25 Mar 2015, 03:56pm by Aaron Schatz
I am sad. Not because I'm a Patriots fan. As a Patriots fan, it was fun watching them pull off the craziness with the declared ineligible receivers. It was fun trying to figure out what the heck was going on, and watching John Harbaugh try to figure out what the heck was going on. But that specific trick wasn't going to work over and over. It's not like life got harder for the Patriots offense today. No, I'm sad because changing the rules makes it harder for other coordinators to come up with interesting, crazy new wrinkles on what the Patriots were doing.
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21 Mar 2015, 01:18pm by Aaron Schatz
Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik, famous as one of the last full-time two-way players in the NFL, passed away Saturday morning at the age of 89. Bednarik played 14 years with the Philadelphia Eagles as both center and linebacker, and was most famous for a photo that him celebrating after he ended Frank Gifford's season with a concussion (Department of "Things We Would Not Celebrate in 2015").
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09 Mar 2015, 05:47pm by Aaron Schatz
Or, at least, of the past 25 years. It's probably not who you think it is.
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09 Mar 2015, 10:50am by Aaron Schatz
All reports now seem to be pointing to 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis retiring later this week. Willis has dealt with injuries over the last couple years, but that is apparently not the reason; instead, some reports say he's had a "religious awakening" and doesn't want to play anymore.
48 comments, Last at 10 Dec 2015, 12:22am by fest201620
07 Mar 2015, 10:41am by Aaron Schatz
A couple weeks ago in a look at bold moves teams could make in the NFC South, I threw out a quick mention of the idea that the Saints might look to trade Drew Brees and become the NFL's first tanking experiment. Today's article for ESPN fleshes that idea out a bit more with a point-counterpoint of why the Saints should trade Brees to tank, and why tanking wouldn't work in the NFL.
15 comments, Last at 18 Mar 2015, 11:41am by KilsonFlob
06 Mar 2015, 12:34pm by Aaron Schatz
The Bears are trading wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Jets. Apparently, the only cost is a fifth-round pick. Yes, Marshall is 30, and he's mercurial, but is he really such a huge problem since he figured out how to handle his mental health issues? Nobody wanted to give Chicago more than a fifth-round pick for this guy? Kansas City, maybe? Meanwhile, the Jets are building a nice group of receivers for nobody to throw to. This probably means Percy Harvin gets cut, and next year's group will be Marshall, Eric Decker, and Jeremy Kerley, with Jace Amaro at tight end.
86 comments, Last at 10 Dec 2015, 12:24am by fest201620
04 Mar 2015, 01:48pm by Aaron Schatz
Well, the Bills certainly are tired of being ignored in the headlines. Second day, second trade. They will send those infamous "undisclosed draft picks" to Minnesota for Matt Cassel. Cassel is the very definition of a replacement-level quarterback and will replace Kyle Orton, who was slightly better than that. Have fun throwing endless screen passes to Sammy Watkins and LeSean McCoy, Matthew.
70 comments, Last at 10 Dec 2015, 12:25am by fest201620
27 Feb 2015, 01:24pm by Aaron Schatz
For years now, analytics people have been attempting to find some sort of correlation between NFL combine results and success in the league, so we can use the combine to provide some guidance on who should be drafted, and when. For the most part, these studies fail to find any connection. Even when we play around with combine results here at FO, we don't really get good forecasts unless we blend them with college game stats, as in Playmaker Score and SackSEER. This is a really interesting theory from Brian Burke over at Advanced Football Analytics explaining why this is.
3 comments, Last at 10 Dec 2015, 12:31am by fest201620
23 Feb 2015, 12:45pm by Aaron Schatz
Here are your Speed Scores for running backs who ran the 40 at the 2015 combine. Matt Waldman fave Karlos Williams is this year's Speed Score champ and a big-time sleeper. Melvin Gordon did fine. Colorado State's Dee Hart is undraftable.
23 Feb 2015, 12:20pm by Aaron Schatz
Winston or Mariota? How about neither? If Lovie Smith and the Bucs are smart, they'll try to trade out of the first overall pick.
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