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No Defense for Teams Bypassing Rex Ryan

With guys like Chan Gailey and Mike Sherman getting head-coaching interviews (and Lane Kiffin actually landing a job), does anybody else find it odd that Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan didn't even get a call? (Free registration/bugmenot required.)

33 comments, Last at 29 Jan 2007, 7:52pm by Wanker79

Perhaps the Ugliest Super Bowl Jersey Ever

Oh God, my eyes. THE PAIN!!!

39 comments, Last at 29 Jan 2007, 12:27am by Mr. Beefy

Similarity scores for Tony Romo

Just because the Cowboys don't have a coach doesn't mean we can't analyze their quarterback. (Click link to read more.)

...And the Cowboys Consider Norv Turner

The world's most dangerous football reporter, FOX's Jay Glazer, is reporting that the Cowboys are interviewing Norv Turner with the idea that he might be their next head coach.

One day, we will be able to figure out which coordinators are suited for head coaching jobs and which coordinators are not. I think it is safe to say that one of the ways we will be able to verify the validity of such a tool would be the appearance of Norv Turner as a member of the latter group.

54 comments, Last at 30 Jan 2007, 2:49pm by Wanker79

Broncos Consider All Options

OK, folks, where is Jake Plummer headed in 2007? I suppose the Broncos could keep him, but he won't be a happy camper. I'm a big fan of the Cleveland idea. It just isn't happening for Charlie Frye, and that team could be ready to contend. Plummer is not a star, but he's not as bad as he looked last year.

40 comments, Last at 29 Jan 2007, 7:10pm by Chris

With Penalties Down in ’05, NFL Reverses a Trend

Penalties declined in 2006 for the first time in six years. According to this New York Times article, "[p]enalties for offensive holding (down 34 percent) and defensive holding (down 32 percent) were among those showing the sharpest decline from 2005. Penalties for delay of game, defensive offside, false starts, pass interference and roughing the passer decreased at least 15 percent." Surprisingly, roughing-the-passer penalties also decreased this year. By 17 percent. (I don't believe it either.)

44 comments, Last at 27 Jan 2007, 12:59pm by Jerry

The Bill Belichick rumor silliness

Bill Belichick has left the Patriots. Well, is leaving the Patriots. Well, could leave the Patriots. Well, sources believe he could. (Click link to read more.)

Sources: Cowboys Pick Garrett, but Role Is Undecided

This makes sense: "According to knowledgeable sources, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has decided to hire Jason Garrett at least to be Dallas' offensive coordinator -- and possibly to be the successor to retired head coach Bill Parcells." No need to get caught in pesky details like job title and responsibilities. I imagine they'll just figure that out later.

35 comments, Last at 25 Jan 2007, 7:46pm by t.d.

NFL and Players Reach Deal on Drug Testing

From the AP: "The NFL and its players union have agreed to more extensive testing for performance-enhancing drugs and have added the blood-boosting substance EPO to the league's list of banned substances." Sounds like a good start. (Free registration/bugmenot required.)

20 comments, Last at 26 Jan 2007, 3:27am by Levente, Hungary

Fans Could Get Reason Not to Shout

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer: "The league is developing plans to put radios in the helmets of all offensive players, which would allow them to hear the quarterback's signals and line calls, essentially negating the advantage a home team's '12th man' provides." I haven't read this elsewhere, but it seems like a big deal. Commissioner Roger Goodell says he's not trying to take away the "12th man," but he wants "teams [to] perform at the highest possible level in a way that will allow ... fans to enjoy the experience as much as possible." Yeah, put me down for "No" on this one.

88 comments, Last at 25 Jan 2007, 10:09pm by Insancipitory