28 Dec 2004, 01:57pm by Aaron Schatz
In Christmas craziness we missed this article by Dr. Z on the growth of defensive linemen across the league. Dr. Z is not a big fan of large linemen, feeling that they lose effectiveness late in games and late in the season. Interestingly, one of the linemen that he criticizes is Grady Jackson of Green Bay, a favorite of Football Outsiders. Green Bay's run defense has declined a bit over the past couple games, although I'm not sure this is because Jackson himself is weaker.
27 Dec 2004, 02:52pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's the latest Snap Judgment column at ESPN Page 2, featuring the Football Outsiders QB ratings. This week's ratings flip things around to look at the best and worst receivers. The main column asks if San Diego looks better or worse after their overtime loss to Indianapolis, and which AFC wild card team could actually make some noise. Plus, look who made it into the "Quick Hits" portion of the column!
26 Dec 2004, 03:01pm by Aaron Schatz
Defensive end Reggie White passed away this morning, only 43 years old, of an apparent heart attack. He did not even live to see his induction into the Hall of Fame, which will surely come next year.
22 Dec 2004, 05:28pm by Russell Levine
The NFL has announced its Pro Bowl rosters. Here's the AFC squad, and here's the team from that other conference that's really not very good. Looks like the Eagles lead the way with nine selections. Let the controversy begin! Although that would imply that people actually care about the Pro Bowl. Feel free to discuss here or in the Open Pro Bowl Discussion Thread on the main page.
22 Dec 2004, 02:01pm by Aaron Schatz
The latest analysis from our friend William Krasker on strategic decisions of the last three weeks. What was Dallas thinking by going for two in the first half of its Week 13 game against Seattle? Why should Minnesota have never even been in a situation where they needed a botched extra point to avoid overtime against Detroit? And what's the deal with Jeff Fisher and onside kicks?
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21 Dec 2004, 02:24pm by Aaron Schatz
Our friend Gregg Easterbrook has more on the mediocrity of the NFC, his all-released All-Pro team, and his usual look at sweet plays, sour plays, good blocks, and chickening out. He also thinks the Patriots are a little distracted right now. Oh Notre Dame, why do you hurt us?
20 Dec 2004, 06:22pm by Russell Levine
Uh oh, Philly fans, here comes the news you really, really didn't want to hear. There's an "outside shot" Terrell Owens could return in time for the Super Bowl, but he's likely out for the season.
20 Dec 2004, 05:07pm by Michael David Smith
The Packers' Robert Ferguson will spend tonight in the hospital after being clotheslined by Donovin Darius. Darius insists he didn't mean to hurt anyone. I'm not sure from looking at the tape. But here's my real question: Why is it that the penalty for a cheap shot is 15 yards, and the penalty for pointing at someone after making a big play is 15 yards? Yes, I know Darius was also ejected, but players who deliver illegal blows usually get only the 15 with no ejection. I'm thinking that if I played in the NFL I'd rather have someone taunt me than try to decapitate me.
20 Dec 2004, 04:50pm by Aaron Schatz
I'm setting new records for mean e-mail with today's Snap Judgment QB ratings at ESPN.com, thanks to a look at quarterbacks whose rookie years were similar to Eli Manning. Let's get the angry e-mails out of the way now. Yes, I know there are a number of reasons why Manning has struggled this season that have nothing to do with him personally. Yes, he had a very good game on Saturday and his numbers could look very different in two weeks. But the list of similar rookies is, shall we say, unpleasant, even after taking Saturday into account.
20 Dec 2004, 02:26pm by Aaron Schatz
This week Peter King sings the praises of Eli Manning, criticizes Jake Delhomme for his play-faking ability, calls out Shaun Alexander for being a wuss (!), and tells an odd story about a woman at a bar with some really strange ideas about the NFL.