Following are some whispers we've been hearing from around the NFC East:
• Redskins ILB Rocky McIntosh clearly is still adjusting to the 3-4 defense like many of his defensive teammates. He has missed some tackles this season and seems to be hesitant when it comes to taking the proper angle to the ball. The team assumed it would have the pieces to make the switch from a 4-3 scheme, but the new coaching staff has found that there are a lot of ill-fitting players.
• When Eagles CB Asante Samuel returns to the field from his knee injury, Joselio Hanson will move back to his familiar nickel CB spot, and Trevard Lindley will go back to being the fourth corner. Although Lindley has had some struggles out there, he showed some promise at times and might be a player to watch next season.
• Although the Giants don't play him in anywhere close to a full-time role, LB Keith Bulluck has rounded into form quite nicely. There was concern that Bulluck wasn't an ideal fit inside or outside in the defense early in the season, but now he's offering strong play on the field and valuable leadership off it.
• The Cowboys have taken a chance on DE Clifton Geathers, a sixth-rounder of the Browns who already is on his third team. And though there is some real development that needs to happen, the 6-7, 300-pound Geathers is said to remind some Cowboys officials, in terms of size, of former DE Chris Canty. Geathers was said to be immature by some scouts coming out of South Carolina and will need to show he can grow up to make his impact in Dallas.