Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

29 Nov 2005, 02:57pm by Aaron Schatz

TMQ: Free the Third Quarterback

TMQ this week criticizes the third quarterback rule and the cowardly Lions, and celebrates Harvard football players, even up in Edmonton. Hey, they may have more pros, but Brown has the title.

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50 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2005, 12:07pm by Dave

29 Nov 2005, 12:17pm by Aaron Schatz

NFL Admits Referee Mistakes to Seahawks

It's not as much of a problem as it could have been, since Seattle won the game anyway, but yikes. The refs rarely admit to screwing up one call in a game, let alone two touchdown calls.

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47 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2005, 5:42am by Calbuzz

28 Nov 2005, 08:27pm by Aaron Schatz

2005 Quick Reads: Week 12

The best and worst players of the week in DPAR. This week's lesson: the importance of opponent strength. Seven quarterbacks threw for 290 yards or more, but four of those games came against pass defenses in the bottom five. Plus, is Kurt Warner proving everyone wrong?

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32 comments, Last at 30 Nov 2005, 7:21pm by Jerry

28 Nov 2005, 06:06pm by Aaron Schatz

Morning After: Vikings' Defense Keys Turnaround

Len Pasquarelli is a much better reporter than he is an analyst, but he's got some good analysis today. Minnesota's four-game win streak is much less about Brad Johnson and much more about the defense finally getting its act together. (DVOA agrees, and the Vikings defense is now 15th in weighted DVOA.) As Pasquarelli points out, coordinator Ted Cottrell did the same thing with the Jets three years ago -- his defense, packed with new players, struggled early but improved at mid-season as the Jets went on a second-half run.

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12 comments, Last at 29 Nov 2005, 2:43pm by Rob

27 Nov 2005, 02:39am by Aaron Schatz

Hang Time

The NFL's record for consecutive games played is going to be broken today and you probably had no idea. I had no idea until I read this. Giants punter Jeff Feagles will play his 283rd consecutive game against Seattle, passing Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall for the all-time record. Yes, he's a punter, so people will think of his record with an asterisk, but those guys do occasionally get hurt. Just ask Dirk Johnson.

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17 comments, Last at 28 Nov 2005, 12:14pm by Nuk

27 Nov 2005, 02:34am by Aaron Schatz

The Hasselbecks: Those Other Brothers in Arms

One of about two billion "the Hasselbecks are playing each other" articles written this weekend, but this one contains the best tidbit: Apparently, Nathanael Hasselbeck's co-workers call him "Cooper." (Free registration required)

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5 comments, Last at 28 Nov 2005, 10:34am by Koy Detmer

25 Nov 2005, 06:40pm by Aaron Schatz

NFL to Move All 32 Teams to Los Angeles

"Los Angeles is a perfect football city," said Gene Washington, the NFL's director of football operations. "I'm sure the die-hard followers of the Glendale Steelers and the Orange County Packers won't abandon their teams over a little thing like geography."

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7 comments, Last at 27 Nov 2005, 10:44am by Sophandros

25 Nov 2005, 02:30pm by Aaron Schatz

Pro Football Snob's Dictionary, Vol. 2

This is probably the first time we've ever linked to anything in Vanity Fair, but the definitions given here are not just accurate but amusing. Explains everything from the passing tree to the tuck rule to Len Pasquarelli. But where's the definition for Football Outsiders? I guess we'll show up in Volume 3. Thanks to reader Deep Blue for the link.

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12 comments, Last at 27 Nov 2005, 5:00pm by zlionsfan

24 Nov 2005, 02:33am by Aaron Schatz

Game Previews: ATL-DET, DEN-DAL

Atlanta tries to right its season against the struggling Lions, while two of this season's best teams meet up in Big D. Here are the Thanksgiving game previews which appeared in the New York Sun.

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29 comments, Last at 26 Nov 2005, 7:10pm by Born a Bronco Fan/Die a Bronco Fan

23 Nov 2005, 01:27pm by Aaron Schatz

Arbitrator DOES NOT Reduce T.O.'s Suspension

Hey, remember earlier today when this Extra Point said that T.O.'s suspension was going to be shortened according to a reporter from New York Newsday? Never mind. "Sources have told FOXSports.com that the Eagles have won on all counts of Terrell Owens' grievance hearing against the team. In a 38-page decision, arbitrator Richard Bloch upheld Owens' four-game suspension. In addition, Bloch also ruled that the Eagles do not have to play the All-Pro receiver after the suspension." (Updated: 1:45 pm)

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70 comments, Last at 26 Nov 2005, 2:00pm by Starshatterer