30 Aug 2004, 01:56pm by admin
ESPN asked a panel of its experts to rank the 10 best players ever. No surprise, Jim Brown came in first. Brown was in the Top 3 for every voter; no one else was even on every Top 10. But I was shocked to see that not one person put Otto Graham, Don Hutson or Marion Motley in his Top 10. Come on, fellas. Show some respect to the great ones from the old days.
30 Aug 2004, 10:52am by admin
Peter King does fantasy advice, and it is a little strange. He likes Darius Watts and Najeh Davenport, that's fine. But Favre and Brady ahead of Vick and McNabb? Maybe he doesn't play in a league where QB rushing counts. And he clearly isn't reading Football Outsiders, because he ranks Portis eighth among running backs and Green third. Remember: RB whose yd/car rises .50 yards from one year to the next tend to drop, on average, .75 yards in the third year. One more question: Since when is Tennessee an offensive that is struggling?
29 Aug 2004, 12:19pm by admin
"Next Tom Brady" Alert.
27 Aug 2004, 05:10am by admin
Not to toot our own horns or anything, but the one and only Paul Zimmerman recommends a book in his mailbag today: "It's called Brassey's Pro Football Forecast ($21.95), and it's got a lot of meaningful, non-run of the mill analysis of each team, plus a lot of intricately evolved statistics you don't see elsewhere. Much hard work went into this book. Worth a look." That, in case anyone doesn't know, is the book we here at Football Outsiders co-wrote. Having heard it from Dr. Z, you know you need to order it now.
26 Aug 2004, 09:21am by admin
Shortest... retirement... ever.
25 Aug 2004, 01:45pm by admin
The Colts took Iowa safety Bob Sanders with their first pick, No. 44 overall. That was more than four months ago. He still hasn't signed. Neither side wants to play this out in the media (unlike the Rivers and Winslow negotiations), so it's impossible to say who's being more unreasonable. But in any event, it's very bizarre for a second-rounder to continue a holdout for this long.
25 Aug 2004, 10:38am by admin
Apparently Troy Aikman reads Football Outsiders because he's asking the Competition Committee to make some changes in how they keep offensive and defensive statistics. He basically calls the current "total defense" stat a joke and suggests a defensive measure similar to the QB rating as one solution. And while the QB rating has its shortcomings, anything would be better than what the NFL is currently passing off as statistics.
24 Aug 2004, 12:35pm by admin
TMQ looks at the NFC today, explaining the whole point behind "Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Persons" and assuring Green Bay fans that the all-yellow Packers uniform pictured in a previous column was just a joke. I'm seriously gonna have to have a talk with Gregg about his obsession with running the football, though. I'm sorry, man, but passing wins ballgames. The problem is not too much passing in general but too much pass wackiness at the wrong times (like, say, going five wide on the goal line).
23 Aug 2004, 11:34am by admin
Peter King today with more on Bill Belichick, who was, of course, outcoached by Marvin Lewis Saturday night... can we sponsor a Peter King vs. Kevin Mannix duel to the death? Also, Peter endorses Jerome Bettis over Duce Staley (I respectably disagree), dives into the bottomless pit that is Brady vs. Manning debate, and expands his top quarterbacks list to 30. Will he get tons of e-mails from people angry that he put Drew Bledsoe at #23 ahead of Byron Leftwich at #26?
23 Aug 2004, 10:43am by admin
In New England, Kevin Mannix writes that the Patriots were outcoached by the Bengals this weekend in a 31-3 loss. As Bruce Allen points out at Boston Sports Media Watch, I'm not sure how you get outcoached in a preseason game in which you have no game plan because you don't want to reveal anything you will use against the same team later in a game that actually counts.
Sam I Am, Hot Takes on Johnny Manziel, and a subtle Wade Phillips takedown of Jason Garrett highlight this month's best quotes.