24 Oct 2005, 12:15pm by Aaron Schatz
Jerome Bettis in the Hall of Fame? Peter King says yes. The remarkable thing about Bettis' career is that he was burnt out with too much usage and yet came back with big seasons not once but twice -- first in 2001, then again in 2004. There's a lot of work ethic and intelligence involved in that kind of longevity. Peter's also got his "Fine Fifteen." Like our DVOA ratings, Peter refuses to give up on San Diego.
73 comments, Last at 26 Oct 2005, 5:44pm by Michael David Smith
21 Oct 2005, 10:16pm by Aaron Schatz
Does DVOA consider injuries? If DVOA is supposed to adjust for schedule strength, why is a team with a hard schedule being penalized? Did Terrell Davis have the best rushing season in the history of advanced FO stats? It's all-DVOA, all the time, and almost all-Denver all the time in this mailbag that addresses the current power rankings and finally answers some of those questions readers had about 1998 and 1999. (Don't worry, we've got a little Jets and Cowboys action in here too.)
48 comments, Last at 24 Oct 2005, 11:45pm by James
21 Oct 2005, 02:10pm by Aaron Schatz
FO ranks the Eagles special teams from 2000-2005: 6, 1, 4, 3, 3, 32. Which number does not belong? It's not just about Akers being injured and then absent -- the entire Philadelphia special teams has imploded with the exception of punter Dirk Johnson. The shuffling of players better work, because here comes Darren Sproles.
17 comments, Last at 24 Oct 2005, 4:40pm by Pat
20 Oct 2005, 01:44pm by Aaron Schatz
Because of Hurricane Wilma, the Kansas City at Miami game has been moved to 7pm on Friday night. TV details still being worked out, but I assume the game will be on CBS in those two cities and unavailable elsewhere. I seem to remember complaints that Sunday Ticket did not show last year's two hurricane-affected Miami games.
32 comments, Last at 23 Oct 2005, 11:53am by Zac
19 Oct 2005, 11:18am by Aaron Schatz
While the Saints seem to be getting their act together on the field, they're still a mess in the front office. The controversy should heat up now that the Saints fired Executive Vice President of Administration Arnold Fielkow, who was the leading voice in favor of keeping the Saints in Louisiana. Is a permanent move to San Antonio inevitable?
27 comments, Last at 21 Oct 2005, 11:30am by Dave
18 Oct 2005, 06:20pm by Aaron Schatz
Hey kids, the trade deadline means everyone deal your backup quarterback! This is an excellent deal for Tampa Bay. Remember, Rattay was in the top ten of DVOA for quarterbacks last year until the injuries came, and the Bucs of 2005 are in a much better situation than the 49ers of 2004. Also today, the Chargers dealt Chet Lemon to the Dolphins for A.J. Feeley. Wait, you say Chet Lemon was a baseball player? Hmmm.
35 comments, Last at 19 Oct 2005, 8:28pm by Mr Shush
18 Oct 2005, 04:25pm by Aaron Schatz
Here are the Football Outsiders team efficiency ratings through six weeks. New England and Philadelphia move down. Jacksonville, Dallas, and Miami move up. Miami? That's explained as part of the famous commentary for the math-o-phobic available at FOXSports.com. Also, the latest info on that hot series from DC Comics, Infinite Crisis: The 2005 Minnesota Vikings.
210 comments, Last at 17 Dec 2005, 9:43pm by Bonnie Smith
18 Oct 2005, 11:21am by Aaron Schatz
Josh Levin of Slate argues that Matt Leinart will be a failure as an NFL quarterback. "Leinart looks more like Jason White or Danny Wuerffelâ€”a gutsy Heisman winner who doesn't have the physical ability to succeed when the guys on defense get bigger and faster." I respectfully disagree. Personally, I'll take pocket presence, decision-making skills, and the ability to thread a perfect fade pass on fourth-and-8 to save an undefeated season over a stronger arm and shifty scrambling.
57 comments, Last at 19 Oct 2005, 2:10pm by Pat
17 Oct 2005, 03:30pm by Aaron Schatz
This week in Quick Reads, I've changed the format in response to some of your requests. I'm now once again listing every quarterback, plus the top five RBs and WRs. This week's ratings are topped by a couple of Bengals, while Tommy Maddox's rating will probably surprise you.
43 comments, Last at 19 Oct 2005, 5:11pm by B
15 Oct 2005, 06:52pm by Aaron Schatz
As we all know, Batman is a master strategist who can defeat any challenge. Therefore, IGN Comics has a regular feature asking readers to explain how Batman would defeat a series of opponents: the sun, the IRS, menopause, Jessica Alba's no-nudity clause, and so forth. Anyway, how would the ultimate loner superhero defeat the ultimate ego-free football team? Check out the surreal diagram from reader number three.
30 comments, Last at 17 Oct 2005, 8:53pm by Björn