"Last team with the ball wins" is a cliche, but sometimes cliches are the best way to get across the central narrative of an important game. If you like great quarterback play, you have to watch the NFC Championship Game.
09 Feb 2004
comments by Aaron Schatz and Patrick Laverty
We had a lot of fun putting these together, so we want to thank everyone who voted. Unfortunately, due to some technical glitches, we ended up losing the votes on a few of our awards questions. That means we don't have the results for your vote of the teams most likely to improve and decline in 2004. We also lost the votes on the question at the end of page two that asked if people would prefer our weblog of articles from around the Web on the front page as it is now, or on its own page like Baseball Primer's Clutch Hits. We're still trying to figure out what to do about that one so if you have a strong opinion please drop us a line or comment in the thread here.
It also should be noted that our readership is somewhat tilted in favor of New England fans because we got our first exposure on Boston Sports Media Watch. This will become apparent when we get to some of the awards that were an open choice instead of presenting multiple nominees.
That out of the way, let's get on to the results of the first annual Football Outsiders awards.
Who is your choice as NFL MVP for 2003?
|35.6% Peyton Manning
18.3% Tom Brady
14.1% Steve McNair
11.2% Jamal Lewis
|10.7% Priest Holmes
5.1% Ahman Green
4.2% Ray Lewis
0.8% Torry Holt
By a large margin, Football Outsiders readers feel that Manning's statistical dominance was more valuable than McNair's ability to compile less impressive statistics without the help of a running game. The fact that Indianapolis beat out Tennessee for the division title has something to do with this; so does the fact that our voting took place after Manning's record-setting performance in the first two playoff games. We chalk up Brady finishing second to our heavy New England readership. Although he got very few votes, Aaron added Torry Holt to the nominees so his amazing season -- far superior to any other receiver in 2003 -- would be recognized.
Who is your choice as NFL Rookie of the Year for 2003?
|59.2% Anquan Boldin
7.6% Domanick Davis
7.2% Nick Barnett
7.2% Dan Koppen
|6.7% Eugene Wilson
5.9% Ricky Manning
5.1% Terrell Suggs
1.3% Andre Johnson
No surprise here. We only included this category because we plan on doing this balloting every year. We knew who would win it this year. More Nick Barnett votes than we expected, though.
Who is your choice for Defensive Player of the Year in 2003?
|41.7% Ray Lewis
19.4% Ty Law
14.7% Rodney Harrison
9.1% Kris Jenkins
|6.3% Richard Seymour
3.8% Keith Bulluck
3.2% Dwight Freeney
1.9% Leonard Little
Although he probably would have won anyway, it did somewhat bias the vote in favor of Lewis that he was the only defensive player we also included among the MVP nominees. In addition, the Patriots vote got split between three candidates, but which of those three players would you have left out of the nominations? Leonard Little was only included because we figured we had to toss on someone from the defense that DVOA ranked second in the league. We probably should have listed Dat Nguyen instead.
Who was the best offensive lineman of 2003? (open question, top 12 listed)
|17.5% Jonathan Ogden (T, BAL)
16.2% Damien Woody (G/C, NWE)
6.7% Will Shields (G, KAN)
5.1% Willie Roaf (T, KAN)
4.4% Jordan Gross (T, CAR)
3.2% Jeff Saturday (C, IND)
|3.2% Mike Wahle (G, GNB)
3.2% Steve Hutchinson (G, SEA)
2.9% Tom Nalen (C, DEN)
2.5% Dan Koppen (C, NWE)
2.5% Flozell Adams (T, DAL)
2.5% Orlando Pace (T, STL)
The Patriots fans have spoken, and they want to keep Damien Woody in town. The center-turned-guard-turned-possible free agent departure finishes a surprising second behind the man who keeps Jamal Lewis going, Jon Ogden. Interesting note on Ogden, though -- Baltimore finished first in our adjusted line yards stat running to the left in 2002, but they were #17 in 2003. We'll have to investigate whether that shows a glitch in the statistic, a drop in Ogden's effectiveness, or a combination of both. The two Kansas City Pro Bowlers who excel at both run and pass blocking finish third and fourth. In keeping with our Patriots fan theme, every member of the Patriots line got a vote, even Richard Seymour -- who is not actually an offensive lineman. We hope that the person who voted for Tony Mandarich was kidding.
