09 Nov 2006, 12:28pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Ladies and gentlemen, I present the Santa Clara 49ers! According to the San Francisco Chronicle, "owner John York declared that months of negotiations with the city are over and that he plans to move the team to Santa Clara." The Mayor's office seemed "stunned and perplexed" by the move and "City Hall sources did not rule out the possibility that York's sudden announcement could be an attempt to cut a better deal for the football team." It's also worth noting that if the 49ers move, San Francisco is probably out of the running for the 2016 Olympics.
58 comments, Last at 10 Nov 2006, 4:32pm by joel in providence
09 Nov 2006, 12:49am by Aaron Schatz
You know, I almost wrote about Taylor's problems in this week's Pittsburgh DVOA comment, but I just felt like I needed a week where my Pittsburgh comment was a little less serious. Anyway, Ike Taylor has been a problem for quite some time. When we first started analyzing the 2005 charting data, I was stunned at how often opponents picked on Taylor. Then I watched the Super Bowl, where the Seahawks threw at Taylor over and over, no matter which receiver he was covering.
33 comments, Last at 13 Nov 2006, 3:19am by Jerry
08 Nov 2006, 06:22pm by Aaron Schatz
Surprise! I had no idea that Toomer had even suffered a knee injury on Sunday. Toomer is old, but he was a reasonably useful second receiver this year. Between this and the Michael Strahan injury, the Giants' Super Bowl hopes have really taken a turn for the worse this week. Sinorice Moss can't seem to get healthy either, which means that Plaxico Burress -- who himself has injury issues -- will start opposite, um, I dunno, Tim Carter? David Tyree? Neither of those guys is really a starting-quality wideout.
24 comments, Last at 15 Nov 2006, 1:50pm by serendipity
08 Nov 2006, 01:24pm by P. Ryan Wilson
I had long since turned off the television by the time Tyler Brayton decided to drop an atomic knee on Jerramy Stevens, but Raiders head coach Art Shell says his player was only retaliating after a cheap shot from the Seahawks tight end: "Tyler was reacting to someone trying to kick him in the groin area." On Tuesday's "PTI" Michael Wilbon mentioned that some NFL players consider Stevens dirty and weren't surprised by Brayton's ... um, response. Either way, maybe guys should start wearing cups to protect their "groin area."
25 comments, Last at 09 Nov 2006, 8:31am by lobolafcadio
07 Nov 2006, 10:02pm by Bill Barnwell
Two players are underrated due to their ability to draw pass interference penalties. (Click link to find out who.)
07 Nov 2006, 03:45pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Gregg Easterbrook asks a simple question: "Why does injured reserve exist at all? Injured reserve seems to have two functions: to force owners to pay players to do nothing, and to prevent fans from seeing players who sustained injuries, then recovered."
55 comments, Last at 10 Nov 2006, 2:00pm by GlennW
07 Nov 2006, 01:39pm by P. Ryan Wilson
The Sports Media Guide has a great interview with Rick Gosselin, the NFL columnist for the Dallas Morning News. It's amazing to hear how much the NFL -- and its relationship with the media -- has changed in the last 30 years.
14 comments, Last at 08 Nov 2006, 7:18pm by Jerry
07 Nov 2006, 11:11am by P. Ryan Wilson
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell really takes his job seriously. When he's not suspending players for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, he's busy keeping NFL footage off the internets: "... the NFL's director of corporate communications, Brian McCarthy, confirmed that 'we recently asked the site to remove more than 3,000 clips featuring NFL game footage. The site complied.'" (free registration/bugmenot required)
130 comments, Last at 08 Nov 2006, 4:35pm by joel in providence
06 Nov 2006, 10:51pm by Mike Tanier
Highlights from this week’s Audibles at the Line. (Click link to read more.)
Thanks a lot, Dak Prescott. Now more people will think the fourth round is still a gold mine for quarterbacks, but the data says otherwise. The update to our quarterback draft study for 1994-2016 shows little has changed: finding a good QB is really hard.