Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

30 May 2008, 09:52am by Stuart Fraser

Four Downs: AFC North

The Browns traded away the top of their draft to fill their needs with veterans. The Ravens and Bengals used their combined 20 picks to address their needs. The Steelers ignored need and chose the best player available.

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27 comments, Last at 01 Aug 2008, 9:47pm by Miguel

19 May 2008, 03:43pm by Stuart Fraser

Bengals Cut Odell Thurman

So let's get the timeline straight here:

Odell Thurman is reinstated

Thurman attends rookie minicamp (voluntary), impressing. Ahmad Brooks is moved from middle linebacker to strongside linebacker, leaving Thurman the obvious starter at "Mike".

Thurman's grandmother dies. He goes to Georgia to attend the funeral and misses three (voluntary) workouts, and admits to Marvin Lewis he expects to miss a few more.

The Bengals cut Thurman, promoting "Dhancin'" Dhani Jones to starter at MLB.

Um, y'what?

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32 comments, Last at 27 May 2008, 3:20pm by Boom Boom

22 Apr 2008, 06:28pm by Stuart Fraser

Bengals Reject Offer for Chad Johnson

ESPN reports that Cincinnati declined an offer from the Redskins of a first-round pick and a conditional pick in 2009 (third-round rising to first based on performance) for disgruntled wideout Chad Johnson.

Choice quote from Marvin Lewis during the same press conference:
"I think he's a man of his word and says he's not going to play, so don't play."

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44 comments, Last at 25 Apr 2008, 6:01pm by Kellerman

02 Apr 2008, 09:34am by Stuart Fraser

Four Downs: AFC North

Baltimore and Pittsburgh devote most of their cap space to re-signing their own players, while Cleveland distributes its draft picks around the league to acquire veteran talent. Meanwhile, Cincinnati has signed and lost several starters, but all anybody wants to talk about is what's going on with the wide receivers...

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46 comments, Last at 05 Apr 2008, 1:01pm by monkey

14 Mar 2008, 11:30am by Stuart Fraser

Ben Roethlisberger and Sack Tolerance

Quick, what do Ben Roethlisberger, Mark Brunell, Chris Chandler and Jeff George have in common? Stuart Fraser looks at quarterbacks who managed to succeed despite some dubious pass protection, and wonders what comes next for Pittsburgh.

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45 comments, Last at 27 Mar 2008, 8:20am by Luz

19 Feb 2008, 02:15pm by Stuart Fraser

Four Downs: AFC North

Stuart Fraser analyzes Baltimore's new coaching regime, Cleveland's quarterback controversy, and Pittsburgh's late-season collapse. Y tambien: Quien es mas macho: Ocho Cinco o Marvin Lewis?

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64 comments, Last at 23 Feb 2008, 10:19pm by Scott

23 Nov 2007, 05:49pm by Stuart Fraser

Players Have Opponent Adjustments Too

We frequently talk about how the difficulty of a team's schedule affects their statistical achievement, but what about the individual players? Join Stuart Fraser as he searches for the most extreme opponent adjustments of the DPAR era and discovers that 2000 was a very strange year for schedules.

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17 comments, Last at 27 Nov 2007, 4:42pm by Herm?

31 Oct 2007, 11:12am by Stuart Fraser

TMQ: Ticket, Please!

TMQ asks if the NFL's stances over Sunday Ticket and the NFL network might not be a teensy bit contradictory.

He also continues to comment on the ongoing New England sportsmanship debate. In accordance with the longstanding FO policy discouraging discussions which dominate comment threads to the exclusion of all other talk -- especially when few people have entirely rational opinions on the matter -- we are asking readers not to discuss anything pertaining to "running up the score" in the comments. Thank you.

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96 comments, Last at 05 Nov 2007, 5:03pm by JohnR

26 Oct 2007, 01:19pm by Stuart Fraser

UK Media Wrap: Does Anybody Really Care?

Stuart Fraser takes a tour around the English national media ahead of the Wembley Stadium Giants-Dolphins game, and wonders if any other event could cause a practice squad player to get more column inches. (Click link to read more.)

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42 comments, Last at 29 Oct 2007, 2:20pm by Mike Carlson

18 Oct 2007, 09:27pm by Stuart Fraser

How Much Do Road Crowds Hurt An Offense?

Diligent readers of PFP know by now that road teams commit more false starts than home teams, but what about the plays that aren't whistled dead? How much does being away from home hurt offensive execution? (Click link to read more.)

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12 comments, Last at 20 Oct 2007, 10:32pm by bigmaq