07 Jan 2006, 03:19pm by Michael David Smith
This was the right call in my book. I thought there were three great coaching jobs this year, all by defense-oriented head coaches: Lovie Smith, Tony Dungy and Marvin Lewis. What gives Smith the edge, I think, is that Dungy and Lewis have two of the best quarterbacks in the league, whereas Smith got his team a first-round bye with Kyle Orton. (The one decision for which Smith deserves criticism is sticking with Orton after Grossman had been cleared to play by the medical staff.)
Bill Belichick was a distant third with two votes, and Mike Holmgren, Tom Coughlin and Lewis got one apiece.
27 comments, Last at 11 Jan 2006, 7:46am by Akuzed
06 Jan 2006, 08:28pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Well, after "accidentally" stomping on Elvis Dumervil during the Gator Bowl, and several off-field incidents, New Mexico is done at Virginia Tech. (free registration/bugmenot required)
52 comments, Last at 10 Jan 2006, 2:56am by Racer X
06 Jan 2006, 07:48pm by Aaron Schatz
Each year, King Kaufman of Salon.com tracks the preseason picks of all the pundits he can find, including all the ESPN and SI guys and the big preseason magazines like Street & Smith's and Athlon Sports. This year, the most accurate preseason predictions belonged to ... ME! Yay! (And people say this stat stuff doesn't work for football!) This is the second straight year that Football Outsiders has delivered the most accurate preseason predictions in football, sort of. Why sort of?
17 comments, Last at 08 Jan 2006, 6:32pm by admin
06 Jan 2006, 05:25pm by Aaron Schatz
Dan Lewis, a contributor to Pro Football Prospectus 2005, and has started a new sports wiki called ArmchairGM with some of his friends. The site is in pre-beta right now, but here is the idea: Live, fan-written game recaps, where everyone contributes as writers and editors of the same article.
13 comments, Last at 09 Jan 2006, 12:15pm by OMO
06 Jan 2006, 03:09pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Bill Simmons isn't sure who he likes this weekend, but we at Football Outsiders hope to have our Crazy Playoff Stat That Figures Out Round 1 Games (CPSTFOR1G for short -- and it's pronounced "Cupstuffer-1G") up later today.
38 comments, Last at 08 Jan 2006, 10:09pm by Racer X
06 Jan 2006, 02:37pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Four words: Bring back Lisa Guerrero. Just kidding. In fact, I think the four women mentioned in the article are all pretty good. I've decided that Bonnie Bernstein is my new favorite sideline reporter, but just narrowly better than my previous favorite, Eric Dickerson (and yes, unlike Bernstein, he was a favorite for completely comedic reasons).
5 comments, Last at 06 Jan 2006, 7:42pm by BjÃ¶rn
06 Jan 2006, 11:23am by P. Ryan Wilson
This could be interesting. Steve McNair would help a Dolphins team that won nine games this season, and Miami could have a couple of years to groom his replacement. Plus, McNair will probably cost the Titans $16.4 million against the cap in 2006, and the team could use that money to help pay Pac-Man Jones' legal fees. (free registration/bugmenot required)
12 comments, Last at 08 Jan 2006, 3:34pm by ChicagoScott
05 Jan 2006, 06:50pm by Ned Macey
Overall, this is a harmless article discussing the Jaguars with some insight. However, it raises a pet peeve of mine. In Pro Football Prospectus we wrote in the Byron Leftwich comment, "There is an unwritten rule prevalent in sports journalism, one that prescribes that African American players can be compared only to other African Americans and whites only to other whites." Here, Don Banks says David Garrard is Leftwich's "near clone." Other then the fact that they are African American and strong, they have nothing in common. They do not look alike.
49 comments, Last at 06 Jan 2006, 3:21pm by michael
05 Jan 2006, 05:39pm by Aaron Schatz
Whoo-hoo! Pacific Northwest Media Bias! Shaun Alexander wins the 2005 NFL MVP award with 19 votes. Peyton Manning had 13, Tom Brady 10, Tiki Barber 6, and Carson Palmer 2. This should make the Alexander contract debate even more fun. Just remember, Seattle, you aren't paying him for the past. You're paying him for the future. Of course, his future is probably going to be pretty good for a while.
89 comments, Last at 24 Jan 2006, 11:46pm by Juanita Weis
05 Jan 2006, 01:29pm by P. Ryan Wilson
This is actually kinda surprising. Usually after a game like Young had last night (and into this morning), players end up on stage shaking hands with Tags in late April. Part of the reason Young might stay is because he doesn't look to be a top-five pick, and many of the teams in the top 10, "have invested heavily in quarterbacks in recent years, and they might not be ready to give up on those picks or inclined to use another high choice on the position."
73 comments, Last at 06 Jan 2006, 10:21am by dryheat
This year's update to the playoff drive stats show that the football gods may have been on Peyton Manning's side this time. Also: Cam Newton and Alex Smith enter the mix, and why we should be comparing Andrew Luck to Dan Marino.