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.
08 Feb 2005, 01:20pm by Aaron Schatz
Gregg Easterbrook has his review of the Super Bowl. Put simply: "Super Bowl XXXIX was a clinic on the difference between a team that has a smart game plan (New England) and one that merely does whatever it did last week (Philadelphia). It was a clinic on the difference between a team that reacts to what the opponent is doing (New England) and a team that does not react (Philadelphia)."
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08 Feb 2005, 12:03pm by Aaron Schatz
Aaron empties out his Super Bowl notebook with comments on strategy, blitz pickup, and bubble gum. Plus, a bonus transcript of his Monday chat at ESPN.com. Two columns for the price of one.
07 Feb 2005, 02:45pm by Aaron Schatz
Two bits from me at ESPN.com Page 2 as we close out the season. First, a list of ten random Super Bowl stat tidbits. You'll recognize some of these from the FO Super Bowl Preview, but they're updated to reflect what happened in the game. Also, the final Snap Judgment of the season asks what we can learn about the future of quarterbacking from this year's Super Bowl, and includes my thoughts on the most incredible play that Terrell Owens made yesterday.
07 Feb 2005, 02:36pm by Aaron Schatz
Peter King says if not, at least the Patriots are the best team of the salary cap era. Also addressed: Why the heck did San Diego waive Rodney Harrison anyway? Is there some kind of anti-Dallas conspiracy in the Hall of Fame voting? And is there something wrong with the SI.com Web folks? The URL on this is "mmqp" instead of "mmqb."
05 Feb 2005, 02:54pm by Aaron Schatz
Well, good news from Canton, as the NFL announced this year's Hall of Fame class. Besides Dan Marino and Steve Young, they elected both senior committee nominees. We would like to think that maybe one Hall of Fame voter occasionally reads our site or The New Republic and was persuaded by Michael David Smith's articles on Fritz Pollard. It's nice to see Benny Friedman, the NFL's first great quarterback, elected as well. Now, guys, how about letting those three quarterbacks have some offensive linemen next year?
04 Feb 2005, 12:25pm by Aaron Schatz
Carl Bialik of the Wall Street Journal discusses the statistical revolution in the NFL and makes clear what I've been saying for two years now. Football stats are the opposite of baseball stats -- the teams are far, far ahead of the journalists and fans when it comes to intricate analysis. After reading some of the numbers Carl quotes about missed tackles and "poor-throw percentages," I went outside and smashed up my car with a baseball bat to try to work out my frustration. FO could be so much better if we had access to information like this.
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04 Feb 2005, 01:43am by Aaron Schatz
The New England Patriots have shut down the unstoppable Colts and walked all over the impenetrable Steelers. Now the Philadelphia Eagles will attempt to stand astride their march towards history, yelling "Stop." With help from Michael David Smithâ€™s tape analysis, added notes from resident Eagles fan Mike Tanier, injury analysis from Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus, and our Football Outsiders statistics, Aaron previews Super Bowl XXXIX.
03 Feb 2005, 11:06am by Aaron Schatz
Doug Drinen is overflowing with neat ideas like a science fair volcano filled with baking soda. Drinen, for those who do not know the name, has done a lot of fantasy-oriented stat analysis and was one of the inspirations behind the creation of Football Outsiders. All week long he's posting football articles at the baseball blog Sabermonics, including the secrets behind the squares contest and a look at whether Super Bowl experience helps you win the Super Bowl (not really).
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02 Feb 2005, 11:48pm by Aaron Schatz
One of my favorite Super Bowl traditions, the Dr. Z "arrow points one way or the other" positional breakdown. Dr. Z does a very good job this year of going past just the starting eleven on each side, although on defense he's stuck trying to line a 3-4 up against a 4-3. I can't really quibble with his picks, with one exception, but you all know my feelings on the Vinatieri vs. Akers issue regarding kickoffs.