17 Jun 2005, 05:53pm by Michael David Smith
Every year the Pro Football Writers Association gives its Rozelle Award to the public relations staff that has done the best job during the preceding year. This year the staff of the San Francisco 49ers is one of the five finalists. As you don't need to be remembered, the head of the 49ers staff was, until recently, Kirk Reynolds, who lost his job after his risque training video became public. Thanks to Glenn Stewart for the tip. (Scroll down to the end of the column.)
5 comments, Last at 20 Jun 2005, 6:05pm by B
17 Jun 2005, 04:14pm by Michael David Smith
In this week's mailbag, Paul Zimmerman revisits the subject of how the Falcons' offense could operate if Mike Vick became a single-wing tailback. I love the idea, but it'll never happen, as Jim Mora seems intent on turning Vick into a dropback passer.
25 comments, Last at 23 Jun 2005, 10:00am by Sophandros
17 Jun 2005, 02:48pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Nunyo Demasio writes an interesting article in today's Washington Post about Sean Taylor. In it he describes a 22-year old kid who spends much of his time with his mother, in the house he grew up in, near the college he attended. Taylor's rookie year in Washington was his first outside of Miami. According to the story, Taylor was homesick, not upset with his contract, when he didn't report to offeason workouts this spring. Still, people who know Taylor from Miami say he is just as much Dr. Jekyll as Mr. Hyde. (free registration/bugmenot required)
7 comments, Last at 17 Jun 2005, 7:21pm by Basilicus
15 Jun 2005, 10:49pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Well this is a relief. The next time you see an NFL player smuggling dried urine through an airport, or randomly firing a gun outside a bar, don't worry -- it's normal. At least when compared to the country as a whole. Interestingly, Tony Dungy is an amateur criminologist who has been tracking arrests for years. Unfortunately, his model didn't predict Michael Doss getting arrested on gun charges.
19 comments, Last at 16 Jun 2005, 9:44pm by primantis
15 Jun 2005, 01:48pm by Michael David Smith
John Madden will join NBC as a game analyst when the network begins televising its newly acquired Sunday night football package in 2006. I was kind of hoping NBC would think outside the box on this one -- bring in someone who's not a big name but has a lot of insight. Instead they go with Madden, still the most famous football broadcaster but a couple of decades past his prime.
20 comments, Last at 17 Jun 2005, 4:40pm by Burger
15 Jun 2005, 10:45am by Aaron Schatz
Could a Football Outsiders favorite finally be getting another chance at a starting job? I'd be very interested to see what happens if Engram starts -- will he be as good as his DVOA ratings from the past couple years might indicate, or will he be exposed as someone who only plays well when in a specific, limited role, like Josh Reed or Az Hakim?
4 comments, Last at 15 Jun 2005, 6:10pm by bravehoptoad
14 Jun 2005, 09:16pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Apparently, it's Ravens Tuesday at Football Outsiders. Michael David Smith links to a story about Ray Lewis and the Baltimore defense and I'm pointing you to Jeffri Chadiha's column on the Baltimore offense. Chadiha believes that Derrick Mason is the missing piece to the Raven's much-maligned passing game. Granted, Mason has averaged 86 receptions and 1,153 yards the last four seasons, but he's 31 and Kyle Boller will never be mistaken for Steve McNair ... unless of course he dresses up as Steve McNair for Halloween.
6 comments, Last at 15 Jun 2005, 6:29pm by zach
14 Jun 2005, 03:44pm by Michael David Smith
In 1985, defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan's 46 defense, led by middle linebacker Mike Singletary, dominated the league. In 2005, Buddy's son, Rex, thinks his 46 defense, led by middle linebacker Ray Lewis, can do the same. Lewis wasn't anything close to the player in 2004 that he was in 2003, and most people in Baltimore seem to think the team's defensive scheme was to blame for that.
38 comments, Last at 16 Jun 2005, 12:15pm by skinsfan2
13 Jun 2005, 12:12pm by Aaron Schatz
I love ya, Pete, but it may be time for an intervention.
132 comments, Last at 22 Jun 2005, 8:14pm by Richie
11 Jun 2005, 11:26pm by Aaron Schatz
Interesting story here about a St. Louis talk show host who has taken a job with the Rams as "'director of research and Internet consultant" while still remaining on air -- giving his opinions about the team that he now works for. I'm a little curious to speak to this John Hadley fellow, given that part of his job includes statistical analysis.
10 comments, Last at 13 Jun 2005, 12:28pm by Carl
The Giants are the league's most injured team for the second straight year, while Chip Kelly's Eagles finish in the top five again. Also: Jay Gruden takes a page from Bill Belichick, and find out which team wasted their short-term IR tag.