14 Dec 2006, 12:26pm by Aaron Schatz
Hines Ward is widely regarded as one of the best receivers in the league at picking up first downs. But do the statistics back it up? (Click link to read more.)
14 Dec 2006, 11:15am by Aaron Schatz
Lamar Hunt was the Dallas oil man who turned Kansas City into a major league sports town, even though he never lived there. He was one of the men behind the AFL and he was responsible for the term "Super Bowl." He died last night at the age of 74 due to complications from prostate cancer.
26 comments, Last at 15 Dec 2006, 1:55pm by Richie
13 Dec 2006, 03:00pm by P. Ryan Wilson
There isn't much to this Star-Telegram piece but I'm posting it to point out that DeAngelo Hall might be the most overrated cornerback in the NFL. From the story: "Hall, in his third year, has four interceptions this season and is usually assigned to the opposing team's top receiver. While the Falcons' pass defense is ranked 31st in the league, the 5-foot-10, 197-pound Hall can stop some of the best wideouts in the league." That's funny because against No. 1 and No. 2 receivers the Falcons rank 30th and 32nd, according to DVOA. (Free registration/bugmenot required.)
37 comments, Last at 19 Dec 2006, 3:24pm by zlionsfan
13 Dec 2006, 01:28pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Did the Dolphins' defense know Tom Brady's protection calls? That would help explain the five quarterback sacks and endless pressure. The Boston Globe's Mike Reiss has an interesting look at what may have happened and how the Patriots are likely to combat it going forward.
39 comments, Last at 14 Dec 2006, 6:24pm by Sophandros
13 Dec 2006, 12:40pm by Mike Tanier
The Rookie of the Year race is coming down to the wire. Mike Tanier provides an analysis of which contenders remain. (Click link to read more.)
12 Dec 2006, 11:55pm by Bill Barnwell
Well, that didn't last long. Doug Gabriel's been cut by the Patriots, who will seemingly actually be employing a combination of Troy Brown, Reche Caldwell, and Jabar Gaffney as their wide receiver options. The Patriots also cut James Patrick, which makes sense, since he's 43 and can't skate.
38 comments, Last at 14 Dec 2006, 2:23pm by Sam!
12 Dec 2006, 03:11pm by P. Ryan Wilson
From Page 2: "TMQ is here to educate you that we're all inadequate losers standing in Mike Shanahan's shadow." (For the record, I'm an inadequate loser standing next to most people.)
57 comments, Last at 14 Dec 2006, 11:49am by zip
12 Dec 2006, 02:47pm by P. Ryan Wilson
From SI.com's Jeffri Chadiha: "After spending last week with the Titans, I started thinking that the NFL is becoming too complicated for its own good. I say this because the Titans have helped Young become an immediate success by keeping things simple. Instead of forcing him to fit into a system they've been running for years, they've modified their offense to fit his rare skills (a move that even included installing some of Young's college plays)." Somebody get Greg Knapp on the phone.
10 comments, Last at 13 Dec 2006, 2:38am by joe
12 Dec 2006, 01:35pm by Aaron Schatz
Are the Seahawks on their way to becoming the worst divisional champ of the DVOA era? Aaron Schatz takes a look. (Click link to read more.)
"Last team with the ball wins" is a cliche, but sometimes cliches are the best way to get across the central narrative of an important game. If you like great quarterback play, you have to watch the NFC Championship Game.