01 Apr 2005, 11:06pm by Aaron Schatz
Not an April Fools' Joke. Now we'll really see if the Denver line can make anyone into a great running back. In other running back news, Antowain Smith is going to New Orleans to back up Deuce McAllister, and Najeh Davenport re-signed with Green Bay, a good piece of news for them.
30 Mar 2005, 12:45am by Aaron Schatz
Well, Denver wins the award as the team that managed to actually trade a running back despite the current glut of available running backs. We'll get to see if Reuben Droughns is a creation of the Denver line or not. Meanwhile, the Broncos seem to have decided that the best way to upgrade their team is to re-create the 2004 Cleveland Browns defensive line. Which was, let's all admit, hugely successful.
29 Mar 2005, 07:10pm by Michael David Smith
And now, we have our first allegation of a juiced-up punter. Todd Sauerbrun is one of three Carolina Panthers that 60 Minutes is reporting filled prescriptions for testosterone cream. Jeff Mitchell and former Panther Todd Steussie are the other players implicated. What makes this story particularly interesting is that the prescriptions apparently were filled just a couple weeks before the players appeared in the Super Bowl.
28 Mar 2005, 11:24am by Aaron Schatz
Nick Saban's challenge in Miami is the lead on MMQB this week, although the notes are less about the Dolphins and more about Saban himself. I think the most important thing about Saban in Miami is that he's going to tear the whole thing up and start over, which means that fans should not expect an immediate turnaround. In other news, King compares Matt Jones to Mike Mamula, Ty Law needs a diet, SI.com puts this column on around 37 different pages, and apparently our very own Michael David Smith now works at a coffeehouse in Maui. (Read last item.)
21 Mar 2005, 02:40pm by P. Ryan Wilson
So is it the system or is it the player? Well, if you're talking about Cal head coach Jeff Tedford, a lot of people might tell you it's the former. Akili Smith started 17 games in his career and won three of them; Joey Harrington has struggled at times in Detroit and is perpetually in danger of losing his job; Kyle Boller had a QB-rating of 126.8 in college and has only managed a rating of 68.1 in the NFL. But Tedford has had some success too: Trent Dilfer has had a respectable career (including a Super Bowl), and David Carr has improved in each of his first three seasons in the league.
21 Mar 2005, 01:58pm by Aaron Schatz
Peter King in Hawaii for the owner's meetings, where not much is going on. But he does have some comments from Tony Dungy about how Indy will finally beat the Patriots this year. ("Don't do anything different" seems to be the answer.) Also, why does nobody want Najeh Davenport, why does everybody want David Pollack, and the Thursday night opening game will likely be Pittsburgh at New England. (Which, um, it turns out is not the case. The opening game is Oakland at New England.)
16 Mar 2005, 12:31pm by Michael David Smith
I can't decide if I like this idea or not. The NFL Competition Committee will recommend that blind-side plays on "unsuspecting" players -- such as Warren Sapp's block on Packers tackle Chad Clifton -- should be banished under the rules. On the one hand, I thought Sapp's play was bush league. On the other hand, the play wasn't over, and I don't want to see players penalized for playing hard until the whistle, which is what every coach at ever level tells every player to do. (Note: the first paragraph of this story incorrectly states that Sapp's hit was on a punt return.
15 Mar 2005, 12:32am by Aaron Schatz
Jeff Merron drops the weekly list over at ESPN Page 2, this week featuring the worst NFL free agent signings of all time. Scott Mitchell is #1 of course, but where is Peerless Price? Jeff! Peerless Price! Not even on the honorable mentions!
08 Mar 2005, 10:22am by P. Ryan Wilson
The Redskins front office needs an intervention (or maybe they need to start reading Football Outsiders). They've so bungled their salary cap that $22 million of it -- or more than 25 percent -- is "spent on players who already have departed the Redskins, likely won't be with the team next season or, as in Mark Brunell's case, will be with the club but not playing."
My favorite quote from the article: "One source with intimate knowledge of NFL players' contracts and team salary structures said no club has spent so much and gained so little as the Redskins."
Uh, do you think?
07 Mar 2005, 01:12pm by Aaron Schatz
Here are Peter King's thoughts on free agency so far. He's very big on the moves made by the Cowboys, although for someone who just wrote a column about Drew Bledsoe being over the hill, he sure does engage in a lot of Bledsoe hyperbole. ("The last time he played for Parcells he was the kind of bombs-away, productive player who put up enough numbers to merit a trip to Honolulu." Peter, that was nine years ago.) I can't argue with him about the other Dallas moves though.
The Wildcats receiver isn't the best athlete you'll ever see, but Matt Waldman says he could be an effective pro with small improvements in his technique.