Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

05 Jul 2005, 10:00am by P. Ryan Wilson

Replay Specialist, Redskins Part Ways

In theory, hiring a former NFL official to serve as a replay specialist is a good idea. The only problem was that Joe Gibbs would often overrule him. (the Redskins lost five of their first six challenges in 2004) As it stands, only the Miami Dolphins will have a full-time replay official on the payroll next season. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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11 comments, Last at 05 Jul 2005, 8:53pm by Ryan Mc

05 Jul 2005, 09:20am by Aaron Schatz

Hank Stram Dies at 82

We'll never matriculate the ball up and down the field without thinking of you, Hank.

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24 comments, Last at 07 Jul 2005, 11:03am by King Kaufman

04 Jul 2005, 05:53pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Third WR Could Mean Playoffs for These Five

NFL.com's Pat Kirwan makes the argument that adding a viable third WR should give teams like the Texans, Cardinals, Bengals, Lions, and Raiders a real chance to turn things around this season. According to DVOA these teams ranked 14th, 15th, 17th, 20th, and 27th on defense, so that may have something to do with it too. Still, having a healthy Peter Warrick or 6'5" Mike Williams line up in the slot puts a little more pressure on the defense than the fullback trying to catch a pass coming out of the backfield.

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36 comments, Last at 07 Jul 2005, 5:12am by lafcadio

01 Jul 2005, 03:42pm by Michael David Smith

Tip Sheet: Winston, McNeill are top Prospects

After touching on it a bit last week, Len Pasquarelli goes into more detail about the best prospects for the 2006 draft. Offensive line will be a strong position, and Matt Leinart isn't a sure thing for No. 1 overall.

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11 comments, Last at 05 Jul 2005, 4:56pm by Richie

01 Jul 2005, 03:22pm by Michael David Smith

Kings Invite T.O. to Summer League

Len Pasquarelli reports: "In the latest twist to Owens' offseason saga, the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver has been invited to play for the Sacramento Kings' summer league team. The invitation to join Sacramento draft choices, free agents, younger veterans and music mogul Master P on the roster was confirmed Friday by agent Drew Rosenhaus and a Kings spokesman."

But it will only happen if the Eagles give permission, which makes it, says Len, "a longer shot than a 3-point buzzer-beater from half court."

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10 comments, Last at 06 Jul 2005, 5:44pm by MDS

30 Jun 2005, 04:28pm by Michael David Smith

Tice Fined $100,000 for Scalping Tickets

Vikings coach Mike Tice was fined $100,000 by the NFL today for scalping his Super Bowl tickets. Running backs coach Dean Dalton and special teams coach Rusty Tillman were each fined $10,000 for scalping their tickets. I'm very curious whether these coaches reported their scalping activities to the IRS. If they didn't, they're going to learn that the wrath of Paul Tagliabue is nothing compared to the wrath of Uncle Sam.

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7 comments, Last at 01 Jul 2005, 2:59pm by PaulNoonan

30 Jun 2005, 03:15pm by Aaron Schatz

Porter for T.O.?

This is the kind of completely unfounded rumor that I would never link to between August 1 and June 15, but let's be honest -- we're all dying for something to talk about, and even the slim possibility of this is sure something to talk about. Jerry Porter for Terrell Owens? Owens and Moss on the same team? Would they announce a joint holdout any time Kerry Collins even looked at Ronald Curry? Hat tip to Rotoworld for noticing this wacky rumor from Philly TV station WPVI.

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28 comments, Last at 03 Jul 2005, 9:59am by Dan L

30 Jun 2005, 03:07pm by Aaron Schatz

Mum's the Word on Injuries, But Why?

Alex Marvez of USA Today looks at the growing tendency of NFL teams to be, shall we say, less than forthcoming with the truth about player injuries. The NFL passes rules to make teams be more open about injuries, and teams work harder to hide the facts from the press. According to Marvez, the Miami Dolphins are set to become the NFL's only team not to announce in-season surgeries.

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23 comments, Last at 01 Jul 2005, 2:46pm by Carl

28 Jun 2005, 10:47am by Aaron Schatz

Jerry Green Headed to Hall of Fame

Jerry Green, longtime NFL reporter for the Detroit News, is this year's winner of the Dick McCann Memorial Award and will be inducted into the writers' wing of the NFL Hall of Fame this summer. Green is one of five reporters to have covered every Super Bowl, and is on both the regular HOF selection committee and the seniors subcommittee. He's also a graduate of Brown University, which means that the school that spawned Football Outsiders is also the alma mater of two of this year's five HOF inductees (Fritz Pollard being the other).

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30 comments, Last at 29 Aug 2005, 7:40pm by Richie

27 Jun 2005, 02:19pm by Aaron Schatz

MMQB: Law Lingers

Peter King on the biggest free agent left -- and the biggest free agent question -- Ty Law. Best corner in football, hobbled has-been, or something in between? Peter also believes the Eagles will consider dealing T.O., and that Nick Saban wants Ricky Williams back as trade bait. I really hope no team is dumb enough to deal a late-second or early-third round pick for Williams, which is what King suggests is Saban's goal.

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137 comments, Last at 02 Jul 2005, 10:17am by malene, cph, dk