10 Nov 2004, 12:02pm by Michael David Smith
Why didn't the Browns double-team Ray Lewis on Sunday night? Because they know he's gone from the best defensive player in the league to just another solid player on the league's best defense. We discuss the man who now plays second fiddle to Ed Reed in this week's installment of Every Play Counts.
03 Nov 2004, 01:58pm by Michael David Smith
Whose name will Paul Tagliabue call first when he steps to the podium in April? We make our guess this week as Every Play Counts switches from the pros to the college gridiron to look at the player who might represent the future of the Miami Dolphins.
02 Nov 2004, 04:07pm by Michael David Smith
Devastating news for Jags fans: Byron Leftwich could be out for the season with a serious knee injury.
Wednesday update: Recent reports suggest he might not miss any time at all. This is the Jags' bye week, and Leftwich might be able to play the following week against the Lions. Will his linemen have to carry him down the field?
26 Oct 2004, 03:15pm by Michael David Smith
Why didn't Michael Strahan register any sacks on Sunday? What was the Lions' strategy for containing Strahan? And where does Strahan rank among the all-time greatest defensive ends? These questions are answered in the latest installment of Every Play Counts.
22 Oct 2004, 02:34pm by Michael David Smith
Even though a major screwup by the federal government has resulted in a shortage of flu vaccinations that could result in the deaths of thousands of high-risk people, about half of the players on the Chicago Bears decided to get flu shots. Bears fans are no doubt hoping that Jonathan Quinn was among the players who decided to pass up the shots.
22 Oct 2004, 11:57am by Michael David Smith
The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced 89 people on the preliminary ballot. I'm curious to hear everyone's votes, but my strongest opinion is that it's long past time for Fritz Pollard to get the recognition he deserves. My other yes votes would probably go to Steve Young, Dan Marino, Michael Irvin, and Joe Jacoby. And I could make a case for Paul Tagliabue, who has done a good job keeping labor peace and acted as a strong leader after 9/11. I consider Art Monk, Derrick Thomas, and Charles Haley to be near misses. Any arguments?
21 Oct 2004, 12:54pm by Michael David Smith
It's open season for everyone who wants to pile on the Dolphins. Dave Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel shows us how, in one way or another, the Dolphins' futility has helped every other team in the league.
20 Oct 2004, 06:15pm by Michael David Smith
The famous Hogs were the anchor of Joe Gibbs' championship teams in Washington, and Gibbs has brought offensive line coach Joe Bugel back to the NFL with him. Michael David Smith looks at every play in this week's Washington-Chicago game and says that, for one week at least, the current Redskins line lived up swine standards.
15 Oct 2004, 04:49pm by Michael David Smith
Just for fun, check out the Australian point of view on what happens when NFL teams sign Aussies as their punters. If you were a Geelong Cats fan, you'd be upset that forward Ben Graham is thinking of heading to the States. It's worth a look if for no other reason than paragraphs like this:
13 Oct 2004, 12:49pm by Michael David Smith
Each week in Every Play Counts, Michael David Smith takes a look at one particular aspect of a team throughout a single game. But now that he's seen every team at least once, he's noticed a lot of little things that don't make it into Every Play Counts -- or any other column on the Web, for that matter. Little issues like player quickness, or which wide receivers can block, that don't get covered in the highlights but have an impact on wins and losses. So this week, Every Play Counts becomes Every Team Counts, a notebook of all the little things that have occurred in the first few weeks.
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