Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

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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26 Apr 2004, 02:29am by Michael David Smith

Draft Holes That Weren't Filled

You hear a lot after the draft about which players will fill holes on their new teams. What about the holes that went unfilled? Michael David Smith wonders who is playing cornerback in Dallas and Arizona, not to mention offensive line in Cleveland. Plus, the winner of our mock draft contest, and how he did against the professionals.

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22 Apr 2004, 01:45pm by admin

Guest Column: Turnovers and the Unpredictability of Defense

Winning the turnover battle, as the media points out roughly every twelve seconds, is the key to winning football games. But what does this really mean? How important are turnovers and how much control do teams have over them? Does winning the turnover battle this week mean you will win it again next year? Jim Armstrong investigates in an enlightening guest column.

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20 Apr 2004, 02:34am by admin

Who Makes Draft Trades and Why

Michael David Smith looks at draft-day trades, and what they tell us about team strategies, executive longevity, and who your friends are.

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18 Apr 2004, 07:11am by Russell Levine

Confessions of a Football Junkie: Irish Football Famine

Putting the racial implications aside, was Paul Hornung right about Notre Dame football? Does the university need to lower its admissions standards to return to pigskin prominance? Or could there be a different solution? Some thoughts from our resident college football commentator.

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15 Apr 2004, 12:47pm by Michael David Smith

Where Have all the Linebackers Gone?

"Where have you gone, Mike Singletary? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you..." Only two linebackers are projected for this year's first round. Last year the first linebacker didn't go until the 29th pick.

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13 Apr 2004, 12:06pm by Aaron Schatz

Pass Defense: Easy as One, Two, Three

Say it loud, it's back and proud. Did ya miss DVOA over the last few weeks? Did ya? Today, the first of two part articles breaking down defensive performance against different types of receivers. Which teams do the best job against the other team's studs... and which teams do the best job against the men considered "number twos?" There's reason for Ty Law to gloat, and Champ Bailey too, but who the heck is Charles Tillman? And what kind of defensive measure could be led by Minnesota, San Francisco, and Kansas City?

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13 Apr 2004, 11:59am by Guest

Guest Column: Everything You Wanted to Know About the Draft but Forgot to Ask

Reader Barry Goodberg on a variety of draft-related topics. How did we get to the point where the draft was such an event? How do teams hide their draft intentions? And what about that classic "draft value chart?"

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