26 Aug 2014, 02:03pm by Aaron Schatz
Wait, what? The Patriots have a habit of doing this right before the season with aging veterans, don't they? First Lawyer Milloy, then Richard Seymour, now they've dealt 32-year-old Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay for tight end Tim Wright (good receiver, can't block) and a pick. Everyone's jumping to conclusions on Twitter, but it's hard to judge the trade until we know what the pick is. But still... it feels like the Pats are always playing fifth dimensional chess. Is Mankins in decline? Is this about the cap space for a Darrelle Revis extension?
171 comments, Last at 30 Aug 2014, 9:06am by Will Allen
26 Aug 2014, 12:37pm by Aaron Schatz
It's time for our annual SB Nation tour where each of the 32 SB Nation blogs gets a chance to ask us about their team's forecast in Football Outsiders Almanac. (Click for links.)
35 comments, Last at 26 Aug 2014, 10:15pm by Scott Kacsmar
25 Aug 2014, 01:20pm by Vincent Verhei
This week, Peter King says the Seahawks are the most talented team he's seen all summer, but he doesn't like their odds of repeating. Plus, thoughts on Sam Bradford's fate, a peek inside Arizona's war room on draft day, Joe Haden on new pass coverage rules, and more.
36 comments, Last at 08 Sep 2014, 10:19pm by v3456d
25 Aug 2014, 07:23am by Mike Tanier
This is, in some ways, my ultimate Mandatory Monday at Sports on Earth. In other ways, it is just another On the Rise list.
11 comments, Last at 08 Sep 2014, 9:59pm by v3456d
24 Aug 2014, 05:47pm by Scott Kacsmar
Scott Kacsmar talks 2014 season predictions with Greg Rasheed, including Super Bowl favorites, surprise teams, RGIII's awful slides, the impact of Darrelle Revis and all the penalty flags.
1 comment, Last at 28 Aug 2014, 8:58pm by RIDE
24 Aug 2014, 04:43pm by Aaron Schatz
Tough break here for the Rams and for Sam Bradford, who will miss the entire 2014 season after another tear in his left ACL in Saturday night's preseason game against Cleveland. It's the same ACL he tore in the middle of last year. Veteran Shaun Hill now becomes the Rams' starting quarterback; he at least has a good track record of avoiding turnovers. They'll surely be scouring the waiver wire the next week or two to find a better backup than Austin Davis. Meanwhile, this is probably the end for Bradford in St. Louis, as he has a cap number around $16 million for next year.
45 comments, Last at 08 Sep 2014, 10:19pm by v3456d
22 Aug 2014, 12:41pm by Aaron Schatz
Mike Tanier's solution to the "XP are easy" problem: Move them to the 1-yard line, and more coaches will go for two, which will make the game more exciting.
22 comments, Last at 08 Sep 2014, 9:58pm by v3456d
21 Aug 2014, 09:08pm by Vincent Verhei
Robert Mays at Grantland searches for an NFL equivalent to the NBA's corner three-pointer, a low-risk, high-reward play that works for most teams in most situations. After you've read his research and his conclusion, you might be interested in this and this.
Hat tip to reader Bowl Game Anomaly for the suggestion.
4 comments, Last at 08 Sep 2014, 10:21pm by v3456d
21 Aug 2014, 12:27pm by Aaron Schatz
No, seriously, we finally made this work. (Click to read more.)
11 comments, Last at 08 Sep 2014, 10:19pm by v3456d
19 Aug 2014, 09:35pm by Vincent Verhei
Better late than never, here's a link to this week's Monday Morning Quarterback, in which Peter King checks out Levi's Stadium, discusses the development of Blake Bortles, and looks at the penalty explosion of the preseason.
2 comments, Last at 24 Aug 2014, 6:19pm by LionInAZ
This week’s Futures makes a visit to the past. Matt Waldman lists the 10 most influential prospects in his development as a talent evaluator.