Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

03 Nov 2005, 10:59am by Aaron Schatz

BCS Plus One: The Easiest Solution

How hard would it be to install a college football playoff? As our fellow FOXSports.com partners at College Football News point out, no team ranked lower than fourth before the bowl games has ever won the national championship. We're never going to end up in a situation where there are more than four unbeaten teams from the major conferences. So why not pit no. 1 against no. 4 and no. 2 against no. 3 in the bowl games, and then add one single game over winter break to determine the champion?

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62 comments, Last at 05 Nov 2005, 7:01pm by Zac

03 Nov 2005, 12:52am by Aaron Schatz

Making a Number for Themselves

Teen Titans Go! No, I'm not talking about the Tennessee defense, I'm talking about all the wide receivers with numbers in the teens. Essentially, Roy Williams here is saying that number 88 makes you look boxy. What is this, an episode of "Sex in the City?" "Miranda, do I look fat in this number?"

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14 comments, Last at 03 Nov 2005, 4:57pm by princeton73

02 Nov 2005, 12:00pm by Aaron Schatz

Approval Where It Counts

I'm not saying that the collapse of the Green Bay Packers can be entirely placed upon the shoulders of Mike Sherman. I'm just saying that the players on a 1-6 team probably are way down on the list of people who should be giving advice about hiring or firing a head coach. If I were in the Packers front office, I would be a little more concerned with things like playcalling, improvement of young players, and personnel decisions.

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16 comments, Last at 03 Nov 2005, 2:42am by Antonio Chatman

01 Nov 2005, 05:14pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 9 DVOA Ratings

Sound the trumpets across the Rocky Mountains: Denver has moved into the top ten in DVOA. (Also, sound the car horns across Manhattan, because the Giants are number three.) Plus a mea culpa for our Atlanta projection and some back-patting for our Green Bay projection in the infamous commentary for the math-o-phobic, now posted here on FOXSports.com.

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187 comments, Last at 18 Oct 2006, 5:10pm by Jerry

31 Oct 2005, 07:34pm by Aaron Schatz

2005 Quick Reads: Week 8

Here's the latest edition of FOX Quick Reads: all the quarterbacks ranked by DPAR, along with the top running backs and wide receivers. Which of the 150-yard rushers tops this week's list? Actually, the answer is "none of them." Also this week: I quote Talmud, turn the Philadelphia Eagles fight song into the Cleveland Browns fight song, and officially kick off that great national debate, "Where will Aaron Brooks be a backup in 2006?"

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41 comments, Last at 01 Nov 2005, 7:39pm by Mr. Miyagi

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