Daily Archives: January 17, 2010

Grimm options

You never know what random thoughts might go through my mind…

I’ve started working on our comparison of Hall of Fame finalists – that post is coming in the next couple of weeks – and this thought came to mind. Does Russ Grimm have a better chance of making the Hall of Fame or of getting the Bills head coaching job?

Grimm is a Hall of Fame finalist once again. He’s been eligible for the Hall for 14 years, and the fact that he still gets finalist consideration means that he’s not a lost cause. In fact, at this point Grimm is the most likely enshrinee from the Redskins’ old Hogs offensive line that keyed the franchise’s success in the 1980s. Plus, with only two offensive linemen as finalists this year (Grimm and Steelers C Dermontti Dawson), his path may be just a tick easier this year.

Meanwhile, Grimm is also a head-coaching candidate. He spent many years on Bill Cowher’s Steelers staffs before moving with Ken Whisenhunt to Arizona after being passed over as Cowher’s replacement. Grimm has been a candidate in the past, and he seems to be getting pretty strong consideration in Buffalo. In fact, the question right now appears to be whether Grimm wants to interview with the Bills. He seems skeptical, but knowing what Whisenhunt has done with a previously moribund franchise in Arizona should encourage Grimm that Buffalo isn’t a hopeless situation.

With these two possibilities – the Bills job and the Hall of Fame – January could be a very interesting month for Grimm, even with his Cardinals team knocked out of the playoffs.

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Death of a storyline

When we started this blog one year ago, we did so to try to provide an alternative to the lazy analysis that is so prevalent around the NFL. We complained about how power rankings do little to tell us how teams truly compare to each other, and we came up with the relativity comparison – an alternative that actually tells you more than a simple rankings list.

But power rankings aren’t the only color-by-numbers talking points being presented as analysis right now. Over the past month, we’ve all heard far, far too much about this artificial question – should the Saints and Colts have rested their players? This whole discussion ignored the fact that the Saints top three running backs and top cornerbacks were banged up, or the fact that the Colts would be absolutely nothing without Peyton Manning. Instead, the talking heads prattled on with incessant and insipid discussion about this whole resting-players storyline.

Thankfully, on Saturday we saw the death of a storyline. The Saints and Colts were the better team in their respective games, and both won handily. (We’ll analyze these wins in more detail in future posts this week.) In the process, they killed this resting-players storyline not only for this year but for future years as well. And for that, we’re thankful.

So as we celebrate a year of Football Relativity, we could have no better birthday present than the death of this storyline. Thanks for letting us rant; we’ll return to our relativity comparisons and other actual analysis, quirkiness, and other fun forthwith.

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