13 Aug 2004, 04:47am by Aaron Schatz
Last year, the Pittsburgh Steelers started the year 2-6 as midnight struck and turned Tommy Maddox's comeback back into a pumpkin. And yet, our team ratings ranked the Steelers at #16 at the season's midpoint, and still ranked them at #16 after the season ended. Why do so many people think the Steelers crashed and burned, when in reality they were an average team? A lesson in the distortive power of strength of schedule, and why Maddox wasn't the main reason the Steelers went 6-10. Plus, important information for those who purchased, or plan on purchasing, our book Brassey's Pro Football Forecast.
12 Aug 2004, 09:58am by Aaron Schatz
Saying that the San Francisco 49ers are going to look different this year is a bit like saying that Tom Cruise looked different by the end of Vanilla Sky. Has a team ever turned over so many skill positions in one offseason? Actually, the answer is yes, but never in quite the same way. Aaron and Russell look back into the NFL's past to see if we can discern the 49ers' future.
11 Aug 2004, 01:18pm by Michael David Smith
One way to analyze how much talent each team added in the offseason is to see how many games were started last season by their projected starters for this season. The resulting numbers provide more support for that trendy Jacksonville pick along with hope for a Tampa rebound and a Washington playoff run. Michael David Smith has commentary.
11 Aug 2004, 04:52am by Jason Beattie
With the season only weeks away it's time to start putting together your fantasy cheatsheets. Who will be this year's top pick: Emmitt Smith, Eddie George, Kyle Boller, or the legendary Neil Rackers? What, those people aren't on the top of your draft list? Obviously, you aren't playing our special brand of fantasy football that will have you rooting for missed extra points and goal line carries by some running back you don't own.
10 Aug 2004, 01:04pm by admin
Once again in 2004, we're providing the "unofficial official" discussion thread of Tuesday Morning Quarterback each week. Today brings the first new TMQ of the season, which you can find here.
09 Aug 2004, 12:08pm by Russell Levine
Football: It's Not Just for Sundays Anymore. With the help of that handy magic 8-ball, our resident college football expert asks some important questions about the top 12 teams in the country. Like, did Patriots fans ever expect to read about Pete Carroll building a dynasty, except maybe in his kids' Pop Warner league?
09 Aug 2004, 09:51am by Guest
There have been a lot of rumors about Quincy Carter's release by the Dallas Cowboys. How many drug tests did he fail? What was the substance involved? How much did Parcells know about Carter's drug history when he was planning to start Carter this season? Shawn Rassmussen outlines what we know about the Carter situation.
05 Aug 2004, 11:26am by Aaron Schatz
Tennessee defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is well-known for using statistical analysis to improve his game plans. He started reading our website after the playoffs and has shared his ideas with us. Now he answers some questions for our readers, discussing how he takes analysis similar to ours and uses it to improve his team on the field. He also talks about his relationship with position coaches, what to expect from his defense this year, and an honest scouting report on the offenses of the NFC South (since he doesn't have to play them for another three years).
05 Aug 2004, 10:29am by Al & Aaron
Al and Aaron (sitting in for a busy Ian) debate the 2004 over-under lines and predict which teams are headed up and down this season. Why is New Orleans the least interesting team of 2004? Just how much can Aaron write about the Arizona Cardinals? What does Al have in common with the Minnesota front office? What is Aaron's beef with SportsCenter? Is Chicago? Is Not Chicago? Scramble for the Ball is in the room.
02 Aug 2004, 01:47pm by Michael David Smith
It's the holy grail of football research: How do you separate the ability of a running back from the ability of his blockers? Michael David Smith has a simple first step, comparing the great running backs of the past to their backups. Find out the answers to such questions as "What is the best offensive line to have no members in Canton?" and "Who the heck is Barry Redden?" (No, he's not "the other Tick" -- that was Barry Hubris.)