Well, the NFL might as well go ahead and cancel the Super Bowl. Randy Hill tells each and every one of us why our team won't make it to Miami. On the upside, maybe this is the year the consolation game becomes a reality.
The supplemental draft is this Thursday and the biggest name on the board is Virginia's Ahmad Brooks. He's had some off-field issues, but a lot of teams need help at linebacker and Brooks could end up going as high as the second round. NFL.com's Gil Brandt has the details on some of the other players likely to get (supplementally) drafted.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.