End Around: Eli's still alive; Philbin could be in trouble


Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide.

It was a good week for ...

1. Eli Manning: Two weeks ago, Giants fans would have sent Eli on his way for a third-round pick. Now Eli's torching the Redskins on national television and playing his best football in two years. Rumors of his demise were perhaps exaggerated.

2. Le'Veon Bell: You know your career is off to a promising start when LaDainian Tomlinson is calling you the NFL's best running back three games into your second season. L.T. is wrong, but the praise is understandable based on what we've seen.

3. Matthew Stafford: When an NFL.com headline reads Matthew Stafford not hurt in bridge collapse, yeah, it's a good week. Perhaps more lucky than good, but still good.

It was a bad week for ...

1. Joe Philbin: What lasts longer? Philbin in Miami or Bad Judge, NBC's tepid Kate Walsh comedy? Tracking.

2. Kirk Cousins: There's a poor sap in Canton who was 93 percent done with Cousins' Hall of Fame bust. Put that bad boy on the shelf, Carl.

3. Morris Claiborne: Gregg Rosenthal made an astute point this week on the Around The NFL Podcast: Where exactly did Mo Claiborne think he was going when he cleared out his locker in a huff this week? It's not often that a demotion leads an NFL player to take on the thought process of a local teen runaway.

What The What?

This clearly hints the Jets were dealing with a dirty buttocks issue at some point in the not-so-distant past.

Tweet of the week

This is adorable. The sheer mass of Beau Allen dictates that Connor Barwin must be sitting on his beefy teammate, right?

Mike Tomlin is a surprise selfie junkie

Above is a Mike Tomlin-snapped selfie of the Steelers coach and prodigal son James Harrison taken this week. Tomlin's previous tweet was a selfie with his team captains. The tweet before that was -- wait for it -- a selfie with Subway pitchman Jay Glazer.

The selfies keep coming, Tomlin widely grinning with hockey coaches and governors and reality stars. The self-pic parade flows like a waterfall -- a waterfall Mike Tomlin might snap a selfie in front of if only given the opportunity and just enough battery life.

This is a surprising character trait.

Adrian Wilson doesn't know how jobs work

Quote of the Week, Part I

"I yell at my cats to get out of my bed. They have these bells on them. And they jingle. I hate it"

-- Redskins coach Jay Gruden, on life at home after a loss.

Related: Cats are the worst.

Quote of the Week, Part II

"If I pay attention to that maniac, who knows how I play?"

-- Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, on the idea of Steve Smith asking for more targets in his revenge game against the Panthers. Joe Flacco is apparently unclear on the relative fragility of human life.

Related: DeAngelo Williams is prepared for Steve Smith's blood-and-guts prediction for Panthers-Ravens. This feels like a game we should all watch.

God bless local news

Dave Crawley, an intrepid reporter out of KDKA in Pittsburgh, visited the Steelers' locker room armed with a photo of a calf from a local farm that was born with a "7" on it's head. Crawley goes pun-crazy in asking several Steelers their thoughts on "Little Ben" and what it might mean in a cosmic sense.

Finally, Crawley drops the hammer, asking Le'Veon Bell if the calf should be made into a Roethlis-burger.

Tension suddenly filled the locker room ...

"He should be saved," Bell replied. "He should be saved. Straight up."

That last line slayed me.

Hero of the Week: Devon Still

The second time I got misty-eyed Thursday was when Derek Jeter ended his career at Yankee Stadium with a walk-off hit. Still's pep talk to his cancer-stricken daughter was the first. Get well soon, Leah.

OK, let's talk about the CBS alley walkers

If you've been watching Thursday Night Football this season, and you're like me, you're still processing the weekly slow-motion shot of a suited-and-booted James Brown, Tony Gonzalez, Boomer Esiason, Bart Scott and Bill Cowher walking down a random alley on their way to ... somewhere.

Presumably, the men are taking a shortcut to the set of their Sunday pregame show. I went to social media for other possibilities:

Too soon?

You're gonna love the way you look.

Approximately 35 percent of your replies were related to the best scene in Anchorman.

Joe Philbin just pumped his fist.

You guys are funny. Until next time ...

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