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.
Just in case Sunday night did not make it clear, defense rules the NFL in 2016. The best teams in overall DVOA all combine top-five defenses with below-average offenses. The Eagles now lead the league in both defense and special teams and are back to No. 1 overall.