The Effect of Multiple First Round Draft Picks

08/28/2009 § Leave a comment

Every year, a few teams find themselves with multiple first round draft picks through various trades, whether they be past trades or deals struck that day.  I took a look at the 19 teams who made more than one first round selection from 2004-2008, and found that 14 of them finished with a better regular season record the following year.  One team (the 2004 New England Patriots) finished with the same record.  Only four teams (21%) picked more than one player in the first round of the draft and finished the following season with a worse record. « Read the rest of this entry »

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Which 2008 Playoff Teams Will Return to the Post-Season This Year?

08/26/2009 § Leave a comment

I’ve been working on a point system to help project a team’s chances of returning to the playoffs from one year to the next.  Included in consideration are head coaching consistency and quarterback improvement and consistency.  I’m sure there are a lot of other factors that contribute to a team’s continued success, but after applying the system to the past several years, I feel pretty good about the results. « Read the rest of this entry »

Time Capsule: 1909

08/25/2009 § Leave a comment

In the early days of college football, the Ivy League schools dominated the landscape.  There were a few organized conferences:  the Western Conference (later the Big 10), the Missouri Valley (essentially the future Big 12 North), and the Rocky Mountain (which included Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming).  Everyone else (including the Ivy Leaguers) was independent. « Read the rest of this entry »

Sacks, Spread Attacks, and Wide Open Backs: A Look at Football’s Innu(tight)endo

08/24/2009 § Leave a comment

From On Football irregular contributor Josh DeVane:

It’s no secret that there is a lot of double entendre in football. There are positions (ever hear about the tight end who went to prison for five years and emerged as a wide receiver?) and formations (the always entertaining flexbone scheme), and all sorts of other things. Heck, even the traditional snap may seem a bit iffy for the more insecure among us (read: those who are uncomfortable seeing butts get slapped on the baseball diamond). « Read the rest of this entry »

How Accurate Is the Preseason Coaches’ Poll?

08/21/2009 § Leave a comment

Every year, in the weeks leading up to the season kickoff, the two major preseason polls are dissected and debated, challenged and chided, discussed and dismissed. After all, they’re meaningless until the games are played anyway, right?

Maybe not. « Read the rest of this entry »

Shawne Merriman, Ryan Grant Not Impressed by Favre Return

08/18/2009 § Leave a comment

So, Favre is back.  For real this time.  Personally, I think this is probably good for the Vikings.  Their quarterback options weren’t exactly mind-blowing.  But I’m so burnt out on Favre blabber at this point that the only opinions I’m even slightly interested in are those of other players.  Take the Chargers’ Shawne Merriman, for instance, who began his day by retweeting a couple of anti-Favre comments by King of Twitter Ashton Kutcher: « Read the rest of this entry »

How Important is Winning Your First BCS Bowl?

08/13/2009 § Leave a comment

I’ve been looking at the results of the BCS bowl games, and I’ve found some interesting stats.  It seems that winning in your first BCS bowl appearance provides a valuable boost, even moreso than you might first imagine. « Read the rest of this entry »

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