12 Jul 2006, 11:20am by P. Ryan Wilson
Interesting story in the New York Times about the growing number of assistant coaches now cluttering NFL sidelines. When Vince Lombardi won Super Bowl I, he had six assistants and Joe Gibbs had 11 in Super Bowl XVII. Last year Dick Vermeil had 20. At some point, you'd think the law of diminishing returns kicks in. Which might explain this: "And the smallest staff in the league? New England has 12 assistants. Maybe Belichick knows something. His staff is shrinking. In February 2005, he won his third Super Bowl with 14 assistants." (free registration/bugmenot required)
10 comments, Last at 13 Jul 2006, 4:05pm by Sophandros
11 Jul 2006, 09:24pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Well, the NFL might as well go ahead and cancel the Super Bowl. Randy Hill tells each and every one of us why our team won't make it to Miami. On the upside, maybe this is the year the consolation game becomes a reality.
39 comments, Last at 14 Jul 2006, 12:53pm by RSR
11 Jul 2006, 01:42pm by P. Ryan Wilson
The supplemental draft is this Thursday and the biggest name on the board is Virginia's Ahmad Brooks. He's had some off-field issues, but a lot of teams need help at linebacker and Brooks could end up going as high as the second round. NFL.com's Gil Brandt has the details on some of the other players likely to get (supplementally) drafted.
4 comments, Last at 11 Jul 2006, 4:46pm by masocc
10 Jul 2006, 07:21pm by P. Ryan Wilson
After watching the World Cup, Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner has a question: Why doesn't the N.F.L. have a third place consolation game prior to the Super Bowl? Injuries and motivation are two reasons that immediately come to mind, but you'd think monentary considerations would help mitigate such concerns. Either way, something interesting to think about.
168 comments, Last at 14 Jul 2006, 1:57am by Ben
10 Jul 2006, 10:03am by P. Ryan Wilson
The USA Today has a nice feature on Eric Mangini, the latest branch on the Belichick coaching tree.
32 comments, Last at 13 Jul 2006, 12:02am by D
08 Jul 2006, 12:12am by P. Ryan Wilson
Somebody should explain to Broncos punter Todd Sauerbrun exactly what "banned substance" means.
11 comments, Last at 10 Jul 2006, 11:41am by Sophandros
06 Jul 2006, 08:15pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Every Day Should Be Saturday is a college football blog and here's a great post about the intricacies of the offensive line: "As part of our ongoing football education, we realized that we had a particularly gaping hole in our understanding of how the game is played position-wise: the offensive line.
10 comments, Last at 08 Jul 2006, 8:39am by Russell Levine
06 Jul 2006, 08:01pm by Michael David Smith
Peter King says if he were commissioner, among other things, he'd make Sunday Ticket available to the masses and expand the season to 18 games.
118 comments, Last at 10 Jul 2006, 2:52pm by PackMan
06 Jul 2006, 03:48pm by Michael David Smith
Paul Zimmerman discusses whether Terrell Davis belongs in the Hall of Fame in this week's mailbag. When Davis tore his ACL, I remember telling a friend, "I don't care if he never plays another down. He's a Hall of Famer." I no longer feel that way, though, for two reasons:
1. I was always impressed with Davis's playoff numbers, but the more research I do, the less inclined I am to believe that playing well in big games is as meaningful a measure of an individual player's greatness as most people think it is.
163 comments, Last at 14 Jul 2006, 12:22pm by Joe Blow
06 Jul 2006, 12:03pm by Aaron Schatz
Herm Edwards wants to run the ball 500 to 550 times this year. That sounds like a lot more than it actually is -- even though running backs rarely hit 400 carries, there were eight teams that topped 500 carries last year. But you get to that number because you can give 100 carries to guys like Ladell Betts, Maurice Morris, and Marion Barber. Edwards is absolutely right that he can't overuse Larry Johnson, and that creates a problem, because if Priest Holmes is not healthy, the backups in Kansas City are awful.
27 comments, Last at 24 Dec 2006, 3:33am by NF
This year's update to the playoff drive stats show that the football gods may have been on Peyton Manning's side this time. Also: Cam Newton and Alex Smith enter the mix, and why we should be comparing Andrew Luck to Dan Marino.