01 Jun 2005, 02:12pm by Aaron Schatz
Oh, this is not going to turn out well. Last year after the 49ers were forced to undergo "diversity training," PR director Kirk Reynolds put together a video to help players learn how to interact with the city of San Francisco -- featuring racial humor, jabs at Mayor Gavin Newsom, a spoof of gay marriage, and a trio of topless blondes frolicking with Reynolds. Now there's scandal in the Bay Area and Reynolds is looking for another job.
30 May 2005, 11:33pm by Aaron Schatz
Peter King makes his NFC pick, based primarily on the defensive additions in Minnesota and the idea that trading Randy Moss is a good thing, addition by subtraction. He also has news that Todd Marinovich was arrested last year for possession of drug paraphernalia and listed his profession as "unemployed artist," heh heh.
27 May 2005, 03:47pm by Michael David Smith
What would a Friday afternoon be without Len Pasquarelli? Today he starts by addressing the issue of revenue sharing and the owners' deal with the players. Jerry Jones feels more optimism than he has any reason to feel: "We'll find an answer, because we have to, and everyone knows that. But what [the solution] is, well, I don't know yet. I don't think anyone does, really."
26 May 2005, 12:30am by P. Ryan Wilson
In theory this might be a good idea, but then again, so was instant replay. Whatever the case, last season safety Roy Williams was responsible for four of the six serious injuries caused by the 'horse-collar' and this, in part, led owners to ban the maneuver. Next season it will be a 15-yard penalty. In 2006, the league will go to two-hand tag, and by 2010, it hopes to have transitioned to full-on flag football status.
25 May 2005, 11:06am by Aaron Schatz
Troy Brown took less money to return to New England instead of signing with New Orleans. "Hometown discount," right? Not really. While Brown gave up more playing time in New Orleans, he didn't give up more money, because a promotional deal he has with TD Banknorth pays him enough money to make up the difference in football salary. This is one of those economic variables we don't often think about when comparing contracts, but not the only one.
25 May 2005, 09:32am by P. Ryan Wilson
The Steelers are beginning life after Plaxico. They currently have Hines Ward, Antwaan Randle El and Cedrick Wilson as their top three wideouts and Ward is the tallest at 6'0". With Burress and his 6'5", 225 lb. frame now in New York, Pittsburgh receivers will have to rely on speed, quickness, and scheme to get open. Which begs the question: can teams be successful throwing downfield without having a tall WR? Randy Moss is the prototype, but for every Moss there are enough "long-term project" 6'4" - 6'5" WRs to make a nice NDBL team.
23 May 2005, 01:02pm by Michael David Smith
Peter King does a nice job of finding an interesting topic during the off-season. He looks at the great teams in the modern era (since the AFL) and counts up how many Hall of Famers each team has. Is there an anti-Cowboys bias? Read this to find out.
One note: I can't for the life of me figure out why Russ Grimm isn't in the Hall of Fame. I was still fairly young when the Redskins were winning their titles in the '80s, but as I remember, Grimm was about as good a blocker as the league has seen. Does anyone have thoughts about why Grimm isn't in?
23 May 2005, 09:04am by P. Ryan Wilson
Tony Kornheiser goes from specifically wondering what Sean Taylor is thinking when he doesn't return Joe Gibbs's phone calls, to generally asking whether this type of stuff is a problem pervasive among former University of Miami players and Drew Rosenhaus clients.
In the case of the Redskins, the fact that Clinton Portis is Taylor's self-appointed spokesperson (and that he says Taylor just needs some time to chill after a long season) is reason enough for Gibbs to want to return to racing. (free registration/bugmenot required)
20 May 2005, 07:02pm by Aaron Schatz
There's no link here, but a request for information. A friend has asked me for a list of left-handed quarterbacks over the past few seasons. Unlike baseball rosters, football rosters don't list handedness, but this would be a pretty useful list to have. Obviously the best thing would be if someone knew of a link to a single list somewhere, but barring that, consider this a call for the sake of knowledge, to help us put together a list of left-handed quarterbacks (both starters and backups) from recent seasons, as well as the major left-handed quarterbacks of NFL history.
20 May 2005, 06:39pm by Michael David Smith
Len Pasquarelli: fact-checker of Peter King, reporter of detailed contract information, writer of information-filled 5,000-word pieces during the middle of the off-season. This week's tip sheet includes some interesting information about the potential new rule banning the style of tackle that Cowboys safety Roy Williams has made infamous.
Ben Muth says that Baltimore's third-year guard Kelechi Osemele might be the NFL's next great interior lineman.