Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

27 Dec 2005, 12:05pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Defense Gone Wild & Timing is Perfect

Yes, the Steelers defense seems to be hitting their stride at exactly the right time, but I found this paragraph from the article particularly interesting:

"The Steelers have reasserted themselves as a dominant defense, ranked No. 3 in the NFL overall (281.9 yards per game) and No. 2 against the rush (84.2). As a team, the Steelers have allowed the third-fewest points per game in the NFL at 15.8, but one touchdown came on an interception return and another on a blocked field goal. There also was a kickoff returned to their 3 that became a touchdown two plays later."

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14 comments, Last at 27 Dec 2005, 11:17pm by Walt Pohl

26 Dec 2005, 11:13am by Michael David Smith

Richard Dent: Racism Mars Hall Selections

Richard Dent says his status as a player from a historically black college makes it harder for him to get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "Guys from black schools seem to have a hard time when it comes down to Hall of Fame situations," Dent told The New York Post.

I criticized the Hall of Fame for its failure to induct the black football pioneer Fritz Pollard, who finally got in this year. But I've never seen any evidence that the college a player attended has any impact at all on whether he gets inducted in Canton.

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48 comments, Last at 07 Jul 2006, 7:30pm by Big Man

24 Dec 2005, 12:49am by Aaron Schatz

History Lesson

Today, instead of his usual press conference, Bill Belichick took all the reporters into a meeting room and showed archival footage of the Great Lakes Naval Station team of the early 40s, commenting on differences between historical football and today's NFL. Then he showed film from a 1941 game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions, featuring a part-time running back and punt returner named Steve Belichick. Raise your hand if you wish you had been a Pats beat reporter today. Yep, me too. This is pretty damn cool.

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23 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2005, 5:48pm by PatsFan

23 Dec 2005, 07:53pm by Michael David Smith

Daley Floats Plan for Second Chicago Team

In the time I've lived in Chicago, I've engaged a lot of football fans in a lot of conversations. And do you know something I've never heard anyone say? "We need a second NFL team." But Mayor Daley wants to build a domed stadium that would attract the Olympics to Chicago in 2016, and he thinks the way to get financing for the stadium is to bring another NFL team to the Windy City. I think this is about as likely as the Cubs moving to Albuquerque and changing their name to the Isotopes.

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32 comments, Last at 12 Jan 2006, 12:53am by Tim

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

Smith's First Year Hasn't Panned Out

It's not surprising that Alex Smith is experiencing growing pains. He's a rookie, and he's playing on a 49ers team that's well on its way to earning the top draft pick for the second year in a row. Smith has yet to throw a touchdown, has double-digit interception totals, and there are rumors that his hands are too small to hold onto an official NFL football (he also has nine fumbles). If that's true, maybe San Francisco should petition the league to use Nerf balls during all its games next season.

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53 comments, Last at 26 Dec 2005, 5:13pm by Andrew

22 Dec 2005, 03:04pm by Aaron Schatz

Let's Find Miami a Quarterback

One of the most interesting off-season storylines will be Miami's search for a quarterback. Will they stay with Gus Frerotte, or get a veteran who can lead an otherwise strong team deep in the playoffs, or find a youngster? We've suggested Brett Favre, but Favre continues to say he would not play for a team other than Green Bay. David Neal of the Miami Herald suggests Steve McNair, he of the $50 million March 2 bonus.

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60 comments, Last at 16 Jan 2006, 8:18pm by mike

22 Dec 2005, 11:52am by Michael David Smith

Tony Dungy's Son Dies

WTHR in Indianapolis reports: The 18-year-old son of Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy has been found dead at the Campus Lodge apartments in Lutz, Florida. Fire rescue and deputies went there because of a call from his roommates and girlfriend. A death investigation is underway, but the sheriff's office says there's a high probability that the death of James Dungy was a suicide.

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54 comments, Last at 27 Dec 2005, 1:02pm by LnGrrrR

22 Dec 2005, 10:43am by Michael David Smith

NFL: Sorry, Glenn, You're Not in the Pro Bowl

This was mentioned in the Pro Bowl discussion, but I thought it deserved its own thread. The NFL told the Colts that tackle Tarik Glenn had made the Pro Bowl, which Tony Dungy relayed to the team. Then the NFL called back and said it had mis-counted the votes, and Glenn had not made the Pro Bowl after all, although he's a first alternate. I saw Dungy talking about it on NFL Network, and I've never seen him so angry.

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14 comments, Last at 23 Dec 2005, 9:27pm by Chris

21 Dec 2005, 09:42pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Leinart Reinstated by NCAA

Huh. I didn't even know Matt Leinart had been suspended for the Rose Bowl. The NCAA said Leinart's actions were seen as "unintentional and inadvertent," while Deadspin has a different take:

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34 comments, Last at 23 Dec 2005, 6:49pm by Pat on the Back

21 Dec 2005, 06:30pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Colts Lead Way with Seven Pro Bowlers

Okey doke. After accidentally posting last year's Pro Bowl roster a few minutes ago, I'll just make it simple and link to the story on FOXSports.com. The Colts had seven players to make it, and the Bears and Falcons had six each; the Browns, Titans, 49ers and Packers were all shutout. In terms of surprise winners, Koren Robinson made it as a kick returner, and Eli Manning, one of the leaders in fan voting, ended up as the third alternate.

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90 comments, Last at 26 Dec 2005, 1:05am by Sid