Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

05 Jan 2017, 03:32pm by Scott Kacsmar

ALEX: Season Review

The 2016 season review of ALEX discovers something more interesting about Kansas City's defense than its quarterback. Also: an aggressive Matt Barkley, Tom Brady's finish, and a frightening start for Jared Goff.

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14 comments, Last at 19 Jan 2017, 4:15am by Amily

18 Nov 2016, 04:03pm by Scott Kacsmar

2016 ALEX: Midseason Report

Our midseason ALEX check asks: What has fueled Tom Brady's dominance? What has happened to Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer? Plus, a check on rookie progress.

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9 comments, Last at 21 Nov 2016, 5:27pm by Scott Kacsmar

13 Oct 2016, 04:47pm by Scott Kacsmar

2016 ALEX: The Early Results

Our first look at ALEX in 2016 finds familiar traits for Ben Roethlisberger and Blaine Gabbert, but what have we learned about the three rookie starters?

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7 comments, Last at 15 Oct 2016, 1:04am by DRohan

04 Jan 2016, 07:29pm by Scott Kacsmar

ALEX: Season Review

The last ALEX recap of 2015 also looks at defenses for the first time, finding one unit that was attacked vertically unlike any other. The final quarterback rankings dethrone Trent Edwards as the checkdown king of the last decade.

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5 comments, Last at 10 Feb 2016, 6:20pm by Scott Kacsmar

28 Dec 2015, 07:35pm by Scott Kacsmar

ALEX: Week 16

Matt Ryan and Julio Jones connect on the ALEX play of the year, and we add "Short%" to the stats to look at how often each quarterback throws short of the sticks on third down. The quarterbacks at the top and bottom come as no surprise.

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21 comments, Last at 01 Jan 2016, 4:06pm by greybeard

21 Dec 2015, 06:00pm by Scott Kacsmar

ALEX Week 15: Ben Roethlisberger's Risk Taking

Ben Roethlisberger is throwing the deepest passes on third-and-short, reminiscent of another signal caller, but he is still having success.

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1 comment, Last at 22 Dec 2015, 1:03pm by FlippingADollar

14 Dec 2015, 01:47pm by Scott Kacsmar

ALEX: Week 14 and Touchdown Passes

One NFC North quarterback has been his usual self, but another has taken the conservative approach in 2015. Also: a look at ALEX and touchdown passes over the last decade. Alex Smith is where you expect him, but a forgotten gunslinger threw the longest touchdowns among his peers.

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6 comments, Last at 16 Dec 2015, 8:56pm by LionInAZ

07 Dec 2015, 04:51pm by Scott Kacsmar

ALEX: Week 13 and the Largest ALEX Plays Since 2006

The data supports Aaron Rodgers as a vertical specialist, so why didn't Jim Caldwell know to defend the Hail Mary? We look at the largest ALEX plays since 2006 and some interesting calls by the Texans in Buffalo.

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12 comments, Last at 09 Dec 2015, 12:47pm by bravehoptoad

30 Nov 2015, 05:25pm by Scott Kacsmar

ALEX: Week 12

Which receivers have the highest and lowest ALEX on third down this season? Also, Week 12's updated stats show a very aggressive Ben Roethlisberger on third-and-short that can only be rivaled by... Blaine Gabbert? It's a weird season indeed.

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1 comment, Last at 30 Nov 2015, 7:27pm by Perfundle

23 Nov 2015, 04:34pm by Scott Kacsmar

ALEX: Week 11 and Screen Passes

Just how successful are screen passes on third down, and are they too conservative of a call? We also look at Week 11's most conservative and aggressive plays, including the return of Tony Romo.

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18 comments, Last at 24 Nov 2015, 6:51pm by OSS-117