Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

19 Jan 2006, 04:22pm by Michael David Smith

Morelli's House Vandalized

On Sunday, Pete Morelli incorrectly called a Troy Polamalu interception an incompletion. On Monday, Morelli's Stockton, Calif. home was vandalized. Lieutenant Thomas Wells of the Stockton Police Department told FOXSports.com's Jay Glazer that a police report was filed after a rock was thrown through Morelli's living room window late Monday night after Morelli and his wife had gone to bed.

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41 comments, Last at 06 Feb 2006, 7:32pm by Ian Hernandez

19 Jan 2006, 12:39am by Aaron Schatz

FO Greatest Hits: Third Down is the Charm for NFL Turnarounds

We take you back now to that long ago time called "August," when your humble FO editor penned an article for the New York Times that concluded like so: "Seattle and Carolina addressed their third-down issues in the off-season ... making Seattle and Carolina Super Bowl contenders and making Matt Hasselbeck the answer to the question, 'Who is this year's Drew Brees?'" Five months later, here we are.

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37 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2006, 8:48pm by tmac

18 Jan 2006, 11:33pm by Aaron Schatz

Do Good Teams Win Close Games?

No comments, since this is a different sport, but Justin Kubatko of Courtside Times has written an article very similar to "Guts and Stomps," but about the NBA. Thanks to reader Dan Babbitt for pointing this out. For those interested, by the way, Seattle leads the final four NFL teams with 6 "stomps," Denver and Pittsburgh each have 4, and Carolina has 2. Denver leads in "guts" (4) and Carolina leads in "skates" (4). No team has more than 2 "dominate" wins.

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18 Jan 2006, 06:14pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Chelios Says Millen Good Coach Choice

I haven't paid much attention to the NHL since, well, I quit playing Sega Hockey back in the mid-90s, but I know who Chris Chelios is. Anyway, he has some Lions-related thoughts, and was kind enough to share them with the Detroit Free Press: "I'd like to put in my two cents ... I'd like to see Matt Millen coach the team, to be honest with you. Because he keeps talking about they need a disciplinarian guy and a hard-nosed guy that kind of fits the character of the city. I think he's the perfect choice to just get out there and start rocking some heads."

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21 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2006, 1:03am by NF

18 Jan 2006, 02:20pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Cowher Calls Porter's Remarks 'Ridiculous'

I'm sure Bill Cowher calls Joey Porter (or his comments) ridiculous at least once a week, so nothing surprising there. What's interesting however, is that the NFL said they will not fine Porter for suggesting the officials were conspiring against the Steelers during Sunday's game. Let's see, Clinton Portis gets slapped with a $20K fine for wearing mismatched socks, Sean Taylor loses $17K for spitting in another player's face, and Joey Porter gets off clean for saying the fix was in.

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34 comments, Last at 07 Feb 2006, 2:25pm by dryheat

17 Jan 2006, 11:33pm by Aaron Schatz

TMQ: The Football Gods Go Mainstream

In the latest TMQ, Gregg Easterbrook sees the football gods get famous, the Redskins blitz too much, the Steelers outthink the Colts, and the Patriots completely collapse.

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39 comments, Last at 19 Jan 2006, 5:50pm by Peter

17 Jan 2006, 09:40pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Boycotting the BCS

And no, I'm not referring to college football teams. In this issue of the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, Hal Stern writes that all statisticians should boycott the Bowl Championship Series because, in part, the quantitative ratings used in the computer ranking have never been clearly defined and the inputs used are limited (for example, neither score nor site of game is currently used).

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42 comments, Last at 09 Jun 2011, 5:07am by ffxi gil

17 Jan 2006, 09:16pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Mangini Hired as Jets Coach

Eric Mangini: the new HC of the NYJ. Does this mean that Bill Belichick will now serve as offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator and head coach?

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53 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2006, 6:10pm by CaffeineMan

17 Jan 2006, 03:47pm by Russell Levine

Source: NFL Network Gets New Play-by-Play Deal

BenMaller.com is reporting that the NFL will award its new late-season game package (probably Thursday and Saturday nights the last four weeks of the season) to .... itself. Or, more properly, to the NFL Network.

If accurate, this is a very interesting development, with ramifications all over the place. For one, if your cable company doesn't carry the NFL Network, it will. For another, it means that Comcast probably won't form an all-sports network to challenge ESPN.

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27 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2006, 4:12pm by giving him the business

16 Jan 2006, 07:55pm by Michael David Smith

NFL: Ref Wrong on Polamalu Pick

The NFL has acknolwedged that Troy Polamalu's interception should not have been overturned. Anyone think they'd have made this acknowledgement if Vanderjagt's kick had been good and the Colts had won in overtime?

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100 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2006, 1:18am by Tom C. Huskey