05 Jan 2006, 05:39pm by Aaron Schatz
Whoo-hoo! Pacific Northwest Media Bias! Shaun Alexander wins the 2005 NFL MVP award with 19 votes. Peyton Manning had 13, Tom Brady 10, Tiki Barber 6, and Carson Palmer 2. This should make the Alexander contract debate even more fun. Just remember, Seattle, you aren't paying him for the past. You're paying him for the future. Of course, his future is probably going to be pretty good for a while.
89 comments, Last at 24 Jan 2006, 11:46pm by Juanita Weis
05 Jan 2006, 01:29pm by P. Ryan Wilson
This is actually kinda surprising. Usually after a game like Young had last night (and into this morning), players end up on stage shaking hands with Tags in late April. Part of the reason Young might stay is because he doesn't look to be a top-five pick, and many of the teams in the top 10, "have invested heavily in quarterbacks in recent years, and they might not be ready to give up on those picks or inclined to use another high choice on the position."
73 comments, Last at 06 Jan 2006, 10:21am by dryheat
05 Jan 2006, 10:54am by P. Ryan Wilson
Bill Krasker takes us through the hows and whys of going for it near the goal-line. In Week 9, the Chiefs were right to do so; in Week 10, the Bucs ... well, that's a little more complicated.
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04 Jan 2006, 09:37pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Let's see, an aging offensive line and quarterback, and now it looks like the Chiefs are going to have to use some of their draft picks to get Herm Edwards as their new head coach. Who knows, maybe Edwards can block.
22 comments, Last at 10 Jan 2006, 12:43pm by shaun
04 Jan 2006, 04:37pm by Aaron Schatz
In his final power rankings of the regular season, Dr. Z points out how few big upsets there were in the NFL this year. I don't feel like arguing Dr. Z's rankings vs. mine, but I had to link this, because Dr. Z may have set an all-time record for strange asides, metaphors, and non sequiters in this week's comments. And having read Dr. Z for a long time, that's really saying something. You gotta stay away from the reds while you are writing, Doc.
14 comments, Last at 05 Jan 2006, 4:31pm by sizzly
04 Jan 2006, 04:29pm by Aaron Schatz
Think there will be a lot of future NFL players on the field in tonight's Rose Bowl? Peter Schrager remembers the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, which featured 51 future NFL players (and counting). That includes two Ohio State punters. Two Ohio State punters??? Plus, it's always nice to see Craig Krenzel's name again. I remember this game very well because I watched it on a little TV at the end of the bar at the Middle East Downstairs, waiting for Versus to play. I think that was their last tour before they broke up. Damn, did they rock.
13 comments, Last at 04 Jan 2006, 11:47pm by Old James
04 Jan 2006, 12:59pm by P. Ryan Wilson
We'll know at 1PM if Mike Mularkey still has a job, but it looks like GM Tom Donahoe is gone, and 77-year-old Marv Levy will return to oversee football operations. No word yet on whether Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas or James Lofton will come out of retirement for the 2006 season.
18 comments, Last at 04 Jan 2006, 8:52pm by Adam
04 Jan 2006, 10:05am by P. Ryan Wilson
I am shocked -- shocked! -- to hear Tom Brady describe his team as disrespected heading into this weekend's playoff game. "I think we've been probably disrespected more than any team in the league this year," Brady said. Well, Byron Leftwich, not one to be out-disrespected, shot back with, "I watch a lot of TV and I haven't seen anybody give us a chance." After listening to these guys, you half-expect the game to be decided by a last second drop-kick to break a 0-0 tie.
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03 Jan 2006, 03:44pm by P. Ryan Wilson
This week, Gregg Easterbrook eulogizes NFL Primetime, has some thoughts on Black Monday, and asks why Norvell sent out the punt team on a 4th-and-1 from the Raiders 15. He also notes with some curiosity that the Falcons, Bengals and Titans all "rolled over and played dead" in Week 17, and picks USC in a "walkover."
28 comments, Last at 05 Jan 2006, 4:12pm by Sophandros
Short-yardage passing had a good year, except at the end of the Super Bowl. We look at the return of quarterback runs, the rise in pass-happy strategy, and 2014 success rates for offense and defense.