24 Jul 2006, 11:41am by Michael David Smith
Once upon a time, a man named Mouse revolutionized football by dispensing with the fullback and tight end and using four wide receivers as his base offense. The run-and-shoot was going to change the NFL -- until people discovered that it, too, had its weaknesses. In the final part of our series on the passing game, Michael David Smith looks at the ideas behind the run-and-shoot and its modern iteration, the spread offense.
73 comments, Last at 23 Feb 2009, 4:03am by Gut
20 Jul 2006, 12:38pm by Mike Tanier
The third part of our series on passing offense covers the play-action bootleg. Mike Tanier leaves the pocket, rolls right, and gives you the scoop on the waggle.
26 comments, Last at 05 Feb 2007, 9:21pm by mark
18 Jul 2006, 01:54pm by Bill Barnwell & Ian Dembsky
Say it loud, it's back and proud. Same Scramble feel, two new writers. Well, one new writer, and one new old writer, anyway. Ian Dembsky and Bill Barnwell kick off a new season of Scramble for the Ball with a review of the Rotoworld experts fantasy draft, a look inside the Scramble mailbag, a new feature looking at old football cards, and a very special off-season Keep Choppin' Wood award.
41 comments, Last at 30 Jul 2006, 9:52am by Kulko
14 Jul 2006, 12:04pm by Mike Tanier
The quick slant is the pass route that made Bill Walsh a genius and changed the way NFL football was played in the 1980s. Our latest strategy minicamp examines several variations on the classic Slant-and-Flats play. Find out how it works and why it is so darn hard to stop.
29 comments, Last at 25 Jul 2006, 11:22pm by Vern
12 Jul 2006, 11:59am by Mike Tanier
In the first of a four-part Minicamp series on the passing game, Mike Tanier breaks down the basics of pass protection, patterns, and quarterback drops.
90 comments, Last at 22 Oct 2010, 10:17am by abv
10 Jul 2006, 11:19am by Mike Tanier
If you like the Madden series of football games but are too clumsy with a controller to take your team to the Super Bowl, EA Sports Head Coach may look like the game for you. Unfortunately, Mike Tanier learns that dopey AI and some poor design decisions make the game a frustrating exercise in micro-management.
66 comments, Last at 24 Jan 2007, 7:14pm by Geoff
07 Jul 2006, 01:12pm by Aaron Schatz
Should interceptions be left out of our defensive ratings? Why was Tatum Bell's DVOA half of Mike Anderson's when he averaged a yard more per carry? Why is LaMont Jordan's receiving DVOA mediocre? Which teams had the most dropped passes according to the Football Outsiders game charting project? These questions and more are answered in the FO mailbag.
85 comments, Last at 25 May 2007, 12:38am by Quinton
05 Jul 2006, 11:31am by Michael David Smith
Television camera angles make the kickoff coverage unit look like vaguely organized chaos, but special-teamers spend hours watching film and studying the Xs and Os on the blackboard for a reason. Last week, Michael David Smith took a look at the kickoff return team; this week, we flip things around to look at the coverage unit.
29 comments, Last at 27 Jul 2006, 7:49pm by slimsanghvi
28 Jun 2006, 01:48pm by Michael David Smith
The kicker places the ball on the tee, then takes a few steps back. The returner waits patiently at the goal line, poised to grab the ball and take off running at full speed. Those are the two images you see before a kickoff when you're watching a football game on TV. But what about the other 20 players? Michael David Smith explores kickoff returns in the return of our popular "Strategy Minicamps" feature explaining the X's and O's on the field.
47 comments, Last at 13 Aug 2006, 9:41pm by empty13
26 Jun 2006, 11:13am by Guest
When you think of fourth-quarter heroics in the NFL, you think of quarterbacks. John Elway willing his team to victory over and over. Tom Brady marching the Patriots down the field for two last-minute Super Bowl wins. Flutie Magic. Is there really a measurable difference between quarterbacks when it comes to leading fourth-quarter comebacks? Does the list of the best fourth-quarter quarterbacks actually match our memories? And why do we tend to blame coaches for losing late leads, and give them far less credit than the quarterbacks when it comes to comebacks? Jason McKinley investigates.
95 comments, Last at 09 Jan 2007, 4:33pm by Ray