05 Dec 2013, 11:09pm by Aaron Schatz
Bill Belichick asked in his Tuesday conference call with reporters: Why not allow coaches to challenge any call they want, including penalties? It's an interesting idea. I would certainly like to see DPI as reviewable, given how many games turn on those big gains. Belichick's point is that if you still allow coaches only two challenges, allowing them to challenge a wider variety of calls won't lead to chaos, because there still are only two challenges. (Well, three if you get the first two right.)
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05 Dec 2013, 01:29pm by Aaron Schatz
Shocking as it may sound, it is in fact possible for New Orleans to lose a game at home. But the Panthers will need to switch up their offensive philosophy and go counter-intuitive: pass on first down, run on second and third. Cover Watch looks at St. Louis and Arizona.
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03 Dec 2013, 06:20pm by Aaron Schatz
Seattle's dominant win over New Orleans strengthens their lead in the Football Outsiders DVOA ratings. Plus, a look at recent improvements for the Eagles and Jaguars, and historically strong run defense for the Lions and Jets.
229 comments, Last at 08 Dec 2013, 6:26pm by DisplacedPackerFan
29 Nov 2013, 12:09pm by Aaron Schatz
Our friend Doug Farrar pays tribute to Paul Zimmerman with the help of Peter King, Mike Silver, and Mike Tanier.
23 comments, Last at 03 Dec 2013, 10:56am by PatsFan
28 Nov 2013, 01:52pm by Aaron Schatz
How can the Steelers beat the Ravens on the road and put themselves into pole position for the sixth AFC playoff spot? Cover Watch looks at another divisional rivalry, the Rams and 49ers.
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26 Nov 2013, 06:27pm by Aaron Schatz
For the first time since Week 4, we've got a new team on top of the DVOA ratings. Plus: Don't cry, Case Keenum; your terrible loss to Jacksonville may give Houston the chance to draft your replacement.
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26 Nov 2013, 12:56pm by Aaron Schatz
Our own Robert Weintraub has an article over at Sports on Earth looking into how the NFL might change by 2020. Some of it is tongue-in-cheek, but some of it is serious. I definitely would not be surprised to see some sort of "Accu-Spotter" system, or an attempt to put limits on the work schedules of coaches. I doubt there will be an upstart seven-on-seven league, but I do think that rules to limit hitting won't destroy football's popularity because at this point fans are more interested in speed than violence. (They may be more interested in spectacle than either.)
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21 Nov 2013, 03:35pm by Aaron Schatz
This week's Upset Watch looks at how the inconsistent Jets can beat the inconsistent Ravens on the road. Cover Watch points out once again how bad Houston has been this year, despite the fact that Jacksonville has been even worse.
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19 Nov 2013, 06:18pm by Aaron Schatz
Seattle gets closer to Denver on top of this week's DVOA ratings. Plus: Do Houston and Cleveland really have strong defenses this year? DVOA says no.
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14 Nov 2013, 02:46pm by Aaron Schatz
The drop from Aaron Rodgers to Scott Tolzien is huge, but is it really worth two touchdowns? In Cover Watch, we look at how Adrian Peterson can keep things close for the Vikings in Seattle.
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