29 Sep 2005, 11:41am by Aaron Schatz
Over at the PROTRADE site, Ben Alamar takes a look at the best and worst quarterbacks of 2004 in a variety of situations: 3rd downs, blitzes, and red zone. (You may remember Ben as the guy who helped us create the DVOA-based win projection system.) The moral of the story: blitz Marc Bulger but not Peyton Manning, and try to trap Tom Brady in third-and-long.
24 comments, Last at 02 Oct 2005, 3:30pm by David Keller
29 Sep 2005, 09:37am by P. Ryan Wilson
Here's an interesting article from the other Michael Smith on Philip Rivers and his plight as a backup quarterback. He's in his second year with the Chargers, a team that found their quarterback of the future about the time Rivers decided to end his holdout. I saw this headline that suggested the Jets should trade for Rivers, but that might end up costing them more than what the Giants paid to get the other Manning.
16 comments, Last at 01 Oct 2005, 2:23pm by Clod
29 Sep 2005, 09:31am by P. Ryan Wilson
If you're a Steelers fan, you have to chuckle whenenver the Patriots fill their roster with former Pittsburgh re-treads like Hank Poteat, Chad Scott, and now Amos Zereoue. Of course, the chuckles quickly turn to tears when you remember that Belichick is Cowher's daddy.
22 comments, Last at 30 Sep 2005, 9:05am by LnGrrrR
29 Sep 2005, 12:21am by Aaron Schatz
Once upon a time, there was a talented young quarterback. He suffered an injury, sat out a few weeks, attempted to come back, and made the injury worse. This is the story of Dan Majkowski, the man Chad Pennington sees in his nightmares.
4 comments, Last at 01 Oct 2005, 12:03am by djibouti
28 Sep 2005, 09:20am by Aaron Schatz
We don't normally link to team fan message board posts here at Extra Points, but then again you don't normally find good breakdown like this on team fan message boards. I was going through the referral logs this morning and found this Chicago Bears board had linked to Mike's Every Play Counts about Brian Urlacher. Near the top of their board today is this analysis of Kyle Orton's five interceptions against Cincinnati. The verdict seems to be one bad decision, one bad mechanics, one caused by Justin Gage, and two that were a mix of bad offense and good defense.
10 comments, Last at 29 Sep 2005, 1:55pm by Justin Gage
27 Sep 2005, 09:40pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Geez, what a week for injuries. First Vinny Testaverde goes to the Jets, and now Rohan Davey signs with the Cardinals. While it's been good for free agents looking for work, guys like Billy Volek, Patrick Ramsey, Tommy Maddox, and Charlie Batch are left holding the clipboard because the price of poker just went up for all those teams looking for an emergency starter.
12 comments, Last at 29 Sep 2005, 8:55am by Moe
27 Sep 2005, 05:11pm by Michael David Smith
Peter King says barring a late-career slide, Adam Vinatieri will get his Hall of Fame vote "because he makes kicks in the clutch and because nothing makes him sweat." Vinatieri is probably the second-best kicker of his generation, after David Akers. Is that good enough to get him into the Hall?
92 comments, Last at 14 Oct 2005, 4:14am by ryan
27 Sep 2005, 04:38pm by Aaron Schatz
TMQ is down on Brett Favre. He also proposes a radical change to the salary cap, discovers paper food, and asks why on earth any broadcaster would refer to Cadillac Williams as "overrated." He's really got a point on that one.
And please, please, please, don't make this the "rip on TMQ" thread. If you don't like the column, don't you have anything better to do with your life than post here every week about how you don't like the column?
142 comments, Last at 03 Oct 2005, 8:58am by Aaron
27 Sep 2005, 03:50pm by Aaron Schatz
There's nothing wrong with rooting for your fantasy players along with your favorite team. But Peter Schrager is a little annoyed by people who root only for their fantasy team, especially because there are lots of people playing fantasy football now who don't really know anything about football otherwise. Are they ruining your trip to the sports bar too? And who is this Brian Leftwich guy?
22 comments, Last at 30 Sep 2005, 6:51am by TrySaraTops
27 Sep 2005, 01:20pm by Al Bogdan
Vinny from Long Island is returning to Jersey. Brooks Bollinger is still expected to start this week, but Testaverde will likely be on the field before too long. Testaverde was easily the best of the available quarterbacks. As we note in Pro Football Prospectus 2005, Vinny was pretty good in Dallas last year, except for his terrible performance during the fourth quarter of games. It will be interesting to see if that same pattern holds up this year with a different team.
52 comments, Last at 29 Sep 2005, 4:41pm by Oswlek
Resident offensive line expert Ben Muth previews the three teams on which he'll be focusing this season: Dallas, Denver, and Cleveland.