Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

20 Jan 2007, 04:34pm by Doug Farrar

Tomlin Named Steelers' Head Coach

Mike Tomlin, Minnesota's 34-year-old defensive coordinator, will be named the new head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend, SI.com's Michael Silver has learned. Silver wrote that the announcement would come late Saturday or early Sunday. Considered a future front-runner for a coaching job since his days as Tampa Bay's secondary coach, Tomlin beat out Pittsburgh assistant head coach Russ Grimm and Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera for the job.

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113 comments, Last at 23 Jan 2007, 9:14am by steelberger1

20 Jan 2007, 05:58am by Bill Barnwell

Write Your Own Story

As per the request of about 10 people in the AFC Championship Game Preview Thread, Patrick Hruby's gorgeous piece on the media buildup to this game is probably the best thing you will read on Page 2 for months that has nothing to do with D.J. Gallo.

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27 comments, Last at 22 Jan 2007, 1:32pm by SD Pack Fan

19 Jan 2007, 07:58pm by Aaron Schatz

Dolphins Hire Cam Cameron as Head Coach

Well, if you were looking for reasons why the 2007 Chargers might fizzle, here's one -- they need a new offensive coordinator after Miami hired Cam Cameron to take over as head coach. He takes over an offense with a talented young running back... and... well, good luck with that whole thing there, Cam.

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57 comments, Last at 23 Jan 2007, 10:54am by dryheat

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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