett plans to play him.

“We're going to make this a medical decision for him," Garrett told reporters, via the Houston Chronicle. "We just have got to see how he responds. It's a serious injury for anybody, but particularly if you're trying to play quarterback in the NFL. You've got to make sure that thing is healed up."

Despite the fact backup Jon Kitna is playing well in Romo’s place, Garrett sounds like he wants Romo on the field. That gives the Cowboys a better chance to win, which would give Garrett a better chance to permanently take the interim tag off his title.

Other than that, I’m not sure why you’d play Romo in, say, Week 16 in a game that means absolutely nothing to the Cowboys.

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 2:18 pm
 

Flex schedules and Romo's return?

Posted by Andy Benoit

The NFL has flexed the Week 14 Patriots @ Bears game from 1:00 to 4:15. The flex was expected, though it’s surprising that this contest was not moved all the way into prime time. This means the Eagles @ Cowboys matchup will remain on the NBC Sunday night broadcast.

The league will stop at nothing to force-feed the Cowboys down America’s throats. There’s a chance this Week 14 matchup will have an added storyline, though: Tony Romo’s return.

The Cowboys quarterback has been out since Week 7 with a broken left collarbone. But he recently began throwing in practice, and there has been speculation that he’s targeting this game as his return. Why the Cowboys would risk rushing Romo back at this point in a lost season is hard to figure, but that’s a conversation we can have once we get closer to the date.

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Posted on: November 24, 2010 12:24 pm
 

Romo to give Cowboys an early Christmas present?

Posted by Will Brinson

Don't think for a second that just because Jason Garrett's got Jon Kitna turning the Cowboys into hard-working, would-be, darkhorse contenders, Tony Romo's hanging out somewhere sipping a peach daiquiri.

No sir -- just like everyone else on the Cowboys, he's busting his tail day-in and day-out, trying to keep his job and make everyone forget what a national joke they were earlier this year.

"He’s in early,” Garrett said of Romo, who has not been available for comment in recent weeks after breaking his left clavicle. “He’s in that training room at 7 a.m. every morning. And he’s in our meetings."

Garrett also said that Romo's "engaged," but not in the way that would get PEOPLE excited; instead, he's just doing a lot of work with the team and providing input and feedback where necessary.

But why? Well, it turns out that Romo could come back by Week 16, when the Cowboys play on Christmas Day in Arizona.

Now, the shoulder injury that Romo suffered means that he's only going to come back if it looks like Dallas could actually make the playoffs, and if that's the case, one has to wonder if it's even a good idea, because at that point, Jon Kitna will have had to turned into Peyton Manning-lite, just to get the Cowboys in the position to make a run.

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