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03 Aug 2005, 12:34pm by Aaron Schatz

Pro Football Prospectus Mailbag

We know you've got plenty of questions about Pro Football Prospectus 2005, and we answer some of them here. What's the deal with the fantasy projection spreadsheet? Since they aren't in the book, will specific DVOA projections show up on the website? Where did Otto Graham disappear to? Why do backups always have the highest DVOA ratings? Can you convince me that Julius Jones isn't just William Green Part II? When can I meet you in person? What's the frequency, Disgruntled Kenneth? These questions and more are answered here, and you can also use this as a much-requested book discussion thread.

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102 comments, Last at 25 Dec 2012, 5:05pm by Geschenke

13 Jul 2005, 01:55pm by Michael David Smith

The I-Formation: Offensive Bread and Butter

The I-formation is football's most versatile set, allowing for power running and deep passing. Michael David Smith goes inside the numbers to find out how the I-formation ticks, who is using it the most, and who is the best at running from it.

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79 comments, Last at 08 Oct 2006, 10:49pm by Andrew

06 Jul 2005, 05:30pm by Aaron Schatz

New Generation of Backs Ready To Join NFL Elite

In July, the NFL goes on vacation, but NFL fans do not -- because it is time to start thinking fantasy football. No fantasy football position is more important than running back, and in this article from Friday's edition of the New York Sun, Aaron explains why there will be some new names among 2005's NFL rushing yardage leaders. It's your chance to get a sneak peak at some of our fantasy projections and find out why a certain second-year back is featured on the cover of Pro Football Prospectus 2005.

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81 comments, Last at 03 Aug 2005, 4:23pm by jimmy jimmerson

30 Jun 2005, 12:29pm by P. Ryan Wilson

A Different Look at the Best Running Backs Ever

When we talk about the greatest runners of all time, we often talk about total yards or yards per carry. But the NFL has seesawed back and forth from a league dominated by rushing to one dominated by passing, and then back again. How can we analyze yardage in the context of the offensive environment of each player's career? Ryan Wilson takes a look.

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165 comments, Last at 21 Dec 2005, 8:26pm by felix adams

21 Jun 2005, 12:01pm by Mike Tanier

Going Long in Kansas City

No matter how bad the field position in Kansas City, you know there's always a threat the offense will score. Of course, that goes for both the Chiefs and their opponents. Mike Tanier takes a look at the numbers for short drives and long drives in 2004, and what that tells us about the specific strengths and weaknesses of the Chiefs. Plus, short drive and long drive stats for every team.

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32 comments, Last at 08 Jul 2005, 3:15am by Jason

01 Apr 2005, 03:22am by Guest

A Revolution in NFL Analysis

Here at Football Outsiders, we're committed to the advancement of football research, even if it means giving equal time to a potential competitor. In this guest article, Dr. William Kilgore explains a new statistical method that may change the way football is watched, played, and talked about.

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2 comments, Last at 07 Dec 2005, 9:02pm by L. Goodman

31 Mar 2005, 02:10pm by Guest

Zone Blocking vs. Man Blocking

Does "the Denver system" really help running backs? What about other teams that switch to a so-called "zone blocking" scheme? In this guest column, Brian Hook looks at the (admittedly limited) data from Denver, Atlanta, and Houston, and tries to discern a trend.

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5 comments, Last at 06 Feb 2007, 7:27am by Frank

17 Mar 2005, 12:01pm by Guest

Tight Ends Break Loose

2004 may have been the best year for passing offense in NFL history. Surely the re-emphasis on illegal contact was the reason, right? Actually, maybe not. Guest columnist Michael Horn shows how the 2004 numbers are the natural culmination of recent expansion in the role of the tight end.

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1 comment, Last at 07 Feb 2006, 4:31am by adam

08 Feb 2005, 02:55pm by admin

2004 Patriots vs. History

You've heard a lot in the last week about the Patriots and their standing in history. Now, Football Outsiders presents two takes on the argument that will rage all offseason long. First, Aaron Schatz asks how the 2004 Patriots compare to the teams discussed in Eddie Epstein's book Dominance. Then Ned Macey uses his own criteria to compare the Patriots to the greatest teams of the Super Bowl era.

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1 comment, Last at 07 Jul 2005, 2:19am by RamTime

19 Jan 2005, 12:30pm by Ned Macey

How Much Should Rookie Quarterbacks Play?

Three first round quarterbacks will be leading their teams this weekend in the conference finals. Ben Roethlisberger was forced into action immediately, Donovan McNabb took over his team at midseason, and Michael Vick didn't take over for good until his second year. Which is the best way to develop a rookie passer? Ned Macey takes a comprehensive look at every quarterback drafted between 1993 and 2002, and offers some conclusions.

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6 comments, Last at 12 Dec 2007, 6:44am by best life ins