Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

11 May 2006, 11:03am by Aaron Schatz

Jimmy Smith Retires

Well, this is a bit of a shock. The guy is old, but he was still playing well last year. The Jaguars are probably wishing he had said something before the draft. Perhaps they would have taken Chad Jackson instead of Marcedes Lewis. I think this decision makes it less likely that the Jaguars will overtake the Colts this year. Who are the starters there now? Ernest Wilford and Matt "I Was a Teenage Quarterback" Jones? Please tell me it won't be Reggie Williams.

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78 comments, Last at 16 May 2006, 10:21am by E

11 May 2006, 10:26am by P. Ryan Wilson

Rams Sign Denzel's Son

FO entertainment editor Mike Tanier brought this to my attention: Rams head coach Scott Linehan is James Caviezel's brother-in-law. Caviezel, for those of you who don't regularly read People magazine, portrayed Jesus in The Passion of Christ and is, well, a dreamboat. He also just finished a movie with Denzel Washington, whose son just signed with St. Louis as an unrestricted free agent. The Rams passed on Paul Crewe, but still hope to ink Stefen Djordjevic before minicamp.

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12 comments, Last at 12 May 2006, 8:35pm by Richie

10 May 2006, 10:23am by P. Ryan Wilson

Ravens' Cody in Line to Return

This article focuses on the return of Baltimore's 2005 second-round pick DE/OLB Dan Cody, who missed his rookie season due to injury. A few paragraphs in however, we find out the Ravens may primarily use a 4-4-3 defense this season (four defensive linemen, four linebackers and three defensive backs). There is very little depth in the secondary, so this might be the way to go, but signing a veteran safety would've been a good idea too. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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43 comments, Last at 12 May 2006, 12:06pm by Green Bay for Life

10 May 2006, 10:01am by P. Ryan Wilson

Casserly Expected to Resign

Texans GM Charley Casserly is doing what anybody would do if they passed on Reggie Bush with the first overall pick in last month's draft: he's resigning. Actually, Casserly is a candidate to replace Art Shell in the league offices in New York as vice president of football operations. Nothing definitive on who might replace him in Houston (especially since he hasn't officially resigned), but I think Fran Foley is available.

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12 comments, Last at 11 May 2006, 9:21pm by Ellis

09 May 2006, 12:56pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Pacman: 'Everyone Wants Me to Snap'

I think most people would be satisfied if Pacman Jones just showed up and stayed out of trouble.

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16 comments, Last at 11 May 2006, 8:00pm by desmond

09 May 2006, 10:09am by Aaron Schatz

Madden 07 to Feature Blocking

No, this is not an Onion headline. Hardcore football fans everywhere will slobber when they read about the new features in this year's Madden, because they're concentrating on all those guys who don't get any stats. I'm not sure what the average video gamer is going to think of this, but before each play you can pick a specific blocker and then play as that blocker, with specific moves to cut block, attempt to counter a defensive spin move, or try to pancake the defender. As this article puts it, "Madden NFL 07 isn't really about Mr. MVP ... Madden 07 is really about Walter Jones.

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80 comments, Last at 16 May 2006, 5:25pm by Vash

08 May 2006, 08:16pm by Michael David Smith

NFL Network to Show Insight Bowl

I'm a big NFL Network fan, and I'm pleased to see it branching out. It has signed a deal to show the Insight Bowl, which matches a Big Ten team with a Big 12 team each December. Although all the major conferences already have TV contracts for regular-season games, I'd like to see NFL Network show more college football throughout the year.

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14 comments, Last at 10 May 2006, 3:32pm by yep

08 May 2006, 01:06pm by P. Ryan Wilson

MMQB: Keep Five Alive

Forget Reggie Bush and his number 5, Peter King has maybe his funniest quote ever when talking about Matt Leinart: "Why do I get the feeling this guy might be more Pat O'Brien than Ken O'Brien?"

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111 comments, Last at 24 May 2006, 4:53pm by JaReD

08 May 2006, 11:24am by P. Ryan Wilson

Danger Signs Didn't Take Long to Arise

It looks like Fran Foley's streak of failing upwards has been Zygi Wilfed. Of course, if the allegations against Foley prove true, you have to wonder why Wilf hired him in the first place. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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15 comments, Last at 09 May 2006, 3:22pm by zlionsfan

08 May 2006, 10:48am by P. Ryan Wilson

Viva La Bam?

Bam Morris wants another shot at the NFL. He was released from prison in 2004 and currently leads the National Indoor Football League's Katy Copperheads in rushing. Yeah, I didn't know there was a National Indoor Football League either.

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8 comments, Last at 08 May 2006, 9:56pm by SOW