Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

15 Sep 2017, 03:28pm by Tom Gower

Bengals Fire OC Zampese

The day after they became the first team since the 1939 Philadelphia Eagles to play their first two games at home and not score a touchdown in either contest, the Cincinnati Bengals today fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese. Zampese was in his second year as the Bengals' offensive coordinator, replacing Hue Jackson, and his fifteenth year in the organization. Quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor replaces him and will be tasked with improving Andy Dalton's play and camouflaging what looks like one of the league's worst offensive lines.

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16 comments, Last at 19 Sep 2017, 4:15pm by theslothook

09 Sep 2017, 05:00pm by Tom Gower

Saints Believe In Evolution

Good article by Nick Underhill on how the Saints' offensive focus changes from time to time, including by from season to season and week to week. One of the things I particularly liked about the article is the detail on running the same plays from different looks to disguise particular tendencies.

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4 comments, Last at 11 Sep 2017, 12:20pm by MilkmanDanimal

06 Aug 2017, 02:44pm by Tom Gower

Dolphins Sign Jay Cutler

The Miami Dolphins have agreed to a deal with quarterback Jay Cutler. Per Adam Schefter, it's a one-year deal for $10 million, plus incentives.

The former Commodores, Broncos, and Bears signal-caller had been headed to the broadcast booth, but the Fins lured him into a reunion with Adam Gase, one of his offensive coordinators, in Chicago after Ryan Tannehill's non-contact knee injury. As yet, no announcement has been made about Tannehill's status for this season or which course of recovery he will choose.

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89 comments, Last at 11 Aug 2017, 9:24am by Will Allen

17 Jul 2017, 12:55pm by Tom Gower

Panthers Fire GM Dave Gettleman

The Carolina Panthers today announced general manager Dave Gettleman had been relieved of his duties. Owner Jerry Richardson statement, courtesy of the team, offered no real explanation for the move, but did not the timing was not ideal. Like Kansas City last month, Carolina also lost their most obvious internal GM candidate to another team earlier this offseason, as Brandon Beane is now in Buffalo.

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40 comments, Last at 29 Jul 2017, 11:33pm by Michael.Edits

23 May 2017, 01:23pm by Tom Gower

Cortez Kennedy Passes Away

Former defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy has died at the age of 48, per the Orlando Police Department. Kennedy was a star at the University of Miami and a star with the Seattle Seahawks after they took him with the third overall pick in the 1990 draft. He was thrice named first-team All-Pro, was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 for a Seahawks team that went 2-14 (and finished third in defensive DVOA), and was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 1990s. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012. R.I.P.

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3 comments, Last at 27 May 2017, 10:12pm by LionInAZ

11 May 2017, 12:31pm by Tom Gower

Four Downs: AFC South

Even after the draft, NFL rosters are left with significant holes. In most divisions, though, the draft tells us what each team's game plan is. The AFC South is not like most divisions.

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29 comments, Last at 03 Jun 2017, 4:11pm by umuddafadda

30 Apr 2017, 12:07pm by Tom Gower

Bills Fire GM Whaley

What might be a denouement in As The Buffalo Bills Turn came today. The day after the conclusion of the 2017 NFL draft, the team with the longest playoff drought in the league fired general manager Doug Whaley. The rest of the scouting staff was also dismissed. Owners Terry and Kim Pegula will hire the next general manager, and decide after that how the front office will be structured. Both Whaley and new head coach Sean McDermott reported directly to the Pegulas, and we'll see who runs things now.

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37 comments, Last at 04 May 2017, 12:00pm by Noah Arkadia

03 Apr 2017, 12:19pm by Tom Gower

The Julio Jones Trade: Six Years Later

Atlanta's run to the Super Bowl in 2016 was set up in part by a bold trade made in 2011. Does that mean other Super Bowl contenders should take similar risks in 2017?

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50 comments, Last at 10 Apr 2017, 12:00pm by Bright Blue Shorts

31 Mar 2017, 12:26pm by Tom Gower

2011 NFL Draft: Six Years Later

The first 11 picks of 2011 include a future MVP, a future Super Bowl MVP, and a future three-time Defensive Player of the Year. Also, Blaine Gabbert.

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38 comments, Last at 07 Apr 2017, 9:14pm by LionInAZ

28 Mar 2017, 02:45pm by Tom Gower

Rules Changes: No More Leaping, Ejection for Egregious Head Hits

In addition to approving the centralization of all replay reviews at this week's meeting in Arizona, NFL owners approved two other rule changes Tuesday. First, they passed a tremendously anti-fun, sadly pro-safety rule to ban defensive players leaping over the offensive line on place kicks. Second, they approved an automatic ejection for egregious hits to the head, which will undoubtedly lead to more fevered columns than actual penalties in 2017.

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35 comments, Last at 04 Apr 2017, 2:09pm by Tomlin_Is_Infallible