28 Oct 2005, 04:11pm by Aaron Schatz
Many requests for a weekly link to Bill Simmons' NFL picks, so who are we to deny our readership (it helps that Bill likes us again). The main thrust of this week's article suggests that we may have an all-Manning Super Bowl this year, and that Eli Manning has that intangible "winner" quality that his brother lacks. I believe Mike Tanier would refer to this as "swagger." Anyway, the most surprising part of Bill's essay, given his past essays, is the fact that he is even considering the possibility of the Colts going to the Super Bowl.
45 comments, Last at 31 Oct 2005, 6:55pm by zlionsfan
28 Oct 2005, 01:11pm by Aaron Schatz
I dunno, to me this sounds like a parent who hires an expensive tutor for her son and then is thrilled when he gets a "D" instead of an "F."
5 comments, Last at 30 Oct 2005, 1:04am by Bruce Dickinson
27 Oct 2005, 05:20pm by Aaron Schatz
Over at PROTRADE's Insight section, Gabriel Desjardins takes a look at the question that we've been wanting to answer here for some time: does blitzing work? (PROTRADE has Stats Inc. data I don't have, in case you are wondering why we've never answered this question.) The answers seem pretty obvious: blitzing on first down leads to more sacks and interceptions and fewer rushing yards, but more first downs and more passing yards, in particular yards after catch.
16 comments, Last at 30 Oct 2005, 1:31pm by Ryan Mc
26 Oct 2005, 10:31pm by Aaron Schatz
I got this e-mail from Benjy: "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." Any similarity to the work of Michael David Smith is purely intentional.
8 comments, Last at 27 Oct 2005, 7:52pm by Jerry
26 Oct 2005, 09:55am by Aaron Schatz
Once again, Pete Carroll is rumored to be returning to the NFL. John Czarnecki's suggestion -- Pete Carroll as coach of the Saints in preparation for a move to Los Angeles in 2007 -- makes some sense. But this doesn't: "Some NFL owner might pay him more than $6 million a season and make him the sport's highest-paid head coach." That sound you just heard is laughter from Hartford to the tip of northern Maine. Apparently "some NFL owner" is not aware that you can't recruit your way to the top in the NFL by stacking your roster with highly sought-after players.
33 comments, Last at 28 Oct 2005, 10:57am by Paul
25 Oct 2005, 05:26pm by Aaron Schatz
If the Steelers beat the Bengals so easily, why are they still behind the Bengals in DVOA? Blame Tommy Maddox. Also this week: Colts move to the top, Washington and Kansas City climb, Atlanta wins and falls anyway, San Francisco continues its record DVOA pace, and we ask the musical question, "Are we not men?" All that in the infamous commentary for the math-o-phobic, now found on FOXSports.com.
173 comments, Last at 01 Nov 2005, 1:55pm by james
25 Oct 2005, 03:51pm by Aaron Schatz
This week Gregg takes on licensed clothing, the sportsmanship paradox, the terrible Buffalo offensive line, and naked Canadians. If you thought TMQ would criticize the Broncos for blitzing on the final New York Giants drive of the game, you win!
68 comments, Last at 28 Oct 2005, 12:36pm by Carl
24 Oct 2005, 05:43pm by Aaron Schatz
Nothing helps a struggling quarterback like a game against the Green Bay secondary. Unless it's a game against the Minnesota secondary. Also in this week's Quick Reads: Tooth decay is bad, apologies for our Donald Driver projection, and I channel Britt Daniel.
59 comments, Last at 26 Oct 2005, 3:40pm by Ryan Carney
24 Oct 2005, 12:15pm by Aaron Schatz
Jerome Bettis in the Hall of Fame? Peter King says yes. The remarkable thing about Bettis' career is that he was burnt out with too much usage and yet came back with big seasons not once but twice -- first in 2001, then again in 2004. There's a lot of work ethic and intelligence involved in that kind of longevity. Peter's also got his "Fine Fifteen." Like our DVOA ratings, Peter refuses to give up on San Diego.
73 comments, Last at 26 Oct 2005, 5:44pm by Michael David Smith
21 Oct 2005, 10:16pm by Aaron Schatz
Does DVOA consider injuries? If DVOA is supposed to adjust for schedule strength, why is a team with a hard schedule being penalized? Did Terrell Davis have the best rushing season in the history of advanced FO stats? It's all-DVOA, all the time, and almost all-Denver all the time in this mailbag that addresses the current power rankings and finally answers some of those questions readers had about 1998 and 1999. (Don't worry, we've got a little Jets and Cowboys action in here too.)
48 comments, Last at 24 Oct 2005, 11:45pm by James