ALEX

A weekly look at the most aggressive and conservative quarterbacks on third downs.
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2018 ALEX: Season Review

Our 2018 review of ALEX finds that league-wide aggression was at its lowest in 13 years while records were smashed for completion rates. At least Patrick Mahomes lived up to his college billing of the Anti-Alex. Some future Hall of Famers had difficult seasons on third down, while there's another NFC rookie hoping a new coach will lead to better things in 2019.

Jan 10, 2019
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2018 ALEX: The Early Results

Our first look at 2018 ALEX finds Aaron Rodgers No. 1 in a key category, but why is Eli Manning right behind him? We also focus heavily on quarterbacks from the last four drafts, including one we should have predicted would have a high ALEX for based on his college days.

Oct 11, 2018
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ALEX: 2017 Season Review

A familiar face finishes on top, and again we find a star rookie at the bottom. Can Mitchell Trubisky undergo a Jared Goff transformation? Also: the best third-down defense of this era, and the unit that couldn't pressure anyone to force the ball short.

Jan 11, 2018
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2017 ALEX: Midseason Report

The latest ALEX update looks at the recent draft class that is struggling, the unusual Chicago strategy, and what's gotten into Alex Smith? We also looked at Tyrod Taylor's declining ALEX, but rising conversion rate that Buffalo just sent to the bench.

Nov 17, 2017
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2017 ALEX: The Early Results

Our first look at ALEX in 2017 finds Alex Smith in his usual spot, but why do things feel so different? Also: Jay Cutler turned into Blaine Gabbert, Tyrod Taylor's huge role reversal, and a progress report on the last two draft's top passers.

Oct 05, 2017
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ALEX: Season Review

The 2016 season review of ALEX discovers something more interesting about Kansas City's defense than its quarterback. Also: an aggressive Matt Barkley, Tom Brady's finish, and a frightening start for Jared Goff.

Jan 05, 2017
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ALEX: Season Review

The last ALEX recap of 2015 also looks at defenses for the first time, finding one unit that was attacked vertically unlike any other. The final quarterback rankings dethrone Trent Edwards as the checkdown king of the last decade.

Jan 04, 2016
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ALEX: Week 16

Matt Ryan and Julio Jones connect on the ALEX play of the year, and we add "Short%" to the stats to look at how often each quarterback throws short of the sticks on third down. The quarterbacks at the top and bottom come as no surprise.

Dec 28, 2015