Patience leads Green to right call 

September, 26, 2006
09/26/06
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Dennis Green's decision to go with Kurt Warner over Matt Leinart is a classic example of how a veteran coach is better served to make a personnel decision 48 hours after the game instead of 24. Green had to be emotional on Monday. It was a close loss at home in which his veteran quarterback, Warner, fumbled a snap when the team was in scoring position at the end of the game. Most long-time coaches like to wait until Tuesdays after a Sunday game, and Green obviously didn't have to make a decision Monday. By waiting until Tuesday, he was able to see the challenge of playing in Atlanta was made more difficult because the Falcons lost to the Saints. Putting a rookie quarterback against a desperate team probably isn't a good thing to do. Plus, Warner has completed 64 percent of his passes and has five touchdown passes in three games. He's still pretty good. Green made a smart choice in not going public with his thoughts on Monday and letting things cool down for a more rational decision on Tuesday.

Tampa's QB shuffle: The Bucs worked out Tommy Maddox, Shaun King and four young quarterbacks Tuesday but didn't make a quick decision about signing one, giving themselves a little more time to check out the trade market. Chris Simms is a question mark for the rest of the season after having his spleen removed, so the Bucs still have to do something until Luke McCown is ready to go coming off major knee surgery. McCown is on the physically unable to perform list and won't begin practice until Week 6.

Finger trap: Cowboys wide receiver Terry Glenn practiced Tuesday despite cutting his thumb on Monday. Wednesday will be the key day to see if Terrell Owens can make a quick comeback from his ring finger surgery. Owens had a lot of swelling around the back of his hand, so it might be a push for him to be ready for Sunday's game. He plans to be able to play against Philadelphia the following week, but Bill Parcells will watch to see what Owens can do Wednesday.

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