03 Oct 2005, 09:01pm by Michael David Smith
For Lions fans, this is great, great news. For the next four games they won't have one of their receiver positions taken up by a guy who gives up on routes, can't go over the middle, and wouldn't know a downfield block if Hines Ward and Rod Smith wrote him an instruction manual. Plenty of people got on my case last year when I called Charles Rogers a bust, but let me phrase it to you like this: Like Ryan Leaf, Rogers was the second player chosen in the draft. What has Rogers accomplished that separates him from Leaf?
20 comments, Last at 05 Oct 2005, 2:20pm by Jim A
03 Oct 2005, 02:56pm by Aaron Schatz
Someone asked us to start linking all of Len Pasquarelli's Morning After columns in Extra Points, so who are we to say no? On the other hand, I don't think Morning After is anywhere near as good as Tip Sheet on Fridays, because Morning After is a lot less reporting (Pasquarelli's strong suit) and a lot more opinion (not, shall we say, his strong suit).
37 comments, Last at 06 Oct 2005, 2:24pm by cmm3
03 Oct 2005, 11:39am by Aaron Schatz
Well, we need somewhere to debate the Marcus Pollard call. I thought his knee was over the line. Peter King disagrees. But he may be right that, whether Pollard's knee was over the line or not, there wasn't indisputable evidence that Pollard was out of bounds, and thus Detroit should be 2-1 this morning. Peter also hops on the Eli Manning bandwagon with everyone else -- he's been much better this season, but let's be honest, St.
111 comments, Last at 06 Oct 2005, 5:06pm by dryheat
03 Oct 2005, 10:29am by P. Ryan Wilson
In what had to be the most boring game of the season, the Ravens beat the Jets 13-3. The game might as well have been 130-3 because there was no way New York was scoring 10 points in a half. And it wasn't all because of Brooks Bollinger. Jets receivers decided that catching the ball was optional, and leaving Bollinger in a lot of third-and-long scenarios didn't help things either. Two questions: If you're the Jets, do you continue with Bollinger, or was he a one-game stopgap for Vinny? After looking at their schedule, will the Jets finish last in the AFC East?
19 comments, Last at 05 Oct 2005, 12:15pm by Mr Shush
01 Oct 2005, 11:46am by Michael David Smith
Just days after e-mailing our own Russell Levine, Brent Jones decided he no longer wants to be a TV broadcaster. I hope Russell's criticism had nothing to do with the decision, as we like Jones around here for his interest in unconventional stats. According to Jones, the decision is about wanting to spend more time with his family. Steve Tasker will now take Jones's place in the booth alongside Gus Johnson.
19 comments, Last at 07 Oct 2005, 5:36pm by Russ
30 Sep 2005, 01:40pm by Aaron Schatz
In today's Wall Street Journal, Sam Walker looks at Wonderlic scores to see if he can tell which NFL team is the smartest, and which is -- there's no other way to put this -- the dumbest. The smartest team, apparently, is St. Louis, followed by Oakland. Clearly, they are measuring players, and not fans. The dumbest teams? Your 0-3 Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals. (Hat tip: Deadspin)
43 comments, Last at 05 Oct 2005, 7:40am by someone
30 Sep 2005, 09:17am by P. Ryan Wilson
Well, Skip Bayless has just disrespected Adam Vinatieri. Which means he indirectly disrespected Rodney Harrison. Bayless thinks kickers should be abolished because, well, he doesn't really give a good reason. Of course, that doesn't stop him from using 1,200 words to make his case, however weak.
86 comments, Last at 04 Oct 2005, 11:16pm by Starshatterer
29 Sep 2005, 11:01pm by Benjy Rose
I guess this makes them domestic partners. As a lifelong Jets fan and former Long Islander, I feel dirty. It's nice that they'll get a permanent home, but, um, IT'S IN NEW JERSEY! The oddest quote from the article had to be from Patricia Dolan, president of the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy, which had opposed the Queens stadium plan: "I am delighted that the Jets made the right decision and will be staying in New Jersey where they belong." Huh?
Wonder who they'll bury in the end zone of the new stadium.
23 comments, Last at 30 Sep 2005, 6:43pm by Carl
29 Sep 2005, 06:03pm by Aaron Schatz
Dr. Z is sick of Jeremy Shockey whining to the media. Who isn't? The good doc also points out the similarities between last week's Patriots-Steelers game and the one that broke the New England winning streak in 2004, and he's a big fan of the New England defensive line. Also feel free to discuss his latest power rankings. Doing these myself this year, I realize how silly it is to base things on win-loss records this early in the year. I mean, really, does Dr.
36 comments, Last at 03 Oct 2005, 9:23am by Flux
29 Sep 2005, 11:41am by Aaron Schatz
Over at the PROTRADE site, Ben Alamar takes a look at the best and worst quarterbacks of 2004 in a variety of situations: 3rd downs, blitzes, and red zone. (You may remember Ben as the guy who helped us create the DVOA-based win projection system.) The moral of the story: blitz Marc Bulger but not Peyton Manning, and try to trap Tom Brady in third-and-long.
24 comments, Last at 02 Oct 2005, 3:30pm by David Keller
Cian Fahey breaks down a key cog in Dallas' surprising defense, as well as Minnesota's present quarterback of the future.