Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

18 Aug 2004, 10:55am by Michael David Smith

Every Play Counts: Ted Washington's Super Bowl

Ted Washington is big. But does that mean he'll leave a huge hole now that he's left the Patriots? Not necessarily. Michael David Smith kept a close eye on Washington during the Super Bowl and his findings might surprise you. It's the premiere of our new feature, Every Play Counts.

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11 Aug 2004, 01:18pm by Michael David Smith

Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'

One way to analyze how much talent each team added in the offseason is to see how many games were started last season by their projected starters for this season. The resulting numbers provide more support for that trendy Jacksonville pick along with hope for a Tampa rebound and a Washington playoff run. Michael David Smith has commentary.

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02 Aug 2004, 01:47pm by Michael David Smith

Understudy in Contrasts

It's the holy grail of football research: How do you separate the ability of a running back from the ability of his blockers? Michael David Smith has a simple first step, comparing the great running backs of the past to their backups. Find out the answers to such questions as "What is the best offensive line to have no members in Canton?" and "Who the heck is Barry Redden?" (No, he's not "the other Tick" -- that was Barry Hubris.)

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09 Jul 2004, 01:05pm by Michael David Smith

Previews in Review

Only four teams that made the playoffs in 2003 had made the playoffs the year before. So why is there so much agreement on the newstands when it comes to the 2004 forecast? Michael David Smith has a closer look at five magazines that want your seven dollars.

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21 Jun 2004, 02:06am by Michael David Smith

The Best Quarterbacks of Each Half Decade

Ladies and gentlemen, start your arguments. Instead of a list of the best ever, Michael David Smith traces the history of football's premier position with a timeline of the best signal-callers. Find out why Otto Graham, Brett Favre, and Y.A. Tittle are here... while John Elway and Joe Namath are not.

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24 May 2004, 11:53am by Michael David Smith

Similarity Scores

Just the start of another attempt to translate a classic baseball analysis tool into the world of the NFL.

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26 Apr 2004, 02:29am by Michael David Smith

Draft Holes That Weren't Filled

You hear a lot after the draft about which players will fill holes on their new teams. What about the holes that went unfilled? Michael David Smith wonders who is playing cornerback in Dallas and Arizona, not to mention offensive line in Cleveland. Plus, the winner of our mock draft contest, and how he did against the professionals.

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15 Apr 2004, 12:47pm by Michael David Smith

Where Have all the Linebackers Gone?

"Where have you gone, Mike Singletary? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you..." Only two linebackers are projected for this year's first round. Last year the first linebacker didn't go until the 29th pick.

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07 Apr 2004, 12:42pm by Michael David Smith

Back in Black (Ink)

When a classic Bill James statistic falls through the cracks, our own Michael David Smith catches that statistic for a segment we call "Back in Black (Ink)."

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04 Apr 2004, 08:08am by Michael David Smith

The 1998 Draft, Six Years Later

The first three rounds of the NFL draft take place April 24. On April 25, every NFL beat writer will present his draft grades. And this will mean absolutely nothing -- because it takes years to truly judge how well a team has drafted. Michael David Smith looks back to the 1998 draft, six years ago. How did opinion then differ from performance afterwards?

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