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    Shut Up

    Big Mouth In Big D
    By Ryan Wesner
    Date: Sep 16, 2004

    Johnson’s main target has been Jon Gruden. The receiver insists that his former coach intentionally froze him out of the offense in 2003. The fact is the Bucs have more to worry about than what the most over-rated receiver in the NFL has to say.

    Johnson cannot resist the call of being the center of attention. His Cowboys lost to the Vikings Sunday, but the topic of conversation this week has been his comments about former teammates and coaches. Sports fans are only making it worse by caring about what Meshawn has to say.

    The most personal of the attacks were directed at Ronde Barber for sticking up for Gruden when the coach deactivated Johnson last year. Barber had this to say:
    "I'll put it this way: Keyshawn is not our problem anymore," Barber said. "It's a filthy feeling when you have someone in your locker room…whether it's the last guy on the roster or your No. 1 receiver…who doesn't act like he wants to be there. And attitude, to me, is everything.
    "Calling me an Uncle Tom? I don't know what that means. I'm definitely not a slave. I'm not cozying up to my head coach like he's my master. Jon is my coach. I respect him as the leader of my football team."

    Warren Sapp ripped Johnson on ESPN, commenting on how Johnson had an excuse for everything. Sapp recalled hearing Johnson say, “The ball was spinning the wrong way.” After he had dropped one of the many passes he failed to catch in 2003. Sapp said that was the last time he took the receiver seriously.

    Johnson’s best defense against Sapp was commenting on the defensive tackle’s weight. Real sharp…call a DT a fat $#%*.

    This is the last time Johnson will be discussed in this medium, as it adds fuel to the fire that desperately needs to be extinguished. The Bucs are also done with the topic and concentrating on the Seattle Seahawks. We will do the same.

    Keeping the Rams Nation Talking

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    QUARTERBACKS: Now that he's finally healthy, Tim Rattay continues to show rapid growth in the position, and that growth produced a comeback victory that ranks among the best in ***** lore and puts his name in the San Francisco record book. Rattay stood strong in the face of adversity and overcame seemingly insurmountable odds - a 16-point deficit with less than five minutes remaining - to lead the Niners to their first victory. His team-record 38 completions in 57 attempts were a product of the Niners falling behind, but he was spectacular in the fourth-quarter rally, and both of his touchdown passes were things of beauty. He had a fumble that Arizona turned into seven points, but that was a result of a protection breakdown. He also displayed some rare elusiveness while slipping loose for a 15-yard gain and running in a critical two-point conversion. And, while throwing for a career-high 417 yards, Rattay did it in the face of heavy pressure while being sacked five times. A watershed game for Rattay that indicates he has arrived as a legitimate QB who can produce when it truly counts. Grade: A

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