Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

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

13 Sep 2005, 09:44pm by P. Ryan Wilson

If Only The Gridiron Was a Business

Leonard Shapiro gives us a glimpse into how Dan Snyder runs the Redskins. Apparently, having a GM is pretty important; and so is having an owner who doesn't make personnel decisions -- just ask Steve Spurrier. (Bugmenot/free registration required; thanks to reader Ekernas for the pointer.)

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13 comments, Last at 15 Sep 2005, 12:58pm by MRH

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

Chiefs' Larry Johnson Arrested

I was just telling someone that I think Larry Johnson is a better player than Priest Holmes right now. How disappointing to see that he was arrested Monday night after an altercation with his girlfriend early Saturday morning at a Kansas City bar, the latest in a series of troubles with the law for Kansas City Chiefs players. When will Chiefs players learn to stay out of the bar scene? Already this preseason we saw Todd Collins, Lawrence Tynes, Junior Siavii, and Greg Wesley get into trouble.

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16 comments, Last at 15 Sep 2005, 11:59am by RowdyRoddyPiper

13 Sep 2005, 05:22pm by Michael David Smith

Injuries Contributed to Retired Player's Death

A disturbing story out of Pittsburgh, where former Steelers lineman Terry Long died from a brain inflammation that resulted, in part, from repeated head injuries suffered while playing football. Long, 45, died on June 7, a few hours after paramedics found him unconscious at his home. A contributing factor was "chronic traumatic encephalopathy" - also known as dementia pugilistica - a condition most often seen among career boxers.

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22 comments, Last at 16 Sep 2005, 12:39pm by Carl

13 Sep 2005, 02:52pm by P. Ryan Wilson

TMQ: Basketball's Warning to Football

This week, Gregg Easterbrook has a warning for professional football, mentions the Bills' old school unis (as an FO reader predicted in a thread earlier this week), makes fun of the Vikes for not going for it on fourth down, and ridicules rich dumb people.

TMQ also offers some advice on how to stop the Colts' offense, wonders why the Chargers' suspended Antonio Gates, and actually manages to use "Nocturne Aubergine Klavierlack" in a sentence.

And two more things: Stats of the Week No. 4 should give Kyle Boller hope, and if you bet the Earlham-Manchester game, I hope you took the over.

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216 comments, Last at 18 Sep 2005, 12:16am by calig23

12 Sep 2005, 09:44pm by Michael David Smith

Trotter, Mathis Ejected in Pregame

A pregame scuffle between the Falcons and Eagles resulted in Jeremiah Trotter and Kevin Mathis being ejected. This happened before a Florida-Florida State game once. Has anyone ever seen it in the NFL? I don't think I've ever seen an official throw a flag during pregame warmups. The ref is looking in the replay booth to see what happened, which I believe is improper, as there's no listing in the rule book that allows the ref to review such things. Are you ready for some football?

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46 comments, Last at 14 Sep 2005, 12:28pm by Gaius