30 Dec 2005, 07:16am by Michael David Smith
I respect ESPN's decision to hire George Solomon to act as an ombudsman, critiquing the entire organization as he sees fit. Among the criticisms in Solomon's most recent column:
Steve Young's comments about Chris Simms were "An example of a commentator talking without knowing what he was talking about."
Michael Irvin's problem "is he still believes he's an athlete/celebrity."
"Suzy Kolber does an excellent job as a reporter for ESPN and as a TV pitch person for Chevrolet. I just wish she would choose one of the two jobs."
47 comments, Last at 01 Jan 2006, 5:35pm by Tampa Bay Mike
30 Dec 2005, 07:08am by Michael David Smith
A woman who apparently went to a dance with Ben Roethlisberger when they were kids showed up at last week's Browns-Steelers game with a sign showing a picture of the two of them and thanking Roethlisberger for the dance, but informing him that she's still a Browns fan. But my favorite part of the sign is at the bottom, where she writes, "PS-CALL ME!" Somehow I think the only person calling her will be Brian Jackson.
7 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2005, 4:17pm by Israel
30 Dec 2005, 03:23am by Aaron Schatz
I apologize to Don Banks for the harsh words I'm about to lay down, but this article is an example of why I started Football Outsiders. The idea behind it is a lot of fun -- had we known then what we know now, how would the 2005 draft had played out? But Banks' choices and comments are filled with every bad kind of football analysis, ignorant of economics and worshipping flash over substance.
39 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2005, 3:48am by Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Person
29 Dec 2005, 08:36pm by P. Ryan Wilson
The other Michael Smith writes about the Cover 2 defense and how it's been successful for the Bucs, Colts and Bears. Opposing offenses know the weaknesses of the Cover 2, but these three teams run it so well, it often doesn't matter. The article even has a nifty graphic explaining the intricacies of this defense, something FO wrote about in February 2004. (You have to click on "comments" to see the link to the FO article.)
7 comments, Last at 04 Jan 2006, 10:48am by Mr Shush
29 Dec 2005, 03:02pm by P. Ryan Wilson
SFWeekly.com offers an interesting glimpse into the life of Paraag Marathe, the 28-year-old director of football operations for the 49ers (with FO's own, Aaron Schatz, quoted several times in the article). Marathe has an MBA and was a management consultant before joining San Franscisco, and a big part of his job might best be described by this quote from the article:
25 comments, Last at 01 Jan 2006, 7:25pm by Jonramz
29 Dec 2005, 02:12pm by Aaron Schatz
Texas is apparently having problems finding someone who can play Reggie Bush for their scout team. College football blog Every Day Should Be Saturday has some suggestions. All I can say is, "Shimmy shimmy ya." (Hat tip: Deadspin)
6 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2005, 7:26am by Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Person
29 Dec 2005, 02:03pm by P. Ryan Wilson
In his latest effort, Jason Whitlock pens possibly his worst article of 2005 (and just under the wire!). He suggests that Brett Favre should be traded to Oakland and -- big surprise -- Jeff George should be his backup. (Unless Favre can play safety, this is a ridiculous idea. But you already knew that.)
52 comments, Last at 30 Dec 2005, 3:45pm by Charles Jake
29 Dec 2005, 12:59pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Now this is really funny. Joe Horn, who was fined $30,000 two seasons ago for using a cell phone during a touchdown celebration, wants Falcons head coach Jim Mora Jr. docked the same amount for using a cell phone during Saturday's overtime loss to the Bucs. According to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, " ... the use of cell phones on the sidelines is prohibited." Luckily, Joe Horn wants to make it clear that he has nothing against Mora:
12 comments, Last at 05 Jan 2006, 8:11pm by Trogdor
28 Dec 2005, 08:11pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Our good friend Bill Krasker has done the math and says the Falcons shouldn't have punted with 1:08 left in overtime. Lucky for Bill, he didn't suggest this to Jim Mora Jr. during the Falcons' post-game radio show.
17 comments, Last at 29 Dec 2005, 4:38pm by Bill Krasker
28 Dec 2005, 03:30pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Still no word on the extent of Tedy Bruschi's injury during the Monday night game, but the fact that he was hurt while covering a punt again raises the question about having starters on special teams. I know the idea is to have the best players on the field, but there are 53 roster spots.
25 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2005, 11:00pm by Timdog
Brady-Manning XVI: the biggest game in the AFC this year. Denver has juggernaut potential as a complete team, but the Patriots have the crucial home-field advantage in Week 9.