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TMQ: Announcers Are Dropping the Ball

This week, Gregg Easterbrook says he might hurt someone if he hears another announcer say "almost intercepted." Just so you know.

62 comments, Last at 19 Jan 2007, 4:21pm by Mikey Benny

Offense Still Billick's Call

Ten minutes. That's how long it took for the "Fire Brian Billick" talk to start following Saturday's loss to the Colts. Well, Billick's not going anywhere and yesterday he announced quarterbacks coach Rick Neuheisel will be the offensive coordinator next season. Except that Billick will still the call the plays. Not sure how that works, but Billick did add this: "[A]t the end of the day, quite frankly, I enjoyed [play-calling]. It's been a long time since I've enjoyed myself that much." As part of his new job title, Neuheisel will get to run the offensive meetings and help devise game plans.

9 comments, Last at 17 Jan 2007, 12:56pm by Gus

Farewell, Mr. Instigator

Robbie Tobeck is certainly not a household name, but he will be missed after his retirement. (Click link to read more.)

Examining Work with Flawed Players

This pretty nifty article takes a look back at the weaknesses reported on some of the college scouting reports of current Steeler players. Steeler fans, have they improved?

15 comments, Last at 16 Jan 2007, 8:38pm by Trevor

NFL Network to Rebroadcast Classic Super Bowls

Pretty cool here. The NFL owns the rights to all broadcasts of the Super Bowl, no matter which network does the broadcast. They're finally going to show these broadcasts in their entirety, rather than limited to 30-minute highlight films. For the most part they chose good, close games. You've already missed Super Bowl XL, but here's the remaining schedule. Be aware that most of these are getting broadcast a second time in late night, so check the TV listings.

Super Bowl XXXII, DEN-GB, today, 4pm EST
Super Bowl XXII, WAS-DEN, tonight, 9pm EST
Super Bowl XXXVI, STL-NE, Jan. 18, 8pm EST

23 comments, Last at 17 Jan 2007, 5:12pm by justanothersteve

MMQB: Patriot Games

Shockingly, Peter King uses his first 1,600 words to explain why the Patriots beat a better team Sunday: "There's a reason New England has been a feared Super Bowl contender for the last six years. You know what it is? The little things."

65 comments, Last at 19 Jan 2007, 11:55am by dryheat

The Talk of the NFL

DJ Gallo has a behind-the-scenes look at this weekend's playoff action.

14 comments, Last at 16 Jan 2007, 8:42am by James, London

Why history points to a Bears-Patriots Super Bowl

Offense wins games, but defense wins championships. If that's the case, then the Saints and Colts are in trouble. (Click link to read more.)

Overheard at FO

All the thoughts of the Football Outsiders staff from the weekend. (Click link to read more.)

Whisenhunt Gets Arizona Job

Remember what I said last week about the Cardinalss hiring Mike Sherman with a lot of good candidates still out there? Forget that because Arizona has tapped Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt to be their next head coach. This seems like a good move for the Cardinals and it might pave the way for the Steelers to hire Russ Grimm.

23 comments, Last at 16 Jan 2007, 4:57am by AHBM