Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

20 Sep 2005, 12:34pm by Al Bogdan

Patriots Coach Explains Questionable Call

I know I wasn't the only one surprised that Bill Belichick didn't challenge Stephen Davis' first touchdown on Sunday when it appeared that he had fumbled before reaching the goal line. According to Belichick, he didn't challenge the call because of what he feels is the misguided NFL policy to not have cameras at either side of the goal line. Without such cameras, it appears that Belichick thinks it's a waste of time to make most goal line challenges. Why doesn't the NFL have goal line cameras? It makes too much sense not to do.

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81 comments, Last at 26 Sep 2005, 3:31am by marc

19 Sep 2005, 10:05pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Trying to Make Prospects' Numbers Add Up

Here's an interesting story on how the 49ers are using some advanced statistical methods to evaluate college and pro players, something no other NFL team is currently doing. Much like the statistical revolution in baseball, not every GM or head coach believes that the nerd with the pocket protector and a background in mathematics is necessarily the best resource when it comes to X's and O's. But San Francisco's Paraag Marathe is doing his part to change that perception. (Thanks to G. Fischer for the link; bugmenot/free registration required)

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15 comments, Last at 20 Sep 2005, 10:58pm by Jim A

19 Sep 2005, 03:01pm by P. Ryan Wilson

MMQB: Saints Marching On

In Week 2 of MMQB, Peter King starts off with -- you guessed it -- more on America's team, the New Orleans Saints. He also says no one is playing better defense than Indy, names McNabb the Offensive Player of the Week (and Culpepper the Goat of the Week), has a funny quote from Jeremiah Trotter, and is already questioning his NFC Championship pick. King ends his column by calling out an amorous couple at the O'Hare airport, thinks the Red Sox are done, and calls Randy Johnson a baby. Oh yeah, he likes the Saints and the Cowboys tonight.

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110 comments, Last at 21 Sep 2005, 6:31pm by Carl

19 Sep 2005, 02:44pm by Michael David Smith

Texans Fire Chris Palmer

Wow. The Houston Texans have fired offensive coordinator Chris Palmer after only two games. Offensive line coach Joe Pendry (who himself was once fired as Dom Capers' offensive coordinator) moves up to take his place. When was the last time a team fired a coordinator only two weeks into the season?

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34 comments, Last at 02 Oct 2005, 3:32pm by R.A.H

19 Sep 2005, 08:36am by P. Ryan Wilson

Now We Know Blame is not All Yours, Kyle

The Ravens aren't very good and nobody can blame Kyle Boller. In fact, if you want to point fingers, use all five for the offensive line, because they might be the worst unit in football. Is it too early to start talking about who should replace Brian Billick? (bugmenot/free registration required)

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53 comments, Last at 22 Sep 2005, 11:12am by mactbone

18 Sep 2005, 12:36pm by Michael David Smith

New Trust Lets Coles Share Secret

A powerful story from Karen Crouse of the New York Times. When he was an adolescent, the Jets' Laveranues Coles was molested by a man his mother later married.

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22 comments, Last at 20 Sep 2005, 12:17am by Kim

18 Sep 2005, 11:01am by P. Ryan Wilson

Unemployed Mitchell Doesn't Miss McNabb

Once again, Freddie Mitchell is the voice of reason. He blames Donovan McNabb for his failures as an NFL wide receiver, and also sides with Terrell Owens about his contract issues. If there's a quicker way to lose any remaining credibility, I can't think of it.

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13 comments, Last at 20 Sep 2005, 4:26am by Alan Milnes

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

Jay Gruden Arrested for DUI

Jay Gruden, a Bucs assistant coach, Arena League head coach, former Arena League player, and brother of Jon Gruden, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. Jon Gruden supposedly never has time for anything but football throughout the season. I guess his brother has time for getting wasted and risking the lives of everyone on the road. It'll be interesting to see whether Jon lets his brother participate in this weekend's game, since he benched kick returner Torrie Cox for his DUI this week.

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9 comments, Last at 19 Sep 2005, 2:44pm by Joey

16 Sep 2005, 02:04pm by Michael David Smith

Where are All the Black Centers?

LeCharles Bentley of the Saints is the only black starting center in the NFL. Why? What is it about center, quarterback, punter and kicker that makes them predominantly white positions, and what is it about football that makes the rest of the sport predominantly black?

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74 comments, Last at 19 Sep 2005, 7:10pm by Mr Shush

16 Sep 2005, 09:38am by P. Ryan Wilson

Sehorn No Fan of Brady

Since there's not enough debate around here about Manning vs. Brady, I'll add some fuel to the fire. Jason Sehorn likes Manning over Brady. And just to make sure he gets his point across, he also likes Bulger over Brady too. (I bet you didn't see the Bulger curveball coming.) Brady responds: "There is a forum for a lot of these guys to say whatever they want to say... And people respect what they say, even though maybe they can't evaluate talent, or evaluate players or evaluate teams. They still don't realize the reason we're successful. And that's fine by us.

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45 comments, Last at 19 Sep 2005, 3:56am by DavidH