Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

21 Oct 2005, 02:10pm by Aaron Schatz

Eagles Expect Better Play on Special Teams

FO ranks the Eagles special teams from 2000-2005: 6, 1, 4, 3, 3, 32. Which number does not belong? It's not just about Akers being injured and then absent -- the entire Philadelphia special teams has imploded with the exception of punter Dirk Johnson. The shuffling of players better work, because here comes Darren Sproles.

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17 comments, Last at 24 Oct 2005, 4:40pm by Pat

20 Oct 2005, 01:44pm by Aaron Schatz

Chiefs-Dolphins Moved to Friday

Because of Hurricane Wilma, the Kansas City at Miami game has been moved to 7pm on Friday night. TV details still being worked out, but I assume the game will be on CBS in those two cities and unavailable elsewhere. I seem to remember complaints that Sunday Ticket did not show last year's two hurricane-affected Miami games.

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32 comments, Last at 23 Oct 2005, 11:53am by Zac

20 Oct 2005, 01:34pm by Al Bogdan

Bootsy Collins - "Bigg Cats" and "Fear Da Tigers"

In the same tradition of such classics as "Super Bowl Shuffle," and other terrible songs featuring athletes, the great Bootsy Collins has gotten together with some Cincinnati Bengals to record two songs in honor of the team's success this year.

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12 comments, Last at 23 Oct 2005, 12:16pm by Johnny

20 Oct 2005, 01:20pm by Michael David Smith

Dr. Z: No More DirecTV Blackouts

Great news for my fellow Sunday Ticket subscribers: Beginning in 2006, DirecTV will be permitted to show games carried by the local affiliate on its Sunday Ticket channels. That means if your local affiliate switches away from the game you were watching, you'll still be able to see it on Sunday Ticket. It should also solve problems like the one I had in Chicago on Sunday: Patriots-Broncos was on the local CBS affiliate, which means Sunday Ticket should have blacked out Patriots-Broncos and given us Raiders-Chargers and Jets-Bills. Instead, it blacked out Raiders-Chargers.

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14 comments, Last at 21 Oct 2005, 3:12pm by Captain Killjoy

20 Oct 2005, 08:54am by P. Ryan Wilson

Maddox Doesn't Deserve Vicious Fan Abuse

I was at the Steelers - Jags game last week, and it was certainly painful to watch Maddox try and complete a pass. But at some point you have to let it go ... unless you're Robert DeNiro in The Fan, and then you just kidnap your favorite professional athlete. But for everybody else who took Maddox's performance as a personal affront and were so ill they had to miss work on Monday, I might suggest you find a hobby. Like stamp collecting, or long nature walks -- anything to help you calm down.

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34 comments, Last at 21 Oct 2005, 3:11pm by Rashean THE MACHINE Mathis

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