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.
06 Mar 2005, 10:36pm by Aaron Schatz
Um, if you were a long-suffering franchise trying to build with youth, would you sign an over-the-hill veteran quarterback to a one-year contract to be your starter? Unless Arizona is going to draft a quarterback to learn under Warner, this seems like a colossal running-in-place move. At least the offensive line there does an okay job of pass protection.
04 Mar 2005, 04:50pm by Aaron Schatz
Dr. Z looks at teams that dominated the NFL for long periods throughout its history. What caused each of these teams to fall from its perch atop the NFL, and what lesson does that hold for the Patriots? It won't shock you that aging players are the leading destroyer of dynasties, but one aging player in particular: the quarterback. The 50s Lions fell apart when Bobby Layne got old, the 60s Packers when Bart Starr got old, the 70s Steelers when Terry Bradshaw got old, the 90s Cowboys when Troy Aikman got old. The 49ers avoided this problem thanks to Steve Young.
1 comment, Last at 22 Jul 2005, 8:40am by Nick
25 Feb 2005, 07:08pm by Aaron Schatz
I'm determined not to toss every player cut or trade rumor into Extra Points, but I think that these two are big enough to get a separate thread. The Patriots cut Ty Law today, possibly the league's best cornerback prior to this season's foot injury. The Panthers cut Muhsin Muhammad, who of course had just an insanely good year in 2004 but was owed a bonus consisting of $10 million plus John Fox's first-born grandchild and his own Carribean island. Oh, salary cap, is no one spared your merciless wrath?
15 Feb 2005, 04:04pm by Aaron Schatz
The Football Outsiders readership speaks. Your views on everything from MVP to Coach of the Year, the most underrated and overrated players in the NFL, the best and worst announcing teams, and special awards like Keep Choppin' Wood and Most Annoying Commercial of 2004.
1 comment, Last at 14 Aug 2005, 12:05am by Roman
15 Feb 2005, 02:17pm by Aaron Schatz
Our man Gregg Easterbrook finishes up the season with his annual bad predictions review. This might seem a bit unfair, since in the topsy-turvy world of the NFL everyone is going to make a few bad predictions. Heck, I predicted that Tennessee and Tampa Bay would go to the playoffs. On the other hand, you have to give Gregg credit for naming himself as the first runner-up for the Bad Predictions Award. And the winner is... Michael Felger of the Boston Herald, who predicted that the Texans would make the playoffs and the Eagles would disappoint.