13 Apr 2005, 02:47pm by Aaron Schatz
Here you go, the 2005 schedule has officially been announced. I mentioned when this was first posted that the league had set things up so the Steelers would need to beat the Patriots in order to match their regular season record of 18 straight victories. It turns out this is slightly wrong. New England travels to Pittsburgh in Week 3, which would represent Pittsburgh's 17th straight regular season win, one short of the record. Then the Steelers get a bye and, assuming they are 3-0, would try to tie the record in San Diego on Monday Night Football.
11 Apr 2005, 04:40pm by Aaron Schatz
Time to take a look at the draft needs of the AFC East. The Patriots and Jets have specific needs, the Bills could use general depth, and the Dolphins could use an extra ten or twenty draft picks. Aaron also goes over recent draft history, looks at receivers similar to David Terrell, and plays that game that's sweeping the nation, or at least the New York Metropolitan Area: Guaranteed RB Decline Trivia.
11 Apr 2005, 10:53am by Aaron Schatz
I think Mike Reiss of the Metrowest Daily News may have competition for the title of "local NFL writer most deserving of national exposure." While most local beat guys are rehashing the same ideas over and over, Paul Kuharsky of The Tennessean always seems to come up with an angle that isn't really new, just woefully under-covered. Today the issue is college running backs transitioning to the NFL and the difficulty they have with far more complex blitz pickup schemes in the pros.
01 Apr 2005, 11:06pm by Aaron Schatz
Not an April Fools' Joke. Now we'll really see if the Denver line can make anyone into a great running back. In other running back news, Antowain Smith is going to New Orleans to back up Deuce McAllister, and Najeh Davenport re-signed with Green Bay, a good piece of news for them.
30 Mar 2005, 12:45am by Aaron Schatz
Well, Denver wins the award as the team that managed to actually trade a running back despite the current glut of available running backs. We'll get to see if Reuben Droughns is a creation of the Denver line or not. Meanwhile, the Broncos seem to have decided that the best way to upgrade their team is to re-create the 2004 Cleveland Browns defensive line. Which was, let's all admit, hugely successful.
28 Mar 2005, 11:24am by Aaron Schatz
Nick Saban's challenge in Miami is the lead on MMQB this week, although the notes are less about the Dolphins and more about Saban himself. I think the most important thing about Saban in Miami is that he's going to tear the whole thing up and start over, which means that fans should not expect an immediate turnaround. In other news, King compares Matt Jones to Mike Mamula, Ty Law needs a diet, SI.com puts this column on around 37 different pages, and apparently our very own Michael David Smith now works at a coffeehouse in Maui. (Read last item.)
21 Mar 2005, 01:58pm by Aaron Schatz
Peter King in Hawaii for the owner's meetings, where not much is going on. But he does have some comments from Tony Dungy about how Indy will finally beat the Patriots this year. ("Don't do anything different" seems to be the answer.) Also, why does nobody want Najeh Davenport, why does everybody want David Pollack, and the Thursday night opening game will likely be Pittsburgh at New England. (Which, um, it turns out is not the case. The opening game is Oakland at New England.)
15 Mar 2005, 12:32am by Aaron Schatz
Jeff Merron drops the weekly list over at ESPN Page 2, this week featuring the worst NFL free agent signings of all time. Scott Mitchell is #1 of course, but where is Peerless Price? Jeff! Peerless Price! Not even on the honorable mentions!
08 Mar 2005, 05:08pm by Aaron Schatz
The home of the Super Bowl champions is the final division to get the Four Downs treatment. Aaron Schatz revisits the Coles-Moss trade from a DVOA perspective, gives his thoughts on the Troy Brown release, and wonders why Miami has six good starting defensive linemen and no good starting offensive linemen. Plus, did Jonas Jennings make Willis McGahee, or vice versa?
07 Mar 2005, 01:12pm by Aaron Schatz
Here are Peter King's thoughts on free agency so far. He's very big on the moves made by the Cowboys, although for someone who just wrote a column about Drew Bledsoe being over the hill, he sure does engage in a lot of Bledsoe hyperbole. ("The last time he played for Parcells he was the kind of bombs-away, productive player who put up enough numbers to merit a trip to Honolulu." Peter, that was nine years ago.) I can't argue with him about the other Dallas moves though.