Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

10 Jan 2008, 12:41am by Aaron Schatz

Bill Simmons Podcast for Divisional Round

Time for another edition of the Bill Simmons podcast on ESPN.com, featuring football talk with all of Bill's friends and... me. I'm like an honorary Friend of Bill Simmons! This week's "mistake I didn't realize until later" is identifying the Green Bay nickel back as Patrick Dendy (last year's guy) instead of Jarrod Bush. Podcast is in the top right of the Sports Guy page (linked) and I think I'm second up this time, not first.

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13 comments, Last at 11 Jan 2008, 3:33pm by Mystyc

09 Jan 2008, 11:45pm by Aaron Schatz

DVOA on AOL: Week 18

Here are this week's AOL power rankings, powered by DVOA, with some nice little statistical tidbits and, for some reason, all the 20 teams that didn't make the playoffs still left on the page.

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4 comments, Last at 10 Jan 2008, 9:00pm by brian c

09 Jan 2008, 08:21pm by Aaron Schatz

FO Mailbag: Tomlin's 12-Yard Conversion

Was Mike Tomlin right to go for a two-point conversion against Jacksonville, even after a holding penalty had knocked the line of scrimmage back to the 12-yard line? The answer is a prime example of why models for coaching strategy don't always work.

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34 comments, Last at 11 Jan 2008, 11:45am by doktarr

08 Jan 2008, 07:52pm by Aaron Schatz

49ers Hire Mike Martz

Well, it didn't take long for Mike Martz to find a new job, and it didn't take long for the 49ers to find an offensive coordinator who doesn't completely suck. Can Martz fix Alex Smith? First, he's going to need some major personnel changes, because I can't see the current 49ers running the Martz offense at all. There needs to be offensive line help and some major overhaul of the wide receivers (although Ashley Lelie might fit the Az Hakim role -- after all, going deep is basically all he does). Does this mean Frank Gore's fantasy value drops through the floor? Not necessarily.

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83 comments, Last at 14 Jan 2008, 6:20pm by Michigan3

08 Jan 2008, 04:42pm by Aaron Schatz

2008 Postseason DVOA I

Here are weighted DVOA ratings, updated through the wild card round. Seven of the eight best teams according to these ratings are still in the postseason, with the Giants way, way down below -- even though their win over Tampa Bay had the best single-game DVOA of the weekend.

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117 comments, Last at 13 Jan 2008, 9:28pm by Matt Saracen - QB1 - Dillon Panthers

08 Jan 2008, 12:25am by Aaron Schatz

2007 Quick Reads: Week 18

Here's a look at DPAR stats for Wild Card weekend, led by the two star-crossed twin quarterbacks from the 2004 draft.

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29 comments, Last at 10 Jan 2008, 3:19am by BoltsHomer

05 Jan 2008, 05:16pm by Aaron Schatz

Wild Card Preview 2008: NYG-TB, SD-TEN

The Sunday games are not as close as the Saturday games, but that doesn't mean an upset isn't possible. The Giants will get in Jeff Garcia's face and hope Eli Manning's big game against New England is no fluke, while the Titans hope they can beat the well-rounded Chargers with nothing but defense and the power of Bironas.

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25 comments, Last at 07 Jan 2008, 9:48pm by Chris

04 Jan 2008, 07:07pm by Aaron Schatz

Wild Card Preview 2008: WAS-SEA, JAC-PIT

Time for those legendary, stat-packed Football Outsiders playoff previews, complete with funky, team color-coordinated week-to-week DVOA graphs. First, we tackle Washington at Seattle and Jacksonville at Pittsburgh.

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68 comments, Last at 06 Jan 2008, 6:02pm by Boss Hog

04 Jan 2008, 04:34pm by Aaron Schatz

FO Chat at BaseballProspectus.com

Here's the transcript of the chat I did today over at BP, taking questions about the playoffs as well as what teams should do in the off-season. We'll be doing Football Fridays every week, with chats by Michael David Smith next Friday and Bill Barnwell on the Friday before the conference championships.

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03 Jan 2008, 07:29pm by Aaron Schatz

Pro Success of College Award Winners

This is pretty sweet right here, the latest from Doug Drinen over at the p-f-r blog. He's looking at NFL success for the recent winners of various college awards: not just the Heisman, but also the Lombardi, the Thorpe, the Doak Walker, even the Tatupu award. (I had no idea there was an award named after Mosi Tatupu for best college special teams player.) The basic summation: players who win awards for defenders and/or linemen tend to do well in the NFL. Players who win awards at "skill positions" or special teams positions don't do so well.

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19 comments, Last at 08 Jan 2008, 2:29am by Matt (the Clemson one)