19 Jan 2007, 05:31pm by Aaron Schatz
Pretty big draft news here. Jeff Samardzija has told the Chicago Cubs that he will pitch full-time rather than enter the NFL draft as a wide receiver. I e-mailed Kevin Goldstein, the prospect guru over at BP, and he sent me the official Cubs press release. Samardzija has signed a five-year major league contract with two club option years. Samardzija has first-round talent in both sports, and only fell to the fifth-round of the baseball draft because of worries he would go to the NFL.
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19 Jan 2007, 01:53pm by Aaron Schatz
Once upon a time, Chicago dominated the NFC. But the quarterback imploded and injuries weakened the defense. Can the Bears use home-field advantage to recover their mojo and stop the Cinderella story of America's Team, the New Orleans Saints?
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18 Jan 2007, 12:09pm by Aaron Schatz
When I wrote the DVOA commentary, I only went back to 1997 looking for bad defenses that turned it around in the playoffs. Doug Drinen went back a little further, finding five teams that gave up an above-average number of points during the regular season and won two playoff games with good defense: 1978 Oilers, 1979 Oilers, 1988 Bengals, 1989 Rams, and 1991 Bills. Those teams have something else in common, too.
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18 Jan 2007, 11:05am by Aaron Schatz
Find out how often each defender will be guarding each potential receiver in the AFC Championship Game. (Click link to read more.)
18 Jan 2007, 12:04am by Aaron Schatz
Well, this may be one reason why our Matt Hasselbeck projection was so completely off. Hasselbeck was not only playing the second half of the season with two broken fingers on his left hand; he also had a torn labrum in his left shoulder, which now needs surgery. That will keep him out six months, enough time for Seneca Wallace to get lots of reps in camp and then sit down for the start of another regular season.
18 comments, Last at 22 Jan 2007, 3:51am by Vince
17 Jan 2007, 11:11am by Aaron Schatz
A breakdown of which defensive players will be guarding which receivers in the NFC Championship game.
16 Jan 2007, 04:04pm by Aaron Schatz
Here are weighted DVOA ratings through the postseason. The Colts' defensive turnaround moves them up -- but how unprecedented is it? And just how superior a performance did the Chargers screw up? Commentary now up on FOXSports.com.
421 comments, Last at 25 Jan 2007, 9:02pm by Pat
15 Jan 2007, 11:02pm by Aaron Schatz
This week: Praise for Deuce McAllister, and lots of quarterbacks play horribly on third down.
54 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2007, 10:26am by stan
15 Jan 2007, 05:53pm by Aaron Schatz
Pretty cool here. The NFL owns the rights to all broadcasts of the Super Bowl, no matter which network does the broadcast. They're finally going to show these broadcasts in their entirety, rather than limited to 30-minute highlight films. For the most part they chose good, close games. You've already missed Super Bowl XL, but here's the remaining schedule. Be aware that most of these are getting broadcast a second time in late night, so check the TV listings.
Super Bowl XXXII, DEN-GB, today, 4pm EST
Super Bowl XXII, WAS-DEN, tonight, 9pm EST
Super Bowl XXXVI, STL-NE, Jan. 18, 8pm EST
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15 Jan 2007, 11:32am by Aaron Schatz
Offense wins games, but defense wins championships. If that's the case, then the Saints and Colts are in trouble. (Click link to read more.)