28 Jun 2006, 01:48pm by Michael David Smith
The kicker places the ball on the tee, then takes a few steps back. The returner waits patiently at the goal line, poised to grab the ball and take off running at full speed. Those are the two images you see before a kickoff when you're watching a football game on TV. But what about the other 20 players? Michael David Smith explores kickoff returns in the return of our popular "Strategy Minicamps" feature explaining the X's and O's on the field.
47 comments, Last at 13 Aug 2006, 9:41pm by empty13
26 Jun 2006, 11:13am by Guest
When you think of fourth-quarter heroics in the NFL, you think of quarterbacks. John Elway willing his team to victory over and over. Tom Brady marching the Patriots down the field for two last-minute Super Bowl wins. Flutie Magic. Is there really a measurable difference between quarterbacks when it comes to leading fourth-quarter comebacks? Does the list of the best fourth-quarter quarterbacks actually match our memories? And why do we tend to blame coaches for losing late leads, and give them far less credit than the quarterbacks when it comes to comebacks? Jason McKinley investigates.
95 comments, Last at 09 Jan 2007, 4:33pm by Ray
21 Jun 2006, 03:42pm by Aaron Schatz
We finish our "Best Player Available" analysis and the latest round of Four Downs by taking a look at the new arrivals in the AFC East: Two exiled New Orleans defenders, some talented young defensive backs, a couple rookie Dolphins with family connections to the NFL, one PFP 2006 coverboy, and a new challenger for the title of "Football Outsiders' Favorite Player."
232 comments, Last at 17 Jul 2006, 9:08pm by Norm
20 Jun 2006, 03:30pm by Mike Tanier
As a college quarterback, Bob Timberlake was an All American and a Rose Bowl hero. As a pro kicker, his 1-for-15 performance in 1965 was so bad that the Giants risked an inter-league war to replace him.
23 comments, Last at 31 Mar 2010, 3:07pm by charlesdarwin
17 Jun 2006, 12:08pm by Bill Barnwell
The Eagles and Giants subscribe to the Best Player Available philosophy. The Redskins, it seems, do not. And the Cowboys had a third philosophy in 2006, grabbing players with less upside but even less downside. Plus, LaVar Arrington gets Postonized. It's all in the latest edition of Four Downs.
276 comments, Last at 08 Aug 2006, 11:08am by BobL
14 Jun 2006, 12:55pm by Will Carroll
Will Carroll gives his short take on the Ben Roethlisberger injury.
106 comments, Last at 01 Jul 2006, 10:15am by JMM
13 Jun 2006, 08:53am by Michael David Smith
It's all about defense in the NFC North, where three teams took linebackers with their top pick and the other one added to the top defense in the league with yet more defensive players. Here's a look at the draft and free agent moves around the division.
104 comments, Last at 17 Jul 2006, 1:20am by David Ferrier
07 Jun 2006, 01:25pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Cincinnati may have reached with some late picks, and Baltimore didn't need to give away a sixth-round pick, but otherwise all four AFC North teams score very well according to Sean McCormick's Best Player Available analysis. Plus, Ryan Wilson has the rest of the news from the division, as the Bengals work towards locking up their offensive linemen long-term and the Ravens wait for Steve McNair. And wait, and wait, and ... hey, wait a minute, the wait is over!
82 comments, Last at 22 Dec 2006, 3:52am by Bill
03 Jun 2006, 11:01pm by Guest
Good times in the NFC South, as the Falcons get a first-round cornerback in the second round and the Saints get a first-pick player with the second pick. They also may have snagged the best undrafted free agent available. Meanwhile, Carolina makes an unexpected choice at running back, and Tampa Bay makes some unexpected choices on the offensive line. Sean McCormick has Best Player Available analysis and Darrel Michaud has the rest of the news from around the division in the latest edition of Four Downs.
61 comments, Last at 24 Jun 2006, 2:10am by Stephen Yang
30 May 2006, 10:27pm by Ned Macey
Mario, I just met an end named Mario, and suddenly that name will never be the same to me. Sean McCormick attacks the AFC South with Best Player Available analysis -- hint, this guy Reggie Bush was still on the board for Houston -- while Ned Macey brings you the rest of the news including a similarity scores table for Jimmy Smith which was supposed to go in PFP 2006. We spent a lot of time on it so it has to go somewhere.
147 comments, Last at 13 Oct 2006, 6:30pm by Gerry