Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

07 Jan 2007, 01:42am by Mike Tanier

Overheard at FO

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

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05 Jan 2007, 11:30pm by Aaron Schatz

A Center Shall Lead Them

Robert Weintraub of Slate argues that center, not left tackle, is the second-most important player on the offense behind the quarterback. I'll be honest: this reads like contrarian thinking for the sake of being contrary. Does anybody think Robbie Tobeck has been Seattle's most important injury this year?

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39 comments, Last at 08 Jan 2007, 3:19pm by stan

04 Jan 2007, 11:27pm by Michael David Smith

Cowher Out in Pittsburgh, Shell Out in Oakland

The link goes to the Associated Press report saying Bill Cowher has told his assistants he's done as the coach of the Steelers. There's also an ESPNews report that Art Shell and Al Davis agreed today that they're parting ways, although it's not clear whether that was Shell's decision or Davis's. In any event, we now have coaching vacancies in Atlanta, Arizona, Miami, Pittsburgh and Oakland. Feel free to use the comments to discuss your favorite candidates.

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79 comments, Last at 07 Jan 2007, 11:42pm by NF

04 Jan 2007, 10:24pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Grossman Says Preparation Was Lacking Against Pack

From ESPN.com news services: "Bears quarterback Rex Grossman says he learned an important lesson by not giving it '100 percent' while preparing for Chicago's regular-season finale against the Green Bay Packers last Sunday."

I know Grossman only thought he would play 30 minutes or so, but it's not like he set the world on fire in the first half. Either way, this has to be very reassuring for Bears fans.

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40 comments, Last at 05 Jan 2007, 8:24pm by paytonrules

04 Jan 2007, 03:56pm by Aaron Schatz

12 Defunct Bowl Games

From The Onion's "AV Club," a.k.a. "The section that isn't made up." Wherefore art thou, Cherry Bowl and galleryfurniture.com Bowl?

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20 comments, Last at 11 Jan 2007, 3:24am by zlionsfan

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

Russell Outplays Quinn as LSU Wins Sugar Bowl

Anybody else think JaMarcus Russell had his Vince Young rocketing-up-the-draft-board moment in last night's Sugar Bowl? For those interested in the FO college quarterback projection system, note that Russell completed 68% of his passes this year.

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77 comments, Last at 06 Jan 2007, 1:06pm by Pat

04 Jan 2007, 01:59am by Aaron Schatz

Game Charting Stats on DBs for the Wild Card Games

What to expect from the defensive backs in this weekend's playoff matchups. (Click link to read more.)

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03 Jan 2007, 01:30pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Lions' Millen: I'll Never Quit

Three things:

1) Matt Millen ain't goin' nowhere;
2) Rod Marinelli hired his son-in-law as the new defensive coordinator;
3) Mike Williams wants to return to Detroit, but only if the team will let him eat as much as he wants.

That sound you hear is Michael David Smith punching himself in the face.

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73 comments, Last at 04 Jan 2007, 7:46pm by Erasmus

03 Jan 2007, 12:40pm by Aaron Schatz

Nick Saban to Alabama

It's official now: Nick Saban will take the money and run back to college football. I'm happy about this as a Patriots fan, but every other part of me thinks Saban is a jerk. I can't stand the way college football coaches can walk out of their contracts whenever they feel like it, and their former schools and former players get nothing in return. It's one thing when you go from 1-AA to 1-A, but the worst has to be Tom O'Brien, walking out on Boston College for another school IN THE SAME CONFERENCE.

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111 comments, Last at 04 Jan 2007, 7:44pm by Erasmus

03 Jan 2007, 02:07am by Aaron Schatz

FO Mailbag: 2007 Strength of Schedule

For the twelve teams not in the playoffs this year, it is time to look forward to next year. And with that, we have an early projection of the 2007 strength of schedule for each team. (Click link to read.)

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