A Passing Fantasy Issue 108

NFLBP Player Newsletter 2002 Week Two

ed Robert Crowther

Slightly different look this week to accommodate the all time coaching standings which were never going to fit into columns (and for the first time extend over more than one page of the newsletter). The address for contributions is:


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Week One Review


The Patriots got off to a much better start than they managed last season, handing out a whuppin in Baltimore. The Ravens did come up with two fourth quarter touchdowns but by then everyone had gone home. The Dolphins made slightly harder work of Tennessee, but after struggling to stop the Titans in the first half they shut them out in the second. New York travelled to Oakland for their traditional week one beating and the champions (it feels good to type that!) duly obliged, giving up only nine first downs. In a defensive struggle in Denver the Bills came from behind to snatch victory in the fourth quarter. Both teams only managed one offensive touchdown but the Buffalo one was decisive. Cincinnati struggled somewhat to get started but with the game on the line in the fourth quarter they perked right up and blew the Seahawks off the park. Kansas City had turnovers to thank for a comfortable victory over visiting Cleveland, the Browns outgained them significantly but gave up four turnovers to the Chiefs one.


The Eagles carried on where they left off last season, pressure defense and power running was too much for the Lions. The Bears, under their new coach, made a winning start to the season for the first time in a long while – beating last year's wildcard team, the Cowboys, with a fourth quarter field goal. St Louis had a bit of trouble moving the ball on the Arizona defense but a couple of big plays gave their defense more than enough points to protect in a low scoring second half. A new coach in Washington seems to have finally given them some defensive backbone, but that wasn't enough to see them challenge the 49ers. Green Bay got off to a flying start for the second season in a row with a thrashing of the Panthers in Carolina. The Packers rode a good start all the way to the playoffs last year, this season their ambitions may be higher. Tampa Bay uncharacteristically got involved in a shootout and, perhaps even more surprising, they won it – pipping New Orleans with a fourth quarter touchdown. The power running defensive team of a few seasons ago looks to be completely transformed.


Offensive performance of the week goes to New England, they were virtually unstoppable on the road. Defensive performance of the week goes to Green Bay for completely shutting down the Panthers. Special teams performance of the week goes to St Louis, perfect place kicking and a punt return touchdown.


Predictions Standings

Darren Birtchnell


Martyn Williams

13

(1)

Darren Birtchnell

11

(1)


Week Two Preview


Predictions an commentary from myself, other predictions from Darren Birtchnell and Martyn Williams.


Jets at Patriots – New York may be able to slow down the Patriots' offensive juggernaut, but not enough to actually keep the game close. Patriots by 14 (Blowout)


Bills at Dolphins – Miami looked quite comfortable last week while Buffalo snuck a win. Unless the Bills' offense improves the Dolphins should be good enough. Dolphins by 7


Ravens at Bengals – Baltimore hardly set the world on fire last week, hard to see them threatening Cincinnati. Bengals by 14 (Lock)


Titans at Browns – One team will get their first win of the season. Both passed for over three hundred yards last week so could be a high scorer, team which makes the fewest mistakes will win. Browns by 3 (Shootout)


Chiefs at Broncos – Denver didn't look too good last week but their run defense could be too much for the Kansas City offense. Broncos by 3


Seahawks at Raiders – Oakland have always had trouble with Seattle, witness last season's upset result, but nevertheless they start as favourites.


Cardinals at Eagles – Two of the best defenses in the league square off, unfortunately for Arizona, Philadelphia also have an offense. Eagles by 10 (Slugfest)


Redskins at Cowboys – Dallas let a close one slip last week while Washington got well beaten, but the Redskins played better than they have in a long time. Redskins by 3 (Shock)


Lions at Packers – Detroit are not likely to make much of an impression on the Green Bay defense. Packers by 10


Bears at Bucs – Tampa won last week but maybe shouldn't have after giving up bucketloads of yards on the ground, Chicago look much improved over previous seasons and their ball control style may be a key factor here. Bears by 3


Saints at 49ers – New Orleans were impressive offensively last week but I suspect San Francisco will be ready for them and will take full advantage of their defensive frailties. 49ers by 10


