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.
06 Mar 2005, 10:36pm by Aaron Schatz
Um, if you were a long-suffering franchise trying to build with youth, would you sign an over-the-hill veteran quarterback to a one-year contract to be your starter? Unless Arizona is going to draft a quarterback to learn under Warner, this seems like a colossal running-in-place move. At least the offensive line there does an okay job of pass protection.
04 Mar 2005, 04:50pm by Aaron Schatz
Dr. Z looks at teams that dominated the NFL for long periods throughout its history. What caused each of these teams to fall from its perch atop the NFL, and what lesson does that hold for the Patriots? It won't shock you that aging players are the leading destroyer of dynasties, but one aging player in particular: the quarterback. The 50s Lions fell apart when Bobby Layne got old, the 60s Packers when Bart Starr got old, the 70s Steelers when Terry Bradshaw got old, the 90s Cowboys when Troy Aikman got old. The 49ers avoided this problem thanks to Steve Young.
1 comment, Last at 22 Jul 2005, 8:40am by Nick
03 Mar 2005, 11:15am by P. Ryan Wilson
This might be the most intriguing trade of the off-season so far (Randy Moss who?). Seriously, I'd be interested to hear how Patriots fans feel about New England giving up a third round pick for cornerback Duane Starks. He's currently in the middle of a 5-year $23 million contract, he's undersized (5-10, 174 lbs.), and often injured. And he's also not very physical -- something the Patriots like in their cornerbacks to help defend against the run.
25 Feb 2005, 07:08pm by Aaron Schatz
I'm determined not to toss every player cut or trade rumor into Extra Points, but I think that these two are big enough to get a separate thread. The Patriots cut Ty Law today, possibly the league's best cornerback prior to this season's foot injury. The Panthers cut Muhsin Muhammad, who of course had just an insanely good year in 2004 but was owed a bonus consisting of $10 million plus John Fox's first-born grandchild and his own Carribean island. Oh, salary cap, is no one spared your merciless wrath?
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.