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15 Nov 2005, 05:50pm by P. Ryan Wilson

No Definite Decision at QB

Charlie Batch is out. Ben Roethlisberger is questionable. Which I guess makes Tommy Maddox the starter ... or does it? I know Antwaan Randle El hasn't played QB since 2002, but if Maddox comes out like he did against Jacksonville, is there any reason not to make the switch? Seriously?

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21 comments, Last at 16 Nov 2005, 7:45pm by Matt Weiner

15 Nov 2005, 03:55pm by Michael David Smith

TMQ: Is Halloween the New Thanksgiving?

In this week's Tuesday Morning Quarterback, Gregg Easterbrook wonders whether offensive coordinators advance their careers only by calling passes, since clubs looking for offensive coordinators to hire are swayed by flashy passing stats. He also suggests that stores are putting up their Christmas displays about three weeks too early.

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34 comments, Last at 16 Nov 2005, 7:41pm by Jerry

15 Nov 2005, 10:01am by P. Ryan Wilson

Gibbs: Officials Were Wrong

Head coach Joe Gibbs spent much of Monday documenting all the officiating mistakes that cost Washington a win against Tampa Bay. Many Redskins players said the game shouldn't have come down to the final play, but oddly, Gibbs didn't agree: "You'd like to say, 'Well, we don't want it to come down to that' "he said. "But to be quite truthful, up here it can come down to that."

Of course, if it wasn't for one controversial play that favored the Redskins (Ladell Betts' kickoff return for a touchdown), we wouldn't be having this conversation. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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44 comments, Last at 26 Nov 2005, 11:55am by Bob Palmer

14 Nov 2005, 10:01pm by Michael David Smith

Bears' Kreutz Breaks Miller's Jaw in Fight

Chicago offensive lineman Fred Miller missed Sunday's Bears game with a broken jaw. He initially told the team he broke his jaw in a fall in his home. Now he admits he broke it when teammate Olin Kreutz punched him. Personally, I would have bet on Miller in that fight -- he's the bigger guy, and he tends to rely on brute strength in his blocking, while Kreutz succeeds more on superior technique. I think this is my favorite sentence of the year:

"Olin and I don't have a problem with each other," said Miller, who has a steel plate in his jaw.

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28 comments, Last at 18 Nov 2005, 7:43pm by Michael David Smith

14 Nov 2005, 12:09pm by Michael David Smith

MMQB: Arbitrator Could Cause Chaos

What happens if an arbitrator sides with Terrell Owens and rules that T.O. can't be deactivated for the rest of the season? Peter King envisions a future where players can become free agents in the middle of the season just for acting like jerks. I don't buy it. I think this mess in Philadelphia is a once-in-a-lifetime situation, not a harbinger. More interesting to me is whether T.O. could play for another team this year. Jerk or not, if he goes through waivers, wouldn't you want him on your team? I would.

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79 comments, Last at 16 Nov 2005, 11:09pm by Ryan

14 Nov 2005, 11:30am by P. Ryan Wilson

One Catch, but Rogers Grinning

For the first time in a long time, Joey Harrington didn't have to answer questions about the struggling Lions offense. Sunday, he completed 69% of his passes, and threw three TDs with no interceptions. Charles Rogers, on the other hand, is fresh off a four game suspension (and was inactive for another one), and had one catch for a whopping four yards yesterday. Given that he hasn't really done anything since being drafted, I'm not exactly sure why he was grinning after the game. Oh right, the $14 million signing bonus.

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5 comments, Last at 14 Nov 2005, 6:35pm by Browns Dude

13 Nov 2005, 09:51am by Michael David Smith

Carr's Dad Barred from Texans Practice

Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle criticizes Dom Capers for closing practices to outsiders, which means David Carr's dad can no longer watch his son, which he has done as long as David has played football. I'd criticize Capers, too -- for not doing this years ago. What on earth was he ever doing there in the first place? Quick question for Mr. Justice (whose work I usually like): If a young reporter for the Chronicle brought his dad with him to the newsroom every day for four years, would the editors have a problem with it?

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7 comments, Last at 14 Nov 2005, 5:02pm by JonL

12 Nov 2005, 08:39pm by Aaron Schatz

Brown Clinches Ivy League Championship

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the new Official Favorite Player of Football Outsiders, running back Nick Hartigan. Now we all have a reason to pay attention on the second day of the draft!

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10 comments, Last at 16 Aug 2006, 2:22am by Angel

12 Nov 2005, 10:56am by P. Ryan Wilson

Show Clemson-USC Game or be Deported

Remember when Peter King said:

"I think the one thing you can't understand unless you live somewhere on the Eastern Seaboard between Washington and Boston -- or unless you once lived there -- is the intensity of a big sports event."

Yeah, I don't recall any legislators between Washington and Boston ever threatening to send people to Gitmo for not televising a football game. (Thanks to Trogdor for the heads-up)

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14 comments, Last at 14 Nov 2005, 7:30pm by BillWallace

11 Nov 2005, 09:39pm by Al Bogdan

NFL, L.A. Coliseum Reach Preliminary Deal

The NFL has reached an agreement with Los Angeles to bring professional football back to the L.A. Coliseum. That agreement, however, doesn't specify when exactly this team will be playing in L.A. or which team that will be. It's doubtful the NFL will go to 33 teams and screw up the eight, four-team division format the league currently has. So, who's going to move to L.A.? The Saints are the obvious choice, but I'd put my money on the Jaguars.

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18 comments, Last at 14 Nov 2005, 5:23pm by Richie