05 Oct 2005, 11:46pm by P. Ryan Wilson
"J.P. is the starter, and we're going with J.P." That was Mike Mularkey after Sunday's loss to the Saints. "I'm not going to talk about starters at any position for either team today." That was Mike Mularkey today at his press conference (via the NFL Network).
Personally, I think the media have every right to press Mularkey on this issue because to say you're not going to talk about something usually means you're hiding something. And while the coach is well within his rights to withhold such information, the media have just as much right to ask tough questions.
10 comments, Last at 06 Oct 2005, 5:09pm by Joe
05 Oct 2005, 06:46pm by Michael David Smith
A disturbing story out of St. Louis. Mike Martz was hospitalized before last week's game with what doctors called a sinus infection. He now says he has a heart infection that is keeping him from being with the team at practices.
14 comments, Last at 06 Oct 2005, 11:03am by princeton73
05 Oct 2005, 05:55pm by Aaron Schatz
Whatever became of Martin Gramatica? After surgery to repair tears in his lower adductor muscle and lower abdomen, he says his struggles are behind him, and he's ready to return to the NFL.
11 comments, Last at 06 Oct 2005, 7:52pm by Tom Brady
05 Oct 2005, 02:09pm by Ned Macey
This relatively normal look at the first quarter of the Colts' season ends with the following: "The Colts find themselves in the comparatively soft part of their schedule. Their next five opponents consist of the 49ers, St. Louis (2-2), Houston twice (0-3) and New England (2-2). The next team on the schedule with a winning record is Cincinnati (4-0)." I think people may be slightly overreacting to the Patriots' struggles.
31 comments, Last at 06 Oct 2005, 7:53pm by Drew
05 Oct 2005, 10:06am by P. Ryan Wilson
When you're hiring consultants four weeks into the season, I don't think it's a vote of confidence for the incumbent coordinators who, along with Mike Tice, have the Vikings off to a rollicking 1-3 start.
38 comments, Last at 07 Oct 2005, 6:01pm by jds
05 Oct 2005, 12:51am by Aaron Schatz
Over at PROTRADE, a look at exactly how many points each penalty cost the Kansas City Chiefs in their loss to Denver two weeks ago. The numbers certainly highlight how penalties can hurt a team. The one problem with this, shown in an article by Michael David Smith from two seasons ago, is that over the long haul of a 16-game season there is no correlation between wins and net penalty yards.
11 comments, Last at 05 Oct 2005, 7:58pm by Purds
04 Oct 2005, 01:50pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Okey doke, here's the latest from Gregg Easterbrook. And remember, report cards are going out next week and I want to be able to tell your parents that, "(insert your name here) plays well with others, and has also stopped eating paste." So play nice.
86 comments, Last at 06 Oct 2005, 12:57pm by Carl
04 Oct 2005, 10:28am by P. Ryan Wilson
I'll conservatively set the over-under at three weeks until LaVar Arrington really starts making noise about his reduced role in the Redskins' defense. Interestingly, Gregg Williams has made this unit one of the best in football with only a few recognizable names and a lot of guys who can execute his complex schemes. Despite losing CB Fred Smoot and LB Antonio Pierce, the defense hasn't missed a beat, and could end up being the 2005 version of the 2000 Ravens.
19 comments, Last at 04 Oct 2005, 5:39pm by JonL
04 Oct 2005, 10:20am by P. Ryan Wilson
The only reason not to throw Alex Smith into the fire is if there's a chance he could end up like David Carr -- punch drunk from too many sacks to the head. Otherwise, what does San Francisco have to lose?
17 comments, Last at 04 Oct 2005, 11:25pm by andrew
03 Oct 2005, 09:01pm by Michael David Smith
For Lions fans, this is great, great news. For the next four games they won't have one of their receiver positions taken up by a guy who gives up on routes, can't go over the middle, and wouldn't know a downfield block if Hines Ward and Rod Smith wrote him an instruction manual. Plenty of people got on my case last year when I called Charles Rogers a bust, but let me phrase it to you like this: Like Ryan Leaf, Rogers was the second player chosen in the draft. What has Rogers accomplished that separates him from Leaf?
20 comments, Last at 05 Oct 2005, 2:20pm by Jim A
Part II of our injury series: Do some injuries become more common later in the NFL season? And has the NFL succeeded in cutting down on concussions?