Panthers at Rams – Can't see the NFC champions getting upset here, Carolina will be happy just to score some points. Rams by 14


DB – Patriots by 20 (Lock, Blowout), Dolphins by 7 (Slugfest), Titans by 3 (Shock), Broncos by 6, Raiders by 14, Eagles by 10, Cowboys by 6 (Shootout), Packers by 7, Bears by 3, 49ers by 10, Rams by 14


MW – Patriots by 28 (Lock, Blowout), Dolphins by 10, Bengals by 21, Titans by 7, Chiefs by 10, Raiders by 10 (Shootout, Shock – Seahawks), Eagles by 14, Redskins by 3 (Slugfest), Packers by 7, Bears by 6, 49ers by 14.


Stats Corner

Martyn Williams


PASSING OFFENCE


RUSHING OFFENCE

Team

Cmp

Att

%

Yds

TD

Int

Sk

Rating


Team

Att

Yds

AvgR

TD

Fm

Rating

Patriots

18

27

66.67

278

2

0

2

125.23


Patriots

36

136

3.78

4

0

110.83

Saints

12

19

63.16

230

1

0

1

122.70


Bucs

32

131

4.09

2

0

92.97

Dolphins

19

35

54.29

262

3

0

2

107.08


Chiefs

36

144

4.00

2

0

89.72

Bengals

24

37

64.86

228

3

1

3

97.58


Dolphins

25

120

4.80

1

0

87.50

49ers

13

21

61.90

137

2

1

3

92.76


Saints

49

186

3.80

2

0

82.81

Bucs

15

28

53.57

240

2

1

1

91.37


Ravens

23

58

2.52

1

0

77.50

Titans

25

42

59.52

331

2

1

2

90.48


Packers

49

166

3.39

1

0

72.60

Bears

19

32

59.38

170

1

0

2

84.11


Titans

22

104

4.73

0

0

71.14

Seahawks

22

44

50.00

346

2

1

4

82.20


Raiders

35

163

4.66

1

1

67.93

Cowboys

13

23

56.52

202

1

1

2

82.16


Bears

40

183

4.58

1

1

67.88

Browns

29

46

63.04

331

2

2

2

80.98


Eagles

46

156

3.39

1

1

62.28

Chiefs

11

23

47.83

147

2

1

1

79.44


Rams

26

73

2.81

0

0

61.54

 

 

PASSING DEFENCE


RUSHING DEFENCE

Team

Cmp

Att

%

Yds

TD

Int

Sk

Rating


Team

Att

Yds

AvgR

TD

Fm

Rating

Packers

10

25

40.00

106

0

2

4

19.75


Raiders

17

39

2.29

0

3

11.47

49ers

17

29

58.62

117

0

2

3

39.01


Packers

21

63

3.00

0

2

15.00

Raiders

18

32

56.25

260

0

2

4

56.77


Chiefs

19

60

3.16

0

2

15.79

Broncos

19

39

48.72

194

1

1

4

61.27


Eagles

19

23

1.21

0

1

27.24

Jets

14

29

48.28

170

1

1

5

63.86


Redskins

29

93

3.21

0

2

29.05

Bills

14

27

51.85

126

0

0

7

64.74


Bengals

27

23

0.85

0

1

33.24

Panthers

14

25

56.00

151

1

1

1

70.58


Bills

33

56

1.70

1

2

37.80

Rams

21

36

58.33

204

1

1

1

71.99


Broncos

23

57

2.48

0

1

38.15

Cardinals

12

25

48.00

205

1

1

2

72.92


Rams

33

46

1.39

0

1

39.32

Lions

11

27

40.74

179

2

1

1

72.92


Seahawks

26

80

3.08

0

1

43.65

Eagles

15

35

42.86

310

0

0

7

74.70


Bears

36

127

3.53

1

2

48.47

Patriots

24

40

60.00

281

1

1

1

79.27


49ers

49

167

3.41

0

1

54.34



All Time Coaches' Standings


The following table lists the records of all coaches ever to take part in the NFLBP up to and including last season's superbowl. Coaches are credited with results starting from the turn after their name first appears on the league report (ie. from the submission of their first gameplan) up until the turn when their name disappears from the reports. Coaches are ranked by overall win percentage, no preseason or consolation bowl games are included.



