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.
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)."
1 comment, Last at 25 Sep 2006, 6:08pm by Richie
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.