Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

03 Mar 2004, 06:31am by Aaron Schatz

The Misunderstood Rams

Football Outsiders' DVOA statistics say that the Rams had an average offense in 2003, and the second-best defense in football. Huh? Aren't the Rams an offensive juggernaut? Aaron goes through the season game by game to show how the Rams' 12-4 season was driven by the Most Ignored Show on Turf, the St. Louis D.

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01 Mar 2004, 12:27pm by Russell Levine

Confessions of a Football Junkie: Troubled Times at CU

In his first column of the offseason, our resident college football commentator addresses the worst headline in a bad offseason for the NCAA. What went wrong at Colorado? Is that school an exception, or just the school that happened to have its situation brought to light? How much was Gary Barnett responsible for the situation there?

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01 Mar 2004, 11:59am by

ESPN Gets Real: Dream Job Week 2

Patrick Laverty reviews the second week of ESPN's "Gotta stick something on between the Super Bowl and Opening Day" reality show Dream Job. This week we learn how hair can hurt you and why wild cards aren't necessarily a good idea.

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27 Feb 2004, 01:00pm by Guest

Guest Column: The Cover 2 Explained

You hear it over and over again: teams are playing more of the Cover 2. What the heck is the Cover 2? How does it work? Chris Miraglia enlightens us with a basic discussion of how to play Cover 2, its strengths and weaknesses, and the changes made by Tony Dungy. Complete with (very simple) illustrations.

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27 Feb 2004, 10:13am by Aaron Schatz

2003 Schedule: The Rich Get Richer

No, not an article from the Dennis Kucinich campaign website, but an analysis of the strange phenomenon that was the 2003 NFL schedule. Our schedule strength rankings say that all the best teams had easy schedules, and all the worst teams had hard schedules. We thought that was strange too, until we looked at 2003 strength of schedule using just regular old wins and losses.

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23 Feb 2004, 03:40am by admin

QB Ratings Reconsidered

It's one of the most debated statistics in sports: The NFL's passer rating. It's a pain to calculate and confusing to understand. Can't we do better? Yes, we can. In fact, we can three times over. Let the debate begin: The NFL's PASSER RATING vs. Brian Hook's HOOK QUARTERBACK VALUE vs. Anthony Brancato's QUARTERBACK RATING vs. Aaron Schatz's POINTS ABOVE REPLACEMENT.

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23 Feb 2004, 03:03am by

ESPN Gets Real: Dream Job Week 1

What's the verdict on ESPN's new reality show Dream Job? Do any of these candidates have what it takes to gain sportscaster fame? Patrick Laverty takes a look. (This show is, of course, not strictly football-related, but we thought a weekly summary would be fun. Let us know what you think of the idea.)

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17 Feb 2004, 03:21am by Aaron Schatz

2002 and 2003 DVOA Ratings Refined

A review of changes to how DVOA ratings are computed, including a new improved baseline that combines 2002 and 2003 plays and changes to the importance of special teams.

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17 Feb 2004, 03:15am by Guest

Guest Column: Was Super Bowl XXXVIII the Greatest of All Time?

Some people say this year's Super Bowl was the greatest ever played. Others are partial to the Patriots' win from two years ago, or wide right, or Namath's guarantee. But we couldn't possibly invent a mathematical formula to measure the greatest Super Bowls of all time, could we? Vincent Verhei says never say never -- and you may be surprised at his choice for the biggest of the big games.

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10 Feb 2004, 01:36pm by Michael David Smith

The Coaching Carousel, Part II: Uncoordinated

In The Coaching Carousel, Mike Smith looked at the constant churn of head coaches over the past few NFL offseasons. But that's nothing compared to how often teams change offensive and defensive coordinators. Does it do any good?

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