Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

20 Dec 2006, 09:48am by Michael David Smith

Every Play Counts: Julius Jones vs. Marion Barber

Julius Jones is the starter in Dallas and Marion Barber is the backup. But Barber's numbers are vastly superior to Jones's numbers. What does Barber do that Jones doesn't, and why does Jones still get the starting nod?

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69 comments, Last at 24 Dec 2006, 1:06pm by BlueStarDude

15 Dec 2006, 11:39pm by Michael David Smith

Neal Once Carried the Load

Once upon a time, he was a promising young running back for the New Orleans Saints -- for 90 minutes. A broken ankle turned him into the greatest fullback of the last decade. This is the story of Lorenzo Neal.

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35 comments, Last at 21 Dec 2006, 12:27am by Costa

13 Dec 2006, 12:49pm by Michael David Smith

Every Play Counts: Raiders Offensive Line

The head coach is a Hall of Famer. So is the position coach. So why is Oakland's offensive line perhaps the worst unit of any kind on any team in the NFL -- and which players are worth salvaging?

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50 comments, Last at 17 Dec 2006, 2:31am by Ray J

13 Dec 2006, 12:44am by Michael David Smith

FO Chat at Baseball Prospectus

Here's the transcript of the chat Michael David Smith did over at Baseball Prospectus today. Lots of Lions questions, as well as questions about the Raiders, young quarterbacks, spotting the ball, and more. Our next BP.com chat will be Aaron Schatz on January 3 to take your playoff questions (and off-season questions for non-playoff teams).

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14 comments, Last at 14 Dec 2006, 11:42pm by Mike

07 Dec 2006, 04:44pm by Michael David Smith

What if His Name Weren't Manning?

In this week's column I propose that if Eli Manning were named Eli Jones, he never would have been drafted No. 1 overall, never would have had such high expectations, and would be discussed more rationally.

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84 comments, Last at 13 Dec 2006, 2:26am by Ryan Harris

06 Dec 2006, 12:40pm by Michael David Smith

Every Play Counts: The Jets Defense

Are the Jets ready to make a surprising playoff run under first-year coach Eric Mangini? If so, they'll need some improvement on the defense, which we explore in this week's Every Play Counts.

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46 comments, Last at 09 Dec 2006, 2:57pm by Led

04 Dec 2006, 12:25pm by Michael David Smith

MMQB: Who's In, Who's Out

Peter King writes that the AFC wild card is the race to watch.

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54 comments, Last at 05 Dec 2006, 9:01pm by Kulko

29 Nov 2006, 02:59pm by Michael David Smith

Brees Putting Together Season for the Ages

My column this week is about Drew Brees and the magnificent season he's having in New Orleans.

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84 comments, Last at 05 Dec 2006, 7:08pm by Tom

29 Nov 2006, 12:26pm by Michael David Smith

Every Play Counts: The Dallas Front Seven

The Dallas Cowboys consist of three people: quarterback Tony Romo, wide receiver Terrell Owens, and coach Bill Parcells. At least that seems to be this season's media script. But Dallas is 7-4, in first place, and looking like a Super Bowl contender because of its defense more than anything else. If nobody else wants to pay attention to the Dallas front seven, we will.

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54 comments, Last at 04 Dec 2006, 12:37pm by Sid

27 Nov 2006, 01:15pm by Michael David Smith

MMQB: Art Monk for Hall of Fame

Peter King has changed his mind: He says Art Monk belongs in the Hall of Fame.

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50 comments, Last at 28 Nov 2006, 9:18pm by RecoveringPackerFan