Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

21 Nov 2005, 01:46am by Aaron Schatz

MythBusters: Swing to the Right

How much is Shaun Alexander's success due to having Walter Jones and Steve Hutchinson on the left side of the line? Doug Farrar of SEAHAWKS.NET went to check and discovered that in 2005, Alexander is actually running better to the right side. As I pointed out to him when he showed me this article, however, my belief that the left side of the Seattle line is hugely important makes some sense given that Seattle was better running left in both 2003 and 2004.

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9 comments, Last at 21 Nov 2005, 3:44pm by Liam

19 Nov 2005, 04:01pm by Aaron Schatz

Faking Injuries on the No-Huddle

Reader Stan Brown points out this interview with Bill Polian of the Colts. You have to scroll all the way down to get to the question about teams faking injuries on the field in order to slow down the no-huddle offense, but Polian has some interesting comments.

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87 comments, Last at 23 Nov 2005, 1:13pm by DD Ohio

19 Nov 2005, 02:05pm by Aaron Schatz

Bill Simmons: NFL's Contenders and Pretenders

Sorry, Simmons fans, forgot to stick this up yesterday. This is Bill's take on which teams are playoff pretenders and contenders. Tampa Bay officially now has swagger. His take is pretty close to mine, except that I would not list Jacksonville as "the good bad team." I'd list them as "the complete confusing team." And I would list Seattle as one of the favorites. Bill is right -- when the Red Sox and White Sox have won the last two World Series, maybe we shouldn't be obsessing over Seattle's playoff history.

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34 comments, Last at 21 Nov 2005, 3:10pm by Tony

19 Nov 2005, 01:55pm by Aaron Schatz

Game Previews: TB-ATL, IND-CIN

This weekend's two highlighted games share two things in common. First, both games have extra implications for postseason tiebreakers. Second, all four teams have built their records on easy schedules, and feel they have something to prove.

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25 comments, Last at 21 Nov 2005, 10:50pm by ChicagoScott

18 Nov 2005, 07:55pm by Aaron Schatz

FO Mailbag

In this week's mail: The most frequent questions about the Indianapolis schedule anomaly answered, discussion of the Denver secondary, another look at Eli Manning similarity scores, and a list of the worst special teams games of all time.

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46 comments, Last at 24 Nov 2005, 2:06pm by Jeff

18 Nov 2005, 01:38pm by Aaron Schatz

The Many Faces of Clinton Portis

Make my funk the P(ortis)-Funk, I want to get funked up. I want the bomb, I want the P(ortis)-Funk, I want to get funked up.

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19 comments, Last at 19 Nov 2005, 9:10am by Harris

17 Nov 2005, 12:33pm by Aaron Schatz

Owens May Face Road Bloch in Arbitration Case

We're all sick of the T.O. talk, but absent from the complaints about his personality is a discussion of what this case means from a legal perspective. FOXSports.com legal analyst Rob Becker believes Owens will not win his arbitration hearing on Friday, because in his contract the Eagles agree to pay him for his services, but do not guarantee that they will use said services. The wrench in the works is the issue of incentive clauses; are the Eagles breaching the contract by not allowing Owens the attempt to achieve those goals?

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22 comments, Last at 18 Nov 2005, 10:46pm by Dan Riley

16 Nov 2005, 07:01pm by Aaron Schatz

Window Closes on Title Chance

Once upon a time, the 46 defense was supposed to revitalize the Baltimore Ravens, while Derrick Mason finally turned Kyle Boller into a real life NFL quarterback. It was not to be. With Brian Billick likely gone after this season, what steps should Baltimore take to begin the rebuilding process? (Free registration required)

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19 comments, Last at 12 Dec 2005, 4:17pm by JOHN DEIBEL

15 Nov 2005, 08:34pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 11 DVOA Ratings

This week, the Colts break the system. How on earth is undefeated Indianapolis ranked seventh? And if they are ranked seventh, why are they on top? And why is this actually Houston's fault? And what does this have to do with the 1991 UNLV Runnin' Rebels? Here are our innovative DVOA ratings, and the usual commentary for the math-o-phobic is found here on FOXSports.com.

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317 comments, Last at 21 Nov 2005, 10:09pm by R.J.

14 Nov 2005, 08:56pm by Aaron Schatz

2005 Quick Reads: Week 10

Here are this week's Quick Reads, the top players according to DPAR and all the quarterbacks. Some surprising names on top of the list this week, in part because the best quarterback performances of Week 10 came against the league's worst pass defenses and thus were less impressive. Plus, find out which familiar name from the past matched Jake Plummer's magical trick of making interceptions disappear, and find out which running back projection from PFP 2005 was shockingly accurate.

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31 comments, Last at 16 Nov 2005, 10:58pm by Matt Weiner