2005 NFL FREE AGENCY PREVIEW – DEFENSE

Previewing the 2005 NFL Free Agency Period: The Defense (3/1/05) ED: Ed Agner : BB: Bill Barnwell : PR: Phil Rippa DEFENSIVE LINEMAN Buck Rasmussen Patriots Jarvis Green Patriots Rodney Bailey Patriots Carl Powell Bengals Shaun Ellis Jets John Abraham Jets Bryan Robinson Dolphins Demetrin Veal Ravens Marques Douglass Ravens Felip Claybrookes Browns Tyrone Rogers Browns Eric Taylor Steelers Brett […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – VANN MCELROY

Vann McElroy (by Ed Agner) I have a love/hate thing for pro football. Actually, I love pro football in theory – in July – but the NFL works so hard to flaunt its hypocrisy by creating false parity and messing around with strange new policies to artificially stimulate things one way or other and…creating…tuck…rules…and…HATE…RISING. Can’t work blue. Move on. Ahem. […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – BRAD VAN PELT

Brad Van Pelt by Phil Rippa Requested by Dean Rasmussen (Sadly Brad Van Pelt is another person who has passed away since the writing of their FPOTM) I needed to hook my boy Dean Rasmussen up on his birthday and he requested that we remember former All-Pro Brad Van Pelt for a minute. And it’s hard for me to ignore […]

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VETERAN PRESENCE BOOK CLUB III

VETERAN PRESENCE BOOK CLUB VOLUME III   The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers: An Historical Compendium of Pitching, Pitchers, and Pitches – Rob Neyer & Bill JamesPR: Ooof… I really wanted to love this book from my historical/stat nerd perspective. Alas, it was not to be. First thing to understand is that this isn’t really a book per se. It is […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – TODD CHRISTENSEN

Todd Christensen (by Ed Agner) (Editor Note: Another FPOTM subject who passed after the writing of this. We are a cancer – Rippa) Full disclosure: Todd Christensen is probably my favorite ever football player. Well, at least my favorite ever offensive skills position player. Except for Ken Stabler. And Cliff Branch. And maybe Mark Van Eeghen. And – OK, Christensen […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – BRIAN SIPE

BRIAN SIPE (by ED AGNER) Here’s a little secret I’ll clue you in on – the Raiders suck. Yes. Oh, yes. They do. My more-youthful days of wallowing in pain and misery are long-long-long-long-long gone, so delving into the particulars of the Raiders current suckitude doesn’t interest me at all. I am an old man now and seeing Kerry Collins […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – MARC WILSON

MARC WILSON (By Ed Agner. Requested by Dean Rasmussen) In case you weren’t aware, Dean is an evil-evil-evil-evil man. As if making me rehash Jay Schroeder wasn’t bad enough, he now asks for Marc Wilson. Oh sure, the first reaction is to do what we here at VP.com do best – nothing. But ever since I saw the request, I […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – PHILLIPPI SPARKS

PHILLIPPI SPARKS (by BILL BARNWELL) Growing up a fan of the Giants in the mid-nineties was a tough gig. Now, I understand that a lot of teams run through cold spells and don’t really have much to offer in the way of success. That’s okay. I could’ve easily fallen for a crappy team. Those Giants, however, were doubly unfortunate – […]

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