Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

05 Sep 2005, 03:06pm by P. Ryan Wilson

MMQB: Preseason Awards and Predictions

In this week's MMQB, Peter King has some thoughts on Hurricane Katrina, the Giants getting an extra home game, and he even gets around to his preseason awards and predictions. The good news? King's not picking Jake Plummer for NFL MVP for the first time in two years, but he does think that Mike Tice could be coach of the year. He also breaks down some X's and O's, thinks the Eagles could keep T.O. for 2006, and talks about how Jerry Rice should be a good fit in Denver because he no longer needs to be the go-to guy.

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46 comments, Last at 08 Sep 2005, 12:00pm by Pat

05 Sep 2005, 02:33pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Rice to Call it a Career

"Jerry Rice said he didn't want to play if he wasn't going to be at least the No. 3 receiver for the Denver Broncos. Informed that wasn't going to be the case, the NFL's all-time leading receiver opted to retire rather than ride the bench."

Hmmm. It's amazing what Rice has been able to do as a 40-something wide receiver, but I'm not sure if he's a No. 3 receiver on any team in the league.

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23 comments, Last at 09 Sep 2005, 3:58pm by Pat

04 Sep 2005, 11:28am by Aaron Schatz

Cuts o' Plenty

Let's see if we can do a quick roundup of the biggest cuts from yesterday's 53-man roster deadline. The Pats cut WR David Terrell. The Eagles cut DE Hugh Douglas and FB Jon Ritchie. The Chiefs ditched fourth-rounder Craphonso Thorpe, and headline writers wept. The Jags cut Fuamatu-Ma'afala, and spell-checkers cheered. San Francisco cut former top Denver pick CB Willie Middlebrooks. Miami cut RB Lamar Gordon, and Denver cut RB Quentin Griffin (following PFP's advice). Oakland cut DE Anttaj Hawthorne (so much for that supposed sixth-round steal) and TE Teyo Johnson (ACHTUNG!

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43 comments, Last at 07 Sep 2005, 12:33pm by Ryan Mc

03 Sep 2005, 05:24pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Deion Challenges All Pros to Donate

I like making fun of Deion Sanders as much as the next guy, but I couldn't agree with him more on this one. (Thanks to reader BDelblanc for the pointer.)

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23 comments, Last at 05 Sep 2005, 4:34pm by Björn

02 Sep 2005, 07:26pm by Aaron Schatz

Saints to Open in New Jersey

Obviously, there's no way to make this season normal for the New Orleans Saints. But is it heartless for me to say that this is unfair to Philadelphia, Dallas, and Washington? They couldn't find a neutral location for this game? I guess they don't want to make it look like the Saints are leaving Louisiana for good to move to San Antonio or Los Angeles, even though we've known for months, long before the devastation of this hurricane, that the Saints were probably leaving Louisiana for good to move to San Antonio or Los Angeles.

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46 comments, Last at 11 Sep 2005, 10:25pm by Jerry

02 Sep 2005, 02:30pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Forbes Ranks Skins No. 1 Again

For the sixth straight year, the Redskins are atop Forbes magazine's annual list of NFL franchise valuations at $1.26 billion, and their value has increased 15 percent since last year. This news led reader Jebmak to ask the following question: "[The Redskins] have over 100,000 people on the waiting list for tickets. Why oh why are people paying to see this team in action?" My guess is the post-game fireworks.

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4 comments, Last at 03 Sep 2005, 2:26am by Jeff Akers

02 Sep 2005, 11:18am by Aaron Schatz

Defenders Insist Ugly Stats Not a True Sign

I think this article from the San Diego Union-Tribune brings up something that people often forget when discussing preseason results. Yes, the Chargers defense seems to be struggling in the preseason, but there is no game planning. Nobody schemes the opposing quarterback, nobody studies film tendencies, they just throw guys out there and run vanilla strategies to see how they look on the field.

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15 comments, Last at 03 Sep 2005, 10:37pm by Pat

01 Sep 2005, 03:11pm by Michael David Smith

Owners Cancel Meeting, Cite CBA

I can't imagine an NFL labor stoppage. There's just too much money to be made for the sides not to come together on a deal. Having said that, it sure seems like the current collective bargaining agreement talks are hitting a lot of stumbling blocks. The latest is that the owners have cancelled their upcoming meeting because there's no CBA progress to discuss.

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36 comments, Last at 03 Sep 2005, 1:36am by IzzionSona

01 Sep 2005, 01:21am by Aaron Schatz

Corey Simon to Colts

Holy Perfect Match, Batman.

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81 comments, Last at 15 Sep 2005, 1:13pm by Jim A

31 Aug 2005, 05:30pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Pope Suspended Year for Violating NFL Drug Policy

Wow. LB Kendyll Pope can't practice or play with the Colts until August 2006 because he's tested positive for a banned substance at least three times. Considering he's a second-year player, it sounds like Pope's been pretty busy. The NFL's substance abuse policy is a wee bit more stringent than some of the other professional sports leagues.

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9 comments, Last at 01 Sep 2005, 12:38am by Harris