Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

20 Sep 2006, 01:09pm by Aaron Schatz

Was Shell Watching Raiders' Offense?

On opening night, Ron Jaworski took Art Shell to task for calling too many long pass plays with seven-step drops. The Raiders offensive line simply could not hold up in the face of pressure and Aaron Brooks couldn't get passes off. This week against Baltimore, same thing, but after the game, Shell claimed he only called two seven-step drops all game. John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury-News called up Jaws, and Jaws watched the BAL-OAK tape and counted 13 seven-step drops. Who's right? I don't know about you, but my money is on Jaws.

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48 comments, Last at 22 Sep 2006, 5:18am by hwc

20 Sep 2006, 11:27am by Aaron Schatz

Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Highlight

I think most Football Outsiders readers would easily pick Bob Costas over Chris Berman, but would you pick NBC's new Football Night in America over ESPN's old NFL Primetime? Robert Weintraub from Slate thinks not, and I agree. Thanks to reader Jimmy Ryals for the tip.

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71 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2006, 3:03am by Jerry

20 Sep 2006, 11:17am by P. Ryan Wilson

Kellen Winslow Throws Down

If there's any player who has the right to speak up after his team starts the season 0-2 it's Kellen Winslow. Since, you know, he's played in all of four games in three seasons. So Romeo Crennel, listen up: "Some of the coaches might just be holding us back a little bit ... I don't mean to try to go behind their backs or whatever, but let's go, let's air it out, let's run the ball, let's make plays, let's be exciting."

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69 comments, Last at 21 Sep 2006, 10:49pm by Kevin11

20 Sep 2006, 09:45am by P. Ryan Wilson

USC Claims Musburger Revealed Too Much

Hey Musburger, loose lips sink ships. Or something like that. Seriously, during these game preparation meetings don't teams explain what can and can't be discussed on the air?

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19 comments, Last at 21 Sep 2006, 11:23am by stan

20 Sep 2006, 01:04am by Aaron Schatz

Why does DVOA rank New Orleans so low?

The Saints are 2-0…and 31st in DVOA. Aaron Schatz explains why and compares them to other teams with similar starts in the DVOA era. (Click link to read more.)

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20 Sep 2006, 12:57am by Mike Tanier

The Last Days of Frank Corral

Michael Koenen could not make it a full year as a combo kicker/punter. How did the last guy who did it lose his job? (Click link to read more.)

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19 Sep 2006, 01:54pm by P. Ryan Wilson

TMQ: The Five-Month NFL Forecast

Here's the latest from Mr. Easterbrook. All 9,000 words.

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57 comments, Last at 20 Sep 2006, 5:04pm by Joe

19 Sep 2006, 01:09am by Aaron Schatz

Has Reggie Williams turned the corner?

Is Reggie Williams hot start to the season real or a fluke? Aaron Schatz uses similarity scores to try and find out. (Click link to read more.)

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18 Sep 2006, 12:48pm by P. Ryan Wilson

MMQB: Hanging Tough

Here's Peter King's latest. And let me just add that this week's Quote of the Week is more like the Quote of the Millennium:

"Since Art Shell came back, this is a miracle performed here today.''

-- California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, during the third quarter of last Monday's Raiders-Chargers game on ESPN.

Um, okay.

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102 comments, Last at 21 Sep 2006, 12:33pm by Bjorn

18 Sep 2006, 10:51am by Michael David Smith

Bad Calls Kill Oklahoma

If you watched the Oregon-Oklahoma game, you had to be shaking your head at terrible officiating at the end of the game. Twice the referee halted the game for a replay review, and twice when the review was over he turned on his microphone afterward and told us things that were demonstrably false regarding where and when a player touched the ball.

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119 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2006, 10:53am by Trogdor