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20 Jan 2005, 06:43pm by P. Ryan Wilson

The Top Five Defensive Minds

Hey, it's another top five list! This time Peter King takes a look at the top defensive minds in the NFL. Inexplicably, Nick Saban is ranked ahead of Dick LeBeau and Monte Kiffin, but otherwise it's hard to argue about one through four on the list.

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19 Jan 2005, 03:01am by Aaron Schatz

Football Commentary: Wild Card and Divisional Round Strategy Review

Our buddy William Krasker is back with more of his analysis of strategy decisions by coaches in the first two rounds of the playoffs. There's an interesting note here from Bill Belichick on the whole concept of "winning the time of possession battle." William also looks at Indianapolis punting in the third quarter from the New England 49-yard line and their odd clock management to end the first half. Plus, how much did that weird kneeling play affect New York's chances of beating Pittsburgh?

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18 Jan 2005, 02:14pm by Aaron Schatz

TMQ: Patriots Prove My Point

Gregg Easterbrook lambasts the Colts in this week's Tuesday Morning Quarterback. He points out that the Patriots made Peyton Manning constantly audible into anti-blitz plays even though the Pats were never blitzing anyway. He castigates Tony Dungy for punting on 4th-and-1 on the Patriots 49-yard line (I agree). He points out that the Colts played in a two tight end set and then never ran the ball. He does, however, feel the officials missed a few holding calls on the Patriots offensive line.

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17 Jan 2005, 03:25pm by Aaron Schatz

MMQB: A Tale of Two Teams

Peter King looks back at the main storylines of the weekend. I think he does a good job of faulting the Colts as a team rather than simply concentrating on #18 like many writers, but I think this "Michael Vick should scare the Eagles" thing is a bit overstated. The Rams have a BAD defense, people, and it is particularly bad in the exact places where Atlanta can take advantage, places the Eagles are generally better. King also gives his reasons for not voting for Art Monk for the Hall of Fame.

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17 Jan 2005, 02:39pm by Aaron Schatz

Snap Judgment: Raising the Stakes

This weekend the running games took over from the passing games (hope that made you happy, Al) but we'll do Snap Judgment anyway. This week we look at Peyton Manning's inability to beat the Patriots, how the Eagles can stop Michael Vick, and what in the heck was wrong with Ben Roethlisberger. Also, the Football Outsiders QB ratings, featuring special guest stars the Football Outsiders RB ratings.

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14 Jan 2005, 02:36pm by Aaron Schatz

Hype, Hype, Away

ESPN Page 2 presents a list of the most anticipated pre-Super Bowl playoff games since 1970. Relive the Steel Curtain vs. Luv Ya Blue, Jimmy Johnson's brass balls, George Atkinson's lawsuit against Chuck Noll, and all the things written about last year's Indianapolis-New England game. Peyton Manning, it turns out, was unstoppable! By the way, it seems like the guy who wrote this article needs to take a vacation. I keep seeing his stuff everywhere lately.

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13 Jan 2005, 04:33pm by

Wise Men Behind Colts' Offense

A profile of the Colts' offensive coordinator Tom Moore and offensive line coach Howard Mudd, two of the longest-tenured and most-revered assistants in the NFL.

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13 Jan 2005, 09:36am by P. Ryan Wilson

TV Commentator Awards

It's that time of year again and Dr. Z echoes some of the same sentiments FO readers have been lamenting for months. He somehow ranks the Gus Johnson/Brent Jones duo ahead of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, but not surprisingly, Mike Patrick, Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire have a firm grasp on last place ... again.

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12 Jan 2005, 12:26am by Aaron Schatz

Bloody Sundays

Carl Prine looks at NFL injuries in this incredibly detailed research report from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Seriously intricate work here, looking at how often players get injured, what kinds of injuries they face, and which kinds of players get injured most often.

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11 Jan 2005, 05:27pm by Michael David Smith

Hall of Fame Announces 2005 Finalists

At the request of a few readers, we'll start a new Hall of Fame discussion thread now that the ballot has been narrowed down to 15. I'd give definite yes votes to Dan Marino and Steve Young, probably Michael Irvin and Russ Grimm, and I'm about the most enthusiastic supporter of Fritz Pollard you'll ever meet. Note the ad on this site supporting the candidacy of Pollard. For more on him, click here.

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