06 Oct 2004, 11:30pm by Aaron Schatz
In this week's strategy analysis, our buddy William Krasker looks at the "surprise" onside kick by Tennessee, a play also discussed in Tuesday's TMQ. Other issues discussed: Was Jacksonville correct to go for broke with the 40-yard touchdown on 4th-and-1? (All plays look good if they work, but was it the right gamble?) What the heck was Kansas City doing with its timeouts in the first quarter Monday night? And, what I thought might have been the strangest, most pointless decision of the weekend: How wussy was it for San Francisco to punt from the St. Louis 30-yard line?
06 Oct 2004, 01:16pm by Michael David Smith
This is the type of comment that makes me love Dr. Z:
Baltimore Ravens (2-2)
05 Oct 2004, 01:58pm by Aaron Schatz
In today's TMQ, Gregg Easterbrook wonders at Emmitt Smith's first career pass, celebrates Randy Hymes and Jason Dunn, and properly delivers the Worst Blocks award to the Buffalo offensive line for the play where they stood around with blank looks on their faces while Richard Seymour took the ball from Drew Bledsoe and lumbered into the end zone.
05 Oct 2004, 12:18pm by Al Bogdan
Najeh Davenport is being sued for his infamous encounter with a laundry basket in a woman's dorm room closet. Let the "#2 running back" jokes begin.
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05 Oct 2004, 09:25am by P. Ryan Wilson
Well, apparently it's pretty easy to beat up on Ray Lewis. All you need is an all-world running back, an all-world offensive line, a quarterback that doesn't make mistakes, and the ability to keep the Ravens on the field for 40 minutes. It's hard to even fault the Baltimore defense in this game. They were on the field for 78 plays -- almost twice as many as their offense, and other than a flea-flicker in the first half, Boller and company looked pretty mediocre.
04 Oct 2004, 02:31pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's today's ESPN Page 2 Snap Judgment, featuring quarterback ratings and comments by yours truly. The other writers ooh and ah over Peyton Manning, but actually Manning didn't have such a great day yesterday. Sure, there is a major difference in the defenses, but who expected that Byron Leftwich would outpass Manning by 100 yards -- and that the Colts would win anyway? Now featuring some additional commentary on how Terrell Owens really has made the difference for Donovan McNabb this season.
04 Oct 2004, 11:22am by Al Bogdan
Peter King tells us how good his life is and brags about how his daughter is friends with Ken Starr's niece. There are some football notes in there as well and a pretty good joke about the Nets.
04 Oct 2004, 09:10am by P. Ryan Wilson
In Terry Bradshaw's weekly column, he writes that the Pats, Steelers, and Cards were all impressive Sunday, while Carson Palmer, the Titans, and the Chiefs -- even though they haven't played yet -- were disappointments. Bradshaw also makes the point that "more and more coaches challenge calls they shouldn't and that many of them don't know the rules." I'm guessing he was watching the Redskins game...again.
01 Oct 2004, 12:29pm by Michael David Smith
More on the Joey Harrington controversy, but this time Curt Sylvester of the Detroit Free Press morphs it into a ranking of the toughest guys in recent league history. A certain Detroit Lions GM makes the list. Please use the comments to discuss notable omissions, but I must say this: Anyone who writes about football for a living and thinks Jim McMahon is tougher than Ray Lewis ought to consider a new line of work.
01 Oct 2004, 10:45am by Michael David Smith
Pat Tillman was Jake Plummer's teammate at Arizona State and with the Cardinals, and Plummer wanted to honor Tillman by keeping the No. 40 decal on his helmet for the entire season, instead of taking it off after one game as the league mandated. But after being threatened with a $30,000 fine, Plummer has decided to take the sticker off his helmet. Here's my question: What does the league think it's accomplishing?
Lane Johnson and D.J. Fluker were selected high in the draft, but both have troubling flaws in pass protection according to Word of Muth.