18 Jan 2016, 02:53pm by Vincent Verhei
Our old pal Mike Tanier notes that even in victory, the Patriots, Cardinals, Panthers, and Broncos showed serious flaws in their game, then explores how those flaws might lead to success or victory on championship Sunday.
12 comments, Last at 19 Jan 2016, 7:24pm by Jerry
18 Jan 2016, 02:39pm by Vincent Verhei
Peter King talks to Bruce Arians about one of the craziest playoff wins you'll ever see, including details on the game-winning touchdown, a play the coach had been saving for two years.
1 comment, Last at 19 Jan 2016, 5:44pm by SandyRiver
16 Jan 2016, 07:06pm by Vincent Verhei
Usually, when an NFL team names a new head coach, they want all the attention they can get. Tennessee is apparently not so proud of their new hire, because they announced that Mike Mularkey was their new head coach during the Chiefs-Patriots playoff game, when nobody was watching.
Hey, if you were hiring a guy with an 18-39 head coaching record, you'd be sneaky about it too.
21 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2016, 9:04pm by andrew
14 Jan 2016, 07:26pm by Vincent Verhei
Two teams hired new head coaches on Thursday.
The Philadelphia Eagles hired Kansas City offensive coordinator Doug Pederson. The move cannot be formally announced until the Chiefs are eliminated from the postseason, but the Eagles did not deny the report: "We have concluded our search for a head coach," a team spokesman said. "No further interviews are scheduled."
51 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2016, 4:15pm by Mr Shush
14 Jan 2016, 02:34pm by Aaron Schatz
Well, let's hope that he can improve his relationship with players, because the 49ers don't need any more good players trying to leave. Still, I think this makes sense as a hire. I think Kelly made some personnel mistakes this year, but I still think he's a good game coach. And if they can keep Colin Kaepernick around, that seems like the perfect quarterback for Kelly's offensive scheme.
112 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2016, 11:41am by Kevin from Philly
14 Jan 2016, 09:45am by Mike Tanier
Hey folks! Sorry I have not been posting my weekly previews/Hangovers lately. The playoffs bring travel days and odd schedules that throw me off my routine. Anyway, here's my annual festival of chalk for the divisional round.
33 comments, Last at 17 Jan 2016, 4:08pm by Jerry
14 Jan 2016, 01:10am by Aaron Schatz
This is a really exciting step for the former No. 1 pick of the Buffalo Braves, who you may remember for his 1975 MVP campaign.
OK, maybe I'm the only one who constantly makes that mistake and refers to the new Giants head coach as Bob McAdoo. Ben McAdoo, the ex-Packers QB coach who was brought over to put Eli Manning in a timing-based West Coast offense, will be promoted to head coach to replace Tom Coughlin. He also interviewed with the Eagles and the Giants may have decided on McAdoo in part to make sure he didn't go to their rivals.
13 comments, Last at 17 Jan 2016, 5:56am by fest201620
13 Jan 2016, 02:06pm by Aaron Schatz
The most creative offensive coordinator in the league is headed to the other side of Ohio to pilot the Cleveland Browns, a.k.a. (according to the everyone in the media) THE FLAGSHIP FOR ANALYTICS.
So, hey, good luck to Hue Jackson. It's ridiculous that one team is going to be the public flagship for a tool that a lot of front offices use, but if that's how it has to be, those of us doing analytics on the outside would certainly be a lot better off if that team would win some games. Plus, formations where the offensive linemen flex out wide are fun!
56 comments, Last at 17 Jan 2016, 2:45pm by Bright Blue Shorts
12 Jan 2016, 09:49pm by Vincent Verhei
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the owners have approved the Rams' move from St. Louis to Los Angeles by a 30-2 vote, with the Chargers given an option to join them. The Raiders will remain in Oakland, with a big chunk of the Rams' relocation fees likely going to build a new stadium there.
100 comments, Last at 19 Jan 2016, 3:23pm by jackiel
The Giants and Ravens set a record in Super Bowl XXXV with 21 total punts. That record may well be in jeopardy. But in this battle of top defenses, Carolina's superior and more flexible offense gives the Panthers the edge.