04 May 2005, 06:16pm by Michael David Smith
Our friend William Krasker is back with an interesting look at strategic choices for teams with less than two minutes left in the game. He takes a look at, among other things, Philadelphia's decision to attempt an onside kick with 1:48 remaining in Super Bowl XXXIX, trailing by three points.
02 May 2005, 03:24pm by Michael David Smith
Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow was in a motorcycle crash in a community college parking lot. The good news is the injuries are not life threatening. The police lieutenant on the scene said Winslow was "real evasive" about what his injuries were. Why would someone who was hurt in an accident be evasive about his injuries? My guess is that his injuries will jeopardize his playing ability, and there's probably a clause in his contract that says if he gets hurt while riding a motorcycle the Browns don't have to pay him while he recovers.
29 Apr 2005, 05:21pm by Michael David Smith
Doug Flutie signs to be Tom Brady's backup with the Patriots.
29 Apr 2005, 11:12am by Michael David Smith
If you missed USA Today yesterday, be sure to check it out online. Among the things I learned from their annual salary issue were that Gary Walker got an $11 million signing bonus from the Texans last year, the Cowboys had the league's lowest median salary at $384,000, and Robert Gallery was the only rookie to have the highest salary on his team. Fascinating stuff, and I especially like how the USA Today charts distinguish between actual money paid and cap value.
29 Apr 2005, 11:07am by Michael David Smith
Frequent Football Outsiders commenter Bill Barnwell has a fascinating review of the 2000 draft. Remember R. Jay Soward? How about Corey Moore? And don't forget Trung Canidate. Take a stroll through Memory Lane as you recall those players and more.
28 Apr 2005, 12:06pm by Michael David Smith
As I watched yesterdays' Congressional hearing on steroids in football, I was appalled by the ignorance displayed by our elected officials. If they know this little about a subject that's had this much scrutiny, how much worse are they when dealing with other issues? William Saletan of Slate had the same reaction and he asks the incredibly obvious but also unasked question, "If you limit your steroid dosage to stay below that threshold, how exactly is that harmful? And if it isn't harmful, how exactly is it cheating?"
27 Apr 2005, 11:12pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Brue Allen of Boston Sports Media Watch has a really interesting piece on the love-hate (mostly hate) relationship some members of the Boston media have with Bill Belichick. Not surprisingly, much of the animosity stems from the whole Drew Bledsoe affair, but even after three Super Bowls, some writers still seem to be holding a grudge. No word yet on where Ken Powers stands.
26 Apr 2005, 03:39pm by Aaron Schatz
TMQ has his post-draft recap and off-season commentary before he goes back into hibernation for a few weeks. Only TMQ would notice that pick 126 belonged to six different teams at one point or another: it was listed as Philadelphia from Denver through Cleveland, Seattle, Carolina and Green Bay.
26 Apr 2005, 03:34pm by Aaron Schatz
Here ya go, kids, Dr. Z has his say. Once again, he can't even commit to regular + and - letter grades, instead giving out absurd grades like "A/A-" and a new one, "conditional." What the hell is the difference between "B-", "B-/C+", and "B- (conditional)"?!?!
Ned Macey is putting together the second annual "Report Card on Draft Report Cards" that will compare this and a number of other report cards, we'll have that in a couple days. In the meantime, the Doc likes the Vikings and Cowboys and hates the Broncos and Giants.
26 Apr 2005, 11:28am by Michael David Smith
This is why I think the NFL needs to move to an NBA-style rookie contract system where a player's first contract is small, but he becomes a free agent quickly and then earns what the market will bear. The Cardinals drafted receivers Anquan Boldin and Bryant Johnson in the same season. Boldin has 157 catches for 2,000 yards. Johnson has 84 catches for 975 yards.
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