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What Could the N.F.L. Learn From the World Cup?

After watching the World Cup, Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner has a question: Why doesn't the N.F.L. have a third place consolation game prior to the Super Bowl? Injuries and motivation are two reasons that immediately come to mind, but you'd think monentary considerations would help mitigate such concerns. Either way, something interesting to think about.

168 comments, Last at 14 Jul 2006, 1:57am by Ben

Jets' Rookie Coach Readies for Takeoff

The USA Today has a nice feature on Eric Mangini, the latest branch on the Belichick coaching tree.

32 comments, Last at 13 Jul 2006, 12:02am by D

Sauerbrun Faces Possible Suspension

Somebody should explain to Broncos punter Todd Sauerbrun exactly what "banned substance" means.

11 comments, Last at 10 Jul 2006, 11:41am by Sophandros

What's it Take To Be an Offensive Lineman?

Every Day Should Be Saturday is a college football blog and here's a great post about the intricacies of the offensive line: "As part of our ongoing football education, we realized that we had a particularly gaping hole in our understanding of how the game is played position-wise: the offensive line.

10 comments, Last at 08 Jul 2006, 8:39am by Russell Levine

Peter King: If I Were Commissioner

Peter King says if he were commissioner, among other things, he'd make Sunday Ticket available to the masses and expand the season to 18 games.

118 comments, Last at 10 Jul 2006, 2:52pm by PackMan

Dr. Z: Will TD Get In?

Paul Zimmerman discusses whether Terrell Davis belongs in the Hall of Fame in this week's mailbag. When Davis tore his ACL, I remember telling a friend, "I don't care if he never plays another down. He's a Hall of Famer." I no longer feel that way, though, for two reasons:
1. I was always impressed with Davis's playoff numbers, but the more research I do, the less inclined I am to believe that playing well in big games is as meaningful a measure of an individual player's greatness as most people think it is.

163 comments, Last at 14 Jul 2006, 12:22pm by Joe Blow

RB Tandem in K.C. a Chief Concern

Herm Edwards wants to run the ball 500 to 550 times this year. That sounds like a lot more than it actually is -- even though running backs rarely hit 400 carries, there were eight teams that topped 500 carries last year. But you get to that number because you can give 100 carries to guys like Ladell Betts, Maurice Morris, and Marion Barber. Edwards is absolutely right that he can't overuse Larry Johnson, and that creates a problem, because if Priest Holmes is not healthy, the backups in Kansas City are awful.

27 comments, Last at 24 Dec 2006, 3:33am by NF

Second Season

In looking at wide receivers having success in their second-year and beyond, Pat Kirwan makes it simple: 75-7-20-50. That's 75 receptions, seven touchdowns, 20 receptions over 20 yards, and move the chains at least 50 times. Using Kirwan's dataset (n=7), if players can put up these numbers in year two then they're well on their way to a solid career. This can't be good news for Reggie Williams.

22 comments, Last at 06 Jul 2006, 9:41am by Pat

Best and Worst Supplemental Draft Picks Ever

Eric Moneypenny has a couple of fun little articles over at FOXSports.com about the supplemental draft. The link here goes to the top five, with Bernie Kosar at number one. Moneypenny makes a good point by including both Chargers DT Jamal Williams and Panthers OL Mike Wahle on his "Best" list. I know that a lot of people -- including this website, at times -- have made the mistake of referring to these players as undrafted, but they weren't undrafted. They were two very smart supplemental picks by the Chargers and Packers in 1998.

37 comments, Last at 10 Jul 2006, 12:22pm by JRM

Roethlisberger Healing Faster than Expected

Big Ben will start throwing next week for the first time since his accident, but the team still plans to bring him along slowly. Two things worth noting: Roethlisberger has no plans to wear one of those, "Hey, I broke my jaw, so don't gawk" facemasks, and thanks to soft foods, he's been able to maintain his 242-pound frame since the accident.

33 comments, Last at 05 Jul 2006, 6:05pm by seamus