As you may have heard, the L.A. Rams had 5.49 adjusted line yards per carry this season, the most for any offense we have ever recorded. Josh Hermsmeyer, however, thinks that says less about the Rams' offensive line and more about the coaching abilities of Sean McVay.
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Justis Mosqueda of Optimum Scouting looked at New England's roster and finds they have invested heavily in what he calls mid-level veterans -- players with at least five years of experience with cap hits ranging from $1 million to $6 million per season. The Patriots have 19 such players, most of any playoff team, nearly double the average of the 12 teams in the postseason, and nearly four times as many as their opponents in the Super Bowl, the L.A. Rams.
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Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada at ESPN.com have looked at a growing threat to all levels of football: many insurance companies have stopped offering coverage for the sport, from the NFL on down to Pop Warner leagues.
"People say football will never go away, but if we can't get insurance, it will." -- Jon Butler, Pop Warner's executive director.
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The Patriots' path to the Super Bowl was paved by a trio of running backs -- none of whom was particularly good when you account for the terrible quality of Kansas City's defense. Plus, updated weighted DVOA points to the closest Super Bowl matchup we've ever seen.
Josh "Air Yards" Hermsmeyer wrote this piece for FiveThirtyEight showing that play-action passes do not lose their effectiveness the more often teams call them in a game. What's more interesting than the conclusion is Hermsmeyer's methodology -- using the NFL's Next Gen tracking data, he followed middle linebackers and tracked how far they moved in pursuit of running backs who they thought had the ball. It's cutting-edge analysis that looks not just at how play-action works, but why.