18 Oct 2005, 11:21am by Aaron Schatz
Josh Levin of Slate argues that Matt Leinart will be a failure as an NFL quarterback. "Leinart looks more like Jason White or Danny Wuerffelâ€”a gutsy Heisman winner who doesn't have the physical ability to succeed when the guys on defense get bigger and faster." I respectfully disagree. Personally, I'll take pocket presence, decision-making skills, and the ability to thread a perfect fade pass on fourth-and-8 to save an undefeated season over a stronger arm and shifty scrambling.
57 comments, Last at 19 Oct 2005, 2:10pm by Pat
17 Oct 2005, 03:30pm by Aaron Schatz
This week in Quick Reads, I've changed the format in response to some of your requests. I'm now once again listing every quarterback, plus the top five RBs and WRs. This week's ratings are topped by a couple of Bengals, while Tommy Maddox's rating will probably surprise you.
43 comments, Last at 19 Oct 2005, 5:11pm by B
15 Oct 2005, 06:52pm by Aaron Schatz
As we all know, Batman is a master strategist who can defeat any challenge. Therefore, IGN Comics has a regular feature asking readers to explain how Batman would defeat a series of opponents: the sun, the IRS, menopause, Jessica Alba's no-nudity clause, and so forth. Anyway, how would the ultimate loner superhero defeat the ultimate ego-free football team? Check out the surreal diagram from reader number three.
30 comments, Last at 17 Oct 2005, 8:53pm by Björn
14 Oct 2005, 03:36pm by Aaron Schatz
By now you know the name Ben Alamar: he helped with some of the statistical formulas in PFP 2005 and is involved in PROTRADE. He's also the editor of a new scholarly journal from Berkeley Electronic Press, the Journal of Quantatative Analysis in Sports.
15 comments, Last at 16 Oct 2005, 2:48pm by Zac
14 Oct 2005, 02:18am by Aaron Schatz
Everything, actually. Saints weblog "Marchin' In" (written by a FO reader) takes a look at the 52-3 loss to Green Bay and why the conventional wisdom about blame (100% Aaron Brooks, 0% Everyone Else) is a little off.
14 comments, Last at 16 Oct 2005, 6:10pm by Vince
11 Oct 2005, 06:20pm by Aaron Schatz
Dallas and Seattle move up, Philadelphia and Denver drop, and Cincinnati narrowly remains number one despite a loss. Here are the latest DVOA ratings, with ... Wait a minute, did you say Denver dropped? Didn't they win their fourth straight game? What the hell? All is explained in my infamous commentary for the math-o-phobic featured on FOXSports.com.
86 comments, Last at 21 Oct 2005, 12:59am by "Andrew"
11 Oct 2005, 03:50pm by Aaron Schatz
Some folks might remember an article by Kevin Pelton that we ran a few weeks ago, looking at wide receiver drops in terms of drops per pass instead of just total drops. Now, Ben Alamar takes things one step further over at the PROTRADE site, using STATS Inc. data to adjust "drop rate" to remove balls that the quarterback underthrows or overthrows. He also adjusts based on the length of each receiver's routes. The new lists aren't much different than the ones Kevin ran, but there are a few new interesting players.
34 comments, Last at 13 Oct 2005, 10:08am by tracey
11 Oct 2005, 02:49pm by Aaron Schatz
Another week of TMQ, as Gregg Easterbrook predicts that all games will end 20-17. He also looks in on Mike Nugent (4-for-7, but still better than Doug Brien), addresses the "tuck rule" cancelled safety in the Washington-Denver game, and lambasts the Rams for punting from the Seattle 35-yard line instead of trying a 53-yard field goal. You know, in a dome, with Jeff Wilkins, who has made eight of his last nine attempts over 50 yards. Yep, he's right on that one.
60 comments, Last at 14 Oct 2005, 5:34pm by Sid
10 Oct 2005, 06:06pm by Aaron Schatz
Back on FOXSports.com with the latest edition of Quick Reads, featuring the best and worst individual performances of the week. The highlight of this week's column is the worst quarterback performance in the history of FO's advanced metrics.
18 comments, Last at 11 Oct 2005, 2:39pm by Drew
10 Oct 2005, 11:40am by Aaron Schatz
Does anyone remember the last time that an NFL team took advantage of the "free kick FG attempt after fair catch of a punt" rule? By the way, the free kick also seemed to have confused Mike Patrick, because at the end of the first half of the Bengals-Jaguars game he said that the Bengals were trying one when they were actually just punting the ball on fourth down.
45 comments, Last at 07 Jan 2007, 1:52am by Rocco