Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

03 Jun 2005, 03:44pm by Aaron Schatz

NFL's All Shark-Jumping Team

My idea of balance: a fun SI.com article to go with the silly one linked below. Andrew Perloff lists his team of veterans who finished their careers as subpar players with different teams than the ones that made them famous. Not just Rice, but Namath, Emmitt, Jackie Smith, Forest Gregg, etc. I forgot about Mike Webster in Kansas City. Perloff also reaches a little when he gets to defense and special teams: he doesn't pick a kicker and he picks Todd Sauerbrun as the punter (he'll be great in Denver if everyone just ignores him).

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03 Jun 2005, 11:54am by Aaron Schatz

Dynamic Dozen

This has to be the worst list of fantasy sleepers I've ever seen. It is based on players who have increased their performance the last two years, since of course increased performance over a three-year period means a player will get even better in the fourth year. Peak performance? I've never heard of this. Loss of role on team? I have no idea what you are talking about. Age? Ain't nothing but a number.

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02 Jun 2005, 08:59pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Jenkins 'Hate' for Sapp Made Matters Worse

Carolina's Kris Jenkins doesn't like Warren Sapp. And he dislikes him so much that last season, while injured, he resorted to drinking to deal with a home loss to Sapp's Raiders. I'm not aware of any history between the two, but Jenkins didn't mince words: "I hate him...He talks too much, he doesn't make sense, he's fat, he's sloppy, he acts like he's the best thing since sliced bread. He's ugly, he stinks, his mouth stinks, his breath stinks, and basically his soul stinks, too."

Note to self: Be sure to use mouthwash before approaching Kris Jenkins.

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01 Jun 2005, 07:01pm by Michael David Smith

Wearing No. 19, Jerry Rice

It's kind of cool in a way that Jerry Rice is wearing the same number in Denver that Joe Montana wore in Kansas City. I guess the thing I find odd here is that Rice says, "With the Rod Smith situation, there was no way I was going to come in here and try to take that jersey off his back because I have so much respect for him." So how much respect does Rice have for Steve Largent?

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01 Jun 2005, 02:12pm by Aaron Schatz

49ers' Personal Foul

Oh, this is not going to turn out well. Last year after the 49ers were forced to undergo "diversity training," PR director Kirk Reynolds put together a video to help players learn how to interact with the city of San Francisco -- featuring racial humor, jabs at Mayor Gavin Newsom, a spoof of gay marriage, and a trio of topless blondes frolicking with Reynolds. Now there's scandal in the Bay Area and Reynolds is looking for another job.

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30 May 2005, 11:33pm by Aaron Schatz

MMQB: The Vikings are Coming

Peter King makes his NFC pick, based primarily on the defensive additions in Minnesota and the idea that trading Randy Moss is a good thing, addition by subtraction. He also has news that Todd Marinovich was arrested last year for possession of drug paraphernalia and listed his profession as "unemployed artist," heh heh.

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27 May 2005, 03:47pm by Michael David Smith

Tip Sheet: Labor Troubles Looming?

What would a Friday afternoon be without Len Pasquarelli? Today he starts by addressing the issue of revenue sharing and the owners' deal with the players. Jerry Jones feels more optimism than he has any reason to feel: "We'll find an answer, because we have to, and everyone knows that. But what [the solution] is, well, I don't know yet. I don't think anyone does, really."

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26 May 2005, 12:30am by P. Ryan Wilson

Committee Bans 'Horse-Collar' Tackle

In theory this might be a good idea, but then again, so was instant replay. Whatever the case, last season safety Roy Williams was responsible for four of the six serious injuries caused by the 'horse-collar' and this, in part, led owners to ban the maneuver. Next season it will be a 15-yard penalty. In 2006, the league will go to two-hand tag, and by 2010, it hopes to have transitioned to full-on flag football status.

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25 May 2005, 11:06am by Aaron Schatz

Marketing Deal Real "TD" for Troy

Troy Brown took less money to return to New England instead of signing with New Orleans. "Hometown discount," right? Not really. While Brown gave up more playing time in New Orleans, he didn't give up more money, because a promotional deal he has with TD Banknorth pays him enough money to make up the difference in football salary. This is one of those economic variables we don't often think about when comparing contracts, but not the only one.

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25 May 2005, 09:32am by P. Ryan Wilson

Steelers' WRs will Display Versatility, Diversity

The Steelers are beginning life after Plaxico. They currently have Hines Ward, Antwaan Randle El and Cedrick Wilson as their top three wideouts and Ward is the tallest at 6'0". With Burress and his 6'5", 225 lb. frame now in New York, Pittsburgh receivers will have to rely on speed, quickness, and scheme to get open. Which begs the question: can teams be successful throwing downfield without having a tall WR? Randy Moss is the prototype, but for every Moss there are enough "long-term project" 6'4" - 6'5" WRs to make a nice NDBL team.

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