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
31 May 2006, 05:23pm by Michael David Smith
No surprise, an arbitrator has ruled that as long as Steve McNair is under contract to the Titans, the Titans have to let him work out at their facility. Which means he won't be under contract to the Titans much longer.
30 comments, Last at 09 Jun 2006, 6:48pm by Pools
31 May 2006, 01:18pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Unlike years past, there will only be a handful of June 1st cuts and Charles Robinson runs down the short list. At the bottom of the page however, he empties out his notebook with these tidbits:
- Mike Martz isn't enamored with former first-rounders Charles Rogers and Mike Williams, and neither will be in the top-three rotation at wideout when training camp begins;
- Martz loves backup QB Dan Orlovsky, and he could be a future No. 1;
- One NFC scout says Brady Quinn is reminiscent of Kyle Orton heading into his senior season.
37 comments, Last at 04 Jun 2006, 12:08pm by jebmak
30 May 2006, 11:06pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Here's what Pete Prisco says about the 8th best player on his list, Brian Urlacher: "After years of battling the overrated label, he finally played as well as advertised in 2005. He was the leader of that good Bears defense." I think I know why Urlacher battles the overrated label. Here's Prisco last summer: "Overrated: Brian Urlacher ... he's a good player, but not a great one. It's time for him to live up to his reputation." Thanks Pete. To his credit, Prisco does pimp Seattle's Walter Jones, another FO favorite.
68 comments, Last at 09 Jun 2006, 5:24pm by Brian
Our offseason Four Downs series ends with a look at the NFC West's biggest remaining holes and their most notable UDFA signings. The Rams and 49ers have to kick-start their passing games, Arizona's offense lacks a big dimension, and the Seahawks continue to rely on Russell Wilson's magic tricks.