29 Aug 2005, 11:02pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Pat Kirwan of NFL.com isn't so concerned with wins and losses in the preseason, but he does think statistics like interceptions and sacks are more indicative of regular season success. He finds it a little troubling that the Colts have surrendered 20 sacks in four games and that Byron Leftwich has been taken down six times in three games. Kirwan also notes that Kyle Boller and Patrick Ramsey have both thrown four interceptions each while "Ben Roethlisberger hasn't picked up from where he left off as the starting quarterback of a 15-1 team in 2004, but he has no interceptions this summer.
40 comments, Last at 02 Sep 2005, 10:55am by Pat
29 Aug 2005, 02:10pm by Aaron Schatz
No, really? Golly, John, if only one of those "sabermetric converts of baseball" could figure out a method of rating NFL team efficiency that really did judge teams by more than just total yardage. Maybe somebody could measure teams by yards per play, just like you suggest, and give more weight to third downs and red zone performance, and maybe adjust based on game situation and even opponent strength, so that they ended up with a statistic that did a better job of predicting future performance than wins or points or total yards.
44 comments, Last at 01 Sep 2005, 5:53pm by Pat
29 Aug 2005, 10:58am by Aaron Schatz
The Miami Dolphins are now considering playing both A.J. Feeley and Gus Frerotte in a quarterback rotation. What on earth is the point of this? Are teams really going to be freaked out trying to prepare for both Feeley and Frerotte? When is the last time a team even tried a quarterback rotation like this? And when's the last time it worked? Norm Van Brocklin and Bob Waterfield? (Free registration required.)
23 comments, Last at 30 Aug 2005, 6:48pm by Oswlek
28 Aug 2005, 05:46pm by Russell Levine
In a move that should surprise noone, the Bears have named rookie Kyle Orton their starting QB for the regular season. Chad Hutchinson, who was starting in place of the injured Rex Grossman, has fallen complete off the depth chart, behind Orton, Jeff Blake, and Kurt Kittner, making him a likely candidate for a visit by the "turk" this week.
(Aaron adds 10:30pm: As long as we're talking Chicago Bears, Cedric Benson finally ended his holdout tonight.)
22 comments, Last at 30 Aug 2005, 12:47pm by Todd S.
27 Aug 2005, 11:20am by Aaron Schatz
See if you can notice something really weird about this SI.com article by Don Banks. I'll give you a hint: The problem with 1-9 doesn't quite apply to number 10.
25 comments, Last at 29 Aug 2005, 10:41pm by Björn
26 Aug 2005, 12:32pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Wired takes a look at how the Ravens are on the cutting edge of using technology to scout their opponents. Which leads me to this: if every person who reads this site donates $50,000, the Football Outsiders can each have their very own high-tech coaching station. And that means more geeky stats for you, the readers. Everybody wins. (link via Off Wing Opinion)
14 comments, Last at 29 Aug 2005, 11:31am by Mike
25 Aug 2005, 10:27am by Aaron Schatz
Apparently, nobody from FO linked this while I was driving around Dallas on Tuesday. I swear, is there anything in Dallas that is less than an hour away from anything else? Anyway, I haven't had a chance to read this yet but I'm sure it's swell. Apparently, TMQ's opinion of Mr. Ron Mexico is similar to ours.
119 comments, Last at 04 Sep 2005, 7:50pm by Zac
23 Aug 2005, 08:59pm by P. Ryan Wilson
The Toronto Argonauts played the Edmonton Eskimos last weekend, but with 5,000 CBC employees on strike, management had to air the game sans camera technicians, directors and announcers ... and the ratings went up. So let me get this straight, fans actually enjoy watching football games without a lot of inane banter, exploding graphics, and mind-numbing sideline reports, even if that means all they can hear is the crowd noise and the PA announcer? Hmmm.
48 comments, Last at 07 Sep 2005, 4:32am by Gina
23 Aug 2005, 06:08pm by Al Bogdan
Mike Tanier talks, people listen. Tim Rattay is the starting QB in San Francisco, beating out #1 pick Alex Smith for the honor of being a first round Loser League selection. Adjust your cheat sheets accordingly if you're in a fantasy league deep enough where the 49er starting quarterback is on your cheat sheet.
19 comments, Last at 26 Aug 2005, 11:47am by War n' Peace
23 Aug 2005, 10:50am by Michael David Smith
My latest piece in The New Republic Online documents the way Sports Illustrated has changed in the last two decades. I know we often have fun at the expense of Peter King around here, but I think the stuff he does in the magazine is first-rate. Unfortunately, many of his SI colleagues aren't such solid journalists. Note especially the SI reporter who donated to George W. Bush's re-election campaign -- then gave him a softball interview. (Free New Republic Online registration required.)
60 comments, Last at 27 Aug 2005, 2:30pm by Goldman
Sam I Am, Hot Takes on Johnny Manziel, and a subtle Wade Phillips takedown of Jason Garrett highlight this month's best quotes.