Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

01 Nov 2005, 12:42pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Calling for a QB Change

Nothing like your rookie first round draft pick lobbying for the starting quarterback to be replaced. WR Braylon Edwards thinks rookie QB Charlie Frye "would bring a little more life, because he's younger" to a Browns offense that can kindly be described as struggling behind Trent Dilfer. Edwards admits to having more chemistry with Frye than Dilfer, and head coach Romeo Crennel hasn't ruled out making the switch. When your team is 2-5, coming off a loss to the Texans, and battling for last place in the division, I don't think this can really be considered a quarterback controversy.

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20 comments, Last at 02 Nov 2005, 2:40am by Joey

31 Oct 2005, 04:06pm by Aaron Schatz

Morning After: Plummer for MVP?

Len Pasquarelli is kidding, I think. I hope he's kidding. Plummer was great yesterday, but in general you don't give the MVP to the quarterback of a team built around its running game and defense. Pasquarelli also lauds the Chicago front office for putting together a defense that averages 24.8 years of age and has 10 of its 11 starters under contract for next year, and criticizes the Jaguars for being inconsistent.

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37 comments, Last at 01 Nov 2005, 9:48pm by Browns Dude

31 Oct 2005, 12:44pm by Michael David Smith

MMQB: A Giant Legacy

Peter King remembers Wellington Mara, points out that Denver-Dallas could be one of the best Thanksgiving games in years (and this could be the first Thanksgiving in years when I won't be in front of the TV), and tells us, "I am really getting to be an old lady."

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52 comments, Last at 01 Nov 2005, 4:19pm by Chris

31 Oct 2005, 12:23pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Winning Feeling Returns

Usually when we talk about the Texans around here, it's in a negative light. Well, Houston won its first game of the season yesterday against Cleveland, and I'm noting it here because who knows when it'll happen again. The Browns were actually two-point underdogs going into the game, which prompted FB Terrelle Smith to comment, "I take offense to that." And after the thrilling 19-16 victory, QB David Carr said, "This is one of the ugliest games I've ever played in."

Houston Texans Football: good times.

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14 comments, Last at 31 Oct 2005, 11:07pm by Mr Shush

30 Oct 2005, 11:06pm by Michael David Smith

Culpepper Might be Done for Season

At this point the 2005 Minnesota Vikings season can't possibly get worse, can it?

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46 comments, Last at 06 Dec 2005, 10:27pm by someone

28 Oct 2005, 05:21pm by Michael David Smith

White, Aikman Among Hall Nominees

Reggie White and Troy Aikman are among the preliminary nominees for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. From this list, Hall of Fame selectors will choose 25 candidates who will advance as semifinalists. That list will be trimmed to 13 candidates, who will join veterans committee nominees John Madden and Rayfield Wright as finalists. On the day before the Super Bowl, the voters will select between four and six enshrinees from that group of 15.

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34 comments, Last at 01 Nov 2005, 3:48pm by Michael David Smith

28 Oct 2005, 04:11pm by Aaron Schatz


Many requests for a weekly link to Bill Simmons' NFL picks, so who are we to deny our readership (it helps that Bill likes us again). The main thrust of this week's article suggests that we may have an all-Manning Super Bowl this year, and that Eli Manning has that intangible "winner" quality that his brother lacks. I believe Mike Tanier would refer to this as "swagger." Anyway, the most surprising part of Bill's essay, given his past essays, is the fact that he is even considering the possibility of the Colts going to the Super Bowl.

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45 comments, Last at 31 Oct 2005, 6:55pm by zlionsfan

28 Oct 2005, 01:11pm by Aaron Schatz

Vikings: 3-4 Lineup Looks Like Long-Term Solution

I dunno, to me this sounds like a parent who hires an expensive tutor for her son and then is thrilled when he gets a "D" instead of an "F."

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5 comments, Last at 30 Oct 2005, 1:04am by Bruce Dickinson

27 Oct 2005, 08:48pm by Michael David Smith

No More Pat-Downs in Tampa

A high school civics teacher represented by the American Civil Liberties Union has successfully sued to force the Tampa Bay Bucs to stop giving pat-downs to fans as they enter the stadium. The NFL said in a statement it was "disappointed" by the decision, but hadn't had a chance to review the court's opinion.

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50 comments, Last at 31 Oct 2005, 1:49am by Dennis

27 Oct 2005, 05:20pm by Aaron Schatz

To Blitz or Not to Blitz

Over at PROTRADE's Insight section, Gabriel Desjardins takes a look at the question that we've been wanting to answer here for some time: does blitzing work? (PROTRADE has Stats Inc. data I don't have, in case you are wondering why we've never answered this question.) The answers seem pretty obvious: blitzing on first down leads to more sacks and interceptions and fewer rushing yards, but more first downs and more passing yards, in particular yards after catch.

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16 comments, Last at 30 Oct 2005, 1:31pm by Ryan Mc