Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

30 Jun 2005, 03:07pm by Aaron Schatz

Mum's the Word on Injuries, But Why?

Alex Marvez of USA Today looks at the growing tendency of NFL teams to be, shall we say, less than forthcoming with the truth about player injuries. The NFL passes rules to make teams be more open about injuries, and teams work harder to hide the facts from the press. According to Marvez, the Miami Dolphins are set to become the NFL's only team not to announce in-season surgeries.

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23 comments, Last at 01 Jul 2005, 2:46pm by Carl

28 Jun 2005, 10:47am by Aaron Schatz

Jerry Green Headed to Hall of Fame

Jerry Green, longtime NFL reporter for the Detroit News, is this year's winner of the Dick McCann Memorial Award and will be inducted into the writers' wing of the NFL Hall of Fame this summer. Green is one of five reporters to have covered every Super Bowl, and is on both the regular HOF selection committee and the seniors subcommittee. He's also a graduate of Brown University, which means that the school that spawned Football Outsiders is also the alma mater of two of this year's five HOF inductees (Fritz Pollard being the other).

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30 comments, Last at 29 Aug 2005, 7:40pm by Richie

27 Jun 2005, 02:19pm by Aaron Schatz

MMQB: Law Lingers

Peter King on the biggest free agent left -- and the biggest free agent question -- Ty Law. Best corner in football, hobbled has-been, or something in between? Peter also believes the Eagles will consider dealing T.O., and that Nick Saban wants Ricky Williams back as trade bait. I really hope no team is dumb enough to deal a late-second or early-third round pick for Williams, which is what King suggests is Saban's goal.

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137 comments, Last at 02 Jul 2005, 10:17am by malene, cph, dk

26 Jun 2005, 01:07pm by Aaron Schatz

Back Road to the Super Bowl

This isn't really a link to an article, but I wanted to recommend that everyone out there with digital cable watch an NFL ON DEMAND show called "Back Road to the Super Bowl." It's Steve Sabol's "other stuff from 2004" show, instead of just the usual highlights from "Road to the Super Bowl," I watched it last night while I was cleaning up some data, and it was hilarious.

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7 comments, Last at 29 Jun 2005, 10:28am by Vern

22 Jun 2005, 05:23pm by Aaron Schatz

Ratings Game

My god, we are not alone! One of the frustrations we've had since starting Football Outsiders comes from the huge holes in the play-by-play data, all the information that isn't available: length on incomplete passes, yards after catch on every play, which defensive backs are covering which receivers, and so forth. We've tossed around the idea of a project to log games off videotape to track these statistics ourselves.

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64 comments, Last at 26 Jun 2005, 8:47pm by Ryan Mc

21 Jun 2005, 10:56am by Aaron Schatz

Bengals Offense Awesome on Paper

I think this Lonnie Wheeler piece from the Cincinnati Post has the right attitude about the off-season. Wow, our team is good -- on paper, with everyone healthy.

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29 comments, Last at 26 Jun 2005, 11:38am by Led

20 Jun 2005, 01:14pm by Aaron Schatz

Football Commentary: Clock-Management Value of Timeouts

With the help of a lot of math, William Krasker looks to answer the question "How valuable is a timeout, anyway?" The basic summary is that the clock-management value of a timeout is not particularly large in most situations, but is still large enough to call into question some of the common uses of timeouts, such as avoiding delay of game or discussing strategy. For a more advanced look, click on the link.

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20 comments, Last at 22 Jun 2005, 4:33pm by Larry

15 Jun 2005, 10:45am by Aaron Schatz

Split End Job is Engram's to Lose

Could a Football Outsiders favorite finally be getting another chance at a starting job? I'd be very interested to see what happens if Engram starts -- will he be as good as his DVOA ratings from the past couple years might indicate, or will he be exposed as someone who only plays well when in a specific, limited role, like Josh Reed or Az Hakim?

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4 comments, Last at 15 Jun 2005, 6:10pm by bravehoptoad

13 Jun 2005, 12:12pm by Aaron Schatz

MMQB: Dynasty Divined

I love ya, Pete, but it may be time for an intervention.

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132 comments, Last at 22 Jun 2005, 8:14pm by Richie

11 Jun 2005, 11:26pm by Aaron Schatz

Hadley Crosses the Line by Working for Rams, Too

Interesting story here about a St. Louis talk show host who has taken a job with the Rams as "'director of research and Internet consultant" while still remaining on air -- giving his opinions about the team that he now works for. I'm a little curious to speak to this John Hadley fellow, given that part of his job includes statistical analysis.

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10 comments, Last at 13 Jun 2005, 12:28pm by Carl