2001/20

Overall


Regular Season


Playoffs


W

L

T

%

W

L

T

%

W

L

%

Danny De Simone

15

3

1

0.816

14

2

1

0.853

1

1

0.500

Robert Crowther

86

23

0

0.789

76

18

0

0.809

10

5

0.667

Darren Birtchnell

72

22

1

0.763

63

18

1

0.774

9

4

0.692

Dave Pinder

39

13

0

0.750

38

10

0

0.792

1

3

0.250

Martin Devine

76

28

2

0.726

69

23

2

0.745

7

5

0.583

Martyn Williams

32

13

1

0.707

30

10

1

0.744

2

3

0.400

John Coleman

36

17

0

0.679

32

16

0

0.667

4

1

0.800

Mario Oliver

8

4

0

0.667

8

4

0

0.667

0

0

0.000

Quentin Jenkinson

62

36

1

0.631

61

32

1

0.654

1

4

0.200

Christopher Baird

64

38

2

0.625

56

36

2

0.606

8

2

0.800

Allan Firth

12

11

0

0.522

12

10

0

0.545

0

1

0.000

Philip Passey

12

11

0

0.522

12

10

0

0.545

0

1

0.000

Pat Ratcliffe

48

46

0

0.511

47

44

0

0.516

1

2

0.333

Steve Harridge

49

47

1

0.510

48

45

1

0.516

1

2

0.333

Nic Torpey

47

46

2

0.505

47

45

2

0.511

0

1

0.000

Darren Drew

18

18

0

0.500

18

17

0

0.514

0

1

0.000

Mark Gamble

17

17

0

0.500

16

16

0

0.500

1

1

0.000

Michael Scott

48

49

2

0.495

46

46

2

0.500

2

3

0.400

Ray Spicer

20

21

0

0.488

18

20

0

0.474

2

1

0.667

Ian Rothwell

31

33

0

0.484

30

32

0

0.484

1

1

0.500

Rod Pickard

22

24

0

0.478

22

23

0

0.489

0

1

0.000

Paul Gaines

46

52

1

0.470

44

49

1

0.473

2

3

0.400

Tony Mountford

28

33

0

0.459

27

31

0

0.466

1

2

0.333

Mick Ashton

42

53

1

0.443

42

51

1

0.452

0

2

0.000

Peter Wilkinson

22

28

0

0.440

22

27

0

0.449

0

1

0.000

Martin Keel

30

42

0

0.417

30

42

0

0.417

0

0

0.000

Derek Blackhurst

2

3

0

0.400

2

3

0

0.400

0

0

0.000

Mark Stewart

8

12

0

0.400

8

12

0

0.400

0

0

0.000

Jason Evans

31

47

0

0.397

31

46

0

0.403

0

1

0.000

Jonathan Cullen

31

47

0

0.397

31

47

0

0.397

0

0

0.000

Michael Sim

1

2

0

0.333

1

2

0

0.333

0

0

0.000

Paul Thorniley

19

40

0

0.322

19

40

0

0.322

0

0

0.000

Graham Morgan

29

62

0

0.319

29

61

0

0.322

0

1

0.000

Tony Whiting

16

37

1

0.306

16

36

1

0.311

0

1

0.000

Richard Williams

4

11

1

0.281

4

11

1

0.281

0

0

0.000

Dominic Williams

19

53

0

0.264

19

53

0

0.264

0

0

0.000

Darryl Saunders

12

34

0

0.261

12

34

0

0.261

0

0

0.000

Anthony Corrigan

1

3

0

0.250

1

3

0

0.250

0

0

0.000

Graham Muir

3

9

0

0.250

3

9

0

0.250

0

0

0.000

Ben Hilliar

6

32

1

0.167

6

32

1

0.167

0

0

0.000

Brian Ball

7

39

0

0.152

7

39

0

0.152

0

0

0.000

Dave Boulton

2

14

0

0.125

2

14

0

0.125

0

0

0.000

Steve Cook

0

0

0

0.000

0

0

0

0.000

0

0

0.000



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