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Market forces limiting forward progress

In his weekly mailbag, John Clayton tackles questions on the Patriots' QB situation, the Browns' future, Ted Ginn Jr.'s development and more.

Originally Published: October 29, 2008
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Flying back from the Falcons-Eagles game on Monday, I studied team schedule breakdowns, statistics and roster charts. As you probably guess, the in-flight movie was too sappy to watch. That's normal.

Somewhere over the Rockies, I figured out why the 2008 season has been so unpredictable and strange. It's a year in which only a few teams that improved at quarterback and had easy schedules actually got better. More teams got worse.

It's not surprising. Free agency in ...

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