Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

19 Jan 2007, 05:31pm by Aaron Schatz

Samardzija Giving Up Football

Pretty big draft news here. Jeff Samardzija has told the Chicago Cubs that he will pitch full-time rather than enter the NFL draft as a wide receiver. I e-mailed Kevin Goldstein, the prospect guru over at BP, and he sent me the official Cubs press release. Samardzija has signed a five-year major league contract with two club option years. Samardzija has first-round talent in both sports, and only fell to the fifth-round of the baseball draft because of worries he would go to the NFL.

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49 comments, Last at 22 Jan 2007, 12:54am by Sundown

19 Jan 2007, 11:02am by Doug Farrar

Zebra Hunt: Conference Championships

Insight about the most important people in the conference championship games - the referees.

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19 Jan 2007, 04:43am by Bill Barnwell

All Saints Day

ESPN's "Experts" (sorry, Jaws) have all picked New Orleans to win this Sunday at Chicago. The only holdout? The mysterious Accuscore.

It should be noted that Vegas has the Bears anywhere from -2 to -3. In addition, I wrote a piece last week for Boston Sports Media Watch where I noted that cold weather teams playing host to warm weather teams, over the last 20 years, are 33-7 (.825); all home teams, on average, win 69% of home games.

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60 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2007, 5:24pm by BB

18 Jan 2007, 08:50pm by Tim Gerheim

Waters' Suicide Linked to Concussions

It's very preliminary, but former Eagles safety Andre Waters' suicide in November may be another tragic data point in the story of the NFL and concussions. Apparently the 44-year-old Waters had a brain which had degenerated to resemble that of an 80-year-old man in the early stages of Alzheimer's. Thanks to reader Mike Juntunen for pointing out this story.

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44 comments, Last at 19 Jan 2007, 10:14pm by coyotl666

18 Jan 2007, 06:09pm by Benjy Rose

Ron Mexico and the Mysterious Case of The Dark Particulate

Everyone's favorite polarizing QB was at it again on Wednesday. Mikey-Mike was at a security-screening checkpoint at Miami International Airport and wouldn't throw away a water bottle. He eventually did, a TSA official retrieved it, and found a not-too-hidden compartment in the bottle which allegedly contained a "dark particulate" that smelled like marijuana, according to the police report. Here's a diagram.

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64 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2007, 6:01am by andrew

18 Jan 2007, 12:09pm by Aaron Schatz

The Colts' Defense vs. History

When I wrote the DVOA commentary, I only went back to 1997 looking for bad defenses that turned it around in the playoffs. Doug Drinen went back a little further, finding five teams that gave up an above-average number of points during the regular season and won two playoff games with good defense: 1978 Oilers, 1979 Oilers, 1988 Bengals, 1989 Rams, and 1991 Bills. Those teams have something else in common, too.

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39 comments, Last at 19 Jan 2007, 12:27pm by dryheat

18 Jan 2007, 11:05am by Aaron Schatz

AFC Championship: Who Covers Who

Find out how often each defender will be guarding each potential receiver in the AFC Championship Game. (Click link to read more.)

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18 Jan 2007, 12:04am by Aaron Schatz

Hasselbeck Needs Shoulder Surgery

Well, this may be one reason why our Matt Hasselbeck projection was so completely off. Hasselbeck was not only playing the second half of the season with two broken fingers on his left hand; he also had a torn labrum in his left shoulder, which now needs surgery. That will keep him out six months, enough time for Seneca Wallace to get lots of reps in camp and then sit down for the start of another regular season.

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18 comments, Last at 22 Jan 2007, 3:51am by Vince

17 Jan 2007, 07:40pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Schottenheimer to Stay in San Diego for ‘07

And Marty Schottenheimer gets a stay of execution... Maybe team president Dean Spanos and GM A.J. Smith really will follow D.J. Gallo's advice and just fire Schottenheimer once the Chargers make the playoffs.

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57 comments, Last at 19 Jan 2007, 5:42am by DCP

17 Jan 2007, 05:24pm by Bill Barnwell

Too Many Carries Are Ruining Running Backs

I'm not sure if you're familiar with this concept, but...

Also, "Pro football is violent game and running backs arguably take the greatest amount of punishment." Did you ghost-write this column, Jason Mulgrew?

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38 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2007, 8:41pm by johonny