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Off The Charts Podcast: March 21
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Off The Charts Podcast: March 21

This week, Aaron Schatz and Matt Manocherian are joined by Mike Tanier to discuss Moneyball heresies. Was it right for the Sloan Analyics Conference to give an award to the Raiders for the Khalil Mack trade? Do we now have a problem where "analytics" has become synonymous in many circles with "tanking?" What really is the value of a draft pick compared to a veteran? (Click for audio link.)

Futures

Futures: Ed Oliver
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Futures: Ed Oliver

Oliver could slip to the middle of the first round after playing out of position as an undersized nose tackle at the University of Houston, but don't let his lack of production fool you. As Derrik Klassen shows, Oliver could be the most talented prospect in this entire draft class.

3 comments, Last at 22 Mar 2019, 11:55am by dank067

Scramble

Scramble for the Ball: An AAF Football-Like Substance
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Scramble for the Ball: An AAF Football-Like Substance

The AAF is halfway through it's inaugural season! Bryan and Cale argue about the league's future, point out their favorite rising stars, and wonder if anyone will catch the Apollos.

27 comments, Last at 21 Mar 2019, 3:35pm by Pat

Stat Analysis

Play-Action Passing and Game Conditions
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Play-Action Passing and Game Conditions

Guest columnist Ben Baldwin returns with more analysis of play-action passing data. Is it best to use play-action when ahead, or when trailing? Late in the game, or early? And does it matter how often a team passes after showing a handoff -- and is that tendency becoming more common?

14 comments, Last at 21 Mar 2019, 1:31pm by Pat

Podcasts

Off The Charts Podcast: March 14
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Off The Charts Podcast: March 14

Aaron Schatz and Matt Manocherian are joined this week by special guest Kevin Cole of RotoGrinders. We discuss an exciting week of trades and the first few days of NFL free agency, breaking down the biggest moves. Then we talk about what we can learn about real on-the-field football from fantasy football and DFS projections. (Click for audio link.)

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Futures

Futures: Brian Burns
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Futures: Brian Burns

Some teams will pass on Florida State's edge defender over concerns about how his slight frame will hold up in the run game -- and others will see his speed and athleticism and value him as a useful pass-rusher right out of the gate.

2 comments, Last at 20 Mar 2019, 2:12am by ImNewAroundTheseParts

Four Downs

Four Downs: AFC West
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Four Downs: AFC West

Four Downs wraps up with a look at the AFC West. The Chiefs need a half-dozen new defensive starters, the Broncos and Chargers need to revamp their offensive lines, and the Raiders need to turn the Khalil Mack trade into the next Khalil Mack.

2 comments, Last at 13 Mar 2019, 8:58am by cstoos

Extra Points

2019 Free Agency Discussion
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2019 Free Agency Discussion

This is our open thread to discuss all the free agent movement, trades, cuts, and other news for the first few days of free agency, starting with the "legal tampering period" that begins at noon Eastern on March 11. (Click to read more.)

133 comments, Last at 18 Mar 2019, 8:48am by Mr Shush

Four Downs

Four Downs: AFC South
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Four Downs: AFC South

Everyone has passing needs down south -- the Jaguars need someone to throw them, the Colts need someone to catch them, the Titans need someone to pressure them, and the Texans need someone to cover them.

8 comments, Last at 09 Mar 2019, 6:16pm by Noah Arkadia

Podcasts

Off The Charts Podcast: March 7
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Off The Charts Podcast: March 7

This week's episode of the Off The Charts podcast takes on the question we ask each year in the FO awards balloting: which team is next year's most likely surprise Super Bowl contender? Matt and I break down the offseason situations for the top four vote-getters in this year's awards: Cleveland, San Francisco, Denver, and Tampa Bay. How can these teams improve and make the playoffs next year? (Click for audio link.)