19 Jun 2008, 10:52pm by Aaron Schatz
This week's ESPN.com column takes a look at what happens to teams that lose a top pass rusher in the offseason. On average, a strong pass rush will take a substantial hit when one of its stars departs -- but adding a top pass rusher has a smaller impact than adding a top offensive lineman.
15 comments, Last at 25 Jun 2008, 12:42pm by Lance S.
12 Jun 2008, 05:30pm by Aaron Schatz
With the book behind us, weekly FO columns on ESPN.com return. This week, we look at teams that lose a star offensive lineman. The numbers were pretty surprising -- as a group, teams that lose a star lineman don't tend to decline. For every team like the Chiefs of the last couple years, there's a team like the 2000 Vikings or 2006 Saints. Adding a top lineman? That's a different story, one that will give Jets fans a reason for optimism.
24 comments, Last at 17 Jun 2008, 10:32pm by TonyAngelo
23 Apr 2008, 06:24pm by Aaron Schatz
After the recent success of Terrell Owens and Randy Moss, teams are chomping at the bit to trade for Chad Johnson. But Owens and Moss aside, adding a star receiver doesn't generally lead to significant improvement. Losing a star receiver, however, usually leads to decline.
29 comments, Last at 28 Apr 2008, 9:59pm by Alex
17 Apr 2008, 09:34am by admin
This week's ESPN column looks at the Lewin Career Forecast and what it says about the top four quarterback prospects in this year's draft. (Don't freak out if the system doesn't seem fully explained; remember, ESPN articles have size constraints.)
55 comments, Last at 21 Apr 2008, 6:31pm by Will Allen
10 Apr 2008, 10:53am by Bill Barnwell
This week's FO feature on ESPN is me talking about running backs at the combine and what their performance there has to do with NFL success. Obviously, we'll discuss this more in the book.
54 comments, Last at 14 Apr 2008, 11:53pm by Mr Shush
03 Apr 2008, 04:20pm by Aaron Schatz
Here is part II of my look at quarterback hits. This time, I look at defenses, including a weird little trend involving Tennessee and what that might mean for the 2008 Bengals. Because I needed to focus this more on one story for ESPN, we cut out the table that would have shown the ten defenses with the FEWEST knockdowns, so here is that list for the benefit of FO readers:
Houston: 7.6% (18 adjusted hits, 28 sacks with hit)
Carolina: 8.3% (29 hits/20 sacks)
Atlanta: 8.9% (33 hits/18 sacks)
San Francisco: 9.3% (27 hits/29 sacks)
Buffalo: 9.9% (38 hits/22 sacks)
13 comments, Last at 05 Apr 2008, 2:41pm by Ryan Mc
27 Mar 2008, 09:26pm by Aaron Schatz
This week's ESPN.com column looks at which quarterbacks were knocked to the ground most often in 2007, and which offenses protected quarterbacks the best when we count both sacks and hits. I know, I know, people will complain that this is yet another Patriots-centric article, but I was wracking my brain trying to figure out a good anchor for the piece, and it was the only thing I could come up with. We'll look at defenses (and defenders) with the most hits next week.
23 comments, Last at 01 Apr 2008, 9:40pm by Will Allen
20 Mar 2008, 01:17pm by Mike Tanier
This week's FO column on ESPN.com explains how Alan Faneca upgrades the Jets all across the line, not just at left guard.
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12 Mar 2008, 05:24pm by Aaron Schatz
This week's ESPN column talks about how Jonathan Vilma and Dan Morgan won't do much to fix the New Orleans defense, even if both manage to actually stay healthy. Unfortunately, the WWL cut my joke about the Saints replacing the fleur-de-lis on Jason David's helmet with the logo for "Smuckers."
16 comments, Last at 13 Mar 2008, 5:37pm by Joseph
05 Mar 2008, 02:11pm by Aaron Schatz
Was Brett Favre the greatest quarterback in modern NFL history? As I detail in this week's ESPN.com column, the answer depends on how much weight you put on peak performance vs. career value. Using the metrics from the "best quarterback seasons ever" article in PFP 2005, Favre doesn't have a single season in the top 50. Yet, how many quarterbacks gave their teams 15 years of above-average play (and one of slightly below-average play) at football's most important position -- without missing a game?
45 comments, Last at 13 Mar 2008, 1:00pm by Charlie