Jay Glazer blasts Donovan McNabb for thinking this could be Tom Brady’s last year with Patriots (Video)

Donovan-McNabbThe sky is falling in New England after the Patriots were demolished by the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night football. No, it’s not just those obnoxious Boston fans who are overreacting to Tom Brady’s horrific start to the 2014 season. Here’s what Donovan McNabb had to say after the game.

“Jimmy Garoppolo got in there and moved the ball down the field and got into the end zone. If this continues for another five or six weeks, the rumblings will start that this could be Tom Brady’s last year in New England. I’ll put it out there first.”

Jay Glazer, one of McNabb’s co-workers at Fox Sports, was shocked by what he heard come out of the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback’s mouth.

“Tom Brady’s last year in New England?” Glazer asked. “Are you out of your mind? There’s been rumblings every time Tom Brady has a bad game. … Are you crazy, dude? They don’t grow those guys on trees.”

Glazer and McNabb then began talking over each other, with Glazer’s main point being that Brady would be just fine if the Patriots got him a better offensive line and gave him some weapons.

[Related: Donovan McNabb says Nick Foles is not a franchise QB]

Randy Moss, who is a former teammate of Brady’s, sat and chuckled while Glazer and McNabb went at it. Randy feels there is no chance Brady is going anywhere.

“Naw man, that’s Tom Brady,” he said. “He’s the face of the franchise. Not this year, maybe two, three, four years down the line. Tom Brady is the man in New England.”

If McNabb’s point was that Brady is no longer invincible and is showing serious signs of aging, it’s hard to disagree with him. But we have seen the Patriots make adjustments before, and no one would be surprised if they do it again. Brady may not play out his contract through the 2017 season, but there’s no way this is his last season in New England — no matter how much the team struggles.

Previously: Donovan McNabb says Jay Cutler is lucky Bears gave him a contract

Video via The Big Lead

Did Tom Brady snub Jimmy Garoppolo?

Tom-BradyMonday night’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs was easily one of the most embarrassing of Tom Brady’s career. Brady was benched with the New England Patriots trailing 41-7 in the fourth quarter. The move was probably more about preserving Brady’s health than giving rookie Jimmy Garoppolo some regular season reps, but there has already been (ridiculous) speculation about a quarterback controversy in New England.

Garoppolo, a former Eastern Illinois star, completed 6-of-7 passes and threw a touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski after taking over for Brady. According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Brady avoided Garoppolo when the rookie left the field.

Tom Brady gave passive high-fives to the other offensive players coming off the field — Gronk, Julian Edelman, the offensive linemen — but stayed clear of Garoppolo. Brady didn’t offer him any congratulations or daps.

When they returned to the bench, (Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels) sat in between them — Brady on the bench, Garoppolo on a water cooler. The two quarterbacks didn’t appear to speak. Brady watched the rest of the game silently with his arms folded, with no teammate coming within 20 feet of him.

Does this mean anything? Probably not, but Volin included it in his write-up for a reason. There are several reasons Brady may have had for not giving Garoppolo a high-five, and I doubt any of them have to do with No. 12 fearing that his job is in jeopardy.

[WATCH: Bill Belichick has priceless reaction to QB controversy question]

While Brady’s skills are clearly declining (he is 37, after all), New England’s biggest issue is its offensive line. Brady has no time to throw on most plays and very few weapons to throw to. That disrupts the entire rhythm of a quarterback even on the rare occasions when they are given time to throw.

Brady and the entire Patriots offense are off to a horrendous start. They squeaked by the Oakland Raiders at home last week, managing just 16 points. Brady turns 38 next season and is under a team-friendly contract through 2017. Garoppolo isn’t going to take his job, but don’t be surprised if Tom Terrific has trouble living up to his nickname for the remainder of his career.

PS: We all know what Brady is really mad about.

NFL admits Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for praying

The NFL admitted on Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for going to the ground after returning an interception for a touchdown against the New England Patriots on Monday.

NFL rules prohibit players from going to the ground to celebrate, but there is an exemption for players who are praying. The official who flagged Abdullah must not have realized what he was doing.

