Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

27 Mar 2008, 07:32pm by Sean McCormick

When Considering the Best Receivers Ever, Rice Comes First, Moss Second

Kudos to ESPN's Mike Sando for putting together a thoughtful-and thorough-look at the top ten wide receivers in history. While it's no surprise to see Jerry Rice at the top of the list, it's interesting to see that there was very little unanimity of opinion regarding the other nine guys. It's also refreshing to see the effect that Moss' rebound season has had on his perception, as there was some (misplaced) debate as to whether or not he was even a Hall of Fame candidate while he was moldering away in Oakland.

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101 comments, Last at 03 Apr 2008, 10:18pm by TomHat

19 Mar 2008, 01:21am by Sean McCormick

Nothing to Choose From Between Ryan and Brohm

Remember Brian Brohm? This time last year, he was almost universally projected to be the top quarterback prospect available in the 2008 draft. Right now, Boston College signal caller Matt Ryan seems to be the flavor-of-the-month. Which guy should go first? The guys over at pro-football-reference blog have looked at the historical performance of quarterbacks taken in the first fifty picks, and their research suggests that unless one of them establishes himself as worth the first pick overall, it probably doesn't matter.

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21 comments, Last at 20 Mar 2008, 5:59pm by sonofbrocklanders

12 Mar 2008, 11:44pm by Sean McCormick

Denver Chooses Curious Time to Fire GM

Most teams go out of their way not to shake up their front office during the free agency period and the run up to the draft, but apparently the Broncos are not slaves to convention, as they've announced the firing of general manager Ted Sundquist. No explanation was given for the timing of the dismissal, and at this point no successor has been named.

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31 comments, Last at 16 Mar 2008, 3:03pm by JeffD

12 Mar 2008, 04:07pm by Sean McCormick

Top 10 Free Agent Gambles

With the initial free agency period cooling off, it is a good time to take stock. ESPN's John Clayton looks at the free agent landscape and sees a lot of risky signings as more and more teams embrace the 3-4. Can Shaun Rogers and Kris Jenkins be effective as nose tackles? Can Justin Smith hold up as a defensive end in the scheme? Are Calvin Pace, Travis Laboy and Antwan Odom truly pass rushing linebackers?

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11 comments, Last at 15 Mar 2008, 11:55pm by James Christensen

03 Mar 2008, 02:58am by Sean McCormick

Bengals Finally Get Their Tackle, Add Robertson

ESPN is reporting that the Bengals have acquired Dewayne Robertson from the Jets in exchange for fourth and fifth round picks in the 2008 draft. The Bengals thought they had their defensive tackle problem solved when they agreed to a trade with Detroit for Shaun Rogers, but the trade fell through and Rogers was snapped up by rival Cleveland. Robertson, who was the fourth overall selection in the 2003 draft, was a poor fit in New York's 3-4 scheme, but he represents a major upgrade and comes for less than the going rate for established defensive tackles.

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15 comments, Last at 05 Mar 2008, 10:32am by Jets Fan

20 Feb 2008, 10:25pm by Sean McCormick

Four Downs: AFC East

The Patriots must get over the most disappointing one-loss season in history, the Dolphins and Jets are completely rebuilding, and Buffalo fans might see their team gradually slip away to Toronto. Crank up the Cure and come visit the Great Depression that is the AFC East.

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67 comments, Last at 26 Feb 2008, 4:39pm by PatsFan

25 Jan 2008, 07:04pm by Sean McCormick

Davis Wants Kiffin to Resign, Coach Refuses

Well, when the owner gets your name wrong at your introductory press conference, it's probably a sign that you don't have much job security. ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that Oakland owner Al Davis is pressuring head coach Lane Kiffin to resign after only one year. Davis and Kiffin have had disagreements over the makeup of the coaching staff, most notably regarding defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who Kiffin wanted to let go. Kiffin would forfeit the remaining two years on his contract if he resigned, so he is resisting Davis' request.

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62 comments, Last at 29 Jan 2008, 7:11am by theosu

23 Jan 2008, 11:13pm by Sean McCormick

The "Downfall" of the Cowboys

Although our attention is firmly fixed on the upcoming Super Bowl, we should not forget the devastation that has been wrought upon the followers of teams who were knocked out along the way. This clip is for them.

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27 comments, Last at 28 Jan 2008, 10:32am by Jerry Garcia

22 Jan 2008, 06:33pm by Sean McCormick

Holmgren Will Stay with Seahawks

The number of available coaching jobs will stay at two, as ESPN is reporting that Mike Holmgren has decided to return to Seattle for the 2008 season.

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12 comments, Last at 23 Jan 2008, 5:46pm by coltrane23

09 Jan 2008, 04:14pm by Sean McCormick

What The Wildcard Winners Need To Do

ESPN's DJ Gallo takes a look at the wildcard winners to see if any of them could follow in the footsteps of the Colts and Steelers. That's right, Philip Rivers, keep being annoying -- it distracts the defense.

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23 comments, Last at 10 Jan 2008, 3:00am by Bobman