Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

25 Jul 2007, 01:02am by Doug Farrar

FO Ranks All 32 Teams for 2007: Linebackers

Our position rankings continue with the linebackers. Real estate in the top five is tough to crack -- four of last year's five are still here, with the straggler at #6 -- but depletion has been the story in the off-season, which leaves the NFL without a dominant, slam-dunk group. A note about players like Jason Taylor and Terrell Suggs, who play with their hand up and down in different sets: We rated all players based on their positions in our own data, which is why Taylor is a defensive end and Suggs is a linebacker.

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40 comments, Last at 27 Jul 2007, 1:56pm by Chris Owen

16 Jul 2007, 12:54pm by Doug Farrar

Divisional DVOA

The dark underbelly of the divisional system in sports is that weak-sister teams like the 2006 Seahawks automatically get into the playoffs because they win even weaker divisions. Was last year's NFC West the weakest division in recent history? Doug Farrar dives into a dozen years of DVOA to find out.

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46 comments, Last at 09 Oct 2008, 1:50pm by Joshua

13 Jul 2007, 10:25pm by Doug Farrar

Freeney Becomes Highest-Paid Defender

The Indianapolis Colts have made defensive end Dwight Freeney the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history with a six-year, $72 million contract that includes a $30 million signing bonus. Drafted in the first round by the Colts in 2002, Freeney has amassed 56 1/2 sacks and 27 forced fumbles in his career.

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158 comments, Last at 19 Jul 2007, 12:31am by Kevin Ailes

11 Jul 2007, 12:35am by Doug Farrar

Upshaw’s Compensation at Least $6.7M

Well, THIS ought to go over like the proverbial lead balloon with the seemingly ever-increasing number of ex-NFL players who believe that they're not being adequately assisted by the league and represented by the NFLPA. According to this Sports Business Journal article, NFLPA Executive Director Gene Upshaw made more than twice as much in the fiscal year that closed in February of 2007 than he did in the same year that closed in 2006. This included a generous chunk of Players, Inc. licensing income, and such income is a bone of contention with those retired players.

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46 comments, Last at 17 Jul 2007, 9:53pm by empty13

02 Jul 2007, 11:49am by Doug Farrar

Dr. Z: Time to Pay Up/Superlatives Galore

Yes, it's the good Doctor x 2. In his Mailbag last Friday, Paul Zimmerman weighed in with his takes on increased benefits for older former players, the demise of NFL Europe(a) and Rickey Jackson's HOF chances. Also: Z's Thursday mailbag, in which the best cornerbacks not in the HOF, his upcoming book (!) and his "job interview" with Bill Walsh were discussed.

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62 comments, Last at 06 Jul 2007, 11:52pm by pharmboyrick

18 Jun 2007, 10:50am by Doug Farrar

MMQB: Ranking all 32 QBs

Yes, PK's now ranking players 1-32. THIS oughta be good! Actually, his quarterback rankings surprised me - the players in question are slotted pretty reasonably, and there appears to be some logic behind it. It isn't going to make Aaron re-think DPAR or anything, but there's some decent off-season argument fodder. Also discussed: Cucumber soda, NBA TV ratings, the cat on the Sopranos finale, and his upcoming vacation (King's, not the cat's).

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71 comments, Last at 20 Jun 2007, 12:06am by Pat

13 Jun 2007, 02:03am by Doug Farrar

Nolan Sparks Formalwear Revolution

San Francisco head coach Mike Nolan's struggle to get past the NFL and Reebok just so he can wear a suit on the sidelines for every game has caught on with the 49ers fanbase. "The Formalwear Revolution" was started by a message board poster (labeled an "internet zealot" by the linked article) who has put forth the idea that fans should show up to the 49ers' September 10 home opener wearing business suits.

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38 comments, Last at 14 Jun 2007, 12:05am by Murr

09 Jun 2007, 12:51am by Doug Farrar

"Hard Knocks" Returns to HBO

Great news for all of us who enjoyed HBO's "Hard Knocks" series, which ran in 2001 and 2002 and covered the training camps of the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens in soup-to-nuts fashion: After a four-year hiatus, it's baaaaack! And not only is it back, it will feature the Kansas City Chiefs this season, which means that those connoisseurs of the Herm Edwards soundbite (guilty as charged) will be dodging manna from heaven.

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12 comments, Last at 12 Jun 2007, 9:37pm by Kyle S

05 Jun 2007, 11:12pm by Doug Farrar

Upshaw Threat Taken Seriously

With all the talk about personal conduct among current players, one of the all-time greats has really stepped in it. NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw recently responded to criticism from a fellow retired Hall of Fame offensive lineman regarding the NFL's policies for helping retired players when he took aim at ex-Bills and Browns guard Joe DeLamielleure. "A guy like DeLamielleure says the things he said about me; you think I'm going to invite him to dinner? No. I'm going to break his ...damn neck," Upshaw said in a recent Philadelphia Daily News story.

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86 comments, Last at 09 Jun 2007, 9:59pm by Tom Kelso

04 Jun 2007, 12:27am by Doug Farrar

FO Q & A with Niners Nation

Here's a two-part interview I recently did with the Niners Nation blog, part of the SportsNation blog network. These guys like to bring FO stats and concepts into their discussions, which is always cool to see. Part one, which talks more about the Seahawks, is here. Part two, dealing more with the 49ers and the NFC West in general, is here. Thanks to David Fucillo (aka "Fooch") for asking me to do it.

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15 comments, Last at 05 Jun 2007, 10:05pm by The McNabb Bowl Game Anomaly