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November 13 Camden Courier-Post:
“Ernie Sims can’t wait to hit Donovan McNabb. He couldn’t even hide a beaming smile when asked about the potential of sacking the former Eagles franchise quarterback.
“Oh yeah,” the Eagles’ hard-hitting weak-side linebacker said Friday. “We know Donovan is a great player, and athletic. His tendency is to get out of the pocket and run. We plan on putting a lot of pressure on him as always. I’m pretty sure our front seven is licking our chops to get at him.”
Sims said he’s salivating over the chance to bring down McNabb, who’s already been sacked 22 times this year and 17 times in the past four games. Sims is one guy who’s insisted that his aggressive – even reckless – style of play won’t change despite the NFL’s recent crackdown on unsafe hits.
Sims collected one of the team’s three sacks last Sunday on Peyton Manning, which only fed his appetite for taking down another quarterback, especially since the it’ll be his first appearance on Monday Night Football.”
November 13 Camden Courier-Post:
“They were verbally chewed out and had their manhood challenged.
On the Monday following the Eagles’ 17-12 loss to the Redskins, after Washington had piled up 169 rushing yards and averaged more than 5 yards per carry, defensive coordinator Sean McDermott ripped into his deflated group in the team meeting.
After McDermott calmed down, head coach Andy Reid came in and cleaned up the pile. Whatever the Redskins had done to them 24 hours earlier, it didn’t compare to the avalanche that McDermott and Reid had just unleashed on them.
“Lets just say this, man. When we got to that team meeting, it definitely wasn’t a happy moment. You can put it like that,” weakside linebacker Ernie Sims said. “We walked out of the room like, “Man, Coach Reid really meant what he said.’ That was an awkward day and I just pray I don’t have to go through that again.””
November 13 Philadelphia Daily News:
“KURT COLEMAN had played, as he recalls, fewer than 10 snaps this season as a rookie safety in the Eagles’ defense when he lined up against Washington in the second quarter of a 17-12 home loss, Oct. 3. The Birds already trailed, 14-3. The defense really needed a stop, on third-and-15 from the Redskins’ 27.
It didn’t get one. Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb hit Anthony Armstrong for 57 yards – nearly half the Redskins’ total of 125 passing yards for the day – setting up a chip-shot field goal for a 17-3 lead.
“It was a good play by Donovan,” Coleman said yesterday. “They had Santana [Moss] in the slot and Anthony Armstong on the outside. He pump-faked to Santana running a post and threw it deep. He did a good job of holding me off and being able to hit the over-the-top coverage. I don’t see that [happening] again, to myself.”
Coleman has added considerably to his store of experience since that game. He is scheduled to start for the first time Monday night, when the Eagles visit the Redskins, in place of a fellow rookie, free safety Nate Allen, who is sidelined with a neck strain. Coleman filled in capably after Allen went down in the second quarter last week against the Colts.
Coordinator Sean McDermott lauded the growth of his young defense yesterday, and offered that Coleman has “done a good job.””
November 13 Indianapolis Star:
“Indianapolis Colts linebacker Gary Brackett has been fined $10,000 for his hit against quarterback Michael Vick last Sunday in Philadelphia.
Brackett was penalized in the first quarter for roughing the passer when he hit Vick after Vick had delivered a pass.
According to a league spokesman, Brackett’s was fined because “he unnecessarily struck the quarterback with his helmet.”
Brackett was not available for comment on his fine, but he anticipated he would be disciplined by the league.
“I believe I will,” he said earlier in the week, adding the league has fined him in the past.
Brackett insisted he isn’t likely to change his approach.
“You’ve got to play football,” he said. “I think I play within the rules”
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