Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

26 Dec 2005, 08:46pm by Aaron Schatz

2005 Quick Reads: Week 16

This week's Quick Reads features a look at DPAR's best running back seasons, many of which are going on now. Maybe Michael David Smith is right about Larry Johnson being an All-Pro. Also, for those of you who didn't tune in to the scintillating Vikings-Ravens tilt on Christmas night (what ever were you thinking?), you'll be shocked at the week's top quarterback. Loser Leagues wept the world over.

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31 comments, Last at 28 Dec 2005, 12:16pm by B

24 Dec 2005, 12:49am by Aaron Schatz

History Lesson

Today, instead of his usual press conference, Bill Belichick took all the reporters into a meeting room and showed archival footage of the Great Lakes Naval Station team of the early 40s, commenting on differences between historical football and today's NFL. Then he showed film from a 1941 game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions, featuring a part-time running back and punt returner named Steve Belichick. Raise your hand if you wish you had been a Pats beat reporter today. Yep, me too. This is pretty damn cool.

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23 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2005, 5:48pm by PatsFan

22 Dec 2005, 03:04pm by Aaron Schatz

Let's Find Miami a Quarterback

One of the most interesting off-season storylines will be Miami's search for a quarterback. Will they stay with Gus Frerotte, or get a veteran who can lead an otherwise strong team deep in the playoffs, or find a youngster? We've suggested Brett Favre, but Favre continues to say he would not play for a team other than Green Bay. David Neal of the Miami Herald suggests Steve McNair, he of the $50 million March 2 bonus.

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60 comments, Last at 16 Jan 2006, 8:18pm by mike

20 Dec 2005, 07:42pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 16 DVOA Ratings

The Colts stay on top, the Giants move past the Seahawks, the Patriots move up six spots, which won't do anything to appease the Brady-lovin' masses, and the Raiders are inexplicably high, guaranteeing that my e-mail box is totally screwed. Plus a huge discussion of home-field advantage and what happens to great defenses the year afterwards in the commentary for the math-o-phobic, found here on FOXSports.com.

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313 comments, Last at 25 Dec 2005, 1:51pm by admin

20 Dec 2005, 01:16am by Aaron Schatz

Red Zone No Longer a Broncos Bugaboo

According to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, Denver has improved itself in the red zone by spreading the ball around to different receivers instead of just Rod Smith and Patrick Hape. Oh, I miss Patrick Hape. The NFL ranks the Denver offense sixth in red-zone efficiency. DVOA ranks Denver 11th -- but they were horrible in the red zone during the first three weeks. (Mentioning this was one of the reasons that the Denver fans were so angry at me.) DVOA ranks Denver fifth in the red zone during Weeks 4-15.

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4 comments, Last at 20 Dec 2005, 12:08pm by JonL

19 Dec 2005, 06:09pm by Aaron Schatz

2005 Quick Reads: Week 15

Every year, offensive numbers go down in the second half except, for some odd reason, in Week 15. That means lots of big performances to discuss in Quick Reads, plus one horrible, terrible performance by a quarterback who won the game anyway. Also this week: No more glory for Ryan Fitzpatrick, Peyton Manning has his first negative DPAR game in two years, and Quick Reads demands an appearance by Rusher McFumbles. We must have Rusher McFumbles on Monday Night Football! Let's start a petition.

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49 comments, Last at 27 Dec 2005, 3:34am by Sid

19 Dec 2005, 09:44am by Aaron Schatz

MMQB: Living Legend

"Brady again proves he's amazing in win over Bucs," says Peter King. I thought the pressure Brady was getting on the offensive line was very impressive. Alex Smith in particular could not block Brady. New England is up to number two in Peter King's "Fine Fifteen." By the way, that loss to Kansas City apparently never happened.

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99 comments, Last at 21 Dec 2005, 10:11pm by Sid

17 Dec 2005, 09:10pm by Aaron Schatz

FO in the NYTimes: The Numbers for Numbing Cold

New York Times readers, let me introduce THE SYSTEM. That, of course, is the infamous rule that Southern/dome teams struggle when playing in a colder climate after October 31. But wait, you say, THE SYSTEM hasn't worked very well this year. I've got three words for you: abnormally warm autumn. So instead, we checked out records by kickoff temperature rather than date. Since 2000, dome teams are 15-41 when the kickoff temperature is 50 degrees or below -- and 2-13 when the temperature is freezing or below.
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22 comments, Last at 19 Dec 2005, 9:10pm by Richie

15 Dec 2005, 02:44am by Aaron Schatz

NAACP Leader: McNabb's Mediocrity Belittles the Real Struggles of Black Athletes

OK, this is just absurd. An NAACP leader in Philadelphia is basically criticizing Donovan McNabb for not being black enough. Apparently, by not scrambling as much, he "belittles the real struggles of black athletes." I wasn't aware that a sports hernia is an injury for white people. J. Whyatt Mondesire also blames McNabb for not giving his bonus money to Terrell Owens to keep T.O. in town. I have four words for Mondesire: NO SOUP FOR YOU. See also original article:
http://www.philasun.com/back_issues/2005/11-27-05/cover.html

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137 comments, Last at 03 Jan 2006, 11:39am by PatsFan

15 Dec 2005, 12:11am by Aaron Schatz

Saints Bench Aaron Brooks

Some people might want to create a conspiracy theory, that Brooks is being benched because of negative comments he made about the owner in an interview. Those people clearly didn't watch Brooks play against Atlanta. This is the end of his career in New Orleans, and likely the end of his career as a starter. He would make a good backup, perhaps for his cousin. (That would allow the Falcons to trade Schaub for a nice draft pick or two.) Brooks finishes the year with 281 yards rushing forward and 1,547 yards rushing backward. Well, that's an estimate, I admit.

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50 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2005, 1:00pm by Thorne