Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

21 Oct 2004, 10:48pm by Aaron Schatz

VOA Mailbag

It's another edition of our mailbag, where Aaron answers your questions related to VOA and other statistics from Football Outsiders. This week: What the heck happened to the Green Bay defense, a further explanation of special teams, and a look at the historic ineptitude of the Miami offense. Plus, could it be better for the defense to decline most five-yard penalties?

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21 Oct 2004, 03:47pm by

Seventh Day Adventure: Susan Returns

Susan Levine again joins the Seventh Day Adventure team to see if she can once more out-prognosticate her husband, Russell, in picking the weekend's biggest college games. Beating her husband was one thing, but this week Susan is gunning for Vinny Gauri as well. This is also the open thread for discussing all of this weekend's college games.

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20 Oct 2004, 06:15pm by Michael David Smith

Every Play Counts: Washington's Offensive Line

The famous Hogs were the anchor of Joe Gibbs' championship teams in Washington, and Gibbs has brought offensive line coach Joe Bugel back to the NFL with him. Michael David Smith looks at every play in this week's Washington-Chicago game and says that, for one week at least, the current Redskins line lived up swine standards.

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20 Oct 2004, 06:08pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 6 DVOA Ratings

Here are the Football Outsiders team efficiency ratings after Week 6, along with Aaron's usual commentary for the math-o-phobic. Think you know which team holds the title "best team with a losing record"? You may be surprised. Plus, our first look this year at the Football Outsiders offensive and defensive line statistics. Who's responsible for New England's decline against the run? Does Indianapolis have the most underrated offensive line in football?

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18 Oct 2004, 03:34pm by Russell Levine

Confessions of a Football Junkie: Ivy Style

Saturday was a big day of college football. So where was Russell Levine? At the Brown-Princeton game, appreciating the unique qualities of Ivy League football and trying to pass on his love of the sport to his kids. Plus, Mike Holmgren bids to have the Mike Martz Award renamed in his honor and, yes, more two-point follies.

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17 Oct 2004, 09:37pm by admin

Setting the Pace, Part II

In the first half of his guest column on offensive pace, Jim Armstrong showed that a faster or slower pace seems to have absolutely no connection with winning more games or even scoring more points. In part two, Jim looks at competing theories about how teams should change their pace. Should teams find the pace that works for their offense and stick with it, or should they specifically slow down against stronger opponents?

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15 Oct 2004, 11:48am by scramble

Scramble for the Ball: Don't Call it a Comeback

What do former professional wrestler Ron Simmons, Mehmet Okur, and The View co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck have in common? Absolutely nothing, but they're all mentioned in this week's edition of Scramble for the Ball. Plus, a super-sized mailbag, Loser League Contest Update, Bets Bets and the award-winning Keep Choppin' Wood Award.

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15 Oct 2004, 12:59am by Aaron Schatz

Koyaanisqatsi, or Life Out of Balance

It feels like more than ever the NFL is split between teams that can score at will but can't stop anyone, and teams that can play defense but can't score themselves. Are there really that many more unbalanced teams this season than in years past? It depends how you look at it according to Aaron in this article reprinted from Tuesday's edition of the New York Sun. Possibly the first article about the NFL ever inspired by a Philip Glass composition.

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14 Oct 2004, 04:22pm by

Seventh Day Adventure: Viva Las Vegas

After a combined 5-15 effort picking college games last weekend, Seventh Day Adventure writers Vinny Gauri and Russell Levine get some added competition from Russell's wife, Susan, who answered a challenge from her husband to see if she could do better. Does a boys' weekend in Las Vegas hang in the balance? This is also the thread for discussion of all this weekend's college action as it happens, Thursday night through Saturday.

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13 Oct 2004, 10:35pm by admin

Setting the Pace, Part I

Pace is a popular subject in NBA analysis, but what about the NFL? Are there any strategic elements to setting the pace? Does a so-called "ball control" offense really help when a team is overmatched? Jim Armstrong explores these issues in a two-part guest column. In part one, which were the fastest and slowest teams in 2003, and does a faster or slower pace help a team to win?

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