Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

25 Jan 2006, 11:42am by P. Ryan Wilson

Cowher's Gambit: The Steelers Will Wear White

OK, this is one of those stories you see during the "dead week" leading up to the Super Bowl. Pittsburgh, the designated home team, has chosen to wear their road whites for the big game. Bill Cowher claims that since his team isn't playing at Heinz Field, it's a road game. Maybe. Or perhaps it has something to do with the Steelers reeling off three in a row on the road in the playoffs.

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25 comments, Last at 26 Jan 2006, 2:08am by Trogdor

24 Jan 2006, 04:15pm by Aaron Schatz

TMQ: Box-and-One

Somebody finally figures out how to defend against Steve Smith, Denver's defensive line turns back into pumpkins, and CBS declines to show us hot Denver cheerleaders. All this and more covered in the latest TMQ. I can't believe I didn't think to compare the Smith defense to basketball's box-and-one, it's a great comparison. I did, however, send Gregg an e-mail to complain about his use of the simplistic NFL rankings for pass defense. Denver does not have a bad pass defense, or, at least, did not before Sunday.

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47 comments, Last at 26 Jan 2006, 11:32am by Smeghead

24 Jan 2006, 02:05pm by Aaron Schatz

Seattle's Big Problem Comes to the Front

See, when Ron Borges writes about something unrelated to Bill Belichick, he's not so bad. The subject here is Seattle's unfamiliarity with the 3-4 defense. I agree that this will be an important issue for Seattle to work on over the next two weeks, and the best NFC teams do seem to struggle against 3-4 defenses from the AFC. (I did a little bit on this last year with Philadelphia, and hope to do some numbers research over the next week.) But we should point out that Seattle actually played four games against 3-4 defenses this season, not just one.

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36 comments, Last at 26 Jan 2006, 12:49am by Costanza

24 Jan 2006, 01:09pm by Aaron Schatz

Football is Catching on in Japan

Not really, but wow, look at this guy's mullet. That is one puffed-up mid-80's haircut right there. Should we be concerned that Japanese kids are getting inspired to play football by watching The Replacements?

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16 comments, Last at 25 Jan 2006, 10:49am by lk6

24 Jan 2006, 11:30am by P. Ryan Wilson

Broncos Fan Says He Was Humiliated By Teacher

Western Pennsylvania high school student and Denver Broncos fan, Joshua Vannoy, claims that his teacher and Pittsburgh Steelers fan, John Kelly, forced him to take a test on the floor, and instructed other classmates to pelt him with balled up pieces of paper because he wouldn't remove his John Elway jersey during last Friday's class. Some of you might remember Kelly from his role as Buddy Revell in "Three O'Clock High."

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59 comments, Last at 04 Feb 2006, 8:56pm by Krysta

23 Jan 2006, 01:04pm by Michael David Smith

MMQB: How They Got There

Peter King examines what led Pittsburgh and Seattle to the Super Bowl and tells us which team he thinks is heading in the right direction this off-season.

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56 comments, Last at 24 Jan 2006, 6:32pm by Pat

23 Jan 2006, 12:20pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Fire Up the Hype Machine

When asked at his press conference how it feels to win the Beard Bowl, here's what Ben Roethlisberger said, "Two words: Katie Holmes." OK, he didn't really say that. In fact, he wasn't even asked the question. Anyway, here's DJ Gallo's latest. And congratulations on his engagement.

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26 comments, Last at 25 Jan 2006, 9:58pm by Gleber

23 Jan 2006, 11:31am by P. Ryan Wilson

Land of 1,000 Coaches

With the hiring of Al Saunders, Tony Kornheiser wonders exactly where the Redskins are going to put all these coaches. Of course he's kidding when he says, "After Saunders is finished bringing in his own staff to teach this new offense that only he understands, this will give the already top-heavy Redskins 53 assistant coaches, and will enable those 53 to scrimmage against the 53 players on the active roster." But with Gregg Williams coaching up the defense, and Saunders taking over offensive play-calling duties, what exactly will Joe Gibbs' role be?

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18 comments, Last at 02 Feb 2006, 12:02pm by Andy

22 Jan 2006, 01:28pm by Aaron Schatz

Break up the Ravens

The headline on this article is actually "There's hope Ravens offense will bear Fassel's imprint," but I think the defensive comments are more interesting. It looks like there's a better than even chance Ray Lewis will be elsewhere next season. That's an interesting question -- where does he make the best fit? Will Demps will not be re-signed and even Chris McAlister might be let go. And there's the question of the running backs, of course. Jamal Lewis sold his house in Baltimore but still says he expects the Ravens to franchise him. The Ravens can't be that stupid, right?

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28 comments, Last at 23 Jan 2006, 8:09pm by Opiegrey

21 Jan 2006, 12:45pm by P. Ryan Wilson

The Seahawks are Far From Super

This is very surprising. Skip Bayless throws the Seahawks in the wood chipper (what, you thought I was going to say "under the bus?"), and believes this might be the luckiest team ever to make it to a Super Bowl. He even goes so far as to say that one of the reasons Seattle has the advantage in tomorrow's game is because Carolina will be without DeShaun Foster. Yep, that's DeShaun "I got three yards on 3rd-and-4" Foster. If there's anything good to come out of this column, it's that Bayless promises never to return to Seattle after his latest diatribe.

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39 comments, Last at 24 Jan 2006, 7:19pm by zlionsfan