Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

18 Jan 2007, 12:09pm by Aaron Schatz

The Colts' Defense vs. History

When I wrote the DVOA commentary, I only went back to 1997 looking for bad defenses that turned it around in the playoffs. Doug Drinen went back a little further, finding five teams that gave up an above-average number of points during the regular season and won two playoff games with good defense: 1978 Oilers, 1979 Oilers, 1988 Bengals, 1989 Rams, and 1991 Bills. Those teams have something else in common, too.

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39 comments, Last at 19 Jan 2007, 12:27pm by dryheat

18 Jan 2007, 11:05am by Aaron Schatz

AFC Championship: Who Covers Who

Find out how often each defender will be guarding each potential receiver in the AFC Championship Game. (Click link to read more.)

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18 Jan 2007, 12:04am by Aaron Schatz

Hasselbeck Needs Shoulder Surgery

Well, this may be one reason why our Matt Hasselbeck projection was so completely off. Hasselbeck was not only playing the second half of the season with two broken fingers on his left hand; he also had a torn labrum in his left shoulder, which now needs surgery. That will keep him out six months, enough time for Seneca Wallace to get lots of reps in camp and then sit down for the start of another regular season.

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18 comments, Last at 22 Jan 2007, 3:51am by Vince

17 Jan 2007, 07:40pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Schottenheimer to Stay in San Diego for ‘07

And Marty Schottenheimer gets a stay of execution... Maybe team president Dean Spanos and GM A.J. Smith really will follow D.J. Gallo's advice and just fire Schottenheimer once the Chargers make the playoffs.

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57 comments, Last at 19 Jan 2007, 5:42am by DCP

17 Jan 2007, 05:24pm by Bill Barnwell

Too Many Carries Are Ruining Running Backs

I'm not sure if you're familiar with this concept, but...

Also, "Pro football is violent game and running backs arguably take the greatest amount of punishment." Did you ghost-write this column, Jason Mulgrew?

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38 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2007, 8:41pm by johonny

17 Jan 2007, 11:11am by Aaron Schatz

NFC Championship: Who Covers Who

A breakdown of which defensive players will be guarding which receivers in the NFC Championship game.

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17 Jan 2007, 10:55am by P. Ryan Wilson

London Selected to Host Regular Season NFL Game

From the AP: "London will hold the NFL's first regular-season game outside North America this year, the start of a campaign to take American football to a global audience." According to the article, the Dolphins and the Giants are the two likely teams, and the new 90,000-seat Wembley stadium is the likely venue. Commissioner Roger Goodell will announce the specifics before the Super Bowl.

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101 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2007, 1:58pm by Mikey

17 Jan 2007, 02:08am by Bill Barnwell

Report: Lofton Next Raiders Coach

James Lofton is apparently discussing terms to become the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders. The article notes the Raiders to be the Chargers' "most-hated rival", which is odd. I thought their most-hated rival was celebratory dancing.

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38 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2007, 12:29am by The Other Jed

16 Jan 2007, 06:18pm by P. Ryan Wilson

TMQ: Announcers Are Dropping the Ball

This week, Gregg Easterbrook says he might hurt someone if he hears another announcer say "almost intercepted." Just so you know.

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62 comments, Last at 19 Jan 2007, 4:21pm by Mikey Benny

16 Jan 2007, 11:33am by P. Ryan Wilson

Offense Still Billick's Call

Ten minutes. That's how long it took for the "Fire Brian Billick" talk to start following Saturday's loss to the Colts. Well, Billick's not going anywhere and yesterday he announced quarterbacks coach Rick Neuheisel will be the offensive coordinator next season. Except that Billick will still the call the plays. Not sure how that works, but Billick did add this: "[A]t the end of the day, quite frankly, I enjoyed [play-calling]. It's been a long time since I've enjoyed myself that much." As part of his new job title, Neuheisel will get to run the offensive meetings and help devise game plans.

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9 comments, Last at 17 Jan 2007, 12:56pm by Gus