Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

18 Nov 2005, 10:02am by P. Ryan Wilson

The Hit That Changed a Career

I'm sure I'm dating myself here, but I have vivid memories of Joe Theismann breaking his leg in that Monday night game against Lawrence Taylor and the New York Giants. Even though I was pretty young, I remember being impressed by LT jumping up after the play and frantically waving the medical staff onto the field, even though he was primarily known for his on-field tenacity and off-field problems. I also remember wondering why the network insisted on showing replay after replay of Theismann's leg actually snapping. That's something I didn't get then, and I don't get now.

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48 comments, Last at 20 Nov 2005, 12:19pm by little red tractor

17 Nov 2005, 12:33pm by Aaron Schatz

Owens May Face Road Bloch in Arbitration Case

We're all sick of the T.O. talk, but absent from the complaints about his personality is a discussion of what this case means from a legal perspective. FOXSports.com legal analyst Rob Becker believes Owens will not win his arbitration hearing on Friday, because in his contract the Eagles agree to pay him for his services, but do not guarantee that they will use said services. The wrench in the works is the issue of incentive clauses; are the Eagles breaching the contract by not allowing Owens the attempt to achieve those goals?

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22 comments, Last at 18 Nov 2005, 10:46pm by Dan Riley

17 Nov 2005, 11:14am by P. Ryan Wilson

Boller Fires Back at Sharpe

Here's Shannon Sharpe on his radio show Monday: "Boller plays just good enough to get himself cut and [the coach] fired - which is a lose-lose situation."

Here's Kyle Boller in today's Baltimore Sun: "I've got my teammates behind me ... I need to listen to those people. It doesn't matter what Shannon Sharpe says. That doesn't mean anything to me."

Yes, it's easy to blame Boller, but it's not his fault that Jamal Lewis suddenly turned into a pumpkin, and the offensive line has decided that blocking people is optional. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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34 comments, Last at 18 Nov 2005, 5:22pm by Becephalus

16 Nov 2005, 07:51pm by P. Ryan Wilson

NFL Awards Super Bowl to K.C.

... with one condition: improvements to Arrowhead Stadium, including a rolling roof to keep out the February cold.

When I first saw the headline I must admit I was intrigued by the idea of a Super Bowl actually being played outdoors in cold weather. Fancy that.

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42 comments, Last at 18 Nov 2005, 1:56am by SJM

16 Nov 2005, 07:01pm by Aaron Schatz

Window Closes on Title Chance

Once upon a time, the 46 defense was supposed to revitalize the Baltimore Ravens, while Derrick Mason finally turned Kyle Boller into a real life NFL quarterback. It was not to be. With Brian Billick likely gone after this season, what steps should Baltimore take to begin the rebuilding process? (Free registration required)

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19 comments, Last at 12 Dec 2005, 4:17pm by JOHN DEIBEL

16 Nov 2005, 02:31pm by Ned Macey

Vikings May Actually Be Better Without Culpepper

Sports Illustrated's Jeffri Chadiha wins the award for first major columnist to astutely point out the drag Daunte Culpepper was on Minnesota's special teams. Thanks to James for pointing this out.

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16 comments, Last at 11 Dec 2005, 9:58pm by someone

15 Nov 2005, 05:50pm by P. Ryan Wilson

No Definite Decision at QB

Charlie Batch is out. Ben Roethlisberger is questionable. Which I guess makes Tommy Maddox the starter ... or does it? I know Antwaan Randle El hasn't played QB since 2002, but if Maddox comes out like he did against Jacksonville, is there any reason not to make the switch? Seriously?

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21 comments, Last at 16 Nov 2005, 7:45pm by Matt Weiner

15 Nov 2005, 03:55pm by Michael David Smith

TMQ: Is Halloween the New Thanksgiving?

In this week's Tuesday Morning Quarterback, Gregg Easterbrook wonders whether offensive coordinators advance their careers only by calling passes, since clubs looking for offensive coordinators to hire are swayed by flashy passing stats. He also suggests that stores are putting up their Christmas displays about three weeks too early.

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34 comments, Last at 16 Nov 2005, 7:41pm by Jerry

15 Nov 2005, 10:01am by P. Ryan Wilson

Gibbs: Officials Were Wrong

Head coach Joe Gibbs spent much of Monday documenting all the officiating mistakes that cost Washington a win against Tampa Bay. Many Redskins players said the game shouldn't have come down to the final play, but oddly, Gibbs didn't agree: "You'd like to say, 'Well, we don't want it to come down to that' "he said. "But to be quite truthful, up here it can come down to that."

Of course, if it wasn't for one controversial play that favored the Redskins (Ladell Betts' kickoff return for a touchdown), we wouldn't be having this conversation. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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44 comments, Last at 26 Nov 2005, 11:55am by Bob Palmer

14 Nov 2005, 10:01pm by Michael David Smith

Bears' Kreutz Breaks Miller's Jaw in Fight

Chicago offensive lineman Fred Miller missed Sunday's Bears game with a broken jaw. He initially told the team he broke his jaw in a fall in his home. Now he admits he broke it when teammate Olin Kreutz punched him. Personally, I would have bet on Miller in that fight -- he's the bigger guy, and he tends to rely on brute strength in his blocking, while Kreutz succeeds more on superior technique. I think this is my favorite sentence of the year:

"Olin and I don't have a problem with each other," said Miller, who has a steel plate in his jaw.

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28 comments, Last at 18 Nov 2005, 7:43pm by Michael David Smith