Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

26 Sep 2005, 11:36am by Michael David Smith

Bengals Fans Happy, Packers Fans Angry

ESPN has a fun little feature where they poll fans and ask them whether they approve or disapprove of the way their team's coach is handling his job. Marvin Lewis of the Bengals comes in first with a 97 percent approval rating. I would love to meet the 3 percent of Bengals fans who aren't happy with a coach who took over the most inept franchise in football and now has them at 3-0.

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24 comments, Last at 26 Sep 2005, 8:33pm by NFC Central Freak

25 Sep 2005, 07:27pm by Aaron Schatz

Travis Henry to Be Suspended

According to the CBS pregame show today, the league will suspend Travis Henry of the Titans four games for testing positive for a banned substance (to be named later). I'm sure Will Carroll will have more about this in Black and Blue Report on Wednesday, but here's a place to talk about it before then.

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4 comments, Last at 26 Sep 2005, 1:02pm by zip

25 Sep 2005, 11:13am by P. Ryan Wilson

In Crowd's Out

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times takes a sobering look at exactly why the Arizona Cardinals are annually one of the worst outfits in the NFL. But don't fret Arizona fans, according to the article, "the Cardinals intend to model a turnaround after that of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who went from perennial loser to Super Bowl champion ..." All that's missing are the creamsicle uniforms, Rich McKay and Steve DeBerg. (Thanks to reader Greg F. for the link; free registration/bugmenot required.)

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5 comments, Last at 26 Sep 2005, 12:01pm by C

25 Sep 2005, 12:20am by Aaron Schatz

Honey, I Shrunk the Lineman

Found this on Brian Bassett's Jets blog. EA Sports accidentally posted a roster update for Madden 2006 where they had made Jets practice squad OL Michael King only seven inches tall. If you haven't seen the pictures yet, it's oddly whimsical.

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10 comments, Last at 27 Sep 2005, 1:30pm by Bob

24 Sep 2005, 01:49pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Randle El, Wilson Let Steelers Go Deep

Hey, maybe tall receivers are overrated as downfield threats. Hmmm, where have we heard that before?

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8 comments, Last at 26 Sep 2005, 10:42pm by B

24 Sep 2005, 12:10pm by Michael David Smith

Don Banks: Better off without Vick?

I post this not because anyone really cares who Don Banks thinks is going to win on Sunday, but because I was intrigued by this comment about the Falcons-Bills matchup:

I know it's heresy and I'll be excommunicated for suggesting it, but if the Falcons have to play Matt Schaub for the injured Michael Vick, they will improve offensively. Atlanta will be more balanced and feature a more potent passing game without Vick and his one-of-a-kind rushing threat. Remember, folks. You heard it here first.

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17 comments, Last at 26 Sep 2005, 10:23am by JonL

23 Sep 2005, 06:16pm by Michael David Smith

Shanahan Rips Officials for Negated TD

The NFL has fined Mike Shanahan $20,000 for criticizing the game officials who negated a Broncos touchdown in Sunday's victory over the Chargers. For those who missed it, here's what happened:

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27 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2005, 3:45am by Kibbles

22 Sep 2005, 02:04pm by Michael David Smith

Dr. Z: The 10 Best Receivers in Football

I'm not a big fan of these SI.com features where one of their writers writes a couple of hundred words but they space it out into 10 pages with photos. But I am a big fan of Dr. Z, so the link goes to his choice for the best receiver in the NFL, and you can click the arrows to see the rest.

Actually, I disagree very, very strongly with Dr. Z here, but I'm going to keep my reasons quiet for now and reveal them in a future edition of Every Play Counts. And that, my friends, is what is known as a tease.

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121 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2005, 3:56am by DavidH

22 Sep 2005, 10:23am by Aaron Schatz

Check Out This Batch of Coaching Candidates

Jay Glazer looks at the top coaching candidates as the rumor mill (Tice) gets spinning (Tice) extra early this year (Tice). Our man Jim Schwartz is here. (When you read "Schwartz has worked with statistical analysts to study down-and-distance decisions," or some such thing, that's a reference to FO.) So is Pittsburgh O-Line coach Russ Grimm, who was also mentioned as a possible head coaching candidate in the Steelers chapter of PFP 2005.

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47 comments, Last at 24 Sep 2005, 2:55am by Aaron

22 Sep 2005, 08:55am by P. Ryan Wilson

Colts Run Wild

Dr. Z's Week 2 power rankings have a new number one: the Indianapolis Colts. In fact, the top six spots are all occupied by new teams. He also ranks the Falcons ahead of the Eagles (and the Redskins ahead of the Cowboys), introduces TV bubbleheads to Alan Ameche, and has his preseason pick to win the AFC North ranked 27th. You know things are weird when the Browns and the 49ers are ranked ahead of the Ravens and Vikings.

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60 comments, Last at 23 Sep 2005, 3:56pm by TomC