Talkative Owens lives up to his rep

first_imgFrom news services Terrell Owens was in midseason form Wednesday, sounding off on any and every topic thrown his way. Prediction for himself: “I am expecting an explosive year.” Prediction for the Dallas Cowboys: “I feel very confident in going on record now saying we are going to make the playoffs. We are going to win some playoff games.” Better yet, the new coach believes in spotlighting star offensive players, the offensive coordinator plans to make it happen by moving Owens around, and he has terrific rapport with quarterback Tony Romo. “Any time you can go into a season without any legitimate distractions … yeah, you’re going to go out there and play free, you’re just going to have an overall better feeling about yourself,” he said. Raiders QB a secret For an organization that prides itself on secrecy, the Oakland Raiders are having a fun time keeping their starting quarterback from the public. Coach Lane Kiffin said he will keep the Detroit Lions guessing whether Josh McCown or Daunte Culpepper will start in the opener Sunday. “It’s simply a matter of always trying to gain a competitive advantage,” Kiffin said. Kiffin said he told the quarterbacks who won the job on Tuesday and that the rest of the team found out during practice Wednesday. Like many NFL teams, the Raiders close most of practice to the media. “JaMarcus,” receiver Jerry Porter said when asked who would start, referring to No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell, who is holding out. He talks too much Vikings coach Brad Childress is the typical tight-lipped NFL coach, but he opened up on a radio interview last weekend. And Childress revealed an apparently tense conversation he had with Patriots coach Bill Belichick about a couple of players each team wanted to pass through waivers and put on the practice squad. Childress said Belichick called to ask him not to claim tight end Garrett Mills, offering to avoid picking up a player the Vikings cut as a reward. Childress declined. “He didn’t really care for that,” Childress said Sunday on WCCO-AM. “He was trying to leverage, but you always find out who is honest and straightforward.” No knowledge Commissioner Roger Goodell said he has no knowledge any other NFL personnel are involved in an Internet drug operation being investigated by the Albany (N.Y.) D.A.’s office. The investigation led to the suspensions of Patriots safety Rodney Harrison and Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson. Streak about to end Ben Hamilton’s streak of 5,407 consecutive snaps since becoming the Denver Broncos’ starting left guard in 2002 is about to end. Chris Myers will get the start Sunday at Buffalo because doctors have ordered Hamilton not to do any type of physical activity for two weeks in hopes his post-concussion symptoms will finally fade. Browns DB arrested Browns cornerback Leigh Bodden was arrested after driving backward and the wrong way outside Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and refusing to comply with police orders. Bodden, 25, refused to stop the vehicle when initially approached by an officer, said Cleveland police Lt. Thomas Stacho. Bodden eventually pulled the vehicle to a curb, got out and walked toward an airport entrance, Stacho said. Bodden became verbally abusive with the officer, who called for police backup, Stacho said. Responding officers instructed Bodden to place his hands on a wall, which he did, but the situation became tense when the football player began to resist officers trying to place handcuffs on him, Stacho said. Bodden later complied with police and was taken to a city jail, where he remained Wednesday night. He was being booked on aggravated disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors, and traffic offenses of failing to produce a driver’s license and driving the wrong way on a one-way street. Stadium plan unveiled The New York Giants and New York Jets broke ground at the Meadowlands in New Jersey on the first stadium to be jointly owned by two NFL teams and unveiled how architects plan to make two competing teams feel at home in a $1.3 billion stadium. “Ensuring that the stadium would feel like home to both teams and both groups of fans was our goal and also one of the biggest challenges in the design of the stadium,” said Steve Tisch, chairman and executive vice president of the New York Giants. Around the league 49ers: San Francisco signed defensive tackle Atiyyah Ellison off the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad. The 49ers also cut offensive tackle Patrick Estes.Ellison, a third-round pick by Carolina in 2005, was waived for the fifth time in his three-year NFL career. He’s yet to play in a regular-season game. Bengals: A judge ruled suspended Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman, 24, can remain on probation for a drunken driving conviction, but warned him that he must follow the rules if he wants to stay there. Jets: Thomas Jones looks and sounds ready to play in New York’s season opener against New England. The running back, acquired from Chicago in the offseason, has been practicing this week for the first time since straining his right calf on Aug. 12. “I feel a lot better than I felt the past couple of weeks,” Jones said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! His review of last season: “I really felt like I let this team down.” His relationship with Donovan McNabb: “I did what I had to do when I saw Donovan. I apologized.” How about things with a more recent sparring partner, Bill Parcells? “Anything regarding Bill Parcells is not a non-issue, it’s a dead issue. D-e-a-d, dead.” Later, he compared dogfighting to hunting deer: “They cut their heads off and they go to mount them on the wall. And they are animals as well. I don’t see a big difference.” Owens has been in a great mood for months, and with good reason: Parcells quit in January, a much friendlier coach was hired in Wade Phillips in February, and the Cowboys picked up a $3 million bonus in June to go with his $5 million salary. last_img

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