Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

23 Oct 2006, 11:30am by P. Ryan Wilson

Cards Fall Raiders' Way

It's official: the Arizona Cardinals are the worst team in football. Also, congratulations to the Oakland Raiders for their first victory of the season, but running back LaMont Jordan won't be satisfied with just not going winless: "11 and 5 is still out there." Granted, he said that following last week's loss to the Broncos, but since the proclamation the Raiders are 1-0. So watch out.

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9 comments, Last at 24 Oct 2006, 1:28am by michael

22 Oct 2006, 11:24pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Sources: Chargers' Merriman Suspended for Steroids

First San Diego loses to Kansas City and now this: "Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman has been notified he will be suspended for four games for violating the NFL's steroids policy, league and team sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Merriman's positive test was 'definitely for steroids … not one of those supplement deals' said a source with knowledge of Merriman's suspension."

No word on whether Luis Castillo was Merriman's supplier.

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57 comments, Last at 28 Oct 2006, 2:30am by Bobman

20 Oct 2006, 01:17pm by Mike Tanier

The Saunders Shuffle

The Washington Redskins just changed formations. Mike Tanier discusses their pre-snap moves and how it is affecting the team in year one under Al Saunders. (Click link to read more.)

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20 Oct 2006, 01:11pm by Aaron Schatz

FO Mailbag: Champ Bailey

Aaron Schatz explains Denver’s poor DVOA against #1 wide receivers, despite the presence of Champ Bailey. (Click link to read more.)

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20 Oct 2006, 10:30am by P. Ryan Wilson

Staying in Pocket Will Help Vick

After last week's beatdown at the hands of the New York Giants, Michael Vick thinks pocket-passing might be the key to a longer career (dismiss the fact that New York sacked Vick seven times): "If I want to play until I'm 34, 35 years old, then I have to take that into consideration.... I think some people think I can't make plays [passing], but I can.... Tom Brady, Peyton [Manning], Donovan... they all throw from the pocket, make the right decisions, do the right things. I'm up there with Peyton and Brady and Donovan. I think I'm there with that group [as a passer].''

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64 comments, Last at 23 Oct 2006, 4:56pm by Rich Conley

19 Oct 2006, 01:20pm by Aaron Schatz

Mario Williams, defensive back

Aaron Schatz takes a look at Houston’s terrible offensive line, along with their strange propensity to drop Mario Williams into coverage. (Click link to read.)

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19 Oct 2006, 10:18am by P. Ryan Wilson

Two TEs, Shotgun Help Slow the Blitz

More defenses are blitzing this season and offenses are using more two-tight-end sets and shotgun formations in response. This USA Today article gives several reasons for defenses stepping up the pressure in 2006: poor early play and chemistry issues along the offensive line, and nearly half the league's teams have new offensive coordinators. Ron Jaworski is also quoted and, as usual, offers some good insights.

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16 comments, Last at 19 Oct 2006, 9:40pm by Pat

19 Oct 2006, 09:57am by P. Ryan Wilson

Saints Win, and Theories Are Flying

While I've thoroughly enjoyed watching the Saints this season, I've wondered -- more than once -- exactly how this team made such a turnaround. Obviously, adding Drew Brees and Reggie Bush help, and the emergence of rookie wide receiver Marques Colston was a nice little surprise, but teams often struggle with a new coaching staff. Especially following a three-win season that includes a hurricane demolishing the city. Whatever the reason, it's a great early-season story ...

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36 comments, Last at 22 Oct 2006, 6:20am by Daniel

18 Oct 2006, 01:29pm by Mike Tanier

Who will unearth Fassel?

Come on down. Place your bets on where Jim Fassel will be working next year. (Click link to read more.)

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18 Oct 2006, 01:26pm by Aaron Schatz

The All-Time 11

Credit where credit is due ... this article from Cold Hard Football Facts is really cool. The staff decided to try to pick an all-time NFL team, but with a catch. They could only pick 11 players, who had to play offense and defense. The resulting article is far more historical than what you'll usually find over there, although they toss a couple of interesting recent players in there as well. Good grist for the debate mill here, and you'll learn something about the old NFL.

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105 comments, Last at 21 Oct 2006, 1:43pm by Sam B