Who is your choice for NFL Coach of the Year in 2003?
|48.4% Bill Belichick
25.1% John Fox
18.3% Marvin Lewis
|5.7% Bill Parcells
1.5% Jeff Fisher
1.1% Dick Vermeil
Remember at midseason, when everyone agreed that Bill Parcells would win Coach of the Year by acclimation? Whoops. Dick Vermeil might have done a little better if we had done this balloting before Kansas City decided to play their playoff game with only two out of three units.
Who is your choice for the Keep Choppin' Wood award for 2003 (player who most hurt his team)?
|37.9% Keyshawn Johnson
20.6% Drew Bledsoe
19.8% Tiki Barber
8.2% Owen Pochman
|4.8% Wade Smith
4.0% Tim Wansley
3.4% Kurt Kittner
1.3% Seth Marler
Football Outsiders readers agree -- It is worse to torpedo your team with a bad attitude than with poor performance. It will be interesting to see the reaction of the fans of whatever teams picks up Me-Shawn for 2004. In other news, the argument "Bledsoe or Brady" is now the historical equivalent of "VHS or Betamax," but believe it or not we were all fighting about this two years ago.
Who is your choice for the Keep Choppin' Wood award for the worst coach of 2003?
|44.2% Bill Callahan
39.6% Steve Spurrier
5.9% Dave Wannstedt
|5.3% Mike Tice
4.4% Jim Fassell
0.6% Dave McGinnis
From Super Bowl in his second year to Keep Choppin' Wood in his second. Tom Jackson was right when he said, "This team hates its coach," he just had the wrong team. A close second is Steve Spurrier, who proves that NFL coaching requires a different set of skills than college coaching. Just ask Pete Carroll.
Who is your choice for the very special Keep Choppin' Wood Coach award for worst coaching in the 2003 playoffs?
|78.7% Mike Martz
13.9% Mike Sherman
5.7% Brian Billick
1.7% Dick Vermeil
No comments necessary.
The most overrated offensive player in the NFL is: (open question, top 12 listed)
|17.5% Terrell Owens
10.4% Keyshawn Johnson
9.9% Donovan McNabb
7.3% Jeremy Shockey
5.3% Brett Favre
4.3% Drew "Blitz-ow" Bledsoe
|4.3% Ricky Williams
3.8% Michael Vick
3.8% Peyton Manning
3.3% Tom Brady
2.8% Marc Bulger
2.3% Steve McNair
Not much question that people aren't a big fan of the big talkers. Apparently, 9.9% of Football Outsiders readers are Rush Limbaugh. Previous official "Football Outsiders Most Overrated Player in the NFL" Eddie George has now been mediocre for so long that his reputation has caught up with his performance, and he got only 1.5% of the vote. The highest-ranked offensive lineman, by far, was Larry Allen of the Cowboys, also with 1.5% of the vote.
The most overrated defensive player in the NFL is: (open question, top 12 listed)
|52.9% Warren Sapp
9.7% Ray Lewis
6.6% Brian Urlacher
4.1% Dwight Freeney
3.6% Junior Seau
2.3% Jerome Kearse
|2.0% Zach Thomas
1.8% LaVar Arrington
1.5% Chris Hovan
1.5% Michael Strahan
1.3% Charles Woodson
1.0% Hugh Douglas
Well, then. We'll be renaming this award in future seasons to the "Warren Sapp Most Overrated Defensive Player Award." Sapp is so disliked that he got three votes as the most overrated player on offense. We're blown away that Freeney would finish among the top five overrated players. Jason Sehorn wasn't one of the top vote-getters but it was funny to see one voter list him as simply "Angie Harmon's husband." Somebody actually voted for Artrell Hawkins of Cincinnati, forgetting that in order for a player to be overrated you have to have actually heard of him.
The most underrated offensive player in the NFL is: (open question, top 14 listed)
|12.5% LaDainian Tomlinson
7.1% Tom Brady
3.7% Trent Green
3.4% Hines Ward
3.1% Jake Delhomme
3.1% Matt Hasselbeck
3.1% Deuce McAllister
|3.1% Steve Smith
3.1% Brian Westbrook
2.8% Shaun Alexander
2.8% Troy Brown
2.8% Marvin Harrison
2.8% Fred Taylor
2.6% Ahman Green
Apparently, there is a lot more consensus on who is overrated than on who is underrated. 97 different players got at least one vote as underrated, compared to only 54 different players who got votes as overrated. Everyone seems to love Tomlinson, who does it with a lot less help than the league's other elite running backs. Tom Brady comes in second, partly because of our heavy New England readership. Antowain Smith and Dan Koppen get underrated votes, and Russ Hochstein starts a couple games to get himself a vote. Even as "overrated" as Donovan McNabb was, he still managed to get an underrated vote. No offensive lineman got more than a couple votes, but there were a few votes for Green Bay fullback William Henderson, primarily a blocker with only 24 catches and no carries this year. Not a single vote for the player that DVOA says is the NFL's most underrated, Seattle slot receiver Bobby Engram.
