Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

08 Sep 2004, 09:53am by P. Ryan Wilson

What Will Happen with Pass Interference?

Pat Kirwan has some thoughts on how the new pass interference rules might affect strategy on both sides of the ball this season. He talked to some coaches around the league and based on what he's heard, don't be surprised to see a lot more corner blitzes (since CBs will be marginalized anyway), the return of the Smurfs (diminutive receivers, not Brainy, Papa or Smurfette), and defensive schemes that include doubling the wide receiver at the line of scrimmage (just like in punting situations). Of course, by week five this may all be moot if the officials don't continue to enforce the new rule.

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07 Sep 2004, 02:03pm by admin

TMQ: All-Haiku NFL Predictions, Plus the Revenge of the Chicks!

TMQ's All Predictions Wrong or Your Money Back haikus, plus a nice big shoutout to Football Outsiders. Thanks, Gregg!

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07 Sep 2004, 01:16pm by admin

Death to Placekicking

After watching Oregon State blow an opportunity to upset defending champion LSU because of missed extra points, King Kaufman has a suggestion: abolish kickers (although his verb choice was somewhat harsher than 'abolish'). I know the field was underwater, but how do you miss three extra points in one game? (free registration required -- it's the "Free Pass" option)

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06 Sep 2004, 11:01am by admin

MMQB: Gazing into the Crystal Ball

Labor Day, Schmabor Day. Peter King reports for duty and exhibits more cojones than your average preseason prognosticator. Actually, Peter and I agree on a lot of things... We both like Seattle, we're both off the Jaguars bandwagon, and we both get a strange not-so-fresh feeling from the Eagles. Peter's playoff teams are mostly repeats of last season (including the Cowboys, surprise) but he has some interesting AFC 9-7 picks: Steelers, Browns, and Bills. (Yes, I did originally type "MMBQ" by mistake, "Monday Morning Barbeque.")

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03 Sep 2004, 11:05am by admin

Don't Use Preseason to Pick Your Super Bowl Teams

Is it bad when an eight-year veteran who had four 1,000-yard seasons doesn't know how the preseason works? Well, Chris Collinsworth admits that he's no longer going to pick his Super Bowl winners based solely on preseason performances. It makes you wonder if there's any correlation at all between being a former player and knowledge of the game. I mean honestly, I'll take John Clayton over Sean Salisbury and Ed Werder over Michael Irvin every time. I like Tom Jackson, but after him, I can't think of one former player whose opinion I value.

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03 Sep 2004, 07:43am by admin

'Madden NFL' Called for Unnecessary Roughness

Apparently Madden 2005 fans are up in arms because of a glitch in the program that gives an unfair advantage to the offensive player. In fact, there's a petition going around demanding that a patch be released to fix the problem.

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31 Aug 2004, 02:06am by admin

TMQ: Revenge of the Readers

In today's TMQ, Gregg addresses many emails from readers and once again takes apart those silly "60 million dollar" contracts everyone in the NFL signs. Plus, Yahtzee!

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30 Aug 2004, 01:56pm by admin

ESPN's Top Ten NFL Players of All Time

ESPN asked a panel of its experts to rank the 10 best players ever. No surprise, Jim Brown came in first. Brown was in the Top 3 for every voter; no one else was even on every Top 10. But I was shocked to see that not one person put Otto Graham, Don Hutson or Marion Motley in his Top 10. Come on, fellas. Show some respect to the great ones from the old days.

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30 Aug 2004, 10:52am by admin

MMQB: 30 Things Fantasy Owners Need to Know

Peter King does fantasy advice, and it is a little strange. He likes Darius Watts and Najeh Davenport, that's fine. But Favre and Brady ahead of Vick and McNabb? Maybe he doesn't play in a league where QB rushing counts. And he clearly isn't reading Football Outsiders, because he ranks Portis eighth among running backs and Green third. Remember: RB whose yd/car rises .50 yards from one year to the next tend to drop, on average, .75 yards in the third year. One more question: Since when is Tennessee an offensive that is struggling?

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29 Aug 2004, 12:19pm by admin

Falcon Understudy Has the Look of a Winner

"Next Tom Brady" Alert.

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