22 Sep 2009, 12:11am by Vince Verhei
The Packers were supposed to be the hot turnaround team of 2009. The Bengals were supposed to be, well, the Bengals. Too bad nobody told Antwan Odom or the surprisingly effective Bengals offensive line. (And yes, like any of our ESPN material that doesn't say otherwise, this is now Insider only.)
15 Sep 2009, 02:41pm by Vince Verhei
Vince Verhei explains how the 49ers limited Larry Fitzgerald, why Arizona's defense may lead to better days ahead, and what Tim Hightower's future in the desert might be.
10 comments, Last at 18 Sep 2009, 7:56am by bubqr
31 Aug 2009, 02:57pm by Vince Verhei
If Todd Haley wants a job done right, he'll do it himself. So he removed Chan Gailey of his duties as offensive coordinator and we'll run things himself. The Chiefs have scored only two offensive touchdowns this preseason. Haley has been particularly critical of his team's pass protection and commitment to running. It remains unclear whether or not Gailey will remain with the team in some capacity.
30 comments, Last at 05 Sep 2009, 12:27am by MC2
27 Aug 2009, 04:30pm by Vince Verhei
Jason Lisk over at the pro-football-reference.com blog has put together a neat little study of quarterback "personality" profiles, measuring the STYLE of each passer (as opposed to quality) and sorting them into groups. Tom Brady shows up in the same group as Len Dawson, Danny White, Dave Krieg, and Josh McCown -- they're all better at collecting completions or touchdowns than yards, they have a lot of touchdowns AND interceptions, and they're more likely to take a sack than throw a pick.
34 comments, Last at 01 Sep 2009, 1:55am by DeltaWhiskey
26 Aug 2009, 12:10pm by Vince Verhei
Bit of a late slip on this one, but Andy Benoit of NFLTouchdown.com has a story on the importance of generating a pass rush without blitzing, with a sprinkling of data from ourselves on which teams were most and least likely to rush four.
5 comments, Last at 27 Aug 2009, 10:09pm by Dan
23 Aug 2009, 03:17pm by Vince Verhei
Our optimistic forecast for the Seahawks was based in part on a return to health for the offensive line. Then guard Mike Wahle retired after failing to recover from offseason shoulder surgery. Then tackle Walter Jones underwent another round of arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Though the surgery was deemed successful, Jones will likely miss the first two weeks of the regular season.
14 comments, Last at 25 Aug 2009, 12:40pm by Independent George
19 Aug 2009, 01:57pm by Vince Verhei
"I really have no interest in what Brett Favre does. He kind of lost me a few years ago by retiring and un-retiring and here and there."
"I asked a few friends here, maybe 10 or 12 people we were out with last night. I said, 'What do you think about Brett Favre going back to the Vikings?' You know who cared? Nobody."
"I think he has been a great flamboyant quarterback, but he has made more stupid plays than any great quarterback that I've ever seen. Look at his final game in a Packers uniform. He blew that game [NFC championship] against the Giants."
12 comments, Last at 20 Aug 2009, 10:17pm by Will Allen
17 Aug 2009, 01:43pm by Vince Verhei
Here is the second set of FO team capsules for ESPN INSIDER, looking at three important players for each team in 2009.
1 comment, Last at 24 Aug 2009, 4:05pm by natemarcum
13 Aug 2009, 08:42pm by Vince Verhei
... the Philadelphia Eagles. Broken by Chris Mortensen during the Steelers-Cardinals game on ESPN. Ironically, the last Vick story that Mort reported was that Vick would not be indicted for dog fighting. We'll see if this story is more accurate.
141 comments, Last at 18 Aug 2009, 10:13pm by Loomis
07 Aug 2009, 01:44pm by Vince Verhei
We thought you should know.
13 comments, Last at 08 Aug 2009, 11:22pm by Bobman