28 Mar 2017, 02:45pm by Tom Gower
In addition to approving the centralization of all replay reviews at this week's meeting in Arizona, NFL owners approved two other rule changes Tuesday. First, they passed a tremendously anti-fun, sadly pro-safety rule to ban defensive players leaping over the offensive line on place kicks. Second, they approved an automatic ejection for egregious hits to the head, which will undoubtedly lead to more fevered columns than actual penalties in 2017.
35 comments, Last at 04 Apr 2017, 2:09pm by Tomlin_Is_Infallible
27 Mar 2017, 02:16pm by Aaron Schatz
It's official. Today at the NFL owners' meetings, the league voted to approve the move of the Raiders to Las Vegas. The vote was 31-1, with Stephen Ross of the Dolphins as the only holdout. Right now they are saying the Raiders will move in 2019, which means two years playing in front of the fans they are leaving behind. I can't imagine that will go well and I hope the promising Raiders don't go all 1995 Cleveland Browns in the upcoming season. I have a feeling they'll need to go to Vegas a year early and play at UNLV's stadium.
76 comments, Last at 06 Apr 2017, 5:56pm by mehllageman56
23 Mar 2017, 03:44pm by Vincent Verhei
The NFL is changing the way it handles instant replay reviews. Say goodbye to shots of on-field officials dipping their heads under hoods to look at monitors. Instead, all replays will be viewed in the NFL's offices in New York, and Senior Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino will have final say on all replay calls.
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09 Mar 2017, 08:20pm by Vincent Verhei
In a sad story, one of the NFL's best talent evaluators has been fired by his third team in the past eight years due to his ongoing struggles with alcoholism.
43 comments, Last at 30 Mar 2017, 10:30pm by justanothersteve
28 Feb 2017, 02:38pm by Tom Gower
The long-running battle between the Kansas City Chiefs and Eric Berry has ended with a victory for Berry. With the franchise tag deadline approaching, the Chiefs and Berry agreed to terms on a deal Ian Rapoport is reporting to be for $78 million over six years, including a $20 million signing bonus and $40 million in total guarantees.
9 comments, Last at 02 Mar 2017, 11:51am by barf
27 Feb 2017, 07:23pm by Aaron Schatz
Antonio Brown is gonna get paid. It's a four-year deal at $68 million, but front-loaded. That's interesting because it should help the Steelers keep Brown all four years. It will be $18.5 million the first three years, $12.5 million in 2020. Brown is the best wide receiver in the game -- you can argue Julio Jones, though I'll still take Brown. Our stats absolutely love him. He was No. 1 in DYAR in both 2014 and 2015, two of the top ten seasons in DYAR history. He had an off-year in 2016 and still finished No. 7. Also, he makes the NFL fun.
12 comments, Last at 07 Apr 2017, 5:59pm by Tomlin_Is_Infallible
27 Feb 2017, 01:56pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's a running thread to discuss announcements on franchise tags. (Click to read more.)
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24 Feb 2017, 04:22pm by Vincent Verhei
The NFL has announced the compensatory picks in the 2017 draft based on 2016 free agency losses. Big winners this year are the Bengals, Browns, Broncos, and Chiefs, who get four extra draft picks each. The Seahawks also deserve notice -- they only get two compensatory picks, but both are in the third round. They are the only team with two third-rounders.
Starting this year, compensatory picks can also be traded, so this is potentially a big story for all teams.
7 comments, Last at 27 Feb 2017, 2:22pm by Noah Arkadia
16 Feb 2017, 04:59pm by Tom Gower
Great X & O piece today by Matt Bowen, breaking down 20 plays run by NFL teams that other NFL teams should probably steal. Obviously, not every team is going to run the Titans' or Patriots' QB sweep, but there's a lot of good stuff in here. I'm particularly fond of the Seahawks' 3 Mable to deal with trips.
7 comments, Last at 19 Feb 2017, 12:23pm by Tomlin_Is_Infallible
09 Feb 2017, 01:11pm by Aaron Schatz
In case you didn't see this at ESPN or catch him talking about it on Twitter, Brian Burke's model of Hall of Fame chances using neural networks is kind of fascinating. This article talks about the HOF chances of top current players; Matt Ryan basically would have gone from "almost no chance" to "almost assured" with a Super Bowl win. It also discusses which HOF QB and RB are outliers, starting with Floyd Little and the newly elected Terrell Davis. Davis seems to suggest a change in voting trends to make running backs more like quarterbacks.
21 comments, Last at 24 Feb 2017, 9:00pm by Pen