29 Mar 2011, 05:55pm by Vince Verhei
This ESPN Insider column introduces Playmaker Score 2.0, a more accurate version of our system for projecting college wide receivers. The new Playmaker Score does more to account for players who go deep with a high yards per pass figure, and it adjusts based on the historical record of receivers coming out of each conference. The resulting system has A.J. Green as the top receiver in this year's draft, but wonders why Julio Jones had so few touchdowns at Alabama.
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04 Mar 2011, 12:59pm by Vince Verhei
You have no idea how hard it was to resist making a Men Without Hats reference in that headline. Anyway, former Rams safety O.J. Atogwe has signed a five-year, $26 million deal with the Washington Redskins, while former Colts safety Bob Sanders has agreed to a one-year deal with the San Diego Chargers.
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01 Mar 2011, 11:34am by Vince Verhei
Can a quarterback in Arizona please stand up? Can anyone catch a pass in St. Louis? Is there hope for Alex Smith? Vince Verhei tackles these NFC West questions.
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26 Feb 2011, 01:25pm by Vince Verhei
J.J. Cooper, a blogger for NFL Fanhouse, watched every sack of the NFL season with a stopwatch and counted whether the sack came within three seconds of the snap. While it's a little simplistic to say that all three-plus-second sacks are the quarterback's fault, and that all sacks shorter than that can be blamed on the line, the results make intuitive sense -- the Manning Brothers took just one "long" sack each all year, while Ben Roethlisberger and Michael Vick combined for 39. The king, though, was Joe Flacco, with 25 "long" sacks and only 15 "short" ones.
A few other observations:
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01 Feb 2011, 04:07pm by Vince Verhei
Here's the second part of our look at what cost Green Bay and Pittsburgh in their 2010 losses. Based on a cursory glance, it looks like Pittsburgh's weaknesses don't quite match up with Green Bay's strengths.
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25 Jan 2011, 07:06pm by Vince Verhei
This year we're adding something new to Any Given Sunday, with two articles looking at the regular-season losses of the two Super Bowl teams. What ties them together, and what can we learn from the similarities? First Green Bay, with Pittsburgh coming next week.
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20 Jan 2011, 01:54pm by Vince Verhei
The Patriots needed to blitz Mark Sanchez on Sunday, and they didn't. Will the Steelers make the same mistake? And will the Jets play the same heavy coverage-oriented defense against Ben Roethlisberger that they played against Tom Brady?
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12 Jan 2011, 11:55am by Vince Verhei
AGS analyzes how rare the Seahawks' upset was and how likely it is to happen again.
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04 Jan 2011, 04:35pm by Vince Verhei
To beat the Kansas City Chiefs, you have to stop three players: Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe, and Tamba Hali. The Raiders were able to stop two of them. How many will the Ravens be able to stop?
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28 Dec 2010, 03:20pm by Vince Verhei
This week: Is it sometimes better to go without star receivers? Sunday's Bengals performance seems to suggest so, and even the Chargers have a higher DVOA this year without Antonio Gates than they do with him -- he's been amazing, but the rest of the offense hasn't been quite as good when he's in the lineup. Likely coincidence, but still interesting.
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