30 Dec 2005, 11:23am by Aaron Schatz
Len Pasquarelli is reporting that the NFL and Saints owner Tom Benson have reached a deal to have the Saints return to Louisiana full-time next year, playing in Baton Rouge until the Superdome is fully repaired sometime around early November. This is ludicrous. I'm sorry for sounding like a jerk, but then again I'm not sure why this country has decided that anyone who is honest about the situation in New Orleans is a jerk. I hate to even hint at politics on this site, but we've all decided that we're not going to have a realistic conversation about what's going on down there.
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30 Dec 2005, 03:23am by Aaron Schatz
I apologize to Don Banks for the harsh words I'm about to lay down, but this article is an example of why I started Football Outsiders. The idea behind it is a lot of fun -- had we known then what we know now, how would the 2005 draft had played out? But Banks' choices and comments are filled with every bad kind of football analysis, ignorant of economics and worshipping flash over substance.
39 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2005, 3:48am by Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Person
29 Dec 2005, 02:12pm by Aaron Schatz
Texas is apparently having problems finding someone who can play Reggie Bush for their scout team. College football blog Every Day Should Be Saturday has some suggestions. All I can say is, "Shimmy shimmy ya." (Hat tip: Deadspin)
6 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2005, 7:26am by Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Person
27 Dec 2005, 06:22pm by Aaron Schatz
Here are the latest DVOA ratings through Week 16, with Seattle, Pittsburgh, Washington, and Kansas City all getting hot just in time for the playoffs. Too bad the Chiefs won't actually be there. Commentary for the math-o-phobic on FOXSports.com here. Wed noon: Incorrect values on original tables are now fixed.
265 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2005, 5:20pm by putnamp
26 Dec 2005, 08:46pm by Aaron Schatz
This week's Quick Reads features a look at DPAR's best running back seasons, many of which are going on now. Maybe Michael David Smith is right about Larry Johnson being an All-Pro. Also, for those of you who didn't tune in to the scintillating Vikings-Ravens tilt on Christmas night (what ever were you thinking?), you'll be shocked at the week's top quarterback. Loser Leagues wept the world over.
31 comments, Last at 28 Dec 2005, 12:16pm by B
24 Dec 2005, 12:49am by Aaron Schatz
Today, instead of his usual press conference, Bill Belichick took all the reporters into a meeting room and showed archival footage of the Great Lakes Naval Station team of the early 40s, commenting on differences between historical football and today's NFL. Then he showed film from a 1941 game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions, featuring a part-time running back and punt returner named Steve Belichick. Raise your hand if you wish you had been a Pats beat reporter today. Yep, me too. This is pretty damn cool.
23 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2005, 5:48pm by PatsFan
22 Dec 2005, 03:04pm by Aaron Schatz
One of the most interesting off-season storylines will be Miami's search for a quarterback. Will they stay with Gus Frerotte, or get a veteran who can lead an otherwise strong team deep in the playoffs, or find a youngster? We've suggested Brett Favre, but Favre continues to say he would not play for a team other than Green Bay. David Neal of the Miami Herald suggests Steve McNair, he of the $50 million March 2 bonus.
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20 Dec 2005, 07:42pm by Aaron Schatz
The Colts stay on top, the Giants move past the Seahawks, the Patriots move up six spots, which won't do anything to appease the Brady-lovin' masses, and the Raiders are inexplicably high, guaranteeing that my e-mail box is totally screwed. Plus a huge discussion of home-field advantage and what happens to great defenses the year afterwards in the commentary for the math-o-phobic, found here on FOXSports.com.
313 comments, Last at 25 Dec 2005, 1:51pm by admin
20 Dec 2005, 01:16am by Aaron Schatz
According to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, Denver has improved itself in the red zone by spreading the ball around to different receivers instead of just Rod Smith and Patrick Hape. Oh, I miss Patrick Hape. The NFL ranks the Denver offense sixth in red-zone efficiency. DVOA ranks Denver 11th -- but they were horrible in the red zone during the first three weeks. (Mentioning this was one of the reasons that the Denver fans were so angry at me.) DVOA ranks Denver fifth in the red zone during Weeks 4-15.
4 comments, Last at 20 Dec 2005, 12:08pm by JonL
19 Dec 2005, 06:09pm by Aaron Schatz
Every year, offensive numbers go down in the second half except, for some odd reason, in Week 15. That means lots of big performances to discuss in Quick Reads, plus one horrible, terrible performance by a quarterback who won the game anyway. Also this week: No more glory for Ryan Fitzpatrick, Peyton Manning has his first negative DPAR game in two years, and Quick Reads demands an appearance by Rusher McFumbles. We must have Rusher McFumbles on Monday Night Football! Let's start a petition.
49 comments, Last at 27 Dec 2005, 3:34am by Sid