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For Kraft, Belichick, and Brady, Is This Beginning of the End?

Here, for your discussion pleasure, is the Seth Wickersham ESPN piece everyone is talking about today, about the power struggle between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. The piece reports that Bob Kraft essentially forced Belichick to trade Jimmy Garoppolo so that Brady could remain quarterback of the Patriots in the future. I think this piece actually makes Belichick look pretty reasonable, and it also shines some light on the Alex Guerrero situation.

151 comments, Last at 11 Jan 2018, 9:22am by David

Off The Charts Podcast: January 4

In the latest Off The Charts podcast, we've got charting breakdowns and DVOA splits for all four of the wild-card games, plus a look at the bowl performances of Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson. (Click for audio link.)

45 ESPN Analysts Rank Head Coaching Candidates

We were allowed to choose any five people who were not currently NFL head coaches. Who do we think are the best candidates for jobs? I chose Jim Harbaugh, David Shaw, Dave Toub, Jerry Rosburg, and Jim Schwartz. The consensus top five included Harbaugh, Shaw, Josh McDaniels, Nick Saban, and Jon Gruden. There are some interesting picks lower down including Ed Reed, Kevin Kelley, and Byron Leftwich. Good debate material! It's Insider subscription required.

13 comments, Last at 08 Jan 2018, 12:22am by LionInAZ

ESPN: Ranking Playoff Teams by Position Group

Our second annual ranking of each position group for all 12 playoff teams shows that the New Orleans Saints are a serious Super Bowl sleeper. NFC teams are more balanced, while AFC teams tend to favor offense (KC, PIT, NE) or defense (JAC). The hardest part here was figuring out what to do with Case Keenum, balancing stats with history and his role in the offense. The easiest part was determining Tennessee and Buffalo were the weakest of the playoff teams.

Black Monday 2018 (UPDATE: Green Bay Carnage)

With so many rumors flying around, we might as well start this thread a day early. Jon Gruden to the Raiders? Jim Schwartz to the Giants? Is Bruce Arians retiring? Are we talking six or seven open jobs, or more like 10? We'll update this thread with specific reports once rumors become fact.

154 comments, Last at 07 Jan 2018, 3:22pm by justanothersteve
Final 2017 DVOA Ratings
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Final 2017 DVOA Ratings

The Rams tumble after sitting all their starters, making room for the New Orleans Saints to finish the year at No. 1 for the first time ever. Plus, a closer look at the weird 2016-2017 dynamic where special teams were far more consistent and offenses far less consistent.

101 comments, Last at 07 Jan 2018, 11:44am by andrew
Week 17 Open Game Discussion
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Week 17 Open Game Discussion

Alright, kids. Let's finish up this regular season. Who's making the wild cards from each conference? Seattle or Atlanta? Baltimore (probably) and Tennessee, or the Chargers, or maybe even Buffalo? Discuss all of Week 17's game action here.

63 comments, Last at 01 Jan 2018, 11:13am by Alternator

Off The Charts Podcast: December 28

This week, we rundown the Week 17 playoff picture in each conference and talk about the Rams' strategy of sitting starters, then we get into previewing the Week 17 games that matter for the final two wild-cards spots. (Click for audio link.)

Week 16 DVOA Ratings
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Week 16 DVOA Ratings

The Rams fall slightly but stay No. 1 this week. Pittsburgh and New England rise with their best games of the year. Baltimore and Philadelphia fall, as does Jacksonville, and we look at what it means for the Jaguars to be the most inconsistent team in the NFL in 2017.

34 comments, Last at 29 Dec 2017, 10:54am by BJR

Off The Charts Podcast: December 21

This week on the Off The Charts podcast: Tankapalooza and a look at the top college quarterbacks through game charting, and then previews of the playoff race and two big games this weekend, Atlanta at New Orleans and Buffalo at New England. (Click for audio link.)