Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

06 Dec 2006, 02:55pm by Aaron Schatz

The Sad Story of Michael Clayton

Does Michael Clayton have any hope for a brighter future? Aaron Schatz uses similarity scores to try and find out. (Click link to read more.)

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06 Dec 2006, 11:23am by P. Ryan Wilson

Vikings: Which QB? It's a Toss-up

To me, this seems pretty obvious. Even if backup Brooks Bollinger is injured, the Vikings can't let Brad Johnson back on the field. Ever. Complicating matters, rookie Tavaris Jackson doesn't feel prepared to take over the job since he's mainly worked on the scout team this season. After Johnson's four-interception performance last week, I don't think it matters.

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40 comments, Last at 07 Dec 2006, 5:37pm by Pacifist Viking

05 Dec 2006, 05:06pm by P. Ryan Wilson

No Time Like the Present

I'll file this under: "Columns that will make FO readers throw things at their computer monitors." That's right, Don Banks holds his third annual December re-draft! My favorite pick? No. 18.

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115 comments, Last at 10 Dec 2006, 3:41am by Eddo

05 Dec 2006, 02:37pm by P. Ryan Wilson

TMQ: Coaches, Please Stop and Think!

From Page 2: "What's worse than punting when trailing late? TMQ says it's punting with the game still in reach, then going for it when all hope is lost."

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51 comments, Last at 07 Dec 2006, 10:57am by bengt

05 Dec 2006, 12:06pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Kicker Turns up Lame; Shanahan Kicking Himself

From the AP: "Broncos coach Mike Shanahan is kicking himself for listening to his kicker. Jason Elam suggested a fake field goal at the end of the first half Sunday night against Seattle. The call backfired when Elam gained just 2 yards and strained his left hamstring on the play in a 23-20 loss."

At least Shanahan is able to keep a sense of humor about things, I guess: "'Jason is faster than you think,' Shanahan retorted. 'He was like a 4.7 coming out of college -- even though that was 38 years ago.'" Oooh, burn!

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17 comments, Last at 06 Dec 2006, 10:43pm by SOW

05 Dec 2006, 10:50am by P. Ryan Wilson

Garcia Rallies Eagles Past Panthers

Alright, where did Jeff Garcia get the time machine? I mean, it looked like 2000 out there. Okay, not really, but Garcia did throw three touchdowns, avoided the big mistakes (thanks Jake!) and now the Eagles are 6-6. Sure, that doesn't sound impressive, but if the season ended today, Philly would be a wild-card team.

By the way, how great did Sylvester Stallone look? For some perspective, consider this: Stallone was born in 1946. Tony Kornheiser? 1948. You do the math.

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47 comments, Last at 07 Dec 2006, 1:01pm by Pat

04 Dec 2006, 04:18pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Playoffs Coming Into Focus

D.J. Gallo offers some sound advice on how the Falcons can improve their defense just in time for a late playoff run.

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22 comments, Last at 05 Dec 2006, 12:56pm by dryheat

04 Dec 2006, 03:03pm by Mike Tanier

Overheard at FO

Thoughts of the Football Outsiders staff from this weekend's games. (Click link to read more.)

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04 Dec 2006, 12:42pm by Aaron Schatz

Use of McCown Heightens Folly

Rob Parker of the Detroit News on perhaps this season's strangest story: the switch of Josh McCown from quarterback to wide receiver. Parker has a good point. The Detroit Lions are 2-10, so even if McCown actually is a better receiver than Mike Williams right now, doesn't it make sense to at least stick Williams in there to find out if he has any future whatsoever? Instead, the Lions are actually talking about switching McCown to receiver permanently.

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42 comments, Last at 06 Dec 2006, 3:04pm by zlionsfan

04 Dec 2006, 12:25pm by Michael David Smith

MMQB: Who's In, Who's Out

Peter King writes that the AFC wild card is the race to watch.

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54 comments, Last at 05 Dec 2006, 9:01pm by Kulko