22 Nov 2005, 03:03pm by Aaron Schatz
Often a play where TMQ complains that the offensive lineman are standing around doing nothing is really just a blown line call. That being said, if Carolina had five guys standing around doing nothing, that's one hell of a blown line call, isn't it? Plus, TMQ one-ups my Mike Vrabel comment by noting that Vrabel is pictured catching a touchdown pass on the cover of the 2005 NFL Record and Fact Book.
40 comments, Last at 24 Nov 2005, 6:23am by Elton
22 Nov 2005, 01:10pm by P. Ryan Wilson
David Halberstam has an interesting piece in today's Washington Post on the life of Steve Belichick, who died of a heart attack Saturday night at the age of 86. (free registration required)
3 comments, Last at 22 Nov 2005, 5:11pm by B
21 Nov 2005, 02:50pm by Michael David Smith
Peter King loves Chad Johnson and says he's great for the NFL. Turns out that Chad coordinated the marriage proposal with the head of the cheerleaders before the game. That's the kind of insight you don't get anywhere else.
On the Fine Fifteen, doesn't Peter have New England way too high? Would anyone pick the Patriots to beat the Seahawks right now?
59 comments, Last at 23 Nov 2005, 7:11am by Joon
21 Nov 2005, 02:46pm by Michael David Smith
Donovan McNabb will have season-ending surgery. As his season ends, so, effectively, does the Eagles'. Can anyone remember a team that has had a more disappointing season? I don't remember anyone picking any team other than Philadelphia to win the NFC East, and now, I think it's safe to say, they're completely out of the running.
25 comments, Last at 23 Nov 2005, 3:50am by Travis
21 Nov 2005, 09:47am by P. Ryan Wilson
This Washington Post article on Redskins fans' increasingly boorish behavior at home games could just as easily have been written about any other team in the league. Well, except for Arizona. There's a pretty good chance you can get a whole section to yourself at a Cardinals game without fear of getting beer dumped on you or having to avoid a few wayward punches from belligerent fans.
36 comments, Last at 23 Nov 2005, 1:15am by kleph
21 Nov 2005, 09:36am by P. Ryan Wilson
Using the recent last-play victories by the Chiefs and Bucs as a backdrop, David Leonhardt makes the case that "N.F.L. teams have better luck in short-yardage situations when they run the ball." Still, Leonhardt concludes that, "Gruden and Vermeil aside, there is not much evidence that coaches are figuring this out. They have called a pass when they need only a yard roughly as often this season as in past years," even though "70 percent of running plays in those situations have picked up the first down, [while] only 56 percent of passes have." Thanks to Rich C. for the pointer.
8 comments, Last at 23 Nov 2005, 1:49am by Josh
21 Nov 2005, 01:46am by Aaron Schatz
How much is Shaun Alexander's success due to having Walter Jones and Steve Hutchinson on the left side of the line? Doug Farrar of SEAHAWKS.NET went to check and discovered that in 2005, Alexander is actually running better to the right side. As I pointed out to him when he showed me this article, however, my belief that the left side of the Seattle line is hugely important makes some sense given that Seattle was better running left in both 2003 and 2004.
9 comments, Last at 21 Nov 2005, 3:44pm by Liam
20 Nov 2005, 11:08pm by Al Bogdan
The Lions are going after the bonus money they gave Michael David Smith's favorite receiver, Charles Rogers. Detroit is trying to get Rogers to give back the entire $10.184 million signing bonus the Lions gave him in 2003 because of his four game suspension for substance abuse. As ProFootballTalk.com points out, NFL player contracts these days have a clause included that allows teams to recover signing bonuses if a player has a "default," which can occur if a player is suspended.
9 comments, Last at 22 Nov 2005, 6:39pm by buddha
19 Nov 2005, 04:01pm by Aaron Schatz
Reader Stan Brown points out this interview with Bill Polian of the Colts. You have to scroll all the way down to get to the question about teams faking injuries on the field in order to slow down the no-huddle offense, but Polian has some interesting comments.
87 comments, Last at 23 Nov 2005, 1:13pm by DD Ohio
19 Nov 2005, 02:05pm by Aaron Schatz
Sorry, Simmons fans, forgot to stick this up yesterday. This is Bill's take on which teams are playoff pretenders and contenders. Tampa Bay officially now has swagger. His take is pretty close to mine, except that I would not list Jacksonville as "the good bad team." I'd list them as "the complete confusing team." And I would list Seattle as one of the favorites. Bill is right -- when the Red Sox and White Sox have won the last two World Series, maybe we shouldn't be obsessing over Seattle's playoff history.
34 comments, Last at 21 Nov 2005, 3:10pm by Tony
Take the under: this week will see multiple teams with good defenses square off against one another in games including Michigan-Northwestern and Florida-Missouri.