Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

06 Aug 2005, 09:37pm by Aaron Schatz

FO in the NYTimes: Third Down is the Charm for NFL Turnarounds

The New York Times gives me space to expound upon FO's new favorite theory, third down as a future indicator. If you've been asking yourself, "What would the San Diego chapter of Pro Football Prospectus 2005 look like if it were only 800 words long," well, here's your answer! (Free registration required)

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14 comments, Last at 14 Aug 2005, 4:25pm by Randy

05 Aug 2005, 05:04pm by Aaron Schatz

Pinkston Out for Year?

Let the injuries commence. Not a good day in the NFC East, where Pro Football Talk is reporting that Pinkston is done for the year with a torn Achilles tendon. The linked article from the Eagles' website just says he got hurt today along with -- surprise! -- Correll Buckhalter.

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41 comments, Last at 09 Aug 2005, 2:09pm by MDS

05 Aug 2005, 12:30pm by Al Bogdan

NFL Officials Visit to Discuss Rule Changes

NFL officials are making the rounds at training camp explaining rule changes for the 2005 season to players and coaches. Some highlights of the new rules include a penalty for a team whose coach throws the replay flag on the field after the team has run out of challenges, 15 yards for "icing the kicker" with an excess penalty before a field goal, and more protection for kickers from unnecessary roughness.

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23 comments, Last at 08 Aug 2005, 6:56pm by Jake

05 Aug 2005, 11:54am by Aaron Schatz

Wide-Open Approach a Blast from the Past

Gus Frerotte fantasy stampede! Here comes the high-powered new Miami Dolphins offense! Of course, by the time Chambers and Booker have made it to the end of their routes, Frerotte will also be face-down in the turf with a couple defensive linemen sitting on top of him. I can't tell, is this from the new Onion sports section? (Free registration required)

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20 comments, Last at 10 Aug 2005, 2:52pm by OMO

05 Aug 2005, 10:16am by P. Ryan Wilson

Billick: Offer to Clayton is Firm

It seems to me that if the pick before you, and the pick after you have both signed contracts, then you'll probably end up with a deal somewhere in between. Apparently Ravens first-round pick Mark Clayton and his agent don't agree. Coach Brian Billick has made it clear that Baltimore's current offer is its best offer, no matter how long Clayton holds out. And Billick also gives a quick math lesson in case Clayton's agent is confused: "Take No. 21 and No. 23, add them up together and cut it in half...Anything beyond that, it's hard to understand."

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12 comments, Last at 06 Aug 2005, 6:44pm by MarkB

04 Aug 2005, 05:15pm by Michael David Smith

Most Insignificant Trade Ever?

It seems like when I was a kid, trades in sports were usually just one player for one other player. That's not the case anymore. So I link to this with a sense of nostalgia. And even more, I link to it because of the way Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell described the trade of cornerback Kris Richard to the Dolphins for defensive end Ronald Flemons:

"Obviously, it's not a world-beater trade."

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21 comments, Last at 09 Aug 2005, 11:50am by Duane

04 Aug 2005, 09:52am by P. Ryan Wilson

Chad Johnson Vows To Burn Steelers

As far as trash-talking goes, this is pretty funny. Chad Johnson is already giving the Steelers' secondary the business and it's barely August. And he also has a new nickname: 7-Eleven (because he's always open). Of course no NFL story would be complete without a mention of Drew Rosenhaus, who also happens to be Johnson's agent: "In 2003, Johnson received a $10 million bonus that was part of a $25 million extension.

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32 comments, Last at 10 Aug 2005, 2:37pm by OMO

03 Aug 2005, 12:32pm by Michael David Smith

Lions Sign Millen to Five-Year Extension

The Detroit Lions have announced the deal on their Web site, with no details, just a picture of Matt Millen and team owner William Clay Ford sitting together on a golf cart. I think Ford is saying, "You know, Matt, we've had the worst record in the league since you've been here." And Millen is saying, "That's true, but I do have those incriminating pictures of you."

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66 comments, Last at 18 Sep 2005, 9:12pm by MDS

02 Aug 2005, 10:46pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Neon Deion Camps Out At Training Camp

Deion Sanders has been suspended for using steroids by Major League Baseball retroactive to his days with the Yankees and Braves (post-Jheri curl, pre-Tim McCarver incident). OK, not really. But when asked about Rafael Palmeiro's recent troubles, Sanders did admit that right before he came out of retirement last summer, "he received medical treatment for an ankle he hurt while playing basketball. When he took his Ravens' physical, steroids were detected in his system."

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11 comments, Last at 05 Aug 2005, 2:28am by marc

02 Aug 2005, 01:57pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Haynesworth Has No Sympathy For Jones

2002 first-round pick Albert Haynesworth has some good advice for 2005 first-round pick Pacman Jones: avoid holdouts and get to camp on time. Of course Jones isn't around to benefit from Haynesworth's counsel because he's, well, holding out. Other than the developing Jones saga however, it seems like teams have had much more success signing their top picks than in years past.

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5 comments, Last at 04 Aug 2005, 8:37pm by Kuato