Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

14 Mar 2007, 01:35pm by Aaron Schatz

The Ultimate NFL Championship

Fun little post over on Armchair GM, where a guy who calls himself "False Prophet" is holding an NCAA Tournament-style competition between 64 of the best NFL teams in history to figure out the greatest of all time, simulating results with whatifsports.com. The tournament does have one problem, as he seems to have placed the 64 teams in order to create interesting first-round matchups rather than seeding them based on quality. Not only are a lot of first-round matchups just Super Bowl rematches, but he has the 1985 Bears going up against the 2006 Colts.

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55 comments, Last at 20 Mar 2007, 2:00am by pharmboyrick

12 Mar 2007, 04:26pm by Aaron Schatz

Could Donte' Stallworth become Marvin Harrison?

The Patriots have a new WR tandem for 2007. We know what Donte’ Stallworth and Wes Welker have done, but what do their similarity scores indicate they will do for the Pats. (Click link to read more.)

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11 Mar 2007, 12:34am by Aaron Schatz

Cardinals Sign Roderick Hood

I know, I know. You're saying, "I thought XP was only linking to major free agent signings. This is a major free agent signing?" Well, Arizona had a ton of money this off-season, and they haven't spent much of it. But what they have spent, they have spent wisely. The Cardinals had a Pro Bowl strong safety and a first-round cornerback who will hopefully blossom in 2007. They also had a below average second cornerback and a free safety who was a rookie when the Bears still played in Decatur. Those players have now been replaced by Arizona's two main free-agent signings.

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36 comments, Last at 14 Mar 2007, 12:03pm by joel in providence

08 Mar 2007, 12:04pm by Aaron Schatz

Jones Gifted on Field, Troubled off It

By now, you've read hundreds of rumors, short blog posts, and discussion thread comments about Pac-Man Jones. But here's something a bit more substantial about Jones, his background, and the troubling question of why he acts the way he acts. I understand the idea of "keeping it real" and the fact that Jones's desire to stay true to his childhood friends puts him in bad situations.

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291 comments, Last at 18 Mar 2007, 2:02am by Sid

05 Mar 2007, 04:39pm by Aaron Schatz

Franchised Briggs Wants Trade from Bears

Collective bargaining is fun! Lance Briggs wants to know: Who was the idiot who signed that agreement where very year, each team gets to designate one player as "the guy who doesn't get to become as totally super rich as Leonard Davis"?

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92 comments, Last at 07 Mar 2007, 5:42pm by Kal

03 Mar 2007, 06:15pm by Aaron Schatz

Dielman Returns to Chargers

The signings are coming fast and furious today, so we can't hit XP on all of them. But one of the biggest of the day is actually a re-signing, with left guard Kris Dielman returning to the Chargers. The Seahawks wanted Dielman badly and practically kidnapped the guy yesterday, trying to get him to sign, but he'll stay in San Diego for $39 million over six years, including $17 million guaranteed in the first two seasons. The top offensive line free agents are now pretty much all off the market, except for Leonard Davis, but come on...

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59 comments, Last at 25 Mar 2007, 9:21pm by maurile

03 Mar 2007, 01:32pm by Aaron Schatz

Patriots Sign Adalius Thomas

I told the FO staff not to post the big free-agent signings until they were official, but everyone basically agrees that this is a done deal and will be announced sometime this afternoon. This one wins the 2007 award for best match between team need and player talent. Remember Eric Alexander trying to cover Dallas Clark in the AFC Championship game? Ugh. The Patriots have this reputation for being cheap in free agency that isn't really deserved. When they feel a player is truly worth it, they will lay out the cash. Just ask Rosevelt Colvin.

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168 comments, Last at 07 Mar 2007, 12:19am by SJM

02 Mar 2007, 10:17pm by Aaron Schatz

Browns Ink Eric Steinbach

The Browns went 1-for-2 with big-money offensive linemen last year, but that was enough for them to try it again. Eric Steinbach will head across Ohio. The deal is allegedly $49.5 million over seven years, though not yet official. Look out on Lake Erie! Seriously, I realize that one drunk-boating arrest is not as bad as what Pac-Man Jones and Chris Henry have been doing, but this shows what happens when a need for talent battles with the league's apparent desire to crack down on players in trouble. Need for talent will always win.

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16 comments, Last at 05 Mar 2007, 3:19pm by Scott

02 Mar 2007, 03:04pm by Aaron Schatz

Jake Plummer Turns Down Trade, Retires

Rather than be traded to Tampa Bay for a fourth-round draft pick, Jake Plummer has apparently decided to retire. Oh, Captain Neckbeard, how we shall miss you. Jason Beattie in particular shall miss you. I'm guessing Jake Plummer has starred in more FO cartoons than anyone except Randy Moss. And, of course, Gil Thorp.

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70 comments, Last at 06 Mar 2007, 1:52pm by Sundown

02 Mar 2007, 02:06pm by Aaron Schatz

FOX Blog Wrap-Up, February 24-March 1, 2007

Here's a catch-all thread for discussion of this week's posts on the Football Outsiders FOX blog. This week: The best and worst QB completion percentages by pass distance in 2006, Doug Farrar on the reporters invited in to see actual combine workouts, and Aaron Schatz on the game where Fred Thomas finally turned the toaster up to "burnt." Plus: What do similarity scores say about some of this week's veteran cuts like Joe Horn and Eric Moulds?

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5 comments, Last at 07 Mar 2007, 8:12am by Yaguar