Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

05 Jan 2007, 11:30pm by Aaron Schatz

A Center Shall Lead Them

Robert Weintraub of Slate argues that center, not left tackle, is the second-most important player on the offense behind the quarterback. I'll be honest: this reads like contrarian thinking for the sake of being contrary. Does anybody think Robbie Tobeck has been Seattle's most important injury this year?

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39 comments, Last at 08 Jan 2007, 3:19pm by stan

05 Jan 2007, 07:06pm by Aaron Schatz

FOX Blog Wrap-Up, January 1-5

Here's a catch-all thread for discussion of this week's posts on the Football Outsiders FOX blog. Sorry about the small number of posts this week, but it's always busy wrapping up the regular season stats while working on a week of playoff material. Covered this week: more game charting data on defensive backs in the wild card round, and strength of schedule for 2007.

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10 comments, Last at 08 Jan 2007, 6:43am by Kuato

05 Jan 2007, 05:23pm by Aaron Schatz

2007 NFC Wild Card Preview

Dallas is falling apart. The quarterback is a mess, and the pass defense is a disaster. Golly, looks a lot like the Seahawks, doesn't it? Meanwhile, if Eagles-Giants I was close, and Eagles-Giants II was close, shouldn't Eagles-Giants III be close? More FO playoff previews, filled with chunky stat goodness.

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63 comments, Last at 07 Jan 2007, 11:17pm by Charles the Philly Homer

05 Jan 2007, 03:23pm by Aaron Schatz

2007 AFC Wild Card Preview

Can the Colts stop Larry Johnson? Can the Chiefs stop Peyton Manning? Can the media stop making controversy out of meaningless gestures in the Jets-Patriots rivalry? Here come the annual FO playoff previews, filled with chunky stat goodness.

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56 comments, Last at 08 Jan 2007, 7:48pm by B

04 Jan 2007, 03:56pm by Aaron Schatz

12 Defunct Bowl Games

From The Onion's "AV Club," a.k.a. "The section that isn't made up." Wherefore art thou, Cherry Bowl and galleryfurniture.com Bowl?

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20 comments, Last at 11 Jan 2007, 3:24am by zlionsfan

04 Jan 2007, 01:59am by Aaron Schatz

Game Charting Stats on DBs for the Wild Card Games

What to expect from the defensive backs in this weekend's playoff matchups. (Click link to read more.)

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03 Jan 2007, 04:44pm by Aaron Schatz

FO Chat at Baseball Prospectus

Here's the transcript of today's chat on BaseballProspectus.com, featuring my thoughts on the playoffs, the draft, the hardest schedules of 2007, and the problem of Football Outsiders "group think." Plus, at the very end, a very special announcement. And if you ask questions about that very special announcement in this thread, we aren't going to notice them, so e-mail them, okay?

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41 comments, Last at 04 Jan 2007, 11:10pm by thad

03 Jan 2007, 12:40pm by Aaron Schatz

Nick Saban to Alabama

It's official now: Nick Saban will take the money and run back to college football. I'm happy about this as a Patriots fan, but every other part of me thinks Saban is a jerk. I can't stand the way college football coaches can walk out of their contracts whenever they feel like it, and their former schools and former players get nothing in return. It's one thing when you go from 1-AA to 1-A, but the worst has to be Tom O'Brien, walking out on Boston College for another school IN THE SAME CONFERENCE.

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111 comments, Last at 04 Jan 2007, 7:44pm by Erasmus

03 Jan 2007, 02:07am by Aaron Schatz

FO Mailbag: 2007 Strength of Schedule

For the twelve teams not in the playoffs this year, it is time to look forward to next year. And with that, we have an early projection of the 2007 strength of schedule for each team. (Click link to read.)

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02 Jan 2007, 08:08pm by Aaron Schatz

Washington: Problems at the Core

This three-part series on the demise of the 2006 Washington Redskins may be the best football journalism you read all year. I say that knowing that the year still has 363 days left in it, and the third part of this series hasn't even been published yet. In the first part of the series, Jason LaConfora looks at Washington's awful personnel decisions, from Brandon Lloyd to T.J. Duckett, as well as the "too many cooks" problem on the coaching staff.

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45 comments, Last at 10 Jan 2007, 1:34am by NF