06 Jan 2016, 12:04am by Cian Fahey
Everything changed after Week 7. That was when the Houston Texans defense showed the resiliency it was expected to show from the start of the season. The Texans were giving up over 28 points per game during the first seven games of the season, but brought it back down to 12 per game since then. Now they face one of the teams that beat them early in the year, the Kansas City Chiefs, and it's their defense that gives them hope.
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05 Jan 2016, 02:41pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's a look at the five players chosen as Football Outsiders stars for Madden Ultimate Team in Week 17. (Click to read more.)
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05 Jan 2016, 01:02pm by Aaron Schatz
The Browns have hired Paul DePodesta, former GM of the Los Angeles Dodgers, as "chief strategy officer." He'll apparently run the Browns alongside Sashi Brown, formerly the team's general counsel and now executive director of football operations. DePodesta has a football background, playing wide receiver at Harvard and then working with the CFL Baltimore Stallions before going into baseball. There seems to be a general sense that going with non-football people like Brown and DePodesta to run the show means the Browns are going all-in on analytics.
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05 Jan 2016, 01:19am by Vincent Verhei
It has been rumored for a long time, and now it's official: the San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams, and Oakland Raiders have all begun the process of relocating to Los Angeles. In all likelihood, two of those teams will be playing in L.A. this fall, and the other will have a VERY hard time selling tickets to a fanbase they just spurned -- like a girl who leaves you for another guy and then calls you a week later when things with him don't work out. I mean, I've heard.
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04 Jan 2016, 11:33pm by Aaron Schatz
No, really. The biggest news of Black Monday is the opposite of Black Monday. What kind of Monday is it when a coach who was considered on the chopping block all season gets a four-year extension instead of being told goodbye? Apparently, Ryan Grigson, Jim Irsay, and Pagano have hugged it all out. My problem with the decision isn't this decision, but rather the decision to keep both Pagano and Grigson. The rest of this team has never developed around Andrew Luck. Either Pagano isn't coaching them up with the right schemes, or Grigson isn't drafting and signing the right players.
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04 Jan 2016, 05:44pm by Andrew Potter
Houston goes into the wild card round missing a key blocker against a defense with a devastating pass rush.
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04 Jan 2016, 12:02pm by Aaron Schatz
Once again this year, we'll keep an open thread all day on the Monday after the season to announce firings. Every year, it seems like the announcements start earlier and earlier. This year, we can't even wait for any of Sunday's games to be over. (Click to read more.)
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04 Jan 2016, 08:58am by Mike Tanier
Lots of fun stuff, including a retrospective on Jeff Fisher's obsession with the fake punt.
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03 Jan 2016, 07:25pm by Cian Fahey
Sammy Watkins starred in Week 17 with 11 receptions against the New York Jets. While Rex Ryan will be satisfied that his young star helped him complete a sweep over his former team, the game also served as a reminder of what could have been. Watkins hasn't been used enough this year. The Bills coaching staff can't afford to go through the 2016 season giving their best playmaker the same kind of inconsistent service.
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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.
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Our offseason Four Downs series ends with a look at the NFC West's biggest remaining holes and their most notable UDFA signings. The Rams and 49ers have to kick-start their passing games, Arizona's offense lacks a big dimension, and the Seahawks continue to rely on Russell Wilson's magic tricks.