Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

13 Oct 2005, 02:05pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Week 5: On the Record

Add Rich Eisen's name to the list of people who now have a weekly column. I like Eisen, and I think "Total Access" is probably the best sportscast that doesn't involve video game-diagramed plays, commentators yelling at each other, or segments where hosts re-enact plays on green carpet made to look like a football field. But that's just me. (Thanks to reader Rich C. for the link.)

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7 comments, Last at 14 Oct 2005, 3:55pm by SJM

13 Oct 2005, 01:53pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Smart, Fast, Physical

It used to be the case that making fun of the Bengals went hand-in-hand with the start of the NFL season. Not any more. And part of the reason is that Marvin Lewis and his coaching staff have done a solid job of turning recent draft picks into starters. In the past two years, only the Titans (11) and Colts (11) have used more draft picks on defensive players than the Bengals (10), but neither team starts as many of those players as Cincinnati (4).

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3 comments, Last at 13 Oct 2005, 3:58pm by Walt

13 Oct 2005, 12:27pm by Michael David Smith

Shockey Earns a Giant Raise

I don't get the rationale for this. The Giants and Jeremy Shockey have agreed to a new five-year contract that gives him a $3 million bonus now and a $7.5 million bonus in March. Here's what Ernie Accorsi says:

"Jeremy Shockey is one of those rare players who don't come along very often in your career. He should play his entire career for the New York Giants. At all-star games, the combine and bowl games he is the player that other clubs ask most about. And the answer is always no."

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25 comments, Last at 14 Oct 2005, 11:28am by MDS

13 Oct 2005, 11:30am by Michael David Smith

Dr. Z's Power Rankings: Colts Riding High

Paul Zimmerman has the Colts on the top, as you'd expect. Thanks to reader Vern for explaining how to link to the printer-friendly version, but I guess it doesn't really make any difference when SI.com makes the printer-friendly version two pages, too. SI.com, you're lucky you have Peter King and Dr. Z, because otherwise I'd never link to you as punishment for your annoying policy of spreading everything across multiple pages.

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13 comments, Last at 13 Oct 2005, 3:13pm by masocc

12 Oct 2005, 10:29am by P. Ryan Wilson

Coaches Lack Game Plan for Own Health

While we all hope that Mike Martz makes a speedy recovery, it's pretty surprising more coaches don't suffer job-related health problems. Coaching staffs routinely work 100 hours a week, and when you couple that schedule with a diet of Big Macs and milkshakes, bad things can happen.

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17 comments, Last at 14 Oct 2005, 3:24pm by Zac

11 Oct 2005, 11:58pm by Al Bogdan

Officials Investigate Alleged Sex Party on Boats

Things just keep getting better for the Vikings. Minnesota authorities are investigating allegations that at least 20 members of the Vikings went out on some charter cruises last week where the primary recreational activity wasn't whale watching. At least one of the boats were allegedly rented by cornerback Fred Smoot.

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53 comments, Last at 14 Oct 2005, 4:55pm by Mississippi Cubfan

11 Oct 2005, 03:50pm by Aaron Schatz

Just Catch the Ball

Some folks might remember an article by Kevin Pelton that we ran a few weeks ago, looking at wide receiver drops in terms of drops per pass instead of just total drops. Now, Ben Alamar takes things one step further over at the PROTRADE site, using STATS Inc. data to adjust "drop rate" to remove balls that the quarterback underthrows or overthrows. He also adjusts based on the length of each receiver's routes. The new lists aren't much different than the ones Kevin ran, but there are a few new interesting players.

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34 comments, Last at 13 Oct 2005, 10:08am by tracey

11 Oct 2005, 02:49pm by Aaron Schatz

TMQ: How to Predict Scores Without Knowing Who's Playing

Another week of TMQ, as Gregg Easterbrook predicts that all games will end 20-17. He also looks in on Mike Nugent (4-for-7, but still better than Doug Brien), addresses the "tuck rule" cancelled safety in the Washington-Denver game, and lambasts the Rams for punting from the Seattle 35-yard line instead of trying a 53-yard field goal. You know, in a dome, with Jeff Wilkins, who has made eight of his last nine attempts over 50 yards. Yep, he's right on that one.

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60 comments, Last at 14 Oct 2005, 5:34pm by Sid

11 Oct 2005, 02:15pm by Michael David Smith

Ricky and Ronnie in Same Backfield?

I have mixed feelings about this. Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban says now that Ricky Williams is back from a four-game suspension, he might use both Williams and rookie running back Ronnie Brown on the field at the same time. That would entail either one of them in the backfield and one lined up as a slot, or one as the fullback and one as the tailback in an I formation. The problem, as I see it, is that these are two guys who were brought in to do one thing: Run the ball. Since only one player can run the ball at a time, the other one is extraneous.

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9 comments, Last at 12 Oct 2005, 1:21pm by Sophandros

11 Oct 2005, 02:14pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Batch Prepares to Take the Reins; Roethlisberger Has Hyperextended Knee

Ben Roethlisberger is scheduled to have an MRI on his knee later today, but in the meantime the Steelers' third-string QB, Charlie Batch, is preparing to make his first start since 2001. Earlier in the week, backup Tommy Maddox went down with the same calf injury that shelved Jerome Bettis for three games (apparently it's contagious). While everyone in Pittsburgh would prefer to see Big Ben under center next Sunday, things could be much worse (just ask Brooks Bollinger), especially when you consider that Batch almost lost his job to Brian St. Pierre during training camp.

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7 comments, Last at 11 Oct 2005, 6:15pm by Independent George