The most underrated defensive player in the NFL is: (open question, top 12 listed)
|12.1% Tedy Bruschi (LB, NWE)
7.0% Dat Nguyen (LB. DAL)
5.5% Mike Vrabel (LB, NWE)
4.5% Rodney Harrison (S, NWE)
4.2% Al Wilson (LB, DEN)
3.6% Richard Seymour (DT/DE, NWE)
|2.7% Kris Jenkins (DT, CAR)
2.7% Ted Washington (DT, NWE)
2.4% Mike Rucker (DE, CAR)
2.1% Keith Bulluck (LB, TEN)
2.1% Ty Law (CB, NWE)
2.1% Jamie Sharper (LB, HOU)
Bruschi runs away with this one and the Patriots have six players in the top 11. Wow. Thank you, Boston readership. Between Bruschi and Nguyen, perhaps we can finally retire the idea of "undersized linebackers." Two people seem to think that Ray Lewis is underrated and some guy really was able to type in that Warren Sapp is underrated. We got a vote for "all nose tackles." One person voted for Trung Canidate as "the guy most responsible for keeping the Redskins offense off the field."
The most underrated special teams player in the NFL (special teams players don't get overrated) is: (open question, top 12 listed)
|6.7% Bethel Johnson (KR, NWE)
6.3% Rod Smart (KR, CAR)
5.6% Larry Izzo (coverage, NWE)
5.3% Jerry Azumah (KR. CHI)
4.2% Todd Sauerbrun (P, CAR)
3.2% Craig Hentrich (P, TEN)
|2.8% Shane Lechler (P, OAK)
2.5% Adam Vinatieri (K, NWE)
2.5% Mike Vanderjagt (K, IND)
2.5% Sean Morey (coverage, PHI)
2.1% Alex Bannister (coverage, SEA)
2.1% Brian Westbrook (KR/PR, PHI)
We were rooting for He Hate Me to win this one, but Bethel's speed takes it. Brown alumnus Sean Morey got a handful of votes, giving us nostalgia for our bright college days. Long snappers were really appreciated, with five people voting for "any long snapper." Dante Hall must be appropriately rated as he only garnered only 1.4% of the vote. Three voters took their correct prescription of crack, choosing Ken Walter as the most underrated special teams player. Richard Seymour got a vote and I'm not sure he even plays on special teams. Steve Tasker lives on, getting a vote even though he's been in the broadcast booth all year.
Todd Sauerbrun is the highest-rating punter; he's a Pro Bowler, but apparently still enough of an unknown that someone referred to him as "Todd Sauerbeck." Vinatieri and Vanderjagt tied for the highest ranking kicker with 7 votes each. One is the only kicker in the league with more endorsements than his quarterback and the other became famous for a perfect season, so we're not quite sure "underrated" is the correct word for either. Non-kicker, non-return players who got a few votes include Ike Reese of the Eagles and David Tyree of the Giants. The Giants?
2003's biggest disappointment in fantasy football was:
|27.4% Rich Gannon
26.5% Kurt Warner
17.5% Michael Vick
10.7% Peerless Price
10.3% Corey Dillon
|4.2% Marshall Faulk
2.3% Charlie Garner
0.8% Curtis Martin
0.2% Marty Booker
0.0% Ricky Williams
From 293 yards a game and 26 touchdowns to 181 yards a game and 6 touchdowns before a midseason? Yep, that pretty much sucked. Kurt Warner wouldn't need to be on this list if Martz had just named Bulger the starter in camp instead of Week 2. Michael Vick wins the "Hey, I thought you were coming back in Week 6" award. It's mind-blowing that nobody voted for Ricky Williams, a guy who was probably taken in the top five of every fantasy draft in the country but averaged only 86 yards a game with seven touchdowns.
