Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

19 Oct 2005, 11:18am by Aaron Schatz

Fielkow: Return Saints to New Orleans

While the Saints seem to be getting their act together on the field, they're still a mess in the front office. The controversy should heat up now that the Saints fired Executive Vice President of Administration Arnold Fielkow, who was the leading voice in favor of keeping the Saints in Louisiana. Is a permanent move to San Antonio inevitable?

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27 comments, Last at 21 Oct 2005, 11:30am by Dave

19 Oct 2005, 08:59am by P. Ryan Wilson

NFL Ranks Last in Opportunites for Women, Minorities

When I saw this headline, my first thought was, "... even behind the NHL?" Not exactly. The five professional sports leagues in the study included the WNBA, NBA, MLS, MLB, and the NFL. The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, which completed the study, "noted that even leagues with low grades generally had better records in diversity than the country at large." NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said, "We don't spend any time looking at their figures ... We think it's irrelevant and it's purely a publicity gimmick."

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22 comments, Last at 19 Oct 2005, 11:35pm by mactbone

18 Oct 2005, 06:20pm by Aaron Schatz

Bucs Deal for Tim Rattay

Hey kids, the trade deadline means everyone deal your backup quarterback! This is an excellent deal for Tampa Bay. Remember, Rattay was in the top ten of DVOA for quarterbacks last year until the injuries came, and the Bucs of 2005 are in a much better situation than the 49ers of 2004. Also today, the Chargers dealt Chet Lemon to the Dolphins for A.J. Feeley. Wait, you say Chet Lemon was a baseball player? Hmmm.

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35 comments, Last at 19 Oct 2005, 8:28pm by Mr Shush

18 Oct 2005, 03:30pm by P. Ryan Wilson

TMQ: The Coors Light Love Train

Gregg Easterbrook cites luck as the deciding factor in a bevy of Week 6 games (including the Steelers-Jags contest, whose outcome I contend had nothing whatsoever to do with luck -- it was strictly a function of crappy quarterbacking). He also has some thoughts on when it's actually good to be really far behind, spills the beans on the Tuesday Morning Quarterback lake cruise party, and takes a closer look at NFL contracts. And as I mentioned last week to anyone who would listen, always take Wittenberg and the points.

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61 comments, Last at 20 Oct 2005, 11:56pm by Sid

18 Oct 2005, 12:45pm by Al Bogdan

Map of NFL Team Fan Areas

"The CommonCensus Map Project is redrawing the map of the United States based on your voting, to show how the country is organized culturally, as opposed to traditional political boundaries." As part of this, they are also attempting to map the popularity of pro sports teams. So far, their NFL results show that the Cowboys and Broncos have the largest fan base. There are some obvious weaknesses that appear to be the result of fans for specific teams not voting yet -- where are the Raiders? -- but it looks like it could be an interesting project if enough people contribute.

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44 comments, Last at 02 Nov 2005, 7:11pm by Duane

18 Oct 2005, 11:21am by Aaron Schatz

Matt Leinart's Big Score

Josh Levin of Slate argues that Matt Leinart will be a failure as an NFL quarterback. "Leinart looks more like Jason White or Danny Wuerffel—a gutsy Heisman winner who doesn't have the physical ability to succeed when the guys on defense get bigger and faster." I respectfully disagree. Personally, I'll take pocket presence, decision-making skills, and the ability to thread a perfect fade pass on fourth-and-8 to save an undefeated season over a stronger arm and shifty scrambling.

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57 comments, Last at 19 Oct 2005, 2:10pm by Pat

18 Oct 2005, 10:25am by P. Ryan Wilson

Lions May Bench Harrington

I can't say this is surprising news, other than the fact that the current backup is a rookie who is, as Mariucci describes, "very under-practiced." If history is any guide, I'm guessing Matt Millen will address the quarterback position this offseason by using Detroit's first round pick to draft another wide receiver.

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53 comments, Last at 19 Oct 2005, 5:25pm by JonL

17 Oct 2005, 09:15pm by Tim Gerheim

Hamlin Hospitalized After Nightclub Fight

This one sounds heinous. Hopefully he'll be OK, but it sounds like Hamlin could miss the rest of the season. (That's purely speculation on my part.) Usually when you read one of these stories, you assume that the player has misbehaved, to say the least. It doesn't sound like Hamlin did anything wrong, aside maybe from being short-tempered. That makes me feel a lot worse for him.

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22 comments, Last at 18 Oct 2005, 5:29pm by Jamie T.

17 Oct 2005, 04:16pm by Michael David Smith

Gruden: Griese Could Miss Season

Jon Gruden says nothing is definitive, but he raised the possibility that Brian Griese could be out for the rest of the season after hurting his knee Sunday. Tampa Bay appeared headed toward the playoffs, but I'm not a believer in Chris Simms at all. If Griese is done, they're in trouble. Is a Rich Gannon comeback possible?

Elsewhere, Kevin Mawae, perhaps football's best center, is finished. As are the Jets.

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21 comments, Last at 18 Oct 2005, 3:27am by NF

17 Oct 2005, 11:20am by Michael David Smith

MMQB: Top Picks Don't Always Pan Out

Peter King today explores the way teams often pay huge money to high first-round picks, only to find that they're not worth the salary cap space. This won't exactly come as news to regular Football Outsiders readers, but King does a good job of exploring how much the Redskins are paying LaVar Arrington and how little they're getting out of him, and examining the way the second round of the draft in 2000 was almost as good as the first round, and at a fraction of the price.

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71 comments, Last at 18 Oct 2005, 1:04pm by mactbone