Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

30 Dec 2005, 11:23am by Aaron Schatz

Saints to Return to Louisiana in 2006

Len Pasquarelli is reporting that the NFL and Saints owner Tom Benson have reached a deal to have the Saints return to Louisiana full-time next year, playing in Baton Rouge until the Superdome is fully repaired sometime around early November. This is ludicrous. I'm sorry for sounding like a jerk, but then again I'm not sure why this country has decided that anyone who is honest about the situation in New Orleans is a jerk. I hate to even hint at politics on this site, but we've all decided that we're not going to have a realistic conversation about what's going on down there.

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27 comments, Last at 02 Jan 2006, 9:10pm by Jerry

30 Dec 2005, 07:16am by Michael David Smith

ESPN Ombudsman Rips Young, Irvin

I respect ESPN's decision to hire George Solomon to act as an ombudsman, critiquing the entire organization as he sees fit. Among the criticisms in Solomon's most recent column:

Steve Young's comments about Chris Simms were "An example of a commentator talking without knowing what he was talking about."

Michael Irvin's problem "is he still believes he's an athlete/celebrity."

"Suzy Kolber does an excellent job as a reporter for ESPN and as a TV pitch person for Chevrolet. I just wish she would choose one of the two jobs."

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47 comments, Last at 01 Jan 2006, 5:35pm by Tampa Bay Mike

30 Dec 2005, 07:08am by Michael David Smith

Big Ben's Prom Date Still a Browns Fan

A woman who apparently went to a dance with Ben Roethlisberger when they were kids showed up at last week's Browns-Steelers game with a sign showing a picture of the two of them and thanking Roethlisberger for the dance, but informing him that she's still a Browns fan. But my favorite part of the sign is at the bottom, where she writes, "PS-CALL ME!" Somehow I think the only person calling her will be Brian Jackson.

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7 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2005, 4:17pm by Israel

30 Dec 2005, 03:23am by Aaron Schatz

2005 Draft Day Redux

I apologize to Don Banks for the harsh words I'm about to lay down, but this article is an example of why I started Football Outsiders. The idea behind it is a lot of fun -- had we known then what we know now, how would the 2005 draft had played out? But Banks' choices and comments are filled with every bad kind of football analysis, ignorant of economics and worshipping flash over substance.

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39 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2005, 3:48am by Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Person

29 Dec 2005, 08:36pm by P. Ryan Wilson

'Simple' Scheme Nets Big Gains for Trio of Defenses

The other Michael Smith writes about the Cover 2 defense and how it's been successful for the Bucs, Colts and Bears. Opposing offenses know the weaknesses of the Cover 2, but these three teams run it so well, it often doesn't matter. The article even has a nifty graphic explaining the intricacies of this defense, something FO wrote about in February 2004. (You have to click on "comments" to see the link to the FO article.)

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7 comments, Last at 04 Jan 2006, 10:48am by Mr Shush

29 Dec 2005, 03:02pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Numbers Guy is Really the Future of the NFL

SFWeekly.com offers an interesting glimpse into the life of Paraag Marathe, the 28-year-old director of football operations for the 49ers (with FO's own, Aaron Schatz, quoted several times in the article). Marathe has an MBA and was a management consultant before joining San Franscisco, and a big part of his job might best be described by this quote from the article:

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25 comments, Last at 01 Jan 2006, 7:25pm by Jonramz

29 Dec 2005, 02:12pm by Aaron Schatz

Scouting Bush: Three Suggested Stand-Ins

Texas is apparently having problems finding someone who can play Reggie Bush for their scout team. College football blog Every Day Should Be Saturday has some suggestions. All I can say is, "Shimmy shimmy ya." (Hat tip: Deadspin)

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6 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2005, 7:26am by Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Person

29 Dec 2005, 02:03pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Trade Favre to the Raiders

In his latest effort, Jason Whitlock pens possibly his worst article of 2005 (and just under the wire!). He suggests that Brett Favre should be traded to Oakland and -- big surprise -- Jeff George should be his backup. (Unless Favre can play safety, this is a ridiculous idea. But you already knew that.)

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52 comments, Last at 30 Dec 2005, 3:45pm by Charles Jake

29 Dec 2005, 12:59pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Horn Questions NFL on Cell Phone Use

Now this is really funny. Joe Horn, who was fined $30,000 two seasons ago for using a cell phone during a touchdown celebration, wants Falcons head coach Jim Mora Jr. docked the same amount for using a cell phone during Saturday's overtime loss to the Bucs. According to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, " ... the use of cell phones on the sidelines is prohibited." Luckily, Joe Horn wants to make it clear that he has nothing against Mora:

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12 comments, Last at 05 Jan 2006, 8:11pm by Trogdor

28 Dec 2005, 08:11pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Atlanta Shoulda Gone For It

Our good friend Bill Krasker has done the math and says the Falcons shouldn't have punted with 1:08 left in overtime. Lucky for Bill, he didn't suggest this to Jim Mora Jr. during the Falcons' post-game radio show.

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17 comments, Last at 29 Dec 2005, 4:38pm by Bill Krasker