30 Sep 2010, 01:01pm by Aaron Schatz
In conjunction with a big ESPN HOT READ feature today on special teams gunners, this Insider piece looks at the leaders over the past five seasons in three new FO special teams stats: Return Tackles, Return Stops, and Return Saves. If you have been looking for a stat that finally gives Brendon Ayanbadejo, Chase Blackburn, and Kassim Osgood the love they deserve, this is it. For non-ESPN Insiders, we'll re-introduce these stats on FO near the end of the season with an article detailing 2010 leaders.
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25 Sep 2010, 12:32pm by Mike Kurtz
This week's MNF Insider feature looks at Mike Martz and his history improving offenses.
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18 Sep 2010, 01:16pm by Bill Barnwell
This week's Monday Night Football feature column is on the expected turnover regression for the 49ers and Saints this year, using drive stats and historical comparables.
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11 Sep 2010, 02:37pm by Aaron Schatz
The first ESPN Insider MNF feature has fun with similarity scores for the young running backs playing this Monday night: Jamaal Charles, Ray Rice, and Shonn Greene. (Ryan Mathews, of course, can't have scores since he's a rookie.) Before you click on the piece, see if you can name the only two players other than Charles to average 5.75 yards per carry with at least 150 carries (since 1978).
6 comments, Last at 12 Sep 2010, 6:19pm by Capt. Anonymous
08 Sep 2010, 01:10pm by Bill Barnwell
In this look at why the Saints are extremely unlikely to repeat, we craft a story for each of the five previous Super Bowl winners and why their fans would have expected them to repeat, and what happened to prevent them from doing so.
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07 Sep 2010, 10:04am by Bill Barnwell
To accompany a piece on whether the Bengals will succeed with Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco at quarterback, I looked at old wideout tandems from the past.
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06 Sep 2010, 04:58pm by Aaron Schatz
Today's preseason debate on the ESPN.com NFL page is "Will Dallas become the first Super Bowl home team?" As a sidebar, we've contributed this Insider piece about the Cowboys' Achilles heel, the aging offensive line. Nothing new really, if you've already read FOA 2010. By the way, the line "In other words: the Cowboys are due" was added by the editors; no, we don't think that a very healthy team is more likely to be injured the next year. The issue is that a very healthy team is just as likely to have average health the next year.
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04 Sep 2010, 12:43pm by Bill Barnwell
This ESPN Insider story looks at three strong indicators that have driven the NFL's biggest turnarounds over the last three seasons: improved health, improvement at quarterback, and Pythagorean regression to the mean. One team qualifies in all three areas, which is why we're picking Washington as a 2010 playoff team.
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02 Sep 2010, 12:45pm by Mike Tanier
As part of the ESPN Magazine NFL preview, we put together this glossary of terms related to the running game, now available online for those with Insider accounts.
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31 Aug 2010, 11:00am by Aaron Schatz
This ESPN Insider piece adapts Bill James' old "Favorite Toy" method to look at the odds that one of today's players will eventually break Brett Favre's passing records. Favre's constant un-retirements have made it a lot less likely that Peyton Manning will eventually hold his records, but there's one Favre record that will probably go down. It's a record he doesn't hold yet, and the quarterback to pass it won't be Manning.
13 comments, Last at 01 Sep 2010, 9:46pm by DisplacedPackerFan