Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

30 Aug 2005, 05:20pm by P. Ryan Wilson

"I Hate Y'all" -- Falcons Cut Peerless Price

Not to be confused with "He Hate Me." The Falcons have cut Peerless Price, the guy they acquired from the Bills for a first-round pick back in 2003. Peter Warrick, another big name wideout, was also given his walking papers today. I'm guessing both of these guys will end up in New England, where it seems washed up players go to revitalize their careers. (Free registration/Bugmenot required)

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18 comments, Last at 04 Sep 2005, 12:12pm by BillinNYC

29 Aug 2005, 11:02pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Preseason Stats That Can't be Ignored

Pat Kirwan of NFL.com isn't so concerned with wins and losses in the preseason, but he does think statistics like interceptions and sacks are more indicative of regular season success. He finds it a little troubling that the Colts have surrendered 20 sacks in four games and that Byron Leftwich has been taken down six times in three games. Kirwan also notes that Kyle Boller and Patrick Ramsey have both thrown four interceptions each while "Ben Roethlisberger hasn't picked up from where he left off as the starting quarterback of a 15-1 team in 2004, but he has no interceptions this summer.

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40 comments, Last at 02 Sep 2005, 10:55am by Pat

29 Aug 2005, 02:10pm by Aaron Schatz

Third Down, Red Zone Efficiency are Significant

No, really? Golly, John, if only one of those "sabermetric converts of baseball" could figure out a method of rating NFL team efficiency that really did judge teams by more than just total yardage. Maybe somebody could measure teams by yards per play, just like you suggest, and give more weight to third downs and red zone performance, and maybe adjust based on game situation and even opponent strength, so that they ended up with a statistic that did a better job of predicting future performance than wins or points or total yards.

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44 comments, Last at 01 Sep 2005, 5:53pm by Pat

29 Aug 2005, 10:58am by Aaron Schatz

Pared Down to Pair

The Miami Dolphins are now considering playing both A.J. Feeley and Gus Frerotte in a quarterback rotation. What on earth is the point of this? Are teams really going to be freaked out trying to prepare for both Feeley and Frerotte? When is the last time a team even tried a quarterback rotation like this? And when's the last time it worked? Norm Van Brocklin and Bob Waterfield? (Free registration required.)

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23 comments, Last at 30 Aug 2005, 6:48pm by Oswlek

28 Aug 2005, 05:46pm by Russell Levine

Orton Named Bears Starting QB

In a move that should surprise noone, the Bears have named rookie Kyle Orton their starting QB for the regular season. Chad Hutchinson, who was starting in place of the injured Rex Grossman, has fallen complete off the depth chart, behind Orton, Jeff Blake, and Kurt Kittner, making him a likely candidate for a visit by the "turk" this week.

(Aaron adds 10:30pm: As long as we're talking Chicago Bears, Cedric Benson finally ended his holdout tonight.)

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22 comments, Last at 30 Aug 2005, 12:47pm by Todd S.

27 Aug 2005, 11:20am by Aaron Schatz

Ten Undecided Positional Battles

See if you can notice something really weird about this SI.com article by Don Banks. I'll give you a hint: The problem with 1-9 doesn't quite apply to number 10.

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25 comments, Last at 29 Aug 2005, 10:41pm by Björn

26 Aug 2005, 12:32pm by P. Ryan Wilson

The Ravens Go Digital

Wired takes a look at how the Ravens are on the cutting edge of using technology to scout their opponents. Which leads me to this: if every person who reads this site donates $50,000, the Football Outsiders can each have their very own high-tech coaching station. And that means more geeky stats for you, the readers. Everybody wins. (link via Off Wing Opinion)

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14 comments, Last at 29 Aug 2005, 11:31am by Mike

25 Aug 2005, 10:27am by Aaron Schatz

TMQ: NFC Preview

Apparently, nobody from FO linked this while I was driving around Dallas on Tuesday. I swear, is there anything in Dallas that is less than an hour away from anything else? Anyway, I haven't had a chance to read this yet but I'm sure it's swell. Apparently, TMQ's opinion of Mr. Ron Mexico is similar to ours.

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119 comments, Last at 04 Sep 2005, 7:50pm by Zac

23 Aug 2005, 08:59pm by P. Ryan Wilson

CFL Ratings Improve Without Announcers

The Toronto Argonauts played the Edmonton Eskimos last weekend, but with 5,000 CBC employees on strike, management had to air the game sans camera technicians, directors and announcers ... and the ratings went up. So let me get this straight, fans actually enjoy watching football games without a lot of inane banter, exploding graphics, and mind-numbing sideline reports, even if that means all they can hear is the crowd noise and the PA announcer? Hmmm.

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48 comments, Last at 07 Sep 2005, 4:32am by Gina

23 Aug 2005, 06:08pm by Al Bogdan

Rattay Picked as 49ers' Starter Over Top Pick Smith

Mike Tanier talks, people listen. Tim Rattay is the starting QB in San Francisco, beating out #1 pick Alex Smith for the honor of being a first round Loser League selection. Adjust your cheat sheets accordingly if you're in a fantasy league deep enough where the 49er starting quarterback is on your cheat sheet.

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19 comments, Last at 26 Aug 2005, 11:47am by War n' Peace