Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

22 Feb 2007, 11:11am by P. Ryan Wilson

Go to the Head of the Draft

Every year, in the weeks leading up to the Combine, we read about NFL hopefuls training for months at "combine camps" honing their 40-yard dash, three-cone drill and vertical jump (you know, all the tests that don't correlate well with NFL success). Ken Herock also preps college players with NFL aspirations, but instead of the physical, he focuses on how to sell oneself in the interview process. Basically, less swagger, more polish. Surprisingly, Maurice Clarett, who took the class in 2005, was one of Herock's worst students:

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46 comments, Last at 23 Feb 2007, 5:33pm by young curmudgeon

22 Feb 2007, 03:36am by Bill Barnwell

Billick Gets Four-Year Extension

WBAL in Baltimore reports that Brian Billick's received a four year extension, a story confirmed by the Ravens on their website. Terms were not disclosed.

"I'm old school that way," Billick said at the time. "I don't think details of my contract, or anyone's contract for that matter, should be public. My contract is my business and Steve's [Bisciotti, Ravens owner]. I understand the public nature of the business, but not everything needs to be public."

I fully agree. You don't even want to know how much I got paid for putting up this Extra Point.

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6 comments, Last at 22 Feb 2007, 7:55pm by pcs

22 Feb 2007, 01:30am by Michael David Smith

Pacman Accused of Instigating Shooting

A troubling story out of NBA All-Star weekend in Las Vegas, where Titans cornerback Pacman Jones is accused of starting a fight in a strip club that ended up with a shooting outside the club in which one person was paralyzed. No one is alleging that Jones was the shooter, but the owners of the club are saying the shooter was part of Jones' entourage. Is there any player in the league more gifted on the field and more troubled off the field than Pacman Jones?

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109 comments, Last at 29 Jan 2009, 5:10pm by zinn21

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