Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

18 Sep 2005, 12:36pm by Michael David Smith

New Trust Lets Coles Share Secret

A powerful story from Karen Crouse of the New York Times. When he was an adolescent, the Jets' Laveranues Coles was molested by a man his mother later married.

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22 comments, Last at 20 Sep 2005, 12:17am by Kim

18 Sep 2005, 11:01am by P. Ryan Wilson

Unemployed Mitchell Doesn't Miss McNabb

Once again, Freddie Mitchell is the voice of reason. He blames Donovan McNabb for his failures as an NFL wide receiver, and also sides with Terrell Owens about his contract issues. If there's a quicker way to lose any remaining credibility, I can't think of it.

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13 comments, Last at 20 Sep 2005, 4:26am by Alan Milnes

16 Sep 2005, 05:25pm by Michael David Smith

Jay Gruden Arrested for DUI

Jay Gruden, a Bucs assistant coach, Arena League head coach, former Arena League player, and brother of Jon Gruden, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. Jon Gruden supposedly never has time for anything but football throughout the season. I guess his brother has time for getting wasted and risking the lives of everyone on the road. It'll be interesting to see whether Jon lets his brother participate in this weekend's game, since he benched kick returner Torrie Cox for his DUI this week.

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9 comments, Last at 19 Sep 2005, 2:44pm by Joey

16 Sep 2005, 02:04pm by Michael David Smith

Where are All the Black Centers?

LeCharles Bentley of the Saints is the only black starting center in the NFL. Why? What is it about center, quarterback, punter and kicker that makes them predominantly white positions, and what is it about football that makes the rest of the sport predominantly black?

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74 comments, Last at 19 Sep 2005, 7:10pm by Mr Shush

16 Sep 2005, 09:38am by P. Ryan Wilson

Sehorn No Fan of Brady

Since there's not enough debate around here about Manning vs. Brady, I'll add some fuel to the fire. Jason Sehorn likes Manning over Brady. And just to make sure he gets his point across, he also likes Bulger over Brady too. (I bet you didn't see the Bulger curveball coming.) Brady responds: "There is a forum for a lot of these guys to say whatever they want to say... And people respect what they say, even though maybe they can't evaluate talent, or evaluate players or evaluate teams. They still don't realize the reason we're successful. And that's fine by us.

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45 comments, Last at 19 Sep 2005, 3:56am by DavidH

15 Sep 2005, 02:47pm by Michael David Smith

Why T.O. is not a Complete Player

Paul Zimmerman accuses Terrell Owens of alligator arms on a key play Monday night. I've always thought T.O. is one of the toughest receivers in football in terms of taking hits once he's already got the ball in his hands, but not particularly tough in terms of taking a hit in order to get the ball.

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30 comments, Last at 17 Sep 2005, 11:43pm by Yellowknifer

15 Sep 2005, 02:02pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Imitation Isn't a Form of Flattery at All

The Times takes a look at how pervasive identity theft is among NFL players. Apparently, Ty Law doesn't actually walk around in public wearing a thick gold chain, and Ben Roethlisberger isn't the secret identity of Brian St. Pierre, even though some dude tried to pass himself off as both of them. (bugmenot/free registration required)

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10 comments, Last at 17 Sep 2005, 10:52am by fake name

14 Sep 2005, 02:44pm by Michael David Smith

Dr. Z: Patriots On Top, Dolphins Look Good

We know football season is back in a big way when we see the return of Dr. Z's power rankings. Paul Zimmerman has good things to say about the Chiefs' linebackers, DeAngelo Hall, and William Joseph, who many have labeled a bust but who is singled out in Pro Football Prospectus as one of the league's best run-stuffers.

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58 comments, Last at 16 Sep 2005, 9:54am by LnGrrrR

14 Sep 2005, 01:52pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Rams Exec Left Threatening Voice Mail

File this under "things not to say in a job interview." Which is probably what's up next for Rams executive Samir Suleiman, after threatening a Post-Dispatch columnist via voicemail. By the way, leaving threatening voicemails is about as idiotic as Jerry Springer paying a prostitute with a personal check while serving as mayor of Cincinnati.

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18 comments, Last at 28 Sep 2005, 5:27pm by Ron Epstein

14 Sep 2005, 01:00pm by Michael David Smith

Get Tim McGraw off MNF, Please

Now here's a column I can endorse wholeheartedly. Why is it that they can't just show us plain old highlights on Monday Night Football, maybe with Michaels and Madden offering commentary, instead of turning it into a music video for some guy who would make me change the station if he were on the radio? And why do they splice in scenes of people sitting at a bar singing along? What is going on?

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47 comments, Last at 27 Sep 2005, 3:47pm by zlionsfan