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
28 Dec 2005, 01:39pm by P. Ryan Wilson
The Ravens started the season 3-8, and now have a realistic chance to finish 4-1. I don't know if the teams' recent success has anything to do with owner Steve Bisciotti bringing Billick back, but I'm guessing it didn't hurt.
"We have an ongoing and extensive process to find ways to win," Bisciotti said in a statement released by the team. "This included a thorough evaluation of Brian Billick. Collectively, we concluded that continuing with Brian as head coach gives us the best opportunity to win."
7 comments, Last at 04 Jan 2006, 11:58am by Tom Kelso
27 Dec 2005, 03:48pm by P. Ryan Wilson
In today's TMQ, Gregg Easterbrook points out that the Falcons were right to punt during overtime, informs us that David Carr called his own plays during a 24-point half against the Cardinals (and suggests more QBs should be allow to do the same), and says the Texans-49ers game might actually be worth watching. Also, Stat of the Week No. 2, and Sweet Player of the Week No.
60 comments, Last at 29 Dec 2005, 7:22pm by Sid
27 Dec 2005, 12:27pm by P. Ryan Wilson
(Sorry for putting this up late, but this is what happens when your wife won't get you a laptop for Christmas.) King has some thoughts on the Dungy family tragedy, lists the Patriots ahead of Seattle and Denver in the Fine Fifteen, thinks Steve McNair should hang it up, and has a really funny quote from a Cardinals fan during the team's last game in Sun Devil Stadium.
37 comments, Last at 28 Dec 2005, 12:53pm by dryheat
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.