14 Jun 2005, 03:44pm by Michael David Smith
In 1985, defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan's 46 defense, led by middle linebacker Mike Singletary, dominated the league. In 2005, Buddy's son, Rex, thinks his 46 defense, led by middle linebacker Ray Lewis, can do the same. Lewis wasn't anything close to the player in 2004 that he was in 2003, and most people in Baltimore seem to think the team's defensive scheme was to blame for that.
38 comments, Last at 16 Jun 2005, 12:15pm by skinsfan2
13 Jun 2005, 12:12pm by Aaron Schatz
I love ya, Pete, but it may be time for an intervention.
132 comments, Last at 22 Jun 2005, 8:14pm by Richie
11 Jun 2005, 11:26pm by Aaron Schatz
Interesting story here about a St. Louis talk show host who has taken a job with the Rams as "'director of research and Internet consultant" while still remaining on air -- giving his opinions about the team that he now works for. I'm a little curious to speak to this John Hadley fellow, given that part of his job includes statistical analysis.
10 comments, Last at 13 Jun 2005, 12:28pm by Carl
10 Jun 2005, 08:27pm by P. Ryan Wilson
This is what you want if you're a Ravens team that hasn't had a go-to receiver since, well, they were called the Browns. All the distractions that come with T.O. with none of the ability. Yep, sounds about right. (free registration/bugmenot required)
3 comments, Last at 13 Jun 2005, 12:44pm by TMK
10 Jun 2005, 02:05pm by Aaron Schatz
Yes, but what about leg warmers and headbands? If we're gonna go 80s, let's go it right.
3 comments, Last at 13 Jun 2005, 2:19pm by Trogdor
09 Jun 2005, 09:47pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Andrew Perloff used some heavy-duty statistical analysis to try and identify which quarterback will be the next superstar in the NFL. "After spending hours combing through every statistics book I could find, the numbers revealed an overwhelming truth: I couldn't find a trend."
3 comments, Last at 15 Jun 2005, 7:51pm by Richie
07 Jun 2005, 10:22pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Hey, looky here, an agent who's not in it for the money (at least not a lot of it). This is an interesting look at the other end of the spectrum from Drew Rosenhaus and his stable of high profile clients. Ron Todd is a former college lineman who specializes in representing low round picks and undrafted free agents. He's a one-man operation based in Dayton, Ohio and he currently has four clients. He charges 3 percent commission on players making the league minimum, which makes it pretty clear that he must be in it for something other than money. Insert Sean Taylor jab here.
07 Jun 2005, 02:27pm by Aaron Schatz
Hey, it's another one of "Aaron Schatz's Greatest Hits," now updated with more damning anti-Ricky numbers for a brand new audience.
3 comments, Last at 12 Jun 2005, 12:27pm by senser81
06 Jun 2005, 06:41pm by Michael David Smith
The Jersey-Selling Trial of the Century has been averted, as Clinton Portis has agreed to pay $18,000 to former Redskins teammate Ifeanyi Ohalete. I'd be curious to know how much each guy racked up in legal fees in all this. I also think it's fair to say that from now on, anyone making a deal with Clinton Portis will demand all the money up front.
06 Jun 2005, 01:09pm by Aaron Schatz
I just want to thank everyone for reading Football Outsiders over the past two years. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that goofing around with numbers on my computer would lead to such big things in such little time. FO will go on, I'm handing the keys over to Mike Smith and Russ ... wait a minute, Randy Mueller? Former Saints GM Randy Mueller? Ah, nuts. Honey, call the real estate agent and cancel, I'll go mow the lawn now.
Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?