Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

26 Jan 2006, 12:03pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Latest NFL Buzz from the Senior Bowl

Scouts are already voicing some concerns about QB Jay Cutler: "While he physically has the makings of an NFL passer, his mental make-up is a little different. Several people we spoke with say Cutler can be surly at times. Teams aren't willing to invest a fortune in that type of person as the future leader of their franchise." Oooof. First chink in the armor, Teddy.

There is also some discussion about Drew Brees' shoulder, Denver's decision on Jeb Putzier, and why the Colts might re-sign oft-injured LB Rocky Calmus.

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21 comments, Last at 27 Jan 2006, 6:39pm by Kaveman

25 Jan 2006, 05:20pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Bald-Headed Hasselbeck Enjoying Super Ride

OK, this gets my nomination for headline of the Super Bowl. Not really much to the article, but any time you can describe one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL as "Bald-Headed Hasselbeck," it's worth noting. Tomorrow's edition promises this headline: "Fat-Bodied Bettis Actually From Detroit."

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15 comments, Last at 26 Jan 2006, 8:41pm by Jon

25 Jan 2006, 03:31pm by Michael David Smith

Culpepper, Agent Part Ways

Recent reports have suggested that Daunte Culpepper was seeking a pay raise. Let's count all the reasons that this is stupid:
1. He's coming off a serious injury that will likely hamper his playing ability for at least the start of the 2006 season.
2. He already got a huge contract extension in May of 2003.
3. He played a key role in an event that brought shame on the franchise.
4. He played badly in 2005.
5. His backup, Brad Johnson, played well in 2005.

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24 comments, Last at 26 Jan 2006, 5:56pm by Dman

25 Jan 2006, 01:51pm by Aaron Schatz

The XII Greatest Super Bowl Highlight Films

From The Onion A.V. Club, but not a joke! NFL Network is replaying all of these on Sunday, and I look forward to matriculating the ball down the field.

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17 comments, Last at 27 Jan 2006, 12:37am by Matt

25 Jan 2006, 12:32pm by Michael David Smith

Tracking Senior Bowl Prospects

I think the mark of a true football nerd is that you've been paying close attention to the Senior Bowl practice updates on NFL Network. I know I have. Here's a good rundown of which teams have shown an interest in which players. Is anyone surprised that the Broncos are looking at a running back?

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36 comments, Last at 26 Jan 2006, 3:06pm by Dman

25 Jan 2006, 12:00pm by P. Ryan Wilson

All-time Best Super Bowl Nicknames

This is a pretty good list, but Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack didn't make the cut, and that might be the best nickname ever. And it gets better. Apparently Womack, born in Mississippi, was given the name by his mother, who thought he resembled Pork Chop Cash, a local pro wrestler.

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13 comments, Last at 26 Jan 2006, 1:57pm by Harris

25 Jan 2006, 11:50am by Michael David Smith

In Praise of Detroit

Michael Rosenberg makes some points in favor of the host of this year's Super Bowl. But the one I want to address is this:

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23 comments, Last at 26 Jan 2006, 12:11pm by Tom Kelso

25 Jan 2006, 11:42am by P. Ryan Wilson

Cowher's Gambit: The Steelers Will Wear White

OK, this is one of those stories you see during the "dead week" leading up to the Super Bowl. Pittsburgh, the designated home team, has chosen to wear their road whites for the big game. Bill Cowher claims that since his team isn't playing at Heinz Field, it's a road game. Maybe. Or perhaps it has something to do with the Steelers reeling off three in a row on the road in the playoffs.

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25 comments, Last at 26 Jan 2006, 2:08am by Trogdor

24 Jan 2006, 04:15pm by Aaron Schatz

TMQ: Box-and-One

Somebody finally figures out how to defend against Steve Smith, Denver's defensive line turns back into pumpkins, and CBS declines to show us hot Denver cheerleaders. All this and more covered in the latest TMQ. I can't believe I didn't think to compare the Smith defense to basketball's box-and-one, it's a great comparison. I did, however, send Gregg an e-mail to complain about his use of the simplistic NFL rankings for pass defense. Denver does not have a bad pass defense, or, at least, did not before Sunday.

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47 comments, Last at 26 Jan 2006, 11:32am by Smeghead

24 Jan 2006, 02:05pm by Aaron Schatz

Seattle's Big Problem Comes to the Front

See, when Ron Borges writes about something unrelated to Bill Belichick, he's not so bad. The subject here is Seattle's unfamiliarity with the 3-4 defense. I agree that this will be an important issue for Seattle to work on over the next two weeks, and the best NFC teams do seem to struggle against 3-4 defenses from the AFC. (I did a little bit on this last year with Philadelphia, and hope to do some numbers research over the next week.) But we should point out that Seattle actually played four games against 3-4 defenses this season, not just one.

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36 comments, Last at 26 Jan 2006, 12:49am by Costanza