Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

27 Apr 2017, 01:54pm by Vincent Verhei

Rise of the Mock Draft Empire

Jason Lisk's story at The Big Lead looks at the rise of the NFL draft -- once a chore of a middle-management committee, now a multi-day media event. From ESPN's first coverage in 1980, to Mel Kiper's creation of an industry. And along the way, mock drafts became a thing, starting with the Independent Press Telegram in 1958 before becoming regular features by Paul Zimmerman and Joel Buchsbam. Which brings us today, when everyone in and out of the media seems to be putting one together themselves.

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4 comments, Last at 11 May 2017, 4:52am by RobotBoy

24 Apr 2017, 05:21pm by Aaron Schatz

The Development of Shotgun Offense in the NFL, in Four Tables

Usage of shotgun formations in NFL offenses has certainly changed over the past 20 years, peaking with San Francisco going shotgun on 99 percent of plays in 2016. (Click to read more.)

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20 comments, Last at 26 Apr 2017, 4:48pm by nat

24 Apr 2017, 03:46pm by Vincent Verhei

The Best NFL Factories

ESPN has put up some fun infographics looking at which college football programs have produced the most and best NFL players over the last 15 years. I've got some problems with the methodology -- it seems to me you'd want to measure each school's total value produced, not average value per draft pick -- but it's interesting to note that Alabama's offensive linemen have generally underperformed their draft position, as have Clemson's defensive linemen and defensive backs.

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2 comments, Last at 24 Apr 2017, 11:20pm by ssereb

20 Apr 2017, 04:30pm by Aaron Schatz

2017 NFL Schedule Announced

OK folks, the full 2017 regular-season schedule is out. Go ahead and discuss which teams you think got screwed by the distribution of road games or how often they have to play teams coming off bye weeks.

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21 comments, Last at 25 Apr 2017, 12:38pm by The Powers That Be

19 Apr 2017, 01:11pm by Aaron Schatz

All 32 NFL Head Coaches Ranked

Here's a little item for offseason debate: Pete Prisco ranks all 32 NFL head coaches at CBSSports.com. You know who is No. 1, but Mike McCarthy at No. 2? I think this list is a bit too dependent on wins and losses without looking at the underlying questions of a) what a coach contributes with game management and b) when a coach adds to the talents of his players, and when he wins primarily because of those talents.

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62 comments, Last at 04 May 2017, 9:40am by Mr Shush

14 Apr 2017, 04:01pm by Scott Kacsmar

Raiders Agree to Terms with Marshawn Lynch (UPDATE: Maybe Not)

The Raiders have signed Marshawn Lynch, bringing the back out of retirement for the 2017 season.

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9 comments, Last at 18 Apr 2017, 3:41am by Bright Blue Shorts

14 Apr 2017, 10:52am by Aaron Schatz

Senior V.P. of Officiating Dean Blandino Resigns

Hey, so, remember that thing where Dean Blandino in the NFL offices in New York was going to decide all replay reviews? Never mind. Blandino is leaving the NFL, likely to go to CBS as their officiating expert. Perhaps the league should have made sure its head of officiating was sticking around before making a rule change this offseason?

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4 comments, Last at 17 Apr 2017, 11:27pm by Tomlin_Is_Infallible

13 Apr 2017, 04:27pm by Aaron Schatz

Steelers Owner Dan Rooney Dies at Age 84

Dan Rooney, the second-generation owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, has died at the age of 84. Rooney's move to take more control of the front office coincided with the rise of the Steelers in the 1970s; for example, he was a leading voice supporting the hire of Chuck Noll as head coach. Rooney also lobbied for a rule that required teams to interview minority coaching candidates, which now has his name. The Rooney Rule is imperfect, but at least it showed that owners acknowledged there was a problem. His son, Art Rooney II, will take over as chairman of the Steelers.

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6 comments, Last at 23 Apr 2017, 5:20am by RobotBoy

04 Apr 2017, 08:36am by Aaron Schatz

Tony Romo Retiring, Replacing Phil Simms at CBS

Maybe the Tony Romo saga doesn't end in Denver or Houston. Then again, maybe it does. With no trade interest, the Cowboys were apparently set to cut Tony Romo today. But now reports say that Romo will retire instead in order to pursue a career in broadcasting. In fact, he's wanted so badly as a color commentator (by both CBS and FOX) that it's possible a deal already exists and will be announced today.

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118 comments, Last at 22 Apr 2017, 4:25am by Jerry

28 Mar 2017, 02:45pm by Tom Gower

Rules Changes: No More Leaping, Ejection for Egregious Head Hits

In addition to approving the centralization of all replay reviews at this week's meeting in Arizona, NFL owners approved two other rule changes Tuesday. First, they passed a tremendously anti-fun, sadly pro-safety rule to ban defensive players leaping over the offensive line on place kicks. Second, they approved an automatic ejection for egregious hits to the head, which will undoubtedly lead to more fevered columns than actual penalties in 2017.

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35 comments, Last at 04 Apr 2017, 2:09pm by Tomlin_Is_Infallible