Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

03 Sep 2004, 11:05am by admin

Don't Use Preseason to Pick Your Super Bowl Teams

Is it bad when an eight-year veteran who had four 1,000-yard seasons doesn't know how the preseason works? Well, Chris Collinsworth admits that he's no longer going to pick his Super Bowl winners based solely on preseason performances. It makes you wonder if there's any correlation at all between being a former player and knowledge of the game. I mean honestly, I'll take John Clayton over Sean Salisbury and Ed Werder over Michael Irvin every time. I like Tom Jackson, but after him, I can't think of one former player whose opinion I value.

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03 Sep 2004, 07:43am by admin

'Madden NFL' Called for Unnecessary Roughness

Apparently Madden 2005 fans are up in arms because of a glitch in the program that gives an unfair advantage to the offensive player. In fact, there's a petition going around demanding that a patch be released to fix the problem.

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31 Aug 2004, 02:06am by admin

TMQ: Revenge of the Readers

In today's TMQ, Gregg addresses many emails from readers and once again takes apart those silly "60 million dollar" contracts everyone in the NFL signs. Plus, Yahtzee!

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30 Aug 2004, 01:56pm by admin

ESPN's Top Ten NFL Players of All Time

ESPN asked a panel of its experts to rank the 10 best players ever. No surprise, Jim Brown came in first. Brown was in the Top 3 for every voter; no one else was even on every Top 10. But I was shocked to see that not one person put Otto Graham, Don Hutson or Marion Motley in his Top 10. Come on, fellas. Show some respect to the great ones from the old days.

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30 Aug 2004, 10:52am by admin

MMQB: 30 Things Fantasy Owners Need to Know

Peter King does fantasy advice, and it is a little strange. He likes Darius Watts and Najeh Davenport, that's fine. But Favre and Brady ahead of Vick and McNabb? Maybe he doesn't play in a league where QB rushing counts. And he clearly isn't reading Football Outsiders, because he ranks Portis eighth among running backs and Green third. Remember: RB whose yd/car rises .50 yards from one year to the next tend to drop, on average, .75 yards in the third year. One more question: Since when is Tennessee an offensive that is struggling?

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29 Aug 2004, 12:19pm by admin

Falcon Understudy Has the Look of a Winner

"Next Tom Brady" Alert.

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27 Aug 2004, 05:10am by admin

Dr. Z Praises Football Outsiders Book

Not to toot our own horns or anything, but the one and only Paul Zimmerman recommends a book in his mailbag today: "It's called Brassey's Pro Football Forecast ($21.95), and it's got a lot of meaningful, non-run of the mill analysis of each team, plus a lot of intricately evolved statistics you don't see elsewhere. Much hard work went into this book. Worth a look." That, in case anyone doesn't know, is the book we here at Football Outsiders co-wrote. Having heard it from Dr. Z, you know you need to order it now.

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26 Aug 2004, 09:21am by admin

Ricky Williams Considers Comeback

Shortest... retirement... ever.

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25 Aug 2004, 01:45pm by admin

Bob Sanders Continues To Sit As All Other Rookies Work

The Colts took Iowa safety Bob Sanders with their first pick, No. 44 overall. That was more than four months ago. He still hasn't signed. Neither side wants to play this out in the media (unlike the Rivers and Winslow negotiations), so it's impossible to say who's being more unreasonable. But in any event, it's very bizarre for a second-rounder to continue a holdout for this long.

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25 Aug 2004, 10:38am by admin

Troy Aikman is Football's Bill James -- Sort of

Apparently Troy Aikman reads Football Outsiders because he's asking the Competition Committee to make some changes in how they keep offensive and defensive statistics. He basically calls the current "total defense" stat a joke and suggests a defensive measure similar to the QB rating as one solution. And while the QB rating has its shortcomings, anything would be better than what the NFL is currently passing off as statistics.

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