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Top 50 Players: Fleeting Moments of Glory

Here's what Pete Prisco says about the 8th best player on his list, Brian Urlacher: "After years of battling the overrated label, he finally played as well as advertised in 2005. He was the leader of that good Bears defense." I think I know why Urlacher battles the overrated label. Here's Prisco last summer: "Overrated: Brian Urlacher ... he's a good player, but not a great one. It's time for him to live up to his reputation." Thanks Pete. To his credit, Prisco does pimp Seattle's Walter Jones, another FO favorite.

68 comments, Last at 09 Jun 2006, 5:24pm by Brian

Out on a Limb with Branch

Michael Felger has a question about WR Deion Branch, whose rookie deal is up at the end of the 2006 season: "There's no doubt Branch wants to be paid like a true No. 1 receiver. But does he qualify?" Well, he finished 12th in DPAR and 13th in DVOA last season ahead of guys named Harrison, Holt and R. Moss. If that's not good enough, I don't know what is. The fact that David Givens signed a deal with the Titans averaging $4.8 million a season with $8 million in bonuses means that Branch will be looking for at least that much (rumors have it at around $12 million in bonuses/guarantees).

24 comments, Last at 01 Jun 2006, 4:35pm by DWS

Rising from the Ashes

Unlike Peter King, Don Banks thinks the Colts will win it all in 2006, although I don't get the Red Sox and Steelers comparisons.

26 comments, Last at 02 Jun 2006, 12:10pm by DWS

MMQB: Cowboys Champs in '07

Attention, Peter King. This is the Dallas offensive line speaking. Please put the crack pipe down.

136 comments, Last at 09 Jun 2006, 10:10pm by centrifuge

Ricky Williams Heading to Canada

Is this a good move for Ricky? Is it a good move for the Dolphins? Is it a good move for the CFL?

32 comments, Last at 30 May 2006, 11:47pm by nocal

Ironhead Heyward Dies at 39

My earliest memory of Craig "Ironhead" Heyward was from his sophomore season at the University of Pittsburgh, when I watched him run over linebackers whom he outweighed by 40 or so pounds. He spent 11 seasons in the NFL with New Orleans, Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis and Indianapolis, including one Pro Bowl season with the Falcons. Heyward died Saturday after a long battle with brain cancer.

16 comments, Last at 30 May 2006, 11:10pm by Melissa

Steelers WR Santonio Holmes Arrested

Not much in the way of details, but getting arrested is probably not how you want to start your professional career.

26 comments, Last at 04 Jun 2006, 7:32pm by boner boy

Panic Button

It's almost June and there are still a lot of veterans looking for work. In today's Tip Sheet, Len Pasquarelli has a run-down of some of the players who still could land contracts before training camp opens. My favorite quote from the article: "Said one player agent who asked not to be identified because he's miffed his client has rejected two offers that included veteran minimum salaries: 'You spend half the time pounding the phone, trying to get a team interested, and the other half of your time beating your head against the wall.

33 comments, Last at 31 May 2006, 11:11pm by michael

New 'MNF' Team Buckles Up

Maybe this plan is just crazy enough to work. Early (early, early) reviews are in and so far so good.

22 comments, Last at 31 May 2006, 12:52pm by PackMan

Why is Third-and-2 a Passing Down?

I keep meaning to post about this and then it slips my mind because of all the work on the book, but Doug Drinen of pro-football-reference has started a blog doing a lot of fun little statistical analyses. He's one of my inspirations so folks should check it out, he seems to be posting roughly once a day. For example, here's one asking a question that I've wondered about ever since our original "Better to Have Rushed and Lost" article -- why do coaches treat third-and-2 as a passing situation when the run is so much more successful?

28 comments, Last at 29 May 2006, 12:44am by MJK