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.
09 Sep 2004, 02:33pm by Aaron Schatz
With Hurricane Ivan heading ashore, the Titans and Dolphins have agreed to move their game to Saturday at 1 p.m., the NFL announced today. Unfortunately, the game will only be televised in the Miami and Tennessee areas by CBS. On the important side, how many of these huge storms are going to hit Florida this year before the whole state just collapses? I know when you live down there you expect to be hit by a hurricane every so often but this is really terrible. Three in a row. I seriously feel for those people.
08 Sep 2004, 05:24pm by Aaron Schatz
The astonishing conceit of the latest article from B. Duane Cross is that NFL and CFL statistics are equivalent.
08 Sep 2004, 09:53am by P. Ryan Wilson
Pat Kirwan has some thoughts on how the new pass interference rules might affect strategy on both sides of the ball this season. He talked to some coaches around the league and based on what he's heard, don't be surprised to see a lot more corner blitzes (since CBs will be marginalized anyway), the return of the Smurfs (diminutive receivers, not Brainy, Papa or Smurfette), and defensive schemes that include doubling the wide receiver at the line of scrimmage (just like in punting situations). Of course, by week five this may all be moot if the officials don't continue to enforce the new rule.
07 Sep 2004, 02:03pm by admin
TMQ's All Predictions Wrong or Your Money Back haikus, plus a nice big shoutout to Football Outsiders. Thanks, Gregg!
Any team can win the Super Bowl in any given year. What would it look like for the league's worst team to somehow win it?