19 Jan 2006, 07:14pm by Michael David Smith
The Daniel Snyder money train rolls along as Al Saunders, the Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator who had been thought of as a front-runner to become head coach of the Raiders, has instead accepted a position as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. Saunders and Joe Gibbs both learned from the passing guru Don Coryell, so they should work well together.
30 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2006, 8:52pm by vincent garbonzo
19 Jan 2006, 06:23pm by Michael David Smith
An interesting story from Editor & Publisher, courtesy of Jim Romenesko's excellent media blog: The Indianapolis Star had already booked eight hotel rooms in Detroit for the Super Bowl, was planning to send 20 staffers to the game, and was preparing to print special victory editions for distribution after the game in both Indianapolis and Detroit. The paper had even commissioned a book on the "Super Bowl" season, with 16 chapters already written by Colts beat writer Phil Wilson. Oops.
22 comments, Last at 21 Jan 2006, 11:09pm by Starshatterer
19 Jan 2006, 04:22pm by Michael David Smith
On Sunday, Pete Morelli incorrectly called a Troy Polamalu interception an incompletion. On Monday, Morelli's Stockton, Calif. home was vandalized. Lieutenant Thomas Wells of the Stockton Police Department told FOXSports.com's Jay Glazer that a police report was filed after a rock was thrown through Morelli's living room window late Monday night after Morelli and his wife had gone to bed.
41 comments, Last at 06 Feb 2006, 7:32pm by Ian Hernandez
19 Jan 2006, 12:39am by Aaron Schatz
We take you back now to that long ago time called "August," when your humble FO editor penned an article for the New York Times that concluded like so: "Seattle and Carolina addressed their third-down issues in the off-season ... making Seattle and Carolina Super Bowl contenders and making Matt Hasselbeck the answer to the question, 'Who is this year's Drew Brees?'" Five months later, here we are.
37 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2006, 8:48pm by tmac
18 Jan 2006, 11:33pm by Aaron Schatz
No comments, since this is a different sport, but Justin Kubatko of Courtside Times has written an article very similar to "Guts and Stomps," but about the NBA. Thanks to reader Dan Babbitt for pointing this out. For those interested, by the way, Seattle leads the final four NFL teams with 6 "stomps," Denver and Pittsburgh each have 4, and Carolina has 2. Denver leads in "guts" (4) and Carolina leads in "skates" (4). No team has more than 2 "dominate" wins.
18 Jan 2006, 06:14pm by P. Ryan Wilson
I haven't paid much attention to the NHL since, well, I quit playing Sega Hockey back in the mid-90s, but I know who Chris Chelios is. Anyway, he has some Lions-related thoughts, and was kind enough to share them with the Detroit Free Press: "I'd like to put in my two cents ... I'd like to see Matt Millen coach the team, to be honest with you. Because he keeps talking about they need a disciplinarian guy and a hard-nosed guy that kind of fits the character of the city. I think he's the perfect choice to just get out there and start rocking some heads."
21 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2006, 1:03am by NF
18 Jan 2006, 02:20pm by P. Ryan Wilson
I'm sure Bill Cowher calls Joey Porter (or his comments) ridiculous at least once a week, so nothing surprising there. What's interesting however, is that the NFL said they will not fine Porter for suggesting the officials were conspiring against the Steelers during Sunday's game. Let's see, Clinton Portis gets slapped with a $20K fine for wearing mismatched socks, Sean Taylor loses $17K for spitting in another player's face, and Joey Porter gets off clean for saying the fix was in.
34 comments, Last at 07 Feb 2006, 2:25pm by dryheat
17 Jan 2006, 11:33pm by Aaron Schatz
In the latest TMQ, Gregg Easterbrook sees the football gods get famous, the Redskins blitz too much, the Steelers outthink the Colts, and the Patriots completely collapse.
39 comments, Last at 19 Jan 2006, 5:50pm by Peter
17 Jan 2006, 09:40pm by P. Ryan Wilson
And no, I'm not referring to college football teams. In this issue of the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, Hal Stern writes that all statisticians should boycott the Bowl Championship Series because, in part, the quantitative ratings used in the computer ranking have never been clearly defined and the inputs used are limited (for example, neither score nor site of game is currently used).
42 comments, Last at 09 Jun 2011, 5:07am by ffxi gil
Just in case Sunday night did not make it clear, defense rules the NFL in 2016. The best teams in overall DVOA all combine top-five defenses with below-average offenses. The Eagles now lead the league in both defense and special teams and are back to No. 1 overall.