Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

10 Jan 2007, 10:18pm by Aaron Schatz

Tom Coughlin Gets Extension

Yeah, I don't get this at all. The Giants have faded late now for two straight years. Coughlin was hired to enforce discipline but the Giants are still one of the most penalized teams in the league. The franchise quarterback actually took a step backwards this season and the defense looked completely confused for the second half of the year. Look, there is no way for me to produce statistics that tell you that the players hate his guts, but that doesn't mean it isn't costing the Giants games. What is the argument for keeping this guy?

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86 comments, Last at 13 Jan 2007, 2:39pm by sippican

10 Jan 2007, 04:31pm by Aaron Schatz

The Night College Football Went to Hell

In case you missed this last week, an enjoyable article about the 1987 Fiesta Bowl, one of the most important college football games ever played. Because #1 Miami and #2 Penn State were both independents, the second-class Fiesta Bowl could outbid all other bowl games to set up a national championship game. That got people thinking about having such a game each year, which eventually led to the BCS -- and it was because of this game that the Fiesta Bowl ended up in the big four, instead of a bowl with more history like the Cotton Bowl.

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24 comments, Last at 26 Jan 2007, 6:57pm by Barb

10 Jan 2007, 01:33am by Aaron Schatz

Martyball

Does Marty Schottenheimer blow fourth quarter leads like Brett Farve un-retires? A quarterly breakdown of scores might surprise you. (Click link to read more.)

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10 Jan 2007, 01:30am by Aaron Schatz

FO Mailbag: LT and OJ

LaDainian Tomlinson's 2006 fantasy season - best ever? (Click link to read more.)

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10 Jan 2007, 01:21am by Aaron Schatz

Donovan McNabb and the problem with press rumors

A textbook example of invalid internet rumors gone way too far. (Click link to read more.)

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09 Jan 2007, 11:21pm by Aaron Schatz

Broncos Fire Larry Coyer

This one sort of took me by surprise. Remember that awesome Denver defense from the start of the season, the one that didn't give up any touchdowns? Denver ranked 12th in defensive DVOA this year, but that was actually the lowest rank of Coyer's four years as defensive coordinator. They were top six in both 2004 and 2005. Was Coyer really the reason that team went 9-7? I'm interested in hearing from Denver fans if there were specific complaints about Coyer's strategies.

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51 comments, Last at 13 Jan 2007, 4:04pm by stan

09 Jan 2007, 03:36pm by Aaron Schatz

Postseason DVOA I

This is our second year continuing with DVOA into the playoffs. This year, based on reader requests, we've ranked all 32 teams, whether they are in the playoffs or not. The results show just how dominant the AFC is, and just how closely grouped the last four NFC teams are. Well, except Seattle. UPDATE: FOXSports.com commentary finally available.

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144 comments, Last at 15 Jan 2007, 12:20am by Pat

09 Jan 2007, 01:33am by Aaron Schatz

Defensive back stats for the top playoff seeds

The defensive back statistics for the four teams that received byes last weekend based on our game charting project. (Click link to read.)

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08 Jan 2007, 03:12pm by Aaron Schatz

2006 Quick Reads: Week 18

Here are the best and worst playoff performers of the wild card round, according to FO stats. This week's feature is a similarity scores list for Joseph Addai's rookie season.

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92 comments, Last at 09 Jan 2007, 8:34pm by Pat

05 Jan 2007, 11:30pm by Aaron Schatz

A Center Shall Lead Them

Robert Weintraub of Slate argues that center, not left tackle, is the second-most important player on the offense behind the quarterback. I'll be honest: this reads like contrarian thinking for the sake of being contrary. Does anybody think Robbie Tobeck has been Seattle's most important injury this year?

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39 comments, Last at 08 Jan 2007, 3:19pm by stan