Player most likely to breakout in 2004 (open question, top 16 listed):
|7.3% Byron Leftwich
6.1% Michael Vick
5.0% Domanick Davis
3.8% David Carr
3.8% Charles Rogers
3.5% Javon Walker
3.5% Rudi Johnson
3.2% Bethel Johnson
|2.6% Ashley Lelie
2.6% Lee Suggs
2.3% DeShaun Foster
2.3% Rex Grossman
2.3% Patrick Ramsey
2.3% Brian Westbrook
2.0% Brandon Lloyd
2.0% Joey Harrington
People looked past the Vick hype for the most part. Didn't he already have his breakout year, in 2002? Interestingly, guys not even drafted yet got a fair number of votes, with a few for Eli Manning and a couple for Larry Fitzgerald. The third member of the Houston would-be triplets is right below this list at 1.8%, along with Carson Palmer. Brian Westbrook from Philadelphia is apparently still so unknown that three different people confused him with out-of-work receiver Michael Westbrook. We ran this one to 16 players because we found those votes for Brandon Lloyd (a.k.a. The Man Who Would Be Terrell Owens) interesting. Other interesting choices with more than one vote: Willis McGahee, Bears receiver Justin Gage, and Eddie George's would be replacement, Chris Brown. Two people wrote down Drew Bledsoe, confusing "breakout" with "breakdown."
Player most likely to significantly decline in 2004 (open question, top 12 listed):
|9.8% Jamal Lewis
6.9% Brett Favre
6.6% Marshall Faulk
6.1% Terrell Owens
4.9% Marc Bulger
4.6% Warren Sapp
|4.3% Stephen Davis
4.0% Priest Holmes
3.2% Jon Kitna
2.3% Jerry Rice
2.3% Ricky Williams
2.3% Steve McNair
Well, you don't rush for 2000 yards twice, so this makes some sense. A number of people feel that Brett Favre has had his last impressive year, which wasn't even that impressive until you-know-what happened the week he played Oakland. By the way, didn't Marshall Faulk's career already hit the decline phase in 2002? Two people voted for Michael Vick, although we're not sure how much he can decline after a season in which he only played five games.
If my team needed a new starting quarterback for 2004, and we couldn't take one in the draft, I would want:
|36.4% Mark Brunell
26.3% Kurt Warner
17.9% Marc Bulger
8.4% Tim Couch
|6.1% Drew Brees
1.9% Rich Gannon
1.9% Brian Griese
1.1% Vinny Testaverde
Well, that was unexpected. Two former MVPs and a former top draft pick may be available as free agents or trade bait this offseason, but Football Outsiders readers believe that Mark Brunell still has something in the tank. Hopefully, those readers live in the Chesapeake Watershed Region.
Who is the best national football columnist (other than our buddy TMQ)?
|30.2% Peter King, SI
25.1% Len Pasquarelli, ESPN
20.4% Paul "Dr. Z" Zimmerman, SI
9.3% Chris Mortensen, ESPN
|8.7% John Clayton, ESPN
3.4% Vic Carucci, NFL.com
2.9% Don Banks, SI
In baseball, ESPN.com is the dominant force of online journalism -- Gammons, Stark, McAdam, Neyer, Sickels -- but for football they're neck and neck with SI.com. We didn't expect Pasquarelli to get so many more searches than his cohorts Mortensen and Clayton. Maybe ESPN needs to try sticking him on television a little. In the open comments, a lot of people asked about the writers we didn't nominate: We left out TMQ because of our relationship with Gregg Easterbrook, and we left out Bill Simmons and King Kaufman because they cover all sports, not just football.
Which is the best announcing team in the NFL? (top 8 listed)
|30.8% Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and Chris Collinsworth, FOX
20.0% John Madden and Al Michaels, ABC
15.8% Greg Gumbel and Phil Simms, CBS
12.9% Mike Patrick, Paul Maguire, and Joe Theismann, ESPN
6.3% Dick Stockton and Daryl Johnson, FOX
5.4% Dan Dierdorf and Dick Enberg, CBS
2.9% Don Criqui and Steve Tasker, CBS
2.1% Randy Cross and Kevin Harlan, CBS
Proving that three men in a booth can work, FOX's top team is the top choice of the Football Outsiders readership. For all the complaining about John Madden, he still has enough fans to put Monday Night Football in second place. The CBS team that really looks nothing like the announcers from Gil Thorp finishes third. Not a single voter chose Ron Pitts and Tim Ryan of FOX.
