09 Dec 2004, 07:37pm by Al Bogdan
Just saw the PTI guys talking about this story. Mike Tice, whose contract with the Vikings is up after this season, is all but openly campaigning for the University of Washington coaching job. I've never heard of a current NFL head coach going out of his way to talk about how much he'd like to become a college head coach next season. Maybe Tice sees the writing on the wall and doesn't expect to be asked back next year in Minnesota, so he's talking now to stop UW from hiring Ty Willingham.
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09 Dec 2004, 12:07am by Aaron Schatz
Edge's future is still up in the air, but Marvin Harrison will be sticking around in Indy. The Colts signed him to a new contract for seven fake years at $67 million fake dollars. Seriously, understanding the actual value of these contracts is next-to-impossible. Apparently this thing has enough flexible clauses to give the Colts the cap room to try to keep both Edge and Brandon Stokley too. But where will they find the cap room to get a better defense?
08 Dec 2004, 03:08pm by Aaron Schatz
As part of a package on Peyton Manning's record-setting season at ESPN.com, I've put together a list of the top passing seasons of all time. Each season since 1950 was translated to the modern offensive environment, and then I developed a "quickie" method to estimate PAR based on conventional numbers rather than play-by-play breakdown. Even after taking into account that offense is up around the NFL in 2004, Peyton Manning isn't the only quarterback having a historic season.
07 Dec 2004, 03:44pm by Aaron Schatz
Our man Gregg Easterbrook is back with his usual selection of sweet plays, sour plays, chickening out, and silly punts. Plus, breaking news about America's greatest invention: battery-powered, glow in the dark thong underwear.
06 Dec 2004, 02:56pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's the latest Snap Judgment column from ESPN.com, complete with the Football Outsiders quarterback rankings. This week, we give mad props to Carson Palmer and compare Favre vs. McNabb to other one-sided battles in history. Plus, I sneak in mentions of Ian Dembsky and Anthony Brancato, along with possibly the only Pixies reference in ESPN history.
04 Dec 2004, 10:26pm by Aaron Schatz
Golly, the byline on this week's New York Times "Keeping Score" feature looks awfully familiar. (Free registration required)
03 Dec 2004, 03:26pm by Al Bogdan
So Ty Willingham was fired so Notre Dame could hire Urban Meyer? Maybe Notre Dame should have talked to Meyer first. The University of Florida has offered its job to Meyer who reportedly will accept the deal. On Mike and the Mad Dog on WFAN in NY, Mike Francesca, who knows people in Utah from his friendship with Rick Majerus, added some details to the story. According to Francesca, Notre Dame lowballed Meyer on money and refused to lower their academic standards to allow Meyer to recruit better players.
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03 Dec 2004, 11:30am by admin
By focusing on Ty Willingham's dismissal, critics are distracting attention from the real racial scandal in college football -- which takes place not when coaches are fired, but rather when they are hired in the first place. Russell Levine and Aaron Schatz co-wrote this latest Football Outsiders contribution to America's best political journal, The New Republic. Thanks to TNR for the subcription-free link for FO readers.
30 Nov 2004, 11:36pm by Aaron Schatz
The latest strategy review from our friend William Krasker looks at Mike Martz's fake field goal, Arizona kicking a 21-yard FG at the end of the first half, and Dat Nguyen not being an idiot. Two notes: First, William is working on another summary article for us that revisits strategy decisions from Weeks 7-12, so if you want him to further analyze a specific decision please mention it in the comments here. Second, if you feel like these articles have become overwhelmed by coaches making stupid decisions not to go for it on fourth down, you aren't alone.
30 Nov 2004, 04:34pm by Aaron Schatz
That's Gregg Easterbrook's nickname for the Colts, for extremely confusing reasons. He also calls for moratorium on praising Brett Favre. Preach on, brother Easterbrook! Does anyone who does not work for a major network disagree with that idea?
The Wildcats receiver isn't the best athlete you'll ever see, but Matt Waldman says he could be an effective pro with small improvements in his technique.