Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

10 Jan 2005, 07:10pm by Michael David Smith

Manning Wins Second MVP

Peyton Manning has taken his place in the elite company of those who have won multiple Associated Press NFL MVP awards. The other multiple winners are Jim Brown, Brett Favre, Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas, Kurt Warner, and Steve Young. Manning received 47 of 48 votes; Michael Vick received the other vote. The person who voted to Vick ought to be laughed out of the football media world. It's really sad that someone so ignorant is entrusted with something so important.

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10 Jan 2005, 03:44am by Michael David Smith

Book Review: Big Play

It's funny, it's unconventional, and it's thorough. Allen Barra's Big Play is exactly the kind of book Football Outsiders readers should love.

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05 Jan 2005, 07:21pm by Michael David Smith

49ers Fire Erickson and Donahue

The real question here is why they hired Erickson in the first place. If you're going to fire a coach, Steve Mariucci, who has taken your team to the playoffs, shouldn't you be sure you've got someone better lined up? I think Donahue should be gone, too. It's his job to acquire talent, and the 49ers are lacking.

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05 Jan 2005, 03:44pm by Michael David Smith

Is Colts Stadium a Good Deal for Indy?

The new Colts' stadium has fans feeling good right now, but will that last if the team stops winning? Some bad signs: Immediately after the mayor announced his plan, the often-quoted price tag of $500 million grew to $687.5 million. Radley Balko writes, "In order for the city of Indianapolis to build a new stadium for the Colts, it will need to tear down the RCA Dome. That will require the city to break the lease it signed with the Colts on the dome.

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05 Jan 2005, 01:40am by Michael David Smith

The 2004 Every Play Counts All-Pro Team

He saw every team play this season, and closely watched the subtle aspects of football that other writers ignore. Now Michael David Smith announces the first annual Every Play Counts All-Pro team. You can guess the quarterback. But who's been this year's top defensive tackle? What about inside linebackers? And does anyone from that rookie receiver crop deserve to be considered All-Pro?

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04 Jan 2005, 02:21pm by Michael David Smith

Dierdorf and Enberg Fumbled Jets-Rams Game

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times criticizes the CBS No. 2 announcing team of Dick Enberg and Dan Dierdorf, and I'm with him all the way. I cringe at the thought of these guys doing a divisional playoff game. Sandomir writes:

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29 Dec 2004, 11:19am by Michael David Smith

Every Free Agent Counts

You know Edgerrin James and Drew Brees and Shaun Alexander. But which free agents who don't get much attention will make a splash in 2005? Find out this week in Every Play Counts.

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22 Dec 2004, 01:37am by Michael David Smith

Every Play Counts: Ogden vs. Freeney

It was a Sunday night matchup of epic proportions, but not the one that matched the MVP against the defensive player of the year. Instead, we focused on a huge left tackle taking on a speedy pass rusher in this week's installment of Every Play Counts.

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20 Dec 2004, 05:07pm by Michael David Smith

Ferguson Remains Hospitalized After Hit

The Packers' Robert Ferguson will spend tonight in the hospital after being clotheslined by Donovin Darius. Darius insists he didn't mean to hurt anyone. I'm not sure from looking at the tape. But here's my real question: Why is it that the penalty for a cheap shot is 15 yards, and the penalty for pointing at someone after making a big play is 15 yards? Yes, I know Darius was also ejected, but players who deliver illegal blows usually get only the 15 with no ejection. I'm thinking that if I played in the NFL I'd rather have someone taunt me than try to decapitate me.

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17 Dec 2004, 06:35pm by Michael David Smith

Dr. Z: Commissioner for a Day

The Doc is in fine form today, as he tells us what he'd do if he had Paul Tagliabue's job:

"I'd get rid of all artificial surfaces. I'd make sure all NFL sponsored products were made in the USA. For all the phony flag waving the league does, all the NFL-sponsored clothing I've come across is made in places like Honduras or the Philippines, none in the U.S. To paraphrase the slogan of the British firm of Marks & Spencer ("British Goods mean British Jobs"), American goods mean American jobs."

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