Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

09 Jan 2007, 01:33am by Aaron Schatz

Defensive back stats for the top playoff seeds

The defensive back statistics for the four teams that received byes last weekend based on our game charting project. (Click link to read.)

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08 Jan 2007, 04:21pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Cowboys Claim Slick Ball Contributed to Romo's Blunder

The internets are all abuzz in the wake of Tony Romo's botched hold on a potentially game-winning field goal late in the Dallas-Seattle game. From today's Star-Telegram: "Cowboys owner-general manager Jerry Jones contends -- and he wasn't the only one -- that the ball quarterback Tony Romo lost control of on the hold for a 19-yard field goal was brand new and wasn't worked in properly." Um, okay. At least Romo didn't make excuses, however: "Obviously the reason I dropped it...it was a slick ball...It doesn't matter, though; you still have to catch it." (Free registration/bugmenot required.)

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52 comments, Last at 09 Jan 2007, 8:03pm by PantsB

08 Jan 2007, 12:58pm by Michael David Smith

MMQB: NFL's New Power Family

Peter King says Bill Belichick and his proteges are the new NFL dynasty.

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79 comments, Last at 10 Jan 2007, 7:45pm by Richie

07 Jan 2007, 11:10pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Falcons Hire Louisville's Petrino as Head Coach

Wow, I didn't see that coming. Now all the Falcons need to do is trade up in the draft and get Brian Brohm. I'm kidding, but it certainly wouldn't surprise me if Al Davis sent Oakland's first overall pick to Atlanta for Michael Vick and the Falcons' No. 1.

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47 comments, Last at 09 Jan 2007, 4:12pm by Paul

07 Jan 2007, 04:43pm by Bill Barnwell

Russell Declares for Draft

LSU QB JaMarcus Russell is skipping his senior year and declaring his elgibility for the upcoming NFL Draft.

Russell or Quinn? Is this the little brother of the Brady-Manning thread?

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54 comments, Last at 09 Jan 2007, 10:57pm by Loophole

07 Jan 2007, 01:54am by Mike Tanier

The Colts Run Defense Revisited

The difference in the Colts run defense between the regular season and their game against the Chiefs. Mike Tanier breaks down what Indianapolis did differently this week. (Click link to read more.)

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07 Jan 2007, 01:50am by Bill Barnwell

British Star Critical After Shooting

In another piece of sad news, 21-year-old defensive tackle Lorn Mayers is in critical condition after being shot during a New Year's Eve party in London. Mayers was in Raiders camp at the age of 20 and plays for Berlin in NFL Europe.

Furthermore, USC kicker Mario Danelo was found dead on Saturday at the bottom of a cliff in San Pedro.

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14 comments, Last at 09 Jan 2007, 3:44pm by Kyle W

07 Jan 2007, 01:42am by Mike Tanier

Overheard at FO

Thoughts from the Football Outsiders staff from this weekend's games. (Click link to read.)

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05 Jan 2007, 11:30pm by Aaron Schatz

A Center Shall Lead Them

Robert Weintraub of Slate argues that center, not left tackle, is the second-most important player on the offense behind the quarterback. I'll be honest: this reads like contrarian thinking for the sake of being contrary. Does anybody think Robbie Tobeck has been Seattle's most important injury this year?

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39 comments, Last at 08 Jan 2007, 3:19pm by stan

04 Jan 2007, 11:27pm by Michael David Smith

Cowher Out in Pittsburgh, Shell Out in Oakland

The link goes to the Associated Press report saying Bill Cowher has told his assistants he's done as the coach of the Steelers. There's also an ESPNews report that Art Shell and Al Davis agreed today that they're parting ways, although it's not clear whether that was Shell's decision or Davis's. In any event, we now have coaching vacancies in Atlanta, Arizona, Miami, Pittsburgh and Oakland. Feel free to use the comments to discuss your favorite candidates.

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79 comments, Last at 07 Jan 2007, 11:42pm by NF