10 Nov 2015, 04:31pm by Aaron Schatz
Breaking and unexpected injury news. Andrew Luck will miss 2-6 weeks with a laceration in one of his kidneys as well as a partial tear of an abdominal muscle. It's not quite as bad for the Colts as you might imagine. They have a bye this week, and Matt Hasselbeck is still a reasonable backup at the age of 40. I assume Hasselbeck faces Atlanta in Week 11 -- the Falcons schedule gets EVEN MORE RIDICULOUSLY EASY with this injury -- and probably Tampa Bay in Week 12. Perhaps Luck can be back in time for Week 13 at Pittsburgh?
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09 Nov 2015, 05:28pm by Andrew Potter
Ben Roethlisberger's latest injury is just part of a string of bad news for the Steelers this year.
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06 Nov 2015, 04:47pm by Vincent Verhei
This is a fun little discovery by a British statistician called Joey Faulkner. In looking at how many NFL plays were run from each yard line, he noticed a pretty gradual curve, with a massive spike at the 20 -- which isn't surprising, since so many drives start there after touchbacks. However, he also noticed smaller spikes at the 30, 40, 50, the other 40, et cetera, all over the field more or less between the 10s. His hypothesis: NFL referees, like all humans, have a natural tendency to spot the ball right on the 10-yard lines when they end up anywhere near that general vicinity.
34 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2015, 8:25am by fest201620
05 Nov 2015, 01:30pm by Aaron Schatz
Big changes in Detroit, where the Lions have fired team president Tom Lewand and GM Martin Mayhew. Apparently there's going to be some major overturn throughout the front office...
#Lions source on the firings today: “Total wipeout.” Apparently, bosses are going through the building deciding who stays and goes.
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04 Nov 2015, 10:14pm by Vincent Verhei
Hat tip to reader "TimK" for this one. It's a couple of weeks old, but still relevant for Denver, and really for any other team undergoing a major change in coaching and/or personnel.
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04 Nov 2015, 03:55pm by Vincent Verhei
Alternate headline: "49ers Bench Kaepernick For Worst Quarterback Of The DVOA Era."
Look, things in San Francisco are clearly going badly. Colin Kaepernick is last among starting quarterbacks in passing DYAR, and only Ryan Mallett is worse by DVOA. (And given that Mallett is currently unemployed, he probably won't qualify for these tables in a few weeks.) So it's understandable that the 49ers would consider a quarterback switch.
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03 Nov 2015, 07:52pm by Vincent Verhei
Chuck Pagano entered the season on the hot seat, and then the Colts to a 3-5 start. The offense is 20th in points scored and next to last in turnovers, and when the DVOA ratings come out later today, the Colts will be 21st in total offense, 22nd passing and 18th rushing. This despite the offseason attempts to surround Andrew Luck with as many weapons as possible.
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03 Nov 2015, 11:18am by Aaron Schatz
The Titans hired Ken Whisenhunt to take over a team that went 7-9 in 2013. He's gone 3-20 since. But when you fire a guy after less than two years... I've got to wonder if there's more of a story going on behind the scenes here than just "Tennessee isn't winning games." Mike Mularkey takes over as interim coach.
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02 Nov 2015, 06:27pm by Aaron Schatz
Yay, actual trade deadline deals. We don't get many of those in the NFL. The 49ers are sending Vernon Davis and a 2016 seventh-round pick to Denver for sixth-round picks in 2015 and 2016. Not much value there for San Francisco, especially because I wonder if Denver might get a compensatory sixth- or seventh-round pick if Davis signs elsewhere after this season.
42 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2015, 8:35am by fest201620
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