Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

17 Nov 2006, 11:36am by Aaron Schatz

Early game charting data on yards per pass vs. defensive backs

A sneak preview of the defensive back game charting statistics for 2006. (Click link to read more.)

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17 Nov 2006, 10:47am by P. Ryan Wilson

Unnecessary Roughness

Let's just say Dr. Z isn't crazy about how the league -- including officials during games -- metes out punishment. In particular, the Marlon McCree-on-T.J. Houshmanzilly hit during last Sunday's Chargers-Bengals game really got the good doctor riled up. I'm guessing Brooklyn Decker and that dopey "The Model vs. The Man" eases the pain, though.

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53 comments, Last at 18 Nov 2006, 4:25pm by morganja

17 Nov 2006, 10:29am by P. Ryan Wilson

Faulty Backup Plans

Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole says that "... the performance of most of the backup quarterbacks would indicate that it's going to be rough going forward" when talking about Jason Campbell. Maybe, but the difference is that now Campbell gets some experience. Cole also has some thoughts on Byron Leftwich, the Browns' management problems, a list of the best and worst owners in the league and reveals that at least one agent, prior to the draft, turned down an opportunity to represent Marques Colston. See, it wasn't just NFL teams that were wrong about Colston.

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27 comments, Last at 20 Nov 2006, 7:28pm by NewsToTom

16 Nov 2006, 12:48pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Ankle Injury Puts Leftwich's Season, Future in Question

Does anyone else think this seems fishy? And even if Byron Leftwich is only 85-90 percent, isn't that still better than a fully healthy David Garrard? Len Pasquarelli reports that some Jaguars officials don't believe Leftwich is the long-term answer, which might also explain the quarterback change.

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38 comments, Last at 18 Nov 2006, 4:26am by Yaguar

16 Nov 2006, 11:05am by Mike Tanier

The Untouchable Mr. Gibbs

The Washington D.C. media is blaming everyone for the Redskins’ troubles right now. Everyone, that is, except Joe Gibbs. (Click to read more.)

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16 Nov 2006, 10:07am by Ned Macey

Would you like Charlie Frye with that?

Ned Macey backs up his argument that Charlie Frye should not be the quarterback of the Browns future, despite the support of Cleveland fans. (Click to read more.)

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15 Nov 2006, 09:10pm by Aaron Schatz

FO Mailbag: Seattle

What is with DVOA’s hatred towards the Seattle Seahawks? Aaron Schatz explains. (Click link to read more.)

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15 Nov 2006, 09:04pm by Mike Tanier

FO Mailbag: Damon Huard

Is Damon Huard capable of being a quality starter in the NFL? (Click link to read more.)

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15 Nov 2006, 03:35pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Green Will Start for Chiefs

From Jay Glazer: "Not only has Trent Green been cleared to return to practice, Herm Edwards has informed FOXSports.com exclusively that he will name Green his starter for Sunday's game versus the Raiders." It'll be interesting to see how Green looks after missing nine weeks of the season with a concussion, and what Edwards' contingency plans are if Green struggles early.

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29 comments, Last at 16 Nov 2006, 9:31pm by Craigers

15 Nov 2006, 01:35pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Worn Down, Patriots Surrender Their Turf

I'm a big fan of playing football on grass, but between awful weather and 22 fat guys slopping up and down the field for three hours a week, teams in the Northeastern United States inevitably end up playing on dirt surfaces by the middle of November. A few years ago the Steelers installed a hybrid natural grass/artificial turf surface with mixed results. (A lot of that has to do with sharing a field with the University of Pittsburgh and the local high school playoffs). To paraphrase Lloyd Dobler, I guess Field Turf is the wave of the future for most cold-climate teams.

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41 comments, Last at 17 Nov 2006, 4:46pm by TimW