15 Jun 2005, 10:45am by Aaron Schatz
Could a Football Outsiders favorite finally be getting another chance at a starting job? I'd be very interested to see what happens if Engram starts -- will he be as good as his DVOA ratings from the past couple years might indicate, or will he be exposed as someone who only plays well when in a specific, limited role, like Josh Reed or Az Hakim?
4 comments, Last at 15 Jun 2005, 6:10pm by bravehoptoad
14 Jun 2005, 09:16pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Apparently, it's Ravens Tuesday at Football Outsiders. Michael David Smith links to a story about Ray Lewis and the Baltimore defense and I'm pointing you to Jeffri Chadiha's column on the Baltimore offense. Chadiha believes that Derrick Mason is the missing piece to the Raven's much-maligned passing game. Granted, Mason has averaged 86 receptions and 1,153 yards the last four seasons, but he's 31 and Kyle Boller will never be mistaken for Steve McNair ... unless of course he dresses up as Steve McNair for Halloween.
6 comments, Last at 15 Jun 2005, 6:29pm by zach
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.
Offensive line problems highlight the needs in the NFC North ... except in Chicago, which is kind of unsettling to think about.