Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

09 Feb 2017, 12:53pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Best Super Bowl Runners-Up

Inspired by Brian Fremeau's similar article on losers of the NCAA National Championship, here's a look at the best Super Bowl losers of the last 25 years according to DVOA. These ratings include the playoffs and remove "sit the starters" games. You know the 2007 Patriots are No. 1 but No. 2 and No. 3 are probably a surprise. And, honestly... I may need to look into why we have the 2001 Rams so low next time I go to improve the system.

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09 Feb 2017, 12:14pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: Which Teams Should Go After Romo?

Which teams should be in the market for Tony Romo's services?

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03 Feb 2017, 01:39pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Sneaky Stats to Swing Super Bowl LI

Here's another Super Bowl LI preview from us. We're looking at a number of under-the-radar stats that will affect the game, including: the Patriots' excellent yards after catch average, which quarterback should get blitzed, and whether Matt Ryan has a strong history with fourth-quarter comebacks.

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28 Jan 2017, 02:31pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Hidden Rings

I finally wrote a full article on one of my favorite topics, "hidden rings." This is an all-star team of players who you may not know won the Super Bowl because they didn't do it with the team they are historically associated with. I get to discuss many all-time greats including Lomas Brown, Hacksaw Reynolds, Larry Centers, and of course Bernie Kosar. Best of all, unlike most FO content on ESPN, this article is not on Insider. It's free!

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28 Jan 2017, 02:29pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Best Veterans Without a Ring

This piece on ESPN Insider complements today's other piece on "hidden rings." We go through and put together an all-star team of the best veterans (pre-2010 draft) who have never won a Super Bowl. Perhaps some of these players will eventually switch teams and win a long-awaited title.

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25 Jan 2017, 02:40pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: Breakout Super Bowl LI Prospects

We took the usual guidelines for our Top 25 Prospects list and used those to uncover four possible under-the-radar prospects to play a major role in Super Bowl LI. Who is the Chris Matthews of 2017? Unfortunately, the Final Fantasy VII joke was cut.

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20 Jan 2017, 12:19pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Will Weak QB Schedule Derail Patriots?

Here's a look at the 10 teams to make the NFL's final four since 1990 with the easiest schedules of quarterbacks faced. Yes, the Patriots are in there, but they aren't number one. Do these teams have a history of failing to win the Super Bowl because their defenses haven't really been tested? (Hint: Nope.)

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16 Jan 2017, 01:12pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Most Improved Units of 2016

Today's ESPN piece looks at the most improved units of 2016, including the Atlanta offense that powered the Falcons into the NFC Championship Game. How did these units improve, and what's likely to be the result in 2017?

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05 Jan 2017, 02:14pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Ranking Position Groups of Every Playoff Team

Here's an interesting little feature for ESPN Insider where I attempted to rank all 12 playoff teams, unit by unit, based on FO stats and consultation with our staff. Feel free to quibble with the WR/TE rankings, which were by far the toughest and could be in a completely different order.

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30 Dec 2016, 12:50pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Comparing NFL Contenders to Past Playoff Teams

I had a lot of fun writing this feature for ESPN Insider, finding a past playoff team (since 1990) similar to each of this year's playoff teams. I used DVOA splits but also common sense, to find a team that had similar stats and narrative. Don't worry if you miss seeing Denver in the playoffs, the Broncos are there! The Patriots are the 2013 Broncos, the Giants are the poor man's 2015 Broncos, and the Texans are the 2011 Tim Tebow Broncos because nobody can figure out how they've won so many games.

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