27 May 2005, 03:47pm by Michael David Smith
What would a Friday afternoon be without Len Pasquarelli? Today he starts by addressing the issue of revenue sharing and the owners' deal with the players. Jerry Jones feels more optimism than he has any reason to feel: "We'll find an answer, because we have to, and everyone knows that. But what [the solution] is, well, I don't know yet. I don't think anyone does, really."
26 May 2005, 12:30am by P. Ryan Wilson
In theory this might be a good idea, but then again, so was instant replay. Whatever the case, last season safety Roy Williams was responsible for four of the six serious injuries caused by the 'horse-collar' and this, in part, led owners to ban the maneuver. Next season it will be a 15-yard penalty. In 2006, the league will go to two-hand tag, and by 2010, it hopes to have transitioned to full-on flag football status.
25 May 2005, 11:06am by Aaron Schatz
Troy Brown took less money to return to New England instead of signing with New Orleans. "Hometown discount," right? Not really. While Brown gave up more playing time in New Orleans, he didn't give up more money, because a promotional deal he has with TD Banknorth pays him enough money to make up the difference in football salary. This is one of those economic variables we don't often think about when comparing contracts, but not the only one.
25 May 2005, 09:32am by P. Ryan Wilson
The Steelers are beginning life after Plaxico. They currently have Hines Ward, Antwaan Randle El and Cedrick Wilson as their top three wideouts and Ward is the tallest at 6'0". With Burress and his 6'5", 225 lb. frame now in New York, Pittsburgh receivers will have to rely on speed, quickness, and scheme to get open. Which begs the question: can teams be successful throwing downfield without having a tall WR? Randy Moss is the prototype, but for every Moss there are enough "long-term project" 6'4" - 6'5" WRs to make a nice NDBL team.
23 May 2005, 01:02pm by Michael David Smith
Peter King does a nice job of finding an interesting topic during the off-season. He looks at the great teams in the modern era (since the AFL) and counts up how many Hall of Famers each team has. Is there an anti-Cowboys bias? Read this to find out.
One note: I can't for the life of me figure out why Russ Grimm isn't in the Hall of Fame. I was still fairly young when the Redskins were winning their titles in the '80s, but as I remember, Grimm was about as good a blocker as the league has seen. Does anyone have thoughts about why Grimm isn't in?
23 May 2005, 09:04am by P. Ryan Wilson
Tony Kornheiser goes from specifically wondering what Sean Taylor is thinking when he doesn't return Joe Gibbs's phone calls, to generally asking whether this type of stuff is a problem pervasive among former University of Miami players and Drew Rosenhaus clients.
In the case of the Redskins, the fact that Clinton Portis is Taylor's self-appointed spokesperson (and that he says Taylor just needs some time to chill after a long season) is reason enough for Gibbs to want to return to racing. (free registration/bugmenot required)
20 May 2005, 07:02pm by Aaron Schatz
There's no link here, but a request for information. A friend has asked me for a list of left-handed quarterbacks over the past few seasons. Unlike baseball rosters, football rosters don't list handedness, but this would be a pretty useful list to have. Obviously the best thing would be if someone knew of a link to a single list somewhere, but barring that, consider this a call for the sake of knowledge, to help us put together a list of left-handed quarterbacks (both starters and backups) from recent seasons, as well as the major left-handed quarterbacks of NFL history.
20 May 2005, 06:39pm by Michael David Smith
Len Pasquarelli: fact-checker of Peter King, reporter of detailed contract information, writer of information-filled 5,000-word pieces during the middle of the off-season. This week's tip sheet includes some interesting information about the potential new rule banning the style of tackle that Cowboys safety Roy Williams has made infamous.
20 May 2005, 01:30pm by Michael David Smith
The Dolphins signed free-agent safety Abram Elam this week. Elam was convicted of felony sexual battery in connection with a March 2002 incident with a fellow student at Notre Dame. The victim says, "[The Dolphins] can expect a firestorm. They are going to be hit. ... They're in for a world of trouble."
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20 May 2005, 11:00am by Michael David Smith
British anthropologists have found that competitors at last year's Olympics were more likely to win their contests if they wore red uniforms or red body armor. "Across a range of sports, we find that wearing red is consistently associated with a higher probability of winning," report Russell A. Hill and Robert A. Barton of the University of Durham in England. The abstract of their study is here.
Offensive line problems highlight the needs in the NFC North ... except in Chicago, which is kind of unsettling to think about.