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A Sideline to History

I know Art Shell is an easy target these days, seeming like an out-of-touch, bumbling head coach who, in one season, lost control of his team. After reading this Washington Post editorial, let me just say he's much more eloquent in print. Like, by a mile. Instead of reliving the 2006 season (and honestly, who wants that?), Shell writes about his first game as an NFL head coach in 1989. Good stuff. (Free registration/bugmenot required.)

Thanks to reader Stephen Smith for the link.

15 comments, Last at 30 Jan 2007, 10:02pm by Bruce

MMQB: Prodigal Sons

This week, Peter King discusses the new coaching hires, has a sit down with Bill Cowher about Super Bowl XLI, ranks the Bears fourth on his Fine Fifteen, and thinks Reggie Bush deserved the $5,000 fine for running really fast (and, apparently, taunting while running really fast).

112 comments, Last at 30 Jan 2007, 6:41pm by hector

Bear vs. Colt

Each day, a new video with a guy in a bear suit battling a guy in a horse suit in completely random ways. You know, this just would not have worked with the Saints and Patriots. So far, video 3 is the best. Apparently, the Colts suck at Dance Dance Revolution. Who knew?

29 comments, Last at 07 Feb 2007, 9:37pm by Justin Lacey

Belichick Weighs in on 2006 Season

Not to promote more Patriots talk, just to point out that this extensive Mike Reiss interview with Bill Belichick sure makes all those "Belichick wants out" rumors seem ridiculous. "I like the people I'm working with, I like the situation I'm in... I like our staff, and our organization... When you have those things, it's hard not to feel good about what you're doing, and it's not hard to keep doing it. I love football and I love the area." Also a fun note: Since the Pats didn't have a third quarterback for much of the year, apparently Belichick's sons had the clipboard duties.

55 comments, Last at 30 Jan 2007, 1:17pm by Peter

FO in the NY Times: Between AFC and NFC, Parity is Only a Six-Letter Word

My latest Keeping Score column from the New York Times, about the AFC dominance over the NFC. You'll be surprised to see that the AFC has actually been the better conference pretty much all along (well, since 1972). Even when the NFC won all those Super Bowls, it didn't necessarily dominate interconference play. (Free registration required.)

40 comments, Last at 30 Jan 2007, 11:15am by Andrew

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