15 Jan 2007, 11:32am by Aaron Schatz
Offense wins games, but defense wins championships. If that's the case, then the Saints and Colts are in trouble. (Click link to read more.)
15 Jan 2007, 01:11am by Mike Tanier
All the thoughts of the Football Outsiders staff from the weekend. (Click link to read more.)
14 Jan 2007, 06:12pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Remember what I said last week about the Cardinalss hiring Mike Sherman with a lot of good candidates still out there? Forget that because Arizona has tapped Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt to be their next head coach. This seems like a good move for the Cardinals and it might pave the way for the Steelers to hire Russ Grimm.
23 comments, Last at 16 Jan 2007, 4:57am by AHBM
12 Jan 2007, 05:14pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Big day for people named Gonzalez, I guess. The other Tony Gonzalez -- the 30-year-old 10-year vet -- agreed in principle to a five-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs. FOXSports.com's Jay Glazer reports that "the deal includes a stunning $17.75 million in guaranteed bonus money and averages more than $6.25 million per year â€” huge numbers for a tight end â€” with $18.75 million over the first three years."
33 comments, Last at 14 Jan 2007, 6:52pm by Pat
12 Jan 2007, 12:11pm by Aaron Schatz
I don't know much about Ohio State wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez. I just wanted to point out that next year we're going to have two Tony Gonzalezes and two Steve Smiths. This is going to be a pain in the ass. I thought two Alex Smiths were bad enough, but the two Steve Smiths play the same position. It hasn't been this bad since the Rams had Mike A. Jones and Mike D. Jones. Damn you, common names! Maybe we can get Steve Smith from USC to re-name himself "LeSteve Smith" or something.
108 comments, Last at 15 Jan 2007, 1:45pm by Will Allen
12 Jan 2007, 01:18am by Aaron Schatz
Eight teams remain in the NFL playoffs. Want to know which of them are the most blitz happy? (Click link to read more.)
11 Jan 2007, 04:37pm by P. Ryan Wilson
According to ProFootballTalk.com, former Green Bay head coach Mike Sherman's got the Arizona job. With guys like Cam Cameron, Ken Whisenhunt, Russ Grimm and Ron Rivera available, it's kinda surprising the Cardinals went with Sherman. Sure, Cameron and Rivera would not have been able to accept the position until their respective season's were over, but what's the rush? I don't think other teams were beating down Sherman's door to hire him.
70 comments, Last at 14 Jan 2007, 5:41pm by Mac
10 Jan 2007, 10:18pm by Aaron Schatz
Yeah, I don't get this at all. The Giants have faded late now for two straight years. Coughlin was hired to enforce discipline but the Giants are still one of the most penalized teams in the league. The franchise quarterback actually took a step backwards this season and the defense looked completely confused for the second half of the year. Look, there is no way for me to produce statistics that tell you that the players hate his guts, but that doesn't mean it isn't costing the Giants games. What is the argument for keeping this guy?
86 comments, Last at 13 Jan 2007, 2:39pm by sippican
10 Jan 2007, 05:41pm by P. Ryan Wilson
So, does Michael Irvin get in on his third try? Is this finally Art Monk's year? Does Paul Tagliabue get the nod? And for the love of god, can we get Ray Guy into the Hall of Fame already? According to the article, he was the first punter to hit Louisiana Superdome scoreboard ... that counts for something, right? Offensive lineman Bruce Matthews is the only former player in his first year of eligibility.
94 comments, Last at 02 Feb 2007, 12:02pm by Tom Kercheval
10 Jan 2007, 04:31pm by Aaron Schatz
In case you missed this last week, an enjoyable article about the 1987 Fiesta Bowl, one of the most important college football games ever played. Because #1 Miami and #2 Penn State were both independents, the second-class Fiesta Bowl could outbid all other bowl games to set up a national championship game. That got people thinking about having such a game each year, which eventually led to the BCS -- and it was because of this game that the Fiesta Bowl ended up in the big four, instead of a bowl with more history like the Cotton Bowl.
24 comments, Last at 26 Jan 2007, 6:57pm by Barb
It's a year of huge cornerback contracts, with A.J. Bouye and Stephon Gilmore breaking the bank. But will these big-money contracts, and the big-time gambles associated with them, pay off?