Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

15 Dec 2004, 12:37pm by Michael David Smith

Every Play Counts: Philly's Run D

Trying to figure out Jim Johnson's defense? It's Tricky. But another Christmas without Hollis is gonna make opposing NFC teams say "Hit It, Run." Now the Eagles have 30 Days to solve their Run D problems, or My Adidas are gonna walk through doors and roam all over Lincoln Financial Field's floor. Michael David Smith takes a closer look at the one place where the otherwise dominant Eagles Be Illin'. It's Like That, and that's the way it is.

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13 Dec 2004, 02:00pm by Michael David Smith

MMQB: Edge Will Be Gone

Have you ever noticed how Peter King writes his most newsworthy items as if they were merely asides? Here's his comment on Indianapolis this week: "Enjoy having Edgerrin James on this team while you can, Colts fans. He's a Raider or Dolphin or Buc or Cardinal next year."

I trust King's opinion on these matters as much as I trust any football writer, but I think if the Colts let James go, they'll only do it if they're getting major draft-pick compensation. And this does look like it'll be a good year to draft a running back.

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08 Dec 2004, 11:40am by Michael David Smith

Every Play Counts: Unsung Steelers

Can you be the best team in the league if you don't have any stars? Absolutely. We discuss how the Steelers might be in the process of doing just that in this week's installment of Every Play Counts.

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01 Dec 2004, 11:31am by Michael David Smith

Every Play Counts: Indianapolis O-Line

Sure, Peyton Manning is going to set the NFL record for most touchdown passes thrown in one season. But what about Tarik Glenn? He's going to set the NFL record for most touchdown passes blocked for in one season. Shouldn't he get some attention? He gets it in this week's installment of Every Play Counts.

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24 Nov 2004, 11:51am by Michael David Smith

Every Play Counts: Mike Wahle

He goes 6-6, 307. He went to Navy. He wouldn't fit too well in a submarine, but he fits perfectly in the Green Bay Packers' blocking scheme. He's guard Mike Wahle, the subject of this week's Every Play Counts.

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17 Nov 2004, 11:39am by Michael David Smith

Every Play Counts: Marcus Stroud and Grady Jackson

When Sports Illustrated convened a panel of experts to choose the league's top players, Marcus Stroud was an easy choice at defensive tackle. But was that choice justified? Or does a certain Green Bay Packer identified by Football Outsiders last year deserve a closer look? Find out in this week's installment of Every Play Counts.

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16 Nov 2004, 01:15pm by Michael David Smith

Could Harrington Be Next?

Brunell is benched. Warner is benched. Might we have a third benching this week? Steve Mariucci is tepid in his support of Joey Harrington, and Mike McMahon will get more snaps in practice this week.

My own opinion, as someone who has seen every pass Harrington has thrown this year, is that Harrington is not the Lions' problem on offense. The problem is that Matt Millen has given Harrington exactly one teammate, Roy Williams, who consistently helps the offense. It would be absurd for Harrington to lose his job before Millen loses his.

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15 Nov 2004, 01:14pm by Michael David Smith

MMQB: AFC's Best are Balanced

Peter King this week tells us that the best teams in the AFC are able to succeed because they have a balanced attack.

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15 Nov 2004, 03:59am by Michael David Smith

Book Review: Sunday Morning Quarterback

Why do quarterbacks throw into double coverage? Which quarterback has the most flawless passing motion? And which players really deserve to be called great? Answers to those questions are found in a new book by former Giants quarterback Phil Simms.

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10 Nov 2004, 02:40pm by Michael David Smith

Surprised by Sorry State of League

I get so sick of stuff like this. Jeffri Chadiha lists his 10 biggest surprises of the season, and No. 3 is "the sorry state of the league." He writes, "Every time I peek at a schedule, I'm stunned at how many bad games are on tap for the coming week. Part of that has to do with parity -- it's impossible to know who's any good anymore except for a handful of teams."

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