Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

26 Mar 2006, 10:27pm by Aaron Schatz

Dolphins to Keep Linehan Offense

At the bottom of this typically zero-calorie "golly the local team is excited" article is a very interesting tidbit: "On offense, the scheme that Scott Linehan brought to the Dolphins has remained, even though the former offensive coordinator is now the Rams' head coach. New offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey will run that system, although it is new to him." I guess it's easier for one guy to learn a bunch of terminology instead of 30 guys, but this does sound a bit out of the ordinary.

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29 comments, Last at 28 Mar 2006, 12:12pm by MJK

24 Mar 2006, 12:59am by Aaron Schatz

Panthers Land Keyshawn in $14 Million Deal

Now that, my friends, is a perfect fit. Team with best receiver in football, but terrible depth at the position, gets an excellent possession receiver who can catch tough passes across the middle and keep defenses from sticking five guys on Steve Smith. Keary Colbert, please enjoy this delicious consolation prize, a box of Rice o' Roni's new "Bench Splinters" flavor.

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45 comments, Last at 27 Mar 2006, 6:46pm by Green Bay for Life

22 Mar 2006, 07:42pm by Aaron Schatz

NFL Concerned about Perception of Officiating

I think the league is finally on the right track here. They admit there is a problem, and they even sound like they might take FO's advice: simplify the rules, rather than making them more complicated. Take the little ticky-tack stuff that we all know happens on every play and make it legal.

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92 comments, Last at 26 Mar 2006, 1:41pm by GlennW

21 Mar 2006, 12:39pm by Aaron Schatz

Nine and Counting

Yesterday, the Cleveland Browns dealt safety Chris Crocker to Atlanta for a fourth-round pick. This leaves just nine draft picks from the Butch Davis Era (2001-2004) still on the team. Only three of those players are starters: linebackers Andra Davis and Ben Taylor, and tight end Kellen Winslow -- assuming you want to count a guy who has only played two games in two years as a "starter." Center Jeff Faine was a starter, but has been essentially replaced by LeCharles Bentley and given permission to seek a trade.

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29 comments, Last at 22 Mar 2006, 5:16pm by Staubach12

14 Mar 2006, 04:50pm by Aaron Schatz

Brees Signs Six-Year Deal with Saints

Ugh, I am so disappointed. Maybe this sounds strange, but I do feel a connection to players when our stats like them more than the conventional wisdom. Drew Brees is one of "our guys" and I feel like he just walked into a black hole, unless Zachary Hilton is about to become Antonio Gates or something. Anyway, at least the guy got paid, six years and $60 million with $10 million of that in signing bonus. The Saints now say they will try to trade out of the second position in the draft. You know, because God forbid they draft a franchise left tackle to protect their new expensive quarterback.

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75 comments, Last at 17 Mar 2006, 1:46am by Trogdor

09 Mar 2006, 05:12pm by Aaron Schatz

Four Downs: AFC East

How much would the Patriots miss Adam Vinatieri? How young are the Miami Dolphins? What does Eric Moulds' "personal assistant" actually do for a living? Does the Jets' depth chart have a single position without holes? These questions are pondered in the long-delayed final article from the first round of Four Downs.

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114 comments, Last at 30 Mar 2006, 10:46pm by Mr Shush

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