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Quantifying Nick Holt's Defense

The excellent Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus fame has a great new post on his own "After the Buzzer" blog about the Washington Huskies' football defense. Using FEI and S&P, Kevin makes a compelling argument that defensive coordinator Nick Holt is as much the root cause of a defense that's falling apart as the defensive talent that's too young by necessity.

3 comments, Last at 27 Oct 2011, 1:42pm by HawksinBklyn
Cover-2: The No-Huddle Defense
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Cover-2: The No-Huddle Defense

John Wooden used to say, "Be quick, but don't hurry." The best way to beat complex defenses is to find ways to do both on a regular basis.

18 comments, Last at 28 Nov 2011, 5:28pm by tuluse
Cover-2: Birds Out of Hand
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Cover-2: Birds Out of Hand

The Eagles' pass defense is clearly a disappointment, but just how bad are Nnamdi and Friends this year? We go under the hood with a little help from Greg Cosell.

9 comments, Last at 14 Oct 2011, 4:31pm by tuluse
Cover-2: View From the Press Box
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Cover-2: View From the Press Box

With the benefit of the ultimate All-22 view, we investigate how Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner fared against Julio Jones this weekend.

15 comments, Last at 07 Oct 2011, 11:06am by Doug Farrar
Cover-2: Reality Checks
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Cover-2: Reality Checks

What a difference a week makes. While Cam Newton tried to survive the inevitable shaky sequel to his historic debut, the Seahawks may be looking for a re-do on youth over experience where it really counts.

21 comments, Last at 22 Sep 2011, 9:45pm by milo
Cover-2: Here Comes the Sun King
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Cover-2: Here Comes the Sun King

In his return to the land where he won all the Tostitos, Cam Newton showed that he's (mostly) ready for the pros. Plus: What the hell was Tony Romo thinking?

19 comments, Last at 16 Sep 2011, 12:31pm by Nathan
Cover-2: Misplaced Assets
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Cover-2: Misplaced Assets

Is Mario Williams really a weakside "endbacker", or has the Texans' 3-4 switch left him as the odd man out? And what's the deal with Von Miller, SAM linebacker? In the return of Cover-2, Doug Farrar finds out what's in a positional name.

12 comments, Last at 08 Sep 2011, 4:16pm by zlionsfan

Fixing the Redskins One Draft Pick at a Time

Doug wrote this piece for the Maple Street Press Redskins Annual, which got cancelled due to the lockout. So instead, you get to enjoy his look at how the Redskins can scheme to get value from draft picks like Ryan Kerrigan and Leonard Hankerson.

2 comments, Last at 20 Aug 2011, 6:37am by Doug Farrar

MMQB: Packers Could Very Well Repeat

In this week's episode: PK tells us why the Packers could be even better this year, why the Bears kept kicking off from the 30, why the Bills just did something stupid (again), and why Jay Cutler will be running for his life all season (again).

111 comments, Last at 19 Aug 2011, 1:44pm by Eddo

MMQB: How One Team Prepared for Free Agency

This week, PK takes us inside his training camp tour, explains how the Bills are now Wildcat-friendly, tells us that the Eagles could still be under the cap, asks Vinny Cerrato about personnel (no, really), reveals Kyle Williams' other athletic pursuits, and discusses who might be part of the Hall of Fame's 2012 class.

114 comments, Last at 11 Aug 2011, 12:18pm by chemical burn