Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

14 Jul 2006, 12:04pm by Mike Tanier

The Passing Game II: Slants and Flats

The quick slant is the pass route that made Bill Walsh a genius and changed the way NFL football was played in the 1980s. Our latest strategy minicamp examines several variations on the classic Slant-and-Flats play. Find out how it works and why it is so darn hard to stop.

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29 comments, Last at 25 Jul 2006, 11:22pm by Vern

12 Jul 2006, 11:59am by Mike Tanier

The Science of Pass Offense

In the first of a four-part Minicamp series on the passing game, Mike Tanier breaks down the basics of pass protection, patterns, and quarterback drops.

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90 comments, Last at 22 Oct 2010, 10:17am by abv

10 Jul 2006, 11:19am by Mike Tanier

Game Review: EA Sports Head Coach

If you like the Madden series of football games but are too clumsy with a controller to take your team to the Super Bowl, EA Sports Head Coach may look like the game for you. Unfortunately, Mike Tanier learns that dopey AI and some poor design decisions make the game a frustrating exercise in micro-management.

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66 comments, Last at 24 Jan 2007, 7:14pm by Geoff

07 Jul 2006, 01:12pm by Aaron Schatz

FO Mailbag

Should interceptions be left out of our defensive ratings? Why was Tatum Bell's DVOA half of Mike Anderson's when he averaged a yard more per carry? Why is LaMont Jordan's receiving DVOA mediocre? Which teams had the most dropped passes according to the Football Outsiders game charting project? These questions and more are answered in the FO mailbag.

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85 comments, Last at 25 May 2007, 12:38am by Quinton

05 Jul 2006, 11:31am by Michael David Smith

Kickoff Coverage II: Spears and Gunners

Television camera angles make the kickoff coverage unit look like vaguely organized chaos, but special-teamers spend hours watching film and studying the Xs and Os on the blackboard for a reason. Last week, Michael David Smith took a look at the kickoff return team; this week, we flip things around to look at the coverage unit.

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29 comments, Last at 27 Jul 2006, 7:49pm by slimsanghvi

28 Jun 2006, 01:48pm by Michael David Smith

Kickoff Returns: A Wedge Issue

The kicker places the ball on the tee, then takes a few steps back. The returner waits patiently at the goal line, poised to grab the ball and take off running at full speed. Those are the two images you see before a kickoff when you're watching a football game on TV. But what about the other 20 players? Michael David Smith explores kickoff returns in the return of our popular "Strategy Minicamps" feature explaining the X's and O's on the field.

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47 comments, Last at 13 Aug 2006, 9:41pm by empty13

26 Jun 2006, 11:13am by Guest

Quarterbacks and Fourth Quarter Comebacks

When you think of fourth-quarter heroics in the NFL, you think of quarterbacks. John Elway willing his team to victory over and over. Tom Brady marching the Patriots down the field for two last-minute Super Bowl wins. Flutie Magic. Is there really a measurable difference between quarterbacks when it comes to leading fourth-quarter comebacks? Does the list of the best fourth-quarter quarterbacks actually match our memories? And why do we tend to blame coaches for losing late leads, and give them far less credit than the quarterbacks when it comes to comebacks? Jason McKinley investigates.

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95 comments, Last at 09 Jan 2007, 4:33pm by Ray

21 Jun 2006, 03:42pm by Aaron Schatz

Four Downs: AFC East

We finish our "Best Player Available" analysis and the latest round of Four Downs by taking a look at the new arrivals in the AFC East: Two exiled New Orleans defenders, some talented young defensive backs, a couple rookie Dolphins with family connections to the NFL, one PFP 2006 coverboy, and a new challenger for the title of "Football Outsiders' Favorite Player."

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232 comments, Last at 17 Jul 2006, 9:08pm by Norm

20 Jun 2006, 03:30pm by Mike Tanier

Every Stat Tells a Story: The Worst Kicker Ever

As a college quarterback, Bob Timberlake was an All American and a Rose Bowl hero. As a pro kicker, his 1-for-15 performance in 1965 was so bad that the Giants risked an inter-league war to replace him.

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23 comments, Last at 31 Mar 2010, 3:07pm by charlesdarwin

17 Jun 2006, 12:08pm by Bill Barnwell

Four Downs: NFC East

The Eagles and Giants subscribe to the Best Player Available philosophy. The Redskins, it seems, do not. And the Cowboys had a third philosophy in 2006, grabbing players with less upside but even less downside. Plus, LaVar Arrington gets Postonized. It's all in the latest edition of Four Downs.

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276 comments, Last at 08 Aug 2006, 11:08am by BobL