Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

23 May 2017, 01:23pm by Tom Gower

Cortez Kennedy Passes Away

Former defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy has died at the age of 48, per the Orlando Police Department. Kennedy was a star at the University of Miami and a star with the Seattle Seahawks after they took him with the third overall pick in the 1990 draft. He was thrice named first-team All-Pro, was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 for a Seahawks team that went 2-14 (and finished third in defensive DVOA), and was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 1990s. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012. R.I.P.

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3 comments, Last at 27 May 2017, 10:12pm by LionInAZ

11 May 2017, 12:31pm by Tom Gower

Four Downs: AFC South

Even after the draft, NFL rosters are left with significant holes. In most divisions, though, the draft tells us what each team's game plan is. The AFC South is not like most divisions.

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27 comments, Last at 14 May 2017, 7:06pm by Theo

30 Apr 2017, 12:07pm by Tom Gower

Bills Fire GM Whaley

What might be a denouement in As The Buffalo Bills Turn came today. The day after the conclusion of the 2017 NFL draft, the team with the longest playoff drought in the league fired general manager Doug Whaley. The rest of the scouting staff was also dismissed. Owners Terry and Kim Pegula will hire the next general manager, and decide after that how the front office will be structured. Both Whaley and new head coach Sean McDermott reported directly to the Pegulas, and we'll see who runs things now.

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37 comments, Last at 04 May 2017, 12:00pm by Noah Arkadia

03 Apr 2017, 12:19pm by Tom Gower

The Julio Jones Trade: Six Years Later

Atlanta's run to the Super Bowl in 2016 was set up in part by a bold trade made in 2011. Does that mean other Super Bowl contenders should take similar risks in 2017?

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50 comments, Last at 10 Apr 2017, 12:00pm by Bright Blue Shorts

31 Mar 2017, 12:26pm by Tom Gower

2011 NFL Draft: Six Years Later

The first 11 picks of 2011 include a future MVP, a future Super Bowl MVP, and a future three-time Defensive Player of the Year. Also, Blaine Gabbert.

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38 comments, Last at 07 Apr 2017, 9:14pm by LionInAZ

28 Mar 2017, 02:45pm by Tom Gower

Rules Changes: No More Leaping, Ejection for Egregious Head Hits

In addition to approving the centralization of all replay reviews at this week's meeting in Arizona, NFL owners approved two other rule changes Tuesday. First, they passed a tremendously anti-fun, sadly pro-safety rule to ban defensive players leaping over the offensive line on place kicks. Second, they approved an automatic ejection for egregious hits to the head, which will undoubtedly lead to more fevered columns than actual penalties in 2017.

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35 comments, Last at 04 Apr 2017, 2:09pm by Tomlin_Is_Infallible

03 Mar 2017, 08:54am by Tom Gower

Four Downs: AFC South

Welcome to the NFL's worst division, where every team has gaping holes at critical positions with no obvious answers in sight.

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21 comments, Last at 22 Mar 2017, 4:09am by Bright Blue Shorts

28 Feb 2017, 02:38pm by Tom Gower

Chiefs Re-sign Eric Berry, Blow Away SS Market

The long-running battle between the Kansas City Chiefs and Eric Berry has ended with a victory for Berry. With the franchise tag deadline approaching, the Chiefs and Berry agreed to terms on a deal Ian Rapoport is reporting to be for $78 million over six years, including a $20 million signing bonus and $40 million in total guarantees.

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9 comments, Last at 02 Mar 2017, 11:51am by barf

16 Feb 2017, 04:59pm by Tom Gower

20 Plays Every NFL Coach Should Steal

Great X & O piece today by Matt Bowen, breaking down 20 plays run by NFL teams that other NFL teams should probably steal. Obviously, not every team is going to run the Titans' or Patriots' QB sweep, but there's a lot of good stuff in here. I'm particularly fond of the Seahawks' 3 Mable to deal with trips.

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7 comments, Last at 19 Feb 2017, 12:23pm by Tomlin_Is_Infallible

02 Feb 2017, 01:28am by Tom Gower

Colts P Pat McAfee Retires, Joins Barstool Sports

Late night breaking news: Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee has decided to retire and join Barstool Sports. Just 29, he cites his third knee surgery in four seasons as one of the reasons to make the move now. He had a bit of a down year by our numbers in 2016, but has been one of the better punters in the league and also a pretty darned good kickoff man.

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6 comments, Last at 02 Feb 2017, 2:19pm by ansum