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Bledsoe Refuses to Buckle to Critics

Why oh why do sportswriters ask such stupid, stupid questions? Apparently -- and this is a shock -- Drew Bledsoe refuses to say "yes" when Buffalo writers ask him if he should be replaced by Shane Matthews. First of all, I know Bledsoe has been bad, but Shane Matthews? And what do the writers expect him to say? "Yes, I have no idea why they are running me out there every week. I am truly pathetic." Asking questions with obvious answers is one of the things that makes fans lose respect for the local media, and one of the local media's worst habits.

Can Roethlisberger Do the Job?

Some people gave the Steelers a legitimate chance of making the playoffs before Tommy Maddox was injured last week. Now their fate lies in the hands of rookie QB Ben Roethlisberger. The last rookie QB to start a game for the Steelers was Bubby Brister back in 1986 (ouch) replacing an injured Mark Malone (double ouch). The last rookie to start a playoff game in the NFL was Shaun King (he was 4-1 in the regular season) in 2000. Of course Roethlisberger doesn't have the same defense that King had, so who knows how successful he'll be.

Football Commentary: Week 2 Strategy Review

According to our friend William Krasker, Mike Shanahan made the right call by having Quentin Griffin run one last play. He also feels Mike Tice made a mistake by kicking a field goal on 4th-and-goal from the one-yard line, trailing 7-3 (I could not agree more). Those situations and more discussed in his lately weekly review of play calling strategy. By the way, William will be summarizing the best of his strategy commentaries every few weeks in a Football Outsiders guest column.

2 comments, Last at 11 Feb 2007, 7:01am by Web SlotsMachinesmachines

TMQ: Calling Dr. Watson

The latest from our man TMQ questions curious tactics and predicts the end of the Patriots' winning streak. Plus, cheerbabes!

3 comments, Last at 31 Jan 2007, 9:15am by bontril

Peter King's Tuesday MMQB: Fox Revives Panthers

Well, they've made the title of this column even worse. I mean Monday Morning Quarterback: Tuesday Edition was bad, but Tuesday Monday Morning Quarterback seems worse. I'd go with MMQB 2: Electric Boogaloo.

3 comments, Last at 01 Feb 2011, 8:55am by rosewillson

Which Do You Want - Accuracy or Wins?

OK, quiz time. Of the top 10 quarterbacks in the league, who would you say is the most inaccurate? If I hadn't already seen the article, I still would have guessed Donovan McNabb. But here's an interesting statistic: McNabb has completed 57.9 percent of his passes since 2000; last season Tom Brady had a completion percentage of 60.2 and Jake Delhomme came in at 59.2. So why is McNabb often characterized as being all over the place even though his numbers are very similar to two Super Bowl quarterbacks?

Top 10 Coaches of All Time

OK, this one is bound to start some arguments. It's ESPN Page 2's list of the top 10 greatest NFL coaches of all time. (Actually, it goes to eleven, which is one louder.) The top three are Vince Lombardi, Paul Brown, and Don Shula, and the only current coaches on the list are there for past glories: Bill Parcells (10) and Joe Gibbs (5).

1 comment, Last at 09 Jul 2006, 6:24pm by cliff priester

Snap Judgment: It's All About the QBs

The latest Snap Judgment column from ESPN.com Page2 focusing on QB performances from Sunday. Hey, wait a second, who's that new guy ranking the QBs? I'll give you a hint - it's Aaron.

2 comments, Last at 01 Feb 2011, 8:47am by rosewillson

MMQB: Parcells-Patriots Divorce Getting Uglier

The latest from Peter King has some info from Michael Holley's upcoming book on the Patriots, including suggestions that Bill Parcells was talking to the Jets about taking over there during the week leading up to the Patriots loss in Super Bowl 31.

Football Commentary: Week 1 Strategy Review

Our friend William Krasker begins his regular weekly analysis of NFL strategy using his complicated Dynamic Programming Model. Among Bill's contentions: Steve Mariucci screwed up by not going for two when Detroit went ahead 19-14, the Dolphins punted three times on 4th-and-1 when they should have gone for it, and Joe Gibbs should have gone for a touchdown from the Tampa 2-yard line at the start of the second quarter. Go give Bill's site some love, his stuff is excellent.