Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

09 Jun 2006, 10:56am by P. Ryan Wilson

Volek Named Starter, Young Likely to Play

The Titans named Billy Volek the starter, which isn't at all surprising. But Jeff Fisher also says that Vince Young will get his chance to play this season too: "Let's face it. You're going to see [No.] 10 on the field this year... Where and when and how, I can't be specific, but you're going to see him on the field at some time." Fisher took the 'learn while holding the clipboard' approach with McNair, so the rush to get Young on the field seems curious. I wonder if this has anything to do with job security? Hmmm.

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44 comments, Last at 14 Jun 2006, 11:04pm by Justin Zeth

08 Jun 2006, 10:46am by P. Ryan Wilson

First Time Was the Charm for Rookie LBs

Good story in the USA Today about Lofa Tatupu and Shawne Merriman, two rookie linebackers who played like grizzled All Pros last season. When the Seahawks drafted Tatupu in the second round, some people thought it was a reach. In the 2004 Eli Manning trade, the Giants sent the Chargers their 2005 first-round pick, and San Diego drafted Merriman. I think the Seahawks and Chargers are both pretty happy about how things worked out.

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37 comments, Last at 10 Jun 2006, 5:55pm by paytonrules

07 Jun 2006, 03:53pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Titans Trade McNair to Ravens

And everybody wins: the Ravens get McNair, the Titans get a fourth-round pick and FO gets it right in PFP06. In lieu of flowers, Kyle Boller will be accepting donations to his retirement fund, which he may have to dip into much sooner than he thought a few months ago.

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63 comments, Last at 14 Jun 2006, 12:51am by Chris

07 Jun 2006, 12:59pm by P. Ryan Wilson

What About These Guys?

Once again, it's time for the MMQB mailbag. Say what you want about Peter King and his Hall of Fame choices, but give the guy credit for his latest: "You may be interested to know that I am going to rethink my position on [Art] Monk this year ... A lot of people I respect tell me I'm dead wrong on Monk ... So I'll rethink my position and let you know what I come up with." Sounds like a start.

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158 comments, Last at 14 Jun 2006, 3:53pm by Mentos Fillapeedios

06 Jun 2006, 12:32pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Texans' Risk Should Reap Big Rewards

By most accounts, it sounds like the Texans got it right when they hired Rick Smith as their new GM. He's only 36 years old, but he comes highly recommended by his former boss Mike Shanahan. Current Texans head coach Gary Kubiak had this to say: "You will love this guy ... I've battled him, and he's battled me in a lot of situations and made me a better football coach. That's the way we're going to get where we all want to go as an organization."

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26 comments, Last at 12 Jun 2006, 11:29am by lobolafcadio

05 Jun 2006, 04:31pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Saints Trade Sullivan to Pats

Well, Bethel Johnson doesn't have to worry about the Patriots cutting him in training camp. Now it's Sean Payton's decision.

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49 comments, Last at 08 Jun 2006, 4:48pm by Sophandros

05 Jun 2006, 03:17pm by Michael David Smith

MMQB: Let Them In

Peter King names 10 jilted players who deserve to be in Hall of Fame. What's the over-under on how many comments we'll have in this thread before someone brings up Art Monk?

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79 comments, Last at 17 Jun 2006, 12:14am by Justin Zeth

05 Jun 2006, 01:15pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Brandt's All Under-25 Team: Offense

Gil Brandt's latest is interesting, but I'm holding out for the All Over-30 Team.

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21 comments, Last at 07 Jun 2006, 4:44pm by Ben

04 Jun 2006, 04:05pm by Aaron Schatz

Adopt a Team

Dan Lewis is looking for folks to cover specific NFL teams for his ArmchairGM Wiki project. Click the link and check it out.

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4 comments, Last at 05 Jun 2006, 11:53am by DNL

02 Jun 2006, 12:45pm by P. Ryan Wilson

How Multiple Sets Make Defenses Fret

Pat Kirwan writes a very informative article on the cat-and-mouse game-within-the-game between offensive and defensive coordinators. If you have any questions about personnel groupings, it's probably covered here. Kirwan also looks at two specific examples: Pittsburgh and Seattle, which immediately raises a question: How can we get our hands on this data? The game charting project tracked personnel groupings, but Kirwan seems to have information on what specific 11 players were on the field on every play, which is impossible to get off the TV tapes.

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28 comments, Last at 06 Jun 2006, 6:43am by Playit