Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

18 May 2004, 01:39pm by Aaron Schatz

Rock Cartwright vs. DeShaun Foster

One running back ran for 429 yards on 113 carries. The other running back ran for 410 yards on 107 carries. So how come the player often described as a star of the future is at the bottom of our DVOA ratings, while the third-string ex-fullback is listed as above average? A trip inside the world of DVOA...

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13 May 2004, 02:44am by Aaron Schatz

DVOA Gets Another Upgrade

In our neverending battle to improve our statistics, we present a new iteration of our DVOA formula that correlates even better with wins, scoring, and future performance.

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11 May 2004, 12:03pm by Guest

Guest Column: And the Loser Is...

Which is the worst NFL team of all time? The Bengals? Falcons? How about the Saints or Bucs? Mark Huston sorts through history to determine the NFL's most suffering fans.

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10 May 2004, 11:53am by Aaron Schatz

Even More Complete Failures

And, yea, did the readers of Football Outsiders request new data. They wanted to see the list of failed completes re-ordered by the percentage of total pass plays. They wanted to see the list of failed completes by defense rather than offense. And, yea, did the Football Outsiders comply, and left the analysis up to the readers.

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07 May 2004, 04:03am by Aaron Schatz

Complete Failures

Quarterbacks are judged on their completion percentage, but not every complete pass is a successful play. Introducing a new statistic that tells which teams padded their numbers with short passes, failed third down conversions, and the dreaded reception for a loss of yardage.

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03 May 2004, 11:25am by Guest

Guest Column: Capologist for a Day

"You got your unamortized bonus in my peanut butter!... You got your peanut butter in my unamortized bonus!" Instead of just starting an offseason discussion thread on whether the cap rules need to be changed, we figured we would kick off such a discussion with an article that explained the basics of the salary cap. And it just so happens that Chris Miraglia wrote such an article.

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03 May 2004, 09:14am by

Discussion-Worthy Coaching Decisions from 2003

In this article reprinted from footballcommentary.com, William Krasker uses probability theory and his Dynamic Programming Model to analyze six controversial coaching moves of last season. Should the Packers have kicked a field goal with two minutes left in the first half of the playoff game with the Eagles, instead of going for the touchdown? In their MNF comeback against Tampa, should Indianapolis have tried any two-point conversions? When you need 10 at the end of a game, do you go for the touchdown or the field goal first?

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28 Apr 2004, 02:32am by Aaron Schatz

You Say Tomato, I Say Future Pro Bowler

At this point, we all know that NFL draft report cards are a bit silly, and that you can't truly judge a draft until those players have been in the league for a couple of years. So instead of a report card, Aaron presents a report about report cards. He's examined eight different sets of draft grades to find out which teams caused the most disagreement among the pundits.

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27 Apr 2004, 12:53pm by admin

TMQ Draft Article Discussion Thread

Yes, it's the return of two Football Outsiders favorites: The "unofficial official" TMQ discussion thread, and the Jason Beattie comic strip of the week.

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26 Apr 2004, 06:03am by Aaron Schatz

Pass Defense: Tight Ends, Backs, and Slot Receivers

Two weeks ago, we looked at how defenses did against number one receivers compared to number two receivers. Here's part two of that article, examining how defenses fared in 2003 against the opposition's other receivers. Discover the strange magic of the Indianapolis nickel package, San Diego's weapon against the Chiefs, and the secret Achilles heel of the New England pass defense.

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