Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

07 Apr 2005, 09:44am by Mike Tanier

Four Downs: AFC West

The Chiefs are courting Patrick Surtain, the Broncos are stockpiling former Browns linemen (can Michael Dean Perry be far behind?), Antonio Gates is angling for a new contract, Will Shields is pondering retirement, the Raiders are signing spare parts, and Chiefs defenders are grousing. Four Downs takes a tour of the AFC West with Mike Tanier.

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2 comments, Last at 01 Nov 2005, 1:21am by David Beathard

05 Apr 2005, 11:14am by Russell Levine

Four Downs: NFC South

For an 11-5 team, the Falcons sure have made a lot of changes. Maybe they've been reading Football Outsiders and know they really weren't that good last year. In other NFC South news in the latest edition of Four Downs, the Panthers sure do draft well and the Saints and Bucs sure don't. Plus, who on the Frankfurt Galaxy caught the author's eye?

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04 Apr 2005, 02:45pm by admin

Open 2005 NFL Draft Discussion Thread Part II

This is a thread for open discussion of the 2005 NFL Draft.

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01 Apr 2005, 03:22am by Guest

A Revolution in NFL Analysis

Here at Football Outsiders, we're committed to the advancement of football research, even if it means giving equal time to a potential competitor. In this guest article, Dr. William Kilgore explains a new statistical method that may change the way football is watched, played, and talked about.

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2 comments, Last at 07 Dec 2005, 9:02pm by L. Goodman

31 Mar 2005, 02:10pm by Guest

Zone Blocking vs. Man Blocking

Does "the Denver system" really help running backs? What about other teams that switch to a so-called "zone blocking" scheme? In this guest column, Brian Hook looks at the (admittedly limited) data from Denver, Atlanta, and Houston, and tries to discern a trend.

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5 comments, Last at 06 Feb 2007, 7:27am by Frank

31 Mar 2005, 02:10pm by Guest

Zone Blocking vs. Man Blocking

Does "the Denver system" really help running backs? What about other teams that switch to a so-called "zone blocking" scheme? In this guest column, Brian Hook looks at the (admittedly limited) data from Denver, Atlanta, and Houston, and tries to discern a trend.

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5 comments, Last at 06 Feb 2007, 7:27am by Frank

29 Mar 2005, 12:04pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Four Downs: AFC North

Baltimore works on the offense, Cincinnati works on the defense, and Cleveland works on everything. Plus, Pittsburgh loses some veteran free agents. (In other news, Michael Jackson is wacky and water is wet.) Ryan Wilson looks at an active offseason in the AFC North in the latest edition of Four Downs.

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1 comment, Last at 28 Apr 2006, 5:27pm by ray

22 Mar 2005, 10:16am by Michael David Smith

Four Downs: NFC North

The Bears look talented, Matt Millen looks competent, the Vikings look like a rising defense, and the Packers look down on their luck. Is this bizarro world? No, just some surprising happenings as we take a look at the NFC North.

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17 Mar 2005, 12:01pm by Guest

Tight Ends Break Loose

2004 may have been the best year for passing offense in NFL history. Surely the re-emphasis on illegal contact was the reason, right? Actually, maybe not. Guest columnist Michael Horn shows how the 2004 numbers are the natural culmination of recent expansion in the role of the tight end.

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1 comment, Last at 07 Feb 2006, 4:31am by adam

15 Mar 2005, 02:07pm by Mike Tanier

Four Downs: NFC West

The Cardinals are early winners in free agency, the Niners signed an anchor for the offensive line, the Rams have taken steps to upgrade the defense, and the Seahawks are just trying to hang on to what they have. Mike Tanier takes us out to the NFC West, where the contenders are trying to make the modest improvements that could lead to a division title.

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