The Texan trap
Page 2 of 25 -- "It's just another game," Randall said from Houston. "I'm just ready to play and move on. It worked out best for both parties and I'm just happy to be here. Im very excited and I just want to play good. Any time you get back playing, it feels good to get back out there and just say 'I moved on.' I just want to go out there and play and give it our best."
Bobby Grier is an executive with the team, but he has informed the Texans media relations staff that he's not interested in doing any interviews with the Boston media. Grier has never talked about his demise in New England. He left as quietly as he came in.
The Texans have a very good coach in Dom Capers, who, if you'll remember, was going to be the Patriots coach had Bill Belichick not been let out of his Jets contract. It would have been a Capers-Donahoe management team in New England.
Note of the week from our NFL guy, Randall Liu: The best TD-to-INT ratio in the red zone among QB's since the start of the 2002 season: Chad Pennington, Jets: 22 TDs, 0 INTs; Tom Brady, NE 24-1; Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle, 21-1; Jake Plummer, Arizona/Denver 21-1....
Just checking out my AFC East predictions back in September before the season started: Miami (11-5), New England (10-6), Buffalo (9-7), New York (8-8). Had Pats and Titans as wildcards. I think I'm in trouble.
1) I always hated Deion Sanders when he played. Then when he started doing TV, I thought, well, he's getting (just a little) wiser and less arrogant with age. Now I see that he's just as dumb as ever. He says he doesn't want to undermine Dan Reeves position, but he wants to be considered for his job. AND, he wouldn't consider an assistant position, because he wouldn't have enough 'legitimate input'. Wow. It shows you how much some of these guys (like Warren Sapp) live in a bubble, are insulated from the real world, and end up believing their own hype. They have no idea how the rest of the world lives, even their own coaches. He really made himself look bad, because de didn't just give an off-the-cuff remark. He obviously thought about this before he said it, and has said it several times.
2) Does that "Drewfardo" guy still write in?
-- Christopher Brown, Chicago, IL
A: Deion is flamboyant, no question. I got to know him years ago when he played for the Braves when I was writing my book with Tom Glavine, and the Braves players loved him. He was a good teammate in baseball and I know the football guys liked him as well. Even if he means it, bad thing to say on TV and throw Dan Reeves under the bus like that. As for Drewfardo, haven't heard from him. Hope he's not getting sacked somewhere. Continued...