19 Oct 2006, 10:18am by P. Ryan Wilson
More defenses are blitzing this season and offenses are using more two-tight-end sets and shotgun formations in response. This USA Today article gives several reasons for defenses stepping up the pressure in 2006: poor early play and chemistry issues along the offensive line, and nearly half the league's teams have new offensive coordinators. Ron Jaworski is also quoted and, as usual, offers some good insights.
16 comments, Last at 19 Oct 2006, 9:40pm by Pat
19 Oct 2006, 09:57am by P. Ryan Wilson
While I've thoroughly enjoyed watching the Saints this season, I've wondered -- more than once -- exactly how this team made such a turnaround. Obviously, adding Drew Brees and Reggie Bush help, and the emergence of rookie wide receiver Marques Colston was a nice little surprise, but teams often struggle with a new coaching staff. Especially following a three-win season that includes a hurricane demolishing the city. Whatever the reason, it's a great early-season story ...
36 comments, Last at 22 Oct 2006, 6:20am by Daniel
18 Oct 2006, 01:29pm by Mike Tanier
Come on down. Place your bets on where Jim Fassel will be working next year. (Click link to read more.)
18 Oct 2006, 01:26pm by Aaron Schatz
Credit where credit is due ... this article from Cold Hard Football Facts is really cool. The staff decided to try to pick an all-time NFL team, but with a catch. They could only pick 11 players, who had to play offense and defense. The resulting article is far more historical than what you'll usually find over there, although they toss a couple of interesting recent players in there as well. Good grist for the debate mill here, and you'll learn something about the old NFL.
105 comments, Last at 21 Oct 2006, 1:43pm by Sam B
18 Oct 2006, 01:25pm by Aaron Schatz
Just how bad was Rex Grossman’s performance Monday night? Did someone say “worst game ever?” (Click link to read more.)
18 Oct 2006, 10:52am by Aaron Schatz
Earlier this week in Quick Reads, I wrote about how Tiki Barber has staved off father time, with more value than any other running back in the league this year despite being 31 years old. Well, Tiki Barber himself seems to understand how this age thing works, and he's now saying this is probably his final season.
62 comments, Last at 20 Oct 2006, 1:17am by black
17 Oct 2006, 10:19pm by Doug Farrar
On the same day that the NFL handed down Koren Robinson’s one-year substance abuse suspension, Detroit defensive tackle Shaun Rogers and Atlanta guard Matt Lehr were both hit with four-game suspensions for violations of the league's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.
30 comments, Last at 19 Oct 2006, 9:30pm by Pat
17 Oct 2006, 09:25pm by Aaron Schatz
There are plenty of people who can be blamed for the Cardinals incredible collapse against the Bears. Aaron Schatz explains why Edgerrin James should not be left off the hook. (Click link to read.)
17 Oct 2006, 06:31pm by Michael David Smith
Now here's an example of a trade that helps both teams. The Colts have Super Bowl aspirations but a porous run defense. The Bucs have rebuilding mode written all over them. So the Colts send a draft pick to the Bucs in exchange for defensive tackle Anthony McFarland. I think McFarland will step in and make an immediate impact, and the Colts run essentially the same defense that the Bucs run, so there won't be a steep learning curve. I like this trade for both teams a lot.
33 comments, Last at 18 Oct 2006, 3:31pm by Bobman
17 Oct 2006, 03:03pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Anybody want to guess what Gregg Easterbrook talks about this week? And in case you haven't gotten your fill of Cardinals-related bewilderment, Salon's King Kaufman let's Denny Green have it for ... well, being Denny Green: "Hey, I have an idea. Let's send Edgerrin James up the middle into an unblocked Brian Urlacher for no gain. Ten times." (Yes, you'll have to watch an ad to read the column, but it's worth it.)
51 comments, Last at 18 Oct 2006, 11:15pm by JMM
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