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Morning links: Jones ready for return to Big ‘D’

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 26, 2008 at 10:04 am with 10 Comments »
November 26, 2008 10:04 am

He says he’s not bitter about how his career ended in Dallas, but running back Julius Jones cannot hide his excitement in returning to face his former team on Thanksgiving Day this Thursday. Jones’ return to Dallas was the main story today, as several papers, both here and in Dallas, wrote features about Jones’ departure and Marion Barber’s ascension to the starting spot.

Frank Hughes of the TNT writes that Jones still faces a similar issue in Seattle, where he now shares carries with Maurice Morris. That could change in 2009, though.

Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald says revenge will be a factor in Jones’ motivation to play well against his former team.

Jones tells Dallas reporters, including Brian Davis of the Dallas Morning News, that he had this game circled for months.

Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says Jones departure from Dallas was inevitable.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks keep plunging to new depths. Matt Hasselbeck is the league’s lowest-rated passer this season, reports Gregg Bell of the Associated Press.

More Johnson: The Seahawks have little time to prepare for Thursday’s game.

The Seahawks face Tony Romo again, nearly two years after the a mishandled snap on a late field goal attempt led to a Seattle playoff victory in the NFC Wild card game.

Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News says Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware knows he’ll have his work cut out for him in facing Seattle defensive tackle Watler Jones.

Rick Herrin of the Fort Worth Star Telegram provides a preview of Thursday game.

ESPN’s Mike Sando talks about the NFC West with KJR’s Ian Furness, including the Matt Hasselbeck rumor that he could be moving on at the end of this season, in this audio link.

Nate Burlseon does his weekly radio show with KJR’s Dave "Softy" Mahler in this audio link.

San Francisco 49ers

From Nancy Gay of the San Francisco Chronilce on interim coaches. Since 2003, the six interim coaches in the NFL combined for an 11-22 mark. None reached the playoffs. None was hired as a full-time replacement. It doesn’t look good for 49ers interim head coach Mike Singeltary.

More from Gay: Niners Running back Roger Craig is a semifinalist for the NFL Hall of Fame.

The Rams pluck linebacker Larry Grant from the 49ers practice squad, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports.

Arizona Cardinals

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic pulls an interesting statistic, courtesy of a scouting report this morning at According to STATS Inc., Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner has been blitzed 135 times this season and has completed 96 passes, with 10 TDs, one inteception and four sacks.

More Somers: The Cardinals do not intend to abandon the running game.

Both the Cardinals and the Eagles did some advance scout work to prepare for Thursday’s game heading into a short week, Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic reports.

Darren Urban of discusses the inevitability of aging veterans being replaced by younger players.

More Urban: A victory over Philly gives the Cardinals an NFC West title.

St. Louis Rams

Despite tearing one of the muscles in his hamstring Rams defensive end Leonard Little continues to play.

The Rams make several roster moves with the end of the season nearing. St. Louis cuts starting fullback Dan Kreider and places starting center Nick Leckey (broken foot) on injured reserve. Replacing them on the active roster are center Cory Withrow and outside linebacker Larry Grant.

Rams running back Stephen Jackson and offensive tackle Orlando Pace practiced today. Jackson has missed four of the last five games with a hamstring injury.

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  1. the rumours regarding dropping matty are completely asinine.

    unfortunately, i think we’ve learned not to put anything past good ol’ timmay!, and that the seahawks’ front office is very much reminiscent of the aj smith/marty schottenheimer rivalry… though whether or not either gm knows what’s going on is debatable.

    matty has proven to be THE mvp of this franchise… you’re gonna punish him for having a bad year? he’s had injuries before, and has been an absolute WARRIOR for this team, this franchise, this city. ditching matty when you have no one but seneca wallace (who should finally be a wr, and ditched as #2 qb) and charlie frye waiting in the wings isn’t just stupid, it’s suicide, and would mean that we’d be the laughing stock of the nfl.


    sure, one day, matty will be too banged up, too old, his arm too weak, his decision making too erroneous that we’ll have to one day let him go. i just don’t think that we should jump the gun because of one off-year.

    the ruskell era hasn’t proven to be as disastrous as the ol’ behring days, but the idea of 2-14 means we’re really #*%&$^! close.

    paul, if you’re listenin’… HELP!!!

  2. hey, why don’t we try to steal scott pioli before detroit does?!

  3. Not only has Matty been a warrior that has had injurys in the past but Matty is now getting older as well. And when you sum it up that way, older and injured it might be time to thank him for his past performances and start looking for someone new! Hopefully the Seahawks won’t be as stupid as the Mariners have been to reward down hill bound players in the name of loyalty only to field a bad team! Now granted it might help Matty look a little better if when he does throw the ball well his recievers could catch it.

  4. CowboysP says:

    Mike Sando obviously believes that it is possible that Hasselbeck will be somewhere else next season. He follows the Seahawks every day.

    Here is a question to Mike Sando on the ESPN NFC West Blog, and Sando’s response.

    “C.J. from Seattle writes: Hey Mike, There’s been a rumor going around the past couple of days that the Seahawks are thinking about getting rid of Matt Hasselbeck. Is this legit or just an overheard conversation taken out of context? CJ in Seattle

    Mike Sando: Hasselbeck is 33 years old. He’s had injury problems this season. He’s entering the final two years of a contract with a 2009 salary-cap number north of $9 million. Mike Holmgren is leaving after the season. Jim Zorn is already gone. The Seahawks will probably draft a quarterback in 2009. General manager Tim Ruskell will continue to put his stamp on the Seahawks, probably to a greater degree in the post-Holmgren era.”

    Put those things together and I think you build a circumstantial case for Hasselbeck not factoring into the long-term plans.

    Earlier this season, Ruskell talked about wanting to keep the offense somewhat similar in 2009 because changing the offense significantly wouldn’t make sense for Hasselbeck.

    The next five games could help determine how good the organization feels about the quarterback position. If Hasselbeck continues to struggle to this degree down the stretch, I would not rule out anything.”

  5. This is also the same Mike Sando who thinks the Cardinals would put up 100 points on the ’85 Bears.

  6. nighthawk2 says:

    Cowpee is just putting up more of his Hasselbeck hate.

    “hey, why don’t we try to steal scott pioli before detroit does?!”

    Didn’t we try that before and fail? I think it was $3 million per year and he still turned it down to stay with New England.

  7. CowboysP says:

    It’s just copied from Sando’s blog.

    I guess we will see what the next 5 games brings with Hasselbeck.

    And what the offseason brings for the Seahawks.

  8. Dukeshire says:

    I don’t think that Sando believes Hass will be anywhere but Seattle in ’09. All he was saying is that the Seahawks are looking to the future. Aren’t we all, even in the back of our minds? Again, Hass will not be traded or released this off season. There is no chance of it.

  9. OutSydeDog says:

    I believe Hass has some good years left in him, and I want it to be with the Seahawks, not some other team. That said, Matt, just like every other player has to prove that they belong on the field. Here’s to hoping that Matt’s best game this year is tomorrow :)


  10. Bernie42 says:

    This is also the same Mike Sando who thinks the Cardinals would put up 100 points on the ’85 Bears.


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