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Cowboys-Redskins First Take—A Confession

Cowboys-Redskins First Take—A Confession

In 2006, along with many, I would have bet the mortgage that Terrell Owens would not be a problem for the Washington Redskins to worry about as they prepared to face the Dallas Cowboys in 2008. The only question would have been if the Cowboys still were dealing with the radioactive remnants of the inevitable TO-induced explosion.

I was wrong.

When the Dallas Cowboys signed Owens two and a half years ago, I was delighted. Certainly, it seemed that Owens had some ability left in his then 32-year-old body, but age was sure to catch up with him. But before his age caught up with him, his selfish, love-me-some-me attitude would, sooner or later, bring down the entire Cowboys organization.

In the sooner part of the relationship, things almost did go sour. Drew Bledsoe couldn't hit the inside of a barn from inside the barn. Old school Bill Parcells barely was tolerant of the TO, who marches to a decidedly different drummer. Owens' grumbling was growing louder and an explosion seemed imminent.

Before the timer on the ticking time bomb hit 0:00, however, Parcells yanked Bledsoe and inserted the untested Tony Romo. All of a sudden TO was getting fed all the footballs he could eat. The offense started to click, Owens was having fun.

Things continued to roll in '07 and the only memorable TO moment came when he shed tears at the end of the Cowboys' playoff loss. This year, it's so far so good.

As difficult as it is to do, it's time to say it: Jerry Jones gambled and won.

He didn't just draw to an inside straight; he threw four cards back in and got dealt a royal flush.

Jones planted a turd and roses grew.

While Owens has maintained his healthy ego, he is being fed the ball, money, and attention and that has kept him happy and allowed him to perform at a very high level. And the chances of him blowing up and turning into the locker room cancer that everyone expected him to be by now are very, very slim.

And he will present a very, very big headache for the Redskins on Sunday. Owens beat them almost single-handedly last year in Dallas, torching the Washington defense with 8 catches for 173 yards and four touchdowns.

Anything close to a repeat of that performance and the Redskins will be in deep trouble. Even if they contain him in this game, he will be a thorn in their side all year because he makes their division rival a much better team.

I don't want to get into what might have happened had the Redskins brought in Owens instead of Brandon Lloyd. We don't know how that would have worked out. Mark Brunell's passing may well have pushed him over the edge in no time.

But my hat is off to Jerry Jones, who in this case proved to be crazy like a fox.

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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting


The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

The Kerrigan family is about to make a big-time addition to its roster.

Ryan and his wife, Jessica, already have two very, VERY, very, very cute bulldogs in their household. 

But on Tuesday, the two announced in separate Instagram posts that Jessica is 18 weeks pregnant and that a third human Kerrigan will arrive in 2019.

"Can I eat dis sign aftur da picturr iz over?" George the bulldog said when reached for comment on the news.

"How did dey gett such a smawl jerzey for da baby alreddy?" Franklin the other bulldog added.

This is all very wonderful.

Come next March, the world is about to get a little precious-er.


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Adrian Peterson's impressive day vs. the Panthers wasn't exactly supposed to happen

Adrian Peterson's impressive day vs. the Panthers wasn't exactly supposed to happen

When you don't hear from someone you wanted to hear from, you typically follow up.

But on Sunday during the Redskins' 23-17 win over the Panthers, Jay Gruden actually didn't follow up with Adrian Peterson about a plan the two first discussed leading up to kickoff.

Everyone associated with burgundy and gold should be OK with that, however, after seeing how things played out.

During his weekly, exclusive interview with JP Finlay on the Redskins Talk podcast, Gruden explained how Peterson's injury situation almost prevented the running back from posting his crucial 17-carry, 97-yard stat line. 

"I talked to him before the game, had a sit-down with him," the head coach said. "I told him I was probably only gonna use him on short-yardage and goal line if that, you know? Because I want him to heal, we have a long season ahead of us." 

Heading into Week 6, Peterson was dealing with shoulder, ankle and knee issues. Plus, he's 33 years old at a position where that number is way more common on a player's jersey than in his bio under "age."

So, Gruden's concern made some sense, especially considering how necessary a productive Peterson has been to the 'Skins' success in 2018. Problem is, the two never connected again, so the coach's pitch count was never executed.

"He says, 'Oh, just let me go early, I'll let you know how I'm doing,'" Gruden recalled. "We let him go early and I never heard from him so I just kept him in there. He played great. He's a pro, he's a stud."

For those of you now wondering if this means you should start ignoring emails from your boss or not text your buddy back and still expect success, let's not get too carried away here. In this instance, a lack of communication worked for the future Hall of Famer, but that doesn't mean it's going to work for you.