What Would Buddy Do?
Dhani Jones passive-aggressively whinges about being small, ineffective
Posted on July 23rd, 2007 at 9:34 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

I wear a bow tie. Have you noticed?As Birds news is a little slow the week before training camp (yes yes, Abiamiri and Ilaoa signed yesterday, got it), I thought it was worth a quickie post in re: a segment from NFL Network from a couple weeks back, in which bowtied former Eagles linebacker Dhani Jones chatted with Rich Eisen about the upcoming Eagles season.

Admittedly, I was never that into Dhani Jones. He just wasn’t a good enough player to justify that level of smugness. Also, he was small and bad at tackling. This wouldd have been okay if he was super-sweet at pass coverage, but he was pretty inconsistent there as well. So. That really doesn’t leave much.

Anyhoo, he had a few interesting things to say about the Birds, and by “interesting” I mean “passive-aggressive thinly disguised barbs about his former teammates”:

On Donovan McNabb’s knee…
“It definitely takes a year.”

On QB A.J. Feeley and whether he has the confidence of the guys in the locker room…
“He definitely has the confidence of the guys in the front office.”

What’s the team’s biggest need?
Dhani talked about stopping the run, noted that Broderick Bunkley was no good last year, and pointed some fingers at the front four as being more important than the linebackers. “Linebackers can’t make plays if the offensive linemen get to the linebackers…if you have 350 pounds against 220 pounds there’s only so many times you can rebound and make the play.”


So, to review, Dhani doesn’t think McNabb will be back to full health until at least November, thinks the team doesn’t respect Feeley (is Dhani jealous of Heather Mitts?), and made it very clear that the Birds’ problems against the run were all the rookie’s fault. Yup. It had nothing to do with you being undersized and generally wimpy. That’s probably why the Eagles will replace two out of three starters at linebacker this year. Andy Reid probably agrees with you, Dhani.

NFL Network: Countdown To Camp [PhiladelphiaEagles.com: Click on NFL Network, it should be the first one]

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