08 Jun 2006, 10:46am by P. Ryan Wilson
Good story in the USA Today about Lofa Tatupu and Shawne Merriman, two rookie linebackers who played like grizzled All Pros last season. When the Seahawks drafted Tatupu in the second round, some people thought it was a reach. In the 2004 Eli Manning trade, the Giants sent the Chargers their 2005 first-round pick, and San Diego drafted Merriman. I think the Seahawks and Chargers are both pretty happy about how things worked out.
37 comments, Last at 10 Jun 2006, 5:55pm by paytonrules
07 Jun 2006, 03:53pm by P. Ryan Wilson
And everybody wins: the Ravens get McNair, the Titans get a fourth-round pick and FO gets it right in PFP06. In lieu of flowers, Kyle Boller will be accepting donations to his retirement fund, which he may have to dip into much sooner than he thought a few months ago.
63 comments, Last at 14 Jun 2006, 12:51am by Chris
07 Jun 2006, 12:59pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Once again, it's time for the MMQB mailbag. Say what you want about Peter King and his Hall of Fame choices, but give the guy credit for his latest: "You may be interested to know that I am going to rethink my position on [Art] Monk this year ... A lot of people I respect tell me I'm dead wrong on Monk ... So I'll rethink my position and let you know what I come up with." Sounds like a start.
158 comments, Last at 14 Jun 2006, 3:53pm by Mentos Fillapeedios
06 Jun 2006, 12:32pm by P. Ryan Wilson
By most accounts, it sounds like the Texans got it right when they hired Rick Smith as their new GM. He's only 36 years old, but he comes highly recommended by his former boss Mike Shanahan. Current Texans head coach Gary Kubiak had this to say: "You will love this guy ... I've battled him, and he's battled me in a lot of situations and made me a better football coach. That's the way we're going to get where we all want to go as an organization."
26 comments, Last at 12 Jun 2006, 11:29am by lobolafcadio
05 Jun 2006, 04:31pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Well, Bethel Johnson doesn't have to worry about the Patriots cutting him in training camp. Now it's Sean Payton's decision.
49 comments, Last at 08 Jun 2006, 4:48pm by Sophandros
05 Jun 2006, 03:17pm by Michael David Smith
Peter King names 10 jilted players who deserve to be in Hall of Fame. What's the over-under on how many comments we'll have in this thread before someone brings up Art Monk?
79 comments, Last at 17 Jun 2006, 12:14am by Justin Zeth
05 Jun 2006, 01:15pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Gil Brandt's latest is interesting, but I'm holding out for the All Over-30 Team.
21 comments, Last at 07 Jun 2006, 4:44pm by Ben
04 Jun 2006, 04:05pm by Aaron Schatz
Dan Lewis is looking for folks to cover specific NFL teams for his ArmchairGM Wiki project. Click the link and check it out.
4 comments, Last at 05 Jun 2006, 11:53am by DNL
02 Jun 2006, 12:45pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Pat Kirwan writes a very informative article on the cat-and-mouse game-within-the-game between offensive and defensive coordinators. If you have any questions about personnel groupings, it's probably covered here. Kirwan also looks at two specific examples: Pittsburgh and Seattle, which immediately raises a question: How can we get our hands on this data? The game charting project tracked personnel groupings, but Kirwan seems to have information on what specific 11 players were on the field on every play, which is impossible to get off the TV tapes.
28 comments, Last at 06 Jun 2006, 6:43am by Playit
02 Jun 2006, 10:18am by P. Ryan Wilson
Certainly Mike Vanderjagt improves the Cowboy's kicking game, but I thought his quote from the article was kinda funny: "If you look at it, I guess I'm the reason why we expect [to be better] if nothing else changed..." Take that T.O. Vanderjagt is also quoted as saying, "I would love for somebody to write a story with facts. If you look at the numbers, I actually have a higher percentage outside than inside ... It's a major myth." According to the article, Vanderjagt converts kicks at a rate of 87.3 percent outdoors and 87.5 indoors. That's close enough for government work.
50 comments, Last at 05 Jun 2006, 1:17pm by Pat
Which team has consistently been the biggest loser when it comes to draft-pick trades? Exactly the team you'd expect.