Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

03 Dec 2005, 12:30am by Aaron Schatz

SI to Name Tom Brady Sportsman of the Year

Scroll down. Way down. Brady is the first NFL-associated Sportsman of the Year since Don Shula in 1993 and the first NFL player since Joe Montana in 1990. For you fans of "East Coast Bias," this is the second straight Boston-related choice. For you fans of the Buffalo Bills, enjoy your cover jinx-related upset in Week 14.

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44 comments, Last at 08 Dec 2005, 10:00pm by stan

02 Dec 2005, 06:02pm by Aaron Schatz

Mailing in NFL's Week 13

Excellent Simmons this week, lots of good jokes, good observations, and very little Boston-centeric bias that will piss off those of you who root for the other 31 teams. He's dead on about those stupid "fantasy stats" scrolls that tell you which lame receiver has one catch for six yards. Whoopee. Bill's Bears bandwagon takes other step this week, as he suggests that they could even make it to the Super Bowl. It sounds ridiculous, but I was actually thinking about something this morning.

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19 comments, Last at 04 Dec 2005, 4:32am by TomC

02 Dec 2005, 03:24am by Aaron Schatz

FO on FOX: Guts and Stomps

What defines a champion? Are the greatest teams the ones which stomp on the league's bad teams, or the ones that gut out close, clutch victories against their best opponents? Is your record against winning teams really more important than your record against losing teams? Actually, no.

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78 comments, Last at 03 Apr 2006, 9:33pm by Dan Babbitt

29 Nov 2005, 05:54pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 13 DVOA Ratings

After two weeks in schedule adjustment purgatory, the Indianapolis Colts return to the top of this week's DVOA ratings, both in the season-long numbers and in the weighted numbers used for the FOXSports.com power rankings. Commentary for the math-o-phobic can be found on FOXSports.com, with numbers and discussion here.

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253 comments, Last at 06 Dec 2005, 1:23am by Dr. Evil

29 Nov 2005, 02:57pm by Aaron Schatz

TMQ: Free the Third Quarterback

TMQ this week criticizes the third quarterback rule and the cowardly Lions, and celebrates Harvard football players, even up in Edmonton. Hey, they may have more pros, but Brown has the title.

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50 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2005, 12:07pm by Dave

29 Nov 2005, 12:17pm by Aaron Schatz

NFL Admits Referee Mistakes to Seahawks

It's not as much of a problem as it could have been, since Seattle won the game anyway, but yikes. The refs rarely admit to screwing up one call in a game, let alone two touchdown calls.

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47 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2005, 5:42am by Calbuzz

28 Nov 2005, 08:27pm by Aaron Schatz

2005 Quick Reads: Week 12

The best and worst players of the week in DPAR. This week's lesson: the importance of opponent strength. Seven quarterbacks threw for 290 yards or more, but four of those games came against pass defenses in the bottom five. Plus, is Kurt Warner proving everyone wrong?

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32 comments, Last at 30 Nov 2005, 7:21pm by Jerry

28 Nov 2005, 06:06pm by Aaron Schatz

Morning After: Vikings' Defense Keys Turnaround

Len Pasquarelli is a much better reporter than he is an analyst, but he's got some good analysis today. Minnesota's four-game win streak is much less about Brad Johnson and much more about the defense finally getting its act together. (DVOA agrees, and the Vikings defense is now 15th in weighted DVOA.) As Pasquarelli points out, coordinator Ted Cottrell did the same thing with the Jets three years ago -- his defense, packed with new players, struggled early but improved at mid-season as the Jets went on a second-half run.

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12 comments, Last at 29 Nov 2005, 2:43pm by Rob

27 Nov 2005, 02:39am by Aaron Schatz

Hang Time

The NFL's record for consecutive games played is going to be broken today and you probably had no idea. I had no idea until I read this. Giants punter Jeff Feagles will play his 283rd consecutive game against Seattle, passing Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall for the all-time record. Yes, he's a punter, so people will think of his record with an asterisk, but those guys do occasionally get hurt. Just ask Dirk Johnson.

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17 comments, Last at 28 Nov 2005, 12:14pm by Nuk

27 Nov 2005, 02:34am by Aaron Schatz

The Hasselbecks: Those Other Brothers in Arms

One of about two billion "the Hasselbecks are playing each other" articles written this weekend, but this one contains the best tidbit: Apparently, Nathanael Hasselbeck's co-workers call him "Cooper." (Free registration required)

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5 comments, Last at 28 Nov 2005, 10:34am by Koy Detmer