Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

31 Jan 2006, 01:30am by Aaron Schatz

FO Interviews Tony Parrish and Shawne Merriman

How do you stop the Seahawks and the Steelers? Why not ask a couple guys who had to face those offenses themselves? I had a chance to interview both San Francisco safety Tony Parrish and San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman, and ask them about facing Seattle and Pittsburgh this year (and in the case of Parrish, in the last few years). I think this is the first FO interview of active players.

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17 comments, Last at 03 Feb 2006, 6:35am by Vince

27 Jan 2006, 11:01am by Aaron Schatz

The Top Ten Reasons Larry Johnson Scares the Hell Out of Me

Larry Johnson, obvious number one overall pick in 2006 fantasy drafts ... or is he?

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16 comments, Last at 06 Feb 2006, 9:13pm by The originator

26 Jan 2006, 05:46pm by Aaron Schatz

Draft Clock Now Ticking for Kubiak

When I jokingly decided to name my fantasy football projection system after Denver offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, I figured I had safely chosen a fairly obscure name. Nobody knew who this guy was except for Denver fans and the hardcore fans who can name all 64 coordinators. Little did I know that less than a year later, Gary Kubiak would be head coach of the Houston Texans. If the Kansas City Royals tomorrow named Bill Pecota as their manager, wouldn't this be strange for the Baseball Prospectus guys? Exactly.

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62 comments, Last at 29 Jan 2006, 11:47pm by SJM

26 Jan 2006, 02:40pm by Aaron Schatz

Dr. Z's Commentator Awards

Always a favorite. Dr. Z gives four stars this year to five crews: Ron Pitts and Tim Ryan, Kenny Albert and Brian Baldinger, Ian Eagle and Solomon Wilcots, Kevin Harlan and Randy Cross (sort of Dr. Z's "most improved" award) and Al Michaels and John Madden -- important games only. Dr.

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51 comments, Last at 27 Jan 2006, 6:31pm by LnGrrrR

25 Jan 2006, 01:51pm by Aaron Schatz

The XII Greatest Super Bowl Highlight Films

From The Onion A.V. Club, but not a joke! NFL Network is replaying all of these on Sunday, and I look forward to matriculating the ball down the field.

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17 comments, Last at 27 Jan 2006, 12:37am by Matt

24 Jan 2006, 04:15pm by Aaron Schatz

TMQ: Box-and-One

Somebody finally figures out how to defend against Steve Smith, Denver's defensive line turns back into pumpkins, and CBS declines to show us hot Denver cheerleaders. All this and more covered in the latest TMQ. I can't believe I didn't think to compare the Smith defense to basketball's box-and-one, it's a great comparison. I did, however, send Gregg an e-mail to complain about his use of the simplistic NFL rankings for pass defense. Denver does not have a bad pass defense, or, at least, did not before Sunday.

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47 comments, Last at 26 Jan 2006, 11:32am by Smeghead

24 Jan 2006, 02:05pm by Aaron Schatz

Seattle's Big Problem Comes to the Front

See, when Ron Borges writes about something unrelated to Bill Belichick, he's not so bad. The subject here is Seattle's unfamiliarity with the 3-4 defense. I agree that this will be an important issue for Seattle to work on over the next two weeks, and the best NFC teams do seem to struggle against 3-4 defenses from the AFC. (I did a little bit on this last year with Philadelphia, and hope to do some numbers research over the next week.) But we should point out that Seattle actually played four games against 3-4 defenses this season, not just one.

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36 comments, Last at 26 Jan 2006, 12:49am by Costanza

24 Jan 2006, 01:09pm by Aaron Schatz

Football is Catching on in Japan

Not really, but wow, look at this guy's mullet. That is one puffed-up mid-80's haircut right there. Should we be concerned that Japanese kids are getting inspired to play football by watching The Replacements?

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16 comments, Last at 25 Jan 2006, 10:49am by lk6

23 Jan 2006, 07:41pm by Aaron Schatz

2005 Quick Reads: Week 20

More on Pittsburgh's spectacular third-down turnaround, Big Ben's place in history, and the awesome football factory that is the Hockomock League.

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76 comments, Last at 26 Jan 2006, 1:03pm by Vash

22 Jan 2006, 01:28pm by Aaron Schatz

Break up the Ravens

The headline on this article is actually "There's hope Ravens offense will bear Fassel's imprint," but I think the defensive comments are more interesting. It looks like there's a better than even chance Ray Lewis will be elsewhere next season. That's an interesting question -- where does he make the best fit? Will Demps will not be re-signed and even Chris McAlister might be let go. And there's the question of the running backs, of course. Jamal Lewis sold his house in Baltimore but still says he expects the Ravens to franchise him. The Ravens can't be that stupid, right?

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28 comments, Last at 23 Jan 2006, 8:09pm by Opiegrey