03 Feb 2006, 01:54am by Aaron Schatz
The Seahawks have the league's most balanced offensive attack. The Steelers have demolished three top offenses in three straight games with a swarming, tenacious defense. Which of these standout units can overcome the other to win Super Bowl XL? Actually, the answer is probably "neither." The biggest variable in this game is Pittsburgh's turnaround converting third downs vs. the Seattle secondary. Our DVOA-packed preview of Super Bowl XL is available on FOXSports.com, along with Mike Tanier's Super Bowl XL Rundown and Michael David Smith's look at key matchups. This thread is for discussion of all three.
208 comments, Last at 08 Feb 2006, 12:11pm by JMM
02 Feb 2006, 12:53pm by Aaron Schatz
A preview of my Super Bowl preview, audio style. Before we started I said I was going to keep this shorter and it ended up going a half hour anyway. I just like to talk football, I guess. There are a lot more pregnant pauses in this interview compared to the first one, probably an indication that I really need a nap that lasts, I dunno, two weeks or so.
6 comments, Last at 03 Feb 2006, 11:08am by admin
01 Feb 2006, 03:48pm by Aaron Schatz
Joey Porter is angry. Angry, angry, angry. Why so angry? Because Seattle tight end Jerramy Stevens has the unmitigated gall to actually believe that his team will win this game. How dare he! Seattle should be going into this game with the belief that they will lose; anything else is disrespectful to the Steelers. Then again, if Joey Porter is saying that the Seahawks have no right to say that they will win, isn't he disrespecting the Seahawks? They won more games, right?
34 comments, Last at 04 Feb 2006, 5:03pm by MRH
31 Jan 2006, 01:30am by Aaron Schatz
How do you stop the Seahawks and the Steelers? Why not ask a couple guys who had to face those offenses themselves? I had a chance to interview both San Francisco safety Tony Parrish and San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman, and ask them about facing Seattle and Pittsburgh this year (and in the case of Parrish, in the last few years). I think this is the first FO interview of active players.
17 comments, Last at 03 Feb 2006, 6:35am by Vince
27 Jan 2006, 11:01am by Aaron Schatz
Larry Johnson, obvious number one overall pick in 2006 fantasy drafts ... or is he?
16 comments, Last at 06 Feb 2006, 9:13pm by The originator
26 Jan 2006, 05:46pm by Aaron Schatz
When I jokingly decided to name my fantasy football projection system after Denver offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, I figured I had safely chosen a fairly obscure name. Nobody knew who this guy was except for Denver fans and the hardcore fans who can name all 64 coordinators. Little did I know that less than a year later, Gary Kubiak would be head coach of the Houston Texans. If the Kansas City Royals tomorrow named Bill Pecota as their manager, wouldn't this be strange for the Baseball Prospectus guys? Exactly.
62 comments, Last at 29 Jan 2006, 11:47pm by SJM
26 Jan 2006, 02:40pm by Aaron Schatz
Always a favorite. Dr. Z gives four stars this year to five crews: Ron Pitts and Tim Ryan, Kenny Albert and Brian Baldinger, Ian Eagle and Solomon Wilcots, Kevin Harlan and Randy Cross (sort of Dr. Z's "most improved" award) and Al Michaels and John Madden -- important games only. Dr.
51 comments, Last at 27 Jan 2006, 6:31pm by LnGrrrR
25 Jan 2006, 01:51pm by Aaron Schatz
From The Onion A.V. Club, but not a joke! NFL Network is replaying all of these on Sunday, and I look forward to matriculating the ball down the field.
17 comments, Last at 27 Jan 2006, 12:37am by Matt
24 Jan 2006, 04:15pm by Aaron Schatz
Somebody finally figures out how to defend against Steve Smith, Denver's defensive line turns back into pumpkins, and CBS declines to show us hot Denver cheerleaders. All this and more covered in the latest TMQ. I can't believe I didn't think to compare the Smith defense to basketball's box-and-one, it's a great comparison. I did, however, send Gregg an e-mail to complain about his use of the simplistic NFL rankings for pass defense. Denver does not have a bad pass defense, or, at least, did not before Sunday.
47 comments, Last at 26 Jan 2006, 11:32am by Smeghead
24 Jan 2006, 02:05pm by Aaron Schatz
See, when Ron Borges writes about something unrelated to Bill Belichick, he's not so bad. The subject here is Seattle's unfamiliarity with the 3-4 defense. I agree that this will be an important issue for Seattle to work on over the next two weeks, and the best NFC teams do seem to struggle against 3-4 defenses from the AFC. (I did a little bit on this last year with Philadelphia, and hope to do some numbers research over the next week.) But we should point out that Seattle actually played four games against 3-4 defenses this season, not just one.
36 comments, Last at 26 Jan 2006, 12:49am by Costanza