14 Jul 2006, 02:49pm by Aaron Schatz
Summer really is the time for debate-starting list articles, isn't it? Pat Kirwan tosses his hat into the ring with this list of the 12 people most responsible for changing the modern NFL. His top pick: Lawrence Taylor, for changing the way teams used and defended outside linebackers, followed by Bill Walsh and Marshall Faulk. Of course, Kirwan's not really clear about what he would consider "the modern game" -- since 1978? 1994? Some random year? By picking Gil Brandt, he suggests he's going back to the 1960's -- in which case, the top person on the list should be Pete Rozelle.
65 comments, Last at 18 Jul 2006, 5:57pm by mgd323
14 Jul 2006, 06:44am by Michael David Smith
A New York Times investigation of the Auburn football program reveals, among other things, that Cadillac Williams took only two classes during the spring semester of his senior year, both one-on-one courses with Professor Thomas Petee. Williams wasn't the only one; 18 Auburn football players took 97 hours of individual study with Petee, averaging a 3.31 GPA in those classes. The same 18 players had a 2.14 GPA in their other classes. That's just one story from an interesting look at what academics can look like at a big-time football school.
95 comments, Last at 20 Jul 2006, 2:57pm by Peter
13 Jul 2006, 03:07pm by Aaron Schatz
The Cincinnati Bengals took Virginia LB Ahmad Brooks in the supplemental draft today, losing their 2007 third-round pick. Apparently, the 49ers were ready to use their fourth-rounder on him, but the Bengals beat them to it. The good part of this is that the Bengals need young talent in the front seven. The bad part of this is that it adds one more player with personal problems to the Bengals roster. Mike Florio is going to have a field day with this one.
32 comments, Last at 17 Jul 2006, 10:27am by Stuart
13 Jul 2006, 10:15am by P. Ryan Wilson
Meet John Clayton, future NFL general manager. Armed with $102 million in cap room, Clayton puts together a pretty formidable roster. Getting to choose players from any of the 32 teams without competition from other GMs makes things a bit easier, and I have a hunch everybody won't agree with his selections, but at least give him credit for not writing another run-of-the-mill off-season filler column.
79 comments, Last at 14 Jul 2006, 6:11pm by Pat
12 Jul 2006, 11:49am by Michael David Smith
Ben Roethlisberger this morning made his first public appearance since the motorcycle crash, giving an interview to Good Morning America. No obvious signs of damage to his face were apparent.
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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)
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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
A Super Bowl berth could be decided by the Patriots' ability to contain Le'Veon Bell -- and by Pittsburgh's ability to avoid their usual defensive breakdowns against New England.