Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

25 Sep 2005, 11:13am by P. Ryan Wilson

In Crowd's Out

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times takes a sobering look at exactly why the Arizona Cardinals are annually one of the worst outfits in the NFL. But don't fret Arizona fans, according to the article, "the Cardinals intend to model a turnaround after that of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who went from perennial loser to Super Bowl champion ..." All that's missing are the creamsicle uniforms, Rich McKay and Steve DeBerg. (Thanks to reader Greg F. for the link; free registration/bugmenot required.)

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5 comments, Last at 26 Sep 2005, 12:01pm by C

25 Sep 2005, 12:20am by Aaron Schatz

Honey, I Shrunk the Lineman

Found this on Brian Bassett's Jets blog. EA Sports accidentally posted a roster update for Madden 2006 where they had made Jets practice squad OL Michael King only seven inches tall. If you haven't seen the pictures yet, it's oddly whimsical.

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10 comments, Last at 27 Sep 2005, 1:30pm by Bob

24 Sep 2005, 01:49pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Randle El, Wilson Let Steelers Go Deep

Hey, maybe tall receivers are overrated as downfield threats. Hmmm, where have we heard that before?

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8 comments, Last at 26 Sep 2005, 10:42pm by B

24 Sep 2005, 12:10pm by Michael David Smith

Don Banks: Better off without Vick?

I post this not because anyone really cares who Don Banks thinks is going to win on Sunday, but because I was intrigued by this comment about the Falcons-Bills matchup:

I know it's heresy and I'll be excommunicated for suggesting it, but if the Falcons have to play Matt Schaub for the injured Michael Vick, they will improve offensively. Atlanta will be more balanced and feature a more potent passing game without Vick and his one-of-a-kind rushing threat. Remember, folks. You heard it here first.

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17 comments, Last at 26 Sep 2005, 10:23am by JonL

23 Sep 2005, 06:16pm by Michael David Smith

Shanahan Rips Officials for Negated TD

The NFL has fined Mike Shanahan $20,000 for criticizing the game officials who negated a Broncos touchdown in Sunday's victory over the Chargers. For those who missed it, here's what happened:

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27 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2005, 3:45am by Kibbles

22 Sep 2005, 02:04pm by Michael David Smith

Dr. Z: The 10 Best Receivers in Football

I'm not a big fan of these SI.com features where one of their writers writes a couple of hundred words but they space it out into 10 pages with photos. But I am a big fan of Dr. Z, so the link goes to his choice for the best receiver in the NFL, and you can click the arrows to see the rest.

Actually, I disagree very, very strongly with Dr. Z here, but I'm going to keep my reasons quiet for now and reveal them in a future edition of Every Play Counts. And that, my friends, is what is known as a tease.

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121 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2005, 3:56am by DavidH

22 Sep 2005, 10:23am by Aaron Schatz

Check Out This Batch of Coaching Candidates

Jay Glazer looks at the top coaching candidates as the rumor mill (Tice) gets spinning (Tice) extra early this year (Tice). Our man Jim Schwartz is here. (When you read "Schwartz has worked with statistical analysts to study down-and-distance decisions," or some such thing, that's a reference to FO.) So is Pittsburgh O-Line coach Russ Grimm, who was also mentioned as a possible head coaching candidate in the Steelers chapter of PFP 2005.

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47 comments, Last at 24 Sep 2005, 2:55am by Aaron

22 Sep 2005, 08:55am by P. Ryan Wilson

Colts Run Wild

Dr. Z's Week 2 power rankings have a new number one: the Indianapolis Colts. In fact, the top six spots are all occupied by new teams. He also ranks the Falcons ahead of the Eagles (and the Redskins ahead of the Cowboys), introduces TV bubbleheads to Alan Ameche, and has his preseason pick to win the AFC North ranked 27th. You know things are weird when the Browns and the 49ers are ranked ahead of the Ravens and Vikings.

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60 comments, Last at 23 Sep 2005, 3:56pm by TomC

20 Sep 2005, 04:16pm by Michael David Smith

TMQ: Remember the Titans

In typically small-c catholic TMQ fashion, Gregg Easterbrook begins this week with a discussion not of the football team in Tennessee but with a NASA rocket. We also get an assortment of pictures of ladies, not just Lora, a cheerleader for the Eagles, but also Marie Antoinette.

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130 comments, Last at 26 Sep 2005, 8:17pm by j

20 Sep 2005, 12:34pm by Al Bogdan

Patriots Coach Explains Questionable Call

I know I wasn't the only one surprised that Bill Belichick didn't challenge Stephen Davis' first touchdown on Sunday when it appeared that he had fumbled before reaching the goal line. According to Belichick, he didn't challenge the call because of what he feels is the misguided NFL policy to not have cameras at either side of the goal line. Without such cameras, it appears that Belichick thinks it's a waste of time to make most goal line challenges. Why doesn't the NFL have goal line cameras? It makes too much sense not to do.

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81 comments, Last at 26 Sep 2005, 3:31am by marc