Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

08 Dec 2004, 03:08pm by Aaron Schatz

He's Otto-Matic: Manning's No. 1

As part of a package on Peyton Manning's record-setting season at ESPN.com, I've put together a list of the top passing seasons of all time. Each season since 1950 was translated to the modern offensive environment, and then I developed a "quickie" method to estimate PAR based on conventional numbers rather than play-by-play breakdown. Even after taking into account that offense is up around the NFL in 2004, Peyton Manning isn't the only quarterback having a historic season.

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07 Dec 2004, 03:44pm by Aaron Schatz

TMQ: Ayurveda Comes to the NFL

Our man Gregg Easterbrook is back with his usual selection of sweet plays, sour plays, chickening out, and silly punts. Plus, breaking news about America's greatest invention: battery-powered, glow in the dark thong underwear.

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06 Dec 2004, 02:56pm by Aaron Schatz

Snap Judgment: The Eagles Have Landed

Here's the latest Snap Judgment column from ESPN.com, complete with the Football Outsiders quarterback rankings. This week, we give mad props to Carson Palmer and compare Favre vs. McNabb to other one-sided battles in history. Plus, I sneak in mentions of Ian Dembsky and Anthony Brancato, along with possibly the only Pixies reference in ESPN history.

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04 Dec 2004, 10:26pm by Aaron Schatz

FO in the NYTimes: Nothing Gained: Yards Poor Markers for Success

Golly, the byline on this week's New York Times "Keeping Score" feature looks awfully familiar. (Free registration required)

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03 Dec 2004, 03:26pm by Al Bogdan

Source: Utah's Meyer Picks Gator Over Irish

So Ty Willingham was fired so Notre Dame could hire Urban Meyer? Maybe Notre Dame should have talked to Meyer first. The University of Florida has offered its job to Meyer who reportedly will accept the deal. On Mike and the Mad Dog on WFAN in NY, Mike Francesca, who knows people in Utah from his friendship with Rick Majerus, added some details to the story. According to Francesca, Notre Dame lowballed Meyer on money and refused to lower their academic standards to allow Meyer to recruit better players.

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03 Dec 2004, 11:30am by admin

FO at TNR: Blown Call

By focusing on Ty Willingham's dismissal, critics are distracting attention from the real racial scandal in college football -- which takes place not when coaches are fired, but rather when they are hired in the first place. Russell Levine and Aaron Schatz co-wrote this latest Football Outsiders contribution to America's best political journal, The New Republic. Thanks to TNR for the subcription-free link for FO readers.

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30 Nov 2004, 11:36pm by Aaron Schatz

Football Commentary: Week 12 Strategy Review

The latest strategy review from our friend William Krasker looks at Mike Martz's fake field goal, Arizona kicking a 21-yard FG at the end of the first half, and Dat Nguyen not being an idiot. Two notes: First, William is working on another summary article for us that revisits strategy decisions from Weeks 7-12, so if you want him to further analyze a specific decision please mention it in the comments here. Second, if you feel like these articles have become overwhelmed by coaches making stupid decisions not to go for it on fourth down, you aren't alone.

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30 Nov 2004, 04:34pm by Aaron Schatz

TMQ: Secrets of the Abandoned Quarry Offense

That's Gregg Easterbrook's nickname for the Colts, for extremely confusing reasons. He also calls for moratorium on praising Brett Favre. Preach on, brother Easterbrook! Does anyone who does not work for a major network disagree with that idea?

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30 Nov 2004, 04:14pm by Al Bogdan

Willingham Won't Be Back at Notre Dame

Ty Willingham is out in South Bend. I'm kind of surprised by this one. Notre Dame hasn't been that good the past two years, but I thought they'd at least let Ty finish out his contract. AFAIK, Notre Dame has a history of not firing coaches during their initial coaching contracts. I wonder what would make Willingham so different from all of the Notre Dame coaches that have come before him ...

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29 Nov 2004, 02:40pm by Aaron Schatz

Snap Judgment: Perpetual Brett

This week's Snap Judgment looks at Brett Favre's consecutive games streak, the worst quarterback of the year, and the Cleveland-Cincinnati silliness. Of more interest to FO readers are my QB ratings, which starts with an extended commentary on Peyton Manning in which I actually run the numbers to find out if Manning is padding his stats or not. Manning haters and Manning lovers will both want a look.

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