24 Sep 2005, 12:10pm by Michael David Smith
I post this not because anyone really cares who Don Banks thinks is going to win on Sunday, but because I was intrigued by this comment about the Falcons-Bills matchup:
I know it's heresy and I'll be excommunicated for suggesting it, but if the Falcons have to play Matt Schaub for the injured Michael Vick, they will improve offensively. Atlanta will be more balanced and feature a more potent passing game without Vick and his one-of-a-kind rushing threat. Remember, folks. You heard it here first.
17 comments, Last at 26 Sep 2005, 10:23am by JonL
23 Sep 2005, 06:16pm by Michael David Smith
The NFL has fined Mike Shanahan $20,000 for criticizing the game officials who negated a Broncos touchdown in Sunday's victory over the Chargers. For those who missed it, here's what happened:
27 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2005, 3:45am by Kibbles
22 Sep 2005, 02:04pm by Michael David Smith
I'm not a big fan of these SI.com features where one of their writers writes a couple of hundred words but they space it out into 10 pages with photos. But I am a big fan of Dr. Z, so the link goes to his choice for the best receiver in the NFL, and you can click the arrows to see the rest.
Actually, I disagree very, very strongly with Dr. Z here, but I'm going to keep my reasons quiet for now and reveal them in a future edition of Every Play Counts. And that, my friends, is what is known as a tease.
121 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2005, 3:56am by DavidH
22 Sep 2005, 10:23am by Aaron Schatz
Jay Glazer looks at the top coaching candidates as the rumor mill (Tice) gets spinning (Tice) extra early this year (Tice). Our man Jim Schwartz is here. (When you read "Schwartz has worked with statistical analysts to study down-and-distance decisions," or some such thing, that's a reference to FO.) So is Pittsburgh O-Line coach Russ Grimm, who was also mentioned as a possible head coaching candidate in the Steelers chapter of PFP 2005.
47 comments, Last at 24 Sep 2005, 2:55am by Aaron
22 Sep 2005, 08:55am by P. Ryan Wilson
Dr. Z's Week 2 power rankings have a new number one: the Indianapolis Colts. In fact, the top six spots are all occupied by new teams. He also ranks the Falcons ahead of the Eagles (and the Redskins ahead of the Cowboys), introduces TV bubbleheads to Alan Ameche, and has his preseason pick to win the AFC North ranked 27th. You know things are weird when the Browns and the 49ers are ranked ahead of the Ravens and Vikings.
60 comments, Last at 23 Sep 2005, 3:56pm by TomC
20 Sep 2005, 04:16pm by Michael David Smith
In typically small-c catholic TMQ fashion, Gregg Easterbrook begins this week with a discussion not of the football team in Tennessee but with a NASA rocket. We also get an assortment of pictures of ladies, not just Lora, a cheerleader for the Eagles, but also Marie Antoinette.
130 comments, Last at 26 Sep 2005, 8:17pm by j
20 Sep 2005, 12:34pm by Al Bogdan
I know I wasn't the only one surprised that Bill Belichick didn't challenge Stephen Davis' first touchdown on Sunday when it appeared that he had fumbled before reaching the goal line. According to Belichick, he didn't challenge the call because of what he feels is the misguided NFL policy to not have cameras at either side of the goal line. Without such cameras, it appears that Belichick thinks it's a waste of time to make most goal line challenges. Why doesn't the NFL have goal line cameras? It makes too much sense not to do.
81 comments, Last at 26 Sep 2005, 3:31am by marc
19 Sep 2005, 10:05pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Here's an interesting story on how the 49ers are using some advanced statistical methods to evaluate college and pro players, something no other NFL team is currently doing. Much like the statistical revolution in baseball, not every GM or head coach believes that the nerd with the pocket protector and a background in mathematics is necessarily the best resource when it comes to X's and O's. But San Francisco's Paraag Marathe is doing his part to change that perception. (Thanks to G. Fischer for the link; bugmenot/free registration required)
15 comments, Last at 20 Sep 2005, 10:58pm by Jim A
19 Sep 2005, 03:01pm by P. Ryan Wilson
In Week 2 of MMQB, Peter King starts off with -- you guessed it -- more on America's team, the New Orleans Saints. He also says no one is playing better defense than Indy, names McNabb the Offensive Player of the Week (and Culpepper the Goat of the Week), has a funny quote from Jeremiah Trotter, and is already questioning his NFC Championship pick. King ends his column by calling out an amorous couple at the O'Hare airport, thinks the Red Sox are done, and calls Randy Johnson a baby. Oh yeah, he likes the Saints and the Cowboys tonight.
110 comments, Last at 21 Sep 2005, 6:31pm by Carl
19 Sep 2005, 02:44pm by Michael David Smith
Wow. The Houston Texans have fired offensive coordinator Chris Palmer after only two games. Offensive line coach Joe Pendry (who himself was once fired as Dom Capers' offensive coordinator) moves up to take his place. When was the last time a team fired a coordinator only two weeks into the season?
34 comments, Last at 02 Oct 2005, 3:32pm by R.A.H
Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?