Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

19 Aug 2006, 01:47pm by Aaron Schatz

Putting the Dance Shoes Away

The Texans really screwed up with Domanick Davis; apparently, his surgery didn't go well, they didn't realize it, and now the running back position is a mess. Who's the sleeper here -- Wali Lundy or Vernand Morency? And do we all just assume that Gary Kubiak's offense will give us a valuable fantasy running back? Or was the Denver running game so good not only because of the "one cut" system, but also because of the ability to identify undervalued talent at the offensive line and running back positions?

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11 comments, Last at 26 Apr 2011, 10:34pm by xiaoz

12 Aug 2006, 07:36pm by Aaron Schatz

FO in the NY Times: When Flags Fly, The Referees' Habits May Be the Reason

When teams are heavily penalized, who is responsible? It turns out there's plenty of blame to go around: not only to the players, but to the officials. Some officiating crews simply call more penalties than others, and different officiating crews call different penalties at different rates. When you get stuck with the more penalty-happy refs, you end up like the New York Giants: second in penalties in 2005, but also first in penalties by their opponents.

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44 comments, Last at 15 Aug 2006, 3:55pm by Irish Fan

09 Aug 2006, 03:29pm by Aaron Schatz

FO Mailbag

Time to once again open the FO Mailbag with questions on KUBIAK, defensive line stats, and partial success on third down. Plus, the results of the 2006 "Old Faces in New Places" contest and yet more Eli Manning similarity score talk.

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37 comments, Last at 28 Aug 2006, 8:35pm by Jim

07 Aug 2006, 11:23pm by Aaron Schatz

Borat Learns Football

You know, that football they have in Kazakhstan doesn't sound like much fun. Click on this post to see the actual video.

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15 comments, Last at 09 Aug 2006, 9:52am by thisbemike

04 Aug 2006, 10:35am by Aaron Schatz

White Wide Receivers Fight Discrimination

Somewhere, Brian Stablein is crying tears of joy. Finally, someone understands his pain.

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109 comments, Last at 05 Sep 2007, 1:48pm by r h scurlock

31 Jul 2006, 02:48pm by Aaron Schatz

Brian Finneran Probably Done for Year

I know there's this rumor that we hate everything Atlanta-related, but that's actually not true. One example: We've been singing the praises of Brian Finneran for a couple of years. Which is why I am really bummed about this news that Finneran suffered a knee injury yesterday. The Falcons haven't announced the official MRI results yet, but all indications are that this is a torn ligament or patella tendon that will cost Finneran the season. Pressure on Michael Jenkins and Roddy White just went up, and there's really no depth behind them.

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9 comments, Last at 04 Aug 2006, 10:23am by Dean

30 Jul 2006, 12:00pm by Aaron Schatz

Secrets of the 2006 NFL Season

Good stuff here. I wouldn't mind trying one of those Randy Moss "Ghetto Blaster" shots.

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20 comments, Last at 04 Aug 2006, 12:33am by Vince

30 Jul 2006, 12:37am by Aaron Schatz

FO in the NY Times: N.F.L. Preseason Games Are Meaningful to Some

Another FO appearance in the NY Times, this time discussing some research done by other folks. The preseason, it turns out, might mean something -- if you know where to look. Patrick Allison, by the way, is an FO reader, and the research referenced here will run in an FO guest column later this week. I'll be doing the Times again in a couple weeks, with some penalty research that I didn't get done in time for the book. (Free registration or bugmenot required)

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4 comments, Last at 31 Jul 2006, 10:35am by Ray

28 Jul 2006, 02:46pm by Aaron Schatz

BREAKING NEWS: Willie Roaf Retires

E-mail from Doug Farrar: "Aaron, apparently this year the FO curse has to do with my offensive line article on FOX. Please e-mail them and ask them to delete all references to Walter Jones. Thanks." Seriously, this is a HUGE blow to Kansas City's hopes this year. Profootballtalk.com says that Roaf informed the Chiefs that he was considering this option a few months ago, but does that mean before or after free agency and the draft? Why can't guys make this decision in February?

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45 comments, Last at 03 Aug 2006, 12:16am by Dan

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