Due to a glitch, by the way, about one-third of the answers to this question did not get collected. Whoops .
Which is the worst announcing team in the NFL? (top 8 listed)
|30.4% Mike Patrick, Paul Maguire, and Joe Theismann, ESPN
15.2% John Madden and Al Michaels, ABC
11.5% Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and Chris Collinsworth, FOX
10.7% Dan Dierdorf and Dick Enberg, CBS
8.5% Greg Gumbel and Phil Simms, CBS
4.0% Randy Cross and Kevin Harlan, CBS
3.5% Curt Menefee and Tim Green, FOX
3.5% Ian Eagle and Solomon Wilcots, CBS
Since most people see the big name announcers on a regular basis, those guys get the most votes for both best and worst announcing team. But ESPN's Sunday night trio stands out, because they finished fourth among the network's top teams in voting for best announcers, and first among the network's top teams in voting for worst announcers. Hey Bristol, have you looked into trying someone new on Sunday nights? Maybe you should contact Dick Stockton and Daryl Johnson, who get a lot of exposure as FOX's #2 broadcasting team and finished fifth in the best announcer balloting but only received three votes as the NFL's worst announcers.
The lamest Monday Night Football gimmick this year was:
|44.8% The halftime music competition
18.6% Random musicians performing with Hank Williams Jr. in the intro
13.4% The Horse Trailer
9.8% Jacked Up! (on Monday Night Countdown pre-game show)
8.2% My Monday Night Football week (or whatever that thing is called)
5.2% Miked Up!
The people have spoken, and nobody cares that Joey Harrington can play the piano. Raise your hands if you switched over to ESPN News during halftime. Now imagine how many more people would have done the same thing if ESPN News had someone like Chris Mortensen on at that time instead of Sean Salisbury. Between this waste of time and the ever-changing, always annoying intro, perhaps Monday Night Football needs to be just a little less musical.
The most annoying commercial during NFL games this year was:
|21.4% Anything mentioning a "hemi"
18.0% Anything with The Cat in the Hat in it
15.6% Nextel direct connect (wedding/business meeting)
15.1% Coors Light -- Somebody's Gotta Feel This!
13.0% The Levitra tire ad
9.3% His father is the district attorney!
7.7% Coors Light advertising beer with "fewer carbs"
This was probably the closest vote of all the questions we asked, which is a good indication of just how many obnoxious commercials are broadcast during NFL games. One person in the open comments asked why we didn't ask for the best commercial of the year. Maybe we'll add that next year, but this guy's choice (Coors Light's "Wingman") was probably the winner anyway.
Other than Football Outsiders, what is the best independent football site on the Web (i.e. not ESPN.com, SI.com, NFL.com, CBS Sportsline, FOX/Sporting News)? (top 8 listed)
|1. Pro Football Prospectus
2. Pro Football Talk
3. Pro Football Weekly
4.Pro Football Reference
|5. Football Guys
7.Two Minute Warning
8. NFL Draft Blitz
No percentages here, since roughly four of five voters either left this question blank or put "Football Outsiders," thus proving that a lot of people do not understand the word "other." There's a good amount of crossover between our site and the folks who read Pro Football Prospectus. Pro Football Talk has proved to be a very popular rumor site. We're big fans of Doug Drinen, who does fantasy football-centered statistical analysis at Football Guys and runs the amazingly useful Pro Football Reference.
What football writer would you most like to see us run a parody/homage contest for in 2004? (top 8 listed)
|49.7% Dr. Z
17.7% Bill Simmons
12.2% Len Pasquarelli
6.1% John Clayton
|4.8% Chris Mortensen
2.7% Pete Prisco
2.4% David Fleming
2.4% Ron Borges
The people have spoken, and there will be a Dr. Z homage contest next year. We're not sure if we'll ask readers to write his mailbag, his weekly predictions, or his power ratings, but Outsiders readers clearly want a chance to parrot Dr. Z's quirks and catchphrases (as one reader noted, "complete with wine review"). To nobody's surprise, Bill Simmons got a good number of votes as well. We've always wondered exactly how to do a Simmons homage -- he's not really a football writer, per se -- but one voter gave us a very good idea. An good homage to BSG would imitate his occasional column assigning movie quotes to particular teams and players. That would be fun, and completely football-related. We'll make a list of the ten most BSG-mentioned films and do that contest in the pre-season.
