28 Sep 2004, 02:03pm by Aaron Schatz
In his latest Tuesday Morning Quarterback, Gregg Easterbrook discusses the new book The Meaning of Sports by Michael Mandelbaum and introduces us to the football gods. Plus the usual assortment of curious tactics, best blocks, and season-changing plays.
28 Sep 2004, 08:22am by P. Ryan Wilson
In today's Washington Post Michael Wilbon writes that he's seen enough of Mark Brunell. He also points out that two guys named Warner and Testaverde have outplayed the Redskins QB for three consecutive weeks. And while Brunell was dreadful for the first two games and all but 4 1/2 minutes of the last one, I don't think Patrick Ramsey is a marked improvement.
Changing gears a bit, was it just me or did Joe Gibbs really mismanage this game? Between questionable challenges and poor clock management, it was hard to tell the new ol' ball coach from the old ol' ball coach.
27 Sep 2004, 03:42pm by Aaron Schatz
Well, here's your big injury of Week 3, and it is a doozy. Rex Grossman won't be using this season to hone his skills as Chicago quarterback because he is out for the year after tearing his right ACL. Jonathan Quinn is going to be starting for the Bears, who have got to be looking at the waiver wire now if they have any hope of competing this season. Hey, the Chiefs just waived Damon Huard... In other injury news, Miami reporters are saying Lamar Gordon is out for the year. Boy, it just gets worse for the Dolphins. Charlie Garner's season (and possibly career?) is over in Tampa.
27 Sep 2004, 01:49pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's today's ESPN Page 2 Snap Judgment, featuring quarterback ratings and comments by yours truly. According to PAR (Points Above Replacement), Peyton Manning's game yesterday was the best game by a quarterback since my numbers begin in 2000. Thanks to reader Brian Walsh for the excellent Dolphins' offense joke, although I liked Brian's version better than the ESPN edit.
27 Sep 2004, 11:41am by Aaron Schatz
Peter King extols the virtues of the Atlanta defense in his report on "The Game That Set Offensive Football Back Three Centuries." Seriously, what is the difference between last year's Atlanta defense and this year's Atlanta defense? It's mostly the same personnel, are they really that much better? Or did they get to play three games against the three NFC West teams that will spend the entire season sniffing Seattle's exhaust fumes? Or is it the switch to 4-3 and the arrival of defensive coordinator Ed Donatell? Gee, where did Ed Donatell coach last year? (looks down)
27 Sep 2004, 08:59am by P. Ryan Wilson
So why exactly did Bob Slowik, the new Packers defensive coordinator, decide to use his base defense against a Colts team that was dead set on throwing the football all day long -- especially considering that the starting and backup cornerbacks were injured? "Good question," Michael Hawthorne, a Packers defensive back said. "You're asking me? I don't know. I really don't know. You're basically expecting a linebacker to cover a receiver." Hmmm. Either way, neither team can be happy with how their defenses played.
24 Sep 2004, 12:11pm by Michael David Smith
Gregg Easterbrook doesn't have the New York Times to kick around anymore, now that the Times has ceased its practice of picking the exact final score for each game. Here's hoping Gregg turns his eye on our old buddy B. Duane Cross, who tells us that the Packers will beat the Colts 24-21 in overtime on Sunday, as well as his projected final score for each NFL game. He also tells us that he has a 6-year-old daughter named Peyton. It kind of makes me feel sad to think of B. Duane as an actual human being with a daughter and everything. Almost like I shouldn't make fun of him anymore. Almost.
24 Sep 2004, 10:58am by Benjy Rose
Nothing like an article about testicles to start your day. ESPN.com's David Fleming examines the phenomenon that is a cup-less NFL. Apparently, protecting your manhood goes a long way towards disproving it. Filled with phrases like "high-velocity impact to the groin," this article is good for at least a wince or two. Go Nads!
24 Sep 2004, 08:37am by P. Ryan Wilson
As much as I detested Shannon Sharpe the player (primarily because he was so good), I really can't complain about Shannon Sharpe the television personality. In his weekly column, he argues a strong case for why Jerry Rice should have gotten at least one catch last week to extend his streak. He's also not yet sold on the Indianapolis Colts (because of their defense) or the Atlanta Falcons (because of their opponents) -- and despite my best efforts, I can't disagree with him on any accounts. Ugh!
23 Sep 2004, 12:39pm by Aaron Schatz
It is so rare to see this much written about the offensive line. It started out with the Jeff Reynolds picking his "ultimate offensive line," which is unfortunately an ESPN.com premium link, but now they've put up a separate story picking the top five offensive lines overall, and it is a free story. This kind of attention to the offensive line instead of skill players is refreshing. ESPN picks Green Bay as the league's best line, and once again Reynolds' "ultimate line" consists of:
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