Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

20 Dec 2005, 01:16am by Aaron Schatz

Red Zone No Longer a Broncos Bugaboo

According to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, Denver has improved itself in the red zone by spreading the ball around to different receivers instead of just Rod Smith and Patrick Hape. Oh, I miss Patrick Hape. The NFL ranks the Denver offense sixth in red-zone efficiency. DVOA ranks Denver 11th -- but they were horrible in the red zone during the first three weeks. (Mentioning this was one of the reasons that the Denver fans were so angry at me.) DVOA ranks Denver fifth in the red zone during Weeks 4-15.

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4 comments, Last at 20 Dec 2005, 12:08pm by JonL

19 Dec 2005, 09:52am by P. Ryan Wilson

Jump-Start in Cold

OK, raise your hand if Rex Grossman was A LOT better than you expected. But hey, like Joe Thiesmann said last night, "[Grossman's] decisions are decisive," and I'm sure that had a lot to do with it. (bugmenot/free registration required)

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25 comments, Last at 20 Dec 2005, 1:31pm by dryheat

19 Dec 2005, 09:44am by Aaron Schatz

MMQB: Living Legend

"Brady again proves he's amazing in win over Bucs," says Peter King. I thought the pressure Brady was getting on the offensive line was very impressive. Alex Smith in particular could not block Brady. New England is up to number two in Peter King's "Fine Fifteen." By the way, that loss to Kansas City apparently never happened.

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99 comments, Last at 21 Dec 2005, 10:11pm by Sid

17 Dec 2005, 09:10pm by Aaron Schatz

FO in the NYTimes: The Numbers for Numbing Cold

New York Times readers, let me introduce THE SYSTEM. That, of course, is the infamous rule that Southern/dome teams struggle when playing in a colder climate after October 31. But wait, you say, THE SYSTEM hasn't worked very well this year. I've got three words for you: abnormally warm autumn. So instead, we checked out records by kickoff temperature rather than date. Since 2000, dome teams are 15-41 when the kickoff temperature is 50 degrees or below -- and 2-13 when the temperature is freezing or below.
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22 comments, Last at 19 Dec 2005, 9:10pm by Richie

16 Dec 2005, 04:22pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Middle Class has Vanished in 2005

Unlike professional baseball, the have-nots in professional football are usually those teams that are grossly mismanaged or suffering through a bunch of injuries (or recently had their city demolished by a hurricane). Pasquarelli writes:

"The conventional wisdom is that this season of disparity is an aberration, and that things will return to normal in 2006. But watching the abnormal elements at work this season has certainly thrown a lot of NFL observers for a loop."

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27 comments, Last at 19 Dec 2005, 4:56pm by zlionsfan

16 Dec 2005, 12:32pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Barlow to Niners: I'm the Future, not Bush

The 49ers could go any number of ways in this April's draft. That's one of the benefits of winning four games in almost two seasons -- anybody you draft will most likely be an upgrade. Running back Kevan Barlow (he of the -6.3 DPAR), has let the organization know that he -- and not Reggie Bush -- is the future in San Francisco. The article notes that, "... the 49ers' stick-thin roster arguably is thickest at running back." And when you think about all the problems facing Mike Nolan, I don't think Barlow is anywhere near the top of the list.

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39 comments, Last at 18 Dec 2005, 11:29pm by Drew

15 Dec 2005, 07:37pm by Michael David Smith

Darrell Russell Dies at 29

The former Raider, one of the most purely talented defensive linemen the game has seen but a player whose off-field problems eclipsed his on-field accomplishments, was in a car crash.

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28 comments, Last at 17 Dec 2005, 6:49pm by big_adventure

15 Dec 2005, 03:56pm by Al Bogdan

Culpepper Charged in Sex Boat Scandal

Four Vikings have been charged by local prosecutors in connection with the sex boat scandal. Federal prosecutors have declined to press any charges. The four Vikings are Daunte Culpepper, Bryant McKennie, Fred Smoot, and Mo Williams, who were all charged with indecent conduct, disorderly conduct, and lewd or lascivicious conduct.

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34 comments, Last at 18 Dec 2005, 2:37pm by Will Allen

15 Dec 2005, 02:44am by Aaron Schatz

NAACP Leader: McNabb's Mediocrity Belittles the Real Struggles of Black Athletes

OK, this is just absurd. An NAACP leader in Philadelphia is basically criticizing Donovan McNabb for not being black enough. Apparently, by not scrambling as much, he "belittles the real struggles of black athletes." I wasn't aware that a sports hernia is an injury for white people. J. Whyatt Mondesire also blames McNabb for not giving his bonus money to Terrell Owens to keep T.O. in town. I have four words for Mondesire: NO SOUP FOR YOU. See also original article:

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137 comments, Last at 03 Jan 2006, 11:39am by PatsFan

15 Dec 2005, 12:11am by Aaron Schatz

Saints Bench Aaron Brooks

Some people might want to create a conspiracy theory, that Brooks is being benched because of negative comments he made about the owner in an interview. Those people clearly didn't watch Brooks play against Atlanta. This is the end of his career in New Orleans, and likely the end of his career as a starter. He would make a good backup, perhaps for his cousin. (That would allow the Falcons to trade Schaub for a nice draft pick or two.) Brooks finishes the year with 281 yards rushing forward and 1,547 yards rushing backward. Well, that's an estimate, I admit.

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50 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2005, 1:00pm by Thorne