Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

14 Jan 2006, 10:02pm by Aaron Schatz

FO in the NYTimes: Dungy Finally Has a Defense to Match the Colts' Offense

The Indianapolis Colts blitz less often than any other defense in the NFL. How much less? The team ranked 31st blitzed THREE TIMES as often as the Colts. I got to use STATS Inc. numbers on team blitzes because the NY Times pays for those rights, but the tackle breakdowns for Bob Sanders and Gary Brackett come from the FO individual defensive stats.
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16 comments, Last at 17 Jan 2006, 1:48pm by ChicagoScott

14 Jan 2006, 09:55pm by Michael David Smith

Colts Cornerback Questionable after Injury

The Colts' best cornerback, Nick Harper, injured his knee in a car accident today and is questionable for tomorrow's game against the Steelers.

UPDATE: The car accident story was bogus. Harper was actually stabbed by his wife. As of Sunday morning, six hours before game time, he's still questionable.

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25 comments, Last at 17 Jan 2006, 1:46pm by ChicagoScott

14 Jan 2006, 02:11pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Colts to Start Tee Martin

Well, he did win a national championship at Tennessee. Martin had this to say about his unexpected return to the NFL: "Yeah, my career has kind of worked out like that ... Peyton sets them up and I knock them down. I don't mind though. I kind of enjoy it, actually. He's always been a bit of a dork and it's fun to see him get all frustrated and down on himself again. It's what keeps me going." (hat tip to Honest Wagner)

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27 comments, Last at 16 Jan 2006, 11:59pm by Björn

13 Jan 2006, 04:37pm by P. Ryan Wilson

My Name Is Bill

This week, in addition to his picks, Bill Simmons has some thoughts on Jerome Bettis's ever-expanding waistline (as well as a bunch of other stuff). In other news, Matt Hasselbeck is bald, New Mexico has Happy Meal issues, Dick Vermeil cries at press conferences, and Tom Brady has been disrespected at least twice in the time it took you to read this.

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58 comments, Last at 16 Jan 2006, 9:05am by ernie cohen

13 Jan 2006, 12:11pm by P. Ryan Wilson

You Wanna Coach the Raiders....

Ever wonder what an interview for an NFL head coaching position might be like? (free registration/bugmenot required)

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16 comments, Last at 21 Jan 2006, 2:37am by Michael

13 Jan 2006, 12:10am by Aaron Schatz

The NFL All-Triple Word Score Team

Some people just have too much time on their hands.

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28 comments, Last at 14 Jan 2006, 8:53pm by just another steve

12 Jan 2006, 10:27pm by Russell Levine

Palmer Knee Injury "Potentially Career Ending"

The doctor who operated on Carson Palmer's knee called the injury "devastating and potentially career-ending," although he went on to express optimism about Palmer's prospects for recovery.

Why, exactly, is the doctor giving an interview about this injury that discloses far more information than the team had made public? Doesn't that violate doctor-patient privileges?

Update: Check out this article on the Bengals' site, which puts quite a different spin on the doctor's assessment of the injury.

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33 comments, Last at 14 Jan 2006, 3:35pm by Bengaldown

12 Jan 2006, 09:52pm by Michael David Smith

Windsor Will Entice Super Bowl Fans

Those of us who grew up in the Detroit area will always have a special reverance for Windsor, the Canadian city a short drive away, where the drinking age is 19, prostitution is legal, casinos are abundant and Cuban cigars are widely available. With tens of thousands of fans ready to converge on Detroit for the Super Bowl, there's no doubt that many of them will spend an evening or two in Windsor.

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20 comments, Last at 31 Jan 2006, 7:27am by tom

12 Jan 2006, 09:46pm by Michael David Smith

And Then There Were 10: Mularkey Out

Mike Mularkey will announce his resignation as Bills head coach tomorrow, bringing this off-season's NFL coaching changes to 10. We haven't been starting a new thread for every single coaching change, so feel free to discuss the other hirings and firings in this thread as well.

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37 comments, Last at 15 Jan 2006, 9:44am by Mike B.

12 Jan 2006, 05:11pm by Michael David Smith

Chargers: We Won't Trade Rivers

I felt at the time and have felt ever since that the Chargers made a serious mistake by drafting Philip Rivers. But there's no going back now, and Rivers and Drew Brees are both on the team, although Brees' contract has expired. I always assumed the Chargers would figure out a way to keep Brees (either signing him to a long-term deal or putting the franchise tag on him again) and trade Rivers. I'm no longer so sure. First of all, Brees has a pretty serious injury to his throwing shoulder. And secondly, Chargers GM A.J.

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24 comments, Last at 13 Jan 2006, 2:30pm by someone