Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

23 Feb 2005, 11:52am by Guest

Caponomics Part II: Cap Management Strategies

Last week, guest columnist Bruce Stram introduced his economic theory for salary cap management. Today, in part two of Caponomics, Bruce expands the model to include bonus payments and amortized money, comments on the Indianapolis cap situation, and addresses two specific strategies: "Even Keel" and "Boom and Bust."

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18 Feb 2005, 01:55pm by Guest

Caponomics Part I

Economists try to learn lessons about the real world by looking at relatively simplistic mathematical models of reality. These simple models have proven valuable in uncovering how markets work. Bruce Stram just happens to be an economist and he's applied the techniques of economic theory to the world of the NFL salary cap. Students, welcome to Caponomics 101.

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07 Jan 2005, 04:31am by Guest

How Play Selection Affects Touchdown Percentage

Some people say that you have to run the ball to win in the NFL. Others say that you score with the pass. Jason McKinley believes the answer is one or the other, and sometimes both. It all depends on which team you examine. This guest column introduces a new metric that measures how often a team scores when it runs compared to when it throws the ball, and gives a closer analysis of this season's 12 playoff contenders.

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31 Aug 2004, 12:54pm by Guest

Guest Column: Strength of Schedule -- A Dynamic Analysis

We're used to seeing strength of schedule listed as the average of last season's records for all 16 opponents. But does that mean anything if last year's opponents were just as good, or bad, as this year's? Anthony Brancato investigates.

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27 Aug 2004, 04:06am by Guest

Guest Column: West Coast Offense Simplified

You hear about it all the time: West Coast Offense. What is it? Who runs it? What's the whole point? Chris Miraglia provides the basics; you provide the discussion.

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25 Aug 2004, 02:38am by Guest

Guest Column: Cornerback Coverage Ratings

Deion Sanders was often criticized for his inability and/or reluctance to make tackles in run support. But like all great cover corners, he wasn't paid to help stop opposing running backs. His job was to keep the other team from throwing to his man, and to deflect or intercept the pass when they dared to challenge him. With this in mind, Michael G. Knight has devised a new statistic that tries to judge a cornerback on more than what he does after his receiver has caught a pass.

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09 Aug 2004, 09:51am by Guest

Guest Column: Unraveling the Quincy Carter Rumors

There have been a lot of rumors about Quincy Carter's release by the Dallas Cowboys. How many drug tests did he fail? What was the substance involved? How much did Parcells know about Carter's drug history when he was planning to start Carter this season? Shawn Rassmussen outlines what we know about the Carter situation.

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01 Jun 2004, 10:43am by Guest

Guest Column: And the Winner Is...

First he poured through the numbers to determine the NFL's worst franchise of all time. Now Mark Hutson turns things around to determine the best franchise of all time. Will it be the Packers? The Cowboys? How about the Pride of Irwindale?

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11 May 2004, 12:03pm by Guest

Guest Column: And the Loser Is...

Which is the worst NFL team of all time? The Bengals? Falcons? How about the Saints or Bucs? Mark Huston sorts through history to determine the NFL's most suffering fans.

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03 May 2004, 11:25am by Guest

Guest Column: Capologist for a Day

"You got your unamortized bonus in my peanut butter!... You got your peanut butter in my unamortized bonus!" Instead of just starting an offseason discussion thread on whether the cap rules need to be changed, we figured we would kick off such a discussion with an article that explained the basics of the salary cap. And it just so happens that Chris Miraglia wrote such an article.

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