30 Sep 2004
In my latest piece for The New Republic, I discuss how Byron Leftwich is dispelling a racial myth by playing mediocre football. He's the first African-American quarterback to follow in the footsteps of Tom Brady and Trent Dilfer as a "game manager" -- well-regarded for intelligence and leadership instead of flashy plays and dazzling stats.
For those following at home, that's three pieces I've written outside of Football Outsiders this week, which means I can now officially write "sportswriter" on my 1040. (Please do not let this discourage you from donating to the site; it isn't like these articles pay a thousand bucks a piece. Plus, it is good to give some money to the other guys writing for FO.)
After three NFL seasons of kicking off from the 35-yard line, what has been the impact on touchbacks, returns, field position, scoring and injuries? Also, is this rule responsible for a record number of big comebacks?