Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

29 Nov 2005, 02:57pm by Aaron Schatz

TMQ: Free the Third Quarterback

TMQ this week criticizes the third quarterback rule and the cowardly Lions, and celebrates Harvard football players, even up in Edmonton. Hey, they may have more pros, but Brown has the title.

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50 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2005, 12:07pm by Dave

29 Nov 2005, 12:17pm by Aaron Schatz

NFL Admits Referee Mistakes to Seahawks

It's not as much of a problem as it could have been, since Seattle won the game anyway, but yikes. The refs rarely admit to screwing up one call in a game, let alone two touchdown calls.

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47 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2005, 5:42am by Calbuzz

29 Nov 2005, 11:52am by Michael David Smith

Meggett Puts Super Bowl Ring on eBay

I'm not sure if Dave Meggett's Super Bowl ring doesn't fit anymore after Bill Romanowski broke his finger, or if he just wants some cash, but Meggett's Super Bowl ring is available. Opening bid is $40,000. No takers yet.

Hat tip: Ace Cowboy, who also has some good video of Jeremy Shockey celebrating what he wrongly thinks is a game-winning field goal.

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7 comments, Last at 30 Nov 2005, 4:35am by VarlosZ

29 Nov 2005, 11:27am by P. Ryan Wilson

Colts Take Out Frustrations on Steelers

If the Colts are still considered a finesse team after laying the wood to the Steelers last night, then they're the toughest finesse team in the history of professional football.

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34 comments, Last at 30 Nov 2005, 6:26pm by tom

29 Nov 2005, 11:21am by P. Ryan Wilson

By Losing, Ravens Give Fans Hope for Draft Win

This is the conversation at the exact opposite end of the spectrum from the "If the Colts have to play their starters all 16 games to go undefeated -- even if they've clinched homefield advantage after Week 14 -- then so be it ..." but it's a reality for a handful of teams with not much else to play for. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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6 comments, Last at 30 Nov 2005, 6:38am by lafcadio

28 Nov 2005, 06:06pm by Aaron Schatz

Morning After: Vikings' Defense Keys Turnaround

Len Pasquarelli is a much better reporter than he is an analyst, but he's got some good analysis today. Minnesota's four-game win streak is much less about Brad Johnson and much more about the defense finally getting its act together. (DVOA agrees, and the Vikings defense is now 15th in weighted DVOA.) As Pasquarelli points out, coordinator Ted Cottrell did the same thing with the Jets three years ago -- his defense, packed with new players, struggled early but improved at mid-season as the Jets went on a second-half run.

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12 comments, Last at 29 Nov 2005, 2:43pm by Rob

28 Nov 2005, 02:51pm by Russell Levine

Lions Fire Head Coach Mariucci

Not really shocking news here after the Thanksgiving Day debacle, but the real question is, how does Matt Millen still have a job? Didn't he hire Mooch? Didn't he draft three straight first-round receivers and a QB who still looks like a confused rookie in year four?

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67 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2005, 5:20am by ammek

28 Nov 2005, 12:09pm by Michael David Smith

MMQB: Please, Dungy, Don't Sit Manning

Peter King writes that Tony Dungy told him he'll rest his starters if the Colts clinch home-field advantage, playing for a healthy Super Bowl run rather than an undefeated season. I'm torn. On the one hand, I think it's the right move from a strategic standpoint. On the other hand, I'd love to see a team take a real run at 16-0. Of course, it's entirely possible that the Colts will lose tonight and suddenly become more concerned with falling behind Denver than with keeping up with the '72 Dolphins.

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68 comments, Last at 29 Nov 2005, 1:39pm by dryheat

28 Nov 2005, 10:32am by P. Ryan Wilson

Leftwich Out with Broken Ankle

Two reasons Byron Leftwich's injury may not be as bad as it could've been: (1) the Jaguars' schedule (of the five teams left to play, only the Colts have a winning record), and (2) David Garrard. And hey, if Garrard has a few Tommy Maddox moments, there's always Matt Jones.

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9 comments, Last at 10 Dec 2005, 11:52am by Chris

27 Nov 2005, 10:34pm by Michael David Smith

Irvin Arrested on Misdemeanor Drug Charge

Michael Irvin's odds of making the Hall of Fame just got a lot longer. Technically, off-field activities, especially after a player's career is over, aren't supposed to affect his Hall of Fame status. But some voters went on the record when Lawrence Taylor was up for enshrinement as saying they wouldn't vote for him because of his previous illegal drug use. Presumably the same voters will vote against Irvin, who was narrowly defeated in Hall of Fame voting last year.

I would guess that Irvin has some kind of morals clause in his ESPN contract, and this could cost him that job, too.

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71 comments, Last at 30 Nov 2005, 1:14pm by zach