13 Sep 2004, 02:08pm by Aaron Schatz
I am curious to see what people think of ESPN's new weekly Monday Page 2 column analyzing quarterbacks. It features the usual Page 2 folks, and a couple of new ESPN people including Michael "not David" Smith, ex- of the Boston Globe.
13 Sep 2004, 10:50am by Aaron Schatz
Peter King starts his column today in the exact same way I was planning on starting my column tomorrow -- by reminding everyone not to get carried away by the results of Week 1. But he's pretty excited about the Cleveland Browns anyway. From his description of the game, an improved defense was a big part of keeping Jamal Lewis in check. Of course, we all know that 370+ carries in 2003 was also a big part of keeping Jamal Lewis in check... probably for much of this season. Peter also reveals that there will now be a Tuesday version of MMQB.
09 Sep 2004, 02:33pm by Aaron Schatz
With Hurricane Ivan heading ashore, the Titans and Dolphins have agreed to move their game to Saturday at 1 p.m., the NFL announced today. Unfortunately, the game will only be televised in the Miami and Tennessee areas by CBS. On the important side, how many of these huge storms are going to hit Florida this year before the whole state just collapses? I know when you live down there you expect to be hit by a hurricane every so often but this is really terrible. Three in a row. I seriously feel for those people.
08 Sep 2004, 05:24pm by Aaron Schatz
The astonishing conceit of the latest article from B. Duane Cross is that NFL and CFL statistics are equivalent.
08 Sep 2004, 09:53am by P. Ryan Wilson
Pat Kirwan has some thoughts on how the new pass interference rules might affect strategy on both sides of the ball this season. He talked to some coaches around the league and based on what he's heard, don't be surprised to see a lot more corner blitzes (since CBs will be marginalized anyway), the return of the Smurfs (diminutive receivers, not Brainy, Papa or Smurfette), and defensive schemes that include doubling the wide receiver at the line of scrimmage (just like in punting situations). Of course, by week five this may all be moot if the officials don't continue to enforce the new rule.
07 Sep 2004, 02:03pm by admin
TMQ's All Predictions Wrong or Your Money Back haikus, plus a nice big shoutout to Football Outsiders. Thanks, Gregg!
07 Sep 2004, 01:16pm by admin
After watching Oregon State blow an opportunity to upset defending champion LSU because of missed extra points, King Kaufman has a suggestion: abolish kickers (although his verb choice was somewhat harsher than 'abolish'). I know the field was underwater, but how do you miss three extra points in one game? (free registration required -- it's the "Free Pass" option)
06 Sep 2004, 11:01am by admin
Labor Day, Schmabor Day. Peter King reports for duty and exhibits more cojones than your average preseason prognosticator. Actually, Peter and I agree on a lot of things... We both like Seattle, we're both off the Jaguars bandwagon, and we both get a strange not-so-fresh feeling from the Eagles. Peter's playoff teams are mostly repeats of last season (including the Cowboys, surprise) but he has some interesting AFC 9-7 picks: Steelers, Browns, and Bills. (Yes, I did originally type "MMBQ" by mistake, "Monday Morning Barbeque.")
03 Sep 2004, 11:05am by admin
Is it bad when an eight-year veteran who had four 1,000-yard seasons doesn't know how the preseason works? Well, Chris Collinsworth admits that he's no longer going to pick his Super Bowl winners based solely on preseason performances. It makes you wonder if there's any correlation at all between being a former player and knowledge of the game. I mean honestly, I'll take John Clayton over Sean Salisbury and Ed Werder over Michael Irvin every time. I like Tom Jackson, but after him, I can't think of one former player whose opinion I value.
03 Sep 2004, 07:43am by admin
Apparently Madden 2005 fans are up in arms because of a glitch in the program that gives an unfair advantage to the offensive player. In fact, there's a petition going around demanding that a patch be released to fix the problem.
Sidney Rice has retired. Is he the most random single-season DYAR leader ever? One-year wonder? Injury prone? We offer a career retrospective for the second-best wide receiver named Rice in NFL history.