Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

14 Dec 2005, 11:42am by Aaron Schatz

Blame Rests with L.J.'s Ole

Jason Whitlock of the Kansas City Star blames Sunday's loss on Larry Johnson. What, you say? Johnson, the guy with the three touchdowns? Yes, because Johnson neglected to block Cowboys linebacker Scott Fujita on a play at the end of the first half, leading to a fumble in the red zone which was returned for enough yardage to give the Cowboys a shot at their own touchdown before halftime. So quick, choose option A or B:
A: It's nice to see a columnist paying attention to that neglected part of a running back's job, blocking

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51 comments, Last at 15 Nov 2008, 2:28pm by top99

14 Dec 2005, 10:05am by P. Ryan Wilson

Chad Johnson's Side Job

Deadspin periodically does a "run-in with famous athletes" feature, and today it's Chad Johnson, who, after reading this, is certainly one of my favorite NFL players. My only famous run-in was in 1986, as a sixth grader, when I met -- woohoo! -- Mets manager Davey Johnson, before the start of the World Series. My uncle told him to start Mookie Wilson and the rest is history.

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13 comments, Last at 15 Dec 2005, 1:58am by Browns Dude

13 Dec 2005, 04:56pm by P. Ryan Wilson

TMQ: 13 Down, Three to Go for Indy

This week, Gregg Easterbrook tells us why the Jags never had a chance against the Colts after punting on their first possession, wonders if the Ming Ding Xiong should sit Kyle Orton, and praises Kris Brown for saving the Texans' season. The swinging gate also gets a mention, as does a great holiday gift suggestion: a Brooks Bollinger game worn jersey for the low, low price of $299.

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52 comments, Last at 14 Dec 2005, 10:17pm by Todd S.

13 Dec 2005, 01:53pm by P. Ryan Wilson

In Numbers Game, Aikman's Add Up

This sounds like a step in the right direction. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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21 comments, Last at 14 Dec 2005, 8:46pm by doktarr

13 Dec 2005, 11:57am by P. Ryan Wilson

Who to Blame? Kicker? Snapper? Holder?

While a lot of people were blaming kicker Lawrence Tynes for missing a last second field goal against the Cowboys, maybe the real culprit should be long snapper, Ed Perry, whose snap was low and inside on the kick in question. Perry was signed a few weeks ago after starter Kendall Gammon broke his leg. Gammon has been in the league for 14 years and very succinctly describes what he does for a living: "(Our) job description ... is to snap the ball and get the crap knocked out of you. Only in America." And no one notices until something goes wrong. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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17 comments, Last at 14 Dec 2005, 10:44pm by DGL

12 Dec 2005, 12:56pm by Michael David Smith

MMQB: Back from the Dead

Peter writes that the combination of the Steelers winning and the Jaguars, Chiefs and Chargers losing puts Pittsburgh right in the middle of the AFC wild card hunt.

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87 comments, Last at 14 Dec 2005, 1:28am by Mikey

12 Dec 2005, 10:49am by P. Ryan Wilson

Boller Needs to Go

I really feel bad for Kyle Boller. Honestly. He seems to be a hard worker, says all the right things, and stays out of trouble (which apparently isn't all that easy to do in Baltimore), but he's just not a very good quarterback. He single-handedly willed the Ravens to defeat yesterday, throwing two ridiculous interceptions, and losing an even more ridiculous fumble. If he's cut after the season, I really think his NFL career might be over. Can you imagine a team giving him a shot to win a starting job? Me neither.

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37 comments, Last at 13 Dec 2005, 6:43pm by Tom Kelso

11 Dec 2005, 12:37am by P. Ryan Wilson

USC's Bush Wins Heisman

I know people have mixed feelings when discussing Bush as the Next Great NFL Running Back, but he's now a Heisman Trophy winner. The two biggest surprises of the proceedings were that Matt Leinart finished a distant third to Vince Young, and 11 people cast third place votes for Bush.

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44 comments, Last at 14 Dec 2005, 2:11pm by Mr Shush

10 Dec 2005, 01:02pm by Aaron Schatz

Heath Shuler Wants to Return to Washington

Comments are disabled on this, because I don't want to get into a political discussion, but I thought this was interesting. Did people know that Heath Shuler is running for Congress in North Carolina? Not only is he running, but he's leading the incumbent in fundraising. It's also interesting that he's running as a Democrat -- most ex-athletes in politics are Republicans.

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09 Dec 2005, 05:31pm by Aaron Schatz

Welcome to Perpetual Putridity

The latest from Bill Simmons addresses this year's bad teams. Lots and lots of bad teams. By Bill's count, 13 of them that just plain suck. I both agree with him and disagree with him. I agree that it does seem like there are a ton of bad teams, although Buffalo and St. Louis can be frisky at home and Oakland is a lot better than people realize.

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71 comments, Last at 12 Dec 2005, 7:32pm by Richie