20 Nov 2014, 05:17pm by Vincent Verhei
When the Steelers released LeGarrette Blount this week, I said that Pittsburgh was the third team to give up on the running back in the last two years. Reader "RickD" disagreed with me, saying that New England had not given up on Blount, they had been outbid for his services. Well, chalk that one up to RickD, apparently. The Patriots resigned Blount right away when he became available, even with Jonas Gray coming off a great game.
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19 Nov 2014, 01:45pm by Vincent Verhei
The folks at Summit Analytics try to predict this year's playoff field based on prior years' data. For no reason I can fathom, they've decorated their piece with a photo of the Washington Huskies, currently 2-5 in the Pac-12 and not within shouting distance of the playoff field.
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19 Nov 2014, 01:15pm by Aaron Schatz
Can't believe I missed this when Nate Silver threw it up last week, since it is one of my favorite subjects. I love to discuss expansion possibilities, and I feel bad for cities that don't get to have NFL football. But I also think the logistics of a London franchise would be awful. Silver here tries to estimate the NFL fan base of two dozen different possible expansion markets and points out what I think is mind-numbingly obvious. If you want to expand to another country, we happen to have two very nice countries directly to the north and south of us that already have larger established football fanbases.
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19 Nov 2014, 01:09pm by Aaron Schatz
Long article today by Richard Deitsch asking if advanced stats will ever be used on NFL broadcasts. Includes a lot of interview with me, since this question is a passion of mine. To summarize my feelings on the issue: 1) The goal is really not getting advanced stats onto game broadcasts, but rather to get commentators to understand the ideas behind those stats; 2) studio shows are a better place for advanced stats than broadcasts themselves; 3) I'm available.
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18 Nov 2014, 11:18pm by Scott Kacsmar
The Pro Football Hall of Fame released its list of semifinalists for the Class of 2015.
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18 Nov 2014, 03:23pm by Vincent Verhei
LeGarrette Blount decided he didn't want to be on a team that wouldn't give him carries, and then the Pittsburgh Steelers decided they didn't want LeGarrette Blount.
As Le'Veon Bell was racking up 33 rushes against the Titans on Monday night, Blount didn't get a single carry, and he left the field during the fourth quarter. The Steelers then released Blount on Tuesday.
Blount has averaged 4.6 yards per carry in his career, so there's plenty of talent here, but now the Buccaneers, Patriots, and Steelers have all given up on him in the past two years. That's a bad sign.
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18 Nov 2014, 02:04pm by Vincent Verhei
Two teams have cut ties with veteran fantasy position players just months after signing them in free agency.
The Cleveland Browns have waived running back Ben Tate after signing him away from the Houston Texans. Tate was part of a three-man running rotation in Cleveland, but his 3.1 yards per carry and -20.0% DVOA were significantly worse than teammates Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West.
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18 Nov 2014, 01:53pm by Vincent Verhei
The NFL has suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson without pay for the rest of the 2014 season. He will not be considered for reinstatement until April 15, 2015, when the league will determine the results of Peterson's participation in counseling and treatment.
NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reports that Peterson will appeal the suspension, and hopes to have the matter determined by a neutral arbitrator.
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17 Nov 2014, 04:23pm by Vincent Verhei
The NFL has reinstated Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon and cleared him immediately for full participation in all team activities. Gordon had been suspended for ten games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Albert Breer of NFL Media says that Browns coaches have told him they are "cautiously optimistic" that Gordon will be ready to be a big part of Cleveland's offense right away.
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17 Nov 2014, 03:18pm by Vincent Verhei
Peter King explains what makes Jonas Gray such an ideal fit in New England. He also breaks down Kansas City's win over Seattle, and explores the effect that legalized gambling might have on the league.
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Ben Roethlisberger's ability to perform under a heavy pass rush remains critical to Pittsburgh's offensive success.