Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

31 Jan 2007, 11:16am by P. Ryan Wilson

LeBeau Confident in Cover-2

There has been some gnashing of teeth among Steelers fans about a potential switch from the 3-4 to the 4-3 front. Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau assuages such concerns in today's Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. According to LeBeau, "[Pittsburgh has] been close to a 50-percent Cover 2 team" for the last three years.

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25 comments, Last at 01 Feb 2007, 7:34pm by The Other Vlad

31 Jan 2007, 01:08am by P. Ryan Wilson

'Doctor' Treating T.O., Others Is Under Investigation

Hank Sloan has a clinic in Cumming, Georgia, he works with players from 22 NFL teams, and he's known for his outside-the-box, quick-healing methods. But there's this thing ... two things, actually. First, Sloan's not a medical doctor, which alone, isn't a big deal. But he's "under investigation by Georgia authorities for practicing medicine without a license." That's a felony.

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17 comments, Last at 03 Feb 2007, 3:11pm by Fargo

30 Jan 2007, 03:38pm by P. Ryan Wilson

TMQ: Unconventional Super Bowl Wisdom

This week, Gregg Easterbrook says you should ignore conventional wisdom when trying to predict the Super Bowl winner. Also, note the new layout -- no more yellow background, which means I won't have to wear sunglasses to read Page 2.

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95 comments, Last at 01 Feb 2007, 11:34am by Jeff Saturday

30 Jan 2007, 02:22pm by Aaron Schatz

Redskins Seek Salary Cap Assistant

We figured we should let the readers know about this one. I'm sure there are plenty of you who are interested and qualified. Here's the deal: We'll link the job listing as long as you promise that, if you get the job, you will tell everyone in the Washington organization how awesome Football Outsiders is.

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30 Jan 2007, 02:33am by Aaron Schatz

The Marty who cried "End Around!"

Only in this version, the wolf never comes. (Click link to read more.(

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30 Jan 2007, 12:25am by P. Ryan Wilson

A Sideline to History

I know Art Shell is an easy target these days, seeming like an out-of-touch, bumbling head coach who, in one season, lost control of his team. After reading this Washington Post editorial, let me just say he's much more eloquent in print. Like, by a mile. Instead of reliving the 2006 season (and honestly, who wants that?), Shell writes about his first game as an NFL head coach in 1989. Good stuff. (Free registration/bugmenot required.)

Thanks to reader Stephen Smith for the link.

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15 comments, Last at 30 Jan 2007, 10:02pm by Bruce

29 Jan 2007, 01:10pm by P. Ryan Wilson

MMQB: Prodigal Sons

This week, Peter King discusses the new coaching hires, has a sit down with Bill Cowher about Super Bowl XLI, ranks the Bears fourth on his Fine Fifteen, and thinks Reggie Bush deserved the $5,000 fine for running really fast (and, apparently, taunting while running really fast).

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112 comments, Last at 30 Jan 2007, 6:41pm by hector

29 Jan 2007, 12:34pm by Aaron Schatz

Bear vs. Colt

Each day, a new video with a guy in a bear suit battling a guy in a horse suit in completely random ways. You know, this just would not have worked with the Saints and Patriots. So far, video 3 is the best. Apparently, the Colts suck at Dance Dance Revolution. Who knew?

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29 comments, Last at 07 Feb 2007, 9:37pm by Justin Lacey

28 Jan 2007, 03:58pm by Aaron Schatz

Belichick Weighs in on 2006 Season

Not to promote more Patriots talk, just to point out that this extensive Mike Reiss interview with Bill Belichick sure makes all those "Belichick wants out" rumors seem ridiculous. "I like the people I'm working with, I like the situation I'm in... I like our staff, and our organization... When you have those things, it's hard not to feel good about what you're doing, and it's not hard to keep doing it. I love football and I love the area." Also a fun note: Since the Pats didn't have a third quarterback for much of the year, apparently Belichick's sons had the clipboard duties.

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55 comments, Last at 30 Jan 2007, 1:17pm by Peter

28 Jan 2007, 03:53pm by Aaron Schatz

FO in the NY Times: Between AFC and NFC, Parity is Only a Six-Letter Word

My latest Keeping Score column from the New York Times, about the AFC dominance over the NFC. You'll be surprised to see that the AFC has actually been the better conference pretty much all along (well, since 1972). Even when the NFC won all those Super Bowls, it didn't necessarily dominate interconference play. (Free registration required.)

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40 comments, Last at 30 Jan 2007, 11:15am by Andrew