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New York Times' IDP Blog
Just when you thought fantasy football couldn't getting any bigger, the New York Times has a Blog devoted to Individual Defensive Players. The icing on the cake is that Fred Meyer, our IDP guru, is doing the blogging. Actually, that's the cake. The icing is that we have a link.

Posted by Chris Liss at 10/27/2006 1:39:00 PM
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Too much ESPN?
Peter King was talking on the Dan Patrick show today about how ESPN covers NFL stories like Terrell Owens and the Tony Romo insertion well beyond what is necessary or even interesting to most viewers. ESPN latches onto something like the Dallas situation and beats the dead horse until it turns to dust.

While the network has its sights set on Big D, even better NFL-related stories fall by the wayside (King pointed to Denver's season as one that has been underserved).

King had a good line, which went something like this: Ed Werder has more airtime than Katie Courek. Patrick was also funny in retort: Ed Werder has better ratings.

Patrick asked if the problem is too much ESPN coverage of the issues or the fact that some people (like King) just plain watch too much ESPN.

At the time, that sounded like a reasonable argument, but actually it is rather weak. Who would be better to judge whether or not one story gets too much coverage on a network than someone who watches ESPN a lot.

I'll admit that I was one of the guys complaining when Sportscenter would go off on a tangent on some alternative sport (darts, roller derby, hockey). But I sort of miss those days and the unfortunate fact of the matter is the decision is now much less about the viewer's needs and more about driving people to that next Monday Night game.

Posted by James at 10/27/2006 11:22:00 AM
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Can the Chargers D Withstand Another Key Loss?
The Chargers defense has been one of the best units in the league this season, but you have to wonder when the magic carpet ride will finally end. Consider what they've already had to deal with this year: Before the season even began, they lost one of the emotional leaders of the team when starting linebacker Steve Foley got shot by San Diego police. No problem, Shaun Phillips stepped in and morphed into a sack machine. Starting safety Terrence Kiel missed a game this season when he allegedly got caught trafficking illegal cough syrup. No problem, Clinton Hart stepped in and played well. Key backup safety Bhawoh Jue has missed a few weeks with a knee injury, and I don't think anybody has even noticed. Last week, starting end Igor Olshanksy blew out a knee and little known backup Jacques Cesaire stepped in and played admirably. But last week's game might be a sign that the injuries are finally taking their toll as the defense gave up 30 points in a loss to the Chiefs. Now Shaun Phillips injures his calf, and Shawne Merriman is facing a four-game suspension. How much more can this unit withstand? It seems quite unlikely that the defense will be able to continue to bounce back from adversity as well as they have so far. Luckily for them, the offense is still healthy and more than capable of shouldering the load for a while.

Posted by Sam Garcia at 10/26/2006 10:55:00 AM
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Belichick opens up on injury reporting...
From the BOSTON HERALD : Coach Bill Belichick refused to discuss Richard Seymour’s condition, referring all questions to Wednesday’s injury report.

“I’m not going to make something up and then have you throw it back at me Wednesday when it’s not 100 percent accurate,” Belichick said. “I don’t know. We’ll give it on Wednesday.”

Between him and teams like the Colts and Jets, the NFL injury report is often a joke..

Posted by Mike D. at 10/24/2006 3:57:00 PM

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Are the Cardinals Playing Fantasy Football?
At this point, the Arizona Cardinals are the front-runners to hold the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. The team has stumbled to a 1-6 record despite a roster that would make any fantasy leaguer proud (on paper, that is). Quarterbacks Matt Leinart and Kurt Warner, receivers Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald and running back Edgerrin James were all legitimate early-round selections during 2006 fantasy drafts. The Cardinals' defense isn't bad, and includes talented players like Adrian Wilson, Bertrand Berry, Karlos Dansby and Antrel Rolle. All nine of those players -- the cornerstones of the Arizona franchise -- are signed through the 2007 season. All but three (Warner, Berry and Dansby) are signed through at least 2009.

It is no secret that the 2006 Cardinals are bad primarily because their club lacks a good offensive line. That statement might be overly kind. In fact, as someone who covers the Cardinals every day, I'll tell you it's definitely overly kind. Arizona is averaging 2.5 yards per rush this season, 0.6 yards per rush worse than any other NFL team. The Cardinals have been sacked 21 times, tied for the fourth-most in the NFL.

It is interesting to think what Arizona might do with their 2007 first round pick. That pick is very likely to be in the top 10, and could well be No. 1. Arizona is set for years to come at virtually every skill position on offense and defense. They're not going to pick a quarterback, wide receiver or running back. They're probably not going to pick a fullback or a tight end that early in the draft. Defensively, the Cardinals have plenty of solid components in every facet of the game. The offensive line is a glaring hole, but would the Cardinals take an offensive lineman in the top ten, or at No. 1?

The notoriously cheap franchise (they are $11 million under the 2006 salary cap) could very well trade the pick, especially if it is in the top five. They could trade down to get a lineman for a lower price, and could maybe improve their depth in the process. It's truly amazing that this team is 1-6, with all of the talent that they have on both sides of the ball. It goes to show that, as unheralded as they may be, the big guys up front really can break an otherwise solid team.

Posted by Ted Rossman at 10/23/2006 11:21:00 PM

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Tiki Barber in the Favre Category
As a Giants fan, I love Barber, but the sucking up on the ESPN broadcast was Brett Favre-like. I mean, he's a good guy and all, and I'm sure he's smart, but give us a freaking break.

Posted by Chris Liss at 10/23/2006 8:50:00 PM
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Will the Giants Get to Bledsoe?
The conventional wisdom is that Drew Bledsoe is a major liability when under pressure, and that Monday's game will hinge on what kind of pass rush the Giants can generate. And that might be the case, but the NFL is a game of adjustments, and Dallas knows about Bledsoe's problems, and they know that Giants know about them as well. So I wouldn't be surprised if Dallas does whatever it can - extra blockers, short passes to the backs, quick slants to T.O., draw plays - to counteract that. If Dallas is forced to game plan around getting the ball out of Bledsoe's hands quickly, and not letting him hold onto the ball for very long, then their offense will be limited. The question is whether the Giants will foresee that and concentrate on drilling the receivers and backs after short gains, and not worry as much about deeper routes that take more time to develop. (Of course, in situations when Dallas max protects, the Giants will have to drop back more as Bledsoe's more likely to have time). But I don't think Dallas will let Bledsoe spend too much time with the ball in his hands on most plays - unless the Giants pass rush disappears for some reason.

Posted by Chris Liss at 10/23/2006 1:24:00 PM
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