“The officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression, and as a result, there should have been no penalty on the play,” NFL spokesman Michael Signora told ESPN’s Ed Werder.

Abdullah, who is a devout Muslim, was under the impression he was penalized for sliding on his knees.

“For me, I just got a little too excited,” he said. “I think it was for the slide.”

Fortunately for the NFL, the game was a blowout and the 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty didn’t mean much. Had the game been close, there would have been a lot more uproar.

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Cowboys paid tribute to Tom Landry with victory formation shift

Tom-LandryThe Dallas Cowboys paid tribute to the late Tom Landry as the final seconds ticked away during their blowout win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night. As they set up for their first snap in the victory formation, the Cowboys shifted in unison before getting into their three-point stances.

Landry, who coached the Cowboys for 29 years and won two Super Bowls, was known for having his offenses shift from one formation to another before snapping the ball to confuse opposing defenses. One of the “shifts” he came up with was similar to the one you see above, where the offensive linemen would briefly stand upright to shield the defense’s view from what was going on in the backfield.

“That’s one of the signature things of the Coach Landry teams, was the offensive line coming to the line of scrimmage and doing that when Roger said ‘Shift,’ and the backs would shift behind him,” Jason Garrett said Monday, via the Cowboys official website. “That’s an image that we all have. It’s an iconic image in football.”

Garrett said the Cowboys have worked on the shift during practice but he was surprised to see the players execute it during a game.

The Cowboys are riding high at the moment, and rightfully so. They’re currently 3-1 after most people picked them to finish last in the NFC East.

H/T Eye on Football

Martellus Bennett with a killer quote on football and inches

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Martellus Bennett, telling it like it is, as always.

Pretty sure he wasn’t talking about big-screen TVs there.

Martellus has had his junk posted on the internet before, so he more than anyone knows how important those extra inches are.

Since we’re on the subject of old Martellus stories, I’m going to take you back to 2009 on this one. Have you ever seen the video of Martellus and his brother Michael doing the “Black Olympics?” Yeah, it’s quite the video.

Tony Sparano, Greg Olson, Al Saunders are candidates for Raiders interim coach

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Dennis Allen was officially fired by the Oakland Raiders on Monday night, ending the least suspenseful 24-hour period of questions regarding his job status. The only problem with the firing was that it occurred three years too late.

Now that Allen is out, the question is: who will be in? Rather, which unlucky soul will lead the Raiders to finish out this terrible season?

As of now, it looks like Tony Sparano, Greg Olson and Al Saunders are the candidates to become the interim head coach.

Sparano is currently an assistant head coach and offensive line coach for the Raiders. He was head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2008-2011 and was fired towards the end of a losing season in his fourth year as head coach.

Olson is currently the team’s offensive coordinator, which means he hasn’t been coordinating much of anything. He’s been an offensive coach in the league since 2003, most recently spending time with the Jags and Bucs.

Saunders is an offensive assistant and has been with the team since 2011. He spent 2001-2005 as offensive coordinator of the Chiefs, leading their high-powered offense. When he was with the Redskins, he infamously had a playbook that was thicker than the holy Bible.

Since you bozos in Oakland can’t get it right, let me help you out: make Sparano your interim coach. At least the guy won’t embarrass the organization any more than it already has been by Allen.

Bill Belichick has priceless reaction to QB controversy question (Video)

Tom Brady had a bad game in what turned out to be a disastrous loss for the New England Patriots at the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night, and his poor performance actually led one reporter to ask about a quarterback controversy.


The Pats were blown out 41-14, with Brady going 14/23 for 159 yards with a touchdown, two interceptions and a lost fumble. Making matters even worse, one of the interceptions was a pick-six.

[Related: Bill Belichick rags on reporter for wearing golf shoes]

After the game, Belichick was his usual grumbling, monotone, one-word-answer self with the media. Except he did give us one awesome moment.

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One reporter actually had the audacity to ask whether the quarterback position needed to be evaluated since rookie backup Jimmy Garoppolo played alright in the fourth going 6/7 for 70 yards and a touchdown. Belichick laughed it off, getting more animated about that than anything else in the presser. At least he gave us something.

Via Will Brinson, @cjzero