Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

22 Feb 2007, 12:54am by Mike Tanier

Live, But Not From Indy

Mike Tanier isn't going to Indianapolis, but here's what it might be like if he did.

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21 Feb 2007, 02:49pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Marty's Escape Route

So, does anybody think Marty Schottenheimer got fired on purpose? The San Diego Union-Tribune's Jim Trotter does, and he makes a pretty good case. He writes that GM A.J. Smith and Schottenheimer "had barely spoken in a year-plus" so when owner Dean Spanos cites friction between the two as the reason for the move, well, it doesn't add up. (Free registration/bugmenot may be required.)

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151 comments, Last at 26 Feb 2007, 8:25pm by Ryan

21 Feb 2007, 01:13pm by Aaron Schatz

DeOssie Decision: Sweat the Details

One of the advantages of running your own NFL website is that you get to bring attention to your favorite players and nobody can stop you. So I hope you will all indulge me as I point out this article about linebacker Zak DeOssie, the first Brown University player ever invited to the NFL combine (and probably the first one ever drafted before the seventh round). Like Bobby Carpenter, he has Parcells family genes -- and since scouts think he fits best as a 3-4 OLB, don't be surprised to see him drafted by the Patriots, Browns, or Jets.

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18 comments, Last at 22 Feb 2007, 4:11pm by Tim

20 Feb 2007, 02:05pm by Bill Barnwell

Weis Case Ends in Mistrial After Juror Collapse

The Charlie Weis gastric bypass surgery malpractice case has ended in a mistrial after a juror started moaning and then collapsed during testimony, with the two defendant doctors coming to his aid.

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21 comments, Last at 21 Feb 2007, 5:24pm by Tom Kelso

19 Feb 2007, 10:16pm by Aaron Schatz

Colts Franchise Freeney

No surprise here. Of all the free agents in Indianapolis, you pretty much knew Freeney was the one least likely to leave the team. His salary now goes from $6.2 million to $8.6 million, which doesn't seem like a huge increase -- except that the Colts are only about $5 million under the cap for next year and have some other free agents to deal with. Not that they mind. Dominic Rhodes and Cato June are a lot easier to replace than Dwight Freeney.

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65 comments, Last at 22 Feb 2007, 4:40pm by Sid

19 Feb 2007, 07:17pm by Aaron Schatz

FO Housekeeping: 2000-2001 Adjusted Line Yards

This doesn't really belong in Extra Points, but I wasn't quite sure where else to stick it. The code to do adjusted line yards for years with fewer than 32 teams was fixed a while ago, but I didn't have time to actually run those seasons until today. As a result, for those interested, 2000 and 2001 line stats are finally on the site. Link goes to the absurdly strong 2000 defensive lines.

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14 comments, Last at 22 Feb 2007, 2:15am by Indy Todd

19 Feb 2007, 06:12pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Bears Won't Renew Rivera's Contract

From Jay Glazer: "FOXSports.com has learned that Chicago has decided to not renew the contract of defensive coordinator Ron Rivera. Team sources say that Smith and Rivera met recently and agreed to allow Rivera to pursue other opportunities. The sources also contend that Smith will likely end up promoting Bob Babich from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator." So what does Rivera do now?

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49 comments, Last at 21 Feb 2007, 7:53pm by Sid

19 Feb 2007, 05:16pm by Aaron Schatz

NCAA Considers Rule Rollback

Hey, remember those new NCAA rules that Russell Levine wrote lots of mean things about? Where after a change of possession, the clock re-started when the ball was set, not when the offense took its first snap -- which allowed teams to run out the clock without running any plays? Turns out that might be a one-year aberration.

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15 comments, Last at 20 Feb 2007, 5:24pm by Sundown

19 Feb 2007, 01:21pm by Bill Barnwell

Norv Turner To Coach Chargers

The Most Terrifying Man in Football, FOX's Jay Glazer, is reporting that Norv Turner is going to be the next head coach of the San Diego Chargers. Ted Cottrell is being lined up to coordinate the defense.

I don't know if there is a Norv Turner penalty built into the Estimated Team Wins projections, but there probably should be.

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141 comments, Last at 13 Sep 2008, 4:51pm by B

19 Feb 2007, 11:03am by Michael David Smith

MMQB: The Greatest Sacrifice

Peter King took a vacation to France, but he didn't take a vacation from Monday Morning Quarterback.

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40 comments, Last at 20 Feb 2007, 10:40am by Paul (London,UK)