Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

30 Jun 2005, 03:07pm by Aaron Schatz

Mum's the Word on Injuries, But Why?

Alex Marvez of USA Today looks at the growing tendency of NFL teams to be, shall we say, less than forthcoming with the truth about player injuries. The NFL passes rules to make teams be more open about injuries, and teams work harder to hide the facts from the press. According to Marvez, the Miami Dolphins are set to become the NFL's only team not to announce in-season surgeries.

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23 comments, Last at 01 Jul 2005, 2:46pm by Carl

28 Jun 2005, 10:47am by Aaron Schatz

Jerry Green Headed to Hall of Fame

Jerry Green, longtime NFL reporter for the Detroit News, is this year's winner of the Dick McCann Memorial Award and will be inducted into the writers' wing of the NFL Hall of Fame this summer. Green is one of five reporters to have covered every Super Bowl, and is on both the regular HOF selection committee and the seniors subcommittee. He's also a graduate of Brown University, which means that the school that spawned Football Outsiders is also the alma mater of two of this year's five HOF inductees (Fritz Pollard being the other).

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30 comments, Last at 29 Aug 2005, 7:40pm by Richie

27 Jun 2005, 02:19pm by Aaron Schatz

MMQB: Law Lingers

Peter King on the biggest free agent left -- and the biggest free agent question -- Ty Law. Best corner in football, hobbled has-been, or something in between? Peter also believes the Eagles will consider dealing T.O., and that Nick Saban wants Ricky Williams back as trade bait. I really hope no team is dumb enough to deal a late-second or early-third round pick for Williams, which is what King suggests is Saban's goal.

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137 comments, Last at 02 Jul 2005, 10:17am by malene, cph, dk

27 Jun 2005, 01:32pm by Michael David Smith

NBC Gets Exclusive Highlight Rights

Talk about burying your lead. Doug Kennedy of Pittsburgh LIVE waits until the 15th paragraph of his story on the NFL's new TV contracts to drop this little number on us:

Another plus for NBC is that no one, including ESPN, will be able to air any NFL highlights until midnight or after on Sunday. “So people will be tuning into NBC for highlights,� said [Vice President of Communications and Marketing for NBC Mike] McCarley.

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48 comments, Last at 07 Jul 2005, 2:56am by Scott

26 Jun 2005, 01:07pm by Aaron Schatz

Back Road to the Super Bowl

This isn't really a link to an article, but I wanted to recommend that everyone out there with digital cable watch an NFL ON DEMAND show called "Back Road to the Super Bowl." It's Steve Sabol's "other stuff from 2004" show, instead of just the usual highlights from "Road to the Super Bowl," I watched it last night while I was cleaning up some data, and it was hilarious.

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7 comments, Last at 29 Jun 2005, 10:28am by Vern

25 Jun 2005, 11:37pm by P. Ryan Wilson

QB Controversy

You know you're definitely B-list when Steve Spurrier takes you out behind the woodshed. Responding to some silly comments from Joe Theismann about his handling of QB Patrick Ramsey during his days in Washington, Spurrier had this to say: "I'm always amused by a few former players who, once they're handed a microphone, become an authority and expert on everything about football, including coaching," Spurrier said. "Yet, so many of these guys -- almost all of them -- have never coached a down in their lives."

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24 comments, Last at 29 Jun 2005, 11:01am by Led

24 Jun 2005, 04:23pm by Michael David Smith

Tip Sheet: Hoping for Another Chance

Len Pasquarelli seems surprised that no one wants to give former Carolina Panthers cornerback Rashard Anderson another chance. Gee, why not? I mean, just because he hasn't played in the NFL since 2001, wasn't that good when he did play, has tested positive for drugs several times, and just got cut by the Calgary Stampeders, that doesn't mean anything, does it?

I agree with Len that some team ought to sign Vinny Testaverde or Jeff Blake, but I think Jeff George is way past his prime, and Kordell Stewart never had a prime (at least not as a quarterback).

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13 comments, Last at 27 Jun 2005, 11:52am by Scott de B.

22 Jun 2005, 05:23pm by Aaron Schatz

Ratings Game

My god, we are not alone! One of the frustrations we've had since starting Football Outsiders comes from the huge holes in the play-by-play data, all the information that isn't available: length on incomplete passes, yards after catch on every play, which defensive backs are covering which receivers, and so forth. We've tossed around the idea of a project to log games off videotape to track these statistics ourselves.

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64 comments, Last at 26 Jun 2005, 8:47pm by Ryan Mc

21 Jun 2005, 04:57pm by Michael David Smith

Myron Cope to Retire

Legendary Steelers radio man Myron Cope is retiring. He's been around forever, inventing the Terrible Towel and shouting nasal malapropisms to the delight of fans in Pittsburgh. Cope once said that when he got his first radio gig he was told he would fit in because "Obnoxious voices are coming into style." One of my biggest regrets as a football fan is that I've heard only clips of Cope and never an entire game. Are there any other radio men who so closely identify with their teams? I can't think of any.

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17 comments, Last at 25 Jun 2005, 2:11am by MMM

21 Jun 2005, 10:56am by Aaron Schatz

Bengals Offense Awesome on Paper

I think this Lonnie Wheeler piece from the Cincinnati Post has the right attitude about the off-season. Wow, our team is good -- on paper, with everyone healthy.

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29 comments, Last at 26 Jun 2005, 11:38am by Led