Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

05 Nov 2005, 02:29pm by Michael David Smith

T.O. Out for Detrimental Conduct

The Philadelphia Eagles have announced they will not play Terrell Owens Sunday night against the Washington Redskins. Whether he'll be listed as suspended or deactivated, and whether he'll be paid for the game, is not clear. But Owens is out, and the Eagles say it has nothing to do with his injury and everything to do with his mouth. Our colleague Jay Glazer reports the decision was made after the Eagles spoke with the league office on Friday with regards to their options after Owens bashed the team.

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92 comments, Last at 09 Nov 2005, 12:39am by Donovan Mcnabb

04 Nov 2005, 07:26pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Week 8: Ask Jerry Markbreit

In this week with Mr. Markbreit, two readers ask questions that I often find myself screaming at the television at some point during the football season. First, why aren't late hits out of bounds reviewable? And secondly, if on the same play, the defense commits unnecessary roughness and the offense commits holding, why are the penalties offsetting? Isn't one a little worse than the other? (free registration/bugmenot required)

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1 comment, Last at 05 Nov 2005, 12:35am by jimmo

04 Nov 2005, 05:53pm by Aaron Schatz

Benson May Be Right to Leave New Orleans

Our old friend Bob Cook takes on the controversial issue of the New Orleans Saints. As he points out, why does it matter if Tom Benson is a jerk? The real question is: what is the future of the city of New Orleans? The Saints are really no different from any number of businesses that are going to have to decide whether they are going back to a city that will take a long time to rebuild and will be significantly smaller when the rebuilding is done. If I remember correctly, polls say roughly 40 percent of residents aren't planning on going back.

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13 comments, Last at 05 Nov 2005, 6:12pm by Israel

04 Nov 2005, 02:54pm by Aaron Schatz

Pats Has a Nice Ring to It

OK, if you've been waiting for Bill Simmons to give his take on Pats-Colts, here it is. Guess who he picks. C'mon, guess. The idea here is that the Pats are just too hungry for the Colts to beat them. Which is fine and dandy, except here are a few names that Bill doesn't mention when talking about how the three-time champions simply will not accept losing: Duane Starks, Arturo Freeman, Nick Kazcur, Monty Beisel, and Heath Evans. This game isn't about Tom Brady and Tedy Bruschi. It's about whether those guys can fill the holes.

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55 comments, Last at 06 Nov 2005, 3:53pm by PatsFan

03 Nov 2005, 04:57pm by Aaron Schatz

John Clayton's First and 10

I don't mean to pick on Mr. Clayton, but I just had to point this article out as a particularly egregious example of Colts-Patriots overhype. Clayton writes: "Since 2003, the Colts and Patriots have met four times with everything on the line, and the Patriots won all four." Wait a minute, everything on the line? John, last year the teams met in the first game of the season. How much could possibly be on the line in the first game of the season?

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33 comments, Last at 05 Nov 2005, 11:21am by Purds

03 Nov 2005, 03:28pm by Michael David Smith

Dr. Z's Hall of Fame Ballot

Paul Zimmerman outlines the process of narrowing down the preliminary list of 112 Hall of Fame nominees to 25 who will move on to the next round. I don't find much to disagree with, and he pretty well captures my opinion of Michael Irvin: "Michael annoys the hell out of me with all that nonsense he comes up with on ESPN, but we're not supposed to let that influence our ballots."

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39 comments, Last at 05 Nov 2005, 2:22pm by Harris

03 Nov 2005, 02:23pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Packers Angry Over Cell Phone

Because of those pesky cell phones going off at inopportune times, Packers head coach Mike Sherman cut short his press conference, and then canceled Brett Favre's press conference. And if you don't think it's a big deal, consider the punishment for Green Bay players who are guilty of this infraction during team meetings:

"That's a big-time no-no," long snapper Rob Davis said. "Big-time. Really, really bad."

What would happen?

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24 comments, Last at 04 Nov 2005, 1:30pm by HLF

03 Nov 2005, 01:07pm by Michael David Smith

Roethlisberger Out vs. Packers

Ben Roethlisberger has had arthroscopic knee surgery and will miss Sunday's game against the Packers. Charlie Batch is expected to get the start behind center against Green Bay. Michael David Smith is expected to get the old Charlie Batch Lions jersey out of the mothballs, just for old time's sake.

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27 comments, Last at 04 Nov 2005, 6:16pm by big_adventure

03 Nov 2005, 10:59am by Aaron Schatz

BCS Plus One: The Easiest Solution

How hard would it be to install a college football playoff? As our fellow FOXSports.com partners at College Football News point out, no team ranked lower than fourth before the bowl games has ever won the national championship. We're never going to end up in a situation where there are more than four unbeaten teams from the major conferences. So why not pit no. 1 against no. 4 and no. 2 against no. 3 in the bowl games, and then add one single game over winter break to determine the champion?

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62 comments, Last at 05 Nov 2005, 7:01pm by Zac

03 Nov 2005, 09:55am by P. Ryan Wilson

Green Goes Back to Warner

During the Cards quarterback carousel last season, I mentioned that you shouldn't be surprised to see Neil Lomax eventually named the starter. Thanks to Denny Green, it still could happen.

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6 comments, Last at 03 Nov 2005, 8:52pm by Vince