Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

08 Mar 2006, 10:44pm by Aaron Schatz

NFL Owners Approve Labor Deal

No details yet about whether the deal differed from the union's last "official" proposal, but apparently the only teams voting against were Cincinnati and Buffalo. Free agency starts at 12:01 am Friday.

Meanwhile, a sigh of relief goes up in the Schatz household at the news there will be no NFL labor stoppage in 2008.

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91 comments, Last at 11 Mar 2006, 3:55am by bravehoptoad

07 Mar 2006, 07:11pm by Aaron Schatz

Football Commentary: A Model for Coaches' Challenges

William Krasker is back with an analysis of replay challenges. Just how valuable are your two challenges, given that you don't know if and when you are going to need to use them? The answer, according to Krasker, is that the value of a challenge is very small, because a play that actually has a chance to be overturned occurs much less often than people might expect. So if you believe you have a good chance of getting a play overturned, use the challenge -- particularly if you still have two challenges to use -- rather than hold your challenges for opportunities that may never come.

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12 comments, Last at 08 Mar 2006, 6:32pm by empty13

06 Mar 2006, 07:14pm by Aaron Schatz

Introducing Armchair GM

Wanted to pass this along from Dan Lewis, who some of you may remember wrote an essay in last year's PFP. Dan and his friends have started a new site called ArmchairGM.com, which they call "the world's first world-writable sports blog and encyclopedia." It's basically a public sports news and commentary site based around the Wikipedia engine. Anyone can write an opinion article, report sports news, or contribute to what they hope
will be the Internet's most thorough sports encyclopedia, with no registration required. Head on over and check it out.

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3 comments, Last at 06 Mar 2006, 8:42pm by Darrel

06 Mar 2006, 01:01am by Aaron Schatz

Alexander, Green Stay Put

From Jay Glazer: "FOXSports.com has learned that the Seattle Seahawks have agreed to terms with Pro-Bowl running back Shaun Alexander on a whopping eight-year, $62 million deal that includes a total of more than $15 million in the first year in bonuses (signing and roster) and salary." FO has always believed that running backs were fairly replaceable. More and more teams seem to agree with that statement, leading to a glut of running backs on the market. That may have started to tip the scales the other way, so that the best running backs are actually undervalued.

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51 comments, Last at 08 Mar 2006, 6:18pm by coltrane23

01 Mar 2006, 07:52pm by Aaron Schatz

Broncos cut Pryce, Putzier and Anderson

Bloody Thursday begins early. Three starters from the AFC West champion Broncos, gone. I think they had to do something no matter what happened to the CBA, as very few teams needed to cut more salary to get under the cap than Denver did. By the way, Stephen Alexander started more games than Jeb Putzier did? Putzier is clearly the better player.

Also cut so far around the league: Sam Adams in Buffalo and Stephen Davis, Brenson Buckner and He Hate Me (sniff, how sad) in Carolina.

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37 comments, Last at 03 Mar 2006, 4:02am by Sean

24 Feb 2006, 10:04am by Aaron Schatz

Alexander Wants Monster Deal

You have to scroll down for this one, since ProFootballTalk.com doesn't have permalinks. I honestly have nothing to say about Alexander right now but I wanted to point out that Mike Florio used the phrase "running backs are regarded as fungible." Dammit, Mike, fungible is *our* word!

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53 comments, Last at 27 Feb 2006, 7:10pm by Starshatterer

22 Feb 2006, 05:58pm by Aaron Schatz

Colts Take Wayne off the Market

Well, that takes care of the best available wide receiver, not counting T.O. It's a six-year deal, $13.5 million in bonus money. Like most NFL contracts, I have no idea how much money that really ends up as. I also don't know how the Colts manage to fit all these offensive stars under the cap -- if someone knows a link to a page with Indy salary cap data, please put it in the comments. This also means that the Colts don't have to tag Wayne as the franchise player, so they could tag Edgerrin James for one more year if they felt like it.

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46 comments, Last at 24 Feb 2006, 3:35pm by JAT

22 Feb 2006, 02:56pm by Aaron Schatz

2005 Football Outsiders Awards, Part II

Football Outsiders presents its third annual awards, voted on by you the readers. Part II features the best and worst announcers, writers, and ads, plus the funniest moment of the year and the 2006 inductees to the Fantasy Football Hall of Fame.

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121 comments, Last at 21 Dec 2012, 8:02pm by skilsmisse lykkelig

21 Feb 2006, 05:59pm by Aaron Schatz

2005 Football Outsiders Awards, Part I

Football Outsiders presents its third annual awards, voted on by you the readers. Shaun Alexander as MVP? Shawne Merriman as Rookie of the Year? Football Outsiders readers would like to respectfully disagree. Plus, read about your choices for the most overrated and underrated players in the NFL, and the award that you'll only find here at FO: the Keep Choppin' Wood Award.

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168 comments, Last at 24 Mar 2006, 7:39pm by cinfan

06 Feb 2006, 05:15pm by Aaron Schatz

Quick Reads: Super Bowl XL

Learn just how much Tom Rouen sucks. Plus my feelings on the officiating, edited for the general public. If Pittsburgh fans want to continue to take issue with that in this thread, that's fine, but don't expect a response. I'm sick of trying to convince people that I'm not a Seahawks fan.

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86 comments, Last at 09 Feb 2006, 3:35am by Cody