Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

11 Oct 2005, 03:50pm by Aaron Schatz

Just Catch the Ball

Some folks might remember an article by Kevin Pelton that we ran a few weeks ago, looking at wide receiver drops in terms of drops per pass instead of just total drops. Now, Ben Alamar takes things one step further over at the PROTRADE site, using STATS Inc. data to adjust "drop rate" to remove balls that the quarterback underthrows or overthrows. He also adjusts based on the length of each receiver's routes. The new lists aren't much different than the ones Kevin ran, but there are a few new interesting players.

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34 comments, Last at 13 Oct 2005, 10:08am by tracey

11 Oct 2005, 02:49pm by Aaron Schatz

TMQ: How to Predict Scores Without Knowing Who's Playing

Another week of TMQ, as Gregg Easterbrook predicts that all games will end 20-17. He also looks in on Mike Nugent (4-for-7, but still better than Doug Brien), addresses the "tuck rule" cancelled safety in the Washington-Denver game, and lambasts the Rams for punting from the Seattle 35-yard line instead of trying a 53-yard field goal. You know, in a dome, with Jeff Wilkins, who has made eight of his last nine attempts over 50 yards. Yep, he's right on that one.

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60 comments, Last at 14 Oct 2005, 5:34pm by Sid

11 Oct 2005, 02:15pm by Michael David Smith

Ricky and Ronnie in Same Backfield?

I have mixed feelings about this. Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban says now that Ricky Williams is back from a four-game suspension, he might use both Williams and rookie running back Ronnie Brown on the field at the same time. That would entail either one of them in the backfield and one lined up as a slot, or one as the fullback and one as the tailback in an I formation. The problem, as I see it, is that these are two guys who were brought in to do one thing: Run the ball. Since only one player can run the ball at a time, the other one is extraneous.

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9 comments, Last at 12 Oct 2005, 1:21pm by Sophandros

11 Oct 2005, 02:14pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Batch Prepares to Take the Reins; Roethlisberger Has Hyperextended Knee

Ben Roethlisberger is scheduled to have an MRI on his knee later today, but in the meantime the Steelers' third-string QB, Charlie Batch, is preparing to make his first start since 2001. Earlier in the week, backup Tommy Maddox went down with the same calf injury that shelved Jerome Bettis for three games (apparently it's contagious). While everyone in Pittsburgh would prefer to see Big Ben under center next Sunday, things could be much worse (just ask Brooks Bollinger), especially when you consider that Batch almost lost his job to Brian St. Pierre during training camp.

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7 comments, Last at 11 Oct 2005, 6:15pm by Independent George

10 Oct 2005, 06:08pm by Michael David Smith

Mike Martz to Take Leave of Absence

Rams coach Mike Martz will miss at least the next six weeks with a heart infection. Developing.

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6 comments, Last at 11 Oct 2005, 3:29pm by Pat Benatar

10 Oct 2005, 02:44pm by Russell Levine

McAllister Likely Out for Season

FOXSports.com's Jay Glazer reports that New Orleans' running back Deuce McAllister has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of this season.

Is it just me, or does that feel-good win over Carolina seem like it took place about three years ago?

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23 comments, Last at 14 Jan 2007, 10:08am by someone

10 Oct 2005, 02:38pm by Ned Macey

Morning After Week 5

Len Pasquarelli checks in with a series of what seem to me rather obvious storylines. Colts' defense is good. Michael Vick gets hurt. Tatum Bell was part of the Bailey-Portis trade. Houston Texans are really bad. The one thing I disagree with, however, is using the 49ers game as a reason to lead with the Colts' defense. They got run over by Kevan Barlow and missed as many tackles as they did against the Patriots last January. Fortunately, Cato June was Alex Smith's second favorite target, and the only one he hit for a touchdown.

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8 comments, Last at 10 Oct 2005, 11:04pm by emcee fleshy

10 Oct 2005, 01:28pm by Al Bogdan

MMQB: Still Leader of the Pack

Who would have guessed that Peter King would write about Brett Favre after the Packers' lopsided win yesterday? Strange awards from MMQB this week. King's offensive player of the week had 11 yards on eight carries. After asking if Adam Vinatieri is from this planet, he gives the special teams player of the week award to the kicker from the losing team. The rest of the awards go to players or coaches in the Packers/Saints game.

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32 comments, Last at 12 Oct 2005, 11:10am by OMO

10 Oct 2005, 11:56am by Michael David Smith

Sports Illustrated Settles Mike Price Suit

We talked before around here about the Mike Price lawsuit against Sports Illustrated, so here's a link to the magazine's statement about settling the case. Still no explanation for why a reporter would conduct an interview without taking notes, pay a source, or give a donation to a politician's campaign before interviewing him.

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11 comments, Last at 13 Oct 2005, 12:31pm by kleph

10 Oct 2005, 11:40am by Aaron Schatz

Rare Free Kick Confuses Even Bironas

Does anyone remember the last time that an NFL team took advantage of the "free kick FG attempt after fair catch of a punt" rule? By the way, the free kick also seemed to have confused Mike Patrick, because at the end of the first half of the Bengals-Jaguars game he said that the Bengals were trying one when they were actually just punting the ball on fourth down.

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45 comments, Last at 07 Jan 2007, 1:52am by Rocco