25 Feb 2007, 02:02am by Aaron Schatz
What kind of bad sign is floating over this franchise? Damien Nash, the third-string running back in Denver, passed away at the age of 24 after collapsing during a charity basketball game in St. Louis -- a charity basketball game for a heart transplant charity named after his brother Derris, himself a recent transplant recipient. Awful news.
13 comments, Last at 27 Feb 2007, 10:46am by Wanker79
25 Feb 2007, 01:00am by Aaron Schatz
In wrapping up Day Three of the Scouting Combine from the Media Room, Aaron discusses how the trend toward two-back rotations is affecting draft scouting, the change from offense to defense this year in potential position switch players, another Miami tight end, pre-teen gymnasts, and the sartorial splendor of Adam Schefter.
8 comments, Last at 28 Feb 2007, 1:39pm by ackpfft
24 Feb 2007, 11:35am by Aaron Schatz
Here's a catch-all thread for discussion of this week's posts on the Football Outsiders FOX blog. This week: Why the Norv Turner hiring makes less sense than the Wade Phillips hiring, why 2006 was even worse for rookie wide receivers than usual, and Mike Tanier reports from the combine but not from the combine. (Truly, a must read.)
6 comments, Last at 25 Feb 2007, 1:47pm by the K
24 Feb 2007, 07:49am by Aaron Schatz
Aaron Schatz takes on Day Two of the combine with his very own five (plus one!) observations from the Media Room. Among them: Why JaMarcus Russell is ubiquitous, a new outbreak of Pac-Man Fever, and the pronunciation that Bill Polian "ought" to learn.
11 comments, Last at 26 Feb 2007, 2:52pm by Snidely
23 Feb 2007, 01:10am by Aaron Schatz
Corey Dillon tells Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe that he will ask the Patriots to release him and then retire. (Well, probably... he does say he is "going to leave the window open, but it's very slim.") Dillon says that he's retiring for much the same reason as Tiki Barber: his body has taken a pounding, and he wants to be able to walk around comfortably in 10 years. He doesn't quite go out on top like Barber does, but we're spared an agonizing 3.2 yards per carry season with the 2009 Detroit Lions or some such thing.
74 comments, Last at 28 Feb 2007, 1:50pm by steelberger1
21 Feb 2007, 01:13pm by Aaron Schatz
One of the advantages of running your own NFL website is that you get to bring attention to your favorite players and nobody can stop you. So I hope you will all indulge me as I point out this article about linebacker Zak DeOssie, the first Brown University player ever invited to the NFL combine (and probably the first one ever drafted before the seventh round). Like Bobby Carpenter, he has Parcells family genes -- and since scouts think he fits best as a 3-4 OLB, don't be surprised to see him drafted by the Patriots, Browns, or Jets.
18 comments, Last at 22 Feb 2007, 4:11pm by Tim
20 Feb 2007, 04:14pm by Aaron Schatz
For the fourth straight year, FO readers have made their choices in the Football Outsiders Awards. The second half of the awards features the best and worst commercials, writers, and television personalities, with an expanded look at what the readers think of the NFL's top broadcast teams.
87 comments, Last at 04 Mar 2007, 2:19am by Great Scott!
19 Feb 2007, 10:16pm by Aaron Schatz
No surprise here. Of all the free agents in Indianapolis, you pretty much knew Freeney was the one least likely to leave the team. His salary now goes from $6.2 million to $8.6 million, which doesn't seem like a huge increase -- except that the Colts are only about $5 million under the cap for next year and have some other free agents to deal with. Not that they mind. Dominic Rhodes and Cato June are a lot easier to replace than Dwight Freeney.
65 comments, Last at 22 Feb 2007, 4:40pm by Sid
19 Feb 2007, 07:17pm by Aaron Schatz
This doesn't really belong in Extra Points, but I wasn't quite sure where else to stick it. The code to do adjusted line yards for years with fewer than 32 teams was fixed a while ago, but I didn't have time to actually run those seasons until today. As a result, for those interested, 2000 and 2001 line stats are finally on the site. Link goes to the absurdly strong 2000 defensive lines.
14 comments, Last at 22 Feb 2007, 2:15am by Indy Todd
19 Feb 2007, 05:16pm by Aaron Schatz
Hey, remember those new NCAA rules that Russell Levine wrote lots of mean things about? Where after a change of possession, the clock re-started when the ball was set, not when the offense took its first snap -- which allowed teams to run out the clock without running any plays? Turns out that might be a one-year aberration.
15 comments, Last at 20 Feb 2007, 5:24pm by Sundown