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A Happy Pro Bowler
It was nice to see the happiness exhibited by Cardinals' safety Adrian Wilson on Tuesday after his first career Pro Bowl selection. He was a surprise omission from the game last year but went to Hawaii anyway because "I couldn't tell my wife we're not going to Hawaii." Here are a few more of his Tuesday comments:

"I thought someone was playing on the other line. I was like, Michael [Bidwell, team president] don't have my phone number, why would he even call me?"

"He said he had some good news. I thought we traded for [Allen] Iverson."

"I had to go in the closet because I didn't want to scare my son."

"I sent text messages to pretty much everyone in my phone."

"[The caller ID] came up restricted, obviously Michael doesn't want me to have his phone number."

It's nice to see a pro athlete with so much joy over an all-star game selection. Wilson is certainly deserving, with four interceptions, four sacks, four forced fumbles, two defensive touchdowns and 76 tackles (69 solo) this season.

Posted by Ted Rossman at 12/20/2006 10:10:00 AM

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Play-Calling Tip
While I know very little of real NFL Xs and Os, I do know one thing for sure - that having 2nd and 1 is better than having 1st and 10. In other words, if a team could make a deal with the NFL that instead of starting new sets of downs 1st and 10, they could start on 2nd down, but have just one yard to go to move the chains, every team in the NFL would do it. Because it's much easier to make one yard in two tries (and in some cases three) than 10 yards in three.

Okay, so that's obvious, but why then do coaches so often when faced with 2nd and 1, call a run up the middle to try and pick up the first down? Marvin Lewis did it Monday night, Tom Coughlin did it Sunday. Sure, if you get the first down, you advance a yard or two up the field, but I'd take 2nd and 1 at the 33 over 1st and 10 at the 35 any day. Essentially, the desired outcome of your play call makes your situation worse. How can billion dollar organizations not know this?

So for any coaches out there who read this blog (all zero of you), you MUST be aggressive on 2nd and 1. If you don't complete the pass, then it's 3rd and 1. Which one could argue is itself better than 1st and 10. (Though that one's a closer call).

Posted by Chris Liss at 12/18/2006 11:38:00 PM

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QB Poll
The following 10 quarterbacks have been taken in the first round of the 2004, 2005 and 2006 Draft: Eli, Phil Rivers, Roethlisberger, J.P. Losman, Alex Smith, Aaron Rodgers, Jason Campbell, Vince Young, Matt Leinhart and Jay Cutler. If you were starting a new team next season and got to pick your franchise guy, who would be the top 3 choices? And though it's still early, who's the worst pick of those 10 guys?

Posted by SHOE at 12/18/2006 1:52:00 PM
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