15 Sep 2004
I admit that I often make disparaging remarks about former players turned television commentators because a lot of the time they don't know what they're talking about (see Sean Salisbury or Chris Collinsworth). Of course guys like Ron Jaworski and Merrill Hoge go a long way in assuaging my concerns, and now I'm adding Troy Aikman to the list. First he petitioned the rules committee to start keeping better game statistics, and today he has a column evaluating the Portis-Bailey trade, the success of Jeff Garcia and Terrell Owens, and what the NFL would be like if Steve Spurrier never took the Redskins job (Stephen Davis would probably still be in Washington-- which would have been bad for Carolina). It's good to see Aikman has made the smooth transition from player to analyst. Hopefully somewhere in suburban Maryland Deion is taking notes.
Short-yardage passing had a good year, except at the end of the Super Bowl. We look at the return of quarterback runs, the rise in pass-happy strategy, and 2014 success rates for offense and defense.