20 Feb 2005, 10:49pm by Ned Macey
Peter King shares a behind the scenes story about the coin flip that helped lead to Drew Bledsoe's release. He also is able to argue that the Patriots made the right decision trading Bledsoe and keeping Brady, with only the third reason being that Brady is actually a much better player. Does anyone in the world still question this decision? King also offers two thoughts on the Westminster Dog Show, debuts a new feature on equestrian, and takes a shot at the NHLPA.
15 Feb 2005, 02:17pm by Aaron Schatz
Our man Gregg Easterbrook finishes up the season with his annual bad predictions review. This might seem a bit unfair, since in the topsy-turvy world of the NFL everyone is going to make a few bad predictions. Heck, I predicted that Tennessee and Tampa Bay would go to the playoffs. On the other hand, you have to give Gregg credit for naming himself as the first runner-up for the Bad Predictions Award. And the winner is... Michael Felger of the Boston Herald, who predicted that the Texans would make the playoffs and the Eagles would disappoint.
14 Feb 2005, 09:46am by P. Ryan Wilson
In this week's MMQB, Peter King breathes life into the story that just won't die: more inane comments from Freddie Mitchell. King also discusses the Patriots' plan to unload Ty Law, travels to Starbucks with Dan Marino, asks why the Jets are keeping Doug Brien and recommends everybody see Million Dollar Baby. He also thinks J.P. Losman is the Bills quarterback in 2005, Randy Moss has played his last game as a Viking, and Jerome Bettis returns for one more season.
11 Feb 2005, 06:46pm by Michael David Smith
Len Pasquarelli writes that in 2005, the NFL will have more teams employing the 3-4 defense than it has had at any time since the 1970s. What's next, a return to the single wing? Also of note: J.P. Losman will almost certainly be the Bills' 2005 starter. Jeff Garcia will be a free agent in a few weeks, but the Browns want to keep Kelly Holcomb around. And the NFL has ended its relationship with Levitra.
1 comment, Last at 14 Jan 2007, 11:00am by acting agent free
11 Feb 2005, 03:05pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Mark Maske of the Washington Post takes a look at which players might get the franchise tag, as well as what they can expect to earn in 2005 based on their position. One thing that immediately sticks out when looking at expected earnings is that cornerbacks top the list. My gut reaction is that quarterbacks, offensive linemen and even wide receivers are probably worth more than cornerbacks. Of course, in the days leading up to the 2004 draft, I thought the Steelers would be wise to draft a cornerback over a quarterback, so what do I know.
2 comments, Last at 25 Nov 2006, 1:28pm by Franchise Tax Board
09 Feb 2005, 12:20pm by Michael David Smith
Peter King sure thinks so. King says Milloy has made about $2.5 million more in Buffalo the last two years than he would have made if he had stayed with the Patriots, and that money isn't worth nearly what being a champion is worth. I have two observations:
1. It sure is easy for Peter King to tell Lawyer Milloy that $2.5 million shouldn't be important to him. How many times has Peter King turned down $2.5 million?
08 Feb 2005, 06:28pm by P. Ryan Wilson
The AP is reporting that Donovan McNabb was so ill during the 4th quarter that he had trouble calling plays, battled puking in the huddle, and was "exhausted from giving it his all." A spokesman for the Eagles said Tuesday he didn't know what was wrong with McNabb.
This is the first I'm hearing of McNabb being sick, but I remember thinking he looked a little woozy after Richard Seymour knocked him hard to the ground early in the second half (which I'm guessing isn't that uncommon a reaction to having some 300 lb. defensive end give you the business).
08 Feb 2005, 01:20pm by Aaron Schatz
Gregg Easterbrook has his review of the Super Bowl. Put simply: "Super Bowl XXXIX was a clinic on the difference between a team that has a smart game plan (New England) and one that merely does whatever it did last week (Philadelphia). It was a clinic on the difference between a team that reacts to what the opponent is doing (New England) and a team that does not react (Philadelphia)."
1 comment, Last at 25 Sep 2006, 6:08pm by Richie
07 Feb 2005, 02:45pm by Aaron Schatz
Two bits from me at ESPN.com Page 2 as we close out the season. First, a list of ten random Super Bowl stat tidbits. You'll recognize some of these from the FO Super Bowl Preview, but they're updated to reflect what happened in the game. Also, the final Snap Judgment of the season asks what we can learn about the future of quarterbacking from this year's Super Bowl, and includes my thoughts on the most incredible play that Terrell Owens made yesterday.
07 Feb 2005, 02:36pm by Aaron Schatz
Peter King says if not, at least the Patriots are the best team of the salary cap era. Also addressed: Why the heck did San Diego waive Rodney Harrison anyway? Is there some kind of anti-Dallas conspiracy in the Hall of Fame voting? And is there something wrong with the SI.com Web folks? The URL on this is "mmqp" instead of "mmqb."
Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?