Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

16 Mar 2005, 12:31pm by Michael David Smith

NFL to Expand Unnecessary Roughness

I can't decide if I like this idea or not. The NFL Competition Committee will recommend that blind-side plays on "unsuspecting" players -- such as Warren Sapp's block on Packers tackle Chad Clifton -- should be banished under the rules. On the one hand, I thought Sapp's play was bush league. On the other hand, the play wasn't over, and I don't want to see players penalized for playing hard until the whistle, which is what every coach at ever level tells every player to do. (Note: the first paragraph of this story incorrectly states that Sapp's hit was on a punt return.

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15 Mar 2005, 12:32am by Aaron Schatz

The NFL's Worst Free Agents

Jeff Merron drops the weekly list over at ESPN Page 2, this week featuring the worst NFL free agent signings of all time. Scott Mitchell is #1 of course, but where is Peerless Price? Jeff! Peerless Price! Not even on the honorable mentions!

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08 Mar 2005, 10:22am by P. Ryan Wilson

Failing Caponomics

The Redskins front office needs an intervention (or maybe they need to start reading Football Outsiders). They've so bungled their salary cap that $22 million of it -- or more than 25 percent -- is "spent on players who already have departed the Redskins, likely won't be with the team next season or, as in Mark Brunell's case, will be with the club but not playing."

My favorite quote from the article: "One source with intimate knowledge of NFL players' contracts and team salary structures said no club has spent so much and gained so little as the Redskins."

Uh, do you think?

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07 Mar 2005, 01:12pm by Aaron Schatz

MMQB: Cowboy Up

Here are Peter King's thoughts on free agency so far. He's very big on the moves made by the Cowboys, although for someone who just wrote a column about Drew Bledsoe being over the hill, he sure does engage in a lot of Bledsoe hyperbole. ("The last time he played for Parcells he was the kind of bombs-away, productive player who put up enough numbers to merit a trip to Honolulu." Peter, that was nine years ago.) I can't argue with him about the other Dallas moves though.

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06 Mar 2005, 10:36pm by Aaron Schatz

Kurt Warner Signs One-Year Deal with Cardinals

Um, if you were a long-suffering franchise trying to build with youth, would you sign an over-the-hill veteran quarterback to a one-year contract to be your starter? Unless Arizona is going to draft a quarterback to learn under Warner, this seems like a colossal running-in-place move. At least the offensive line there does an okay job of pass protection.

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04 Mar 2005, 04:50pm by Aaron Schatz

The Rise and Fall of NFL Dynasties

Dr. Z looks at teams that dominated the NFL for long periods throughout its history. What caused each of these teams to fall from its perch atop the NFL, and what lesson does that hold for the Patriots? It won't shock you that aging players are the leading destroyer of dynasties, but one aging player in particular: the quarterback. The 50s Lions fell apart when Bobby Layne got old, the 60s Packers when Bart Starr got old, the 70s Steelers when Terry Bradshaw got old, the 90s Cowboys when Troy Aikman got old. The 49ers avoided this problem thanks to Steve Young.

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03 Mar 2005, 11:15am by P. Ryan Wilson

Cornering the Market

This might be the most intriguing trade of the off-season so far (Randy Moss who?). Seriously, I'd be interested to hear how Patriots fans feel about New England giving up a third round pick for cornerback Duane Starks. He's currently in the middle of a 5-year $23 million contract, he's undersized (5-10, 174 lbs.), and often injured. And he's also not very physical -- something the Patriots like in their cornerbacks to help defend against the run.

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25 Feb 2005, 07:08pm by Aaron Schatz

Severe Cuts: Law, Muhammad (Update: Muhammad to Chicago. Really.)

I'm determined not to toss every player cut or trade rumor into Extra Points, but I think that these two are big enough to get a separate thread. The Patriots cut Ty Law today, possibly the league's best cornerback prior to this season's foot injury. The Panthers cut Muhsin Muhammad, who of course had just an insanely good year in 2004 but was owed a bonus consisting of $10 million plus John Fox's first-born grandchild and his own Carribean island. Oh, salary cap, is no one spared your merciless wrath?

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23 Feb 2005, 06:59pm by admin

Report: Vikings Agree to Trade Moss to Raiders

Looks like Reggie "Moss is staying" Fowler may have another inaccuracy on his bio to clear up. Is there a better fit in the NFL than Randy Moss, Raider? Now Al Davis can get back to his beloved vertical passing attack.

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20 Feb 2005, 10:49pm by Ned Macey

MMQB: Better without Bledsoe

Peter King shares a behind the scenes story about the coin flip that helped lead to Drew Bledsoe's release. He also is able to argue that the Patriots made the right decision trading Bledsoe and keeping Brady, with only the third reason being that Brady is actually a much better player. Does anyone in the world still question this decision? King also offers two thoughts on the Westminster Dog Show, debuts a new feature on equestrian, and takes a shot at the NHLPA.

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