03 Nov 2004, 02:29am by Aaron Schatz
Phil Simms is feeling cranky. "In fifteen years of playing I can't even remember even two adjustments we made at halftime... You have spent a hundred hours in that week preparing for the game, drawing out detailed plans, and you have a contingency plan that basically covers almost every scenario in the game. Why would you need to make a lot of adjustments at halftime? After our 1986 Monday Night Football game in San Francisco, a lot of people asked me what adjustments we made to account for climbing out of a 17-0 hole at halftime to beat the 49ers 21-17... Well, I tied my shoelaces tighter.
03 Nov 2004, 02:01am by Aaron Schatz
The latest strategy analysis from our friend William Krasker looks at Houston's fake field goal against Jacksonville, Tennessee's first half-ending touchdown attempt, and Detroit's unfortunate choice to go for it on 4th-and-1 at the Dallas 37-yard line with 11:44 remaining. Right choice, stupid play by center Dominic Raiola, who tried to draw an offsides and ended up getting Joey Harrington hammered.
02 Nov 2004, 04:07pm by Michael David Smith
Devastating news for Jags fans: Byron Leftwich could be out for the season with a serious knee injury.
Wednesday update: Recent reports suggest he might not miss any time at all. This is the Jags' bye week, and Leftwich might be able to play the following week against the Lions. Will his linemen have to carry him down the field?
02 Nov 2004, 02:52pm by Aaron Schatz
The usual sweet and sour plays from our man Gregg Easterbrook, plus a discussion of that whole Redskins election thing and the correlation between cheerleader bikinis and winning.
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01 Nov 2004, 03:36pm by Aaron Schatz
This week's ESPN Page 2 Snap Judgment column, featuring the Football Outsiders quarterback ratings as well as commentary by yours truly and the usual ESPN.com gang. Topics addressed this week: Tom Brady's bad day, Daunte Culpepper's bad day, and Kurt Warner's bad day, which some people seem to think was a good day because his team won. Kurt, however, was awful. I hope I do a good enough job here of getting across the idea "don't jump to conclusions based on one game" which is one of our mantras. Thanks again to the FO gang for helping me with QB comments on games I didn't see.
01 Nov 2004, 03:07pm by Aaron Schatz
Peter King, in his review of Week 8, has a tribute to the player at the bottom of the roster who helps his team to victory, focusing on Reno Mahe of the Eagles, Randall Gay of the Patriots, Mwelde Moore of the Vikings, and, being Peter King of course, Dave Roberts of the Red Sox. Who is not, in fact, a football player. Though you would have to think he would be a very good wideout.
01 Nov 2004, 11:34am by Aaron Schatz
I am not sure why I find this New York Times article on the proposed new Jets stadium so hilarious, but this guy is really, really angry about the design. I mean, really angry. (Free registration required.)
01 Nov 2004, 09:46am by P. Ryan Wilson
- Tickets to the Eagles - Ravens game: $175
- Donavan McNabb game jersey: $100
- Watching T.O. score the decisive touchdown and then do the Ray Lewis dance: Priceless.
30 Oct 2004, 01:40am by Aaron Schatz
My latest piece for The New Republic. It's about the Red Sox championship, not football, so no comments here, but I wanted to link for those interested in my other work. This is a free article, but you do have to register.
30 Oct 2004, 12:29am by Aaron Schatz
SI.com's Don Banks runs down his list of the ten biggest surprises of the 2004 NFL season. Two of them aren't a surprise if you read Football Outsiders last year and during the offseason: Minnesota has a great offensive line, and the AFC is better than the NFC. His #1 surprise is Curtis Martin's career year -- seriously, how often does a running back have a career year at age 31? Of the surprises Banks picks, the one that totally has me stumped is the disintegration of the Dallas defense. They are getting sliced and diced like Tuna sashimi.
Lane Johnson and D.J. Fluker were selected high in the draft, but both have troubling flaws in pass protection according to Word of Muth.