17 Nov 2004, 04:20pm by Aaron Schatz
Dr. Z's power rankings are especially fun this week. First, he channels Football Outsiders with comments that say Ray Lewis is overrated. He also gives props to Patriots defensive backs coach Eric Mangini, which is really channeling Football Outsiders because it reflects something I wrote that didn't even make it to the Internet.
16 Nov 2004, 07:17pm by Al Bogdan
ABC opened Monday Night Football last night with a nude Nicollette Sheridan jumping into Terrell Owens arms in the Eagle locker room. ABC has apologized for the skit which the NFL has called "inappropriate" in their own release today. A spokesman for the FCC is quoted in the article as saying they've received complants about the opening.Mike and the Mad Dog have been talking about this all afternoon on WFAN in NY. To me it's much ado about nothing, but I can see how folks would be upset about this.
16 Nov 2004, 02:09pm by Aaron Schatz
This week our buddy Gregg Easterbrook honors the legendary Preston Ridlehuber, visits a dentist that has patients coming back for more, and discusses what exactly may have angered some football gods in Indy and Dallas. Come join the "unofficial official" thread for discussing NFL.com's Tuesday Morning Quarterback.
16 Nov 2004, 01:15pm by Michael David Smith
Brunell is benched. Warner is benched. Might we have a third benching this week? Steve Mariucci is tepid in his support of Joey Harrington, and Mike McMahon will get more snaps in practice this week.
My own opinion, as someone who has seen every pass Harrington has thrown this year, is that Harrington is not the Lions' problem on offense. The problem is that Matt Millen has given Harrington exactly one teammate, Roy Williams, who consistently helps the offense. It would be absurd for Harrington to lose his job before Millen loses his.
2 comments, Last at 16 Mar 2007, 12:59pm by Dick & jeanne brady
16 Nov 2004, 12:30pm by Aaron Schatz
It's one of the top research projects on our Football Outsiders "to do" list: Does icing the kicker really work? Now two statisticians have actually done the research and, believe it or not, they think the answer is yes. Reading about their methodology, I'm not so sure -- doesn't this say that the chance of hitting a pressure kick doesn't change if you call a timeout? Either way, you can be sure that other football sites will not be linking to articles from the Mathematical Association of America.
15 Nov 2004, 02:48pm by Aaron Schatz
It's the latest quarterback comments and ratings from me and the rest of the ESPN.com Page 2 crew. Of all the terrible quarterback performances this week, which one ends up as the worst of the season according to DPAR? Take a guess and then click to find out. Plus, find out why I think Atlanta's good luck does not herald a playoff collapse, why I don't think Big Ben deserves the MVP award, when Peyton Manning will finally win the Super Bowl, and which ex-Chicago Bears quarterback might deserve a second chance. Oh, and the other guys write some stuff too.
2 comments, Last at 11 Dec 2005, 9:24pm by somer
15 Nov 2004, 01:58pm by Aaron Schatz
Reader Barry Goodberg linked this in the Game Discussion Thread, and he's right -- this is one of the better articles Ron Borges has written recently. We pick on him a lot around here but this article is quite emotional. As Barry noted, "Drew Bledsoe was Borges's favorite Pats player, partly because he was Borges's primary source on the Pats, partly because Bledsoe didn't completely buy into the Parcells and Belichick systems, which Borges detests in spite of their success, and partly because Bledsoe is a genuinely good guy.
15 Nov 2004, 01:14pm by Michael David Smith
Peter King this week tells us that the best teams in the AFC are able to succeed because they have a balanced attack.
10 Nov 2004, 02:40pm by Michael David Smith
I get so sick of stuff like this. Jeffri Chadiha lists his 10 biggest surprises of the season, and No. 3 is "the sorry state of the league." He writes, "Every time I peek at a schedule, I'm stunned at how many bad games are on tap for the coming week. Part of that has to do with parity -- it's impossible to know who's any good anymore except for a handful of teams."
10 Nov 2004, 12:09pm by Aaron Schatz
William Krasker's weekly rundown of strategy questions takes Ed Reed to task for running back his interception for a touchdown in the final minute against Cleveland, and analyzes Herm Edwards' decision to take the wind instead of the ball after the initial coin toss. Also worth reading: William's article suggesting that losing teams stop the clock with an intentional penalty if, before the final minute, they give up a first down that would otherwise allow their opponent to kneel and taste victory.
Bill Connelly again looks at which college football teams the F/+ ratings are sure about, and which teams remain a mystery (led by Appalachian State).