Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

27 Sep 2006, 05:05pm by Aaron Schatz

The Ballad of Big Mike

We forgot to link this great article from Sunday's New York Times Magazine, the story of Ole Miss tackle Michael Oher, adapted from Michael Lewis' new book Blind Side. I've got an advance copy of the book and plan on writing a review, either here at FO or for another publication or website. By the way, I also wrote the Keeping Score column in the NY Times this past Sunday, but I figured there was no reason to link it here -- FO readers are used to our shpiel about Edgerrin James and the Arizona offensive line by now. (Free registration required)

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70 comments, Last at 06 Feb 2007, 12:25am by Eric Tokerud

27 Sep 2006, 04:52pm by Aaron Schatz

A Solution, or Merely a Cover?

We've spent so much time debating the future of the Saints in New Orleans that nobody has really noticed the problems they're having a few hundred miles down I-10. Jacksonville is market #42, the smallest in the league outside of Buffalo and Green Bay (and the Packers actually represent the larger Milwaukee market). Unable to sell all his tickets, Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver is covering sections of seats with tarps to make the stadium look less empty and to hopefully raise prices by lowering supply. Is it possible for the Jaguars to become financially solvent?

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100 comments, Last at 29 Sep 2006, 12:24pm by Sam!

27 Sep 2006, 12:35am by Aaron Schatz

Matt Leinart in Denver

Sometimes the team a player is drafted by can make all the difference. Aaron Schatz compares Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler’s KUBIAK projections if they were to trade places. (Click link to read more.)

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26 Sep 2006, 09:22pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 4 DVOA Ratings

Idle San Diego takes the top spot this week. The Saints move way up after stomping the Falcons, but our new system that combines early results with preseason projection is still somewhat skeptical. It's Dave's fault, really. UPDATE: Commentary is finally available on FOXSports.com.

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186 comments, Last at 29 Sep 2006, 2:30pm by DavidH

25 Sep 2006, 08:28pm by Aaron Schatz

2006 Quick Reads: Week 3

Not my best effort, but I'm a bit under the weather.

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56 comments, Last at 29 Sep 2006, 11:12pm by B

23 Sep 2006, 11:18pm by Aaron Schatz

Game Previews: CHI-MIN, IND-JAC

With so many marquee NFL games this week, the league may need to buy a bigger marquee. Two of the biggest feature undefeated division rivals: one a defending division champion, the other a 2005 second-place team trying to unseat them.

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30 comments, Last at 27 Sep 2006, 10:33pm by ackpfft

21 Sep 2006, 04:35pm by Aaron Schatz

No Maas!

Yes, this is a blog devoted entirely to chronicling everybody's least favorite FOX announcer. I supposed they could cross-promote with Fire Joe Morgan.

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42 comments, Last at 23 Sep 2006, 4:00pm by Will Allen

21 Sep 2006, 12:48am by Aaron Schatz

Great Moments in DVOA Hate Mail

The Atlanta Falcons proved DVOA right last year after their late season collapse. (Click link to read more.)

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20 Sep 2006, 01:09pm by Aaron Schatz

Was Shell Watching Raiders' Offense?

On opening night, Ron Jaworski took Art Shell to task for calling too many long pass plays with seven-step drops. The Raiders offensive line simply could not hold up in the face of pressure and Aaron Brooks couldn't get passes off. This week against Baltimore, same thing, but after the game, Shell claimed he only called two seven-step drops all game. John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury-News called up Jaws, and Jaws watched the BAL-OAK tape and counted 13 seven-step drops. Who's right? I don't know about you, but my money is on Jaws.

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48 comments, Last at 22 Sep 2006, 5:18am by hwc

20 Sep 2006, 11:27am by Aaron Schatz

Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Highlight

I think most Football Outsiders readers would easily pick Bob Costas over Chris Berman, but would you pick NBC's new Football Night in America over ESPN's old NFL Primetime? Robert Weintraub from Slate thinks not, and I agree. Thanks to reader Jimmy Ryals for the tip.

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71 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2006, 3:03am by Jerry