Extra Points

News and commentary from around the Web

Broncos Fire Larry Coyer

This one sort of took me by surprise. Remember that awesome Denver defense from the start of the season, the one that didn't give up any touchdowns? Denver ranked 12th in defensive DVOA this year, but that was actually the lowest rank of Coyer's four years as defensive coordinator. They were top six in both 2004 and 2005. Was Coyer really the reason that team went 9-7? I'm interested in hearing from Denver fans if there were specific complaints about Coyer's strategies.

51 comments, Last at 13 Jan 2007, 4:04pm by stan

TMQ: Stop Obsessing Over Coaches!

This week, Gregg Easterbrook writes that football coaches are nowhere near as important as we think.

127 comments, Last at 11 Jan 2007, 2:54pm by wetbreeze

Defensive back stats for the top playoff seeds

The defensive back statistics for the four teams that received byes last weekend based on our game charting project. (Click link to read.)

Cowboys Claim Slick Ball Contributed to Romo's Blunder

The internets are all abuzz in the wake of Tony Romo's botched hold on a potentially game-winning field goal late in the Dallas-Seattle game. From today's Star-Telegram: "Cowboys owner-general manager Jerry Jones contends -- and he wasn't the only one -- that the ball quarterback Tony Romo lost control of on the hold for a 19-yard field goal was brand new and wasn't worked in properly." Um, okay. At least Romo didn't make excuses, however: "Obviously the reason I dropped it...it was a slick ball...It doesn't matter, though; you still have to catch it." (Free registration/bugmenot required.)

52 comments, Last at 09 Jan 2007, 8:03pm by PantsB

MMQB: NFL's New Power Family

Peter King says Bill Belichick and his proteges are the new NFL dynasty.

79 comments, Last at 10 Jan 2007, 7:45pm by Richie

Falcons Hire Louisville's Petrino as Head Coach

Wow, I didn't see that coming. Now all the Falcons need to do is trade up in the draft and get Brian Brohm. I'm kidding, but it certainly wouldn't surprise me if Al Davis sent Oakland's first overall pick to Atlanta for Michael Vick and the Falcons' No. 1.

47 comments, Last at 09 Jan 2007, 4:12pm by Paul

Russell Declares for Draft

LSU QB JaMarcus Russell is skipping his senior year and declaring his elgibility for the upcoming NFL Draft.

Russell or Quinn? Is this the little brother of the Brady-Manning thread?

54 comments, Last at 09 Jan 2007, 10:57pm by Loophole

The Colts Run Defense Revisited

The difference in the Colts run defense between the regular season and their game against the Chiefs. Mike Tanier breaks down what Indianapolis did differently this week. (Click link to read more.)

British Star Critical After Shooting

In another piece of sad news, 21-year-old defensive tackle Lorn Mayers is in critical condition after being shot during a New Year's Eve party in London. Mayers was in Raiders camp at the age of 20 and plays for Berlin in NFL Europe.

Furthermore, USC kicker Mario Danelo was found dead on Saturday at the bottom of a cliff in San Pedro.

14 comments, Last at 09 Jan 2007, 3:44pm by Kyle W

Overheard at FO

Thoughts from the Football Outsiders staff from this weekend's games. (Click link to read.)