Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

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

27 Sep 2005, 09:40pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Cards Agree to Deal with Davey

Geez, what a week for injuries. First Vinny Testaverde goes to the Jets, and now Rohan Davey signs with the Cardinals. While it's been good for free agents looking for work, guys like Billy Volek, Patrick Ramsey, Tommy Maddox, and Charlie Batch are left holding the clipboard because the price of poker just went up for all those teams looking for an emergency starter.

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12 comments, Last at 29 Sep 2005, 8:55am by Moe

27 Sep 2005, 05:11pm by Michael David Smith

King: Vinatieri Heading to Canton?

Peter King says barring a late-career slide, Adam Vinatieri will get his Hall of Fame vote "because he makes kicks in the clutch and because nothing makes him sweat." Vinatieri is probably the second-best kicker of his generation, after David Akers. Is that good enough to get him into the Hall?

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92 comments, Last at 14 Oct 2005, 4:14am by ryan

27 Sep 2005, 04:38pm by Aaron Schatz

TMQ: Avoid Postmodern Food

TMQ is down on Brett Favre. He also proposes a radical change to the salary cap, discovers paper food, and asks why on earth any broadcaster would refer to Cadillac Williams as "overrated." He's really got a point on that one.

And please, please, please, don't make this the "rip on TMQ" thread. If you don't like the column, don't you have anything better to do with your life than post here every week about how you don't like the column?

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142 comments, Last at 03 Oct 2005, 8:58am by Aaron

27 Sep 2005, 03:50pm by Aaron Schatz

Attack of the Fantasy Football Clones

There's nothing wrong with rooting for your fantasy players along with your favorite team. But Peter Schrager is a little annoyed by people who root only for their fantasy team, especially because there are lots of people playing fantasy football now who don't really know anything about football otherwise. Are they ruining your trip to the sports bar too? And who is this Brian Leftwich guy?

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22 comments, Last at 30 Sep 2005, 6:51am by TrySaraTops

27 Sep 2005, 01:20pm by Al Bogdan

Testaverde Set to Return to Jets

Vinny from Long Island is returning to Jersey. Brooks Bollinger is still expected to start this week, but Testaverde will likely be on the field before too long. Testaverde was easily the best of the available quarterbacks. As we note in Pro Football Prospectus 2005, Vinny was pretty good in Dallas last year, except for his terrible performance during the fourth quarter of games. It will be interesting to see if that same pattern holds up this year with a different team.

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52 comments, Last at 29 Sep 2005, 4:41pm by Oswlek

27 Sep 2005, 12:11pm by Michael David Smith

Shockey: Coughlin Wrong to Bench Burress

Tom Coughlin's rule that players have to be five minutes early to every meeting is silly. Why not just tell them when the meeting starts and treat them like the adults they are by starting it at the stated time, not five minutes before the stated time?

But as long as it's the coach's rule, the players have to abide by it, and Plaxico Burress didn't last week. Because of that, Coughlin sat him during the Giants' first drive. Jeremy Shockey says that hurt the offense, and he's not happy about it.

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10 comments, Last at 27 Sep 2005, 3:16pm by jim's apple pie

27 Sep 2005, 08:51am by P. Ryan Wilson

Kurt Warner to Miss Game in Mexico City

Ay, caramba! Kurt Warner faltará el juego siguiente, pero Josh McCown comenzará. Más cosas cambian, más que permanecen igual.

OK, the translation isn't perfect -- in fact, I'm guessing it's pretty bad -- but the point remains the same: Josh McCown just won't go away. (Thanks Babel Fish; bugmenot/free registration required)

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7 comments, Last at 27 Sep 2005, 6:46pm by Jerry

26 Sep 2005, 09:36pm by P. Ryan Wilson

No Thanks

If you scroll down to the second story of the Steelers' Notebook, you'll find this peculiar bit:

"As tackle Matt Light lay on the turf with a serious leg injury in the second quarter, [Steelers' trainer John] Norwig ran over to see if he could help, as opposing trainers often will do with serious injuries.

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42 comments, Last at 28 Sep 2005, 9:21pm by Carl