Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

22 Oct 2004, 11:57am by Michael David Smith

Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced 89 people on the preliminary ballot. I'm curious to hear everyone's votes, but my strongest opinion is that it's long past time for Fritz Pollard to get the recognition he deserves. My other yes votes would probably go to Steve Young, Dan Marino, Michael Irvin, and Joe Jacoby. And I could make a case for Paul Tagliabue, who has done a good job keeping labor peace and acted as a strong leader after 9/11. I consider Art Monk, Derrick Thomas, and Charles Haley to be near misses. Any arguments?

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22 Oct 2004, 10:31am by P. Ryan Wilson

Billick Wants Lewis Practicing With Ravens

Apparently Brian Billick thinks that as part of his NFL-mandated suspension, Jamal Lewis should still be allowed to go to work every day. I found this quote particularly entertaining: "We can talk to him, but he's not allowed to be in the building, which I really think has to be revisited during the offseason...When you have an athlete in this position...He needs to be around the counseling and the mentoring we have here.

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22 Oct 2004, 01:03am by Aaron Schatz

Football Commentary: Week 6 Strategy Review

The latest strategy analysis from William Krasker looks at Mike Martz going for it on 4th-and-goal at the end of the second quarter, two point conversion choices by the Jets and Seahawks, and Andy Reid's favorite play, the unexpected mid-game onside kick. We'll be publishing William's review and reconsideration of the most interesting strategic decisions of Weeks 1-6 later this weekend.

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21 Oct 2004, 12:54pm by Michael David Smith

How the Dolphins Helped Every Other Team

It's open season for everyone who wants to pile on the Dolphins. Dave Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel shows us how, in one way or another, the Dolphins' futility has helped every other team in the league.

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20 Oct 2004, 06:53pm by admin

While We Were Out, Everyone Traded Wide Receivers

I figured I should provide a place to discuss all the wacky wide receiver trading that went on while we were struggling to figure out where the right server backup had gone. Keenan McCardell is now a Charger, Jerry Rice a Seahawk, Quincy Morgan a Cowboy, and Antonio Bryant a Brown. At least Jerry Rice can catch the ball. Apparently Koren Robinson is going to be suspended four games for a third violation on the league substance abuse policy which is a bit of a surprise to me because I can't believe he can hold on to a joint long enough to take a hit off the thing.

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20 Oct 2004, 06:49pm by Aaron Schatz

TMQ: Unpatriotic Comments

For a number of reasons -- fewer TMQ fans reading FO, people losing their desire to talk about TMQ, moving the discussion to Extra Points -- TMQ discussion has severely dropped off around here, but I have a feeling that's going to change with the subject that kicked off Gregg's column this week. Even I'm a little irked at his statement that he's sick of the Patriots, that they get all the lucky breaks, and that they've avoided injuries. The 2003-2004 Patriots get their share of lucky breaks, but no more than any other team (the 2001 Patriots were a different story). Injuries, I mean, huh?

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18 Oct 2004, 02:10pm by Aaron Schatz

Snap Judgment: Big Ben

Here are all the Week 6 quarterback ratings and commentary from ESPN Page 2's Snap Judgment, featuring yours truly. This week we ask if Matt Hasselbeck is good enough to win the Super Bowl and if McNabb-to-Owens has become the best QB-WR combination in football, plus I have some extended comments on Ben Roethlisberger and DPAR for each quarterback who played yesterday.

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15 Oct 2004, 04:49pm by Michael David Smith

Cats Wait as Graham Courts NFL

Just for fun, check out the Australian point of view on what happens when NFL teams sign Aussies as their punters. If you were a Geelong Cats fan, you'd be upset that forward Ben Graham is thinking of heading to the States. It's worth a look if for no other reason than paragraphs like this:

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15 Oct 2004, 10:11am by Aaron Schatz

Mel Kiper Leaves ESPN

Well, here's a shocker. Mel Kiper is being let go by ESPN because they couldn't agree on language in his contract. I assume that Sporting News, SI.com, et al. now go after him, but isn't a large part of Kiper's value his being on set during the draft broadcast?

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13 Oct 2004, 12:10pm by Aaron Schatz

Football Commentary: Week 5 Strategy Review

The latest mathematical analysis of NFL coaching decisions from our friend William Krasker takes a closer look at Seattle's clock management snafus against St. Louis (Russell is right, they should have run three times and punted) as well as the Tuna's controversial decision to go for it on 4th-and-1 at the Dallas 43-yard line in the fourth quarter. I also like William's analysis of Denver's 4th-and-goal play at the Carolina goal line.

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