Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

12 Aug 2006, 07:36pm by Aaron Schatz

FO in the NY Times: When Flags Fly, The Referees' Habits May Be the Reason

When teams are heavily penalized, who is responsible? It turns out there's plenty of blame to go around: not only to the players, but to the officials. Some officiating crews simply call more penalties than others, and different officiating crews call different penalties at different rates. When you get stuck with the more penalty-happy refs, you end up like the New York Giants: second in penalties in 2005, but also first in penalties by their opponents.

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44 comments, Last at 15 Aug 2006, 3:55pm by Irish Fan

12 Aug 2006, 12:53pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Cowboys' QB Plans Puzzling

Head coach Bill Parcells has named career backup QB Tony Romo the starter for tonight's preseason game, which has led to some speculation that Romo could be the Week 1 starter too. From the article: "Whispers around Oxnard are that Cowboys coaches think [Drew] Bledsoe still does too many stupid things that cost his team. He holds the ball too long. He is sack-prone. He is good for a throw a game that coaches, fans and everybody else instantly want back." Yep, that sounds like the Bledsoe I remember during his AFC East days, but come on, he's still better than Romo, right?

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25 comments, Last at 14 Aug 2006, 8:47am by dryheat

11 Aug 2006, 02:50pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Ravens Pull Plug on Lewis’ Dance

Personally, I enjoyed watching the spectacle that was the Ray-Ray pregame dance. Instead of No. 52 rubbing field turf all over his uniform to get the crowd sufficiently pumped, the PA announcer will now just introduce the whole team. On the upside, "... fans who watch tonight's game will see a whole new introduction video to the team, featuring many players with the theme music from the movie 'Batman Begins.'" Nothing like Bruce Wayne to get you psyched for some football.

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14 comments, Last at 13 Aug 2006, 1:28am by Scott de B.

11 Aug 2006, 11:44am by P. Ryan Wilson

Clash of Titans Is Spit for Spat

Hey LenDale, say it, don't spray it. I understand that the occasional fight between teammates is just as much a part of training camp as two-a-days and roster cuts, but spitting? Making matters worse for Jeff Fisher are reports that RB Chris Brown could leave camp if his contract isn't extended or if he's not traded.

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16 comments, Last at 13 Aug 2006, 10:36pm by empty13

11 Aug 2006, 10:10am by P. Ryan Wilson

Fight Still on for No. 2 QB in Minnesota

If you're a Vikings fan are you at all concerned that after 37-year-old Brad Johnson, the backup job is currently a battle between Mike McMahon and 2006 second-rounder Tarvaris Jackson? (free registration/bugmenot required)

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26 comments, Last at 15 Aug 2006, 1:23pm by jds

10 Aug 2006, 10:41am by P. Ryan Wilson

Vinatieri Shunned Patriots

The Boston Globe's Jackie MacMullan has the story of how Adam Vinatieri ended up in Indianapolis and PFP2006 even gets a mention.

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80 comments, Last at 13 Aug 2006, 10:31pm by empty13

09 Aug 2006, 05:31pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Williams and Rogers Drop to Third String

Heading into the first preseason game, here's what Detroit's depth chart looks like at wide receiver: Roy Williams, Glenn Martinez and Mike Williams. On the other side it's Corey Bradford, Mike Furrey and Charles Rogers. That's right, two former first-rounders pulling up the rear behind the likes of Glenn Martinez and Mike Furrey, two guys who combined for one catch in 2005. This has to make you feel good if you're a Lions fan.

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49 comments, Last at 13 Aug 2006, 11:28pm by JRM

09 Aug 2006, 11:12am by P. Ryan Wilson

Martin Running Out Of Time

If Curtis Martin calls it quits, the Jets could go with some combination of Derrick Blaylock, Cedric Houston and Leon Washington. Or, as ESPN.com reports, the team might be interested in trading for the Titans' Chris Brown, who's looking to get out of Tennesse with Lendale White now on the scene.

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43 comments, Last at 11 Aug 2006, 4:24pm by James G

09 Aug 2006, 07:29am by Michael David Smith

Maurice Clarett Arrested

Only hours before he was scheduled to appear in court for an aggravated robbery charge, Maurice Clarett was arrested Wednesday morning after police found an arsenal of weapons inside an SUV he was driving.

"(Clarett) was resisting to the point that they felt it was necessary to try to use a Taser," said Columbus police Sgt. Mike Woods. "He had a bulletproof vest on and the Tasers would not penetrate that, so they used Mace. It took several officers to get his arms behind his back and get him under control and handcuffed."

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43 comments, Last at 13 Aug 2006, 10:46pm by empty13

08 Aug 2006, 08:15pm by Michael David Smith

Goodell Named Commissioner

Roger Goodell is the new commissioner of the National Football League. Discuss: Is it wise to hire someone from the inside? And what should be his top priority?

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128 comments, Last at 11 Aug 2006, 10:29am by Wanker79