Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

11 Jan 2006, 04:03pm by Michael David Smith

Lovie Smith: Robert DeNiro Lookalike?

Football Outsiders reader Paul Noonan has a blog where I always learn something. Today I learned about MyHeritage.com, which has face recognition software that allows you to upload a picture of yourself or someone you know and see which celebrities the picture most resembles. So I thought it might be fun for us to enter some folks from the football world and see what the technology comes up with. I got things started with one central figure in each of the upcoming weekend's games:

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16 comments, Last at 12 Jan 2006, 1:24pm by Samuel

11 Jan 2006, 01:23pm by Michael David Smith

Coaching Outlook Grimm for Lions

Memo to the Detroit Free Press: Do you think you could have zoomed in on Russ Grimm's mug shot a little more? I think this is the first time I've ever been able to count how many pores are in an offensive line coach's face.

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41 comments, Last at 12 Jan 2006, 6:35pm by zlionsfan

11 Jan 2006, 01:04pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Kitna Says He'll Explore Free Agency

Meet your 2006 Baltimore Ravens starting quarterback! Well, not quite. Carson Palmer has made it known that he'd like the Bengals to try and keep Kitna, but with pretty slim free agent pickins' at the position, it wouldn't be surprising to see Kitna end up in Baltimore. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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6 comments, Last at 12 Jan 2006, 4:12am by Sean

11 Jan 2006, 12:12pm by Michael David Smith

Accorsi: No Plan to Ax Lax Plax

You gotta love the headline writers for the New York tabloids. The story is juicy, too: Plaxico Burress didn't show up for the Giants' final meeting of the season on Monday. We all know how Tom Coughlin is about meetings, so this is no way to start the off-season. I really wish I could see every one of the Giants' offensive plays on the coaches' tape because when the TV angles showed Burress against Carolina, he looked like he was dogging it big time. To me, that's a much greater sin than skipping a meeting.

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12 comments, Last at 11 Jan 2006, 11:43pm by better accs (NJ)

10 Jan 2006, 03:39pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Please Kneel Before Tom Brady

(Genuflect) No disrespect to the Patriots intended, but this might be the funniest thing I've seen since that whole Kenny Mayne debacle. (/Genuflect)

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59 comments, Last at 14 Jan 2006, 3:17pm by Björn

10 Jan 2006, 03:19pm by P. Ryan Wilson


In this week's TMQ, Gregg Easterbrook charts every play of every game to prove his contention that blitzing usually favors the offense. He also has some thoughts on wildcard weekend, being pro-topless but anti-gambling, and creating defensive stats that measure more than total yards and points (Hmmmm). Finally, Easterbrook names his TMQ Non-QB Non-RB NFL MVP.

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46 comments, Last at 12 Jan 2006, 1:27am by SJM

10 Jan 2006, 10:40am by P. Ryan Wilson

Jets Will Talk to Mangini

Eric Mangini, New England's defensive coordinator, is in the running for the New York Jets head coaching job. He's 34 and has only had the title of coordinator for one season, but he's been with Belichick since 1995. One thing potentially more intriguing than the Jets hiring Mangini away from the Patriots is if New York hires some combination of their other coaching candidates: Mike Tice, Jim Haslett, and Joe Vitt.

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53 comments, Last at 15 Jan 2006, 8:36pm by Richabbs

10 Jan 2006, 10:04am by P. Ryan Wilson

Getting Away with It

Michael Wilbon isn't happy with Sean Taylor (or Marcus Vick). He makes the point that Clinton Portis was fined $20,000, "for wearing the wrong socks and a tinted visor," while Taylor only had to give up $17,000 for spitting in another man's face. Maybe that's why Portis wears a visor, although I have no explanation for the socks. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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20 comments, Last at 11 Jan 2006, 11:49pm by Matthew Furtek

09 Jan 2006, 09:30pm by Michael David Smith

Palmer not Angry at Hit

Carson Palmer on the Kimo von Oelhoffen hit that tore up his knee:

"I don't know Kimo personally. From what I've heard, he's a classy guy. Football is football. I don't think it was malicious at all. He's a guy with a high motor that plays hard and was playing hard. It just happened. I don't think in any way he was trying to do anything. It's just part of the game."

You're a classy guy, too, Carson.

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18 comments, Last at 10 Jan 2006, 1:46pm by turbohappy

09 Jan 2006, 09:25pm by Michael David Smith

Marcus Vick Arrested...Again

This is getting ridiculous. Marcus Vick was charged Monday with pulling a gun on three teenagers during an altercation in a restaurant parking lot. Personally, I never thought Roy Mexico was good enough to play in the NFL in the first place, but when you add in his off-field problems, I can't imagine anyone will draft him.

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70 comments, Last at 12 Jan 2006, 10:07am by Sid