Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

13 Oct 2006, 09:37am by P. Ryan Wilson

Rolle Fined $12.5K for Facemask

From FOXSports.com's Jay Glazer as reported on FSN's Pro Football Preview: "Arizona Cardinals cornerback Antrel Rolle has been fined a whopping $12,500 by the NFL for his facemask of the Chiefs' Larry Johnson in Sunday's game." Does anybody else think this is just a slap on the wrist? The facemask penalty was obviously intentional, and it's amazing to think Johnson might actually play this week.

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32 comments, Last at 14 Oct 2006, 11:14pm by Tally

13 Oct 2006, 08:39am by P. Ryan Wilson

No Love Lost Between Shell and Shanahan

There aren't many interesting storylines for the Sunday night Raiders-Broncos game -- unless you're on of those people hoping to see Oakland go winless in 2006 -- but this should liven things up a bit: "[Art] Shell was the Raiders' offensive line coach in 1988-89 under [Mike] Shanahan. At the end of the 1988 season, Shanahan tried to fire Shell and five other Raiders coaches. That led to owner Al Davis interceding... 'There was a power move and I was able to retain my job,' is virtually all Shell will say on the subject.

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9 comments, Last at 14 Oct 2006, 3:25am by Al Davis

12 Oct 2006, 08:36pm by Michael David Smith

Dr. Z Sees Hang Time Record

It's not an official statistic, but Paul Zimmerman keeps records of hang times on kickoffs and punts. He's been doing this for decades, and on Sunday he witnessed an all-time hang-time record. Who accomplished this remarkable feat? Click the link to find out.

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100 comments, Last at 15 Oct 2006, 7:02pm by NF

12 Oct 2006, 02:01pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Randle El Has Had Little Impact

I loved Antwaan Randle El when he was with the Steelers, but is anyone really surprised he's not that effective as a wide receiver? Well, except Dan Snyder? Of course, the Redskins face the Titans on Sunday, and playing Tennessee can solve a lot of problems. For a week, anyway. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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58 comments, Last at 13 Oct 2006, 11:21pm by Andrew

11 Oct 2006, 10:22pm by Aaron Schatz

FO Mailbag: Is the New England passing game struggling or not?

Aaron Schatz explains the disconnect between DVOA and conventional wisdom about the New England Patriots. (Click link to read.)

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11 Oct 2006, 10:16pm by Aaron Schatz

How can Denver's defense rank 11th?

Aaron Schatz tries to explain why DVOA seems to hate the Denver defense. (Click link to read more.)

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11 Oct 2006, 07:19pm by Aaron Schatz

The Passing Premium

Here's an article by our friend Ben Alamar, from the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports. (For those who don't know, Ben is also the statistician quoted at length by Michael Lewis in the new book Blind Side.) For 45 years now, completion percentage and yards per attempt have gone up while interception rates have gone down. Yet NFL offenses are split between the run and the pass according to basically the same ratios as 20 years ago and even 40 yards ago. What gives?

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56 comments, Last at 13 Oct 2006, 1:27pm by ABW

11 Oct 2006, 11:55am by Aaron Schatz

My Left Foot

Fun little story about new Boston College kicker Steve Aponavicius, who will play in his first game this weekend against Virginia Tech. Not his first game of the year -- his first football game, ever.

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9 comments, Last at 13 Oct 2006, 10:20am by PatsFan

11 Oct 2006, 11:43am by P. Ryan Wilson

Belichickian Philosophy and Third Downs

Here's an interesting read from Patriots.com on how Bill Belichick goes through the process of breaking down third down tendencies in preparation for the next opponent. Thanks to reader Mike King for the link.

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47 comments, Last at 12 Oct 2006, 6:43pm by Jake

10 Oct 2006, 03:27pm by P. Ryan Wilson

TMQ: The Rise and Fall of Brett Favre

Gregg Easterbrook has some thoughts on the decline of Brett Favre.

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65 comments, Last at 12 Oct 2006, 4:34pm by LnGrrrR