Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

18 Sep 2007, 01:56pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 2 DVOA Ratings

New England and Pittsburgh reign supreme, while last year's two miracle teams sit at the bottom. This week's (very extended) commentary looks at past teams who defied their projections early, to find out what history says about hope in Houston and pessimism in Philadelphia. Note: DEN, OAK, PHI, WAS now fixed.

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155 comments, Last at 22 Sep 2007, 12:57pm by Starshatterer

17 Sep 2007, 06:07pm by Aaron Schatz

2007 Quick Reads: Week 2

Carson Palmer threw for more than 400 yards and six touchdowns against Cleveland this week. It's the best quarterback performance of the week according to FO stats, but where does it stand among the best quarterback performances of the DVOA era? The answer: Absolutely nowhere. That and more in the latest Quick Reads. Please note that the Denver-Oakland game is not included because the data parser inexplicably stopped in the middle of the second quarter.

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56 comments, Last at 19 Sep 2007, 3:27pm by Mr Shush

16 Sep 2007, 12:50pm by Aaron Schatz

Another Reason to Love Chris Cooley

Just in case you didn't see this link on Deadspin. Chris Cooley is awesome. Seriously, how does a night out with your fiancee and in-laws end up at a strip club, anyway?

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4 comments, Last at 18 Sep 2007, 1:15am by mshray

15 Sep 2007, 12:56am by Aaron Schatz

Sex Scandals, Stadium Sponsors, and National TV

Robert Andrew Powell tells you what's wrong with big-time high school football. I must admit, seeing Sports Illustrated do a "High School Top 10 Preview" article completely weirded me out.

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14 comments, Last at 17 Sep 2007, 6:35pm by Sundown

14 Sep 2007, 01:47pm by Aaron Schatz


In Friday's conversation with Bill Simmons, I linked to an article on steroids and the 1970's Pittsburgh Steelers. I misinterpreted this article and I regret the error. I know that the readers of this site hold me to a standard of complete perfection, and I let you down. Please accept my apology.

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47 comments, Last at 16 Sep 2007, 3:09pm by masocc

12 Sep 2007, 07:48pm by Aaron Schatz

Cameras Don't Lie: Patriots have their Watergate

Yes, I know you've all been waiting to hear what Bill Simmons has to say about the Patriots videotape scandal. And, I am guessing that many of you are waiting to hear what I have to say about the Patriots videotape scandal. I'll bet you didn't expect that you could read both in the same place. Bill and I went back on forth on the Pats scandal for the Sports Guy blog today. Twice the pro-Patriots bias in half the time! Plus, this is likely the first and only Bill Simmons column to ever have an "al chait" reference.

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529 comments, Last at 15 Sep 2007, 11:38am by Alex

12 Sep 2007, 06:51pm by Aaron Schatz

FO Mailbag: DVOA, Lies, and Videotape

So, if the Patriots are stealing their opponents' defensive signals and reviewing the video at halftime, their offense should improve in the third and fourth quarter. Right? (Click link to read more.)

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80 comments, Last at 14 Sep 2007, 8:16am by JMM

12 Sep 2007, 06:04pm by Aaron Schatz

Most Valuable Position

Over at Slate, Robert Weintraub tries to figure out the order of positions from most important to least important. My biggest problem with this is that he has safeties so much higher than cornerbacks. That's true, in some defensive schemes. In other defensive schemes, the cornerbacks are far, far more important than the safeties.

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30 comments, Last at 15 Sep 2007, 1:08am by MC2

12 Sep 2007, 11:09am by Aaron Schatz

Let Us Now Praise Ron Jaworski

King Kaufman on Monday Night Football's regular-season debut. Hint: He loved it. Me too. I also think Mike and Mike and Mike did a good job with the night game considering that a) Mike and Mike aren't used to working with Ditka; b) Ditka's done even less in-game color commentary than Golic has, and you could tell from his mistakes; and c) that game sucked harder than Chasey Lain. (Note: Must watch ad to read Salon column.)

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50 comments, Last at 13 Sep 2007, 4:40pm by Joon

11 Sep 2007, 05:08pm by Aaron Schatz

FO Mailbag: Offense vs. Defense Early

Who has the upper hand early in the season: offenses or defenses? (Click link to read more.)

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34 comments, Last at 13 Sep 2007, 9:48am by starzero