05 Oct 2005, 12:51am by Aaron Schatz
Over at PROTRADE, a look at exactly how many points each penalty cost the Kansas City Chiefs in their loss to Denver two weeks ago. The numbers certainly highlight how penalties can hurt a team. The one problem with this, shown in an article by Michael David Smith from two seasons ago, is that over the long haul of a 16-game season there is no correlation between wins and net penalty yards.
11 comments, Last at 05 Oct 2005, 7:58pm by Purds
04 Oct 2005, 01:50pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Okey doke, here's the latest from Gregg Easterbrook. And remember, report cards are going out next week and I want to be able to tell your parents that, "(insert your name here) plays well with others, and has also stopped eating paste." So play nice.
86 comments, Last at 06 Oct 2005, 12:57pm by Carl
04 Oct 2005, 10:28am by P. Ryan Wilson
I'll conservatively set the over-under at three weeks until LaVar Arrington really starts making noise about his reduced role in the Redskins' defense. Interestingly, Gregg Williams has made this unit one of the best in football with only a few recognizable names and a lot of guys who can execute his complex schemes. Despite losing CB Fred Smoot and LB Antonio Pierce, the defense hasn't missed a beat, and could end up being the 2005 version of the 2000 Ravens.
19 comments, Last at 04 Oct 2005, 5:39pm by JonL
04 Oct 2005, 10:20am by P. Ryan Wilson
The only reason not to throw Alex Smith into the fire is if there's a chance he could end up like David Carr -- punch drunk from too many sacks to the head. Otherwise, what does San Francisco have to lose?
17 comments, Last at 04 Oct 2005, 11:25pm by andrew
03 Oct 2005, 09:01pm by Michael David Smith
For Lions fans, this is great, great news. For the next four games they won't have one of their receiver positions taken up by a guy who gives up on routes, can't go over the middle, and wouldn't know a downfield block if Hines Ward and Rod Smith wrote him an instruction manual. Plenty of people got on my case last year when I called Charles Rogers a bust, but let me phrase it to you like this: Like Ryan Leaf, Rogers was the second player chosen in the draft. What has Rogers accomplished that separates him from Leaf?
20 comments, Last at 05 Oct 2005, 2:20pm by Jim A
03 Oct 2005, 02:56pm by Aaron Schatz
Someone asked us to start linking all of Len Pasquarelli's Morning After columns in Extra Points, so who are we to say no? On the other hand, I don't think Morning After is anywhere near as good as Tip Sheet on Fridays, because Morning After is a lot less reporting (Pasquarelli's strong suit) and a lot more opinion (not, shall we say, his strong suit).
37 comments, Last at 06 Oct 2005, 2:24pm by cmm3
03 Oct 2005, 11:39am by Aaron Schatz
Well, we need somewhere to debate the Marcus Pollard call. I thought his knee was over the line. Peter King disagrees. But he may be right that, whether Pollard's knee was over the line or not, there wasn't indisputable evidence that Pollard was out of bounds, and thus Detroit should be 2-1 this morning. Peter also hops on the Eli Manning bandwagon with everyone else -- he's been much better this season, but let's be honest, St.
111 comments, Last at 06 Oct 2005, 5:06pm by dryheat
03 Oct 2005, 10:29am by P. Ryan Wilson
In what had to be the most boring game of the season, the Ravens beat the Jets 13-3. The game might as well have been 130-3 because there was no way New York was scoring 10 points in a half. And it wasn't all because of Brooks Bollinger. Jets receivers decided that catching the ball was optional, and leaving Bollinger in a lot of third-and-long scenarios didn't help things either. Two questions: If you're the Jets, do you continue with Bollinger, or was he a one-game stopgap for Vinny? After looking at their schedule, will the Jets finish last in the AFC East?
19 comments, Last at 05 Oct 2005, 12:15pm by Mr Shush
01 Oct 2005, 11:46am by Michael David Smith
Just days after e-mailing our own Russell Levine, Brent Jones decided he no longer wants to be a TV broadcaster. I hope Russell's criticism had nothing to do with the decision, as we like Jones around here for his interest in unconventional stats. According to Jones, the decision is about wanting to spend more time with his family. Steve Tasker will now take Jones's place in the booth alongside Gus Johnson.
19 comments, Last at 07 Oct 2005, 5:36pm by Russ
30 Sep 2005, 01:40pm by Aaron Schatz
In today's Wall Street Journal, Sam Walker looks at Wonderlic scores to see if he can tell which NFL team is the smartest, and which is -- there's no other way to put this -- the dumbest. The smartest team, apparently, is St. Louis, followed by Oakland. Clearly, they are measuring players, and not fans. The dumbest teams? Your 0-3 Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals. (Hat tip: Deadspin)
43 comments, Last at 05 Oct 2005, 7:40am by someone
Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the NFL, and should be the highest-paid. We can all agree on that. But this guest column by Kevin Kolbe explains why salaries for other quarterbacks are all out of whack.