Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

16 Feb 2007, 03:35pm by Bill Barnwell

Bengals Franchise Justin Smith

The Bengals have placed the franchise tag on defensive end Justin Smith, guaranteeing him a salary of $8,644,000 for the 2007 season. Smith, 27, has never had fewer than 5 or more than 8.5 sacks in his six year-career. Playing RDE for the Bengals, teams were eighth at running to left end and seventeenth at running to left tackle opposite him.

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35 comments, Last at 21 Feb 2007, 6:58pm by Oldcat

15 Feb 2007, 05:24pm by Bill Barnwell

Cowher Joins CBS as Studio Analyst

Bill Cowher will make CBS a five-person pregame show next season as he'll join CBS' "The NFL Today". Any guesses as to how he'll perform?

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48 comments, Last at 19 Feb 2007, 10:05am by Mikey Benny

14 Feb 2007, 07:50pm by Bill Barnwell

Getting Tough (2004)

Since it's a quiet week here at FO, I decided to link to one of my favorite pieces from the past few years.

John Clayton's an excellent football writer, one of the best in the business. He also has a very nifty faux-library backdrop whenever he appears on ESPN that I'm jealous of.

That being said, this piece about Mike Martz is one of the funniest articles I've ever seen on ESPN that wasn't written by D.J. Gallo. Enjoy.

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22 comments, Last at 15 Feb 2007, 7:15pm by Bjorn

14 Feb 2007, 03:55pm by Bill Barnwell

Four Downs: AFC East

Put on a pot of coffee; this edition of Four Downs is chock full of info. Bill Barnwell looks at overused running backs, second-half receivers, the Colts' #2 receiver, Dallas Clark, and the worst run defenses in the history of DVOA. See if you can guess what they all relate to before reading the article.

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77 comments, Last at 24 Feb 2007, 11:33pm by Josh

11 Feb 2007, 12:36am by Bill Barnwell

Brees Dislocates Non-Throwing Elbow

Drew Brees apparently dislocated his left elbow during the Pro Bowl on Saturday. Brees sure does like getting hurt at the end of the season in relatively meaningless affairs.

And since there was no discussion thread for the Pro Bowl, feel free to put your comments and discussion about the game in here.

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72 comments, Last at 21 Dec 2007, 3:02am by Jared Schreckengast

08 Feb 2007, 06:19am by Bill Barnwell

Phillips To Be Next Dallas Head Coach

The man with the extravagant scarf, Chris Mortensen, is reporting that Dallas will name Wade Phillips their next head coach.

How many Phillips are there who would be a better idea to hire as your head coach than Wade? I will start by humbly submitting Stone for consideration. Remember, gravitas.

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123 comments, Last at 11 Feb 2007, 2:10am by Gus

07 Feb 2007, 08:50pm by Bill Barnwell

Prince's Halftime Imagery Questioned

Oh come on.

NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello: " "We respect other opinions, but it takes quite a leap of the imagination to make a controversy of his performance...It's a guitar."

Would Greg Aiello lie to you? It was a guitar! Prince's penis is not three feet long and curled into the shape of his symbol. End of discussion.

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47 comments, Last at 09 Feb 2007, 6:35pm by DavidH

07 Feb 2007, 12:22am by Bill Barnwell

ESPN Ombudsman: SB Coverage "Smart, Creative"

I think you misspelled redundant and repetitive, Mr. Solomon.

"...ESPN's coverage of the race issue was generally all-encompassing, smart and creative."

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35 comments, Last at 08 Feb 2007, 1:13pm by zlionsfan

03 Feb 2007, 01:19am by Bill Barnwell

Vick: Now, With Audibles

New Falcons coach Bobby Petrino is going to allow Michael Vick to -- gasp -- call audibles at the line (hey!) if plays look doomed next season. No word on whether he will stop Vick from employing the offense solely to earn Madden Challenge Points.

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29 comments, Last at 06 Feb 2007, 2:37pm by Joe T

01 Feb 2007, 01:11am by Bill Barnwell

Biletnikoff Retires from Raiders

Suspect there's a little bit more to this one than meets the eye. Well, the AP story's eye, at least.

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12 comments, Last at 01 Feb 2007, 10:00pm by Jason Mulgrew