31 Mar 2005, 02:10pm by Guest
Does "the Denver system" really help running backs? What about other teams that switch to a so-called "zone blocking" scheme? In this guest column, Brian Hook looks at the (admittedly limited) data from Denver, Atlanta, and Houston, and tries to discern a trend.
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29 Mar 2005, 12:04pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Baltimore works on the offense, Cincinnati works on the defense, and Cleveland works on everything. Plus, Pittsburgh loses some veteran free agents. (In other news, Michael Jackson is wacky and water is wet.) Ryan Wilson looks at an active offseason in the AFC North in the latest edition of Four Downs.
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22 Mar 2005, 10:16am by Michael David Smith
The Bears look talented, Matt Millen looks competent, the Vikings look like a rising defense, and the Packers look down on their luck. Is this bizarro world? No, just some surprising happenings as we take a look at the NFC North.
17 Mar 2005, 12:01pm by Guest
2004 may have been the best year for passing offense in NFL history. Surely the re-emphasis on illegal contact was the reason, right? Actually, maybe not. Guest columnist Michael Horn shows how the 2004 numbers are the natural culmination of recent expansion in the role of the tight end.
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15 Mar 2005, 02:07pm by Mike Tanier
The Cardinals are early winners in free agency, the Niners signed an anchor for the offensive line, the Rams have taken steps to upgrade the defense, and the Seahawks are just trying to hang on to what they have. Mike Tanier takes us out to the NFC West, where the contenders are trying to make the modest improvements that could lead to a division title.
10 Mar 2005, 02:21pm by Guest
In Part III of his series on Caponomics, guest columnist Bruce Stram introduces a method for breaking down the relative value of each position as it relates to winning. He also addresses the question of systematic analysis of player performance in football, and to what degree it might be possible.
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08 Mar 2005, 05:08pm by Aaron Schatz
The home of the Super Bowl champions is the final division to get the Four Downs treatment. Aaron Schatz revisits the Coles-Moss trade from a DVOA perspective, gives his thoughts on the Troy Brown release, and wonders why Miami has six good starting defensive linemen and no good starting offensive linemen. Plus, did Jonas Jennings make Willis McGahee, or vice versa?
03 Mar 2005, 11:29pm by Al Bogdan
The NFC East has been very active early on in free agency. Dallas already has new starters at quarterback, defensive tackle and cornerback. The Giants have a new face in the middle of their defense. Washington made a huge upgrade in the middle of their offensive line but will that be enough to offset their losses on defense? With all of this turmoil in their division, why has Philadelphia been so quiet in the first 24 hours of free agency? Al Bogdan takes a trip through the land of 6-10 in the latest edition of Four Downs.
01 Mar 2005, 11:00am by Ned Macey
Indianapolis hopes its defense can finally mature. Houston hopes its whole team can finally mature. Tennessee, well, their salary cap is a little bit too mature. Plus, which ex-AFC South player may be the most underrated player on the free agent market, and who was the slowest starter among the wide receivers of the 2004 draft? Ned Macey takes a look at the AFC South in the latest edition of Four Downs.
24 Feb 2005, 01:28pm by Mike Tanier
Journey out west to the division that defense forgot. Oakland adds one of the game's best receivers but will he bring Geritol for the defensive line? Is Arrowhead Stadium now the Coors Field of the NFL, scaring off defensive free agents? Plus, Denver joins the march to the 3-4, and finally, the People's Champion has come back... to San Diego?!?! Mike Tanier whips through the AFC West in the latest edition of Four Downs.