Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

22 Aug 2006, 09:58am by P. Ryan Wilson

Gumbel's Job Status Unclear After Remark

With the subtlety of a two-by-four to the back of the noggin, Evil Gumbel is already in the NFL doghouse for comments he made about the head of the players union and he has yet to collect his first paycheck. Instead of losing his job, his penance could be working with Joe Theismann for an entire season. Then maybe he'd think twice before opening his mouth.

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173 comments, Last at 22 Aug 2006, 9:32pm by Pat

21 Aug 2006, 12:09pm by P. Ryan Wilson

MMQB: Trouble Brewing

The subtitle to Peter King's latest reads: "Palmer, Owens, Cowher face preseason controversy." One of these is not like the others. Carson Palmer is coming back from major knee surgery and doesn't want to rush things in preseason. Bill Cowher made his retirement comments to Jerome Bettis back in the spring and he hasn't talked to him since. Terrell Owens wears a helmet while riding a stationary bike and is already giving Bill Parcells migraines. I would say these are three very disparate examples of "controversy."

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76 comments, Last at 23 Aug 2006, 1:24pm by Chris G

21 Aug 2006, 11:46am by P. Ryan Wilson

Saban Shows Allen 'Tough Love' in Win

Note to all Dolphins rookies: Don't get caught looking in the stands for your girlfriend during the game. Coach Saban is watching. He's always watching. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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14 comments, Last at 22 Aug 2006, 8:28pm by dave whorton

20 Aug 2006, 06:37pm by Aaron Schatz

Kevan Barlow to Jets

And to think, we almost put Frank Gore on the cover of the book. This doesn't change Gore's projection much; we already expected him to easily beat out Barlow for the SF starting job. You can drop Cedric Houston down your cheatsheets, finally. Unless Barlow pulls a Lee Suggs and blows his physical...

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40 comments, Last at 25 Aug 2006, 7:28pm by Sid

20 Aug 2006, 12:55pm by P. Ryan Wilson

How A Young Man Lives

As best I can tell, the only difference between the 24-year-old me and Clinton Portis is 50 million bucks.

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16 comments, Last at 22 Aug 2006, 4:32am by The Ninjalectual

19 Aug 2006, 01:47pm by Aaron Schatz

Putting the Dance Shoes Away

The Texans really screwed up with Domanick Davis; apparently, his surgery didn't go well, they didn't realize it, and now the running back position is a mess. Who's the sleeper here -- Wali Lundy or Vernand Morency? And do we all just assume that Gary Kubiak's offense will give us a valuable fantasy running back? Or was the Denver running game so good not only because of the "one cut" system, but also because of the ability to identify undervalued talent at the offensive line and running back positions?

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11 comments, Last at 26 Apr 2011, 10:34pm by xiaoz

18 Aug 2006, 10:07am by P. Ryan Wilson

A Cut Below

With zone-blocking schemes catching on around the league, more defensive linemen will have to keep their heads on a swivel for cut-blocks. Panthers DE Mike Rucker asks a good question: "Last year, I got caught on one and had a sprained ankle and slowed me down the last couple of game. What's the need for it? There are so many rules out there to protect players. What about us?"

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51 comments, Last at 30 Aug 2006, 11:09pm by Alex A.

17 Aug 2006, 08:28pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Seau Likely to Sign with Patriots

Monty Beisel and Barry Gardner, you're on notice. Guys are putting off retirement to take your jobs.

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78 comments, Last at 21 Aug 2006, 3:05am by CaffeineMan

17 Aug 2006, 08:06pm by P. Ryan Wilson

And the No. 1 Team Is ...

Hey, Jason Whitlock has a vote in the AP college football poll and it's a responsibility he takes pretty seriously. I guess this is evidenced by the fact that Duke didn't crack his top 25, although his alma mater, Ball State, was the only team under the "others receiving consideration" category. Oddly, no Jeff George references, though.

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30 comments, Last at 20 Aug 2006, 10:59pm by Pat

17 Aug 2006, 09:58am by P. Ryan Wilson

Dungy Rethinks Plan for Training Camp

With players reporting in tip-top shape, minimizing training camp's importance might be the next logical step. Plus, any time you have 20 guys unable to practice because of injuries -- including the starting punter and kicker -- it's probably time to re-evaluate things.

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14 comments, Last at 17 Aug 2006, 9:51pm by Vern