Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

25 May 2005, 09:32am by P. Ryan Wilson

Steelers' WRs will Display Versatility, Diversity

The Steelers are beginning life after Plaxico. They currently have Hines Ward, Antwaan Randle El and Cedrick Wilson as their top three wideouts and Ward is the tallest at 6'0". With Burress and his 6'5", 225 lb. frame now in New York, Pittsburgh receivers will have to rely on speed, quickness, and scheme to get open. Which begs the question: can teams be successful throwing downfield without having a tall WR? Randy Moss is the prototype, but for every Moss there are enough "long-term project" 6'4" - 6'5" WRs to make a nice NDBL team.

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23 May 2005, 01:02pm by Michael David Smith

MMQB: Underrepresented in Canton

Peter King does a nice job of finding an interesting topic during the off-season. He looks at the great teams in the modern era (since the AFL) and counts up how many Hall of Famers each team has. Is there an anti-Cowboys bias? Read this to find out.

One note: I can't for the life of me figure out why Russ Grimm isn't in the Hall of Fame. I was still fairly young when the Redskins were winning their titles in the '80s, but as I remember, Grimm was about as good a blocker as the league has seen. Does anyone have thoughts about why Grimm isn't in?

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23 May 2005, 09:04am by P. Ryan Wilson

What We've Got Here Is A Failure to Communicate

Tony Kornheiser goes from specifically wondering what Sean Taylor is thinking when he doesn't return Joe Gibbs's phone calls, to generally asking whether this type of stuff is a problem pervasive among former University of Miami players and Drew Rosenhaus clients.

In the case of the Redskins, the fact that Clinton Portis is Taylor's self-appointed spokesperson (and that he says Taylor just needs some time to chill after a long season) is reason enough for Gibbs to want to return to racing. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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20 May 2005, 07:02pm by Aaron Schatz

Needed: Left-Handed Quarterback Information

There's no link here, but a request for information. A friend has asked me for a list of left-handed quarterbacks over the past few seasons. Unlike baseball rosters, football rosters don't list handedness, but this would be a pretty useful list to have. Obviously the best thing would be if someone knew of a link to a single list somewhere, but barring that, consider this a call for the sake of knowledge, to help us put together a list of left-handed quarterbacks (both starters and backups) from recent seasons, as well as the major left-handed quarterbacks of NFL history.

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20 May 2005, 06:39pm by Michael David Smith

Tip Sheet: Horse Collared

Len Pasquarelli: fact-checker of Peter King, reporter of detailed contract information, writer of information-filled 5,000-word pieces during the middle of the off-season. This week's tip sheet includes some interesting information about the potential new rule banning the style of tackle that Cowboys safety Roy Williams has made infamous.

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20 May 2005, 01:30pm by Michael David Smith

Sexual Assault Victim Angry at Dolphins' Signing

The Dolphins signed free-agent safety Abram Elam this week. Elam was convicted of felony sexual battery in connection with a March 2002 incident with a fellow student at Notre Dame. The victim says, "[The Dolphins] can expect a firestorm. They are going to be hit. ... They're in for a world of trouble."

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20 May 2005, 11:00am by Michael David Smith

Red is the Color of Winning

British anthropologists have found that competitors at last year's Olympics were more likely to win their contests if they wore red uniforms or red body armor. "Across a range of sports, we find that wearing red is consistently associated with a higher probability of winning," report Russell A. Hill and Robert A. Barton of the University of Durham in England. The abstract of their study is here.

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19 May 2005, 10:24pm by Aaron Schatz

Congress Plays Nanny for Sports

Republican congressman Cliff Stearns has introduced legislation that would impose a single steroid policy upon all professional sports, including two years suspension for the first offense. You know, I've often said that the problem with the government is that it just isn't forcing enough Draconian regulation on American business. (Question that I know is unrelated to football: Does this mean that the Raptors and Blue Jays can juice all they want with no punishment?)

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19 May 2005, 04:27pm by Michael David Smith

Report: Onterrio Smith Suspended for Season

WCCO TV is reporting that Onterrio Smith has been suspended for the entire 2005 season. I just saw this and wanted to put it up quickly, so I haven't had time to come up with a good Whizzinator joke. Feel free to insert your own.

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16 May 2005, 12:13pm by Michael David Smith

MMQB: Jerry Rice Wants a Job

Peter King reports this week that Jerry Rice's agent has faxed all 32 teams to inform them that he'd like to play again this year. So far he's found two teams with interest. My own opinion is that Rice would be a valuable fourth receiver for a few teams, although one thing probably holding him back is that most teams like to use their fourth receiver on special teams, which isn't going to happen with Rice.

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