Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

28 Jul 2007, 06:25pm by Aaron Schatz

FO Ranks All 32 Teams for 2007: Secondary

After a bit of a pause -- something had to make room for all that Michael Vick commentary -- our rankings of all 32 teams by unit return with defensive backs. Denver tops our list again, Oakland makes the biggest rise, St. Louis pulls up the rear. For some inexplicable reason, the FOX editors removed the last sentence from my Tennessee comment, so here it is: When the Titans talk about moving Michael Griffin to cornerback, why doesn't anyone bring up the Tebucky Jones debacle from the Pete Carroll-era Patriots? (Link now fixed.)

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35 comments, Last at 06 Aug 2007, 11:14am by Oswlek

27 Jul 2007, 11:07pm by Aaron Schatz

Reese and Strahan Locked in Heads-up Match

So is Michael Strahan serious about retiring, or is this just an attempt to get a bigger contract? Newark Star-Ledger beat writer Mike Garafalo says it is a bluff. Jay Glazer at FOXSports.com says Strahan is serious. If it is a bluff, here's my reaction: Dude, you are seriously lame. If you really want more money, say so. If it is not a bluff, here is my reaction: I know people were extremely critical of Tiki Barber for announcing that he was going to retire at the end of the season.

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13 comments, Last at 29 Jul 2007, 10:01pm by Chris

26 Jul 2007, 07:52pm by Aaron Schatz

Bucs Release Simeon Rice

So much for Gaines Adams getting to learn from his childhood idol. Vet won't take pay cut, vet goes adios. Let's see... Tampa-2 teams that need a pass-rushing defensive end... I'm feeling Minnesota here. Anyone else feeling Minnesota as a good possibility? Maybe Washington, too. They could use more pass rush, and in Washington, there's always more money for veterans on the downsides of their careers!

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46 comments, Last at 15 Aug 2007, 11:34pm by deondre

26 Jul 2007, 09:29am by Aaron Schatz

Kiffin: Don't Trust Anyone Over 32

Ignore the Vick stuff here and scroll down. According to Nancy Gay of the San Francisco Chronicle, Lane Kiffin is looking to release players who are older than he is because they might challenge his authority. What is this, "Logan's Run?" Getting rid of players who are older because they are in decline is a good idea. Getting rid of players who are older because you don't have the balls to tell them "I'm the coach, I'm in charge" is not a good idea.

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31 comments, Last at 27 Jul 2007, 2:42pm by Zac

25 Jul 2007, 06:59pm by Aaron Schatz

More Fun with Incomplete Passes

We go back into the 2006 game charting data to take a closer look at incomplete passes. Learn who had the most underthrown or overthrown passes, the surprising difference between Byron Leftwich and David Garrard, and why a pass defensed isn't necessarily a higher quality of incomplete.

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74 comments, Last at 17 Aug 2007, 6:37pm by stan

25 Jul 2007, 05:30pm by Aaron Schatz

Dunn to Miss Training Camp after Back Surgery

Warrick Dunn apparently had surgery last week to remove a herniated disc in his back, and will be out six weeks. That encompasses training camp and brings him back by the start of the season, but there is certainly a chance that he will be unavailable for the first few games. It seems like bad news for Atlanta, but it may only be bad news if the injury hobbles Dunn all season. If it simply forces them to use Jerious Norwood as a larger part of the running game, it could be a blessing in disguise.

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18 comments, Last at 26 Jul 2007, 12:58pm by Tom Kelso

25 Jul 2007, 01:55pm by Aaron Schatz

Will We Ever See Another John L. Williams?

Forgot to link this fun p-f-r blog post from Tuesday, looking at Seattle's John L. Williams -- perhaps the last "featured runner" fullback in NFL history.

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22 comments, Last at 26 Jul 2007, 4:54pm by Kellerman

24 Jul 2007, 03:56pm by Aaron Schatz

FO Chat at Baseball Prospectus

Among the topics of today's chat: Teams that will improve and decline the most in 2007, brand new game charting stats that make PFP 2007 better than PFP 2006, why Eli Manning isn't really the problem with the Giants, whether the NFL might have a referee problem like the NBA, and ESPN's disrespect for Leigh Bodden. Also, lots and lots of fantasy football questions.

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21 comments, Last at 26 Jul 2007, 10:05pm by Chris

23 Jul 2007, 10:40pm by Aaron Schatz

Goodell Orders Vick to Skip Training Camp

At a certain point we're going to have to set some ground rules for when we link Michael Vick stories in Extra Points, or else we're going to have to do nothing but All Vick, All The Time. This one, however, is pretty important, since it impacts the Falcons team on the field.

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68 comments, Last at 25 Jul 2007, 11:34pm by Raiderjoe

23 Jul 2007, 04:24pm by Aaron Schatz

Adjusting Completion Percentage

This year's Pro Football Prospectus contains a lot more game charting data when compared to last year's book, but we still couldn't fit it all in. We'll be looking at some of that data on Football Outsiders over the next month. Today: Whose completion percentage suffered due to dropped passes, and whose completion percentage was helped by a healthy dose of short routes?

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84 comments, Last at 20 Aug 2007, 12:26pm by Soxphan