Weis's innovative schemes have provided fans with plays that have been entertaining, risky, (mostly) successful, and occasionally head-scratching. One thing you can count on when you go against a Weis offense: Expect the unexpected.This team could go 10-6 with a monkey calling plays Tecmo Bowl style. I anticipate we'll see plenty of two TE looks, since New England now has Ben Watson, Daniel Graham, Christian Fauria, and Jed Weaver to chose from. I also think Corey Dillon will be leaned on even more, as things are not likely to go as well as they have during their back to back 14-2 seasons.
"I've heard [Miami linebacker] Zach Thomas say that numerous times," said New England linebacker Mike Vrabel. "Zach watches a lot of film. He's one of those guys who is at it until 9 o'clock every night, hoping to get an edge.
"He's told me countless times he can't do that with a Charlie Weis offense. He knows whatever he's watching is something he won't see again."
"He told me to move a little closer to the plate and said I was getting too closed with my front foot, since I usually set up a little open," Giambi said. "It's just little stuff that he notices because he's seen my swing since I was basically a kid."
...But McGwire will TiVo Yankee games and then refer to them when he chats with Giambi, who with last night's blast now has six homers in his last seven games.
"He'd be an unbelievable hitting coach," Giambi said. "He really is good at that kind of stuff."
Yost met for several hours on Tuesday with Brewers general manager Doug Melvin, assistant GM Gord Ash and owner Mark Attanasio and discussed ways to get better. Yost said he could use more depth in the bullpen and more speed off the bench, and with Melvin on a tour of Minor League affiliates this week, the team could be exploring possible promotions from within.
According to Payton, who was stuck behind Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon and Trot Nixon in the Red Sox outfield, he'd requested a trade two months before the run-in with Francona. Nothing seemed imminent, though, so when Francona made a move that Payton felt would cost him an at-bat during a game in Texas last Wednesday, he seized the moment.Nice.
In other words, the argument with Francona was nothing more than calculated strategy on his part.
"I saw a window to accelerate the process [of being traded], and I took it," Payton said. "It really wasn't that big of a big deal. It lasted about five seconds."
Greed invades even into our sanctuaries.
This season appears to be one in which the wild card team will need a win total in the low 90's. Minnesota is on pace to win only 91 games, and they are leading this race at the moment. However, they only play 14 more games against the Bottom and 23 against the Top teams. The Yankees are in a similar predicament. Of this group, only Cleveland has so many games against the cellar-dwellers, and if they can beat up on them as they should, then I can see the Indians finishing the season with around 95 wins.
Nick Saban needed less than a month as Dolphins head coach to grasp a concept that the Chargers and Vikings decided to ignore this offseason.I have a feeling this Dolphins team goes into December with a winning record. I obviously like the offense's chances to perform better than last season's 29th league-worst (yards) finish. And Saban brings with him that tough, defensive mindset that will carry throughout the entire team. Last year's biggest weakness on defense (the DL) is now probably its biggest strength; after the Dolphins added Kevin Carter, Vonnie Holliday, and rookie Matt Roth to go with Jason Taylor, Tim Bowens, and Larry Chester.
"There's a salary cap on players, but there isn't a salary cap on coaches," Saban said.
-entering first season with NYJ
Mike Heimerdinger says he subscribes to the philosophy that a team’s best defense is sometimes its offense. His goal is not only to score, but to maintain long, back-breaking drives that keep the opposition’s defense on the field and wears it out. While big plays are nice, six- and seven-yard passes and a solid ground attack keep both the chains and the clock moving, and that’s what running an offense is all about.Just like the Titans' offense was built around Steve McNair, the 2005 New York Jets will be built around Chad Pennington. The average passing yards for all Titan QBs over the 2000-2004 seasons is 3740.4. They averaged 24 touchdowns and 15.2 interceptions per season during that stretch. Last year's numbers for Pennington, when pro-rated for a full 16 games are: 3289.8, 19.7/11.1. So if Chad is healthy enough to stick around for all 16 games, he could easily eclipse 3500 yards for the first time in his career.
“You just want to stay in a rhythm,” says Heimerdinger, the new offensive coordinator for the New York Jets. “You want to keep the defense running and keep it on the field.”
*Okay, so I needed to start this earlier. This is the Beach's first year starting the NFL season and I misjudjed my timeline. We'll look to end the baseball coverage earlier next year, in order to focus on football in time to complete it.
In the meantime, look for Minnesota to be more than fine without Randy Moss. Look for Marcel Shipp to split carries with J.J. Arrington. Look for the same to happen with Michael Pittman/Carnell Williams and Stephen Davis/DeShaun Foster. Finally, the Saints will finish above .500.
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