Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

31 Oct 2005, 04:06pm by Aaron Schatz

Morning After: Plummer for MVP?

Len Pasquarelli is kidding, I think. I hope he's kidding. Plummer was great yesterday, but in general you don't give the MVP to the quarterback of a team built around its running game and defense. Pasquarelli also lauds the Chicago front office for putting together a defense that averages 24.8 years of age and has 10 of its 11 starters under contract for next year, and criticizes the Jaguars for being inconsistent.

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37 comments, Last at 01 Nov 2005, 9:48pm by Browns Dude

28 Oct 2005, 07:25pm by Aaron Schatz

FO Mailbag

Which fantasy football players face the easiest remaining schedules? How could Atlanta win and drop to 18th in DVOA? How are different fumbles penalized in our ratings? All these questions and excellent news for Jacksonville fans in another all-DVOA mailbag.

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24 comments, Last at 02 Nov 2005, 4:22pm by Andrew (A.B.)

28 Oct 2005, 04:11pm by Aaron Schatz

Manning-a-Manning

Many requests for a weekly link to Bill Simmons' NFL picks, so who are we to deny our readership (it helps that Bill likes us again). The main thrust of this week's article suggests that we may have an all-Manning Super Bowl this year, and that Eli Manning has that intangible "winner" quality that his brother lacks. I believe Mike Tanier would refer to this as "swagger." Anyway, the most surprising part of Bill's essay, given his past essays, is the fact that he is even considering the possibility of the Colts going to the Super Bowl.

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45 comments, Last at 31 Oct 2005, 6:55pm by zlionsfan

28 Oct 2005, 01:11pm by Aaron Schatz

Vikings: 3-4 Lineup Looks Like Long-Term Solution

I dunno, to me this sounds like a parent who hires an expensive tutor for her son and then is thrilled when he gets a "D" instead of an "F."

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5 comments, Last at 30 Oct 2005, 1:04am by Bruce Dickinson

27 Oct 2005, 05:20pm by Aaron Schatz

To Blitz or Not to Blitz

Over at PROTRADE's Insight section, Gabriel Desjardins takes a look at the question that we've been wanting to answer here for some time: does blitzing work? (PROTRADE has Stats Inc. data I don't have, in case you are wondering why we've never answered this question.) The answers seem pretty obvious: blitzing on first down leads to more sacks and interceptions and fewer rushing yards, but more first downs and more passing yards, in particular yards after catch.

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16 comments, Last at 30 Oct 2005, 1:31pm by Ryan Mc

26 Oct 2005, 10:31pm by Aaron Schatz

Hangin' with DeAngelo Hall

I got this e-mail from Benjy: "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." Any similarity to the work of Michael David Smith is purely intentional.

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8 comments, Last at 27 Oct 2005, 7:52pm by Jerry

26 Oct 2005, 09:55am by Aaron Schatz

USC or NFL? Carroll Rumors are Rumbling

Once again, Pete Carroll is rumored to be returning to the NFL. John Czarnecki's suggestion -- Pete Carroll as coach of the Saints in preparation for a move to Los Angeles in 2007 -- makes some sense. But this doesn't: "Some NFL owner might pay him more than $6 million a season and make him the sport's highest-paid head coach." That sound you just heard is laughter from Hartford to the tip of northern Maine. Apparently "some NFL owner" is not aware that you can't recruit your way to the top in the NFL by stacking your roster with highly sought-after players.

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33 comments, Last at 28 Oct 2005, 10:57am by Paul

25 Oct 2005, 05:26pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 8 DVOA Ratings

If the Steelers beat the Bengals so easily, why are they still behind the Bengals in DVOA? Blame Tommy Maddox. Also this week: Colts move to the top, Washington and Kansas City climb, Atlanta wins and falls anyway, San Francisco continues its record DVOA pace, and we ask the musical question, "Are we not men?" All that in the infamous commentary for the math-o-phobic, now found on FOXSports.com.

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173 comments, Last at 01 Nov 2005, 1:55pm by james

25 Oct 2005, 03:51pm by Aaron Schatz

TMQ: Coaches in Pajamas

This week Gregg takes on licensed clothing, the sportsmanship paradox, the terrible Buffalo offensive line, and naked Canadians. If you thought TMQ would criticize the Broncos for blitzing on the final New York Giants drive of the game, you win!

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68 comments, Last at 28 Oct 2005, 12:36pm by Carl

24 Oct 2005, 05:43pm by Aaron Schatz

2005 Quick Reads: Week 7

Nothing helps a struggling quarterback like a game against the Green Bay secondary. Unless it's a game against the Minnesota secondary. Also in this week's Quick Reads: Tooth decay is bad, apologies for our Donald Driver projection, and I channel Britt Daniel.

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59 comments, Last at 26 Oct 2005, 3:40pm by Ryan Carney