15 Nov 2006, 01:35pm by P. Ryan Wilson
I'm a big fan of playing football on grass, but between awful weather and 22 fat guys slopping up and down the field for three hours a week, teams in the Northeastern United States inevitably end up playing on dirt surfaces by the middle of November. A few years ago the Steelers installed a hybrid natural grass/artificial turf surface with mixed results. (A lot of that has to do with sharing a field with the University of Pittsburgh and the local high school playoffs). To paraphrase Lloyd Dobler, I guess Field Turf is the wave of the future for most cold-climate teams.
41 comments, Last at 17 Nov 2006, 4:46pm by TimW
15 Nov 2006, 11:00am by P. Ryan Wilson
It looks like Clinton Portis will be out more than three or four weeks. Portis, who broke his hand in Sunday's loss to the Eagles, says he expects to be out twice as long as originally reported and the Redskins are considering placing him on injured reserve. T.J. Duckett will get his first extended action since coming over from the Falcons this summer. (free registration/bugmenot required)
13 comments, Last at 16 Nov 2006, 10:12pm by BillWallace
15 Nov 2006, 01:35am by P. Ryan Wilson
I don't know what to say about this so I'll just rip off MJD's AOL FanHouse post: "Tom Brady threw an interception against the Jets, and the rightful thing to do is to bench him for Vinny Testaverde. Tom Brady screams 'mediocrity.' Vinny Testaverde screams 'Italian Superhero.'"
41 comments, Last at 16 Nov 2006, 3:11am by Zac
14 Nov 2006, 09:16pm by Aaron Schatz
Will Mike Vick ever turn into a quality passer? The better question may be whether or not Mike Vick is the most unique quarterback in NFL history. (Click link to read more.)
14 Nov 2006, 02:37pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Good news ladies -- and ladies who recently became men -- NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says there are no male-only eligibility rules. All humans are welcome "as long as they are three years out of high school and have a usable football skill set." The Cardinals offensive line certainly meets the "being human" requirement, but the part about having "a usable football skill set" is up for debate.
64 comments, Last at 16 Nov 2006, 5:48pm by Zac
14 Nov 2006, 11:13am by P. Ryan Wilson
After last Sunday's loss to the Broncos, Raiders quarterback Andrew Walter complained that Oakland's offense was too predictable (insert Tom Walsh bed and breakfast joke here). Well, head coach Art Shell doesn't take kindly to malcontents: "You have to be accountable for what you do ... [F]or him to come out and say those things, [that's] totally off-base as far as I'm concerned." So instead of punishing Walter, Shell will punish the entire Raiders fan base by starting Aaron Brooks. Yeah, that'll fix it.
28 comments, Last at 16 Nov 2006, 4:46am by Peter Libero
13 Nov 2006, 09:32pm by Mike Tanier
Highlights from this week’s Audibles at the Line. (Click link to read more.)
13 Nov 2006, 09:23pm by Mike Tanier
Think having five defensive starters hurt is a problem? Not if you are Tim Lewis and the New York Giants. (Click link to read more.)
13 Nov 2006, 07:18pm by Aaron Schatz
Go back to your Pro Football Prospectus 2006. Read what David Lewin wrote about Philip Rivers. Be amazed at how accurate it was. Look at the projection for Jason Campbell. Note that no recent top QB prospect has both more college starts and a higher collegiate completion percentage than Campbell. Adjust expectations of possible late-season Washington upsets accordingly.
37 comments, Last at 15 Nov 2006, 1:28am by Erasmus
Given the historical success of undrafted quarterbacks in the NFL, Tony Romo might as well be a national treasure. We look at the impact of developmental leagues on undrafted quarterbacks, and just how many players have tried to break through in a recent season.