Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

03 Nov 2006, 01:53pm by Guest

The Bears Trend

Everybody is talking about Chicago as Super Bowl favorites. Some people even talk about the Bears going 16-0. Is there anybody out there willing to stand astride the Chicago bandwagon, yelling "stop?" Guest columnist Douglas Walters volunteers, pointing out that the Bears are swimming upstream against the trends.

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95 comments, Last at 29 Nov 2007, 8:55pm by footballprofessor

23 Sep 2006, 11:10pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Can You Have Must-Win Games in Week 3?

Calling a September game a "must win" is surely hyperbole, right? Actually, it isn't. As Ryan Wilson shows, 0-2 teams really do have their backs against the wall on Sunday.

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35 comments, Last at 26 Mar 2009, 7:03am by colt

10 Aug 2006, 04:34pm by Guest

Never Punting

When you punt, you turn the ball over to the other team. So why isn't a punt considered a turnover? Starting from this idea, guest columnist Jason Scheib has developed a fascinating theory that teams might win more if they accepted a four-down mindset and never punted the ball. Come explore a dramatically counterintuitive strategy for winning football games.

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187 comments, Last at 04 Sep 2009, 3:34pm by Nelson

07 Aug 2006, 01:38pm by Guest

Does the NFL Preseason Matter?

The NFL preseason is pointless, right? Maybe not -- as long as you know where to look for meaning. Guest columnist Patrick Allison shows that a game in the preseason can help tell us what will happen if those two teams meet again during the regular season. (Note: This is the research Aaron referenced in last Sunday's New York Times.)

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56 comments, Last at 16 Aug 2006, 5:45pm by Pat

26 Jul 2006, 12:35pm by Guest

Ken Anderson and the Hall of Fame, Revisited

In PFP 2005, we listed Ken Anderson with two of the top ten QB seasons since 1960. So why does he receive so little consideration for the Hall of Fame? David Lewin analyzes Steve McNair's HOF chances in the brand new Pro Football Prospectus 2006; here, he uses those same tools to compare Anderson and his 1970s contemporaries.

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91 comments, Last at 01 Apr 2009, 11:46am by GJones

26 Jun 2006, 11:13am by Guest

Quarterbacks and Fourth Quarter Comebacks

When you think of fourth-quarter heroics in the NFL, you think of quarterbacks. John Elway willing his team to victory over and over. Tom Brady marching the Patriots down the field for two last-minute Super Bowl wins. Flutie Magic. Is there really a measurable difference between quarterbacks when it comes to leading fourth-quarter comebacks? Does the list of the best fourth-quarter quarterbacks actually match our memories? And why do we tend to blame coaches for losing late leads, and give them far less credit than the quarterbacks when it comes to comebacks? Jason McKinley investigates.

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95 comments, Last at 09 Jan 2007, 4:33pm by Ray

23 Mar 2006, 04:26pm by Guest

College Quarterbacks Through the Prism of Statistics

Can college football stats somehow be used to predict which players will succeed in the NFL? It will surprise many to discover the answer is "yes." With this look at Matt Leinart, Vince Young and Jay Cutler, guest columnist David Lewin previews his college-to-NFL QB projection system, which will get its proper debut in Pro Football Prospectus 2006.

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137 comments, Last at 11 Nov 2010, 4:37am by Carla

14 Mar 2006, 11:38pm by Guest

Pete Morelli Under Review

A lot of people complained about the officiating in this year's playoffs. But just like players, officials cannot really be judged on a single game in the national spotlight. Guest columnist Matthew Furtek goes through several regular season games to judge the referee behind the most controversial calls of this past January. Bill who? No, we're talking about Pete Morelli, the man who overturned Troy Polamalu's interception in Indianapolis and presided over the infamous false start/offsides that was neither a false start nor an offsides.

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47 comments, Last at 13 Apr 2006, 11:37pm by Mentos

02 Feb 2006, 05:30pm by Bill Moore

Second(ary) Look

Other than tackles, interceptions, and sacks, there are very few publicly available stats to measure the quality of individual defensive players. That's why this year, Football Outsiders began a project to chart games and get more data to improve our analysis of defense. Bill Moore takes a look at this unofficial data to draw some conclusions about the Pittsburgh and Seattle secondaries -- some of which may surprise you.

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75 comments, Last at 05 Feb 2006, 4:30pm by DGL

09 Dec 2005, 04:42pm by Michael David Smith

Giants Try "East Coast" Offense

For the last two decades, many NFL teams have attempted to emulate the West Coast Offense, the short-passing system pioneered in San Francisco by Bill Walsh. But as Michael David Smith points out in this article from Thursday's New York Sun, Giants offensive coordinator John Hufnagel thinks a little differently.

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69 comments, Last at 12 Oct 2006, 11:04am by Dave