Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

18 Jun 2005, 10:58am by P. Ryan Wilson

When Players Don't Pay

Reader Noah sends along this link from the Wall Street Journal. Apparently, when players are fined in professional sports for rule-breaking, it's rarely the case that they actually end up paying those fines in full (and in some cases they're fully refunded ... with interest). Between leagues quietly reducing a punishment and agents immediately filing appeals to delay the punishment, it's not surprising that that these perceived penalties don't serve as a deterrent.

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9 comments, Last at 20 Jun 2005, 3:00pm by Jim A

17 Jun 2005, 06:06pm by Michael David Smith

Tip Sheet: Turnover on the Offensive Line

This is why I love Len Pasquarelli: No ready-made NFL stories exist in mid-June, so he comes up with one of his own. He's examined every team's depth chart and reports that only two teams, the Chargers and Bengals, are going into this season with the same five offensive line starters that they had for the majority of last season.

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21 comments, Last at 20 Jun 2005, 11:00pm by Trogdor

17 Jun 2005, 05:53pm by Michael David Smith

Kirk Reynolds, PR Man of the Year

Every year the Pro Football Writers Association gives its Rozelle Award to the public relations staff that has done the best job during the preceding year. This year the staff of the San Francisco 49ers is one of the five finalists. As you don't need to be remembered, the head of the 49ers staff was, until recently, Kirk Reynolds, who lost his job after his risque training video became public. Thanks to Glenn Stewart for the tip. (Scroll down to the end of the column.)

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5 comments, Last at 20 Jun 2005, 6:05pm by B

17 Jun 2005, 04:14pm by Michael David Smith

Dr. Z: Vick in the Single Wing

In this week's mailbag, Paul Zimmerman revisits the subject of how the Falcons' offense could operate if Mike Vick became a single-wing tailback. I love the idea, but it'll never happen, as Jim Mora seems intent on turning Vick into a dropback passer.

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25 comments, Last at 23 Jun 2005, 10:00am by Sophandros

17 Jun 2005, 02:48pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Complexities Surround Redskins' Taylor

Nunyo Demasio writes an interesting article in today's Washington Post about Sean Taylor. In it he describes a 22-year old kid who spends much of his time with his mother, in the house he grew up in, near the college he attended. Taylor's rookie year in Washington was his first outside of Miami. According to the story, Taylor was homesick, not upset with his contract, when he didn't report to offeason workouts this spring. Still, people who know Taylor from Miami say he is just as much Dr. Jekyll as Mr. Hyde. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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7 comments, Last at 17 Jun 2005, 7:21pm by Basilicus

15 Jun 2005, 10:49pm by P. Ryan Wilson

NFL Arrests Are High-Profile, but Close to the Norm

Well this is a relief. The next time you see an NFL player smuggling dried urine through an airport, or randomly firing a gun outside a bar, don't worry -- it's normal. At least when compared to the country as a whole. Interestingly, Tony Dungy is an amateur criminologist who has been tracking arrests for years. Unfortunately, his model didn't predict Michael Doss getting arrested on gun charges.

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19 comments, Last at 16 Jun 2005, 9:44pm by primantis

15 Jun 2005, 01:48pm by Michael David Smith

Madden to Join NBC in 2006

John Madden will join NBC as a game analyst when the network begins televising its newly acquired Sunday night football package in 2006. I was kind of hoping NBC would think outside the box on this one -- bring in someone who's not a big name but has a lot of insight. Instead they go with Madden, still the most famous football broadcaster but a couple of decades past his prime.

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20 comments, Last at 17 Jun 2005, 4:40pm by Burger

15 Jun 2005, 10:45am by Aaron Schatz

Split End Job is Engram's to Lose

Could a Football Outsiders favorite finally be getting another chance at a starting job? I'd be very interested to see what happens if Engram starts -- will he be as good as his DVOA ratings from the past couple years might indicate, or will he be exposed as someone who only plays well when in a specific, limited role, like Josh Reed or Az Hakim?

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4 comments, Last at 15 Jun 2005, 6:10pm by bravehoptoad

14 Jun 2005, 09:16pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Giving the Ravens Wings

Apparently, it's Ravens Tuesday at Football Outsiders. Michael David Smith links to a story about Ray Lewis and the Baltimore defense and I'm pointing you to Jeffri Chadiha's column on the Baltimore offense. Chadiha believes that Derrick Mason is the missing piece to the Raven's much-maligned passing game. Granted, Mason has averaged 86 receptions and 1,153 yards the last four seasons, but he's 31 and Kyle Boller will never be mistaken for Steve McNair ... unless of course he dresses up as Steve McNair for Halloween.

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6 comments, Last at 15 Jun 2005, 6:29pm by zach

14 Jun 2005, 03:44pm by Michael David Smith

Can Ray Lewis Shine in the 46 Defense?

In 1985, defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan's 46 defense, led by middle linebacker Mike Singletary, dominated the league. In 2005, Buddy's son, Rex, thinks his 46 defense, led by middle linebacker Ray Lewis, can do the same. Lewis wasn't anything close to the player in 2004 that he was in 2003, and most people in Baltimore seem to think the team's defensive scheme was to blame for that.

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38 comments, Last at 16 Jun 2005, 12:15pm by skinsfan2