20 Sep 2004, 10:26am by Al Bogdan
The latest from Peter King has some info from Michael Holley's upcoming book on the Patriots, including suggestions that Bill Parcells was talking to the Jets about taking over there during the week leading up to the Patriots loss in Super Bowl 31.
17 Sep 2004, 01:13pm by Aaron Schatz
Our friend William Krasker begins his regular weekly analysis of NFL strategy using his complicated Dynamic Programming Model. Among Bill's contentions: Steve Mariucci screwed up by not going for two when Detroit went ahead 19-14, the Dolphins punted three times on 4th-and-1 when they should have gone for it, and Joe Gibbs should have gone for a touchdown from the Tampa 2-yard line at the start of the second quarter. Go give Bill's site some love, his stuff is excellent.
17 Sep 2004, 10:50am by Russell Levine
The Denver Broncos just can't seem to play nice with the NFL's salary-cap rules. For the second time in three years, the NFL has fined the team and stripped it of a draft choice for circumventing the league's salary-cap rules.
17 Sep 2004, 08:43am by P. Ryan Wilson
In the 2002 draft the Texans took David Carr No. 1 and the Lions took Joey Harrington No. 3 (quick quiz: who was taken second overall?). Sunday they'll face each other for the first time. What's interesting is that they both have similar NFL numbers but Carr is considered the better quarterback. I wonder if this has more to do with expectations being greater in Detroit than Houston, or are the stats misleading and Carr is actually better than Harrington? Let me put it this way, if you're Matt Millen (yikes), who would you rather have?
16 Sep 2004, 10:15am by P. Ryan Wilson
It's only week two but the Ravens ship that was sailing toward the AFC North title in the preseason is taking on a lot of water. Well don't fret because even though Baltimore is down to four receivers (outside of Kevin Johnson, none have more than eight NFL starts), Deion Sanders may also get some snaps at the wideout position. And in case you're wondering, Kordell Stewart is working there as well. It's bad enough that the number two receiver going into the Steelers game is also the backup long snapper (Randy Hymes), but does anyone think that Sanders and possibly Stewart can help?
15 Sep 2004, 11:56pm by P. Ryan Wilson
I admit that I often make disparaging remarks about former players turned television commentators because a lot of the time they don't know what they're talking about (see Sean Salisbury or Chris Collinsworth). Of course guys like Ron Jaworski and Merrill Hoge go a long way in assuaging my concerns, and now I'm adding Troy Aikman to the list.
15 Sep 2004, 05:29pm by Aaron Schatz
Our buddy King Kaufman on America's favorite new NFL stat, pass speed. "You'll be happy to know that one of Brett Favre's throws Monday night was equivalent to starting a campfire without matches in four minutes flat, completing the Sunday New York Times crossword in one hour, 37 minutes and 53 seconds, and getting to third base with the prom queen by midnight on the second date. " (requires watching advertisement)
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14 Sep 2004, 02:10pm by Aaron Schatz
Gregg shockingly doesn't lead his article this week with Mike Vanderjagt's FG miss. Instead, he talks about the Denver offensive line system, gives props to Drew Brees, and makes probably the only reference to Fielding Mellish in the history of NFL commentary. Don't worry, Idiot Kicker gets three reader haikus further down the page.
13 Sep 2004, 02:08pm by Aaron Schatz
I am curious to see what people think of ESPN's new weekly Monday Page 2 column analyzing quarterbacks. It features the usual Page 2 folks, and a couple of new ESPN people including Michael "not David" Smith, ex- of the Boston Globe.
13 Sep 2004, 10:50am by Aaron Schatz
Peter King starts his column today in the exact same way I was planning on starting my column tomorrow -- by reminding everyone not to get carried away by the results of Week 1. But he's pretty excited about the Cleveland Browns anyway. From his description of the game, an improved defense was a big part of keeping Jamal Lewis in check. Of course, we all know that 370+ carries in 2003 was also a big part of keeping Jamal Lewis in check... probably for much of this season. Peter also reveals that there will now be a Tuesday version of MMQB.
Our season finale of catch radius focuses on the growing size of Josh McCown's talented receiving duos, including breakout stud Alshon Jeffery. Also: Anquan Boldin's incredible year.