Sunday, November 08, 2009


Wow, it's been a long time since I've done one of these. Massive weeding of links contained herein.

From Smart Football, a useful mental checklist for quarterback decision-making. See also this post on "reading the square."

Forbes released their list of 2009 NFL team valuations. Yes, this link is 2 months old.

More on PFR Blog's series on AFL v NFL: 1964-66 trends, exhibition games, and, well, I just noticed there's a category marker for this series, so I'll stop linking to individual posts.

Also in the annual doing's list, Michael Silver ranked the NFL owners (link to second column, 1-16, 17-32).

Year of Sports Death: Jerry Jones doesn't like revenue sharing with Minnesota. Robert Boland wrote about De Smith's initial moves getting to know his people. Andrew Brandt gave a status update (with a bonus note on LenDale White being an agent's pain in the ass). Smith talked to Sporting News Today, saying things like the NFL has spent more time preparing for a lockout than for a negotiation. The NFL is fighting back in the PR war, for example by making nice about retired players.

Stuff I generally won't link to because it's overtaken by events: cool preview stuff like this post from Trojan Football Analysis leading up to the USC-Ohio State game.

Post that didn't get written: launching off this bit by Michael Lombardi on Todd Haley's inability to control his temper to talk about Titans DC Chuck Cecil and how exercised he appeared on the sidelines in my visit to Nashville for the game against the Texans. Also, a look at QB rate stat changes after QB switches, when the Titans made the change to VY.

Mostly overtaken by events but still reasonable reading: Smart Football on what Tennessee did against Tebow, a game that helped reinforce my belief Tebow is not an NFL QB.

I know, I cite NFP stuff too much in here, but they really have some good stuff, or at least much better than the competition. Jack Bechta's writings about being an agent, like how to get in touch with college players is a peek inside the life, as is his post on how agents manipulate trades.

Useful clarifications, from Chris Johnson's twitter: "Everybody when I say kill me I'm not sayin for people to kill me for real."

Concussion tests: Matt Bowen tanked his, because he knew if he failed one during the season, he could get cut. More concussion fun: Andrew Brandt with a front office perspective,

The rare WSJ sports article that didn't make me want to throw something: interview with Peter King. Nothing particularly revelatory. I should have a review of MMQB book up in the next couple days.

Ok, I didn't want to throw anything after reading this article on where NFL players came from, either, mostly because it's just a worthless data dump.

NFP top 30 NFL prospects: Oct. 7. See also senior position rankings Oct. 14.

This detailed article by Mike Silver from his interview with Randy Hanson about his altercation with Cable is interesting.

NFL 2-pt conversion rates: 02: .51, 03: .47, 04: .5, 05: .54, 06: .6, 07: .53, 08: .45. .473 from 98-08, from FO's twitter.

Enjoy Jon Gruden's extended job interview that is his commenting job on Monday Night Football. I actually think this is the best extended run of a 3-man booth maybe ever, but I wish Gruden wasn't pulling his punches.

Obvious, but still worth saying: gasbaggery aside, players had no problems with Rush Limbaugh as an NFL (part-)owner. But, the NFL did from a PR perspective, and so the gasbaggery was free to be emitted to make the people saying it sound good. Contra what Rush wrote in one of his books, words don't always have consequences.

Useful information from Smart Football: a basic primer on inside zone and outside zone runs, along with one on the power run play.

Enough of a spew for now. I'm behind on book reviews, I want to get back to doing thoughts on college football, and I have too much stuff to read, though, contra this week's Scramble, Monday Night Jihad and Broken Coverage are on hold because of other stuff to read that's a library hold and thus has to be returned sooner.

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