16 May 2016, 12:15pm by Tom Gower
Our offseason Four Downs series continues with a division-by-division look at each team's biggest remaining holes and their most notable UDFA signings. Defense is the order of the day, except for the Colts, who are still relying on Frank Gore.
5 comments, Last at 24 May 2016, 6:15pm by Vincent Verhei
11 May 2016, 12:29pm by Tom Gower
Great long piece on MMQB by Robert Klemko, looking at the development and training of the quarterbacks picked in the 2016 draft. A lot of the things are unsurprising-most of them played 7-on-7 football, not just in the fall, virtually all of them worked with specialized QB coaches outside their family and normal high school coaches, family support was key, and, yes, many of those families had money to pay for those specialized coaches-but there's a lot to read and consider in this detailed article.
12 comments, Last at 18 Jun 2016, 11:23pm by LastTitan
02 May 2016, 01:06pm by Tom Gower
FO's Tom Gower checks in from Chicago with a first-person account of what it's like to cover the NFL draft on the scene.
15 comments, Last at 06 May 2016, 11:29pm by LionInAZ
14 Apr 2016, 10:09am by Tom Gower
Big news at the top of the NFL draft this morning, as the Los Angeles Rams completed a trade with the Tennessee Titans to acquire the first overall pick. The Rams give up their first-round pick (15), both of their second-round picks (43 and 45), their third-round pick (76), and 2017 first-round and third-round picks. In addition to the #1 pick, the Rams got picks 113 and 177.
105 comments, Last at 20 Apr 2016, 11:31am by theslothook
06 Apr 2016, 09:55am by Tom Gower
The 2010 draft was loaded with talent at tight end, defensive line, and in the secondary. Quarterback? Running back? Not so much.
59 comments, Last at 02 May 2016, 11:41am by cjfarls
07 Mar 2016, 10:11pm by Tom Gower
Monday's start to the legal tampering period produced a lot of noise and some actual news: Howie Roseman took a look at some of what Chip Kelly did in his brief tenure as the Eagles' head personnel man, and decided those weren't players that he wanted to keep. Linebacker Kiko Alonso and cornerback Byron Maxwell went first, to the Miami Dolphins. Later in the day, Adam Schefter broke the big deal, DeMarco Murray to the Tennessee Titans. Neither deal can officially be completed before the new League Year begins on Wednesday.
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06 Mar 2016, 11:21am by Tom Gower
It seemed likely. It made a lot of sense. And now it's official: Peyton Manning will announce his retirement Monday at a press conference in Denver. He finishes his career as the NFL leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, sack rate, game winning drives, comebacks, and internet arguments spawned over team vs. individual greatness. He topped our passing DYAR and DVOA metrics six times each in his career and had eight more seasons ranked second or third in DYAR.
273 comments, Last at 13 Mar 2016, 3:03pm by doktarr
12 Feb 2016, 06:32pm by Tom Gower
It's the offseason, so you have time to read scheme pieces if you so desire. Fran Duffy of the Philadelphia Eagles' website, who does consistently good work and is a good draft follow as well, has a great piece breaking down Jim Schwartz's defense, with plenty of clips from Detroit and Buffalo of how it's supposed to work.
11 comments, Last at 16 Feb 2016, 9:34am by Guest789
02 Jan 2016, 11:38pm by Tom Gower
In this week's NBC/SNF feature, I became the latest person to write about Green Bay's offensive struggles this year, focusing on some of the numbers. For some of the tape behind what's gone wrong, see for instance Greg Cosell's piece on some of what went wrong against the Cardinals.
1 comment, Last at 17 Jan 2016, 12:32pm by fest201620
17 Dec 2015, 02:01pm by Tom Gower
Interested in who would make the playoffs under each potential tiebreaker scenario? The post linked, put together by commenter Travis, has all the different AFC possibilities, while this one has all the NFC possibilities. The AFC chart is a good explanation of why Jacksonville is at only 8.6% in our playoff odds despite being just a game back of Houston and Indianapolis: they'll need at least one Titans win or a Colts-Texans tie.
16 comments, Last at 21 Dec 2015, 4:56pm by ZDNeal