Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

20 Apr 2005, 10:45am by Russell Levine

Previewing the Top Offensive Picks

It's been said many times that the 2005 draft class lacks "star power." But to Russell Levine, that just makes it more interesting. In this article reprinted from Tuesday's New York Sun, he previews the offensive players whose names you're likely to hear called on day one.

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06 Apr 2005, 07:08pm by Russell Levine

Backs to the Wall? Go SEC

Some stiff over at Page 2 says that Big Ten backs pale in comparison to their SEC brethren. Oh yeah? What does he know? How about that fine stable of Michigan tailbacks, perennial Pro-Bowlers such as Tyrone Wheatley, Anthony Thomas, and the immortal Tshimanga Biakabutuka?

OK, in all seriouness, this article by our very own Aaron Schatz advises NFL teams looking for a stud ball-carrier to avoid the "three yards and a cloud of dust" league -- and with good reason.

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05 Apr 2005, 11:14am by Russell Levine

Four Downs: NFC South

For an 11-5 team, the Falcons sure have made a lot of changes. Maybe they've been reading Football Outsiders and know they really weren't that good last year. In other NFC South news in the latest edition of Four Downs, the Panthers sure do draft well and the Saints and Bucs sure don't. Plus, who on the Frankfurt Galaxy caught the author's eye?

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22 Feb 2005, 01:53pm by Russell Levine

Four Downs: NFC South

For three straight years, the NFC South has sent a different team to the conference finals or beyond. New Orleans in 2005! (OK, maybe not.) Will Atlanta finally get Michael Vick a top wideout for next year? Will Tampa sign a host of mediocre veteran free agents again? Can Carolina build on its 6-2 second half? Russell Levine opens all the Doors on the NFC South in the latest edition of Four Downs.

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07 Feb 2005, 10:12pm by Russell Levine

Confessions of a Football Junkie: The Art of Being Better

Rodney Harrison, for whom Russell also has the utmost respect, is probably fuming on Monday because the pundits are spending more time talking about what the Eagles did to lose the Super Bowl than what New England did to win it. But how many times do the Patriots have to win close games before people figure out the reason: they're just better.

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24 Jan 2005, 11:58pm by Russell Levine

Confessions of a Football Junkie: Eye on the Eagles

You've heard a lot about Bill Belichick, but do you know that the other team in this year's Super Bowl also has a coach? According to Russell Levine, the NFC Championship proves that more than one skilled strategist is guiding a team into Jacksonville. Plus, what do the Falcons need to do to improve, a Martz Award cop-out, and plenty of T.O. ankle talk that will make Rodney Harrison think you don't give his ankles enough respect.

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17 Jan 2005, 08:51pm by Russell Levine

Confessions of a Football Junkie: Can't Anyone Here Coach This Game?

Are there any good coaches in the NFL? Based on the reactions of fans and media to the weekend's Divsional games, Russell Levine wonders if there are -- and you can help him find out. Plus, reactions to the Patriots' mugging of Indianpolis, thoughts on the Championship games and the weekly Mike Martz Award.

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10 Jan 2005, 07:55pm by Russell Levine

Confessions of a Football Junkie: Flag Frenzy

If the wild card weekend proved anything, it was that the NFL's officials are still emphasizing the illegal contact rules for defensive backs. Will that be bad news for the Patriots against Peyton Manning and the Colts? Russell weighs in with his thoughts, predictions on all four divisional games, and the weekly Mike Martz Award.

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07 Jan 2005, 01:09pm by Russell Levine

Junkie Special: USC Dynasty in Full Bloom

In this special edition of Confessions of a Football Junkie reprinted from Thursday's New York Sun, Russell examines the budding dyansty at USC in the wake of the Trojans' destruction of Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, and also looks into the question "Did the BCS have the right matchup?"

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03 Jan 2005, 06:11pm by Russell Levine

Confessions of a Football Junkie: BCS Me ASAP

Coming off a 72-hour football bender and halfway through the BCS, Russell checks in with a slew of bowl observations. Should Dolphins fans be worried about Nick Saban? Why is Bobby Petrino still the Louisville coach? Will Russell actually give Michigan coach Lloyd Carr the Mike Martz Award? Plus, a stunning admission from the author -- he's OK with the BCS.

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