Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

03 Jun 2005, 03:44pm by Aaron Schatz

NFL's All Shark-Jumping Team

My idea of balance: a fun SI.com article to go with the silly one linked below. Andrew Perloff lists his team of veterans who finished their careers as subpar players with different teams than the ones that made them famous. Not just Rice, but Namath, Emmitt, Jackie Smith, Forest Gregg, etc. I forgot about Mike Webster in Kansas City. Perloff also reaches a little when he gets to defense and special teams: he doesn't pick a kicker and he picks Todd Sauerbrun as the punter (he'll be great in Denver if everyone just ignores him).

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03 Jun 2005, 11:54am by Aaron Schatz

Dynamic Dozen

This has to be the worst list of fantasy sleepers I've ever seen. It is based on players who have increased their performance the last two years, since of course increased performance over a three-year period means a player will get even better in the fourth year. Peak performance? I've never heard of this. Loss of role on team? I have no idea what you are talking about. Age? Ain't nothing but a number.

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01 Jun 2005, 02:12pm by Aaron Schatz

49ers' Personal Foul

Oh, this is not going to turn out well. Last year after the 49ers were forced to undergo "diversity training," PR director Kirk Reynolds put together a video to help players learn how to interact with the city of San Francisco -- featuring racial humor, jabs at Mayor Gavin Newsom, a spoof of gay marriage, and a trio of topless blondes frolicking with Reynolds. Now there's scandal in the Bay Area and Reynolds is looking for another job.

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30 May 2005, 11:33pm by Aaron Schatz

MMQB: The Vikings are Coming

Peter King makes his NFC pick, based primarily on the defensive additions in Minnesota and the idea that trading Randy Moss is a good thing, addition by subtraction. He also has news that Todd Marinovich was arrested last year for possession of drug paraphernalia and listed his profession as "unemployed artist," heh heh.

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25 May 2005, 12:57pm by Aaron Schatz

Four Downs: AFC East

The Dolphins stock up on defensive linemen in preparation for Nick Saban's groundbreaking 7-0 alignment, Buffalo learns that the tradition of Hurricane tight ends isn't so swell after all, and the Jets and Patriots grab SEC running backs as a tribute to Football Outsiders. Plus, Ricky Williams is very boring, and, in an excerpt from Pro Football Prospectus 2005, Aaron points out why drafting a kicker in the second-round is colossally stupid.

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25 May 2005, 11:06am by Aaron Schatz

Marketing Deal Real "TD" for Troy

Troy Brown took less money to return to New England instead of signing with New Orleans. "Hometown discount," right? Not really. While Brown gave up more playing time in New Orleans, he didn't give up more money, because a promotional deal he has with TD Banknorth pays him enough money to make up the difference in football salary. This is one of those economic variables we don't often think about when comparing contracts, but not the only one.

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20 May 2005, 07:02pm by Aaron Schatz

Needed: Left-Handed Quarterback Information

There's no link here, but a request for information. A friend has asked me for a list of left-handed quarterbacks over the past few seasons. Unlike baseball rosters, football rosters don't list handedness, but this would be a pretty useful list to have. Obviously the best thing would be if someone knew of a link to a single list somewhere, but barring that, consider this a call for the sake of knowledge, to help us put together a list of left-handed quarterbacks (both starters and backups) from recent seasons, as well as the major left-handed quarterbacks of NFL history.

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19 May 2005, 10:24pm by Aaron Schatz

Congress Plays Nanny for Sports

Republican congressman Cliff Stearns has introduced legislation that would impose a single steroid policy upon all professional sports, including two years suspension for the first offense. You know, I've often said that the problem with the government is that it just isn't forcing enough Draconian regulation on American business. (Question that I know is unrelated to football: Does this mean that the Raptors and Blue Jays can juice all they want with no punishment?)

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14 May 2005, 12:39am by Aaron Schatz

The Los Angeles Saints of New Orleans

The Sports Economist has the latest on Tom Benson's quest to squeeze every possible penny out of the state of Louisiana before he inevitably moves his team somewhere else. You know, when I read that Benson may move to Los Angeles, I figure, hey, it does make some sense. When I read that Benson is talking about moving the team to San Antonio, well, I'm not quite sure why San Antonio is any better than New Orleans. But when I read that Benson is talking about moving the team to Albuquerque, well, at that point you have to stop taking anything he says seriously.

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11 May 2005, 11:00am by Aaron Schatz

Vikings on the Spot Again

Apparently, Minnesota players just love the ganja. So much so, in fact, that it is now reported that Onterrio Smith was caught at the airport with dried urine and a prosthetic device ("The Whizzinator") meant to help people evade drug testing. I repeat, dried urine. This is apparently why Minnesota has to carry five running backs.

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