26 Oct 2005, 01:28pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Is it really a quarterback controversy when your two options are Vinny Testaverde and Brooks Bollinger? The Jets have been beset by injuries on both sides of the ball, the offensive line has allowed 25 sacks, and now they must try and win games with their third and fourth string QBs. Herman Edwards must have been very, very naughty in a previous life.
19 comments, Last at 27 Oct 2005, 3:25pm by Jersey Jets
26 Oct 2005, 09:55am by Aaron Schatz
Once again, Pete Carroll is rumored to be returning to the NFL. John Czarnecki's suggestion -- Pete Carroll as coach of the Saints in preparation for a move to Los Angeles in 2007 -- makes some sense. But this doesn't: "Some NFL owner might pay him more than $6 million a season and make him the sport's highest-paid head coach." That sound you just heard is laughter from Hartford to the tip of northern Maine. Apparently "some NFL owner" is not aware that you can't recruit your way to the top in the NFL by stacking your roster with highly sought-after players.
33 comments, Last at 28 Oct 2005, 10:57am by Paul
25 Oct 2005, 10:03pm by P. Ryan Wilson
OK, I'm a week behind, but Marbreit still has some good stuff in here. He explains that dopey fair catch ruling in the Monday night Steelers-Chargers game two weeks ago, gives the precise specs for an official NFL football, gives some advice on how to become an NFL referee (yikes), and actually knows the answer to the "When was the last time the home team was penalized for the crowd noise?" question mentioned here a few weeks ago. (free registration/bugmenot required)
16 comments, Last at 26 Oct 2005, 1:09pm by Bill Krasker
25 Oct 2005, 03:51pm by Aaron Schatz
This week Gregg takes on licensed clothing, the sportsmanship paradox, the terrible Buffalo offensive line, and naked Canadians. If you thought TMQ would criticize the Broncos for blitzing on the final New York Giants drive of the game, you win!
68 comments, Last at 28 Oct 2005, 12:36pm by Carl
25 Oct 2005, 12:26pm by Michael David Smith
Giants owner Wellington Mara, one of the most important figures in the rise of professional football, has died. In 1925, shortly after his father bought the Giants, 9-year-old Wellington sold tickets on Red Grange's barnstorming tour, which helped the NFL go from a locally popular sport in the Midwest to a sport that garnered national attention. In the 1960s, he agreed to share revenues from television contracts with small-market clubs, a decision that helped make the NFL more competitive and more popular everywhere. Mara is survived by his wife, 11 children, and 40 grandchildren.
5 comments, Last at 26 Oct 2005, 12:13am by ChrisFromNJ
25 Oct 2005, 11:22am by Michael David Smith
Build a better power ranking and the world will beat a path to your door. Using something called "unambiguous beatpaths," FO reader Tunesmith has an interesting way of ranking all 32 teams. I like the way the chart gives an extremely simple way of seeing the entire NFL season, and I like how Tunesmith cheerfully describes his power rankings as "a vastly inferior system" to DVOA.
52 comments, Last at 13 Nov 2005, 12:27am by tunesmith
25 Oct 2005, 10:45am by P. Ryan Wilson
So what's worse: being less productive this season because of rust, past wear-and-tear, and indecisiveness, or being less productive because you don't have a new contract and to avoid injury you're mailing it in? I'll go with the latter. To be fair, it wasn't Jamal Lewis who said this, but former Raven, Mike McCrary, doing his best Curt Schilling impression. I don't know how Baltimore can give Lewis a new deal when they have a better, cheaper alternative in Chester Taylor. (free registration/bugmenot required)
18 comments, Last at 26 Oct 2005, 8:23am by lafcadio
25 Oct 2005, 09:40am by P. Ryan Wilson
For a team that throws the ball something like eight times a game, having a pass-catching tight end only makes Ben Roethlisberger's job easier. Heath Miller is Pittsburgh's first real threat at the position since Eric Green played in the mid-90s. With the departure of Plaxico Burress, Miller now provides Roethlisberger a big target, but with the added benefit of also being able to block.
10 comments, Last at 25 Oct 2005, 8:07pm by jeff
24 Oct 2005, 04:35pm by Michael David Smith
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Mike Martz called a team official during Sunday's Rams-Saints game and instructed him to give a play to offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild. But president of football operations Jay Zygmunt blocked the team employee's attempts to get to Fairchild in the coaching booth. That Rams front office sure seems disorganized.
Update 3:45pm: The Rams now say Martz will not be back all season.
12 comments, Last at 25 Oct 2005, 8:36pm by Zac
24 Oct 2005, 12:15pm by Aaron Schatz
Jerome Bettis in the Hall of Fame? Peter King says yes. The remarkable thing about Bettis' career is that he was burnt out with too much usage and yet came back with big seasons not once but twice -- first in 2001, then again in 2004. There's a lot of work ethic and intelligence involved in that kind of longevity. Peter's also got his "Fine Fifteen." Like our DVOA ratings, Peter refuses to give up on San Diego.
73 comments, Last at 26 Oct 2005, 5:44pm by Michael David Smith
Our offseason Four Downs series ends with a look at the NFC West's biggest remaining holes and their most notable UDFA signings. The Rams and 49ers have to kick-start their passing games, Arizona's offense lacks a big dimension, and the Seahawks continue to rely on Russell Wilson's magic tricks.