03 Sep 2010, 07:14pm by Vince Verhei
Well, this is annoying. A study by the University of San Diego says that icing the kicker, the NFL's most irritating strategy, is actually pretty effective. They found that non-iced kickers converted their field goals 80.4 percent of the time, while iced kickers were successful on just 66.4 percent of kicks. The study will appear in the September issue of the journal The Sport Psychologist.
Now we're going to have to see this in every close game this season. Dammit.
37 comments, Last at 01 Oct 2012, 1:49pm by Pennlion
03 Sep 2010, 03:13pm by Vince Verhei
Neil Paine at the Pro-Football-Reference.com blog has put together a formula estimating passing and rushing YAR for every quarterback in every game dating back to 1970, and has posted the top 100 here. Results are adjusted for era, but not opponent, although that likely wouldn't change anything at the top of the list -- the best game is so ridiculously off the charts that the No. 2 game is closer to No. 100 than it is to No. 1.
41 comments, Last at 07 Sep 2010, 11:05am by Eddo
08 Aug 2010, 01:46pm by Vince Verhei
Like all the rookies in Denver Broncos training camp, Tim Tebow got his hair did by his veteran teammates. In Tebow's case, they shaved just the dome of his head, leaving a ring of thick hair and a full beard, leaving Tebow looking like the burliest Friar Tuck of all time. Pictures and video in the link.
10 comments, Last at 09 Aug 2010, 5:59pm by Theo
06 Aug 2010, 09:08pm by Vince Verhei
"It was a tough thing for me. I kicked two calls in the fourth quarter and I impacted the game and as an official you never want to do that. It left me with a lot of sleepless nights and I think about it constantly. I'll go to my grave wishing that we'd been better. I know that I did my best at that time, but it wasn't good enough. When we make mistakes, you got to step up and own them. It's something that all officials have to deal with, but unfortunately when you have to deal with it in the Super Bowl it's difficult."
64 comments, Last at 30 Oct 2011, 5:45pm by Fastd03
10 May 2010, 02:54pm by Vince Verhei
Even after the draft, the Bills need offensive tackles to keep their quarterbacks off the turf, the Dolphins must replace Gibril Wilson, and the Jets and Patriots seek help in the pass rush.
32 comments, Last at 12 May 2010, 12:37pm by Dean
30 Apr 2010, 06:06pm by Vince Verhei
After the Cowboys selected Dez Bryant in the first round of the draft, wide receivers Patrick Crayton and Sam Hurd have asked the team to trade them, and Crayton has announced that he's skipping all voluntary offseason workouts.
29 comments, Last at 03 May 2010, 5:51am by Arson55
24 Apr 2010, 05:53am by Vince Verhei
Bills owner Ralph Wilson insists his team had no intention of drafting Tim Tebow or trading for him, and says that the Broncos "panicked" when they traded three picks to move up to select the former Gators quarterback.
He also hopes that his new running back C.J. Spiller will give fans something to cheer for, conceding that "We've been dull for 10 years ... no excitement. We've got to create some excitement."
14 comments, Last at 26 Apr 2010, 10:45am by Charger Jeff
24 Apr 2010, 05:47am by Vince Verhei
Former USC safety Taylor Mays is blaming his old coach for his slide to the 49th pick in the draft. He claims that USC's defensive scheme didn't allow him to make enough plays, but that's a little bogus -- Carroll's job at USC was to win games first and prepare players for the draft second. More damning is that Mays claims he asked Carroll all year what he needed to work on for the draft, and Carroll just assured him that he would be fine. Maybe Carroll still hasn't learned the difference between a great college player and a great pro.
19 comments, Last at 26 Apr 2010, 2:35am by Xeynon
16 Apr 2010, 10:58am by Vince Verhei
Today's feature in ESPN's draft-related "Samsung Next Level" series comes from our own Vince Verhei, who looks at which move does more to improve a team's running game: drafting a back high, or drafting a tackle high? While FO generally believes that good left tackles are harder to find than good backs, the backs actually do more for your running game -- because, of course, you are generally drafting a tackle that high because of his pass protection abilities. Thanks to the Samsung sponsorship, this article is free, not Insider.
23 comments, Last at 20 Apr 2010, 1:01am by tuluse
13 Apr 2010, 10:04pm by Vince Verhei
This week's ESPN Insider column looks at Playmaker Score, the method for analyzing top wide receiver prospects that we introduced in Football Outsiders Almanac 2009. Dez Bryant has far and away this year's top score, with Dezmon Briscoe as our sleeper to watch and Arrelious Benn as the most likely bust.
2 comments, Last at 14 Apr 2010, 3:53am by bubqr