Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

25 May 2006, 05:59pm by Aaron Schatz

Why is Third-and-2 a Passing Down?

I keep meaning to post about this and then it slips my mind because of all the work on the book, but Doug Drinen of pro-football-reference has started a blog doing a lot of fun little statistical analyses. He's one of my inspirations so folks should check it out, he seems to be posting roughly once a day. For example, here's one asking a question that I've wondered about ever since our original "Better to Have Rushed and Lost" article -- why do coaches treat third-and-2 as a passing situation when the run is so much more successful?

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28 comments, Last at 29 May 2006, 12:44am by MJK

25 May 2006, 02:44pm by Michael David Smith

Run up Score, Get Suspended

Starting this season, Connecticut will suspend high school football coaches if their teams win by 50 points or more. The following ranks right up there among my favorite paragraphs of the year:

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78 comments, Last at 28 May 2007, 3:00pm by James Jackson

25 May 2006, 10:13am by P. Ryan Wilson

Players NFL Banished Find Refuge in Canada

This year it's Ricky Williams and Onterrio Smith, but the CFL is populated with former NFLers, some trying to rebound from troubled pasts. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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27 comments, Last at 28 May 2006, 3:17am by masocc

24 May 2006, 09:44pm by P. Ryan Wilson

ABC, ESPN Name New College Crews

I know, I know, it's college football. But if you were wondering what Paul Maguire was going to do with all his free time, here's the answer: He'll be in the booth with Brad Nessler and Bob Griese for ABC's Saturday night games this fall. Mike Patrick will also work with Todd Blackledge for ESPN's Saturday night broadcasts while Doug Flutie will be in the studio for both networks. All that's missing is Joe Theismann doing sideline reports.

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11 comments, Last at 25 May 2006, 1:36pm by zip

24 May 2006, 01:23pm by Michael David Smith

King's Mailbag: Expansion Overseas?

We usually only have Peter King discussions on Mondays around here, but I thought his weekly mailbag was worth a look for the idea of expanding to 40 NFL teams. What do you think? Should the NFL keep growing, or is 32 teams enough? And if it does expand, should it follow the other sports leagues' lead and go outside the borders of the United States? I do think the NFL will expand beyond 32 teams eventually, but not any time soon. And I'm not convinced that expansion to Mexico or Canada -- let alone Europe -- is a good idea.

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90 comments, Last at 26 May 2006, 5:37pm by Pat

24 May 2006, 10:31am by P. Ryan Wilson

Plummer Accused in Alleged Road-Rage Incident

Just one question: Why is Jake Plummer driving a Honda?

UPDATE: Plummer denies "kicking and then backing up into another motorist's vehicle in an act of road rage," although he does say he accidentally cut another driver off while talking on his cell phone.

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15 comments, Last at 26 May 2006, 6:02pm by Bjorn

23 May 2006, 10:05pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Spread the Word about this Bird

Okay, we like to give Pete Prisco the business, but his latest column is about one of our favorite players around here, Adrian Wilson. An excerpt from PFP 2006:

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16 comments, Last at 25 May 2006, 2:33pm by MJB

23 May 2006, 05:51pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Palmer Sounds Off

After reading this you get the impression Carson Palmer will be better, stronger and faster than he was before. And if you didn't pick up on it, he hates the Steelers.

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28 comments, Last at 25 May 2006, 10:50pm by RS

23 May 2006, 11:00am by P. Ryan Wilson

Take the Kirwan Quiz: No. 1

Okay, it's test time. Pat Kirwan put together this little 20-question True/False quiz and he implores you not to peek. ("... if you cheat when you play golf by yourself, you are probably going to cheat and look at the answer key, so don't do it!") Well, I didn't and I got 11 correct. Next time, I'm cheating.

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28 comments, Last at 24 May 2006, 11:19am by PackMan

22 May 2006, 12:31pm by Aaron Schatz

This Is Where Offense Is Headed

Pat Kirwan on the rise of the two-TE set, and the advantage it gives to the offense. The Cowboys' selection of Anthony Fasano and the Patriots' selection of David Thomas are both examples of how many teams now want to have not one but two or even three starting-quality tight ends. From PFP 2006, the teams that ran two-TE sets most often in 2005:

WAS 47%
TB 46%
KC 39%
GB 37%
TEN 35%
PIT 32%
DEN 32%
ATL 31%
HOU 31%
NE 31%

The lowest? Cincinnati and the New York Giants.

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48 comments, Last at 25 May 2006, 5:32pm by Ilanin