Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

21 Jan 2005, 11:07am by scramble

Scramble for the Ball: The 2004 All Keep Choppin' Wood Team

You wanted the best, now here's the rest. Al and Vivek are here with a look at the players that hurt their teams the most this season. They also take a final look at the conference semifinals and make their Best Bets on the upcoming conference championships. Also: an update on the Football Outsiders Playoff Fantasy League, including the reader "best of the rest" contest, and Jason Beattie's cartoon has the secret to how Peyton Manning can finally beat the Patriots.

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19 Jan 2005, 12:30pm by Ned Macey

How Much Should Rookie Quarterbacks Play?

Three first round quarterbacks will be leading their teams this weekend in the conference finals. Ben Roethlisberger was forced into action immediately, Donovan McNabb took over his team at midseason, and Michael Vick didn't take over for good until his second year. Which is the best way to develop a rookie passer? Ned Macey takes a comprehensive look at every quarterback drafted between 1993 and 2002, and offers some conclusions.

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18 Jan 2005, 05:29pm by Michael David Smith

Every Play Counts: He's Got All Kinds of Time

Against the Vikings, Donovan McNabb knew that no one could touch him now. He seemed so at ease, a strange inner peace was all that he was feeling somehow. Will he have all kinds of time against the Falcons? We discuss in this week's installment of Every Play Counts.

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17 Jan 2005, 08:51pm by Russell Levine

Confessions of a Football Junkie: Can't Anyone Here Coach This Game?

Are there any good coaches in the NFL? Based on the reactions of fans and media to the weekend's Divsional games, Russell Levine wonders if there are -- and you can help him find out. Plus, reactions to the Patriots' mugging of Indianpolis, thoughts on the Championship games and the weekly Mike Martz Award.

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14 Jan 2005, 02:45pm by Aaron Schatz

NFC Semifinals Preview

This year's NFC postseason feels a bit like the Division II playoffs, but that doesn't mean it can't be fun. These four teams are going to score more than an all-male a capella group after a concert at Wellesley College. With help from Michael David Smith's tape analysis and our Football Outsiders statistics, Aaron previews the NFC semifinals and makes possibly the first-ever reference on an NFL website to the obscure Athens band Pylon.

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14 Jan 2005, 02:45pm by Aaron Schatz

NFC Semifinals Preview

This year's NFC postseason feels a bit like the Division II playoffs, but that doesn't mean it can't be fun. These four teams are going to score more than an all-male a capella group after a concert at Wellesley College. With help from Michael David Smith's tape analysis and our Football Outsiders statistics, Aaron previews the NFC semifinals and makes possibly the first-ever reference on an NFL website to the obscure Athens band Pylon.

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14 Jan 2005, 03:44am by Aaron Schatz

AFC Semifinals Preview

Once again, the NFL's most underrated QB takes on the NFL's most overrated QB. Hundreds of Patriots and Colts fans were slaughtered this week in a brawl meant to determine which of those players is Tom Brady and which is Peyton Manning. Will injuries on the New England defense help Manning finally get off his personal Planet of the Apes? Also, there are rumors of another game involving AFC teams, although the details we can get from the media are sketchy. Could this be the least-hyped playoff game involving a New York team ever? With help from Michael David Smith's tape analysis and our Football Outsiders statistics, Aaron previews the AFC semifinals.

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14 Jan 2005, 03:44am by Aaron Schatz

AFC Semifinals Preview

Once again, the NFL's most underrated QB takes on the NFL's most overrated QB. Hundreds of Patriots and Colts fans were slaughtered this week in a brawl meant to determine which of those players is Tom Brady and which is Peyton Manning. Will injuries on the New England defense help Manning finally get off his personal Planet of the Apes? Also, there are rumors of another game involving AFC teams, although the details we can get from the media are sketchy. Could this be the least-hyped playoff game involving a New York team ever? With help from Michael David Smith's tape analysis and our Football Outsiders statistics, Aaron previews the AFC semifinals.

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13 Jan 2005, 11:09pm by scramble

Scramble for the Ball: Where's the Run?

Al and Vivek try to figure out what happened to the running game during the NFL playoffs, talk about Randy Moss's butt, and preview this week's playoff games. Plus an Operation Enduring Freedom Edition of the Scramble Mailbag, an update of the Football Outsiders playoff fantasy competition, and this week's extremely disturbing Jason Beattie cartoon.

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13 Jan 2005, 01:35pm by Michael David Smith

Introducing the NFL's Sternest Referee

If the best refs are the ones you never notice, does that mean Ed Hochuli should have kept his flag in his pocket instead of calling a key penalty on Eric Barton Saturday night? Would other referees have made the same call? And why does this referee have bigger muscles than half the players?

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