ALEX

A weekly look at the most aggressive and conservative quarterbacks on third downs.

ALEX

2018 ALEX: The Early Results
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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.

4 comments, Last at 12 Oct 2018, 1:02am by RobotBoy
ALEX: 2017 Season Review
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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.

7 comments, Last at 12 Jan 2018, 12:52pm by MilkmanDanimal
2017 ALEX: Midseason Report
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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.

2 comments, Last at 20 Nov 2017, 12:12pm by Chip
2017 ALEX: The Early Results
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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.

27 comments, Last at 10 Oct 2017, 6:05pm by theslothook
ALEX: Season Review
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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.

13 comments, Last at 06 Jan 2017, 2:41pm by Aaron Brooks Good Twin
2016 ALEX: Midseason Report
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2016 ALEX: Midseason Report

Our midseason ALEX check asks: What has fueled Tom Brady's dominance? What has happened to Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer? Plus, a check on rookie progress.

9 comments, Last at 21 Nov 2016, 5:27pm by Scott Kacsmar
2016 ALEX: The Early Results
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2016 ALEX: The Early Results

Our first look at ALEX in 2016 finds familiar traits for Ben Roethlisberger and Blaine Gabbert, but what have we learned about the three rookie starters?

7 comments, Last at 15 Oct 2016, 1:04am by DRohan

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.

5 comments, Last at 10 Feb 2016, 6:20pm by Scott Kacsmar

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.

21 comments, Last at 01 Jan 2016, 4:06pm by greybeard
ALEX Week 15: Ben Roethlisberger's Risk Taking
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ALEX Week 15: Ben Roethlisberger's Risk Taking

Ben Roethlisberger is throwing the deepest passes on third-and-short, reminiscent of another signal caller, but he is still having success.

1 comment, Last at 22 Dec 2015, 1:03pm by FlippingADollar