26 Jan 2005, 12:00pm by Aaron Schatz
A short article this week from our buddy William Krasker, but he talks about the play that everyone was talking about. Yes, Bill Cowher should have gone for the touchdown. Also, a look at Philadelphia's "grab the wind" timeout.
25 Jan 2005, 02:16pm by Aaron Schatz
Fire up the muskets, as the Boston Tea Party takes on the Liberty Bell in this year's Super Bowl. This week, says TMQ, Pittsburgh and Atlanta learned that the safe strategy isn't usually so safe. Plus advice for the Colts and the usual TMQ michigoss.
24 Jan 2005, 02:52pm by Aaron Schatz
The Snap Judgment crew, including yours truly, dissects the conference championships. What went wrong with Vick and Roethlisberger, and can anything confuse Tom Brady in the playoffs? Hidden in this column are my initial thoughts on the Super Bowl based on our Football Outsiders statistics, and a unique explanation for Big Ben's troubles from one of this site's (former) writers. I'm trying to name drop everyone from the FO staff before the season ends.
24 Jan 2005, 11:00am by Aaron Schatz
In today's MMQB, Peter King revisits the game between the Eagles and Patriots in 2003 and looks forward to the Super Bowl. Not too much new there, but that's nothing against King. With no surprise team, there's not much to talk about this year, and we've got two weeks to talk about not much. Two weeks of "Are the Patriots a Dynasty?" and "Will T.O. Play?" and its little cousin, "Will Seymour Play?"
23 Jan 2005, 11:07am by Aaron Schatz
Aaron needs money to buy a nice birthday present for his wife, Part II: Establishing the run, revisited. This is for the Boston Globe Ideas section, not the Sports section, so don't be surprised if it is a little basic.
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23 Jan 2005, 01:06am by Aaron Schatz
Aaron needs money to buy a nice birthday present for his wife, part I: Introducing the Pythagorean theorem for football to the world in the New York Times. (free registration required)
23 Jan 2005, 12:38am by Aaron Schatz
This is just getting stupid. Has there ever been an NFL player to tell a reporter, "You know, I really appreciate all the support... Honestly, you all respect us so much. You couldn't respect us any more. It's too much respect, really. Can you please respect us less?" The NFL is like a big respect black hole, in which all respect is sucked into a negative zone and therefore everyone feels disrespected.
21 Jan 2005, 05:34pm by Aaron Schatz
Very simple: The two best, most balanced teams in football this year, and only one gets to go to the Super Bowl. With help from Michael David Smith's tape analysis, added notes from resident Steelers fan Ryan Wilson, and our Football Outsiders statistics, Aaron previews the AFC conference championship.
21 Jan 2005, 01:26pm by Aaron Schatz
Philadelphia dominated the NFC all season. Last week they showed that they can still score points without Terrell Owens in the lineup. Now the only eight feet stand between the Eagles and a long-awaited trip to the Super Bowl: the two feet of Michael Vick, the two feet of Warrick Dunn, the two feet of T.J. Duckett, and the two feet of snow that might be falling on Philadelphia Saturday night. With help from Michael David Smithâ€™s tape analysis and our Football Outsiders statistics, Aaron previews the NFC conference championship.
19 Jan 2005, 03:01am by Aaron Schatz
Our buddy William Krasker is back with more of his analysis of strategy decisions by coaches in the first two rounds of the playoffs. There's an interesting note here from Bill Belichick on the whole concept of "winning the time of possession battle." William also looks at Indianapolis punting in the third quarter from the New England 49-yard line and their odd clock management to end the first half. Plus, how much did that weird kneeling play affect New York's chances of beating Pittsburgh?