31 Dec 2005, 10:55am by P. Ryan Wilson
This is, uh, curious to say the least. As one Browns fan wrote me in an email:
"Um.... What the [redacted] is going on here? Didn't they just hire this guy less than a year ago? Did his philosophy suddenly change, or were they somehow unaware of it when they gave him the keys to the franchise?
14 comments, Last at 03 Jan 2006, 5:36pm by CaffeineMan
30 Dec 2005, 11:44am by Aaron Schatz
Clinton Portis brought along some pals for his press conference yesterday. My personal favorite is Chris Cooley as "Johnny White Guy" although I like the way Ryan Clark says "Pied Piper Piccalo." You must watch this video. I mean no disrespect for fans of Seattle and other NFC playoff contenders, but if you are a fan of an AFC team, how can you not be rooting for the Redskins to make the Super Bowl? Don't you want to see Clinton Portis on Media Day? The Portis Dance is your chance to do the Portis.
15 comments, Last at 15 Jan 2006, 10:08pm by timmy
30 Dec 2005, 11:23am by Aaron Schatz
Len Pasquarelli is reporting that the NFL and Saints owner Tom Benson have reached a deal to have the Saints return to Louisiana full-time next year, playing in Baton Rouge until the Superdome is fully repaired sometime around early November. This is ludicrous. I'm sorry for sounding like a jerk, but then again I'm not sure why this country has decided that anyone who is honest about the situation in New Orleans is a jerk. I hate to even hint at politics on this site, but we've all decided that we're not going to have a realistic conversation about what's going on down there.
27 comments, Last at 02 Jan 2006, 9:10pm by Jerry
30 Dec 2005, 07:16am by Michael David Smith
I respect ESPN's decision to hire George Solomon to act as an ombudsman, critiquing the entire organization as he sees fit. Among the criticisms in Solomon's most recent column:
Steve Young's comments about Chris Simms were "An example of a commentator talking without knowing what he was talking about."
Michael Irvin's problem "is he still believes he's an athlete/celebrity."
"Suzy Kolber does an excellent job as a reporter for ESPN and as a TV pitch person for Chevrolet. I just wish she would choose one of the two jobs."
47 comments, Last at 01 Jan 2006, 5:35pm by Tampa Bay Mike
30 Dec 2005, 07:08am by Michael David Smith
A woman who apparently went to a dance with Ben Roethlisberger when they were kids showed up at last week's Browns-Steelers game with a sign showing a picture of the two of them and thanking Roethlisberger for the dance, but informing him that she's still a Browns fan. But my favorite part of the sign is at the bottom, where she writes, "PS-CALL ME!" Somehow I think the only person calling her will be Brian Jackson.
7 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2005, 4:17pm by Israel
30 Dec 2005, 03:23am by Aaron Schatz
I apologize to Don Banks for the harsh words I'm about to lay down, but this article is an example of why I started Football Outsiders. The idea behind it is a lot of fun -- had we known then what we know now, how would the 2005 draft had played out? But Banks' choices and comments are filled with every bad kind of football analysis, ignorant of economics and worshipping flash over substance.
39 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2005, 3:48am by Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Person
29 Dec 2005, 08:36pm by P. Ryan Wilson
The other Michael Smith writes about the Cover 2 defense and how it's been successful for the Bucs, Colts and Bears. Opposing offenses know the weaknesses of the Cover 2, but these three teams run it so well, it often doesn't matter. The article even has a nifty graphic explaining the intricacies of this defense, something FO wrote about in February 2004. (You have to click on "comments" to see the link to the FO article.)
7 comments, Last at 04 Jan 2006, 10:48am by Mr Shush
29 Dec 2005, 03:02pm by P. Ryan Wilson
SFWeekly.com offers an interesting glimpse into the life of Paraag Marathe, the 28-year-old director of football operations for the 49ers (with FO's own, Aaron Schatz, quoted several times in the article). Marathe has an MBA and was a management consultant before joining San Franscisco, and a big part of his job might best be described by this quote from the article:
25 comments, Last at 01 Jan 2006, 7:25pm by Jonramz
29 Dec 2005, 02:12pm by Aaron Schatz
Texas is apparently having problems finding someone who can play Reggie Bush for their scout team. College football blog Every Day Should Be Saturday has some suggestions. All I can say is, "Shimmy shimmy ya." (Hat tip: Deadspin)
6 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2005, 7:26am by Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Person
29 Dec 2005, 02:03pm by P. Ryan Wilson
In his latest effort, Jason Whitlock pens possibly his worst article of 2005 (and just under the wire!). He suggests that Brett Favre should be traded to Oakland and -- big surprise -- Jeff George should be his backup. (Unless Favre can play safety, this is a ridiculous idea. But you already knew that.)
52 comments, Last at 30 Dec 2005, 3:45pm by Charles Jake
"Last team with the ball wins" is a cliche, but sometimes cliches are the best way to get across the central narrative of an important game. If you like great quarterback play, you have to watch the NFC Championship Game.