A Ron Borges parody would be hilarious but we're not sure anyone outside of New England would get the joke. One voter wanted an homage to Scramble for the Ball; while Ian and Al appreciate your support, we don't know if their column is quite established enough to get its own homage.
By the way, the percentages here don't include requests for a second TMQ homage or a second Peter King homage, both of which we also might do next year.
Which was the worst alternate uniform of 2003?
|48.4% Miami orange jerseys
11.9% Cleveland orange jerseys
11.1% Seattle monochrome dark blue
10.8% Cincinnati monochrome black
|7.1% Arizona monochrome red
4.0% Atlanta monochrome black
3.7% Jacksonville monochrome black
2.9% San Diego monochrome dark blue
Nearly half of the Football Outsiders readership agrees that the Miami Dolphins are not the Miami Hurricanes. In fact, between Miami and Cleveland, orange seems to be a far bigger fashion blunder than the hated monochrome uniforms that were disparaged all year long by both the real TMQ and our homage to TMQ. You can see all these fashion mistakes at the 2003 page of the Football Uniforms Past and Present website.
The funniest moment of the NFL season was:
|------- Joe Namath making a pass at Suzy Kolber
33.9% Deion Sanders suggesting he should coach the Falcons
27.8% Jacksonville punter Chris Hanson injured chopping wood
11.1% Chad Johnson's Don't Fine Me sign
7.9% Jon Gruden in a suit on ABC's wild card studio show
7.4% ESPN's Kenny Mayne turkey bowling with He Hate Me
7.4% FOX pregame's Rush Limbaugh impression
4.5% Joe Horn's cell phone stunt
Yes, alcoholism is a serious problem, but Joe Namath's drunken come-on to Suzy Kolber on ESPN Sunday Night Football was so choke-on-your-sandwich funny that it didn't make sense to include it in voting for the funniest moment of the year. Had we included it, we wouldn't have realized just how many people laughed at the very idea of Deion Sanders coaching the Falcons. Nor would we have realized just how many of our readers found Joe Horn's cell phone stunt lame and unfunny. Actually, that's probably not news to anyone.
Thank you to everyone who voted in our first annual awards. We'll try to come up with even more fun categories next year, and skip the technical glitches that cause us to toss out some categories. Now, some notes on some of the Outsiders-related questions at the end of the awards.
The subjects that got the most votes for more coverage at Football Outsiders were the draft and NFL history. This is a good place where you, the readers, can help. Mike Smith is going to be writing some on the draft, and he also likes to write about NFL history, but these areas are great for guest columns. Alas, we cannot run guest columns unless you submit them, so send either your ideas or your fully written columns to info-at-footballoutsiders.com. The subject that got the fewest votes for more coverage was college football, so we'll leave that to one column a week, Confessions of a Football Junkie. No, we aren't going to publish turducken recipes.
A lot of people asked us to move from a blog-style system of commenting on specific posts to a more conventional message board system. It's under consideration, but there are plenty of football message boards out there so we would want to make sure we offered something unique. We have to balance the desire to keep the discussion to football with the desire to allow people to start new topics. We also have to balance the desire to allow people to post even if they only visit every so often with the desire to have user profiles as well as limit the flame wars.
A number of people commented that the statistics articles can be a bit dense. We are very, very aware that the new statistics can be difficult to understand. We're working on a glossary that helps explain them, and Aaron is always trying to clarify the data with actual sentences in order to make his commentaries more accessible to the math-o-phobic. If you have advice on how to make the stats easier to comprehend, or how to better explain which numbers are good or bad, please email Aaron. If you have questions about the stats, also, feel free to email so Aaron can respond or put your question in a mailbag article. (Remember, if he doesn't respond right away, he's super busy.)
We're definitely interested in publishing more articles devoted to the explaining the basics of football strategy, including different formations and basic offensive and defensive plays. This is another good area for those who wish to submit guest columns along the lines of Bob Cook's look at the Indianapolis off-tackle play-action. There's a guest column explaining the cover-2 on the way.
A number of people asked about taking a look at our database. We're still trying to figure out what to do about that so bear with us. A number of people have emailed about helping us automate the parsing of data for earlier seasons as well as 2004 and beyond. We'll be in touch.
One last note. We would like to put the gentleman who wrote "Just remember - it's all fun, and numbers are only indicative of past results, not future results" and the gentleman who wrote "I'd like more predictive use of statistics rather than retroactive analysis of why something happened" in a room together, where they will fight until only one remains.
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