Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

25 Jun 2005, 11:37pm by P. Ryan Wilson

QB Controversy

You know you're definitely B-list when Steve Spurrier takes you out behind the woodshed. Responding to some silly comments from Joe Theismann about his handling of QB Patrick Ramsey during his days in Washington, Spurrier had this to say: "I'm always amused by a few former players who, once they're handed a microphone, become an authority and expert on everything about football, including coaching," Spurrier said. "Yet, so many of these guys -- almost all of them -- have never coached a down in their lives."

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24 comments, Last at 29 Jun 2005, 11:01am by Led

24 Jun 2005, 04:23pm by Michael David Smith

Tip Sheet: Hoping for Another Chance

Len Pasquarelli seems surprised that no one wants to give former Carolina Panthers cornerback Rashard Anderson another chance. Gee, why not? I mean, just because he hasn't played in the NFL since 2001, wasn't that good when he did play, has tested positive for drugs several times, and just got cut by the Calgary Stampeders, that doesn't mean anything, does it?

I agree with Len that some team ought to sign Vinny Testaverde or Jeff Blake, but I think Jeff George is way past his prime, and Kordell Stewart never had a prime (at least not as a quarterback).

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13 comments, Last at 27 Jun 2005, 11:52am by Scott de B.

22 Jun 2005, 05:23pm by Aaron Schatz

Ratings Game

My god, we are not alone! One of the frustrations we've had since starting Football Outsiders comes from the huge holes in the play-by-play data, all the information that isn't available: length on incomplete passes, yards after catch on every play, which defensive backs are covering which receivers, and so forth. We've tossed around the idea of a project to log games off videotape to track these statistics ourselves.

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64 comments, Last at 26 Jun 2005, 8:47pm by Ryan Mc

21 Jun 2005, 04:57pm by Michael David Smith

Myron Cope to Retire

Legendary Steelers radio man Myron Cope is retiring. He's been around forever, inventing the Terrible Towel and shouting nasal malapropisms to the delight of fans in Pittsburgh. Cope once said that when he got his first radio gig he was told he would fit in because "Obnoxious voices are coming into style." One of my biggest regrets as a football fan is that I've heard only clips of Cope and never an entire game. Are there any other radio men who so closely identify with their teams? I can't think of any.

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17 comments, Last at 25 Jun 2005, 2:11am by MMM

21 Jun 2005, 10:56am by Aaron Schatz

Bengals Offense Awesome on Paper

I think this Lonnie Wheeler piece from the Cincinnati Post has the right attitude about the off-season. Wow, our team is good -- on paper, with everyone healthy.

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29 comments, Last at 26 Jun 2005, 11:38am by Led

21 Jun 2005, 12:43am by

Chow, Other Assistants, in the Spotlight

After having fun with Norm Chow's name, which will be the "go-to move" of 95% of all NFL beat writers when they need to fill up column space on slow Thursday mornings this fall (I will admit that I almost quoted a lyric from the late great Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London" to title this Extra Point), Len Pasquarelli notes how Chow is already placing his stamp on the Titans offense. Pasquarelli also takes a look at some other assistants who will be more scrutinized than usual at the start of the season.

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10 comments, Last at 21 Jun 2005, 12:46pm by Vinny

20 Jun 2005, 11:00pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Redskins' Offense Is Put Under the Gun

It looks like Joe Gibbs is finally going to try the shotgun in 2005. What's amazing are the reasons he gave for not using it before now. What's more amazing is that last year's offense was from 1992. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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35 comments, Last at 28 Jun 2005, 2:23pm by B

20 Jun 2005, 01:14pm by Aaron Schatz

Football Commentary: Clock-Management Value of Timeouts

With the help of a lot of math, William Krasker looks to answer the question "How valuable is a timeout, anyway?" The basic summary is that the clock-management value of a timeout is not particularly large in most situations, but is still large enough to call into question some of the common uses of timeouts, such as avoiding delay of game or discussing strategy. For a more advanced look, click on the link.

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20 comments, Last at 22 Jun 2005, 4:33pm by Larry

18 Jun 2005, 11:25pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Chiefs sign WR Freddie Mitchell

Congratulations Freddie Mitchell, you're the Chiefs' consolation prize after they couldn't sign Az-Zahir Hakim! Last season FredEx actually had a worse DPAR than Hakim (7.2 to 14.1), and he was well behind Kansas City's wideouts (Kennison - 24.7 and Morton - 19.3). After Vermeil's failed attempt to reform Lawrence Phillips, maybe he didn't want to take a chance on Koren Robinson.

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33 comments, Last at 21 Jun 2005, 1:50pm by Sebastian

18 Jun 2005, 10:58am by P. Ryan Wilson

When Players Don't Pay

Reader Noah sends along this link from the Wall Street Journal. Apparently, when players are fined in professional sports for rule-breaking, it's rarely the case that they actually end up paying those fines in full (and in some cases they're fully refunded ... with interest). Between leagues quietly reducing a punishment and agents immediately filing appeals to delay the punishment, it's not surprising that that these perceived penalties don't serve as a deterrent.

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9 comments, Last at 20 Jun 2005, 3:00pm by Jim A