Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

27 Mar 2006, 04:10pm by Russell Levine

NFL Announces Opening, Thanksgiving Games

As has become its custom in recent years, the NFL announces its national TV games for opening weekend, with Miami@Pittsburgh in the Thursday opener, the "Manning Bowl" on Sunday Night, and a Monday Night double-header, as well as the first-ever Thanksgiving triple-header.

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90 comments, Last at 29 Mar 2006, 8:03pm by Are-Tee

27 Mar 2006, 01:37pm by Michael David Smith

MMQB: Two More Playoff Teams?

Peter King examines the idea of adding two teams to the NFL playoffs. SI.com posts a photo of Mike Tice that appears to be taken from a fascist rally.

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54 comments, Last at 28 Mar 2006, 9:04pm by Green Bay for Life

27 Mar 2006, 10:36am by P. Ryan Wilson

The NFL Meetings: Rules & Proposals

The Boston Globe's Mike Reiss has a roundup of the rules changes and new proposals to be discussed at the owners' meetings (which start today), including the Kansas City Chiefs' pet project: expanding the playoff field. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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45 comments, Last at 28 Mar 2006, 3:13pm by Green Bay for Life

26 Mar 2006, 10:27pm by Aaron Schatz

Dolphins to Keep Linehan Offense

At the bottom of this typically zero-calorie "golly the local team is excited" article is a very interesting tidbit: "On offense, the scheme that Scott Linehan brought to the Dolphins has remained, even though the former offensive coordinator is now the Rams' head coach. New offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey will run that system, although it is new to him." I guess it's easier for one guy to learn a bunch of terminology instead of 30 guys, but this does sound a bit out of the ordinary.

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29 comments, Last at 28 Mar 2006, 12:12pm by MJK

24 Mar 2006, 09:08pm by Michael David Smith

Seahawks to Vikings: Let's Get It On

Brad Childress: Bring it.

Mike Holmgren: Oh, it's already been broughten.

The Seattle Seahawks have signed Minnesota Vikings receiver Nate Burleson to a seven-year, $49 million offer sheet. Yes, those are the same numbers in the offer sheet the Vikings gave former Seahawks guard Steve Hutchinson. And it gets better: Remember the "poison pill" the Vikings put in Hutchinson's contract? The Seahawks have put quite an innovative "poison pill" in Burleson's contract. If he plays five games in the state of Minnesota this year, the entire contract becomes guaranteed.

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87 comments, Last at 01 Apr 2006, 10:22pm by Duane

24 Mar 2006, 02:47pm by P. Ryan Wilson

What Went Wrong in Detroit?

I know we've talked this to death, but this article reads like an E! True Hollywood Story and provides an inside look at Joey Harrington's final days in Detroit (cue dramatic music and Robert Stack voice over).

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39 comments, Last at 30 Mar 2006, 4:55am by Keith

24 Mar 2006, 12:59am by Aaron Schatz

Panthers Land Keyshawn in $14 Million Deal

Now that, my friends, is a perfect fit. Team with best receiver in football, but terrible depth at the position, gets an excellent possession receiver who can catch tough passes across the middle and keep defenses from sticking five guys on Steve Smith. Keary Colbert, please enjoy this delicious consolation prize, a box of Rice o' Roni's new "Bench Splinters" flavor.

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45 comments, Last at 27 Mar 2006, 6:46pm by Green Bay for Life

23 Mar 2006, 02:54pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Cowboys Sign Vanderjagt

So much for hoping Mike Vanderjagt ended up in New England. Now that he's a Cowboy, I'll conservatively set the over/under for the inevitable T.O./Vanderjagt locker room scuffle at Week 2.

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55 comments, Last at 27 Mar 2006, 4:20pm by Brandon

23 Mar 2006, 11:59am by P. Ryan Wilson

Young Gives Scouts What They Wanted

Everybody has an opinion on Vince Young's pro day workout yesterday. He ran around a 4.6-forty, threw 57 passes with only five incompletions (and a couple of those were drops), and showed off a strong arm. Some scouts still have questions about Young making, "certain drops and throws," but those concerns can be addressed in private workouts.

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75 comments, Last at 27 Mar 2006, 6:53pm by Green Bay for Life

22 Mar 2006, 07:42pm by Aaron Schatz

NFL Concerned about Perception of Officiating

I think the league is finally on the right track here. They admit there is a problem, and they even sound like they might take FO's advice: simplify the rules, rather than making them more complicated. Take the little ticky-tack stuff that we all know happens on every play and make it legal.

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92 comments, Last at 26 Mar 2006, 1:41pm by GlennW