Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

12 Apr 2007, 10:10am by Guest

Four Downs: AFC North

Jeff Bathurst is back to recap the AFC North. The division has played a little bit of free agency musical chairs, and the Browns won, getting Eric Steinbach from the Bengals and ... uh, Jamal Lewis from the Ravens. But at least they won't be fighting the rest of the division for the privilege of drafting from the same group of linebackers. See what all this healthy competition is about in the latest Four Downs.

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75 comments, Last at 30 May 2007, 5:16pm by WhoDey

09 Apr 2007, 09:28am by Bill Barnwell

Four Downs: AFC East

Bill Barnwell reviews the free agency goings on in the AFC East. In a nutshell, the Bills have gotten worse, the Patriots have gotten better, and the Dolphins and Jets merit Incompletes. Plus, see why the Patriots won't draft Paul Posluszny, and who might take a local college star, in the tradition of the early days of the draft.

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204 comments, Last at 16 Apr 2007, 10:52am by Bill Barnwell

05 Apr 2007, 11:26am by Guest

Four Downs: AFC West

Guest columnist Jeff Bathurst drops in to review the AFC West in the calm before the draft's storm. He finds skeptics about the Broncos' biggest new additions, the Chiefs getting fired up for preseason, and the Raiders preparing for life with their latest boy genius coach. And can the Chargers possibly have a better season this year than last?

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71 comments, Last at 14 Apr 2007, 4:07pm by HUMPHREY

04 Apr 2007, 10:31am by Guest

Five Years of Draft Picks

Once upon a time, the ancient Greek priests at the Oracle at Delphi would sacrifice a goat and examine its entrails in an attempt to divine the future. Today, guest columnist Mike Horn does the same thing with the last five years of the NFL Draft. There's a lot more data involved, and the mess is much easier to clean up.

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44 comments, Last at 23 Apr 2007, 10:47pm by Mark

02 Apr 2007, 09:35am by Doug Farrar

Tank Tyler and the Needle's Eye

With the NFL looking to crack down on players who get in trouble with the law, what is it like to be a draft prospect with character issues? How hard is it to put your past behind you, to prove that you can walk the straight and narrow going forward so that it doesn't affect your draft status? Doug Farrar talks to one player who faces this task, North Carolina State defensive tackle Tank Tyler.

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55 comments, Last at 04 May 2007, 5:54am by cheffz

29 Mar 2007, 10:33pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Four Downs: NFC East

Brandon Jacobs and Kevin Curtis were great in specialized roles, but can they succeed with more playing time? Fred Smoot sucked with more playing time, but can he succeed in a specialized role? Plus: Does the attention-hogging Terrell Owens read his playbook, and is he offended that we did not mention him until the third sentence of this intro to the latest Four Downs?

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163 comments, Last at 19 Apr 2007, 11:40pm by dweezer

27 Mar 2007, 12:38pm by Doug Farrar

Four Downs: NFC West

The latest Four Downs is all about appreciation. Doug Farrar appreciates the Hall of Fame career of Marshall Faulk as well as the new and improved front offices in Arizona and San Francisco. Most importantly, as a Seahawks fan, Doug appreciates the decision to let Jerramy Stevens leave Seattle.

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75 comments, Last at 30 Mar 2007, 6:02pm by Jeff

22 Mar 2007, 12:58pm by Ned Macey

Four Downs: NFC North

It has been an exciting free agent period in the NFC North. The division has added consistent performers -- like Adam Archuleta, T.J. Duckett, Frank Walker, and Visanthe Shiancoe. Learn why the Bears should extend Lance Briggs, why Randy Moss is in decline, and why FO, possibly for the first time ever, has nice things to say about off-season moves in Detroit.

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88 comments, Last at 11 Apr 2007, 6:28pm by ron bryant

19 Mar 2007, 02:56pm by Mike Tanier

Four Downs: NFC South

The free agent carousel is turning in the NFC South. June is busting out all over in Tampa, Patrick Kerney ditches Atlanta for a real nice clambake in Seattle, and Joe Horn blows high and blows low before blowing out of New Orleans. What's the use of wonderin' if the Panthers will make any moves when they are so low on cap space? You never walk alone when Mike Tanier breaks down the free agent action.

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129 comments, Last at 21 Apr 2007, 10:28am by Mr Shush

16 Mar 2007, 11:50am by Bill Barnwell

Opposition Matters

Conventional wisdom says that the great quarterbacks raise their games against elite opponents. In reality, the great quarterbacks raise their games against bad opponents. Bill Barnwell goes into the FO database to look at how the other team affects a quarterback's numbers. Bonus: For the first time in FO history, this one goes to 11.

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50 comments, Last at 08 May 2007, 5:24pm by Jack Neefus