18 Jul 2007, 10:59am by Mike Tanier
Just in case you ever thought about being an NFL free safety, Mike Tanier offers a play designed specifically to confound and exploit you.
26 comments, Last at 16 Feb 2011, 1:59pm by freeser
16 Jul 2007, 12:54pm by Doug Farrar
The dark underbelly of the divisional system in sports is that weak-sister teams like the 2006 Seahawks automatically get into the playoffs because they win even weaker divisions. Was last year's NFC West the weakest division in recent history? Doug Farrar dives into a dozen years of DVOA to find out.
46 comments, Last at 09 Oct 2008, 1:50pm by Joshua
11 Jul 2007, 07:12pm by Mike Tanier
Full house backfield? Check. Dangerous tight end and former college quarterback turned slash receiver at fullback? Check. Reverse to the split end? Check. Today's play has the makings of something special. So why did the Redskins execute it so poorly? Today, we analyze an almost-disastrous reverse to Santana Moss, looking for ways to make it better while preserving its delightful wackiness.
29 comments, Last at 02 Nov 2009, 4:43am by Dracula Poker
05 Jul 2007, 12:25pm by Mike Tanier
Three words sum this story up nicely: Worst. Defense. Ever.
53 comments, Last at 12 Jul 2007, 1:15am by DolFan 316
03 Jul 2007, 01:33pm by Mike Tanier
The best way to score in goal-to-go situations is to run the ball, but no playbook would be complete without a few goal line pass plays to keep the defense guessing. Today, we'll draw up two passes for the tight end: one a traditional rollout, the other designed to leave a Hall of Famer wide open in the corner of the end zone.
30 comments, Last at 09 Jul 2007, 12:58pm by MRH
28 Jun 2007, 05:33pm by Bill Barnwell
Wes Welker was actually a good player despite being mired in the Dolphins' offense the last few years, so he should be great with Tom Brady and the Patriots, right? Bill Barnwell doesn't think so, and if you'll listen he'll tell you exactly why.
68 comments, Last at 12 Jun 2012, 4:10pm by Anonymous2012
26 Jun 2007, 03:23pm by Aaron Schatz
Return with us now to days of old, when Brett Favre couldn't win the big game, Steve McNair was a HO, and the Baltimore Ravens had a great offense and a terrible defense. (Yes, really.) The DVOA era expands past one decade with this look at the 1996 season.
115 comments, Last at 24 Sep 2007, 9:32pm by Packer Pete
25 Jun 2007, 11:54am by Mike Tanier
It's third and short. Time to go with two backs, three tight ends, and a power running play, right? Heck no! We're going no-huddle and empty backfield for today's play: a Colts gamble that, thanks to a crazy bounce, paid big dividends for the Titans.
32 comments, Last at 10 Jul 2007, 11:54pm by josh
21 Jun 2007, 01:09pm by Mike Tanier
Vince Young is in the shotgun. Will he handoff? Rollout? Run? Throw? Norm Chow doesn't want you to know. Today's play is a fake option pass that would look right at home in Mack Brown or Urban Meyer's playbook.
30 comments, Last at 23 Jun 2007, 6:36pm by xmenehune
19 Jun 2007, 01:42pm by Mike Tanier
Summer is here, and the time is right to start installing new plays. Over the next few weeks, Football Outsiders will take you on a tour of some of the NFL's most interesting plays, from rollout options to end arounds. In this introductory column, Mike Tanier explores how NFL coaches are creating exotic formations out of ordinary personnel groupings.
34 comments, Last at 21 Jun 2007, 4:03am by lobolafcadio