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Joey Porter making sense? It really is a crazy season

Joey Porter making sense? It really is a crazy season
A funny thing happened on the way to that Cowboys-Jaguars Super Bowl I promised you 10 weeks ago.

Funny peculiar. And funny hah-hah, I guess, especially if you hate the Cowboys.

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Something for Joey

And if things weren't bad enough in Jacksonville, leading receiver Matt Jones has decided to engage Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter in a downright goofy war of words.

Porter, as always, is barking about anything and everything. If the guy was calling out opponents and guaranteeing victories during a 1-15 season last year when he was as invisible as the rest of the defense, you knew he'd be squawking sitting atop the NFL with 11.5 sacks this season.

After cracking on Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall for being soft, he turned his motormouth on Jones, wondering aloud about league policy.

"He got caught with cocaine and Matt Jones is still playing football. How does he get away with that? And then you fine people $20,000 for making comments to the media about the refs. The guy got caught with cocaine."

Uh, he's got a point there. But Jones apparently wasn't interested in the veracity of Porter's statement, jumping instead to the always clever "oh yeah, you're gay" comeback.

"I don't even know why he's even thinking about me," Jones said. "I mean, maybe he likes other men and sits up and thinks about stuff. Is Joey Porter the commissioner? Then why would I even worry about it?"

Yes, indeed, why would you worry about it? Why would you worry about it enough even to insinuate that the NFL's sack leader is gay? Smart.

Two months ago who would have thought that Joey Porter could settle a scrap with a Jacksonville player by pointing to the standings?

The Digits of Big D

It may be a pinky causing the most consternation in Dallas, but according to FOX Sports analyst and former Cowboys star Darryl Johnston it's another digit the fans are flashing at their team these days.

"It's unbelievable. The reversal in the atmosphere of the town from the end of September to the end of October is unbelievable," Johnston told the New York Post. "You had people packing their bags for Tampa (site of Super Bowl XLIII) at the end of September and now they're canceling their reservations at the end of October. It's typical rats off the ship."

Terrell Owens acknowledged this week that even before Romo got hurt, the home loss to the Redskins followed by an uninspired win over Cincinnati were harbingers of hard times ahead.

"I think those two games alone kind of let everybody in this locker room know you got to have sort of a self-check like, 'OK, we're probably not as good as we think we are, or probably not as good as hyped,"' he said.

When Tony Romo returns for the rematch with the 'Skins after the Cowboys' bye week, he'll have his first opportunity to throw to his shiny new target, 6-foot-3, 211-pound Roy E. Williams. Dallas better hope Williams provides more with Romo under center. If he doesn't improve on the paltry contribution he's made so far (3 catches, 38 yards), draft day is going to be pretty painful in '09 when the Cowboys watch the Lions use their first, third and sixth picks (Detroit also got a seventh-rounder in 2010).

Hall and Goats

DeAngelo Hall must have figured his days in Oakland were numbered when Al Davis cited his signing as one of Lane Kiffin's many mistakes. By dumping Hall the Raiders get out from under $62M of the $70M they signed him for. Still, $8M for a half season of getting beaten like a dusty rug ain't bad. Since Javon Walker was also mentioned in Davis's firing tirade, coach Tom Cable felt obliged to mention that the wide receiver's job is safe. (Until, that is, Davis gets wind of the fact that Walker has 13 catches this season.)

Another reason Davis gave for Kiffin's termination was his reluctance to draft JaMarcus Russell. Yes, the JaMarcus Russell who went 6-for-19 in a shutout loss to the Falcons last week. The JaMarcus Russell who has completed 48.6 percent of his passes this season. The JaMarcus Russell who has guided the Raiders to nine offensive touchdowns this season, one fewer than LenDale White. Maybe Kiffin understood that being able to throw the ball 60 yards from your knees would rarely be helpful in an NFL game.

Whoever goes next, his ex-Raider teammates will no doubt watch wistfully as he exits to freedom.


The Browns may be 3-6 and headed nowhere in the AFC, but suddenly there's a ray of light breaking through their cloudy season.

In the season's first half Cleveland was doomed by shaky quarterback play and overmatched corners. With Brady Quinn's long-awaited coming out party the team appears to have solved one of those problems, even as the other becomes a bigger, brighter source of franchise embarrassment.

Quinn went 23-for-35 for 239 yards with two touchdowns and no picks in his first-ever start. But the Browns lost as Jay Cutler torched them for 447 yards and three fourth-quarter touchdowns.

This means Derek Anderson's days in Cleveland are numbered since he makes way too much money to hold a clipboard. Anderson is just hoping he can make it out of town before contracting one of the team's league-leading staph infections.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 7, 2008

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