28 Dec 2004, 01:57pm by Aaron Schatz
In Christmas craziness we missed this article by Dr. Z on the growth of defensive linemen across the league. Dr. Z is not a big fan of large linemen, feeling that they lose effectiveness late in games and late in the season. Interestingly, one of the linemen that he criticizes is Grady Jackson of Green Bay, a favorite of Football Outsiders. Green Bay's run defense has declined a bit over the past couple games, although I'm not sure this is because Jackson himself is weaker.
27 Dec 2004, 02:52pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's the latest Snap Judgment column at ESPN Page 2, featuring the Football Outsiders QB ratings. This week's ratings flip things around to look at the best and worst receivers. The main column asks if San Diego looks better or worse after their overtime loss to Indianapolis, and which AFC wild card team could actually make some noise. Plus, look who made it into the "Quick Hits" portion of the column!
26 Dec 2004, 03:01pm by Aaron Schatz
Defensive end Reggie White passed away this morning, only 43 years old, of an apparent heart attack. He did not even live to see his induction into the Hall of Fame, which will surely come next year.
24 Dec 2004, 12:34pm by Aaron Schatz
Disappointing lawyers from Denver to Buffalo, the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday ordered that the NFL must indeed allow six NFC teams in the playoffs. So if we're going to be stuck with these teams, we might as well figure out which ones are going to sneak in. Aaron tries to figure out which team will wake up tomorrow morning to find a shiny new NFC North division title in its stocking, and also previews Sunday games involving the four NFC South squads.
22 Dec 2004, 02:01pm by Aaron Schatz
The latest analysis from our friend William Krasker on strategic decisions of the last three weeks. What was Dallas thinking by going for two in the first half of its Week 13 game against Seattle? Why should Minnesota have never even been in a situation where they needed a botched extra point to avoid overtime against Detroit? And what's the deal with Jeff Fisher and onside kicks?
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21 Dec 2004, 03:14pm by Aaron Schatz
Here are the Football Outsiders team efficiency ratings after Week 15, along with Aaron's usual commentary for the math-o-phobic. One 12-1 team gets upset, two others almost lose, and the shake-up puts Philadelphia back in the top spot -- but with an asterisk. The best team in a T.O.-less league? Hold on to your seats, Manning bashers, here come the Colts. Also, who is the favorite in the NFC with Owens on the sidelines -- and which AFC team could they possibly upset in the big game?
21 Dec 2004, 02:24pm by Aaron Schatz
Our friend Gregg Easterbrook has more on the mediocrity of the NFC, his all-released All-Pro team, and his usual look at sweet plays, sour plays, good blocks, and chickening out. He also thinks the Patriots are a little distracted right now. Oh Notre Dame, why do you hurt us?
20 Dec 2004, 04:50pm by Aaron Schatz
I'm setting new records for mean e-mail with today's Snap Judgment QB ratings at ESPN.com, thanks to a look at quarterbacks whose rookie years were similar to Eli Manning. Let's get the angry e-mails out of the way now. Yes, I know there are a number of reasons why Manning has struggled this season that have nothing to do with him personally. Yes, he had a very good game on Saturday and his numbers could look very different in two weeks. But the list of similar rookies is, shall we say, unpleasant, even after taking Saturday into account.
20 Dec 2004, 02:26pm by Aaron Schatz
This week Peter King sings the praises of Eli Manning, criticizes Jake Delhomme for his play-faking ability, calls out Shaun Alexander for being a wuss (!), and tells an odd story about a woman at a bar with some really strange ideas about the NFL.
20 Dec 2004, 02:09pm by Aaron Schatz
Here is the transcript of Friday's online chat at BaseballProspectus.com, with discussion of the future of the Lions and Seahawks as well as how the Colts will fare in the playoffs. Unfortunately -- I wish I could go back to change this -- I incorrectly remembered the peak ages of players by accident. It should be 28 for RB, 30 for WR, and 32 for QB, not two years younger for each.
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