29 Dec 2016, 02:22pm by Aaron Schatz
I thought this was an interesting tidbit, and worth discussing. A lot of football folks know that Bill Belichick will actually open up and talk in detail about football if you ask him questions that aren't specific to his team. This morning he went into detail about players who have switched positions, suggesting that most players in the back seven are playing defense because they weren't good enough playmakers on offense. On the line, he thinks it works the other way: defensive linemen who don't have enough speed to rush the passer often get moved to the offensive line.
49 comments, Last at 04 Jan 2017, 10:54am by Bright Blue Shorts
27 Dec 2016, 05:11pm by Vincent Verhei
Geoff Schwartz, a former offensive lineman for the Panthers, Vikings, Chiefs, and Giants with 74 NFL games and 39 starts under his belt, wrote this piece for SB Nation breaking down various blocking schemes used in pass protection around the league. Very informative, and goes well beyond "leave in extra players to block."
10 comments, Last at 19 Jan 2017, 4:22am by Amily
27 Dec 2016, 12:57pm by Aaron Schatz
The Bills decided not to wait until Black Monday to can Rex Ryan and brother Rob. Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn will serve as interim coach for the Bills' finale Sunday against the New York Jets. This is the 17th straight season the Bills have missed the playoffs. They brought in Ryan to be a defensive expert, and instead the offense improved and the defense collapsed. Clear in-game mistakes didn't help, like the play this weekend where the Bills had only 10 men on the field and Jay Ajayi ran for 57 yards.
35 comments, Last at 07 Jan 2017, 5:54am by t.d.
26 Dec 2016, 12:54pm by Andrew Potter
Major injuries to contenders for the second seed in each conference blight the Week 16 injury report, while Tennessee loses both its playoff chance and its starting quarterback in Jacksonville.
5 comments, Last at 27 Dec 2016, 11:28am by Theo
22 Dec 2016, 05:25pm by Aaron Schatz
A closer look, game by game, at how the Philadelphia Eagles have managed to go 5-9 despite outscoring their opponents. (Click to read more.)
2 comments, Last at 23 Dec 2016, 3:37pm by eagleinzona
20 Dec 2016, 09:38pm by Vincent Verhei
The Oakland Raiders had a league-high seven players named to the initial Pro Bowl rosters this afternoon.
31 comments, Last at 19 Jan 2017, 4:16am by Amily
20 Dec 2016, 01:41pm by Aaron Schatz
This is a really interesting analysis by our friend Greg Bedard, looking at a variety of metrics from both FO and PFF (blocking, run game, weapons, coaching, and defense) to get an estimate on which quarterbacks are in the best situation to succeed. The Rams and Browns are worst, but Vikings are very low (Cian Fahey is nodding now). At the top are the Steelers, the Patriots (coaching, remember?) and the Cowboys. Please ignore the fact that the SI website layout makes me want to stab my eyeballs out and often includes self-launching video, and read the article anyway, because it is good.
27 comments, Last at 29 Dec 2016, 4:33pm by Frip88
19 Dec 2016, 05:00pm by Vincent Verhei
Third-year pro Tom Savage will get his first start in Week 16 against Cincinnati.
30 comments, Last at 30 Dec 2016, 1:35pm by Mr Shush
19 Dec 2016, 04:14pm by Andrew Potter
Our two headline players may or may not miss time following a very mild Week 15 for injuries.
12 comments, Last at 22 Dec 2016, 10:33am by jtr
Where does Matt Ryan rank among playoff quarterbacks now? Was 2016 even a top-five postseason in Tom Brady's career? Scott Kacsmar's annual look at playoff drive stats also includes the first look at 1986-88 postseason DVOA.