Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

01 Oct 2005, 11:46am by Michael David Smith

Brent Jones Leaves CBS

Just days after e-mailing our own Russell Levine, Brent Jones decided he no longer wants to be a TV broadcaster. I hope Russell's criticism had nothing to do with the decision, as we like Jones around here for his interest in unconventional stats. According to Jones, the decision is about wanting to spend more time with his family. Steve Tasker will now take Jones's place in the booth alongside Gus Johnson.

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19 comments, Last at 07 Oct 2005, 5:36pm by Russ

30 Sep 2005, 01:40pm by Aaron Schatz

The NFL's Smartest Team

In today's Wall Street Journal, Sam Walker looks at Wonderlic scores to see if he can tell which NFL team is the smartest, and which is -- there's no other way to put this -- the dumbest. The smartest team, apparently, is St. Louis, followed by Oakland. Clearly, they are measuring players, and not fans. The dumbest teams? Your 0-3 Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals. (Hat tip: Deadspin)

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43 comments, Last at 05 Oct 2005, 7:40am by someone

30 Sep 2005, 09:17am by P. Ryan Wilson

Football Isn't Just for Kicks

Well, Skip Bayless has just disrespected Adam Vinatieri. Which means he indirectly disrespected Rodney Harrison. Bayless thinks kickers should be abolished because, well, he doesn't really give a good reason. Of course, that doesn't stop him from using 1,200 words to make his case, however weak.

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86 comments, Last at 04 Oct 2005, 11:16pm by Starshatterer

29 Sep 2005, 11:01pm by Benjy Rose

Jets and Giants Agree to Share New Stadium

I guess this makes them domestic partners. As a lifelong Jets fan and former Long Islander, I feel dirty. It's nice that they'll get a permanent home, but, um, IT'S IN NEW JERSEY! The oddest quote from the article had to be from Patricia Dolan, president of the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy, which had opposed the Queens stadium plan: "I am delighted that the Jets made the right decision and will be staying in New Jersey where they belong." Huh?

Wonder who they'll bury in the end zone of the new stadium.

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23 comments, Last at 30 Sep 2005, 6:43pm by Carl

29 Sep 2005, 06:03pm by Aaron Schatz

Dr. Z: Giant Mistake

Dr. Z is sick of Jeremy Shockey whining to the media. Who isn't? The good doc also points out the similarities between last week's Patriots-Steelers game and the one that broke the New England winning streak in 2004, and he's a big fan of the New England defensive line. Also feel free to discuss his latest power rankings. Doing these myself this year, I realize how silly it is to base things on win-loss records this early in the year. I mean, really, does Dr.

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36 comments, Last at 03 Oct 2005, 9:23am by Flux

29 Sep 2005, 11:41am by Aaron Schatz

QBs Under Pressure

Over at the PROTRADE site, Ben Alamar takes a look at the best and worst quarterbacks of 2004 in a variety of situations: 3rd downs, blitzes, and red zone. (You may remember Ben as the guy who helped us create the DVOA-based win projection system.) The moral of the story: blitz Marc Bulger but not Peyton Manning, and try to trap Tom Brady in third-and-long.

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24 comments, Last at 02 Oct 2005, 3:30pm by David Keller

29 Sep 2005, 09:37am by P. Ryan Wilson

Rivers Expects to Start Somewhere in '06

Here's an interesting article from the other Michael Smith on Philip Rivers and his plight as a backup quarterback. He's in his second year with the Chargers, a team that found their quarterback of the future about the time Rivers decided to end his holdout. I saw this headline that suggested the Jets should trade for Rivers, but that might end up costing them more than what the Giants paid to get the other Manning.

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16 comments, Last at 01 Oct 2005, 2:23pm by Clod

29 Sep 2005, 09:31am by P. Ryan Wilson

Faulk Battered, Pats Add Zereoue

If you're a Steelers fan, you have to chuckle whenenver the Patriots fill their roster with former Pittsburgh re-treads like Hank Poteat, Chad Scott, and now Amos Zereoue. Of course, the chuckles quickly turn to tears when you remember that Belichick is Cowher's daddy.

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22 comments, Last at 30 Sep 2005, 9:05am by LnGrrrR

29 Sep 2005, 12:21am by Aaron Schatz

Any Majik for Chad?

Once upon a time, there was a talented young quarterback. He suffered an injury, sat out a few weeks, attempted to come back, and made the injury worse. This is the story of Dan Majkowski, the man Chad Pennington sees in his nightmares.

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4 comments, Last at 01 Oct 2005, 12:03am by djibouti

28 Sep 2005, 09:20am by Aaron Schatz

Breakdown of Kyle Orton's 5 INTs

We don't normally link to team fan message board posts here at Extra Points, but then again you don't normally find good breakdown like this on team fan message boards. I was going through the referral logs this morning and found this Chicago Bears board had linked to Mike's Every Play Counts about Brian Urlacher. Near the top of their board today is this analysis of Kyle Orton's five interceptions against Cincinnati. The verdict seems to be one bad decision, one bad mechanics, one caused by Justin Gage, and two that were a mix of bad offense and good defense.

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10 comments, Last at 29 Sep 2005, 1:55pm by Justin Gage