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The Mosley Mailbag Cometh

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
I just emptied The Bag on my desk and discovered 596 questions. This will take a while, so bear with me. Right now I'm in sort of an emotional state because the moderate Baptists from Baylor lost to another Baptist school (Wake Forest) that may or may not believe in full immersion. But I have seen the future of college football, and his name is Robert Griffin.

Now, let's see what's on your mind in this edition of The Mosley Mailbag and Other Items of Intrigue:

Justin B. from La Quinta, Calif., writes: Hey Matt! Keep up the great work, I have to say I miss Hashmarks, but this is the next best thing. My question is this... What are the odds of the Cowboys acquiring Anquan Boldin now that it appears he will make some noise in Arizona? Does Jerry Jones have the ability to make this happen?

Mosley: Justin, absolutely love the new nonsmoking rooms. And thanks for the kind words regarding the passing of Hashmarks. The service was beautiful. Boldin's not coming to Dallas this season unless Rod Graves and his boss, the fake Sebastian Cabot, have a change of heart. Jones made a play for Boldin, Chad Johnson and Roy Williams during the offseason, but no one bit. The Cardinals aren't influenced by Boldin's chirping. He's too solid of a leader for them to worry about his desire. Once he steps on the field, he's not capable of taking plays off. The Cowboys are thin at receiver, but Jones seems intent on trying to develop players from within.


Steve from New York types: Are you calling Brett Favre classless? The Favre situation is very different from Michael Strahan's. Favre was asked to make a decision early (March) and changed his mind. How is that classless? What else has Favre done in the past to make him appear classless?

Mosley: Stevo, I write approximately 21,000 words per work. I need you to be more specific. I certainly never called Favre "classless," but I may have criticized him in some forum. But you're absolutely correct about the difference between Strahan's and Favre's situations. Strahan made a decision and stuck with it -- even though his heart and probably his pocketbook might've been telling him to return. I don't believe Favre wanted to walk away in the first place, but he didn't think the Packers were begging him hard enough to play another year. I don't think classless is the right word for Favre's actions. "Delusional" might work, though. My favorite part of the entire episode was him telling Fox News that he understood that the Packers had to move on without him. And this is after he RETIRED. One of my favorite players of all-time, but he bungled his comeback at every turn.


Kevin from New Orleans was kind enough to forward this message: As far as the best WR duos in the division, I personally think you have to go with the Giants' Burress-Toomer combo as No. 1, followed by Cowboys, Redskins, and Eagles, respectively. BUT, looking at receiving corps on the whole (including tight ends, but not pass-catching backs), the competition between Cowboys, Redskins and Giants is almost a dead heat. In the end, you can't give it to the Redskins until their rookies prove themselves. And when you compare the other two teams, although the primary receiver and tight end positions are won by the Cowboys, the depth that the Giants have give them a slight edge in my mind.

Mosley: Just so the rest of the class knows what we're talking about Kevin, Roy Williams of the Lions said earlier this week that he and Calvin Johnson form the third-best combo in the league behind Indy's and Cincy's duos. I asked for NFC Beast Blog readers to rank the best duos in the division. I thought T.O. and Patrick Crayton had a slight edge over Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer, thus fueling the misguided but faithful "Cowboys bias" argument. T.O. is clearly a better receiver than Burress. I'd take Toomer over Crayton, but you have to admit that Amani's getting a little long in the tooth. And despite his showing in last season's playoff game against the Giants, Crayton has excellent hands. If you include tight ends, the Cowboys still have the lead. Jason Witten is ahead of Chris Cooley, though not by much. T.O. and Crayton win the matchup with mighty mites Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle El. The Redskins have more depth at receiver than the Cowboys and Eagles, but it's not exactly quality depth right now. Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas haven't shown us anything in the preseason. If the Giants can get healthy, they have more depth at receiver than any team in the league. I'm told by Eagles fans that Donovan McNabb doesn't really need front-line receivers to reach the Super Bowl again, which is good since he's fresh out of those right now.


Mike from San Francisco wants to talk Mathias Kiwanuka: Kiwi is not a tweener, Matt. He's a defensive end who has been playing out of position in order to be on the field. He'll be a very good defensive end in time. I too think Osi Umenyiora is a bit overrated, as he disappears too much for my taste, but he draws a lot of double-teams that contribute to that. Also, as a run-defender, he is very underrated. In terms of their third-and-long D, not having Osi hurts. However, Robbins, Cofield, and Alford have looked very quick and disruptive from the DT spot. Robbins and Alford will certainly bring the heat this year on passing downs.

Mosley: Mike, if I ever suggested Osi Umenyiora was even a "bit" overrated, it probably happened during a weak moment. I think he's the second-most important player for the Giants (other than Eli). And with all due respect and other trite phrases, Kiwanuka is the definition of a tweener. Scouts didn't know what to make of him coming out of Boston College, and that's why he fell to No. 32 overall. He's not a power player, which makes it difficult for him against the run and against enormous offensive tackles such as Flozell Adams. At linebacker, it's just weird to watch a 6-7 man chase tight ends around the field. Every scout I've talked to over the past week has referred to Kiwanuka as a tweener, so I'm going with them.


Haolota from Chicago writes: Last year the NFL played in London. Who do we ask to
get them to play in Dubai Sports City? Go ahead look it up on the Internet, Dubai Sports City.

Mosley: If you have Commissioner Goodell's number, I would just call him directly. I've been to Sports City Toyota, but Dubai's a little out of my way.


Robert J. from an undisclosed location writes: Do you think the Redskins will actually make the playoffs this year? I think they will have a winning season, but they might just miss the playoffs this year, which is OK for a team with a first-year head coach.

Mosley: Robert, I'm not sure if other Redskins fans will be "OK" with this scenario. I thought Jason Campbell and the offense looked relatively sharp in the first three exhibition games. But over the last two games, they've been dreadful. I watched some "highlights" from Thursday's game in which Campbell was 1-of-4 for three yards on three series. I started to get a queasy feeling when head coach Jim Zorn, a constant reader of this blog, wanted to find some "tempo" in the final preseason game. As I've said many times, the only goal in the final exhibition game is to keep your players in one piece. The Redskins have even less confidence after the first-team racked up 14 yards during three series. The Redskins might be a playoff contender in a different division (NFC West, North, South), but the Beast might be too strong.


Jason in Dallas wonders if Strahan crossed the line: Matt, I posted a couple items on your blog as well as the main blog concerning Mike Strahan coming out of retirement for the Giants. My question is this: Is there any rule that would keep Mike out of the league now that he has posed as a member of the media and attended opposing teams' camps? My gripe is that this is worse than taping signals. If this is allowed, teams could designate one player from their team to pose as a member of the media each year and then return to practice a week before the season. This just doesn't seem right. Thoughts?

Mosley: I enjoy most conspiracy theories, but this one seems a little over the top. When Strahan stopped by the Cowboys' practice, I'm told he exchanged awkward man-hugs with several players and didnt' take any notes. If he'd gone back to the Giants, I don't think his presence at an afternoon Cowboys practice would've been an issue. Now, if Phil Simms suddenly returns to the Giants after all these years, we'll know something's up. Hey, you guys have been awesome. I only have 560 more of these to answer. See you back here soon.