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MMQB: Let Them In

Peter King names 10 jilted players who deserve to be in Hall of Fame. What's the over-under on how many comments we'll have in this thread before someone brings up Art Monk?

79 comments, Last at 17 Jun 2006, 12:14am by Justin Zeth

Brandt's All Under-25 Team: Offense

Gil Brandt's latest is interesting, but I'm holding out for the All Over-30 Team.

21 comments, Last at 07 Jun 2006, 4:44pm by Ben

Adopt a Team

Dan Lewis is looking for folks to cover specific NFL teams for his ArmchairGM Wiki project. Click the link and check it out.

4 comments, Last at 05 Jun 2006, 11:53am by DNL

How Multiple Sets Make Defenses Fret

Pat Kirwan writes a very informative article on the cat-and-mouse game-within-the-game between offensive and defensive coordinators. If you have any questions about personnel groupings, it's probably covered here. Kirwan also looks at two specific examples: Pittsburgh and Seattle, which immediately raises a question: How can we get our hands on this data? The game charting project tracked personnel groupings, but Kirwan seems to have information on what specific 11 players were on the field on every play, which is impossible to get off the TV tapes.

28 comments, Last at 06 Jun 2006, 6:43am by Playit

Kicker Now Has a Dallas Place

Certainly Mike Vanderjagt improves the Cowboy's kicking game, but I thought his quote from the article was kinda funny: "If you look at it, I guess I'm the reason why we expect [to be better] if nothing else changed..." Take that T.O. Vanderjagt is also quoted as saying, "I would love for somebody to write a story with facts. If you look at the numbers, I actually have a higher percentage outside than inside ... It's a major myth." According to the article, Vanderjagt converts kicks at a rate of 87.3 percent outdoors and 87.5 indoors. That's close enough for government work.

50 comments, Last at 05 Jun 2006, 1:17pm by Pat

Arbitrator Rules for McNair

No surprise, an arbitrator has ruled that as long as Steve McNair is under contract to the Titans, the Titans have to let him work out at their facility. Which means he won't be under contract to the Titans much longer.

30 comments, Last at 09 Jun 2006, 6:48pm by Pools

A Cut Below

Unlike years past, there will only be a handful of June 1st cuts and Charles Robinson runs down the short list. At the bottom of the page however, he empties out his notebook with these tidbits:

- Mike Martz isn't enamored with former first-rounders Charles Rogers and Mike Williams, and neither will be in the top-three rotation at wideout when training camp begins;

- Martz loves backup QB Dan Orlovsky, and he could be a future No. 1;

- One NFC scout says Brady Quinn is reminiscent of Kyle Orton heading into his senior season.

37 comments, Last at 04 Jun 2006, 12:08pm by jebmak

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