20 Dec 2005, 01:16am by Aaron Schatz
According to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, Denver has improved itself in the red zone by spreading the ball around to different receivers instead of just Rod Smith and Patrick Hape. Oh, I miss Patrick Hape. The NFL ranks the Denver offense sixth in red-zone efficiency. DVOA ranks Denver 11th -- but they were horrible in the red zone during the first three weeks. (Mentioning this was one of the reasons that the Denver fans were so angry at me.) DVOA ranks Denver fifth in the red zone during Weeks 4-15.
4 comments, Last at 20 Dec 2005, 12:08pm by JonL
19 Dec 2005, 06:09pm by Aaron Schatz
Every year, offensive numbers go down in the second half except, for some odd reason, in Week 15. That means lots of big performances to discuss in Quick Reads, plus one horrible, terrible performance by a quarterback who won the game anyway. Also this week: No more glory for Ryan Fitzpatrick, Peyton Manning has his first negative DPAR game in two years, and Quick Reads demands an appearance by Rusher McFumbles. We must have Rusher McFumbles on Monday Night Football! Let's start a petition.
49 comments, Last at 27 Dec 2005, 3:34am by Sid
19 Dec 2005, 09:44am by Aaron Schatz
"Brady again proves he's amazing in win over Bucs," says Peter King. I thought the pressure Brady was getting on the offensive line was very impressive. Alex Smith in particular could not block Brady. New England is up to number two in Peter King's "Fine Fifteen." By the way, that loss to Kansas City apparently never happened.
99 comments, Last at 21 Dec 2005, 10:11pm by Sid
17 Dec 2005, 09:10pm by Aaron Schatz
New York Times readers, let me introduce THE SYSTEM. That, of course, is the infamous rule that Southern/dome teams struggle when playing in a colder climate after October 31. But wait, you say, THE SYSTEM hasn't worked very well this year. I've got three words for you: abnormally warm autumn. So instead, we checked out records by kickoff temperature rather than date. Since 2000, dome teams are 15-41 when the kickoff temperature is 50 degrees or below -- and 2-13 when the temperature is freezing or below.
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22 comments, Last at 19 Dec 2005, 9:10pm by Richie
15 Dec 2005, 02:44am by Aaron Schatz
OK, this is just absurd. An NAACP leader in Philadelphia is basically criticizing Donovan McNabb for not being black enough. Apparently, by not scrambling as much, he "belittles the real struggles of black athletes." I wasn't aware that a sports hernia is an injury for white people. J. Whyatt Mondesire also blames McNabb for not giving his bonus money to Terrell Owens to keep T.O. in town. I have four words for Mondesire: NO SOUP FOR YOU. See also original article:
137 comments, Last at 03 Jan 2006, 11:39am by PatsFan
15 Dec 2005, 12:11am by Aaron Schatz
Some people might want to create a conspiracy theory, that Brooks is being benched because of negative comments he made about the owner in an interview. Those people clearly didn't watch Brooks play against Atlanta. This is the end of his career in New Orleans, and likely the end of his career as a starter. He would make a good backup, perhaps for his cousin. (That would allow the Falcons to trade Schaub for a nice draft pick or two.) Brooks finishes the year with 281 yards rushing forward and 1,547 yards rushing backward. Well, that's an estimate, I admit.
50 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2005, 1:00pm by Thorne
14 Dec 2005, 11:42am by Aaron Schatz
Jason Whitlock of the Kansas City Star blames Sunday's loss on Larry Johnson. What, you say? Johnson, the guy with the three touchdowns? Yes, because Johnson neglected to block Cowboys linebacker Scott Fujita on a play at the end of the first half, leading to a fumble in the red zone which was returned for enough yardage to give the Cowboys a shot at their own touchdown before halftime. So quick, choose option A or B:
A: It's nice to see a columnist paying attention to that neglected part of a running back's job, blocking
51 comments, Last at 15 Nov 2008, 2:28pm by top99
13 Dec 2005, 09:10pm by Aaron Schatz
The ratings get shuffled after a week of upsets and near-upsets, as the Raiders plunge, the Vikings rise, and the Seahawks move back into the top five. Lots of good stuff in the infamous commentary for the math-o-phobic found here on FOXSports.com including a list of the best and worst games of the year according to DVOA.
181 comments, Last at 19 Dec 2005, 3:01pm by DGL
12 Dec 2005, 08:09pm by Aaron Schatz
This week in Quick Reads, Peyton Manning ascends to his rightful place atop the quarterback rankings, Miami beats San Diego without a running game, and Kyle Brady tries to single-handedly lose to Indianapolis. Plus, Alex Smith compared to the first four starts of other quarterbacks drafted number one overall.
49 comments, Last at 14 Dec 2005, 8:11pm by TomC
10 Dec 2005, 01:02pm by Aaron Schatz
Comments are disabled on this, because I don't want to get into a political discussion, but I thought this was interesting. Did people know that Heath Shuler is running for Congress in North Carolina? Not only is he running, but he's leading the incumbent in fundraising. It's also interesting that he's running as a Democrat -- most ex-athletes in politics are Republicans.