07 Oct 2005, 09:19am by P. Ryan Wilson
Reader J. Foglas sends along this link to "Ask Jerry Markbreit." Growing up, Markbreit was my favorite referee (still not sure why -- maybe it was because he seemingly officiated every game), and now he has a weekly Q & A. And as CaffeineMan requested in another thread, this is my attempt to link to something with a little more substance, but not quite so sensational. (Although, who doesn't love this story? Seriously.
25 comments, Last at 10 Oct 2005, 11:08pm by CaffeineMan
06 Oct 2005, 09:31am by P. Ryan Wilson
Uh oh. The Kool-Aid Brigade (which is part of the "Are You Disrespecting Me?" Branch) is in full effect. New KAB spokesman, Tom Brady, had a few choice words in response to Schottenheimer's comments following Sunday's game. At the time, Schottenheimer said, "that every team comes to a tipping point when it comes to injuries." Brady responded with, "You don't talk about our team. He has no business talking about our team."
63 comments, Last at 07 Oct 2005, 6:04pm by Purds
05 Oct 2005, 11:46pm by P. Ryan Wilson
"J.P. is the starter, and we're going with J.P." That was Mike Mularkey after Sunday's loss to the Saints. "I'm not going to talk about starters at any position for either team today." That was Mike Mularkey today at his press conference (via the NFL Network).
Personally, I think the media have every right to press Mularkey on this issue because to say you're not going to talk about something usually means you're hiding something. And while the coach is well within his rights to withhold such information, the media have just as much right to ask tough questions.
10 comments, Last at 06 Oct 2005, 5:09pm by Joe
05 Oct 2005, 06:46pm by Michael David Smith
A disturbing story out of St. Louis. Mike Martz was hospitalized before last week's game with what doctors called a sinus infection. He now says he has a heart infection that is keeping him from being with the team at practices.
14 comments, Last at 06 Oct 2005, 11:03am by princeton73
05 Oct 2005, 05:55pm by Aaron Schatz
Whatever became of Martin Gramatica? After surgery to repair tears in his lower adductor muscle and lower abdomen, he says his struggles are behind him, and he's ready to return to the NFL.
11 comments, Last at 06 Oct 2005, 7:52pm by Tom Brady
05 Oct 2005, 02:09pm by Ned Macey
This relatively normal look at the first quarter of the Colts' season ends with the following: "The Colts find themselves in the comparatively soft part of their schedule. Their next five opponents consist of the 49ers, St. Louis (2-2), Houston twice (0-3) and New England (2-2). The next team on the schedule with a winning record is Cincinnati (4-0)." I think people may be slightly overreacting to the Patriots' struggles.
31 comments, Last at 06 Oct 2005, 7:53pm by Drew
05 Oct 2005, 10:06am by P. Ryan Wilson
When you're hiring consultants four weeks into the season, I don't think it's a vote of confidence for the incumbent coordinators who, along with Mike Tice, have the Vikings off to a rollicking 1-3 start.
38 comments, Last at 07 Oct 2005, 6:01pm by jds
05 Oct 2005, 12:51am by Aaron Schatz
Over at PROTRADE, a look at exactly how many points each penalty cost the Kansas City Chiefs in their loss to Denver two weeks ago. The numbers certainly highlight how penalties can hurt a team. The one problem with this, shown in an article by Michael David Smith from two seasons ago, is that over the long haul of a 16-game season there is no correlation between wins and net penalty yards.
11 comments, Last at 05 Oct 2005, 7:58pm by Purds
04 Oct 2005, 01:50pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Okey doke, here's the latest from Gregg Easterbrook. And remember, report cards are going out next week and I want to be able to tell your parents that, "(insert your name here) plays well with others, and has also stopped eating paste." So play nice.
86 comments, Last at 06 Oct 2005, 12:57pm by Carl
04 Oct 2005, 10:28am by P. Ryan Wilson
I'll conservatively set the over-under at three weeks until LaVar Arrington really starts making noise about his reduced role in the Redskins' defense. Interestingly, Gregg Williams has made this unit one of the best in football with only a few recognizable names and a lot of guys who can execute his complex schemes. Despite losing CB Fred Smoot and LB Antonio Pierce, the defense hasn't missed a beat, and could end up being the 2005 version of the 2000 Ravens.
19 comments, Last at 04 Oct 2005, 5:39pm by JonL
How did New England find the right combination of offensive linemen this season, and where are Seattle's biggest weaknesses in pass protection?