Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

27 Jul 2006, 05:49pm by Aaron Schatz

Reality and Fantasy Don't Mix

Chuck Klosterman says you shouldn't ruin your fantasy football league by making it too real. I would tend to agree. We get people around here saying, "you guys are so serious about football, but fantasy football has nothing to do with actual football." And the answer is yes, we know this, and we like both. I know some people want to try a PAR-based game, and we like the idea of a trial run this year. But if your fantasy league is looking for a way to quantify fullback blocking, or has restricted free agency and salary arbitration, you may be going a bit too far.

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17 comments, Last at 28 Jul 2006, 3:56pm by Mikey

27 Jul 2006, 12:04pm by Aaron Schatz

UPDATE: Bentley Hurts Knee in First Camp Drill, May Be Lost for Season

You have to be kidding me. The first drill? When your big free agent signing is on the ground screaming "No," this is not a good thing. I feel really bad for the Browns and their fans. Reports now say it is a torn patellar tendon, and Bentley will likely miss the entire season.

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40 comments, Last at 12 Aug 2006, 3:23pm by Will Allen

26 Jul 2006, 03:23pm by Aaron Schatz

NFL Retirees Battle for Pensions

Last year, the average payout to a retired NFL player was $14,500. The average payout by baseball's pension system to a retired MLB player was $34,000. By the way, the NFL pension doesn't include health insurance. For all the talk about how the NFL is doing a good deed by rebuilding the Superdome and keeping the Saints in New Orleans, might it not be better to let Tom Benson blow his wad on a big stadium in San Antonio while the other 31 owners buy health insurance for all those guys who made them rich in the pre-free agency era?

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20 comments, Last at 06 Jul 2007, 3:08am by murrell hayes

25 Jul 2006, 03:48pm by Aaron Schatz

FO Chat at Baseball Prospectus

I took questions over at BP.com for an hour and a half today, about the new book and the upcoming season. Topics included improvements to DVOA and KUBIAK, teams least likely to make the Super Bowl, the Keenan McCardell All-Stars, Edgerrin James, and whether or not I am with leather. By the way, I screwed up the tour dates at the end -- DC is August 16, Cleveland is August 17. Hopefully I'll get to do another one of these chats soon, there were definitely more questions than ever before.

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32 comments, Last at 27 Jul 2006, 5:39pm by GlennW

14 Jul 2006, 02:49pm by Aaron Schatz

The Greatest Game-Changers

Summer really is the time for debate-starting list articles, isn't it? Pat Kirwan tosses his hat into the ring with this list of the 12 people most responsible for changing the modern NFL. His top pick: Lawrence Taylor, for changing the way teams used and defended outside linebackers, followed by Bill Walsh and Marshall Faulk. Of course, Kirwan's not really clear about what he would consider "the modern game" -- since 1978? 1994? Some random year? By picking Gil Brandt, he suggests he's going back to the 1960's -- in which case, the top person on the list should be Pete Rozelle.

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65 comments, Last at 18 Jul 2006, 5:57pm by mgd323

13 Jul 2006, 03:07pm by Aaron Schatz

Bengals Take a Chance on Brooks

The Cincinnati Bengals took Virginia LB Ahmad Brooks in the supplemental draft today, losing their 2007 third-round pick. Apparently, the 49ers were ready to use their fourth-rounder on him, but the Bengals beat them to it. The good part of this is that the Bengals need young talent in the front seven. The bad part of this is that it adds one more player with personal problems to the Bengals roster. Mike Florio is going to have a field day with this one.

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32 comments, Last at 17 Jul 2006, 10:27am by Stuart

08 Jul 2006, 02:05pm by Aaron Schatz

FO Ranks All 32 Teams on FOX: Quarterbacks

Yes, it's time for that fun debate, ranking all 32 teams at every position. What, you say, some other website just did this too, even on television? Ah, yes, but FOX has been doing this for years, and they won't let anyone stop them from doing it again in 2006. Even better, they're letting Football Outsiders do it for them. First, quarterbacks, where we solve the Manning-Brady debate with two simple words: Jim Sorgi.

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112 comments, Last at 21 Jul 2006, 1:10pm by Wanker79

07 Jul 2006, 01:12pm by Aaron Schatz

FO Mailbag

Should interceptions be left out of our defensive ratings? Why was Tatum Bell's DVOA half of Mike Anderson's when he averaged a yard more per carry? Why is LaMont Jordan's receiving DVOA mediocre? Which teams had the most dropped passes according to the Football Outsiders game charting project? These questions and more are answered in the FO mailbag.

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85 comments, Last at 25 May 2007, 12:38am by Quinton

06 Jul 2006, 12:03pm by Aaron Schatz

RB Tandem in K.C. a Chief Concern

Herm Edwards wants to run the ball 500 to 550 times this year. That sounds like a lot more than it actually is -- even though running backs rarely hit 400 carries, there were eight teams that topped 500 carries last year. But you get to that number because you can give 100 carries to guys like Ladell Betts, Maurice Morris, and Marion Barber. Edwards is absolutely right that he can't overuse Larry Johnson, and that creates a problem, because if Priest Holmes is not healthy, the backups in Kansas City are awful.

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27 comments, Last at 24 Dec 2006, 3:33am by NF

05 Jul 2006, 11:20am by Aaron Schatz

Best and Worst Supplemental Draft Picks Ever

Eric Moneypenny has a couple of fun little articles over at FOXSports.com about the supplemental draft. The link here goes to the top five, with Bernie Kosar at number one. Moneypenny makes a good point by including both Chargers DT Jamal Williams and Panthers OL Mike Wahle on his "Best" list. I know that a lot of people -- including this website, at times -- have made the mistake of referring to these players as undrafted, but they weren't undrafted. They were two very smart supplemental picks by the Chargers and Packers in 1998.

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37 comments, Last at 10 Jul 2006, 12:22pm by JRM