13 Apr 2005, 02:47pm by Aaron Schatz
Here you go, the 2005 schedule has officially been announced. I mentioned when this was first posted that the league had set things up so the Steelers would need to beat the Patriots in order to match their regular season record of 18 straight victories. It turns out this is slightly wrong. New England travels to Pittsburgh in Week 3, which would represent Pittsburgh's 17th straight regular season win, one short of the record. Then the Steelers get a bye and, assuming they are 3-0, would try to tie the record in San Diego on Monday Night Football.
11 Apr 2005, 12:55pm by Michael David Smith
One of my favorite things Peter King does every year before the draft is he watches tape of the top quarterback prospects and discusses what he sees with experts on the quarterback position. I remember he wrote an article after doing that in 1998 and said Peyton Manning was clearly superior to Ryan Leaf. This year he says Aaron Rodgers is better than Alex Smith (I agree), Jason Campbell has first-round talent, Charlie Frye is overrated, and Derek Anderson could be a second-day steal.
11 Apr 2005, 10:53am by Aaron Schatz
I think Mike Reiss of the Metrowest Daily News may have competition for the title of "local NFL writer most deserving of national exposure." While most local beat guys are rehashing the same ideas over and over, Paul Kuharsky of The Tennessean always seems to come up with an angle that isn't really new, just woefully under-covered. Today the issue is college running backs transitioning to the NFL and the difficulty they have with far more complex blitz pickup schemes in the pros.
08 Apr 2005, 11:50am by P. Ryan Wilson
The Matt Jones bandwagon is gaining momentum as the NFL draft approaches. In early February, Jones was considered a 3rd or 4th round project at WR because he was a QB in college.
06 Apr 2005, 07:08pm by Russell Levine
Some stiff over at Page 2 says that Big Ten backs pale in comparison to their SEC brethren. Oh yeah? What does he know? How about that fine stable of Michigan tailbacks, perennial Pro-Bowlers such as Tyrone Wheatley, Anthony Thomas, and the immortal Tshimanga Biakabutuka?
OK, in all seriouness, this article by our very own Aaron Schatz advises NFL teams looking for a stud ball-carrier to avoid the "three yards and a cloud of dust" league -- and with good reason.
06 Apr 2005, 10:18am by Al Bogdan
Not the best off-season for Michael Vick, a.k.a. Ron Mexico. First came the revelation that Vick and associates were involved in the disappearance of a airport security officer's Rolex. Now, TheSmokingGun.com is revealing details of a lawsuit filed against Vick for allegedly giving a woman herpes. According to the lawsuit, Vick uses the name "Ron Mexico" when he receives treatment for his condition.
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.)
Denver remains No. 1 in the Football Outsiders DVOA ratings, but New England moves up to No. 2 and has taken over as our Super Bowl favorite.