Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

19 Oct 2005, 08:36pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Week 6: Be Aggressive

This week Rich Eisen takes aim at the dreaded "Prevent Offense." He wonders why teams who jump out to early leads subscribe to the offensive philosophy that goes something like this: "don't make any mistakes, even if we go three-and-out on every possession of the second half." He also has some thoughts on the Pats, Joe Vitt, and notices that Seahawk receivers are actually ... gasp! ... catching the ball this season.

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17 comments, Last at 20 Oct 2005, 1:41pm by Richie

19 Oct 2005, 03:36pm by Michael David Smith

Dr. Z: Standings Don't Tell the Whole Story

Sports Illustrated's Paul Zimmerman has no respect for the Bengals or the Bucs. How else can we explain that he has these two 5-1 teams ranked No. 10 and No. 11? Oh, wait. One possible explanation is that these are just his subjective opinions, and not a reflection of his own personal feelings of respect toward any team. And if we can use that explanation on subjective rankings, it makes even more sense that completely objective ratings don't reflect any personal feelings of respect, or lack thereof.

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35 comments, Last at 21 Oct 2005, 4:53am by lafcadio

19 Oct 2005, 03:27pm by Michael David Smith

Remembering Bill King: 1927-2005

Bill King, an Oakland radio announcer who called Raiders, A's and Warriors games, died Tuesday morning following complications from hip surgery. Those of us who never lived in the Bay Area but love NFL Films know him best for his immortal call on Kenny Stabler's famous "Holy Roller" fumble for a touchdown:

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4 comments, Last at 19 Oct 2005, 7:51pm by David A.

19 Oct 2005, 01:42pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Moves in Spring Led to Slip in Fall

Michael Felger takes a look at all the Patriots' offseason acquisitions along with their respective costs. Yeah, maybe Scott Pioli is having a bad year, but losing half your roster to the IR doesn't help either.

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17 comments, Last at 20 Oct 2005, 9:04am by MDS

19 Oct 2005, 11:18am by Aaron Schatz

Fielkow: Return Saints to New Orleans

While the Saints seem to be getting their act together on the field, they're still a mess in the front office. The controversy should heat up now that the Saints fired Executive Vice President of Administration Arnold Fielkow, who was the leading voice in favor of keeping the Saints in Louisiana. Is a permanent move to San Antonio inevitable?

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27 comments, Last at 21 Oct 2005, 11:30am by Dave

19 Oct 2005, 08:59am by P. Ryan Wilson

NFL Ranks Last in Opportunites for Women, Minorities

When I saw this headline, my first thought was, "... even behind the NHL?" Not exactly. The five professional sports leagues in the study included the WNBA, NBA, MLS, MLB, and the NFL. The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, which completed the study, "noted that even leagues with low grades generally had better records in diversity than the country at large." NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said, "We don't spend any time looking at their figures ... We think it's irrelevant and it's purely a publicity gimmick."

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22 comments, Last at 19 Oct 2005, 11:35pm by mactbone

18 Oct 2005, 06:20pm by Aaron Schatz

Bucs Deal for Tim Rattay

Hey kids, the trade deadline means everyone deal your backup quarterback! This is an excellent deal for Tampa Bay. Remember, Rattay was in the top ten of DVOA for quarterbacks last year until the injuries came, and the Bucs of 2005 are in a much better situation than the 49ers of 2004. Also today, the Chargers dealt Chet Lemon to the Dolphins for A.J. Feeley. Wait, you say Chet Lemon was a baseball player? Hmmm.

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35 comments, Last at 19 Oct 2005, 8:28pm by Mr Shush

18 Oct 2005, 03:30pm by P. Ryan Wilson

TMQ: The Coors Light Love Train

Gregg Easterbrook cites luck as the deciding factor in a bevy of Week 6 games (including the Steelers-Jags contest, whose outcome I contend had nothing whatsoever to do with luck -- it was strictly a function of crappy quarterbacking). He also has some thoughts on when it's actually good to be really far behind, spills the beans on the Tuesday Morning Quarterback lake cruise party, and takes a closer look at NFL contracts. And as I mentioned last week to anyone who would listen, always take Wittenberg and the points.

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61 comments, Last at 20 Oct 2005, 11:56pm by Sid

18 Oct 2005, 12:45pm by Al Bogdan

Map of NFL Team Fan Areas

"The CommonCensus Map Project is redrawing the map of the United States based on your voting, to show how the country is organized culturally, as opposed to traditional political boundaries." As part of this, they are also attempting to map the popularity of pro sports teams. So far, their NFL results show that the Cowboys and Broncos have the largest fan base. There are some obvious weaknesses that appear to be the result of fans for specific teams not voting yet -- where are the Raiders? -- but it looks like it could be an interesting project if enough people contribute.

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44 comments, Last at 02 Nov 2005, 7:11pm by Duane

18 Oct 2005, 11:21am by Aaron Schatz

Matt Leinart's Big Score

Josh Levin of Slate argues that Matt Leinart will be a failure as an NFL quarterback. "Leinart looks more like Jason White or Danny Wuerffel—a gutsy Heisman winner who doesn't have the physical ability to succeed when the guys on defense get bigger and faster." I respectfully disagree. Personally, I'll take pocket presence, decision-making skills, and the ability to thread a perfect fade pass on fourth-and-8 to save an undefeated season over a stronger arm and shifty scrambling.

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57 comments, Last at 19 Oct 2005, 2:10pm by Pat