26 Jul 2005, 11:07am by Aaron Schatz
Wesleyan kid goes to Australia on a semester abroad and somehow stumbles his way into coaching an amateur American football team called the Kew Colts. 10 years later he's defensive coordinator for the two-time defending Super Bowl champs. Here's a pretty interesting feature on Eric Mangini from the Boston Globe. Among other things, it suggests that the Pats D will become more aggressive with blitzes this season.
4 comments, Last at 26 Jul 2005, 1:38pm by BBK
26 Jul 2005, 10:06am by P. Ryan Wilson
The Indianapolis Star gives Football Outsiders and Pro Football Prospectus a mention in today's paper. And even though Peyton Manning didn't top the list of quarterbacks to have the best season ever, according to the paper, at least FO kept it in the Colts family.
34 comments, Last at 28 Jul 2005, 1:46am by mactbone
25 Jul 2005, 01:37pm by Michael David Smith
Peter King is back. I know I've missed him. He says he's still going with the Patriots to win the Super Bowl even though they've lost Tedy Bruschi, who he describes as the second-most important player on the team. Peter also informs us that he'll be blogging from training camps this year. Why do I have a funny feeling that the honchos at SI.com just think "blogging" is a cooler way to describe King's stuff than "postcards from training camp," but the substance will be the same?
116 comments, Last at 30 Jul 2005, 1:19am by Jim A
25 Jul 2005, 10:03am by P. Ryan Wilson
There's a new sheriff in, uh, Gainesville. Urban Meyer is taking a zero tolerance approach to law-breakers on his team and he's using former UCLA coach John Wooden as inspiration. According to the article, to keep players out of trouble Meyer relies on, "peer pressure, a strong investment of assistant coaches in players' lives and a reward system that allows the coach to essentially spoil the players he likes."
28 comments, Last at 26 Jul 2005, 7:11pm by Kibbles
22 Jul 2005, 12:04pm by Michael David Smith
After the 1999 season, Jimmy Johnson made it clear to Dan Marino that it was time to move on, and the Dolphins would have their first new quarterback since Marino himself was a rookie. Marino was coming off his worst season but wasn't entirely ready to leave, and he considered a public offer from Dennis Green to join the Vikings.
That much is old news. What's interesting is to learn today that the Steelers wanted the Pittsburgh native to play one more year with them. Bill Cowher called, but Marino declined the offer.
27 comments, Last at 25 Jul 2005, 7:53am by Trogdor
20 Jul 2005, 06:01pm by Michael David Smith
Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi will miss the season after suffering a stroke two weeks after the Super Bowl. There's no word on whether he might be able to recover well enough to play in 2006.
18 comments, Last at 29 Jul 2005, 4:27pm by NF
20 Jul 2005, 12:54pm by Michael David Smith
Drew Rosenhaus will do anything to get his name in the papers, won't he? The agent performed CPR to save a young boy pulled unconscious from a swimming pool at a Disney World resort hotel Tuesday. The Chicago boy was on a trip with his family. He was transported to a hospital but was expected to be fine. In the brief moments that Rosenhaus's lips were near the boy's ears, he convinced him to refuse to do any household chores until his parents increase his allowance.
25 comments, Last at 26 Jul 2005, 9:48am by Bill
20 Jul 2005, 09:55am by P. Ryan Wilson
FO reader Adam has a post on his blog listing an eclectic mix of professional football players and then asking, "Which Career Would You Want?" This certainly isn't a list I would've come up with, but it does make you think. I would've said Jason Sehorn until I actually heard Angie Harmon speak, so instead, I'm going with Timmy Smith.
56 comments, Last at 25 Jul 2005, 2:41pm by Richie
19 Jul 2005, 05:18pm by Michael David Smith
The 49ers have hired Aaron Salkin their director of public relations. Why do we bother to mention this somewhat mundane story? Because it serves as a reminder of what happened to their last PR director, Kirk Reynolds, who resigned after the explicit training video he made became public.
4 comments, Last at 20 Jul 2005, 12:26pm by Chad Sexington
19 Jul 2005, 11:12am by Michael David Smith
Jim Parker, perhaps the best drive-blocking lineman in the history of football, has died. He was an Outland Trophy-winning two-way lineman at Ohio State. He played only offense in Baltimore and became the first one-way lineman in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
1 comment, Last at 19 Jul 2005, 12:44pm by Will Allen
Is a high-variance quarterback inherently worth more to a team that's a fringe contender? What in the heck has gotten into Jerricho Cotchery? Why is Jared Cook so confusing?