Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

10 Jan 2006, 10:40am by P. Ryan Wilson

Jets Will Talk to Mangini

Eric Mangini, New England's defensive coordinator, is in the running for the New York Jets head coaching job. He's 34 and has only had the title of coordinator for one season, but he's been with Belichick since 1995. One thing potentially more intriguing than the Jets hiring Mangini away from the Patriots is if New York hires some combination of their other coaching candidates: Mike Tice, Jim Haslett, and Joe Vitt.

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53 comments, Last at 15 Jan 2006, 8:36pm by Richabbs

10 Jan 2006, 10:04am by P. Ryan Wilson

Getting Away with It

Michael Wilbon isn't happy with Sean Taylor (or Marcus Vick). He makes the point that Clinton Portis was fined $20,000, "for wearing the wrong socks and a tinted visor," while Taylor only had to give up $17,000 for spitting in another man's face. Maybe that's why Portis wears a visor, although I have no explanation for the socks. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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20 comments, Last at 11 Jan 2006, 11:49pm by Matthew Furtek

09 Jan 2006, 09:30pm by Michael David Smith

Palmer not Angry at Hit

Carson Palmer on the Kimo von Oelhoffen hit that tore up his knee:

"I don't know Kimo personally. From what I've heard, he's a classy guy. Football is football. I don't think it was malicious at all. He's a guy with a high motor that plays hard and was playing hard. It just happened. I don't think in any way he was trying to do anything. It's just part of the game."

You're a classy guy, too, Carson.

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18 comments, Last at 10 Jan 2006, 1:46pm by turbohappy

09 Jan 2006, 09:25pm by Michael David Smith

Marcus Vick Arrested...Again

This is getting ridiculous. Marcus Vick was charged Monday with pulling a gun on three teenagers during an altercation in a restaurant parking lot. Personally, I never thought Roy Mexico was good enough to play in the NFL in the first place, but when you add in his off-field problems, I can't imagine anyone will draft him.

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70 comments, Last at 12 Jan 2006, 10:07am by Sid

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

All-Pro: Gates Unanimous, 4 Colts, 4 Seahawks

The entire AP all-pro vote totals are fascinating. Seattle and Indianapolis had four first-team players each. Only one player, Antonio Gates, was a unanimous selection. I'm stunned that five voters didn't think Steve Smith was one of the two best wide receivers in the NFL this year. Willie Roaf is a terriffic player, but do you really deserve 11 all-pro votes when you miss half the season? The two people who voted for Larry Foote are going to be getting some angry e-mails.

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28 comments, Last at 11 Jan 2006, 11:03am by Mr Shush

09 Jan 2006, 02:45pm by Michael David Smith

Redskins Become the Messenger

The Washington Redskins don't like the way the Washington Post covers them, so they've beefed up their Web site in an effort to give fans news without what they call the Post's "filter." Personally, I enjoy both newspapers and official team sites, although I must say that a lot of the time the information you get is identical in both places. Some newspapers just describe the game and provide quotes from the post-game press conferences, which is pretty much the same thing you get from the team officials.

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30 comments, Last at 11 Jan 2006, 12:06pm by Michael David Smith

09 Jan 2006, 07:22am by Michael David Smith

MMQB: Why Edwards Deal is Bad for NFL

Peter King criticizes the "lack of honor" from Herm Edwards in saying he would stay in New York, only to leave for Kansas City. He also gives us his thoughts on wild card weekend.

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56 comments, Last at 10 Jan 2006, 5:15pm by Rick "32_Footsteps" Healey

08 Jan 2006, 03:26pm by Michael David Smith

Vince Young Turning Pro

Vince Young will announce today at 4 p.m. ET that he is entering the NFL draft.

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50 comments, Last at 14 Jun 2006, 3:08pm by roethlisbergerfn

07 Jan 2006, 05:35pm by Michael David Smith

Scouts' Take on Playoff Teams

I was excited when I saw that SI.com had interviewed an NFC scout and an AFC scout to ask them for their insights on the playoffs. Then I read the scouts' insights. To say I was underwhelmed would be an overwhelming understatement.

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18 comments, Last at 14 Feb 2006, 3:20pm by Jasmin Doss

07 Jan 2006, 03:19pm by Michael David Smith

Smith Edges Dungy for Coach of Year

This was the right call in my book. I thought there were three great coaching jobs this year, all by defense-oriented head coaches: Lovie Smith, Tony Dungy and Marvin Lewis. What gives Smith the edge, I think, is that Dungy and Lewis have two of the best quarterbacks in the league, whereas Smith got his team a first-round bye with Kyle Orton. (The one decision for which Smith deserves criticism is sticking with Orton after Grossman had been cleared to play by the medical staff.)

Bill Belichick was a distant third with two votes, and Mike Holmgren, Tom Coughlin and Lewis got one apiece.

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27 comments, Last at 11 Jan 2006, 7:46am by Akuzed